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No, Studio Khara Did Not Ban Eva R18 Content With Its New Guidelines And Mogudan Can Keep Drawing Ayanami Rei Porn Till Third Impact

Seeing misinformation spread like wildfire regarding an Evangelion porn ban, Studio Khara clarified the situation in a Twitter thread.

December 30, 2020

Ahead of the Japanese theaters release of Shin Evangelion Gekijoban on January 23, Studio Khara published new guidelines for derivative fan works of the franchise, which includes porn.

These kind of guidelines are regularly published by anime, games, manga, light novel related companies in Japan. And most of the time they’re very lax. Globally that’s the case as well with these new Khara guidelines published December 28, which for example asks fans to “please refrain” from making Evangelion porn or grotesque fanart, among other things.

However, Netlab, one of the fastest Japanese outlets to relay the guidelines, mistakenly stated Studio Khara was “prohibiting” all explicit fan content. This created a huge misunderstanding as news like “it’s now forbidden to make Eva R18″ spread like wildfire on Japanese Twitter. Creating situations with some artists stating they won’t draw Eva characters anymore. The best example is Mogudan (this is an R18 artist we’re talking about here so click at your own risk), who mentioned they won’t be drawing Ayanami Rei anymore. The original chara designer of Scrapped Princess (great anime, you should watch it) has been drawing Ayanami for decades. And probably couldn’t stop even if they wanted to. You probably heard about it if you’ve been watching anime for at least 20 years. This triggered tens of thousands of retweets and sad reactions from legendary anime personalities such as Tsukasa Kotobuki.

Netlab only corrected its article six hours later. The damage was done.

Seeing the confusion, Khara published a follow-up twitter thread on December 30. In summary. Studio Khara stressed this is not a ban. It emphasized its understanding of fans, and how it realizes all fan works are created with the intent of supporting the original work. Studio Khara stated it never tried to regulate fan-made content in the past. And that stance will not change.

Moreover, Khara explained the guidelines are voluntarily ambiguous to give as much freedom as possible to the fans. And for each person making fan content to read the guidelines. And continue their activities or not while thinking about their own situation and risks. Studio Khara ended the message stating it’d never wish to crackdown on fans.

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In the first place, Studio Khara and Hideaki Anno are otaku, so it’s very unlikely they’d be banning that kind of stuff. I’m not paid enough to elaborate. But if you’ve been watching anime for decades and know otaku culture you should know full well.

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Shin Evangelion Gekijoban, officially titled Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time in English, uses the slogan “bye-bye, all of Evangelion“. I personally highly doubt this is the end of anime projects for the franchise though. I’m eager to watch the final movie, and hope that following Kare Kano and Fushigi no Umi no Nadia, the Attacker You OST was recycled for the occasion.

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Iyane Agossah
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Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been watching anime for over 25 years, and plays Genshin Impact mainly for its story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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