And it really works.
How? Well, by banning the manga and the anime (story from ESWN), Nanny is going to kill off profits for retailers. I bought a copy of Death Note Vol. 1 on DVD from the shop on Jintai Lu a couple of weeks ago. No English, but I wasn’t expecting any. I haven’t seen any Death Note books, but I don’t exactly hang out in stationery shops. I should look out for one as a souvenir before you can no longer get them.
22.06.13. I did read the manga at some stage and found the whole thing to be numbingly dull. Too much of it involved the main character explaining in tedious detail how he was out-thinking the shinegami [sp?] or someone else. It was a bit like Dragonball, much of which seems to be nearly still shots of characters doing nothing for minutes at a time.
Perhaps the Mainland authorities should encourage Emily the Strange, a range of teen gothesque stationery (which, I see from the website, is just the tip of the merchandising iceberg). I first saw this particular method of vacuuming out the wallets of gullible parents in Page One in Harbour City. I see from the official website that there are two dedicated shops in Hong Kong. (In fact, I think I’ve actually seen one of these, but I can’t recall where.)
All right, I think that’s enough feigned awareness of yoof kultcha.