The panic in China over Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s Death Note appears to be spreading, as officials have begun confiscating notebooks inspired by the manga at a school near Wuhan.
Late last month, more than 187 Death Note notebooks were seized from toy and school-supply stores in Shenzhen after parents and teachers complained that students were writing their own “death notes.”
Now, ComiPress reports, the director of Wuhan’s Publication Bureau says a copy of one of the confiscated notebooks has been “sent to be processed and checked,” to determine whether it’s illegal.
According to the website, the uproar started in late March when a mother discovered one of the notebooks belonging to her son, an elementary-school student. It contained the names of teachers and classmates, and graphic descriptions of their deaths. In Death Note, an international phenomenon that’s inspired an anime series and two live-action movies, any person whose name is written in the notebook will die.