The Death Note-related hysteria in China continues to escalate as Reuters reports that officials in Beijing have begun seizing ghost and horror stories from stores in an effort to protect the “physical and mental health” of its youth.
Among the blacklisted books is Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s Death Note, the international phenomenon that’s inspired an anime series, two live-action films and a planned spin-off feature.
Schools and local governments throughout China have been banning stationery notebooks based on the manga for the past two years, fearing the consequences of students writing the names of teachers and classmates. In Death Note, any person whose name is written in the notebook will die.
According to the Reuters report, collections of scary stories have become increasingly popular among students and white-collar workers in China, despite being illegal.