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Ultraman Comic Banned in Malaysia

Japanese superhero gets pulled off the shelves

By Andrea Tim | Published: 7 Mar 2014

Ultraman Gets Banned
Photo: Ultraman battling a Kaiju/Ultraman

The Malaysian Home Ministry is Ultraman’s new kaiju (Japanese for monster), and it seems that this one will be a hard one to defeat. The ministry has banned the publication of the Bahasa Malaysia edition of the comic book Ultraman The Ultra Power, claiming that the comic contains elements that are detrimental to public order.

This allegedly offending element is a line in the comic that reads "Beliau dianggap sebagai, dan dihormati sebagai, 'Allah' atau Elder semua wira Ultra," which translates into "He is considered, and respected, as Allah or the Elder to all Ultra heroes."

It has been reported that those upsetting the ban shall be liable to imprisonment for up to 3 years or a fine of up to RM20,000, or both.

Ultraman's 'defeat' in the issue is proving to be a blow to many who grew up watching the iconic TV show and reading the comic books of the Kaiju-busting action hero.

Ultraman the Ultra Power will be absent from shelves in Malaysia indefinitely.


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