Wolverine : Illegal in Japan

October 22nd, 2009

Wolverine Knives

I meant to post this a few months ago, but kinda forgot until now.  Sorry.

I find this a somewhat strange tie-up: the National Police Agency has put up posters both advertising “Wolverine: X-Men Zero” (original title “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) and the new restrictions on knives with blades more than 5.5 cm long.

That, in itself, is odd.  I’ve seen licensed characters in public service posters, but never an actual advertisement including the name of a movie.  But stranger (to me) is what it says:

Not Even Allowed For This Man

Dagger Possession is Illegal

Possession of blades more than 5.5 cm long is illegal.  Illegal possession is punishable by a jail sentence of up to 3 years or a fine of up to 500,000 Yen.

Hugh Jackman


X-Men Zero

In theaters nationwide 9/11

National Police Agency

I can’t figure out what the message is.  Is it:

“This guy is totally rad, and sports blatantly illegal blades.  Having illegal blades is cool!  Brought to you by the National Police Agency”

Or is it:

“This guy fights bad guys who try to destroy the world, but we’d totally arrest him on sight”?

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