The Japanese TV series Ultraman Tiga, which is popular among Chinese children, is now unavailable on multiple Chinese video platforms by Friday,
sparking widespread yet divided discussions among Chinese netizens on the impact of violent content on children.
An official from China's National Radio and Television Administration urged online programs to run "special channels" and promote healthy contents to children and teens,
and firmly resist broadcasting cartoons that contain violence, blood and pornographic scenes, according to a statement issued on Friday night.
The topic "Ultraman Tiga got removed" has topped the searching list on Sina Weibo.
Many netizens believe that the removal may be due to Chinese parents' complaint about violent content in the series.
"It's time to regulate disorderly and violent scenes in children's cartoons," a netizen surnamed Tang, who's also a parent of a 4-year-old child said.
"There are too many violent plots in the cartoons, and my son is imitating some of them."
Some others were disappointed by the removal.
"I grew up watching Ultraman Tiga. I think it's very positive.
“我是看着《迪迦奥特曼》这部剧长大的 。我认为这部剧非常积极向上 。
It can teach children to protect the weak and be a kind person," Zhang Tong, a 29-something Beijing-based cartoon lover, said on Friday.