It has been said that in Hell, there will be nothing but law. The late Pres. Marcos ticked all the boxes on being a dictator as he opposed to some forms of entertainment while the country was going through a dark time.
Marcos banned anime Voltes V from television for its supposed “excessive violence” via a presidential decree in 1979, or when Voltes V was down to its last four episodes. There were two other anime series banned during martial law, Mazinger Z and Daimos. Voltes V and Daimos re-aired in 1999, a move that is considered to have sparked the return of the anime craze in the Philippines.
According to an archived article from The Telegraph, “Space Invaders, Asteroids, and thousands of other video games” were pulled from arcades. This was in response to parents and teachers screaming something about morality and violence, supposedly, said the NY Times. Included in the ban were pinball machines, slot machines, and the like, with violators facing a steep fine of around P29,000 or six months to 12 years jail-time.
Risqué films, commonly known as “bomba” films of the period, were clamped down on under Martial Law—still, the censorship rules allowed for a subgenre to continue, the less explicit “bold” films. The low-quality productions usually reflected the hardships under the dictatorship as well. Partly influenced by the sexual revolution in the US, which advocated for acceptance of what traditionally were viewed as taboos in sexual discourse, these movies normalized sex and sexuality in film.