@Anarchy-Marine said in Height Restrictions, Remove or Stay?:
Edit: upon further Googling, I found that in 2007, a film adaptation was made, and was allowed to be shown in the U.S. I'd be more concerned about U.S. authorities than the Japanese if I were you.
It's generally considered a classic work of literature and, I feel like it's a bit weird that I have to tell you this, the child molester who explicitly grooms a young girl with the intent to impregnate her so he can continue being a horrible person even after she grows up is very, clearly, not a good guy. He may be the focal character of the narrative but he's an absolute monster and you are in no way intended to sympathize with him. The book was somewhat revolutionary for the fact that it didn't shy away from the horror of what this man does or his internal narrative wherein he paints himself as a perfect gentleman and romanticizes a child, convincing himself that she was leading him on and such.
Which is why the book, its title Lolita inspired terminology like Lolita-complex stemming from the main character's sexual obsession with the titular character and why, generally speaking, phrases that descend from it like "Loli" are rather inherently coded and tied with the book and its content and characters.
"We use it differently" in reference to niche internet anime culture is not sufficient excuse or defense given that people are still using it to refer to characters who, specifically, look childish. Which is what this entire discussion, more or less, has been about. It's not using it differently at all, it is a coded dogwhistle to admit to the attraction and interest in a childish character without explicitly saying it, I broke it down a few pages ago and I'll do it again for you if you really need me to. Your comparison of the modern queer slur falls completely flat because a bundle of sticks literally has no relation to it being used as a slur against homosexual men. (There's a popular, though ultimately unsubstantiated, urban legend about this we can get into if you want - but the truth more likely than not has far more to do with the far, far more frequent usage of femininity as a masculine insult given that the original context of the word generally is used to refer to older women who gathered bundles of sticks.)
Even Lolita fashion does share some ties to the book, though they're very loose and tenuous as aside from the name and the occasional cultural overlap between street fashion culture and otaku culture there is relatively little to connect these three dots. Lolita fashion, by and far, is about an idealized portrayal of pure femininity almost like how the main character of the novel obsessed over the titular girl, but without the sexual depravity - taking much inspiration from western dress and fancifully expanded upon to create elaborate artwork display intended to celebrate and enrich the wearer's sense of self and whatnot.