Women have always known that sexual abuse and harassment is a serious, systemic problem. It seems that problem is finally getting widespread attention in mainstream discourse in many countries, including Japan after news story after news story about abusive men in positions of power. Conversations like MeToo are emphasizing an important point: we need to believe survivors. This article examines three narratives from recent anime about real or alleged sexual harassment and assault. Episode Two proved them right with a cringe-worthy plot line where Nobuaki is falsely accused of rape by a girl named Natsuko.
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There are some life lessons that just have to be learned the hard way—diving headfirst into the dark end, where a metaphorical light, called a lesson on morals, can shine the brightest. But, for those with a light at the end of the eerie tunnels, the journey is worth it. There are some uncomfortable anime we need to watch for the very reason that it makes us uncomfortable. Sankarea: Undying Love. Boy meets girl, boy attempts to revive his dead cat with girl, and girl attempts suicide with the poison potion intended to revive the dead cat. Satoru Fujinuma has a unique gift where he is occasionally launched back in time a few minutes to prevent life-threatening tragedies. This event reminds Satoru and his mother, a former journalist, of a string of unsolved child kidnappings and murders that occurred in their old neighborhood when Satoru was in elementary school.
The best example of this is the anime No Game No Life. Ignoring the problematic incestuous undertones of their relationship, what was more repugnant was how the audience was forced to go through panty shots of a minor for no other reason than titillation for sickos. Not only is anime flooded with pedophilic relationships, it has them presented in such a manner as to make audiences root for them. It should be noted how young girls are almost always the victims of such pedophilic acts.
Anime is one of the best things to happen to TV. But sometimes they do seem to go haywire. A misappropriate comedy with sexual assault or a very messed up take on a rape scene, they have done it all. And as with any other form of entertainment, sexual violence is extremely difficult to depict in anime.