News Central Japan's Sun TV Preempts Shigofumi Episode 6
posted on 2008-02-06 06:12 EST
The official Japanese website for the Shigofumi supernatural suspense anime has confirmed that the sixth episode ("Sakebi" or "Shout") will be preempted by the Sun TV broadcasting station in central Japan. No explanation was given for the preemption. Sun TV serves the city of Kobe and the surrounding areas.
The first indication that the sixth episode would be preempted came when Sun TV ran the previous episode without a next-episode preview on Tuesday. The sixth episode would have aired on February 12 at 26:10 (effectively 2:10 a.m. the next morning). Instead, the station will skip this episode and air the seventh episode ("Kirameki" or "Glittering") on February 19.
The Shigofumi anime centers on a girl who delivers the last letter from the dearly departed to those left behind. The story of the sixth episode will deal with ijime (bullying) in a school and on an anonymous online forum. (2ch is a popular example of an anonymous Japanese forum.) There have been highly publicized cases of accidental deaths and suicides that were tied to school bullying in Japan in the past decade, but none have been reported in Kobe's Kansai region recently. KBS Kyoto, another station located in the Kansai region, is still planning to broadcast the episode on February 12.
Shigofumi's third episode, "Tomodachi" ("Friends"), was "altered in light of recent circumstances in the society at large," but not preempted entirely. All participating stations, including Sun TV, showed this episode with the edits during the week of January 16. Ironically, Sun TV was one of the stations that aired the 12th episode of the Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kai murder mystery anime, even though two other stations preempted the same episode.