Woman-as-Sushi Plate Scene Gets Detective Conan Its 1st BPO Complaint in a Decade
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
The Japanese Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization (BPO) watchdog group recently published viewer complaints from February, one stemming from a nyotaimori scene from an evening anime program. Nyotaimori is the practice of eating sushi off a woman's naked body. The complaint asks for consideration of the ethical implications, the time zone when the program aired, and the potential impact on children.
The specific anime the scene appeared in isn't identified, although a similar scene took place in episode 808 of Detective Conan that aired on February 13. The woman in the scene is censored.
This is first BPO published complaint for Detective Conan in 10 years. The last complaint was published in 2006 and generally disagreed with the anime's subject matter and art style, stating that the children's style animation wasn't appropriate for a show that focused on murder.
The BPO published viewer complaints in November stemming from a scene in Yōkai Watch. The complaint regards a "suggestive" banana-eating scene. In October the BPO also published viewer complaints stemming from a scene in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, in August, the BPO published a complaint regarding the ending sequence to idol anime PriPara, which depicted the young girl protagonists in swimsuits. Specifically, Sophie Hojo wore a black negligee mirroring a photo of Marilyn Monroe. The ending sequence was edited.
Overall, many anime have caused user complaints published by the BPO in the past. A few include Owarimonogatari, SHIMONETA, Chibi Maruko-chan, Gintama, Kan Colle, Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V, The Seven Deadly Sins, Akame ga KILL!, Your Lie in April, Hunter x Hunter, Blood-C, Fullmetal Alchemist, School Days, Magi, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Pokémon, and NANA.