BPO Publishes Viewer Complaint About Anime With 'Sexually Extreme' Content
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Japan's Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization (BPO) watchdog group recently published viewer complaints from April. One complaint included criticism of a late-night television anime series. The complaint read:
Regarding a late-night anime program, there was extremely obscene content. Because it's an anime work, there is a possibility that children may mistakenly watch it. [The problem] in not limited to this program. I want TV networks and producers to revise their thinking and show restraint with broadcasts of anime programs with content that is too sexually extreme.
BPO regularly publishes complaints about anime. A complaint about an explicit kiss in an anime episode broadcast in January may refer to Scum's Wish. The watchdog's published anime-related complaints include criticism of a scene in Detective Conan in which sushi is eaten off of a woman's body, the masturbation scene in Mr. Osomatsu, a scene involving "suggestive banana-eating" in Yōkai Watch, the violence in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, and the main characters of PriPara being shown in swimsuits in the ending. BPO's report also included in August a complaint about the smartphone game Pokémon Go and its portrayal in news programs.
Other anime to receive complaints published by BPO in the past 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.