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Japanese Media Watchdog Gets Complaints for Ultra-Lewd Anime, Shimoneta

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It seems like the ultra-lewd anime series, Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist (or Shimoneta for short) is too much for some people to handle.

Japanese media watchdog group Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization (BPO) has published a summary of viewer comments they got in the month of July, including lots of complaints about the content in certain anime shows.

While the names of the anime are not revealed, the contents of the complaints make it pretty obvious as to what they’re filing complains over.

One complaint mentions a late-night anime that uses sound effects to mask words, with some being easily recognizable as dirty words for genitals. The complaint also cites “a gesture that suggests sexual intercourse.”

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The complaint even goes on to say the show is just too much, because even children are able to guess what the vulgar expressions mean. It’s worth mentioning that Shimoneta premiered on late-night television in Japan, and basically pushes every line possible in sneaking crude language, gestures, and fanservice in (it’s also totally worth the watch!).

Another complaint involved a children’s anime that had girls in bathing suits. The comment said this is “unnecessary” in a children’s show, and it “lacks consideration,” as there are “many child predators.” This is probably relating to the ending sequence of PriPara, which featured scenes of girls on the beach, in bathing suits.

Source: Yaraon! via AnimeNewsNetwork


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105 comments
  1. Wonderkarp
    Wonderkarp
    August 20, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Kind of Ironic, considering Shimoneta’s plot is about fighting a war against Morality Police.

    and yes, I LOVE that show. I cant wait for Funimation to release the bluray. It’ll be mine. Praying the Manga gets an official western release too

  2. pepsi
    pepsi
    August 20, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Are they complaining out of sheer irony?

  3. UnluckyEddie
    UnluckyEddie
    August 20, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Self awareness is a bitch huh?

  4. CommanderZx2
    CommanderZx2
    August 20, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Oh dear I hope the “think of the children” narrative doesn’t become common place there. That idiot David Cameron likes to push the narrative that everything from games, tv, movies, etc must some how be tailored for children. Hopefully this isn’t something that starts being done to Japanese anime.

  5. yukitron
    yukitron
    August 20, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    I’m watching this cuz the main character appears to be a perv girl, and not a perv 15 year old boy with short hair like every other anime that takes place in high school

  6. Cody Long
    Cody Long
    August 20, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Never before has a .gif so concisely summed up my life.

  7. Eldhin Hellknight
    Eldhin Hellknight
    August 20, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Fuck complainers, that show is great

  8. Michael Long
    Michael Long
    August 20, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    *downloads above anime*

  9. NuclearCherries
    NuclearCherries
    August 20, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    This show is terrific. Definitely my AOTS. Fuck the morality police.

  10. deadeye
    deadeye
    August 20, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Personally, I can’t stand anime that’s just filled to burst with fanservice. They are always incredibly shallow, otaku pandering, and pretty much the reason why so much anime these days is total crap. Why make something unique and interesting when you can just run down the checklist of tropes and cliches that otakus like and rake in the cash? Not only that but this show pretty much seems like it deliberately sets out to stir up controversy.

    Regardless of my personal bias, I’m not saying I think that sort of thing shouldn’t exist. But I am saying I probably won’t be watching that particular anime. But maybe I’m quick to judge.

    Also, the article specifically mentions a “children’s anime” so honestly I’m kind of in agreement that children’s anime maybe should be a little light on the fanservice. Children things should be appropriate for children. Although it doesn’t mention what kind of swimsuits we’re talking about here, so maybe the folks complaining are overreacting.

    The other show that was mentioned that comes on late at night seems fine and obviously not meant for kids. If it comes on late at night, maybe you shouldn’t let your kids watch it? I dunno. It’s like getting mad at adult swim. It’s CALLED adult swim for a reason.

    And then there’s that Mark Twain quote that people like to bring up that goes “censorship is like telling a man he can’t enjoy a steak because a baby can’t chew it”. They’re not really talking censorship, but the sentiment is valid.

  11. Maxwell Mineur
    Maxwell Mineur
    August 20, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    “The complaint even goes on to say the show is just too much, because
    even children are able to guess what the vulgar expressions mean.”

    They pretend not to know that teenage girls prostitute themselves for money daily and only the man who buys it gets punished for it. In fact, girls have reported instances of men robbing them to the police and gotten their apparently illicit money back.

    But that’s beside the point. In Japan, everyone knows what sex is before they’re 10.

    Maybe they’re just mad that kids even younger are getting exposed to it.

    But, well, the Japanese are dying off. They need to breed.

  12. Thanatos2k
    Thanatos2k
    August 20, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Idiots successfully trolled.

  13. Mea K
    Mea K
    August 20, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I hope these were just posted so that people can mock them.

    Also, what would they have girls wear on the beach? A niqab?

  14. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    August 20, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    That show looks like pretty much the exact opposite of the kind of thing I’d watch but I mean if it’s in the appropriate time slot then I mean, bitching about it is like bitching about whatever’s on adult swim really.

    Honestly the bathing suit thing is more annoying. I mean shit children do go to beaches after all, it’s not like showing a child in a swimsuit is some kind of groundbreaking taboo. People need to stop getting worked up over nothing.

  15. Steven Sanchez
    Steven Sanchez
    August 20, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    I want to watch this :)

  16. rapidcityfire
    rapidcityfire
    August 20, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    You haven’t actually watched the show, have you

  17. deadeye
    deadeye
    August 20, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    I dunno, maybe you should read the part where I said I probably won’t watch it.

    If a show doesn’t look good, I don’t watch it. And it doesn’t look good. There are plenty of other shows out there I haven’t watched that look more interesting, just from the description alone.

  18. Etherblaze
    Etherblaze
    August 20, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    It’s not even THAT lewd. There are anime that are straight up ecchi.

  19. katzedan
    katzedan
    August 20, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    I like how you can define how good a show’s from looks.
    remind me of the people who watches only the first episode of a 26 episodes anime and makes reviews saying it was the worst thing they watched or something along these lines ┐( ̄ヮ ̄)┌

  20. deadeye
    deadeye
    August 20, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    I wouldn’t write a review based on one episode. But generally I’m not going to spend time even watching one episode if the general premise of the anime is not appealing to me.

    I haven’t said “the show is bad”, I’ve said “I don’t think the show looks good”. Those are very different statements.

    I’m not gonna try something out if I don’t like the premise. Like, I wouldn’t order sushi at a restaurant if I didn’t like seafood. No, I haven’t tried it, but I don’t even like the premise of it. So why would I try it?

  21. Haze
    Haze
    August 20, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    The show is about the show, the events on the show are now happening around the show, reality and fiction imitating each other.

  22. Dr.wonderful
    Dr.wonderful
    August 20, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    *Light Novel is about censorship
    *Gets adapted in an anime
    *On for few weeks
    *Japanese Censors gets piss
    *Life becomes art.
    There’s so much beauty in the world, you know?
    It’s one of the few shows I want to sit there and watch what the hell happens next.

    Also to see how the MC gets screwed over. But mostly to see him get screw over by everyone.

    It has nothing to do with Anna’s incredibly perverse ways to obtain his [LOVE NECTAR]. Not at all.

  23. Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    August 20, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Isn’t that the point of this anime?

  24. Like Whatever
    Like Whatever
    August 20, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think.

  25. Cerzel
    Cerzel
    August 20, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Shimoneta really doesn’t have that much fanservice, at least compared to the typical ecchi shows that the term is thrown at. Shimoneta is more like Seitokai Yakuindomo: it’s incredibly vulgar, but it doesn’t actually show that much at all.

  26. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    August 20, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Children’s anime? Like how GTA is played by kids and parents conveniently blame the game companies for junior being a psychopath?

    I’m not one to believe the APA study or any studies suggesting violence is borne from playing games or watching anime or whatever, but this sure is the worst era to become a responsible parent. East or west.

  27. Cerzel
    Cerzel
    August 20, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    >Funimation
    I get that people usually don’t want to wait for better subs, especially with how slow Hiryuu are, but Funi’s subs for Shimoneta are absolute garbage.

  28. Kiryu
    Kiryu
    August 20, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I facepalm everytime when i read stuff like this.What do parents think nowadays,just popping out a new kid and then not caring?Kids are not dolls,lazy shits.

  29. Misogynerd
    Misogynerd
    August 20, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I love it when people make art about fictional people being an asshole in a certain way and the real life versions of those assholes prove the author’s point.

  30. The_Mad_Monarch
    The_Mad_Monarch
    August 20, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    I’ve been wondering what that show was.

  31. Raziel Barkrai
    Raziel Barkrai
    August 20, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Come on, looking at a couple of images of the show is a dead giveaway that the target audience are not children. On a side note, what’s with some recent anime having ridiculously long titles?

  32. Luan X
    Luan X
    August 20, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Where can I read the manga in inglesh?
    Srsly, the sites I usually go too are so late in this story!! =/

  33. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    August 20, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    This show is the exact opposite of that. You should give it a try. The “fanservice” is fully integrated in the plot and completely justified by the setting. I agree with you on the extreme amount of pandering to the lowest common denominator in anime, but this is not a good representation of it. Hell, I’d not even call it fanservice, as its existence is not mere titillation. I also don’t see it as deliberately trying to stir controversy, as I fail to see the benefit from a japanese perspective.

    It’s one of the funniest shows I have watched, right there with Danshi Kokousei no Nichijou and Cromartie.

  34. Cerzel
    Cerzel
    August 20, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    It’s a light novel thing. The anime with the ridiculously long titles are adapted from light novels.

  35. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    August 20, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Starting from episode 4, things go from lewd~ to “where’s my lube”?

  36. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    August 20, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Holy shit, this is too meta for me. Are my chinese cartoons invading real life?

  37. landlock
    landlock
    August 20, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    I’m not surprised the anime is pretty damn intense and because it doesn’t actually show anything. The censorship is ultra lite.

  38. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    August 20, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    I think the other one might be the new Pretty Cure, not Pripara. The franchise is known for ridiculously modest swimsuits (if they touch the area at all) while the new one has normalism suits.

  39. chizwoz
    chizwoz
    August 20, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    I can’t even imagine where the line between acceptable and unacceptable actually is in Japan. So much of it is ridiculous, the might as well just allow everything. Or ban everything.

  40. FalseTragedian
    FalseTragedian
    August 20, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    I dunno, the swimsuits could stand to cover more but they don’t have much screen time, overall I got more of a “girls having fun in the summer” vibe than a “fanservice” vibe from it.

  41. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    August 20, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Look for the Clawhammer release. Its uncensored.

  42. Nin
    Nin
    August 20, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    I think it started with “My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute” and escalated from there.

  43. Yabloko Molloco San
    Yabloko Molloco San
    August 20, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    It turned into a “damned if you do. damned if you don’t” situation for the censors, uh?

  44. Harlem Ball Z
    Harlem Ball Z
    August 20, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    “because even children are able to guess what the vulgar expressions mean” wait, children are watching this show?

  45. Harlem Ball Z
    Harlem Ball Z
    August 20, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    is this the ending that people complain because i don’t see where is the outrage in it

  46. Fenrir7
    Fenrir7
    August 20, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    This show obviously isn’t for children…

  47. djluke_1993
    djluke_1993
    August 20, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Yes…. Because Alnoah. Zero, The Fate series, Plastic Memories, Charlotte are all Otaku pandering animes. If you actually gave most a watch you would actually see there not.

  48. wombat
    wombat
    August 20, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Good to know. The censorship is annoying the crap out of me, what’s a late-night animu doing being censored anyways?

  49. Soaringfalco
    Soaringfalco
    August 20, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Actually I would rather read the light novel.

  50. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    August 21, 2015 at 12:03 am

    And they wonder why they’re dying out…

  51. Kain Yusanagi
    Kain Yusanagi
    August 21, 2015 at 12:21 am

    While I stand by your right to choose not to watch it because you don’t think it looks good, I do argue that not even being willing to try it once is a pretty shitty stance to take. You’ll find way more things you do like by not being quite so narrow-minded about things like that.

  52. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    August 21, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Japanese South Park.

  53. Harlem Ball Z
    Harlem Ball Z
    August 21, 2015 at 12:38 am

    so kids being kids.

  54. Furluge
    Furluge
    August 21, 2015 at 1:40 am

    Just go watch an episode of it, it’s on hulu. I promise you it’s not just a fan service fest.

  55. MusouTensei
    MusouTensei
    August 21, 2015 at 1:43 am

    I’m intrigued.

  56. Anonymous
    Anonymous
    August 21, 2015 at 1:59 am

    You guys are mental. The arguments of this deadeye are actually those of a normal person, and you so deep into all this you are already unable to tell how a normal person thinks.

  57. Anonymous
    Anonymous
    August 21, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Plastic memories might have been a good show if it was not made with the pandering otakus mindset in mind. In the end, it was just a recreation of your typical non-descript otaku having a relationship with a minor that had a terminal disease. How about you make the main female character look and behave like an adult woman. But then otakus wont like the show that much. They had to go the loli way. And the main male character was so obviously designed so otakus would relate to him it was almost unwatchable.

  58. Soaringfalco
    Soaringfalco
    August 21, 2015 at 2:28 am

    I think the answer to that my friend is that the manga adaption of the light novel is far behind. the novels are up to 9 volumes right now and they barely have 1 vol of the manga.

  59. Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    August 21, 2015 at 2:50 am

    I think it’s because it mocks them that’s why they are salty.

  60. Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    August 21, 2015 at 2:54 am

    They do. Give out some government incentives. Start breeding programs.

  61. Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    August 21, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Thanks for that. I too would like to watch it, though I’ll probably just wait a few weeks for the entire season to finish. There’s only like 4 episodes left.

  62. Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    Dr. Evil's Brother's Evil Twin
    August 21, 2015 at 2:55 am

    Clawhammer Subs apparently are good for them.

  63. djluke_1993
    djluke_1993
    August 21, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Wow you actually created another account just to have someone agree with you…

  64. buddyluv324
    buddyluv324
    August 21, 2015 at 3:48 am

    SOX is making the salt rain!

  65. JackDandy
    JackDandy
    August 21, 2015 at 3:49 am

    You are pretty quick to judge. Shimoneta is kickass

  66. Antoinant
    Antoinant
    August 21, 2015 at 6:15 am

    Normalfags, never once.

  67. AzureNova
    AzureNova
    August 21, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Oh the irony. I don’t want to live on this planet anymore. Shimoneta is awesome.

  68. EdgyDude
    EdgyDude
    August 21, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Are the light novels fan translations advanced or even happening at all?

  69. Kain Yusanagi
    Kain Yusanagi
    August 21, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Because having that stance on life is TOTALLY a healthy thing, right? -.-;

  70. Cerzel
    Cerzel
    August 21, 2015 at 10:59 am

    For real, dude? Isla being a petite character and also the heroine of the story was far away from standard conventions. Romantic stories almost never involve characters like her, the only other examples I can think of are Inu x Boku SS and Ore Monogatari. Don’t throw a shitfit because for the first time in a few years the loli character actually got shown some love.

  71. DariusQ
    DariusQ
    August 21, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Looks interesting. Gonna have to check it out.

  72. Barret Somerville
    Barret Somerville
    August 21, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Their outrage over shimoneta only makes me harder, but in all reality this is pretty funny.

  73. Andrew Krasy
    Andrew Krasy
    August 21, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Everything according to keikaku.

  74. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    August 21, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    I feel you. I prefer to marathon stuff, so I usually just wait for the bluerays of everything.

  75. Nonscpo
    Nonscpo
    August 22, 2015 at 12:11 am

    I might have to check out this show to see what all the hype is all about, maybe, probably, eh!

  76. West
    West
    August 22, 2015 at 5:40 am

    I consider this a recommendation.

  77. Dgnfly
    Dgnfly
    August 22, 2015 at 6:29 am

    there are millions off porn movies accessible with the click off a mouse button and they are worried about this.

  78. Blade
    Blade
    August 22, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    No, they really arent when he wont even try a show.
    Its like looking at 2 games that are almost the exact same, and saying one sucks because it looks worse. Thats not how it works. That game could quite literally be one of the best games yet, but because you have the stance of “it looks shitty so I wont give it the time of day” you have just missed a good game. The stance of at least trying shit is the ‘normal’ person’s way of thinking – also, define normal without using scientific terms. I dare you.

  79. Anon630
    Anon630
    August 22, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Do we know if the complaints received were primarily from eastern countries?

  80. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    August 23, 2015 at 8:49 am

    “Real little girls” – No, I still see a bunch of lolis there.

  81. Immahnoob
    Immahnoob
    August 23, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Aw shiiiiiiiiiiiiit.

    Perfect ending.

  82. Megamatics
    Megamatics
    August 24, 2015 at 4:11 am

    It’s like the same argument against Violent Video games “What if the kiddies see it?” Maybe you should of been a Mom and watched your kids? :D Porn and just about any other thing that was adult was blocked for me until I was 16. I’m pretty sure those V-Chips are advanced enough now that they can block this show from your kids eyes.

  83. Jake_Was_Here
    Jake_Was_Here
    August 24, 2015 at 6:19 am

    The problem is that they’re NOT dying off. The job market in Japan is shit because all the good jobs, and even some of the crappy ones, are held by old people who refuse to retire or die, and advancement is sluggish as hell. If you’re not fortunate enough to be in exactly the right place at the right time you’ll never have the money to support a SPOUSE, let alone a whole damned family.

  84. Batata Potato Patate
    Batata Potato Patate
    August 24, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Maybe the problem is that the only people who die are the young workforce, then?

  85. medic
    medic
    August 24, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Never heard of it o.O

  86. André Murgo
    André Murgo
    August 24, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    >children’s show
    You what

    >it “lacks consideration,” as there are “many child predators.”
    What

    Seriously: WAT?

  87. Bigivel
    Bigivel
    August 24, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Pripara is in fact a Children’s show that airs at 10 a.m!

  88. Bigivel
    Bigivel
    August 24, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Pretty Cure doesn’t have an ending with swimsuits!

  89. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    August 24, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Did it say ending?

  90. Shady Dave
    Shady Dave
    August 26, 2015 at 8:38 am

    you can’t fucking comment on a show in this fashion if you have not watched the show you fucking retard.

    “Also, the article specifically mentions a “children’s anime” so honestly I’m kind of in agreement that children’s anime maybe should be a little light on the fanservice.”

    all you did was type some bullshit without knowing the show is not by any means a children’s anime. all you saw was “oh they said it’s a children’s show, so it must beeee XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD”

    why should you try it? why should you watch it? well if you want to form an actual opinion about the show and have an intelligent conversation about it (which you failed to do) you should watch the show.

  91. eric luster
    eric luster
    August 26, 2015 at 9:59 am

    What about prison school i will say this anime is worst than Shimoneta i don’t know what to say they are idiots that’s why age rating exist

  92. BrokenMonkey
    BrokenMonkey
    August 26, 2015 at 10:31 am

    I read your comment in the voice of Patrick Stewart. Put a huge smile on my face! :)

  93. Misaka Mikoto
    Misaka Mikoto
    August 26, 2015 at 10:46 am

    you are a big gay

  94. Wonderkarp
    Wonderkarp
    August 26, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Acting

  95. Bigivel
    Bigivel
    August 26, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Yep!

  96. Donwel
    Donwel
    September 7, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Yeah, I thought DxD is more lewd than what I’ve seen of Shimoneta so far, if anything it’s more funny. Even To-Love Ru I think is more lewd as they often go mental with the “plot” especially in the new series with Momo around, she’s lewd as fuck.
    As a side note tho, Rias…..

  97. TheMythof Feminism
    TheMythof Feminism
    September 20, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Ahhh looks like we found the inspiration for the Decency Squad.
    Except I doubt the one in real life is led by a Hot White-Haired MILF.

  98. Anonymous
    Anonymous
    October 2, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Saw the first 5-6 episodes or so to get an idea of what is this about, then decided i had enough. The really scary thing is that there is people saying the show is great and they love it. If this is your concept of a great show, anime is truly a lost cause now. All the utterly boring cliches that have been plaguing anime lately, mixed with vulgarity and bad taste. It cannot get worse than this.

  99. Kevin Von
    Kevin Von
    October 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    i have heard alot of good comments about this anime ((( Katekyo Hitman Reborn! )))), but i hate reading, reading takes away from the awesomeness of the anime and i really would hate to force myself to spoil this anime by watching it in sub, i know there are alot of people out there who agrees with me because the feel the same, so i hope someone important sees this and decides to dub this anime sometime soon, even if its a fan based dub, i’m live with that…

  100. Viredae
    Viredae
    December 20, 2015 at 9:02 am

    The “salt”… You mean j*zz, right?

  101. Brandon Keil
    Brandon Keil
    March 10, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Rawr