A graphic scene from the first episode of the Skeleton Knight in Another World anime gained attention on Twitter from concerned feminists (in Japan).
A Japanese tweet went viral after uploading the first scene from the first episode of the anime and sharing the remark “From the first second of the first episode, this anime became so heavy that it shattered my mind”.
The tweet acquired 37 million views in about a week.
It should be noted that the anime premiered in April 2022, and this moment is only just now accruing attention.
As per usual, feminists were upset over how “anime portrays women”, despite it being fiction. Though, such instances usually have feminists from the west complaining, instead, Japanese feminists were mostly the ones complaining:
“You know, I think a society that allows the portrayal of men committing violence against women without remorse, and men rejoicing in it being visible on social media, inevitably leads women in Japan to develop aversion to men. Of course, this doesn’t explain everything, but I believe it at least contributes to the low birth rate. This culture is driving a wedge between men and women.”
“Do women really get treated like lesser beings, huh? It’s repulsive to think that there are men who watch scenes of rape depicted as normal and get aroused by it. In reality, I don’t see women blushing like that, so the representation also annoys me. It’s terrible that, even with issues of sexual violence in society, the rape of women is turned into something fun and adapted into anime. It’s crap.”
“I always think about this, but the idea that ‘when experiencing sexual violence, women blush and feel ashamed’ is a male ideal that infuriates me. There’s no room to blush in such situations. In reality, if you’re going through that, panic, despair, and fear are so overwhelming that there’s no space for shame. The face turns pale or becomes paralyzed.”
“It’s terrible. The people who are having fun watching such things are the same ones carrying out collaborative attacks.”
“It’s because of people who cheer and give 70,000 likes saying ‘This is the climax!’ when watching sexual assault scenes that male otakus are repudiated. It’s even worse when the production team believes that sexual assault scenes are effective as a ‘hook’ in the first episode to attract a male otaku audience. It’s as if they’re setting themselves up to be hated.”
“It’s repulsive. The fact that an anime like this is being aired in prime time is the end of Japan. A country where sexual crimes are common.”
“For men, sexual violence is entertainment. It’s regrettable.”
“What?! Isn’t this an anime for adults? This is problematic.”
“This scene is extremely terrifying.”
“If I start watching an anime expecting it to be comforting and encounter a beginning like this, it’s very challenging. Sometimes we watch new animes not knowing what to expect, and there may be people who have flashbacks. It would be possible to address this indirectly and take precautions, at the very least with a warning.”