The latest season of Demon Slayer, Kimetsu no Yaiba: Yukaku Hen (Fuji TV series), which started broadcasting on Dec 5, 2021, faced a lot of criticism from fans for multiple reasons such as violence, a character having multiple wives and spanking that was shown in the series.
Before the second season premiered, Japanese parents voiced concerns about the upcoming plot being set in a red zone with multiple brothels, an environment they wanted their children to stay out of.
To avoid criticism, the anime production committee changed the name of the arc from “Red light district” to “Entertainment District Arc”.
However, the concerns did not stop there.
In the hour-long first episode that aired on Dec. 5, Sound Hashira Uzui Tengen made an appearance in the series alongside his 3 wives. Yaraon, an open comment forum found out that a Japanese Twitter user went viral for criticizing the series for showing polygamy, and discrimination against women.
The tweet translates as:
It seems like the second season of the Kimetsu no Yaiba anime has started, but it made me want to vomit when I found out that the protagonist, Tengen Uzui, has a polygamy with three wives. A great stir was created just for the fact that it was set in a brothel, however, do the producers want to promote discrimination against women? I can’t help but think that they are deliberately trying to agitate feminists. It’s a protest, actually.
After the tweet spread like wildfire, the Twitter user deleted the post, and made their account private.
Even so, the criticism continued to grow in other forms, especially around Tengen.
According to the Japanese portal Myjitsu, a portion of the viewers of the anime posted criticism on social media about the scene in which Uzui spanked the character, Aoi Kanzaki, during the final scenes of the first episode aired on Dec 5.
While some users found this as a “form of sexual harassment,” another part of the audience was tolerant about it; citing the historical atmosphere of Kimetsu no Yaiba.
A certain netizen pointed out, the scene was portrayed in the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga chapter 70 “in the trademark warped style“– meant to be a gag.
Another problem that arose after the release of the first episode was the amount of anime original content added in this episode. MyJitsu pointed out that the additional content that includes a “synopsis” scene.
A flood of criticisms claimed anime broadcast on Fuji TV is famous for having many original scenes.
“I wonder if the reason why it felt quite slow was because of the presence of original scenes between parts … I had the feeling that time was forcibly lengthened, but I am hopeful that they will remain faithful in the following episodes.,”said a netizen.
Previously, in November, Japan’s Broadcasting Ethics & Program Improvement Organization (BPO), a media watchdog got multiple complaints from concerned adults about the show’s “violent content ”.
They published the reviews and responses to viewers’ comments for the television version of Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-hen which aired on Fuji TV in a period of seven weeks.
Among the complaints were, “There are too many scenes of bloodshed and cruelty” and “I was incredibly uncomfortable at the grotesque depictions of people being eaten, an arm being torn off, and other terrible acts of violence.”
After a re-evaluation of the contents, a judgement was issued:
“More so than the blood, within the members of the committee there were some who were concerned about the depictions of bodies with severed heads. However, our overall opinion is that since the depictions are of human-like monsters, this is still within the range of what is permissible, and that proper consideration was shown by the broadcaster for a movie rated PG12 and being aired in a 9 p.m. time slot. Thus, we have concluded our discussion.”
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Season 2 broadcasted in two cours, started airing Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc on Oct 10, followed by Entertainment District Arc on Sunday, Dec 5,2021.