A Twitter post went viral on Jan 14, 2022, when a user @PaxLillin criticized the recent development of Nezuko‘s demon form in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba season 2 as he notes it is “sending them (children) a weird message”.
The Brotakus podcaster who also claims to be a teacher nitpicked that the new form of Nezuko was “heavily sexualized” and not fit for children anymore.
To this, fans flooded his comment section revealing Demon Slayer was “never made for children” based on the content.
In his latter tweet, he criticized the design of the female characters as “lazy” and “poor” on the animator’s part.
To which, fans rushed to defend the characters saying the Twitter user cannot differentiate “fiction from reality” while there is nothing wrong with the anime.
Earlier this month, as soon as the sixth episode of Demon Slayer: Yuukaku Hen dropped, criticisms started flowing in from Nezuko fans for “sexualizing” her.
Previously, in December, the premiere of Kimetsu no Yaiba: Yukaku Hen was also hit with 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.
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.
Japanese parents expressed concerns about the plot being set in a red zone with many brothels, a place they did not want their children to be exposed to before the second season began.
To avoid criticism, the anime production committee changed the name of the arc from “Red light district” to “Entertainment District Arc”.