It seems Scum’s Wish has been getting viewers hot under the collar in more ways than one, as Japan’s Broadcasting Ethics and Programme Improvement Organisation (BPO) has been receiving some complaints about “extreme kissing” in a late-night anime. While the specific anime isn’t named and shamed, the key suspect is the second episode’s scene between Mugi and Hanabi, and this is still more likely in light of the full complaint.
It reads: “There was an extreme kiss scene with high school students in a television anime. It was a late-night time slot, but it’s not the kind of content to broadcast on a regular airborne signal that anyone can easily view.” If there’s anything Scum’s Wish has been widely recognised for, it’s the unsettling, heartbreaking realism and brutal honesty of its kiss scenes.
Viewer issue aside, the BPO cannot directly influence any content set to be shown on Japanese TV, though they can present such complaints to lawmakers. Other anime criticisms fielded by the organisation have ranged from “suggestive banana-eating” in Yo-Kai Watch, to a masturbation scene in the also-late-night anime Osomatsu-san. Offenses taken go all the way up to sushi being eaten off a censored, though presumed nude woman’s body in Detective Conan, in the real – though rare and rather misogynistic – practice of Nyaitomori. Makes you wonder just how many BPO staff get their anime recommendations through their day job, doesn’t it?