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The anime industry is the most creative of all. From stunning visuals to the incredible storylines, it makes everything feasible. Anime makers take inspiration from various sources that often stir subjects related to sensitive matters, real-life crimes, which are not equally welcomed by viewers from different cultures. For the same reason, here is a list of famous anime that became the scapegoats for controversies due to various reasons.
7. Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
At the end of season 3, viewers took anime’s motives quite diligently. The characters are shown to be the members of the Eldian race, who are oppressed by Markeyans because they can convert into human-eating titans. The location of Eldians quite closely resembles Jewish ghettos during World War || along with similar armbands and Nazi-like officers controlling them.
Unlike the real history, the anime characters can be both good or bad on the basis of circumstances. But it is somewhat true that the character of Erwin Smith looks quite similar to Erwin Rommel.
Little siblings are often cute and nasty. So, portraying them as little incestuous is not at all wrong in the anime world. However, there’s a limit to everything and it seems like this anime has crossed it all. It features a disorderly group of risqué girls who don’t mind exposing their underwear and blatantly claim their love for men’s private parts.
Their conduct is controlled by an older brother who is an author light novel at the age of 16. There are no surprises that the anime reviews are filled with extreme negativity.
5. Dragon Ball Z Kai
The anime doesn’t have any controversial character or storyline. It did become a victim of controversy when its music composer was charged with plagiarism. Later, his work was replaced with scores from the previous series. The anime is more or less a little modified version of the original series with negligible technical updates.
Another reason was the replacement of voice actors. The broadcast was initially censored and the show received heavy criticism. Later, the situation was pacified when the second half of the series featured the voices of original voice actors.
4. Hetalia Axis Powers
The anime covers different countries and personifies them into quirky characters. These characters discuss critical political decisions during the period of World War 1 and 2. It includes Italy who is carefree and is in love with pasta, Japan, who acts strangely, and Germany, who is deemed serious. The anime looks pretty hilarious and full of laughter, but it also has a taste of sarcastic political humor which was disliked by many countries.
The series ignited a fire in already existing tensions between Japan and South Korea. Such that, South Korea’s character was removed from the show, and later on, it was forced to be canceled before broadcasting.
3. Yosuga no Sora: In Solitude Where We Are Least Alone
The story is about two twin orphans Kasugano Haruka and Sora. They go to live at their grandfather’s house after their parents are killed in an accident. There, they meet their childhood buddies Amatsume Akira and Yorihime Nao, and also a new friend, Migiwa Kazuha. Though life appears peaceful, there’s a hint of burning emotions about to unfold.
The anime was a daytime show and the way it featured adult scenes was highly inappropriate for children to watch. Besides the scenes, viewers were also disgusted by the intimate relationship shown between brother and sister. The show was finally brought to the attention of the Tokyo Government.
2. Goblin Slayer
The reason why Goblin Slayer is a controversial anime is self-explanatory from its synopsis - Goblins are widely known for their cunning, ferocity, and fast reproduction, but their reputation as weak monsters overshadow the level of threat they possess. They raid rural places to kidnap females of different species to breed more for their kind. There’s no one to stop them as adventures look for more rewarding tasks with higher bounties.
There’s a 15-year-old priestess who, along with enthusiastic rookies, goes to investigate the crimes committed by goblins on the village women. But fate soon turns grim when all the rookies are sexually assaulted and killed leaving the priestess alone all by herself.
1. Ishuzoku Reviewers (Interspecies Reviewers)
The reason why this anime tops this chart becomes pretty clear when you read its plot or watch the few minutes of the first episode. It features three friends living in a fantasy world. They are on a mission to know every monster girl living there and spread the word to their buddies across the globe.
Though the visuals are stunning, characters are well-structured, the intimate scenes are so explicit that it forced Funimation and many Japanese TV networks to drop it from their schedule list.
There is plenty of anime banned across the globe especially in China and even in Japan itself. The reasons can be many, but one thing is clear, not every anime is made for children.
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