“Anime Broadcasts are Inappropriate!”

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Top Tokyo anime station TV Tokyo is under fire for daring to break off its back-to-back earthquake coverage after a mere 33 hours, “inappropriately” broadcasting starting to broadcast anime whilst other Tokyo channels were still lovingly showing endless scenes of ruined reactors, wrecked cities and huddled refugees.

TV Tokyo ran 33 hours of continuous quake coverage from 2:54PM on the 11th of March to 11:55PM on the 12th, at which point it finally relented and broadcast the scheduled episode of Tegami Bachi.

The station subsequently fell victim to a barrage of criticism for “inappropriate programming,” with some 600 complaints received.

TV companies are apparently alone in Japanese corporate culture in being largely impervious to minority complaints and utterly unself-effacing when responding to them, and TV Tokyo’s CEO is no exception:

“We did receive 90 messages of support for broadcasting it, but most were critical. I’d like to bear their valued opinions in mind.”

Just why every station in the Tokyo region was expected to offer days of continuous quake coverage is not exactly clear; nor is it clear what purpose half a dozen channels endlessly regurgitating the same information actually serves.

Anime fans for their part are already feeling put upon thanks to the tendency of stations to splash maps all over the screen every time there is a 1m tsunami anticipated on beaches 2000km away.

2ch is highly sceptical of the excessive wave of “self-restraint” cancellations, as well as the increasingly transparent efforts to hijack the disaster hysteria for political ends and backdoor censorship:

“What are they whining about? It’s practically an anime station.”

“Just what did they expect?”

“So now TV Tokyo is going to have to exercise ‘self-restraint’? What about Madoka…”

“If you don’t like it, change the channel!”

“On the contrary, they should be grateful. The other stations all run quake coverage, but they have anime to take solace in – I think that is good.”

“If you want to complain, do it to the government or Tepco… the ones who blame anime are nuts.”

“Just shut up and watch NHK!”

“People who don’t even watch that channel shouldn’t be lodging complaints about it!”

“The self-restraint obsessed crowd are seriously irritating.”

“It’s better than the creepy variety news shows on the other channels.”

“TV Tokyo should exercise self-restraint – from showing quake coverage.”

“What the hell is the problem supposed to be anyway? We don’t need more than one channel running quake news all the time…”

“Do the self-restraint maniacs actually derive pleasure from watching quake reports or something?”

“TV Tokyo is in the right. Endless quake images are only going to traumatise children.”

“I thought Japan was finished when I tuned in to TV Tokyo to see earthquake reporting, but I saw a ray of hope when the anime returned!”

“The people who make these complaints are mentally ill… what is the point of having every single channel run the same reports and not forgiving anything else, it’s crazy.”

“NHK runs nothing but earthquake coverage, the others run quake coverage/variety programmes, and TV Tokyo runs anime. Take your pick.”

“The quake was in Tohoku and the Tokyo channels don’t even broadcast there, so who cares if they broadcast anime in Tokyo?”

“Did they complain properly to ATX and Animax as well?”

“I was surprised TV Tokyo even broadcast quake news.”

“The people complaining are the ones who need to show some self-restraint…”

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  • Anonymous says:

    Well if people want to see disaster reports, I pretty sure they’d watch the news. They probably feel how I did back in September ’01 when every single station was the news. I didn’t want to see that shit Dx

  • Many of Japanese love anime.
    However, it is also true that many of Japanese dislike anime.
    There is no indifferent person for the anime.
    The country where a lot of prejudices to Otaku exist is Japan.

    Many of people who dislike anime are the elderly persons and they love Shintaro Ishihara.

  • Anonymous says:

    those complaints came from sadists that went “wtf? where’s my depressed people show?!!!” apparently, they were shocked as they see some people rejoicing when anime awas aired and that angered them while saying “dammit! i won’t get my daily fix if this goes on”

  • Anonymous says:

    And people wonder why Japan has such a high suicide rate…

    Being there to report the initial tragedy is fine.

    Keeping up with developments as they happen is also fine.

    Every TV station in the country providing 24/7 coverage of the death and destruction of a natural disaster for days on end is fucking depressing. People need a break from all that misery, be it anime, game shows, soap operas or even just some lame ass infomercials.

    You can only watch so much misery before it starts eating at you.

  • Anonymous says:

    The only circumstance that justifies spamming all channels with news is when there’s a real emergency, meaning an event that requires prompt action from the viewers, other that that, it’s completely pointless.

  • 2ch lately seems to be a beacon of hope for a better Japan. What does Ishihara expect people to do all day? People need a break from chaos. We went through this shit with 9/11 where people were afraid to make ANY sort of jokes on TV… but we eventually got over it. What’s the point of living if you have no dreams to fight for?!

  • Anonymous says:

    While I agree that the Earthquake and Tsunamie are devistating and the lose of life tragic. I donot see why there has to be 24/7 coverage on every tv channel in Tokyo or even Japan for the entire length of the crisis!
    There is such a thing as OVER Covering or OVER EXPOSER. The only thing that is going to do is cause people to tune OUT.

  • Fuck tatemae. Fuck doing the “right” thing even if it’s what no one wants – but is what is expected.

    “This is why we can’t have nice things.” A culture of robots oppressing robots. Sucks for the station operators, but the way to reverse this? Generate MORE complaints that they’re not showing anime. Surely the mobs of otaku who’ll snap up a dozen copies of their favorite OP single can muster a few phone calls – say, 2000? There you go.

    If you’re listening, 2ch, the only way to fix this is to complain even more loudly that they’re not showing anything but disaster coverage. The sooner you do, the sooner Japan can start to heal and stop picking at this open wound in everyone’s hearts…

  • Anonymous says:

    How would YOU feel if YOU were the victim of that Earthquake / Reactor blowing. And you were sitting there for weeks without aide, hoping, wishing, praying, whatever, for someone to help. And to know that there are people out there who don’t give a fuck and want to watch cartoons instead. It’s easy to pick your ass and say “I don’t want to see all these hurt people, it’s depressing” THEN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Go out there and volunteer to help! Stop trying to escape the fact that the world is in chaos. This is why Humanity is failing as a race. We don’t help each other and just want to help ourselves. The truth is though, by helping others, it comes back to you. There is more to this world that is hurtling through space than our 5 senses can detect.

    • erochichi says:

      Do you think authorities will allow anybody who is willing to help get access to disaster areas?
      I believe they call in the kind of people they need.
      People with suitable knowledge and skills. Specially when working at areas with radiation risk.

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  • Anonymous says:

    And to the rest of you. I love anime as much as the next human. But there is a limit, it’s called moderation. You have all been watching anime back to back for the last 10 years. And now a huge disaster hits and for a few weeks out of those 10 years they are constantly alerting people of whats up. And thats a problem to you? Because now you are getting depressed at how you can’t watch your paper and ink characters live their planned lives? Now you have to see the real world and how fucked up it is instead? Thats depressing? Really? You people need to re-evaluate your life and whats important.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Anyone who actually looks at the situation for what it is rather than believing the news hype knows that it’s not going to be the next chernobyl.
      It’s bad- horrible, even. That’s true. Nobody is disputing that. But the average joe living on the other side of the country or far enough away to not be affected much if at all doesn’t need to see it on every channel 24/7.

      If people want to watch the news, there are stations that do that. If people want to watch anime or other shows, there should be stations that can do that too. Forcing everyone to have no exposure to anything but the disaster constantly is just cruel and sick.
      Even if everyone “got off their ass” there’s nothing most people there could do that isn’t being done already by someone more skilled and better trained. Your average schmuck can’t go fix a nuclear reactor.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, buddy, have you actually ever BEEN inside a natural disaster? It doesn’t like it. Well, lemme tell you something… -I- lived through one of the largest hurricanes to hit this country EVER! And guess what? We magically got our power back the next day, but of course, the cable was out, and EVERY SINGLE ONE of the VHF stations (Except for PBS) would only show disaster coverage. Do you have any IDEA how boring and irritating that gets after 24 hours of it? THANK GOD for UHF! I’ve never been more thankful to watch endless reruns of MASH and Murphy Brown! It might not’ve been the regularly scheduled Must See TV, but it was a needed break from the endless news coverage. Is it so bad that those that have power and their health to enjoy at least a small break from the craziness? In anycase, not EVERY CHANNEL needs to run the same information. Having at least a couple stations dedicated to entertainment programming would go a long way over there, right now.

  • Anonymous says:

    Give ’em a break. I live on the Gulf Coast and when a hurricane hits we get the same thing, radio and TV stations turn over to emergency broadcasts and it’s 24/7 for days, and in the case of Katrina, weeks. This earthquake is multiple times worse than any hurricane I’ve been witness too, so the coverage should be that extreme. When you’ve got loved ones dead and your country’s in tatters, you count on the news to inform and comfort you. Sometimes it’s inappropriate to break up that news because everyone’s not on the same page. Some may want to watch some anime for a change, but your average person wants to be able to count on the news.

  • Anonymous says:

    I don’t see the problem with airing anime during such a terrible time for Japan. People don’t need to be constantly reminded of the horror they faced. In fact, the time has never been better for a distraction or three! Let them smile.

  • Anonymous says:

    do they even need 24 hour of showing the same quake disaster news and scene?

    recycling the very same news over and over again?

    they are an idiot, just like Ishihara..

    yes, we do feel sympathy toward them, and lots of people already help them through donation..

    still, they should remember, life goes on.. don’t just stuck onto the past..

    Grieving and sad feeling phase should be over by now, and now is the time to return to regular normal day routine..

    only if something NEW like latest developement of nuclear reactor crisis, radiation leakage, some kind of disease occur related to the quake/tsunami/nuclear,etc.. then that’s the time TV station obligate to the show the news and postpone the anime broadcast..

    so, stop broadcasting the same news everyday, and return to daily schedule, and when something new happening, please show it on the tv..

    • Anonymous says:

      You are an idiot. It’s just cartoons bro. Whats happening on TV is real. And keep in mind not everyone is glued to the TV. Some people are JUST turning it on now to see news coverage or to recap themselves on whats up. Grow up and re-evaluate your life you angsty fat ass 😉

      • Anonymous says:

        You’re the fucking idiot. There are numerous channels already playing earthquake coverage 24/7. While I’m sure that you incessantly drool about self-restraint and how everyone should be informed, there is already an existing service for that. It’s what we call news channels. TV Tokyo isn’t a fucking news channel.

      • Anonymous says:

        Real life isn’t that hard at all pshhhhh. What you don’t think we have a “real life”? I’m god damn sacrificing a lot in university to get a job , man. I know what it’s like , however even if its like that , I still get good grades while having my passion for anime. So shut the fuck up with “real life” crap. We all need an escape , I know you do too. It doesn’t have to be anime you know.

      • Are you going to reverse the disaster? No? Then what fucking good does it do to know every bit of minutae about it 100,000x over? If it were a human and not a TV station fixating like this, they’d be put into psychiatric care.

  • Anonymous says:

    The problem is… from what i heard… during those times some if not majority of the stations went on with regular tv schedules and minimized the news and updates about the reactors. That happened before Japan admitted that the reactors were in a really really bad state.

    From how I’m seeing it, the government was trying to tell people not to worry and are feeding them with lies so that they wouldn’t panic.

    Aside from degree of news blackout, some sites were also restricted so that panic couldn’t spread either…

    But then again, this was a time during the disaster, things and people’s head become shit due to stress so whatever happened then, it’s definitely predictable.

  • so the ‘Japanese spirit’, where Japanese get back to everyday chores and work despite a catastrophe (After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, trains where going again the very next day) … this very impressive and much praised spirit doesn’t extend to television studios, huh?

    oh well.. good to know.

  • Kinny Riddle says:

    TV Tokyo already have a notorious reputation for its insistence on catering to “otaku needs” rather than pandering to the needs of “public interest”.

    When North Korea test-bombed its suspected first nuke years ago, all the stations were pre-empting their programmes for a special news conference by the government, all save one – TV Tokyo.

    Whenever a new Prime Minister takes the post (which is now becoming an annual event), again TV Tokyo stands alone in its refusal to kowtow to the new PM’s press conference.

    So notorious was TV Tokyo’s reputation that it was even lampooned in an episode Keroro Gunso.

    In that episode, Keroro Gunso was watching anime at TV when Fuyuki came and asked, “Did you see the news?”

    Keroro replied, “What news?”

    Fuyuki: “It’s on every channel!”

    Keroro: “That’s strange, mine’s still showing anime.”

    Fuyuki proceeds to flick through the channels, all of them were showing the news Fuyuki was mentioning about, except the channel Keroro was watching.

    Fuyuki (realizing): “Oh! You were watching TV T*kyo, that’s why!”

  • Thank goodness I live in the United States… the entire state of California could fall in the ocean and we would still have plenty of channels showing cartoons, sports, and how to remodel homes on a budget. God Bless America’s Indifference!

  • Anonymous says:

    How could these people run an entire country when they all lack common sense. Tis a great mystery how Japan and other countries with crazy govts lasted all these years without common sense.

  • The people complaining about TV Tokyo are like the idiots glued to CNN, Fox and The Weather Channel. Watching the same footage and listening to same talking heads over and over and over…

    Give the people of Japan a chance to relax and take their minds off the tragedy so they can focus on rebuilding.

    The only people who should be forced to watch 24/7 tsunami coverage should be the president of TEPCO and the clown politicians.

  • Anonymous says:

    I side with TV Tokyo.

    I mean, let’s take… the July bombings in the UK a few years back.

    If I had to endure 33 hours or more of that (this was when I still watched TV) on _all_ (mainly five) TV channels, I think I would have killed myself.

  • Watching porn for 24/7 will kill you, watching chaos in your country for 24/7 will cause you to loose sanity, loose want to live, become depressed zombie. However anime releases our every day stress and makes you forget about all the crap thats going on in either your life or the world.

    In my view the Government had something behind there sleeves wanting to turn Japanese nation into depressed zombies causing them to do as the Government commands not a bad plan if you think.

    Japan truly lost its value with the current Government, damm where are the Samurai’s when you need them… I can see Ishihara’s bagging for his worthless life running from samurai’s or getting his head cut one way ore another he would be begging to live rather then die…

    Ishihara’s = old fuck

    • Anonymous says:

      Grow up. You do know there are other ways to relieve stress. LIKE EXERCISE! Not that you would know that you fat depressed fuck. Stop escaping reality and accept your world is fucked because of PEOPLE LIKE YOU.

  • “NHK runs nothing but earthquake coverage, the others run quake coverage/variety programmes, and TV Tokyo runs anime. Take your pick.”

    “TV Tokyo is in the right. Endless quake images are only going to traumatise children.”

    Newfound respect for TV Tokyo, for trying to preserve our smiles in light of Japan’s disaster.

      • Anonymous says:

        No, one of the main functions of media like television is to provide escapist entertainment (see, there’s even a word for it).

        Yes, it’s tough if you lost someone, but put that in context. In Japan, 3,500 people die every day – sounds a lot, but just do the math from the population stats and the published death rate. This tragedy is just a small, temporary spike in the figures. Time to move on.

        And while I’m on my soapbox, let’s hear it for the safety of nuclear power. Total number of deaths from Fukushima radiation since the tsunami: 0. Total deaths just in the coal mining industry since then (so not including deaths caused by poor air quality from burning the stuff): 30.

      • Anonymous says:

        Imagine your whole family dead. Every time you try to take your mind off this, something else painfully points out that your family died. When you go to watch anime, you can’t because all of the TV stations are broadcasting news about how your family died. You can’t even go online to watch anime because every website in existence has a news story about your family’s tragic demise. Not to mention the newspapers, magazines, and radio, which are obsessed with the fact that your family is dead.

        All of this happens for weeks on end. But you can’t just run from this, because THIS SHIT IS REAL.

        • Anonymous says:

          So fretting for months is the answer? Thinking about those who died is more important than those who survived? How about moving on because we know it is REAL and we can’t do anything about it. It is better to move forward with our normal lives because we can’t just stay down. We have to go back up because nothing will happen if we just stay down and be sad about the events that happened.

          This is one of the reasons why people commit suicide or become insane. They don’t know how to move on.

          Life is not about thinking about what happened but doing after that event.

          It is REAL but the most important thing is what to do about it.

  • While i understand coverage of a disaster is important you really need to draw a line on how long you broadcast it, i’m not trying to be nasty or unkind but i think returning to normality is something that tends to help a lot after something like this.

    Granted the closest thing i’ve been affected by was the july train bombings a few years back but still, you need to get back to a normal life after these sorts of incidents, thats not to say you don’t mourn the passing of loved ones ofcourse but would they really want you watching constant reminders of the incident all the time?

    • I second that. Besides, there’s no point in learning about the tiny details of such a catastrophe. It ends up being morbid to just watch the same over and over again and how thousands of people struggle to live and cry for the deaths of their beloved ones. Srsly, something to take our minds out of that IS NECESSARY. I wonder who the fuck complained.

      • Anonymous says:

        I know who complained. The Japanese who don’t give a fuck about anime and want to know about the state of their country over some bullshit. I understand the need to escape through television but in a crisis there are more important things. Imagine that shit happening over here and then in the middle of it the TV stations start playing Two and a Half Men. We would be pissed and rightly so. Two and a Half Men sucks!

        • Dude… So you’re saying you’d rather wallow in sorrow and continue watching you know is already around and happening than try feeling a little better? Something that catastrophic of that scale would take time to recover so why would you continue watching something when you know that there won’t be any change soon? That’s what happened in my country when a storm blew in and floods were severe. 24/7 coverage of the destruction that was plain obvious. Restoration doesn’t happen instantly. So instead of depressing myself, I made my comfort food and watched a DVD knowing it’s gonna take a while. With a full Pantry and generator I have no worries for the 2 weeks.

  • Anonymous says:

    FUCK ANIME, People are dying. Yes I know they die all over the world. But guess what? IT CAN BE PREVENTED. It won’t be by you sitting on your ass watching cartoons as the world passes you by. One day you will be 70 years old and useless, then watch all the cartoons you want. If you aren’t too busy pining away for the life you wasted in front of the TV.

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