Late Night Anime “Inexcusable Even Late At Night”


Anime fans have leapt to the defence of late night anime after Japan’s top TV watchdog published yet another complaint about the fact stations are allowed to broadcast such depraved shows, even in the middle of the night.

The latest complaint to be published by the BPO, Japan’s main broadcast watchdog:

I was shocked to see so many inappropriate depictions of sex in late night anime programmes, after seeing some by chance.

Is it OK to broadcast this material on terrestrial TV, where anyone can see it? I felt very sick after viewing it.

I knew that late night TV often broadcast such extreme material, but such extreme scenes are surely inexcusable.

The TV stations are altogether lacking in moral and ethical integrity.

Unsurprisingly, most of the other complaints the organisation published appear to relate to the endless stream of food and celebrity-obsessed variety programmes Japanese TV consists of.

Far from being the domain of outraged old women, it seems filing complaints about TV is in Japan now a pastime chiefly enjoyed by middle-aged men – 72% of the latest crop of complaints were filed by men, and 33% of them were in their thirties, with another 25% in their forties.

The reaction from anime fans angry by yet another indiscriminate attack on their beloved shows is predictably acerbic:

“What part of ‘late night’ anime does this idiot not get?”

“If any children are watching TV at that time, the problem is with the parents.”

“It’s called ‘late night’ for a reason.”

“I’ve never even seen indecent late night anime. For some reason mysterious mists and flashes of light always save me from seeing anything bad.”

“If you don’t like it, don’t watch it.”

“Presumably this was about Highschool DxD and Amagami.”


“The tooth brushing scene was the month before though…”

“There is hardly any ero-anime this season in any case.”

“They used to show actual AVs late at night. People have gotten way too puritanical.”

“It used to be they would show nipples and whatever else freely at golden time without a second thought. Now all these women going on about it being inappropriate or a bad influence on their kids have driven all that off the air. Basically, now all you can safely broadcast is stuff for women.”

“Another leftover hag looking to put the pressure on 2D with some bashing.”

“Ero-anime is really damaging to the reputation of anime. It shouldn’t be broadcast on TV, leave it to the otaku to buy on BD.”

“They only reason they broadcast it in censored form is to get people to buy those BDs…”

“9 times out of 10 these complaints are going to be by anime otaku who are haters of a particular show. The enemy is within.”

“Well, no normal person would bother writing one of these complaints!”

“Are flashes of light really that inappropriate?”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    20:32 24/03/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Behold, human logic in all it's brilliant glory.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:02 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have my doubts if that person belongs to the homo sapiens sapiens species, it seems some Neanderthals still survive

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:25 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    some of us have neanderthal genes... but they are in europe and eurasia, not Japan

    just did a quick research...

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    Comment by Fonzer
    20:10 24/03/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    If you don't like what you see then go to bed at night

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:41 25/03/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Or go to another channel, seriously, not every single channel can be broadcasting anime late at night. Or do old men not know how to use a remote control?

    Comment by Anonymous

    “Ero-anime is really damaging to the reputation of anime. It shouldn’t be broadcast on TV, leave it to the otaku to buy on BD.”

    Honestly, this. Ero anime on TV is pointles. It damages the reputation of anime and put restrictions over creativity for the production team to avoid censorship. For me, better on BD or DVD. For us is not a big difference.

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    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE
    08:48 27/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why not ALL the terrestrial broadcasters just take ALL their Late-Night Anime off ALL their stations and just let the Digital Satellite, Cable and Internet run it all.

    That might shut 'em up!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Hey-Fonzer: When was the last time you had sex with a willing, non-paying partner?

    When was the last time you masturbated to a real-live PERSON that wasn't a 7-14 yr. old CHILD???

    When was the last time you masturbated to something that WASN'T A CARTOON ILLUSTRATION?

    When was the last time you went on a.....DATE???


    When was the last time you masturbated yourself to an orgasm with an image of A 20-SOMETHING FEMALE???

    When was the last time you could look your parent IN THE EYE & tell them you weren't a TOTAL FUCKING FREAK???

    When was the last time you could say the same to yourself???

    It's probably been a while, hasn't it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:23 27/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    When was the last time you didn't judge someone else's life?

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    Comment by david
    07:42 02/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Something is srsly wrong with you.

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    Comment by fxc2
    20:09 24/03/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    TV is so outdated anyway. I'm surprised it's more or less still the same format is was 20 years ago. Just die already so the relics can shut the hell up.

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    Comment by Ihmhi
    01:39 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think all it will take is someone really bold to get the whole thing changed.

    Look at Crunchyroll. They started out by basically being YouTube for hosting anime and other Asian videos. They were making boatloads of money quasi-legally (they followed the DMCA to the letter, and used every loophole to their advantage). They finally got some VC...

    ...and used it to snatch up the rights to Naruto and loads of other anime and television series.

    Now I can go over to Crunchyroll and watch anime and the like with a minimum of BS. They're clearly doing quite well.

    The anime producers need to get their shit together and do the same thing. Honestly, who wouldn't watch late-night anime online? Who would subscribe $5/month to a "premium" service that shows the uncensored episodes right away?

    Television is rapidly becoming irrelevant, but no one has had the audacity to approach the anime and manga companies and do something really awesome. Soon enough, they will and we'll be all the better off for it.

    And if they don't - if we fail, and the anime companies chicken out, it won't really matter as much. How long ago was it that making video games and movies was the domain of studios with tens of thousands of dollars in equipment? Now someone can spend a bit under $10K and make a professional-quality movie series. Amateur games can literally be made for free. Animation might be a fair bit more difficult, but I could see it happening if the right talented people got together.

    We don't need them anymore. They're becoming rapidly irrelevant and fighting a losing battle all the way.

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    Comment by tyciol
    22:59 23/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    How can you morally watch Naruto on Crunchyroll? Even if money is going to the owners, money is being made by CR when their base capital was founded in theft and stealing from fansub groups.

    Also: I love toothbrushing. How can people object to something that promotes to siblings taking care of one anothers' cavity prevention?

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    Comment by Emanon Suomynona
    13:02 26/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    sorry but I like tv more than old men, those men can receive the kiss of death for all I care, I'll personally ensure they each get the death penalty for even suggesting censorship, merits death in the wired.-lain iwakura

    In the mean time, I shall allow photorealistic scenes of such to be made-mcp
    end of line

    But wait if they come at it again, i will simply initiate global thermonuclear warfare, I can survive, but I can assure 99+% of the human race cannot-Shodan

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    Comment by SnooSnoo
    22:45 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^ This. I haven't touched the TV in 5 years. I play my PS3 games using my 24" monitor anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:29 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The problem with TV is the broodcasting method, not the output device.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:41 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Just die already"...
    Are we talking about TV or the decrepit old bastards bitching about it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:30 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not "or".

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:00 24/03/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They're complaining because what they really want is onsen TV shows instead of late night anime. They are the true pervs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:53 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You should see what they show on late night EU programming. It makes onsen TV seem like kiddie TV. People like that will always find something to complain about.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:39 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    eurofag here

    oh you asians and your pornless TV

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:54 24/03/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I hate how they talk about "ethic" and "moral" when it comes to stuff related to basic biological desires that all animals that are not reproducing asexually have.

    On the other hand when it coems to corruption, money mongering (see UNICEF japan) and other things that harm real poeple those so "dignified ehtical and moral" people say nothing for

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:56 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I think that's because "those so "dignified ethical and moral" people" are either the corrupted or the corrupting. so either way they won't say anything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:40 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seeking accountability from an organization calling itself UNICEF is a lot of bad press from the mass media monkeys, even if it's a fully justified motion. Being a moralist crusader on the other hand is very popular among the primary voting demographic and it upsets people who are least likely to vote at all.

    There is nothing surprising about all this.

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    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE
    08:57 27/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    UNICEF as created originally to held starving and needy children in poor countries.

    They should go back THAT original mission!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yeah & you should get your dumbass back to Community College.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Shut the fuck up you stupid one-semester dumbfuck.

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    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE
    00:19 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is why Japan doesn't have a Libertarian Party!

    The U.S., Britain, Canada, even Australia have 'em.

    Why not Japan?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:11 24/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    what about 3D shows? if you want to block one then it is just fair for us to assume that you would like to block the other.

    quite clearly you are not an anime fan, so it is natural for you to be disgusted or disturbed by something you aren't a fan off. It is the same as getting the opinion of someone with a weak stomach on the latest horror movie, I assure you that the word disgusting would be there.

    if you aren't a fan of something, then you should make clear that you are commenting from the sideline. And you should always assume that the policy should apply to all, not just anime.

    nude 3D films are alight, but steam filled anime isn't? hypocrisy at its finest


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    Comment by RoxbiT
    19:44 24/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    “It’s called ‘late night’ for a reason.”

    Old ppls just stupid to understand that!

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    00:50 25/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I don't think they're stupid, I they're just looking for things to complain about because they're unhappy being old.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:45 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Words of wisdom.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:41 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can relate to that, I work with old farts, I'm thirty years old and they lump me with young delinquents... I'm freaking thirty and married, I have a job, how can I be a delinquent?

    I call it the "grumpy old men syndrome", they're like milk, they get bitter past their expiring date and nobody throws them to the garbage.

    I know they're insecure because of new generations will eventually take their place, which I am in the process of taking it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:59 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    These old persons complaining are in biggest part 30-50 years old!
    Some 64 year olds are far from impotent yet...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:13 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    these ppl need to get laid

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    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE
    00:16 25/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    If these complainers want "morality" and "clean TV", they should move to Iran!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:36 16/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    What? Even iran doesn't complain about shit like this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:08 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Do people even watch TV nowadays? I thought we use TV for our console games only...

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    Comment by Chen-04
    01:39 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You don't need TV for console games anymore.

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    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE
    02:14 25/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Here's something those anime-hating complainy-pants should practise instead of trolling:

    Option 1: Switch the TV to another channel.
    Option 2: Switch the set off and go to sleep.
    Option 3: Listen to the radio instead.
    Option 4: Read a good book.
    Option 5: Get a safe night job.

    Final option: Cancel TV licence and give TV set to charity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:46 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Option 6: Embrace it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:55 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    omg i can just say omg to all of this. a couple of years ago there were some channels that would pass pure porno hardcore no limits after midnight n there was no fuss about it, now only takes some cartoons showing his bare chest to label it indecent n inexcusable. trust me when i tell u they r trying to force on us what we should c or not what they want. that my friend is mind controling. mark my words, this is just the begining

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:51 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You know what I feel very sick after experiencing? fucking nazis who think it's fun to control other people's lives because a boob makes them sad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:35 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    “Are flashes of light really that inappropriate?”


    Comment by Anonymous
    17:52 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What? These modern typical latenight TV anime rarely ever depict sex or anything close to it. They just mess around for 12 episodes, maybe go to the pool or the beach, show a few (shadowed) pantyshots, a few (lightbeamed) breast shots, and then wrap things up with a hasty non-conclusion to encourage people to buy the manga/LN if they want more of the story. All this before any relationships can develop to the point where characters are even kissing, let alone having sex.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:33 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Firetribe
    21:40 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    These complaints sound like personal blog posts or tweets made under the label of TV watchdog. Where's the objectivity, for Pete's sake?

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    Comment by EleutheroZeroONE
    00:24 25/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    In the three months since the digital TV transition in Japan last July,
    98,000 households cancelled their TV contracts with the NHK!

    Part of the reason, TV shows got boring!

    There'd be more if THIS crap keeps up!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:48 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    “9 times out of 10 these complaints are going to be by anime otaku who are haters of a particular show. The enemy is within.”

    This seems to be supported by the actual numbers in the published demographics.

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    Comment by Rakshasa
    21:57 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I... I have just found a new hobby.

    From today there will be some (badly written) complaints going to the BPO on all the subtly racist (which they don't even realize is racist) stuff that is shown.

    And I'll scrutinize the food programs to make sure they're suitable for people with various issues, one of which is the excessive amount of salt they use, etc. All the ramen/soba/etc stuff that can't be eaten by people with gluten allergy.

    Hmm... This actually sounds like it could be fun.

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    Comment by CC
    22:44 24/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They should try watching late night Dutch TV. It's like one big porn commercial that lasts for hours.

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