Weekly Shonen Jump is no stranger to publishing ecchi manga.
Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
Nisekoi: False Love
But one of the magazine’s newer titles is coming under fire for being too ecchi. Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san (Yūna of Yuragi Manor) is a supernatural harem that is considered by fans to be a spiritual successor to To Love-Ru.
The most recent issue of Weekly Shonen Jump featured Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san on its cover and had a special spread for the results of character popularity content. People took to social media to voice their concerns about the image’s depictions of the female cast, with parents saying the image is inappropriate for children that read Weekly Shonen Jump.
In 2009, the magazine boasted that 62.9% of their readers were under 14, but more recent numbers have not been shared. Typically, shounen manga are produced for male readers the ages of 8 to 18. Weekly Shonen Jump has the widest circulation of all manga anthologies, which makes can make it tricky about what exact age group the magazine should be marketed to.
The cover and illustration have drawn a variety of opinions for various people.
Lawyer Keiko Ōta encouraged parents to prevent their sons from reading Weekly Shonen Jump since manga like Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san, “depicting sexual harassment as pleasure is a problem.”
Kazue Muta, a gender studies professor at Osaka University, argues that these type of manga teach people from a young age to view girls as sexual objects and to think that it’s okay to ignore partner’s protest in engaging in sexual acts.
Lawyer Yoshitaka Miura argued that the illustration is a depiction of “lucky sukebe” (lucky pervert), which is a fanservice trope that involves a character accidentally seeing a character naked or accidentally touching their breasts. Miura argues, “It’s unreasonable to say that lucky sukebe are depictions of sexual harassment and sexual violence.”
Manga artist Megumi Igarashi, known for her open views on female sexuality, claims that parents are being too egotistical in attempting to keep children pure and from reading erotic manga. Igarashi said that parents should be fighting for greater sexual education instead of censorship.
The most circulating opinion on the topic belongs to Tatsuya Egawa, who is known for creating the sex-comedy Golden Boy. He argues that “idiots trying to ban” Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san don’t realize that the series is tame compared to Weekly Shonen Jump‘s past titles, including their debut work Harenchi Gakuen. Egawa argued that Barefoot Gen, a series about a boy in Hiroshima after the atomic bomb, had a worse influence on children.
Egawa states, “It’s a mistake to not let children read a series just because it’s a bad manga. People become adults by reading various things. The important thing is letting children think for themselves.”
Shueisha, the publisher of Weekly Shonen Jump, responded to the controversy by saying “…various opinion appear in Shonen Jump every week.” They said they will continue to work towards creating a magazine that more readers can enjoy.
Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san has been running in Weekly Shonen Jump since February 2016 and currently has 70 chapters.