You’re watching some late-night anime, when suddenly grotesque jiggle physics slap your face and gore comes flooding in. Shocked, appalled, and offended — you take it upon yourself to fight for the children and log a complaint with the BPO.
Your well-thought-out, if slightly hysterical, email is quickly published by the BPO. That will teach those nefarious animators! Except it doesn’t…
If you’re out-of-the-loop, the BPO is a non-government Japanese watchdog group that gives viewers a platform to air their complaints about TV content. Most of these complaints come from parents arguing that modern anime is too offensive and determinantal to young kids. Detective Conan is a common target due to focusing on murder-mysteries.
A few weeks ago, the BPO took a break from publishing complaints about anime and shared one reader’s thoughts on the complainers. The email reads:
“Too many people are complaining about late-night anime. Late-night anime is broadcast in those time slots so that young kids won’t stumble upon it by accident when flipping through the channels, so it’s ridiculous for parents to worry about ‘What if my kid sees this?’ If your kids are still awake when late-night anime is being broadcast, that’s because you’re not fulfilling your responsibilities as a parent and making your kids go to bed. It’s not anime’s responsibility to do that for you.”
The reader doesn’t touch on parental control settings, which is standard on TV sets and computers, so you can limit what your child watches no matter the hour. But, it’s just easier to complain to the BPO, which has no censorship powers at all.