An abuse scene in Skeleton Knight in Another World has once again become a topic of conversation on social media, sparking complaints from women about how anime portrays women. Although Skeleton Knight in Another World premiered in April 2022, it’s only now gaining renewed attention.
Women Express Concern Over the Abuse Scene in Skeleton Knight in Another World
Despite the anime having aired in April 2022, this particular scene has resurfaced on Twitter, raising criticisms about how “women are depicted in anime.”
You can watch the scene below, in which the character Lauren Laraiya du Luvierte has her clothes torn off by a thug while her maid, Rita Farren, is also left nearly undressed, screaming and crying.
— Ellen Faker (@PelicaToPelica) November 5, 2023
A comment on Twitter reads as follows: “From the first second of the first episode, this anime became so heavy that it shattered my mind.”
Indeed, the scene in question is quite intense, and both girls are rescued shortly after by the protagonist, who, in this world, becomes a skeleton and dispatches all the thugs.
Another user commented that the manga is even more graphic than the anime, showing more disturbing content. In summary, the viral resurgence of this abuse scene in Skeleton Knight in Another World has sparked outrage among women who are appalled by such depictions in anime:
“You know, I think a society that allows the portrayal of men committing violence against women without remorse, and men rejoicing in it being visible on social media, inevitably leads women in Japan to develop aversion to men. Of course, this doesn’t explain everything, but I believe it at least contributes to the low birth rate. This culture is driving a wedge between men and women.”
“Do women really get treated like lesser beings, huh? It’s repulsive to think that there are men who watch scenes of rape depicted as normal and get aroused by it. In reality, I don’t see women blushing like that, so the representation also annoys me. It’s terrible that, even with issues of sexual violence in society, the rape of women is turned into something fun and adapted into anime. It’s crap.”
“I always think about this, but the idea that ‘when experiencing sexual violence, women blush and feel ashamed’ is a male ideal that infuriates me. There’s no room to blush in such situations. In reality, if you’re going through that, panic, despair, and fear are so overwhelming that there’s no space for shame. The face turns pale or becomes paralyzed.”
“It’s terrible. The people who are having fun watching such things are the same ones carrying out collaborative attacks.”
“It’s because of people who cheer and give 70,000 likes saying ‘This is the climax!’ when watching sexual assault scenes that male otakus are repudiated. It’s even worse when the production team believes that sexual assault scenes are effective as a ‘hook’ in the first episode to attract a male otaku audience. It’s as if they’re setting themselves up to be hated.”
“It’s repulsive. The fact that an anime like this is being aired in prime time is the end of Japan. A country where sexual crimes are common.”
“For men, sexual violence is entertainment. It’s regrettable.”
“What?! Isn’t this an anime for adults? This is problematic.”
“This scene is extremely terrifying.”
“If I start watching an anime expecting it to be comforting and encounter a beginning like this, it’s very challenging. Sometimes we watch new animes not knowing what to expect, and there may be people who have flashbacks. It would be possible to address this indirectly and take precautions, at the very least with a warning.”
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