Submitted by Gekko 879d ago | opinion piece

Rape Scenes In Anime: A Necessity Or Not?

萌え Alternative: ''Before I begin, I would like to make a few things clear before getting into the issue of rape scenes in anime. I would like you to keep an honest open mind about this while still approaching it seriously. To me, this is a very serious issue and I’m going to give my side of the matter. I know not everyone will see eye to eye with what I am about to say, but I hope people will still see some merit in my arguments. Also, to clear up any confusion, I do not endorse rape in real life. It’s something nobody should ever do.'' (Culture)

ExCest  +   879d ago
I believe it is only relevant when the scene actually shows the dark side of it and uses it to progress the story in such a light. Like in Mirai Nikki (I hope that was vague enough to not have spoilers).

The SAO one was almost all fanservice, I believe. Just crap.
FamilyGuy  +   879d ago
I kind of agree for SAO, it was pretty clean till that started but it did show how creepy that bad guy was.
ExCest  +   879d ago
It wasn't even that one bad guy doing the raping (with the tentacles). They were like IT geeks or something. BUT AFTER THAT, yea, that was him doing the raping.
Yi-Long  +   879d ago
'Rape scenes in anime a necessity or not!?"
... well... are they 'a necessity' in movies, or TV-shows, or books, or other forms of entertainment!?

As always, it all just depends on the story. This whole notion that something like this wouldn't or shouldn't belong in anime, is the same as saying it wouldn't/shouldn't belong in movies or books or whatever. Anime has a lot of genres, and is made for lots of different audiences.

I'll leave it up to the creators.
mcnagah  +   879d ago
@Yi-Long: While necessity isn't the word I was looking for, I hope the article shed light that I also believe it depends on the story. It's a sad fact that some feel that we should censor people works. Anime isn't the only one suffering from this, but other mediums like video games and even TV series have to be censored.
RockmanII7  +   879d ago
It depends on the context of the scene, what's going on, and how the scene effects the story. I'm reading Saya no Uta and jesus that rape scene really fits well with the rest of the story, but at the same time I could see a rape scene ruin a story if it's done poorly.
IQUITN4G  +   879d ago
" I could see a rape scene ruin a story if it's done poorly"

as opposed to the film becoming fantastic viewing you mean if it does feature a well placed rape scene?. wow
RockmanII7  +   879d ago
Yes, a rape scene can make anything better if used correctly sure. I think every emotion makes a story much more memorable, as long as the emotion is directed at the story and not at the writers/animators who created it. Rape scenes cause very strong emotions, if you become attached to a character and then a rape scene happens it will make you feel horrible knowing it. I think that emotion is heightened even more when the scene begins on screen but continues off screen, as your imagination can be much worse than what would have been shown. You want to step in and stop it, but as a viewer you are utterly powerless; that urge to take action, that uneasiness of knowing what is happening when likely no one else at the time does, are all emotions created by the story. Anger, sadness, remorse, these are all emotions that can flair up if one is done correctly. Rape is horrible, but look at death. Death is just as bad if not worse and it's used in story telling to convey these same emotions.
Tres21  +   878d ago
im gonna hav 2 agree with Rockman an ex. is Berserk with everything going on he was utterly powerless & u felt his frustration death all around u & 2 bring u even lower still makes me mad but shows what would push someone 2 go hunting demons
CrescentFang  +   879d ago
Rape or any sort of device in a plot must be used carefully... although comparing anime vs manga, you will never actually "see" any horror or expression or a the rape victim compared to what can be put in a manga (no I'm not talking about H manga).
I would think that broadcasted anime have too much risked involved to actually present a horrifying rape scene...
RetrospectRealm  +   879d ago
If it contributes to the story, why not?
CLOUD1983  +   879d ago
Well it sure will help the sales of doujinshi & char figure later so why not? :P
Count  +   878d ago
A ''necessity'', it surely is not.

A lot of my favorite Anime don't feature any sort of rape scene and I don't see how the addition of it would have helped it in the slightest.
Simon_Brezhnev  +   878d ago
I dont really care for rape in animes.
Halfbloodprince  +   878d ago
here's an example of unjustly rape reference that almost made me stop watching "Tonari No Kaibutsu-kun"

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