Weekly Shounen Jump Magazine, the magazine behind One Piece, Dragon Ball, Naruto, and Kuroko’s Basketball is certainly no stranger to fanservice and ecchi scenes. After all, the magazine introduced us to To Love Ru and Harenchi Gakuen, and for the sake of argument, let’s count Nisekoi as well. However, when comedy ecchi manga Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san took the magazine’s spotlight with the cover and a color spread, let’s just say some people got TRIGGERED. But before you scroll down, just a warning that the controversial image is NOT SAFE FOR WORK.

This is all because of the manga’s  character popularity poll reveal. It depicts the female characters in a compromised position while wearing skimpy bikinis. It certainly is ecchi to say the least, and here it is:

This has prompted some commenters online have stated that the illustration is inappropriate to the magazine, especially that it’s directed towards young males… it is SHOUNEN Jump after all. A Japanese Lawyer, Keiko Oota, even went as far as to tell parents not to let their kids buy Shounen Jump. According to Gender studies professor at Osaku University Kazue Muta, “people are learning from a young age that seeing females as sexual objects, ignoring a partner’s protests, and then engaging in naked sexual acts is normal.”

However, on the other side of the coin, some people argued that not letting kids buy Jump might be counter-productive. One commenter said, “It’s a nuisance that you want to force your own disgust for sex onto children and also onto society.” Lawyer Yamato Satou agreed with that sentiment and expressed concern about excessive censorship.

Sculptor and manga artist Megumi Igarashi ,also known as Rokudenashiko, also made her opinions known. She said that “the desire to keep children away from erotic manga and maintain their purity forever is a sign of parents’ egos. Igarashi called for greater sex education.”

Golden Boy mangaka Tatsuya Egawa has also made his voice heard. He said that Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san is tame in comparison to the erotic depictions in Go Nagai’s Harenchi Gakuen manga. Another who defended the manga is Lawyer Yoshitaka Miura.  He said the the illustrations are merely cases of “lucky sukebe” (lucky pervert), and “It’s unreasonable to say that ‘lucky sukebe’ are depictions of sexual harassment and sexual violence.” The term refers to fanservice scenarios in anime and manga where characters accidental touch a female character’s breast or see underwear, for example. The lawyer explained that the ghost character Yuuna’s abilities are what cause the characters in the illustrations to lose their bathing suits, so the image is a case of “lucky sukebe.”

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Source: ANN and Yaraon!

 

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