If you have watched the new Gundam series, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, you are no doubt acquainted with the no nonsense iron-blooded protagonist Mikazuki, a product of his corrupt environment who has an almost biblical view of the world around him.
Fans of the series would no doubt be familiar with the shocking scene in episode 3 in which the young teenage protagonist Mikazuki slays his commanding officers after they had fled battle leaving his comrades to die. While many fans found this to be an utterly compelling scene with immense implications and potential consequences down the line, some parents in Japan felt otherwise.
The scene and the character of Mikazuki in particular have become the subject of a series of complaints made to the Japanese Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization who claim to have received a cavalcade of complaints from concerned viewers over a scene depicting “several nonresistant prisoners and enemy soldiers are gunned down by the young male protagonist.”
Interestingly the parents complaining about the scene feared that it would influence their children to emulate the actions of Mikazuki and felt that the title of the series seemingly suggests it is a children’s anime. Because giant piloted robots fighting full scale war over inter-planetary political issues is the stuff of children’s television.
With all that being said, it doesn’t appear that the complaints will affect the content of Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans in any shape or form but it may result in a time slot change if viewer concerns continue to mount. Stay tuned for any further updates on this developing story.