There is little doubt that Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has always been a violent show. After all, the anime is about people who slay demons and has already faced several controversies in the past. The latest controversy involves several complaints about Season 2's first story arc Mugen Train and the bloody depiction of the showdown between Akaza and Rengoku Kyojuro.
SoraNews24 reports that Japan’s Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization media watchdog group has been getting several complaints from concerned adults about Demon Slayer Season 2’s content. The complaints are hugely about the climactic fight between the Flame Hashira and the Upper Rank demon who loses several limbs during the match only to grow them back instantly. Both warriors suffer severe injury and the fight results in the bloody death of Rengoku Kyojuro.
Not surprisingly, most of the complaints came from parents who are not happy about Demon Slayer being broadcast in a non-late-night time slot where young kids could still watch it.
The BPO's Youth Committee has since re-watched the Demon Slayer Season 2 episodes and issued a statement in response to the complaints.
“More so than the blood, within the members of the committee, there were some who were concerned about the depictions of bodies with severed heads. However, our overall opinion is that since the depictions are of human-like monsters, this is still within the range of what is permissible and that proper consideration was shown by the broadcaster for a movie rated PG12 and being aired in a 9 p.m. time slot. Thus, we have concluded our discussion,” the statement read.
For now, it looks like the BPO is taking Demon Slayer's side. However, there is a possibility that there will be more complaints as Season 2 moves on with the Entertainment District arc which promises even more violence. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Season 2 Episode 10 is titled What Are You? ("Nanimono?") and will premiere on Sunday, December 19, 2021, at 11:15 PM JST.