I am of the opinion that no work of art or media is above or beneath scrutiny.
That is to say, all works deserve deliberate examination. There is nothing that isn’t worth analysis, and there is nothing that “defies criticism.” Closer examination of a work of media may reveal aspects of it that could change the way people think about it, both for old and new works. Countless such examinations exist for anime such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and, more recently, Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
This operation, however, will take on an anime that was pushed aside disgustedly like the broccoli in a child’s plate by many fans. Disliked, ignored, or outright hated, this series garnered little examination from the fandom at large and, while it’s not difficult to see why it was pushed aside, the elements that originally squicked the individuals who now hate the show aren’t the only elements at work.
Kodomo no Jikan is known by many as “That anime where a third-grader wants to have sex with her teacher,” and they’re certainly not wrong. However, that’s only a partial truth. Beneath the lolicon-friendly aspects of the show lay deeper elements that are, of course, overlooked by those who only want to focus on the loli. Disgusted by the loli aspects, many people simply write it off as pedo-fodder, without anything deeper behind it.
This, of course, discourages people from looking deeper into the series. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: Nobody wants to delve deeper into Kodomo no Jikan because nobody sees the deeper elements due to just focusing on the loli.
Herein lays the mission objective of Operation Apex in the Circle: Provide an in-depth look at the deeper elements in Kodomo no Jikan.