Operation Apex in the Circle: Mission Briefing

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.

3 Replies to “Operation Apex in the Circle: Mission Briefing”

  1. To be fair Kojika is just one half loli fanservice, another half soap-opera-style drama. But I like it.

    We should instead analyze the true meaning behind Musashi Gundou.

  2. You stated in another post [Americentrism in the Anti-Moe Brigade], that many of the anime-moe crowd are ‘Americentric’. I personally feel you are too polite towards most of these folks. I have just started posting here, put in my previous post I expressed my personal belief that many of these people are anti-anime in general. Many seem to be of the opinion that if it weren’t for the Japanese, anime would be much better off. They make no attempt at understanding Japanese culture, morals or ways of thinking. Simply put – most are biased, narrow-minded bigots – but that’s a whole other post.

    I do believe though that we also help (inadvertently) them to make some of their points. They see debauchery, immorality and signs of pedophilia everywhere, and usually with little of no justification (I had someone accuse me of being a pedophile the other day because I liked Evangelion!). We on the other hand have begun to apologize for not seeing buggie men over-running anime at every turn – and we should not! We should proudly state that we like moe, ecchi, and (gasp) fan service (when done well). These are integral parts of anime, and always have been and I for one will not apologize. I liked KnJ, as did my 59 year old wife. Does the series have it’s controversial points, certainly it does. But I disagree that Rin is hot for her teacher (though admittedly, the play dialogue appears to play that way, for anyone looking for monsters and not actually watching the series. This series is about a confused and conflicted little girl that has found out that she can manipulate most adults by using sexual innuendo as a threat. She makes threats and manipulates situations to get her way, not to have sex. They most erotic contact between the two is a kiss on the cheek.

    Will those determined to find monster present in this series find the evidence they’re looking for? Of course they will – I had someone tell me this series was so blatantly pedophilic in its references that even had Rin carrying a “Pedo Bear”. Now (having done some research since I had never heard of a “Pedo Bear” I found that it was a picture of a classic teddy bear with the words Pedo Bear placed below the image, and was usually used by posters to express their opinion that certain content was getting a little creepy. Without the name, a picture of a “Pedo Bear” llooks just like a normal teddy bear. I ask you, who is creepy – the person who watches a cartoon featuring a little girl carrying her teddy, or the zealot who watches the same scene and sees pedophilic references?

    Hell no, I won’t apologies for liking this series (the second series and the OVAs), and in fact, I wonder strongly about the “watch dogs” who see monsters were I see innocent anime.

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