Anime Roundtable #26

The other thing taped this week. A defence of Kodomo no Jikan and then some brief talk about the change in the Japanese government and it’s relationship to anime and manga.

And somehow we managed to get through this episode without talking about School Days…

Mike Nicolas, Neil Sinclair, Adam Grant, Courteney St. John (1:02:39)

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  1. James says:

    I’ve been listening to to the podcast for the last few months and this episodes talk about Kodomo no Jikan was great. It’s nice to hear intelligent conversation about a subject and not just people screaming at each other. I thought it was very interesting.

    The only problem I saw was how strongly Courteney objected to it having only seen the OVA. I don’t think it’s fair to judge a 4 volume manga when having only seen the 23 minute long OVA.

    I understand the sensitivity of the subject but let’s face it, in the end it comes down to the fact that we are talking about drawings, not real children. “No real children were abused in the making of this manga.” (we hope).

    I also agree that trying to release it as Nymphet was very stupid. Not only for the reasons you mentioned but simply it’s not the real title. ( I guess I’m a bit of a purist ). I understand English speaking audiences having trouble with “Kodomo no Jikan” so just translate it to what it should be “Child’s Time”. It not only avoids the entire problem with Nymphet sounding like “child porn” but it’s just “correct”.

    Keep up the great work everybody and I’ll keep looking forward to more shows.


  2. Skwerly says:

    I don’t think that anyone can condemn Courteney’s stance on “Kodomo no Jikan”. She is a teacher in waiting and, should she not take the stance she did, I doubt any school board would want to hire her. (This is not to say that I’m assuming this is the only reason why.) It’s sounding to me that she’s going to be a teacher who has a real heart for her students and such a story that includes a teacher behaving the way he does would be upsetting.

    On the other hand, Adam brings up some interesting defense to the show. Though he may read the manga with a more intellectual viewpoint, I wonder of the percentage of people who would see it in the same light.

  3. Skwerly says:

    Ugh. It sounds like I’m saying she’s only taking that stance because she wants to get a job, which is totally not what I’m trying to say. That comment is just me taking a step back at looking at it from another angle.

    Though they are drawings and “no real children were hurt”, can such a thing provoke the hurting of children?

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