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Murderous Intentions in Mirai Nikki

March 20, 2012 By: Nopy Category: Anime

Anime such as Mirai Nikki promote violent and deadly behaviour among children and should be censored.

Discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the opinion stated above. Support your views with reasons and/or examples from your own experience, observations or reading.

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Prelude: In case you missed my previous posts, I am practicing to write persuasive essays in 30 minutes for the GMAT and decided to write blog posts at the same time. The topic above is one I created and the essay below is my answer. There are some spelling and grammatical errors, but that just shows how fast 30 minutes is. If you have some tips or suggestions for writing a good essay within the time-frame, please share.

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Mirai Nikki portrays children as young as 4-years-old committing violent actions in order to kill or harm others. These actions include stabbing, shooting, and setting traps. Considering the nature of Mirai Nikki’s plot (a battle royale), death is a regular occurance. With incidents where a children injure themselves or others after imitating something seen on TV, it is easy to assume that a child may imitate the actions shown in Mirai Nikki and inadvertantly kill someone. What is often not considered is the mental state of children who have harmed or killed because of anime or other shows, what drove them to their actions, and if there were other factors that may have affected them.

Children are commonly seen imitating their favourite superheroes from TV. I have experienced many children trying to perform an attack from the anime Naruto called “1000 Years of Pain”. This, however, is presented as a comical move meant to be laughed at. Children realize that other moves used in other Naruto scenes are harmful to others and are intelligent enough to know not to perform them in real life.

A famous case in Japan that took place several years ago involved a 15 year old girl decapitating her father with an axe while he was asleep. Anime was quickly laid to blame and series such as School Days and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni were promptly cancelled; both series dealt with violent scenes where teenagers killed other people. Media reports at the time claimed that the girl watched anime and was influenced by it, causing her to kill her father. No research was given into what kind of anime she watched, however, it did surface that the girl’s relationship with her father was strained. Is it not possible, that she killed her father because of their relationship or his treatment of her at home? Would a 15-year-old really imitate a murder scene she saw in an anime without knowing the consequences? Research has shown that children are able to differentiate between what is morally right and wrong by the age of 4. For a 15-year-old girl to simply kill her father after watching an anime is inconceivable without bringing her mental health into question.

One of the claims made by proponents of the censorship of anime is that children are not capable of violent actions without anime acting as a source to plant the idea into their minds. On the contrary, children are quite capable of violent thoughts if they have been raised in an oppressive environment. About 10 years ago, a 12-year-old-girl in southern Alberta killed both of her parents and 8-year-old brother to protest their disapproval of her lifestyle and her boyfriend. From this case and the one in Japan, it is clear that poor relationships are the cause of violent behaviour, not violent anime.

To even consider that anime causes violent behaviour, one should measure the number of homicides performed by those who watch violent anime such as Mirai Nikki. Of the people I know that watch anime, not a single one has ever been charged or convicted of murder, manslaughter, or any violent acts.

Claiming that Mirai Nikki promotes violent and deadly behaviour is baseless and an attack on anime. Real world events show that poor relationships and judgement are the main drivers of violent and deadly behaviour among children. Anime such as Mirai Nikki should not be censored since it is not the source of violent behaviour among children.

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25 Comments to “Murderous Intentions in Mirai Nikki”


  1. My favorite part about people who use the “think of the children argument” is that the supporters are often the same people who oppose any form of gun control. Just like many of the same people who are “pro-life” support the death penalty.
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    • I actually haven’t heard of people like that before, but I do see a lot of zealous campaigners. I was raised to understand the implications of my actions from a very young age, so I don’t see why parents can’t raise their children the same way.

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  2. Yeah, anime (or video games, I see that argument a lot) itself isn’t going to drive kids to murder. Kids are not THAT stupid. Even kids at age 8 know that those “professional wrestling” shows are staged.

    What drives kids to murder is a traumatic relationship with their parents/caretakers or whatever. Something huge. Blaming TV shows for stuff like this is just poor parenting and shifting the blame. As a parent, YOU should be the one keeping your kid in check. It’s not up to the public to make sure that everything is candy and rainbows on public stations, etc.

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    • Exactly. If anime and video games were the cause of violent behaviour, we should have a whole generation of murderers by now. Considering the number of people exposed to violent anime/games, it’s hard to believe that they’re at fault.

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  3. *lol* I found the killer kid so implausible in Mirai Nikki, but Yuno knows how to deal with nasty kids XD

    Back to topic, the argument that anime or games are at fault for such things is so silly. Anime can’t be the trigger for such events, its the society, mainly the social environments at school, work or in the families itself, which makes people losing it.

    Well, but I also have the opinion that kids under 13 shouldn’t watch things like Mirai Nikki, cause it is not suitable with all the violence, blood and cute yandere.
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    • The killer kid was actually what gave me the topic for this post :)

      I agree, a child’s environment and the people they interact with are the ones that influence them, not anime. It’s pretty obvious when you look at various cases of underage murderers.

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  4. I’m a gun owner. I tend to be pretty conservative. (More Libertarian than anything)

    I lean toward pro-life, but I’m a guy, and I think women should be able to choose.

    I know a little about the Bible. (Used to teach it in Sunday school)

    That said, I don’t believe for a minute that kids are ruined to the point of social dysfunction and murder by watching TV, playing video games, or even SKATEBOARDING!! (I know that last one’s a reach)

    Actually, if these things were true, then I would’ve been behind bars long ago for my pinball and “It Takes a Thief” addictions. Yeah, so 1969.

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    • I know, it’s a twisted perception of what causes bad behaviour. If things like games and TV were the cause of crimes, I would be behind bars by now too.

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  5. Kowai!! I agree with Eri. Parents should be keeping tabs on what their children are watching on TV. They should also be banned from facebook! XD Kids now a days are growing up too fast.
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    • I think that as long as children understand that the real world isn’t a place where you can do what you want, then they should be fine. It’s the ones whose parents lie to them in order to “protect” them that end up having a twisted view of the world.

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  6. Lol indeed. Anime and games aren’t at fault. The real issue is how the parents ultimately treated their kids. But still, that news of the girl decimating her father with an axe, that actually sounds so Higurashi-like, lol, just saying though, I know it’s their strained relationship at fault D:
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    • The similarities to Higurashi was why it got pulled off air in the aftermath. For a while I was worried that it would be permently cancelled, but a couple stations continued airing it after a few weeks.

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  7. Good essay. You strongly identify and support your points, and you take a look at the other side in a fairly unbiased way too. The only suggestions I have would be trying to consolidate your points a little more so you have fewer paragraphs, and introducing your opinion right in the beginning paragraph. And that’s about it. And *maybe* exploring the other side more fully (if you were to make a full “3 points for, 3 points against” essay), though I do recognize the time constraint involved in doing so.

    Overall, nice job. Especially considering that it was done in 30 minutes, that’s a strong essay. I doubt I could write anything close to that quality in that amount of time, and I’m a Writing Tutor.

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  8. TsukuyomiMagi99 says:

    LOL This reminds me of the whole Jack Thompson crusade against video games a few years ago. Saying that games like GTA should be banned from reaching kids hands because they promote violence. Though numerous studies have proven that there is only a casual link between video games and aggressive behavior the words of surgeon general David Sachter are similar to my view “We clearly associate media violence to aggressive behavior. But the impact was very small compared to other things. Some may not be happy with that, but that’s where the science is.”

    Anime is no different, there is very little proof that anime is the cause of people becoming murderers. It has more to do with an impressionistic psychology that isn’t moderated by their parents http://factsanddetails.com/japan.php?itemid=816&catid=22&subcatid=147 this shows that Japan has a very low crime rate especially when it comes to homicide. Anime for kids in Japan often contains death and violence with titles like Apocalypse Zero and Violent Jack contain extreme gore and the former title contains crude sexuality the kind of things we would never show our children here and yet America has one of the highest crime rates in the world!

    It’s as Dr. Phil once said “You can’t be the only influence in your childs’ life, but you can be the best one.” It’s another ridiculous attempt to blame the media for how our kids end up which is easier than taking responsibility for your own actions.

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    • You raise some good points. If anime is as bad as people make it out to be, then it would make sense for the country that airs the most anime to have the most crimes, but it’s actually the reverse. Family and upbrining are probably the biggest influence in deciding whether someone becomes a law-abiding citizen or a criminal.

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  9. Sweet! Nice solid points that I can agree with fully. I don’t even have to make my own article.

    Though, I will note that when an Anime is censored that it is no longer Anime. I consider Anime to be free in thought and expression. Blaming Anime for people’s action just simply shows we might as well call ourselves inferior for the poor choices and the blame-game hmm.

    Also agree with what TsukuyomiMagi99 said about Jack Thompson and video games. All about the way we see the world and how we react to it.
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    • Well, anime is just any animation that comes from Japan. Whether it’s censored or not doesn’t make it any more or less of an anime, but it does change the message that it conveys. Trying to blame something like anime for poor decisions does reflect badly on a person.

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  10. cancelledSentiment says:

    what i really think about this violent stuff make violent kids is one method of scapegoat so that the parents do not take the blame and play the role of innocent parents, by the parents actually blaming everything on violent content it just goes to show how crappy these parents are in handling there kids OR how school environment is really that bad (lets face it kids who learn bad words doesn’t always hear it from their parents, i got slapped on the face when i uttered such words when i was a kid)

    To give an example my sisters joined the girl scouts when they were young and we were hoping that it would be a cure for their excessive brattiness but they just got worse, apparently they socialized with the wrong type of people (rich brats). On the other hand i had a cousin who was playing something like call of duty in a very young age and actually came out more disciplined than my sisters so it just makes the argument invalid

    This argument is somewhat similar to the cat in the oven argument, where the cat owner blamed the oven company of not telling her to put the cat into the oven which we can also blame those darn sharks(lawyers)

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    • It does seem like things such as anime is used as a scapegoat for bad parenting. Something I’ve noticed in Japanese media is that whenever someone commits a crime, the majority of parent characters blame themselves for their child’s actions. In western media, the norm seems to be to blame the child’s interests for causing them to misbehave.

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  11. Firstly, why is a four year old watching mirai Nikki?
    Secondly, I do happen to have friends who watched mirai nikki and shows such as elfin lied when they where about 4 and they are some of the most kind, gentle people I know
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  12. Lol indeed. Anime and games aren’t at fault. The real issue is how the parents ultimately treated their kids. But still, that news of the girl decimating her father with an axe, that actually sounds so Higurashi-like, lol, just saying though, I know it’s their strained relationship at fault D:

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    • The similarity to Higurashi was probably what led to it being taken off air for a while. I find it ridiculous though, you don’t see CSI being taken off air every time there’s a homicide.

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