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.
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.
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.