Shimoneta – Season One

It’s been sixteen years since the Japanese government cracked down on perceived immorality, banning lewd material and behaviours. To enforce the new standards the citizens wear devices on their neck and wrists that monitor their every move.

Tanukichi is transferring to a new school and not just any school, but the country’s leading elite “Public Morals School”. He is hoping to prove himself worthy of Anna, the Student Council President and his longtime crush.

It’s his first day and already he’s found himself embroiled with renowned perverted terrorist Blue Snow. She tries to convince him to join her organisation and help her spread lewd material and dirty jokes in protest to the government regulations.

Tanukichi, the son of an infamous dirty-joke terrorist named Zenjuro, reluctantly agrees. Together they seek to open the minds of the repressed teenage masses, who don’t even know how babies are made.

If you like innuendos and dick jokes, then this is the place for you. It’s bold and in your face and for the most part pretty funny. The relationship between Tanukichi and Ayame is always entertaining. He makes out that he hates her vulgarity, but we all know he loves it really.

His original crush Anna, on the other hand, is more than a little bit nuts. Now, while this is all a big joke and an enjoyable one at that, I feel like I should mention a more serious issue that I believe it portrayed quite succinctly.

I’ve read reviews complaining that this series makes light of sexual assault against males, which I think is a bizarre opinion to make. What I think it’s really showing us is that without good sex education, you get a variety of serious problems.

People need to understand the actions and the consequences. With no frame of reference, Anna thinks everything she does is for love when clearly she is harassing and sexually assaulting Tanukichi. She doesn’t understand the feelings in her body or how to react to them appropriately, so she does whatever makes her feels good.

Yes, this is a daft and funny series, but it also has an underlying message on the dangers of repressing sexuality in favour of perceived moral righteousness.

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