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Nov 16, 2017 7:29 AM

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There are two elements of the original novel I noticed were censored from the original novel, which in my opinion leave a minor hole in parts of the anime's story.

One example of this would be the scene early on in the anime which Sato seemingly discovers Internet porn for the first time, which made no sense to some viewers in the MAL comments. "This adult hikikomori's never seen Internet porn before?" The dialogue in which Sato asks "Is this even legal?" gives a slight hint as to what type of porn it is, but either due to broadcast guidelines or not wanting to offend a larger audience it just looks like Sato is looking at normal porn. (The "Is this even legal?" line could also be interpreted as Sato having discovered photos with uncensored genitals, which are illegal in Japan.)

This scene makes much more sense in the original light novel, in which Sato discovers child pornography.

The anime also removed references to Sato taking hallucinogens, which make his delusions seem like they're just, er...part of being a hikikomori? Perhaps Sato has some other mental illness? I dunno. I feel like Sato taking hallucinogens made the scenes with Sato's objects talking to him about conspiracies make more sense.

Has anyone else read the original novel and noticed this censorship? For a more minor example, there were more nipples in the manga, while the anime only shows nipples twice towards the end for some reason.
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Nov 21, 2017 11:22 PM

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I kinda know about these censorships in the anime, like you mentioned, how satou got into child porn and how satou got his hallucinations but it didn't really ruined the anime. it's still entertaining and brings the same message despite it's minor plot holes
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Nov 21, 2017 11:34 PM

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Damn you Japan, you and your damn censoring...
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