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TV Tokyo Bans Airing of Gintama' Ep 232 on AT-X

by dtshyk
Nov 11, 2011 3:09 AM | 76 Comments
According to AT-X channel, the airing of Gintama' episode 232 on the channel was canceled in response to the request by TV Tokyo, one of the producers of the anime. The episode was aired on TV Tokyo on October 31st.

Director Takamatsu Shinji tweeted that the episode was repeatedly rejected by TV Tokyo due to the inappropriate contents of the episode and the program data of the episode was submitted to the TV channel on the airing day. Takamatsu said "If Gintama anime cannot remain to be 'Gintama', we should rather stop airing it on TV than air something not 'Gintama'. I believe such a day won't come."

In the episode, they have joked Renho, one of the Cabinet ministers, and Ad Council Japan.

Sources: AT-X, Takamatsu's tweet

Update Nov 14th
TV Tokyo replied to the inquiry of an online media that the airing of the episode was canceled because there was a description which can be associated with a specific person. They refused to answer if there was a protest from the person.

Source: Tanteifile.com

Update Nov 18th
Takamatsu Shinji tweeted that TV Tokyo decided to cancel the airing on its own and nobody has protested against the contents.

Source: [url=http://[url=https://twitter.com/eli_ossan2/status/137509107639926784" target="_blank]https://twitter.com/eli_ossan2/status/137509107639926784[/url]]Takamatsu's tweet[/url]

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maybe, politician of japan are just like mr. omura from the last samurai, too sensitive but not realizing they're dirty

Aug 13, 2012 10:44 PM by abugroza

LOL Gintama ftw! Never give up on the dirty jokes! XD

P.S - come back soon, life without Gintama anime is like Shinpachi without his glasses!

Mar 27, 2012 4:31 AM by myth720

dafuq?! why TV tokyo bans Gintama? 'We' in the Philippines loves gintama.. we protest against it..

Mar 27, 2012 12:28 AM by azure1202

Man all it did was make fun of her clothes and haircut. What kind of politician would get upset with that?

Nov 21, 2011 4:53 AM by Naelok

It's funny that this episode gets banned, but the Funeral ep with the penis jokes doesn't.
LOL

Nov 14, 2011 11:52 AM by KamiKazen

Update Nov 14th
TV Tokyo replied to the inquiry of an online media that the airing of the episode was canceled because there was a description which can be associated with a specific person (presumably Renho). They refused to answer if there was a protest from the person.

Source: Tanteifile.com

Nov 13, 2011 11:43 PM by dtshyk

kusushi said:
TV Tokyo Producer. Mr. Wada got punishment.


He actually did it himself, as a initiated move to apologize.

Nov 13, 2011 8:40 PM by icegenie

TV Tokyo Producer. Mr. Wada got punishment.

Nov 13, 2011 5:58 PM by kusushi

mellors said:
Guys, this is the country where rape/tentacle/incest cartoon porn is perfectly acceptable as long as you don't show penis. You should expect this lack of logic now :P
yeah and you think you know what japan is just by watching some of there animation...wowo weabo much
dont try to act like you know what is going on, acceptable??????
hahahaha did you ever heard of banned anime rule ????
so if american channel put a porn show that mean all american are perverted ???
do yourself a favor and stop watching anime
let me tell what a lack of logic is :
someone stupid dude getting butthurt about banning a episode of anime show that never made for its country or has anything to do with him that pretty stupid to me

Nov 13, 2011 12:39 AM by proudamercanie

GaZsTiC said:
So wait. You can make fun of celebrities and anyone who has a shred of publicity, but you cannot shit-talk politicians?

Freedom of speech is dead. Fuck Japan.
then where are you watching japanese anime like a whore
if you dont like them...dont watch what they make

Nov 13, 2011 12:08 AM by JackSho

Wow politicians gotta ruin everything. They would never ban something that here in American its almost part of our culture to make fun of people XD

Nov 12, 2011 10:07 PM by BasaraTheSlayer

I realize of course they wouldn't explain it. I just get annoyed when there's not enough info for me to form an adequate opinion.

I wanted to know what else was in the episode, since people seem so sure it was because of the political parodies but are not really explaining why they think it was that and not something else. I suppose I will download the episode and find out for myself.

Thanks for the reply. ^^

Edit: Also according to Wikipedia (for whatever that's worth), AT-X is a subsidy of TV Tokyo, so that explains that part.

Nov 12, 2011 6:08 PM by therubicon

therubicon said:

Would be nice to get all that clarified, though. Like I said, no offence to dtshyk, but the original post was way too vague.

Things like this won't be clarified. You cannot expect detailed explanation of such a delicate issue on business. But thanks to Takamatsu's tweets, we can guess what happened backstage.

1. TV Tokyo objected to the contents of the episode and made Sunrise revise the story many times.
2. TV Tokyo finally approved the revised edition and the episode was aired at last.
3. After the airing on TV Tokyo, something happened to TV Tokyo's mind and they asked AT-X not to air the episode.
4. AT-X said the cancellation was TV Tokyo's intention.

Nov 12, 2011 5:51 PM by dtshyk

Other than making fun of politicians, what else was the content of the episode? OP was kind of vague.

Also, sounded more like TV Tokyo just didn't want to lose business to AT-X since my understanding is they probably have different content standards.

Would be nice to get all that clarified, though. Like I said, no offence to dtshyk, but the original post was way too vague.

Nov 12, 2011 5:04 PM by therubicon

Well well... they should be glad that Gintama makes a parody out of politicians... it gives them more publicity ^^

Nov 12, 2011 8:32 AM by chan-chan

Does political satire even exist in Japan? Derp.

Nov 12, 2011 4:06 AM by Moimy

mellors said:
Guys, this is the country where rape/tentacle/incest cartoon porn is perfectly acceptable as long as you don't show penis. You should expect this lack of logic now :P
mmm, does this bring politicians on the same level of penises?

Nov 12, 2011 2:51 AM by Zeando

seishi-sama said:
So, I'm guessing Gintama is losing popularity now and they had to draw extra attention to the show?
lol. gintama is almost always in the top ten dvd sales for the very least...

Nov 12, 2011 2:31 AM by Karagah

Lolwut? Don't they have freedom of speech there?

Some people need to learn to chill.

Nov 12, 2011 1:41 AM by ChronosXIII

So, I'm guessing Gintama is losing popularity now and they had to draw extra attention to the show?

Nov 12, 2011 12:53 AM by seishi-sama

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