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Episode 3 of Shigofumi altered due to 'recent events'

by Darkanger
Jan 18, 2008 12:19 PM | 41 Comments
According the official website for Shigofumi, the third episode that was aired January 16 was "altered in light of recent circumstances in the society at large". It also includes an apology for the lack of advance notice on the change, and asks on behalf the staff and cast for the audience's understanding on the matter.

Shigofumi: Stories of Last Letter is the story of a girl who delivers the last letter from the dead to those left behind. In the third episode entitled "Friends", the story focuses on three friends after one commits suicide. The father of the dead boy later enters the friends classroom and violently demands and explanation for his sons death.

With the lack of detail on behalf of the website and the recent alterations or preemptions of anime series such as School Days, Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kai, and Kodomo no Jikan, fans have been left to debate about current criminal events as the reason. Possibly the 18-year-old boy's alleged murders of his mother, brother, and sister on January 9, or the shotgun rampage that left three people, including the suspected shooter, dead on December 14 is the need for the alteration.

source: ANN

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There's always the need for a scapegoat to be blamed and the target icon happens to fall on the animes with "violent and disturbing" contents. Its nothing more than an excuse to appease the public and in my book it translates to nonsensical B**L S**T. Everyone knows that and yet goes along with it just to believe that something is done to prevent cases such as these.

As if a few episodes of "life in a negative light" is sufficient to alter someone to take up these actions. If that proves to be the case, the problem lies in the upbringing and the moral aspects of the individuals involved. The blamed subjects are just a mere spark and it could come in far too many forms. If these animes deserves to be blamed than anyone online can be a murderer by flaming others.

Mar 2, 2008 7:59 AM by Infernal

i don't think there is anything in Japan that's safe from editing anymore. They're afraid of violence on the rise there like it is in the US =_=

Feb 20, 2008 7:21 PM by cr4sian_phil



coughtexaschainsawmassacrecough

I think internet should have a grammar test you must take before accessing it. It would filter out so many stupid posts that have points about as thick as a piece of notebook paper.

As someone already said, if you don't want to watch it, change the channel. If you don't want your kids to watch it, use parental controls or watch them yourself instead of being a lazy piece of shit parent.





word still gets around, however i do agree with what you say parents can control majority of what their kids watch, as in my posting earlier i explained how the editors could have viewed it more as sympathy more than anything. but point well taken

Feb 7, 2008 9:15 PM by s8ntnick

Honestly, it didn't really bother me. The edits were fairly subtle in most of the scenes, was only one where ~a quarter of the screen (lower-left corner) was blacked out that I even noticed. Maybe if you're really looking for them it'll upset you, but to me the way it was done in this episode was no different to excessive steam/fog in bath type scenes.

Feb 4, 2008 3:11 AM by Asako

s8ntnick said:
Leon-Gun said:
DjRyuji said:
Kodomo no Jikan is disgusting pedo crap.
Obviously you were unable to see beyond the Loli fanservice. *shrug* Oh, interesting to see you saw episode 2147483647 of Bleach already. Is it where Ichigo, after a long fight with his shampoo, gives up the fight to smooth out his hair? Hehe.

Devilmore said:
But i guess i'll be awaiting the DVDs anyway. Just like with Higurashi. The second season was....pussified compared to the first.
I think I'll develop an eternal frown at this rate. Pussified...more like they didn't need excessive bloodshed to get the message across.

I'd like to know though, why is the need to alter after-the-fact? Are they thinking the relatives or concerned parents will dog them if they release an episode with a similar event? Seriously, why do people think running away from reality will make reality less harsh. Or maybe they want to justify themselves by means of a scapegoat. Funny how even in this way humans are selfish beings. They basically try to save themselves from guilt, instead pushing the blame to someone else.




ill give you an example of why they would alter a show

just an example


your family was beaten then killed, you witnessed the event and saw in detailed of the

mauling of your family. the attackers later committed four other similar events which gained notoriety for the horrific scene of events.

since this was in the japan(example) animators for new ideas decide to make a similar show, but decide to alter the showing out of kindness

, look i hate the altering just as much, but come on people wake up,
dont be ass-holes.


what if they made a episode on the Virginia tech shooting, how do you think people would react
same thing applies


coughtexaschainsawmassacrecough

I think internet should have a grammar test you must take before accessing it. It would filter out so many stupid posts that have points about as thick as a piece of notebook paper.

As someone already said, if you don't want to watch it, change the channel. If you don't want your kids to watch it, use parental controls or watch them yourself instead of being a lazy piece of shit parent.

Feb 4, 2008 2:57 AM by TheDrunkenShadow

I actually wouldn't give a thought about it. How many movies have we seen of World War 2? Give it time, and we will see movies/shows take ideas from things as recent as the war in Afganisthan/Iraq, The Twin Tower's destruction or the Virginia Tech incident. Actually, we already got a Twin Tower's film. Just a matter of time until they use the Virginia Tech thing.

Maybe I would think differently if I was involved, but that's a huge maybe.

The thing is, that we don't know if the alteration was really something so huge. Perhaps all they did was remove a bit of gore and the episode's theme and message remained the same (seemed that way to me). If that was the case then I don't mind, as long as the episode retains it's original message and feeling.

Overall, I don't mind losing a bit of gore or anything unnecessary. But I don't care about the way the media feels like they have to cover themselves from outraging people just because said people can't face reality.

Jan 25, 2008 11:20 AM by Leon-Gun

Leon-Gun said:
DjRyuji said:
Kodomo no Jikan is disgusting pedo crap.
Obviously you were unable to see beyond the Loli fanservice. *shrug* Oh, interesting to see you saw episode 2147483647 of Bleach already. Is it where Ichigo, after a long fight with his shampoo, gives up the fight to smooth out his hair? Hehe.

Devilmore said:
But i guess i'll be awaiting the DVDs anyway. Just like with Higurashi. The second season was....pussified compared to the first.
I think I'll develop an eternal frown at this rate. Pussified...more like they didn't need excessive bloodshed to get the message across.

I'd like to know though, why is the need to alter after-the-fact? Are they thinking the relatives or concerned parents will dog them if they release an episode with a similar event? Seriously, why do people think running away from reality will make reality less harsh. Or maybe they want to justify themselves by means of a scapegoat. Funny how even in this way humans are selfish beings. They basically try to save themselves from guilt, instead pushing the blame to someone else.




ill give you an example of why they would alter a show

just an example


your family was beaten then killed, you witnessed the event and saw in detailed of the

mauling of your family. the attackers later committed four other similar events which gained notoriety for the horrific scene of events.

since this was in the japan(example) animators for new ideas decide to make a similar show, but decide to alter the showing out of kindness

, look i hate the altering just as much, but come on people wake up,
dont be ass-holes.


what if they made a episode on the Virginia tech shooting, how do you think people would react
same thing applies

Jan 23, 2008 11:14 PM by s8ntnick

This sucks!! Tampering with the original story is never good. It normally ends up being a last mintue rush job which makes no sense, which makes a perfectly enjoyable anime, complete and utter crap. =(

I agree with everyone about the media blame game BS.......for godsake take responsiblity for your own actions or go lock yourself up in a mental home if your convinced that inanimate objects are tell you to do bad things.

Jan 23, 2008 3:41 PM by hime_of_fate

Reks said:
=/ i want uncensored anime back no pussified animes blood flying all over the place blood spattering on walls disemboweled torsos flying in the air those were the days
Your mind fills the blanks. Why do you need to see such crude images to feel satisfaction?

Jan 22, 2008 2:44 PM by Leon-Gun

=/ i want uncensored anime back no pussified animes blood flying all over the place blood spattering on walls disemboweled torsos flying in the air those were the days

Jan 22, 2008 12:56 PM by Corpse69

*loves animes where things liek this happens* xD
yay !

sucks for the fans =\
but meh, we're all used to it by now neh? xD

Jan 21, 2008 6:37 PM by sifma

Juliab said:
Darkreaper70 said:
I read about this. Looks like there are alot of murder happening in Japan, right after some weird anime comes out. Maybe its the anime? nahh.


But... anime is CONSTANTLY being released in Japan. Or at least that's how I understand it.
Yes, that's correct. They are just using it as a scapegoat, the same way videogames are.

Jan 21, 2008 10:59 AM by Leon-Gun

Fang-tan said:
Wow. This is becoming a natural thing. It isn't even suprising anymore.


I completely agree.

Jan 21, 2008 10:33 AM by Akaike

Darkreaper70 said:
I read about this. Looks like there are alot of murder happening in Japan, right after some weird anime comes out. Maybe its the anime? nahh.


But... anime is CONSTANTLY being released in Japan. Or at least that's how I understand it.

Jan 21, 2008 10:15 AM by Juliab

It's so stupid to blame anime and movies and other things for violence. Especially 'cos violence existed even before these... I mean after Johann Wolfgang Goethe wrote his roman The Sorrows of Young Werther many many people commited suicide, and what happend? The roman became know world wide, and it's required reading in most of the schools in my country *sigh* -_-

People really should learn not to blame others but themselves. Parents and family are always the first to blame, second are the friends, and just after that comes media IMHO.

Jan 21, 2008 8:29 AM by SunyiNyufi

Nobody wants to babysit their brats, so they blame the entertainment industry when things go wrong, because the use the TV as a babysitter, but don't want to bother making sure if anything is suitable for their children. So producers and whoever have to cover their ass by doing things like this.

Am I making any sense? D;

Jan 21, 2008 2:45 AM by Synthetic

Leon-Gun said:
DjRyuji said:
Kodomo no Jikan is disgusting pedo crap.
Obviously you were unable to see beyond the Loli fanservice. *shrug* Oh, interesting to see you saw episode 2147483647 of Bleach already. Is it where Ichigo, after a long fight with his shampoo, gives up the fight to smooth out his hair? Hehe.


Congratulations. You've proven that people have different interests.

Jan 20, 2008 11:38 PM by Kirjath

This is just ridiculous, such things don't happen due to the influence of violence in anime but because of their own circumstances leading up to the event. I think most people are in enough of a right mind to grasp that what they are watching is fictional, so it should not be blamed so easily.

Jan 20, 2008 7:30 PM by pekoeru

Again? Oh crap.........

Jan 20, 2008 7:20 PM by unknowdata

DjRyuji said:
Kodomo no Jikan is disgusting pedo crap.


First time i heard crap talk about crap

Anyways, I sorta get were there coming from they just don't wanna piss of people that don't watch anime as much as hardcore, softcore, and mediocre viewers. Us fans have just been unlucky :P

If we need someone to blame, its the people who can't bottle up their emotions like the rest of us. Suck it up, bottle it up, punch punching bags, and watch Anime, if you get angry. Thats how I live, and thats how other people should live...

Jan 20, 2008 6:34 PM by Icy-nee-san