Controversial Anime ‘Nidome no Jinsei wo Isekai de’ or ‘Young again in another world’ got canceled due to numerous backlash from the community. It was due to accounts of dog-whistling encoding several hateful and racist messages targeted towards China.
In one case on the Light Novel, the writer described the main character as a Japanese that went to China in 1953 and killed a total of 3712 Chinese during the world war. In the end, he got away with those and lived until the age of 94.
Now those numbers are not coincidental as they are messages that decode to several horrendous dates on China’s World War history.
It is reported that the published version of the novel in China got a different version, which enabled the work to get pass through the Chinese demographic. The anime’s official website was also only accessible in Japan hence the hard time for the community to realize the fascist writer’s intentions.
Japan is trying to avoid these conflicts as 2020 Olympics is swiftly approaching, and the continuous degradation of relations between Japanese citizens against Koreans and Chinese is definitely not helping. The rise of fascists in Japan is due to the never-ending pride of who’s to blame and who has won during the era of World War II.
Freelance writer and game developer writing for Anime Athena