news culture Disney+ censors Tokyo Revengers season 2, and it’s not getting through to fans
After Bleach, the second season of Tokyo Revengers is Disney+’s second big take on the world of Japanese animation. If fans are delighted to see that the series will be entitled to a simulcast broadcast with Japan, an editorial choice on the part of Mickey’s firm is debated on social networks.
- After Bleach, Tokyo Revengers broadcast on Disney+
- Censorship that is debated among fans
After Bleach, Tokyo Revengers broadcast on Disney+
That’s it. After the frustration regarding Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War broadcast which was not available simultaneously with Japan, the second season of Tokyo Revengers is beautiful and well broadcast in simulcast on Disney +. Excellent news for Japanese animation fans who had expressed their dissatisfaction with the fact that Bleach episodes were not available at the same time as in Japan. With these elements in mind, chances are that the second part of Thousand-Year Blood War will also benefit from the simulcast, as Disney+ seems to hope in a series of tweets. If season 2 of Tokyo Revengers already benefits from this system, it is unfortunately for another element that fans of Ken Wakui’s work are unhappy.
If you don’t know Toyo Revengers, we remind you that we follow the adventures of Takemichi Hanagaki, a young man who does odd jobs and who feels like he’s wasted his life, especially because he only had only one girlfriend in his life, back in college days. One day, he learns that the latter, Hinata Tachibana, was murdered by the Tokyo Manji-kai, a terrifying gang that is wreaking havoc in the Japanese capital. The same day, he is pushed under the tracks of a subway and, to his great surprise, he finds himself transported twelve years later… while he is in college. This is the perfect opportunity for our hero to regain control of his life, but also to change the course of events so that Hinata does not die in his present. To do so, he will join the Tokyo Manji-kai gang to prevent things from getting out of control to the point of turning into tragedy.
Censorship that is debated among fans
Thus, the Toman, nickname of the Tokyo Manji-kai, and its members play a central role in the work. However, the latter wear black uniforms, with Japanese ideograms written in gold on it, all with the Manji symbol. If this logo is not very present with us, This is an important motif in Buddhist and Hindu culture which is represented by a swastika and which is often synonymous with auspiciousness and positive concepts such as peace, intelligence, strength. The problem is that this symbol was recovered by the Nazi to be hijacked and transformed into a swastika, which can lead to misunderstandings for an unaccustomed eye who will not necessarily notice that the meaning is different between the two representations. .
One day, it might be relevant to explain to Japanese rights holders that an educational warning message on the swastikas is more interesting than stupidly censoring with big black rectangles… pic.twitter.com/vqvkQ8uwmJ
— wizee (@__WiZee__) January 7, 2023
To avoid any confusion between these two symbols, Disney has therefore decided to censor all appearances of the Manji in season 2 of Tokyo Revengers, which angers some fans.. Contacted by our colleagues from PureBreakDisney+ explains that it made this decision to “do not offend anyone’s susceptibility and avoid any confusion between the ancient Buddhist symbol and the swastika“There is therefore little chance that this censorship will be replaced by the appearance of a warning sign to defuse any confusion.