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Taiwan TV Fined for Sword Art Online episode

If our observations on a trip there last summer are any indication, anime is pretty popular in Taiwan. Animate, the otaku-centric anime shop, have a few stores there, and just as in the States, anime regularly airs on the TV.

That became a small problem for Taiwanese broadcaster CTV this week, when they were fined 210,000 Taiwan dollars for airing Sword Art Online episode 24. The scene in question shows a villian, Sugo, wanting to rape the heroine Asuna. Stay classy, SAO.

If the NCC, Taiwan’s version of the FCC, seems overly strict, keep this in mind: the problem, apparently, stems from SAO being rated “general audiences” despite having some adult themes; by comparison, SAO airs in the States with a TV-14 rating. Note, too, that 210,000 Taiwan dollars is about 7,000 USD. We’re not taking sides here, mind.

Take a look at a comparison video from an earlier episode of SAO that aired on CTV: clearly, they’re trying to do their best to avoid fines. Hey guys, I’m no expert, but wouldn’t it be simpler to just rate the thing “not kids’ stuff”?

Source: Crunchyroll

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.