A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist (Shimoneta) / Shimoneta to lu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu no Sekai
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Comedy, Action, Adventure, Ecchi, School, Anti-Censorship Terrorism
First Aired: Summer 2015, 12 episodes.
Summary: The “Law for Public Order and Morals in Healthy Child-Raising” banned the use of dirty over a decade ago. The tenacious development of laws and the advanced surveillance by PMs (monitors that everybody must wear that track foul language) have enabled Japan to become the country with the healthiest public morals in the world. But some dare oppose this boring world where dirty jokes do not exist.
Tanukichi Okuma enrolls in the country’s leading elite public morals school in order to be at the same school as his childhood crush, Anna, who is the student council president. Shortly after starting at his new school Okuma is blackmailed into the Anti-Societal Organization (SOX) by its founder, Ayame Kajou. Ayame and Okuma take part in obscene acts of erotic terrorism against the student council president Anna with the goal of bringing dirty jokes and lewdness back to society, liberating it from its boring and conservative nature.
Shimoneta is as bizarre as the description sounds. The message of the anime is carried out in a crazy and off-the-wall manner, but the core concept of censorship and governmental monitoring is nothing new. There have been other television series and movies that focus on the same concept, but the way this anime sends its message is truly unique. While the characters carry out crude pranks and erotic terrorism, the message sent to the viewer is quite compelling, which is about the danger of putting the blinders on society in the name of morality, which leaves children in a bubble without preparation for the real world.
Obviously the content is mature, but every time there is an inappropriate visual, it is blocked out by some sort of humorous stamp over the top of it, so nothing inappropriate is actually seen. The same goes for inappropriate language, which is “dinged” out or otherwise censored by a sound relating to the censored word. However, just because words are bleeped and visuals are stamped over does not mean this is a family-friendly series. I think it is hilarious, but if crass humor and dirty jokes are not your thing, you will not like this anime.
You might enjoy this if: Erotic terrorism is a cause that you would join. Shimoneta takes Seitokai Yakuindomo to the next level.
You might not like it if: The idea of a world without dirty jokes is appealing to you. I will state this as clear as possible, Shimoneta is not an anime for a younger audience or for anybody that is easily offended.
Note to the Viewer: While many parts of Shimoneta will leave you wide-eyed and jaw-dropped, the closing credits of episode six will really get you.
Shimoneta – Official Opening – B Chiku Sentai SOX
(All of the AMVs for Shimoneta are dirty, so here is the opening to the show. Fair warning: The opening is pretty dirty as well, but it is not nearly as bad as the AMVs)