bullying in anime
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Posted 4/21/13
when you see bullying in anime it's generally both extremely intense and dealt with in an almost blase' manner.

So my question, is this just a handy pop-culture trope, or is japanese schooling really that *#(&$d up?
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It's actually somewhat true, but I don't exactly know to what extent. There have been documentaries made about the intense bullying problems that Japanese schoolchildren face on a regular basis. So I'm assuming that these bullying scenes in anime are actually a reflection on what the author had to go through or what they'd witness in their schooling years.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XX30-Ez8xg
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/07/kids-and-laughing-teachers-bullied-suicide-teen/
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Posted 4/21/13
well japanese students have a high suicide rate

whether it is pressure through grades or bullying it is pretty high. I think it has gone down.

I think the japanese culture as a whole takes things to the extreme and bullying isn't one that is discussed to offend. It isn't the top of the list in terms of priority.

not bullying there was a american(?) teacher who needed to fly back to the us for a funeral and he or she said, it was looked down upon to leave you duties. also said something about how she needed to pull out her contract to get permission. all in all the individuals well being isn't important if it can tarnish the greater reputation of the school is what I am left to believe.

also holy monkey balls this post is so bad in diction and punctuation
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To be honest you can find this everywhere in the world, yes you can find the extremes too like Teung has linked. There are instances where kids bully a rape victim which then leads to the victim to suicide. Also instances where communities bully/ harass gays and then leads to their death(Video from a sex class, college level)
Some articles:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/29/teenagers-charged-girls-suicide?INTCMP=SRCH
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/apr/15/hacktivism-rehtaeh-parsons-rape?INTCMP=SRCH

A couple other ones to, where a 13-year old kid was bullied and uses his dad's gun to kill himself. etc etc...

Edit: Tired, so do excuse the bad paragraph.
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Posted 4/21/13
well thats fucked up
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Posted 4/21/13
I... I regret asking.
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Posted 4/21/13

windsagio wrote:

I... I regret asking.


food for thought before you decide to send your children in japan
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Posted 4/21/13 , edited 4/21/13
Yeah, the Japanese are very similar to Russia in that they tend to take things to the extreme, bullying being one of those extremes. But the Japanese always take things to a whole new level, and not just with bullying. I'm gonna give a little history lesson in how Harsh the Japanese can be. I warn you, this tale is both true and gruesome so please show some maturity and respect for the dead.



This true story was NOT meant to incriminate the Japanese or to label Japan as a violent and cruel country. Japan is still a wonderful place with wonderful people. They just have a rather..... violent history.

I tell people about this event to show how cruel man can be to fellow man. Hoping that people would show a little more value for human life and to strive for a better society where we wont have to worry about those kinds of things.

For photos click here


I warn you once more, these photos above are very gruesome so enter on your own free will. There are 8 photo groups to view on the left
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Some say it's an exaggeration, yet those people don't know the truth. I admit my experiences with bullies and being the one bullied were not as serious as those depicted where people got seriously injured or killed or severely scarred for life. Yet I see the same bullying I experienced here in anime and the hard reality of what it causes.

I for one know there are people out there who enjoy inflicting this twisted kind of bullying, the scary thing is that most have no grasp on the damage they are doing and most still have no remorse/reget of their actions. The scarier thing is that this bullying happens anywhere in the world. I just believe the Japanese have a slightly higher rate because of the stricter schools, the pressure of higher grades affect the certain options before being even accepted as a possible candidate for a specific college/university and even the very society of Japan is harsher.

I can't remember the link, but 1 story I read was of a japanese train driver who was 2-4 mins late. When he got to the station, he was fired and instantly replaced so the train could carry on schedule. Resulted in people missing their train since it near enough went out the station as the ex-driver got off.

Back to bullying, it is becoming far more serious then people claim it to be. The worst thing is that those being bullied are not telling anyone, since half the problems are either the teachers are the bullies or they just don't want to see it. They are blind, even with the blood clearly on their hands!

I know 1st hand the experience of sick individuals, both students and teachers, who revel in bullying. They humiliated me for doing the right thing, they laughed while I bled from a spiked trainer being kicked into me, they broke my limit by forcing me to witness my phobia; by shoving it right into my face. They said I was a freak because I snapped, they claimed the bullies were provoked by my actions, that I have a problem with society.

I laugh at their ignorance, I mock their claims of having the moral high ground & I pity their ignorance. The teachers are blind and devoid of the very thing they represent. I fought back because no-one helped me, I taught them a lesson when teachers refused to aid. I also never stooped to their levels. I punished them but I never became them. That was when I truly began to understand bullies.

They are the ones living in fear! Most choose to bury their fear by making themselves enjoy the suffering they spread! They think by causing hate, they in turn will not be hated. If only they could see what ripples they cause, only then would they begin to have redemption and become better people!


All I know is the bullies better watch out. Either judgement will come upon them by their own hand when their time is up or they'll create a monster from their bullying, that will come for them. They may think their life is sweet, but they have no concept of the rot that is within them!
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P.S. I'm British, coming rom supposedly the best school that deals with bullying with the most dedicated teachers.

What bull! They said I'll look back as these as the best days of my life. I look back and know I will never have to be associated with the school, the teachers or the thugs they moulded there! They are just bad memories now, memories with any luck that will fade to dust or at least will serve as inspiration for my writing.

Sorry for the rant, but I am glad that I will never have to experience it ever again and know that if I ever have children, I will ensure they never go to that school. I only hope they fare beter than I did. I'd like to believe bullying will cease but as long as there are people, there will always be one that spreads hate.
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Posted 4/22/13
Bullying can be bad, no matter where you go, and has always been so. I know my experiences were hardly unique. Bullying tends to be worse at the age where kids are just figuring out who they are, especially around ages 13-16. But it seems that bullying can be particularly hard in Japan. There are certain aspects of the culture that expect conformance--not that Western culture is free of that--and those forces can be at their worst during those teen ages.
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Posted 4/22/13 , edited 4/22/13
"Nishimaya found that many bullies and victims were raised by alcoholic, workaholic, or estranged parents"

It's hard to humanise bullies; there actions aren't to be dismissed altogether, but when people treat you poorly it is often the case that they have been treat poorly in the past as well, or have fallen in with a crowd who are similarly ill-behaved because they are example to bad behaviour themselves (i.e. materialistic kids learning from materialistic parents). Poor manners stem from an unmannered environment, poor behaviour stems from bad example, ill-treatment stems from the same - in many cases - and ignorance prevails where better examples aren't presented. We're all products of our upbringing to some degree.

Many have hit the nail on the head, high-pressure schooling, poor emotional education and a culture which emphasises collectivity over individualism come together to hurt students who aren't good at academia, and who have unhappy backgrounds, they take their frustrations out on others.

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" isn't a perfect statement if you take it in the vain of turning the other cheek, as it's hard to educate others out of abusive behavior patterns, and that's better than martyring yourself in the hope that they'll see the light, but it's broader statement than that, and part of the solution, it's the high road, violence begets violence.
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And all this is why I will be home-schooling my daughter: why send a lamb out amongst wolves? Not that every teacher or child is bad at heart or has bad intentions, but it is incredible how putting people in groups reduces their capacity for individual humanity: an amusing quote from Terry Pratchett: “The IQ of a mob is the IQ of its most stupid member divided by the number of mobsters.”

Schools in the modern day are largely commissioned with turning out the modern equivalent of factory fodder: consumers, rather than turning out well-rounded, emotionally mature citizens who feel a collective responsibility for the betterment of the world around them. Thus bullying is a sad, but easily-understood by-product in all manner of cultures.
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