The Japanese portal Yahoo! News Japan published an article entitled "The" hunt for any pattern similar to that of the Rising Sun Flag "in Kimetsu no Yaiba intensifies in South Korea ... What is Netflix's response?", In which the controversy that arose was described in South Korea against the Kimetsu no Yaiba franchise, as they consider that the design of Tanjirou Kamado's earrings refers to the Flag of the Rising Sun, which represents Japanese Imperialism.
«While the movie“ Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-hen ”has already surpassed one million tickets sold just seven days after its release in South Korea, anti-Japanese nationalists have been intensifying their controversy against the franchise in general in the last days. After the film's release in South Korean theaters, both Netflix and the theater chains gave in to the pressure and carried out a review of the audiovisual content. However, that did not stop South Korean nationalists, who now point out that Kimetsu no Yaiba is "an ultra-right series," politically speaking, and that everyone should consider it as "a series that glorifies the crimes committed by Japan in the past. generations ”».
“Anti-Japanese crowds have pointed out that Kimetsu no Yaiba alludes to the“ Rising Sun Flag ”through the earrings of Tanjirou Kamado, a symbol of Japanese imperialism, and they have sought to eliminate any reference to it in all media. As mentioned at the beginning, the “Kimetsu no Yaiba” franchise is just one of the targets selected by these groups of individuals.
“As protests seeking“ political correctness ”and“ respect for the history of South Korea ”increased, the country's film chains and production companies had to review the audiovisual content and modify the design of Tanjirou Kamado's earrings. This modified version will not be broadcast or projected outside of South Korea.
On the other hand, Netflix premiered the 26-episode anime of Kimetsu no Yaiba in its catalog in South Korea last month. The number of users of the platform in that country is greater than two million, allowing Netflix to dominate in that market in that region. However, when the banner presented Tanjirou Kamado in profile and showing his slopes with the design of the Hanafuda Letters (which the South Koreans interpreted as the Flag of the Rising Sun), the community on social networks exploded in criticism of the platform » .
“The fact that Netflix was the only streaming platform in South Korea to broadcast the unmodified version gave a buzz among both Japanese and South Korean fans. "Why did they use the original design when there was already a previous modification, and they knew it would generate controversy?" This was taken by South Koreans as an insult to their story, "Netflix is not interested in the feelings of the South Korean people, they just want money," some expressed.
«As a result of all this, and by comments like 'Why is Netflix proudly displaying the Flag of the Rising Sun?' and “Why is Netflix not interested in the feelings of its audience in South Korea?”, the platform finally changed the version of Kimetsu no Yaiba for one that modifies the design of Tanjirou Kamado's earrings last week. A major media outlet in the country asked Netflix for their opinion on the matter, but received no response. "
Source: Yahoo! News Japan