A preview for the first episode of Rising Of The Shield Hero aired, and some of the regular anime reviewers shared their thoughts about the show. To absolutely no one’s surprise, the typical Social Justice Warrior crowd began to attack one particular plot point, which is that the main character gets framed for rape, leading the SJWs to proclaim that this doesn’t happen in real life.
The show itself is about an otaku named Naofumi Iwatani, who one day gets transported into a mystical fantasy land after reading a light novel at the library. Once in the land, he teams up with several other adventures, including an alluring female named Myne. Myne, however, ends up framing Naofumi and falsely accusing him of raping her, which results in him being castigated by the kingdom and his entire reputation tarnished, resulting in him becoming bitter and angry.
The website S1E1 took umbrage with this element of the plot, writing…
“ The first and most important thing worth mentioning is that false rape accusations of this nature aren’t really a thing (think about the social consequences for women even when their accusations are extremely credible; people don’t do this kind of thing for fun). It’s as if Myne’s actions sprung fully-formed out of a misinformed, misanthropic incel fantasy; Kitamura is even depicted as some kind of an alpha male who gains women’s attractions unearned. I feel like Myne’s betrayal could have come in any number of different forms and not been half as problematic; unfortunately this choice reads to me as having been made with particular intent. “The consequence of this is that it positions Naofumi to harden his emotions, come into his anger, and embody the type of toxic masculine traits that just make him into an unlikable protagonist. He begins to violently hassle shopkeepers and threaten people by confronting them with the low-level biting monsters he keeps hidden beneath his cape. He turns into the kind of world-reviling jerk that goes on to commit mass violence, inspired by the type of event these sorts fantasize as a common truth. It’s dangerous and vile.”
So, first of all, false rape accusations that ruin people’s reputation (or worse) are “really a thing”. We saw how unsubstantiated allegations can nearly ruin someone’s life and their reputation. A perfect example of that is Supreme Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual assault. Regardless of the opinions on Kavanaugh, there was no corroboration of the allegations nor any evidence sexual assault took place. As noted in the report on USA Today… “The Supplemental Background Investigation confirms what the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded after its investigation: there is no corroboration of the allegations made by Dr. Ford or Ms. Ramirez,”
Kavanaugh managed to withstand his false allegations, but not everyone else does. VanDyke Perry spent 11 years in prison, and Gregory Counts spent 26 years in prison on a rape allegation that turned out not to be true, as recounted by The New York Times. The court listened and believed without properly going over the facts and it cost those men years in prison they’ll never get back.
People are beyond brainwashed to be up in arms about this.
The controversy started even before the anime aired, based on the manga's premise and it getting an adaptation. I watched soon after it aired, only remarkable thing for me was the production value going into it.
It hurts so much
They're also upset about how he buys a slave to serve as an offensive party member (his stats are that of a purely defensive tank so he can't solo). Pic related are the author's own thoughts on the matter:
"It is preferable to have morals, but we've made a world where the strictly ethical can no longer survive. There are a lot of people out there that simply don't respond to ethics–in the face of people like that, what option is left besides emotionally insisting on your place and your views? My intention is to show that, in the face of enemies like that, we often have no choice but to launch a counterattack."