Note: This rant was originally posted on October 25th of 2016, just to explain any comparisons to events occurring at the time.

*Sigh* and I thought the Kotaku article was asinine.


In my first episode commentary on the anime series Keijo!!!!!!!!, I made a point about how the main factor that motivated me to watch it was Kotaku’s hit piece on it. I initially said that I didn’t even bother to read the article in question due to a sheer lack of respect. I changed that now and have read through it simply so I can confirm that yes, Heatstreet managed to make something even stupider. Oh, and also because the first thing you read in this article is a quote from Kotaku’s.


The problem with Cecilia D’Anastasio’s article can be summed up in this paragraph alone. Dorm room shenanigans? Girls flirting with each other? God forbid we acknowledge the fact that some women ARE in fact, attracted to other women and may even fool around in their own privacy with no guys around.  So yes we can also add homophobia to the mix of this articles horrid implications. Also worth noting that she does not care that the women have discernible personalities, and that in this show “women are valued at the sum total of their body parts.”

You know Cecilia, that really says a lot about you. Despite the fact that the girls have discernible personalities, you still are incapable of viewing these women as anything more than walking pairs of tits. It isn’t the show that presents these girls as sex objects, it is you that is doing so. The only thing wretched here is Cecilia’s blatant sex negative, misogynist rhetoric. It is telling that most of the infamous “Tumblr feminists” tend to despise sex negative rhetoric and that the term SWERF (Sex worker exclusionary radical feminist) has such a negative connotation, yet about half the feminist writers for major sites still tend to operate on outdated second wave feminist principals. It is almost as if these sites don’t actually care about women or feminism at all and are just trying to give off the impression that they are so they can appeal to them seeing as how they scarred off the core gamer audience ever since GamerGate became a thing.

Also lets take a look at the length of this piece. 412 words? I’VE seen Facebook posts that were longer than this. For fucks sake, I’VE wrote longer than this during periods where I have had writer’s block. You call this kind of shit professional? Okay yes, if it was a news article then the short length would be justified, but this is an opinion piece, one that needs actual writing to back it up. But of course, all that Cecilia does is just point out the premise and go “hey this exists, get offended by it and give us all your clicks!” So yeah, Kotaku is a fucking joke, and also the sky is blue, grass is green, and Half Life 3 is taking a very long time to get released.

But that’s not the main story here, instead, we have accusations of child porn. You know, of all the things that you are trying to turn into buzzwords, maybe child pornography is not the best one. I would think that people would want the sexual abuse of children to actually be taken seriously and not used to insult anything you don’t like. Claiming that something is child pornography is a pretty serious accusation, and is one that doesn’t make much sense at face value either. I can at least see the logic when it comes to arguments against lolicon or Shotacon, but in a show where almost all of the girls look like adults and have mostly large breasts? Surely Louise Mensch has a strong argument to back up her claim.

Yep, she is arguing that this anime is child porn… because one of the characters has small breasts…

Never mind that her breasts clearly ARE developed, they just aren’t as big as the rest of the cast’s. You know, kind of like women in real life who won’t always have DDs either. Even if the claim is that Keijo!!!!!!!! is CP because the characters are teens and are thus underage, that doesn’t even work because anime looks notably different from real life. Anime characters do not posses the same type of proportions that people in real life do. Anime characters typically look younger than they would in real life, it has been a commonly established anime trope for years.

Also let’s imagine a hypothetical situation where Keijo!!!!!!!! actually is CP. If that is the case, then exactly what do you call that image with the girl’s clothes off in the middle of your article? Yep, if Keijo!!!!!!!! was Child Porn like Louise says, then that means she is guilty of publicly distributing child porn. Enough said.

PLOT TWIST! Louise is totally not like those other feminists at all! Even though she opens the article by quoting one of those same fauxminists she demonizes and does the exact same shit as them. Even though she also claims that anyone who likes porn needs to grow up. Also I’m not sure how else I’m supposed to point out that “they don’t look like little girls” to someone who clearly has very little anime experience in the first place.

So yeah, there you have it. An article claiming that fanservice anime is child porn and is degrading to women hosted on the same site the Ian Miles Cheong writes for and that has anti feminist pieces in the recommended articles section. Granted it doesn’t really matter to me because all of it is crap either way, but it still shows just how inconsistent Heatstreet is. But surely all the negative attention will have a negative impact on Keijo’s success right?

(Update: To counteract the inevitable “it did because it got canceled due to poor reception” claims, no it didn’t, it was because of issues with the publisher and the creator losing interest)

Nope, looks like you lose again 2nd wavers.

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6 thoughts on “Rant: Heatstreet claims Keijo is Child Porn

  1. child porn? soft core porn, maybe but child porn is a stretch.
    i wonder why a feminist would argue child porn though, i think Keijo had more issues to be angry about like the obvious objectification and also the gambling aspect of the keijo sport.
    I enjoy it for the lovely skin color of the characters though. anime rarely gets it right. haha

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  2. “Objectification” isn’t even a good argument considering that 9 times out of ten, claims of “objectification” are just the accuser projecting their own sexist views and assuming everyone else must share them.

    But claiming it is child porn is even stupider since the only argument is a complete misunderstanding of how anime works, and the logic of “this girl is the same age and height as the rest of the cast but has smaller boobs so she must be a child.”

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  3. i do think a lot of arguments can be boiled down to “pushing your view onto others”, which is honestly why I don’t really have an opinion on certain matters. XD but i do understand

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