Loli has never been as blatant as Kodomo no Jikan. Seriously. Take a look at this if you’re unconvinced.
I count myself as a fairly open-minded person.
Hentai is fine, yuri is alrite, yaoi doesn’t bother me, and loli (or rori in Japanese) is awfully innocent, sweet and cute when done correctly.
Think Ichigo Mashimaro.
But Kodomo no Jikan is in a league of its own. There isn’t any reason to animate it, they could have left the manga (it was based on the original manga) as it is – a fun, though subversive piece of work. Manga-wise, Kodomo no Jikan is just a tiny insignificant drop in the sea of eroge out there.
But with it being animated, as with most shows, it has shot into the limelight (as anime adaptations of obscure usually does).
However, in this instance, it seems like Kodomo no Jikan is not the underground, subversive manga that it was, and has now become a full-fledged loli symbol. When you think of loli, it pops to mind. and eeky loli at that.
And with the range of merchandise surrounding it, some as distasteful (in my personal opinion) as the mousepad above (which cost a whopping SGD78 too), it seems to suggest that there is a market for such items. Frankly, it’s disturbing to me.
I’m not the paragon of virtue advocating clean, sanitized anime (I do enjoy Ikkitousen), but Kodomo no Jikan is pure exploitation.
It’s animes like this that give anime an absolutely bad name, further propagating the stereotype of otakus being weirdos.
I seriously wish they will can it. It’s not entertainment anymore.
But as with such things, the opposite could happen and there’ll be a season 2.
I can’t imagine the merchandise.