Hello Ani-TAY! After lengthy hiatus of laziness, I have decided to compose a short article on an issue that I have been pondering for quite some time.

To put it simply, it is a question of lines in the Dust.

More specifically, where to draw those lines.

Recently, I’ve been making my way through a wonderful series known as Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei. For those who are unfamiliar with the series, it follows the teacher Nozomu Itoshiki through his various comedic encounters with his students. However, most of the comedy stems from the various mental problems he and his students possess, ranging from the most extreme of shut-ins to a obsessive stalker. what I’d like to talk about though, is the show’s depiction of suicide. Suicide is a theme that is present throughout what I’ve seen so far, (of which, it is important to note I am only on the fifth episode) from Nozomu’s fits of suicidal urges and actions to his proclamation that “committing suicide together is the ultimate form of love”. Another thing of note on the subject is the opening theme. During the open, brief flashes of the main cast of the show tied up ropes and nooses appear, nearly all of them in very sexual poses.

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So, the purpose of this article is to ask you all a question. Is that going to far? Suicide is very real issue. Are the disturbing, often sexual depictions in the opening in poor taste? If not, where do you draw the line on such issues? Humor can be used to explore society’s issues, or it can be used to deepen them. What is the line between these two?