More recently, K-pop idols Soobin, Woozi, Mingi, and Taeyong have found themselves at the center of a heated controversy surrounding their anime recommendations. Fans and critics alike have expressed concerns over the alleged presence of pedophilic innuendos in the anime suggested by these idols.
Many video clips are surfacing online showing these idols recommending Made in Abyss.
A clip from TXT Soobin’s livestream went viral where he told MOAs he watches Made in Abyss. He shared that he found the second season more entertaining than the first one.
However, he added, ‘It’s not an anime that I want to recommend to you because it’s kind of provocative.’
Similarly, Woozi was asked about the anime recommendations in a Weverse live back in August 2022. He recommended Made in Abyss and some other anime series that he watched recently.
Moreover, a video of ATEEZ’s Mingi also went viral where he was seen recommending Made in Abyss on a fancall in June 2023.
In addition, people found a copy of Made in Abyss in the background of NCT Taeyong’s Instagram story.
The controversy erupted when fans noticed certain pedophilic elements within the recommended anime series.
These elements were seen as inappropriate and potentially harmful, particularly considering the young fanbase that looks up to these idols. As a result, a wave of criticism and backlash ensued, demanding accountability and clarification from the idols and their respective agencies.
The discussions have sparked debates within the fandom, with some defending the idols’ freedom of expression and others expressing disappointment and calling for better judgment.