Anime de Wakaru Shinryounaika Episode 2 – Lolita Complex

After the awesomeness of the first episode, I had to keep watching. I mean, how can you not watch something that made ED seem so dramatic.

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Like before, the show doesn’t start right into the mental illness of the week. Instead, it gives you some more information on the subject and explains why some people may be prone to develop certain mental health issues compared to others. For example, if one identical twin is depressed then it’s said that there’s a 70-80% chance that the other one will also become depressed.

However, if mental illness is determined by birth then the percentage should be 100 instead of 70-80, which means that there are other factors that are in play here. The causes for these sicknesses are complex. You can’t just say that it’s one thing without looking into other causes as well. Dr. Ryou (and is it just me, or does there seem to be a lot of Ryous this season) also mentions that one’s environment also could also be another cause for mental illness.

Which brings us to the main topic, “Are people with Lolita complexes actually sick?” Ryou gets angry though, because in the world of psychology you never use the term Lolita complex, you straight up call it pedophilia.

To help us understand this, Ryou has set up a Pedophilia Diagnosis Ultra Quiz!

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Question One: Sexual attraction to which of the following would be diagnosed as an illness?

a. An 11th grade girl in a school swimsuit.
b. A 9th grade girl in gym clothes.
c. A 5th grade girl with a backpack.

The minimum legal age of consent in Japan is 13…yes, 13. I googled that and we all know that Google and Wikipedia never lie. So with that in mind, what is the correct answer?

When it comes to pedophilia, Japan is actually right at the limit. According to the American diagnosis standard anyone at 13 years of age or younger are targets of pedophilia. So the answer here is “C.”

Question Two: Which of the following would be diagnosed as pedophilia?

a. Holding hands with a girl of 13 or younger
b. Being kissed by a girl of 13 or younger.

I’d say neither, mainly because dads would be screwed if either of these options were paedophilic in nature. Ryou seems to back me up, since pedophilia is defined as sexual acts so the answer is neither….well, unless it looked like this and involves tons of panting and creepiness.

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The main take away from this is that the vague term of Lolita and the actual sickness that is pedophilia is different, as long as the girl is over the age of 13. While it may seem weird and or disgusting when it comes to social customs, science is very clear on the matter.

As for pedophilia in general, no one really knows what the causes are and there’s no decisive treatment methods for it. The show’s solution is to send them to a mental health facility or the police before it becomes a criminal act.

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I have to stress again that for a 4:30ish minute anime, it sure does feel longer in a good way. A lot of information is given in such a short amount of time, but it’s done in a refreshing way so it never feels boring.

So is Lolita Complex a disorder? Well, that all depends on whether you’re looking at this from a social viewpoint or a medical one. If it’s social, then it’s wrong. If  it’s medical, then it comes down to the the age of the person they’re perving on. If it’s over 13, then it’s weird but not a disorder.

The more you know.


One thought on “Anime de Wakaru Shinryounaika Episode 2 – Lolita Complex

  1. hermessecretgarden

    I have some more information for you about consent laws in Japan and about pedophilia/chronophilia.

    It’s true, the legal age of consent according to the Japanese constitution is technically 13, but each prefecture is allowed to its own “Seishōnen Hogo Ikusei Jōrei” (Regulations
    for the Protection and Education of Young People) laws, regardless of what the Constitution says (most of the provinces elected 16~18 to be the legal ages of consent). Each prefecture is then legally entitled to administer very heavy punishment to offenders, regardless of the technicalities of the constitution.

    But that changed in 1999 when Japan’s Parliamentary house officially banned the production and sale of child pornography and outlawed sex with a minor. (The vote followed international criticism that Japanese inaction on sex tourism and internet child pornography was allowing the crimes to persist nationally and abroad).

    The kicker being that the legislation also made it illegal to have sex or depict sexually a minor 17 or younger, and establishing new statutory rape laws (until then, the law only banned child prostitution [sex for money with those 13 or younger], and offenders could be charged with rape only if the victim filed a criminal complaint).


    Adults with sexual preferences for prepubescent/adolescent children (4~5 to 12~13) is called Pedophilia, adults with sexual preferences for pubescent children (13~15) is Hebephilia, and adults with sexual preference for post-pubescent children (15~19) is Ephebophilia.

    As of right now, according to the DSM-V, only Pedophilia is considered a mental disorder. And while Ep-/Hebephilia aren’t considered mental disorders, BOTH are considered heinous crimes (similar to how being a rapist isn’t considered a mental disorder, but it is still considered a heinous crime). So, it’s not a disorder, but it’s also not ‘just weird.’

    Hebephilia and Ephebophilia are very heavily stigmatized socially because the development of children and teenagers is much more weighted than the development of adults. When it comes to children, age is not “just a number” – it is a marker for significant psychological and social development benchmarks, as well as how much ‘power’ that child is granted by society. The developmental difference between 4 and 5 or even 14 and 15 is MUCH different than the developmental difference between, say, 24 and 25.

    This defaults children to being in a lower position of psychological development as well as a lower position of social ‘power’ compared to an adult. And because Teenagers/Children don’t have the necessary mental faculties or experience to protect themselves from Adult abuse and manipulation tactics, it puts them in a position of subservience and vulnerability to that adult. Even an 18 year old with interest in a 16 year old is looked at critically, because the developmental different of those 2 years is so steep (2 years = 12.5% of that 16y/o’s life so far).

    In short: an adult pursuing a relationship (sexual or romantic) with a child/teenager is inherently abusive, not just socially frowned upon.

    Hope this helped out!


    source: “Japan – Age of Consent”

    source: “Thought policing or the protection of youth?
    Debate in Japan over the ‘Non-existent youth bill'”

    source: “Japan OKs curbs on child sex, porn” Associated Press. Wednesday, May 19, 1999

    source: “Child Sexual Abuse and the ‘Grooming’ Process”
    (Pandora’s Project is a center which provides support and resources for survivors of rape and sexual assault)

    source: “I Knew It All Along: The Sexual Grooming Behaviors of Child Molesters and the Hindsight Bias”


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