except that in japan there's no censorship for same sex kisses /: BL anime has kisses and implications of more and it is aired on the same channels and similar time slots that yoi is. in japan homosexuality isn't a crime nor does it have to be censored.
Alright, so I will admit that when I wrote the initial post, it had slipped my mind that Yuri!!! on Ice airs at 2AM. However, when you say that homosexuality isn’t a crime in Japan, I would have to respectfully say that you are mistaken - at least in how I define ‘isn’t a crime’.
Yes, it is not illegal, but that is not the same as wholly accepted. Just this year, the Human Rights Watch has pointed out how little Japan has done to protect its LGBT+ youth. Japanese politics do not often address the topic of sexual orientation on a national policy scale, mostly due to a more private culture where even PDA is disapproved of and partially due to, yes, existing prejudice against LGBT+ individuals. Though some wards in Japan have agreed to recognize same-sex partnerships as equivalent to marriage, it is not legally binding as same-sex marriage is technically not allowed by the Japanese constitution.
Yes, Japan has built an industry on LGBT+ fiction through yaoi and yuri, but at the same time that industry is arguably built upon fetishization of the sexual orientation rather than proper representation. There’s a reason why yaoi primarily targets a female demographic instead of attracting a large gay readership - it is not reflective of reality and gay men often cannot relate to the characters in yaoi. There are social pressures that enforce heteronormativity and emphasize importance on bloodline and family, and so same-sex relationships are visible, yes, but not necessarily supported.
Further, you point out that BL anime that has kisses and implications of more have aired on the same channel and on similar timeslots. According to Anime News Network, Yuri!!! on Ice is broadcasted by four companies: BS Asahi, Nagasaki Culture Telecasting Corporation, Sun TV, and TV Asahi, which actually might be related to BS Asahi now that I think about it… and other sites include AT-X. Now, I’m actually not sure if this means the show airs on several different channels, but Wikipedia says that Yuri!!! on Ice airs on TV Asahi, so I will focus on that one.
Looking at TV Asahi’s program list, I actually can’t find any recognizable BL stories that they have broadcasted. While I did not click through every single one of them, a click scan reveals mostly children’s shows. They did help produce Loveless way back when, but they were not the broadcaster for the show. If anything, the closest thing to a recent BL fanservice anime I can find is Owari no Seraph/Seraph of the End: Battle in Nagoya, which MyAnimeList says aired at 22:00, a late-night slot, so I suppose it’s a close enough comparison for Yuri!!! on Ice.
If you compare the amount of sensual/sexual/romantic chemistry depicted in Owari no Seraph and Yuri!!! on Ice, the ice skating anime knocks vampires out of the park. Victor’s Japanese voice actor Suwabe Junichi is in fact quoted saying that Yuri!!! on Ice “barely passed the censorship law,” though it may have been a joke. It may not be a matter of censorship of Japanese media as a whole but perhaps this specific channel. It is also important to keep in context, again, that Japan is a country that views kisses as inappropriate in a public setting, and so the impulsive nature and public framing of the Yuri!!! on Ice kiss in-story may have had an effect on how heavily the kiss was weighted.
On a somewhat related note, also, in Japan, the overall censorship law is vague and subjective, banning the distribution or display of “obscene writing, pictures, and materials,” with what that entails being at the discretion and hopeful common sense of law enforcement.
In any case, I recognize that I may be incorrect in my understanding of Japanese censorship laws. I am Korean, not Japanese, and my understanding of the culture comes from conversations with Japanese people in Korea and research I have done in my personal time. If someone who has lived a while in Japan would like to correct me, please do so. I am willing to learn.
Also, @thebookishgurl reblogged my initial post with a question, and I think this might help her out.