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In Episode 37 of “Terrace House,” titled “Another Terrace!!,” Toshiyuki Niino and Yume Yoshida go on a date in Kyoto. Sitting side by side and admiring the city lights from the observation deck of Kyoto Tower, Toshiyuki asks Yume to turn toward him in an obvious attempt to kiss her. Yume declines, repeatedly, saying “no” over a dozen times, but Toshiyuki responds by attempting to put his arm around her to bring her closer.

As a reality show known and loved for its atypical lack of drama, “Terrace House” would do better to make a bigger deal over the issue of consent. One of the main draws of the show is seeing relationships develop between housemates, and the flirting and fumbling that come with the territory of blossoming romances. Toshiyuki’s “pursuit” of Yume has at times, however, crossed a line for many viewers watching the current season.

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