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Anime News Editorial – Censoring in Anime

March 10, 2010

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FUNimation has chosen to censor its streaming and DVD releases of Dance in the Vampire Bund, but why?
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  1. ThatDouche permalink
    March 10, 2010 10:39 PM

    Great ANE as always, Kaylyn!

  2. March 11, 2010 11:25 AM

    “Dance in the Vampire Bund” contains an almost constant showing of 9 year old girl nudity. There is no reason that anyone should be surprised that they’d want to edit it so that they could actually sell the show in an American market without it being categorized as porn. This is NOT a case of art vs censorship, this is most certainly a case of material being inappropriate for the audience Funimation is trying to market the show to.

    Lets face it, this show involves a vampire queen, a werewolf, and a love story. They’re trying to cash in on would could be seen as an anime version of “Twilight.” If they were to release this material uncut, not only could Funi get in trouble for releasing material containing underage nudity to minors (via free streams accessible by anyone) but they could turn away adults and fans alike who feel uncomfortable with that type of material. If I had no idea what anime was and saw my kid looking at drawings of naked 9 year olds I’d sure as hell be concerned!

    But my biggest problem is this. Anyone who takes serious issues with this can only fall into two categories. The first group are uptight fans who are so use to companies (like Funimation) catering to their every whim as fans that when the company has to make a logical decision that’s not ideal for anyone they flip out because now suddenly the big mean corporation is mad with power and has forgotten about the fans just to make money. I’m sure that’s the majority here, at least I hope so. The second group raging here is of course pedophiles. If you’re seriously pissed about 9 year old tits being cut out of your show, then you really must like them alittle too much.

    As a closing thought, I’d just like to say that the show (as well as most new anime now a-days) is just plain awful. I understand Funi wanting to license it, but I wouldn’t have done the same. It’s painfully stupid and has way too much gratuitous child nudity, even for anime. It’s a perfect example of how new anime is targeted mainly at groups of sexual deviants under buzzwords like “Lolita” and it’s a real shame. Anime use to be something you could be proud to be a fan of. An entertainment medium that wouldn’t lop you in with spoiled tweens crying of minor edits or deviants complaining about a lack of 9 year old boob.

  3. Karin Dru permalink
    March 11, 2010 11:56 PM

    Props to the title card. Manga Marzgurl looks so concerned.

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