Anime Pastel Memories' Streaming Temporarily Stopped, Home Releases Canceled

Streaming for anime Pastel Memories has temporarily been halted and DVD and Blu-ray releases of the show’s first three episodes have been cancelled. The reason, it seems, could be related to how the show parodies another anime.

As announced on the show’s official site (via ANN), the official statement apologizes for the trouble caused by this. 

A corrected version of the first episode will resume streaming from March 26, and at that time, the second episode will cease streaming. When it will return is still TBA.

As mentioned above, the show’s planned Blu-ray and DVD releases of the first three episodes have also been canned. The Blu-ray box set will be out later this summer.

According to ANN, the reason for all this might be because the show parodied the slice of life anime Is the Order a Rabbit? ANN points out that Japanese copyright law doesn’t have parody exemptions like the U.S., which is why in 2015, the anime Mr. Osomatsu, which had numerous parody scenes, was also pulled.

Pastel Memories has been streaming on Crunchyroll, while Sentai Filmworks has the rights for the home release. 


Comments

    How does Pop Team Epic exist then? That show is just one big parody fever dream

      This seems more like another studio flexing its muscles over Furyu on the jp copywrite law quirks.

      There has been a ton of parodies and references through other anime over the years (Initial D memes anyone?) but it usually just let go... heck the yearly doujinfests comike in japan is technically illegal and yet its not touched because it would be the equivalent of suing your own most loyal customers.

        Oh, so this is more a case of a specific studio being overly litigious, rather than a trend across the whole anime industry then.

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