Funimation Says Anime Interspecies Reviewers Goes Too Far, Stops Streaming It

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Funimation Says Anime Interspecies Reviewers Goes Too Far, Stops Streaming It
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Each season, I write short, one-sentence summaries of upcoming anime. Here is the one for Interspecies Reviewers: “An elf and a human visit various brothels to see which humanoid species they like best.”

So, yeah, here’s a show about characters have sex with different human-like species to figure out which one is their favourite. The show’s premise and trailers seemed to indicate what was coming. Funimation went ahead and began streaming the program. But now, the company has decided to cease that, issuing this statement (via ANN):

After careful consideration, we determined that this series falls outside of our standards. We have the utmost respect for our creators so rather than substantially alter the content, we felt taking it down was the most respectful choice.

Careful consideration might have been a good idea before localising it.

“Obviously, it’s kind of a no-brainer why Funimation got rid of the show,” points out anime YouTuber Chibi at Chibi Reviews. “What shocks me the most—what shocks many the most—is why did they even add the show in the first place?”

As many have pointed out, the show did certainly push the envelope—so did the manga. To properly stream the program, as YouTuber Noble at Lost Pause points out, Funimation might have needed to revamp its site, adding an age gate. But that’s not ultimately the real problem with this whole situation. Noble asks, “How do you not know what’s going to go on in an anime even before you announce localizing it? You knew the manga was pretty extreme. You should’ve been prepared for what was going to go on in the anime.” That’s an excellent point.

I remember when I heard that Funimation was licensing this show. At the time, I was kind of surprised, but then again, I was not. Whenever the new anime season gears up, there always seems to be a mad rush to licence shows asap so they can be streamed in real-time. Maybe Funimation really didn’t know what it was getting? Maybe it was just trying to lock up as many shows as possible? Maybe it should’ve held off?

Even though Funimation has pulled the plug on Interspecies Reviewers, anime streaming services Wakanim in France and AnimeLab in Australia and New Zealand will continue to air the show.

Comments

  • Just a quick look at Funi’s current catalogue, rape, murder, torture, and excessive violence are a-okay.

    Man its funny where we draw the line as a society.

    • As the last paragraph points out, it’s America. I just started up an Animelab sub for the sea of Fate content on there, so I’ll be set for all the lewd shenanigans still.

      It reminds me of when anime first ‘became a thing’ and you’d go to the video stores over here and you’d have Urotsukidoji and Adventure Kid having prime real estate at the ends of the aisles.

      • Haha. One time I was in a hurry so I just grabbed something from the anime section with an interesting looking cover. Cut to about two hours later and I’m stuck trying to explain to my step sister why we’re watching horror hentai. I’ve always wondered if they were just ordering in random anime or if people were requesting specific titles and the stores just didn’t know enough to realise what they were getting.

        • I was into fansubs before Manga Entertainment started doing releases here, so my folks knew I liked anime. So for one of my birthdays they bought me some random titles… at which point I became the unexpected owner of a number of the splatter porn titles.

          I think they were just going by the philosophy of ‘sex and violence sells’, and the 90s was dark and gritty enough, hence the flood of initial titles being of those flavours and either cyberpunk or feudal.

          So when we got Dominion Tank Police it was a breath of fresh air, with how comedic it was. (Especially if you compare it to the rest of Shirow’s work)

  • I dont necessarily like all of it myself, but man do i love how much random weird shit can get made into actual shows in japan.

  • You neglected to mention the hermaphrodite angel that accompanies the reviewers. Actually, given it’s America “hermaphrodite angel visits and rates brothels” may have been what pushed it over the line. Though really it could have been any number of things.

    • Having watched the genderbending episode on Animelab, the censorship in what was being aired was huge stickers over anything remotely resembling nudity, and the actual sex being replaced by a black screen with text along the lines of ‘We can’t show you this’ with still being able to hear the voices and it makes the ban even more ludicrous.

      Having seen the uncensored release I could understand people being iffy about that version, but the censored version? Thats just sad.

      • I kind’ve get it myself. The subject matter itself is really raunchy unlike most fan service-y shows and I don’t really feel like the censorship makes it much less lewd, or at least there’s plenty of lewd there for wowsers to get their britches in a twist about.

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