If you don’t know what has been going on, Funimation licensed ‘Dance in the Vampire Bund’, a pretty good Action/Supernatural series, that features nude scenes of a Vampire, Mina Tepes (title pic), that appears to be a young girl, however, she only appears physically young and is in fact very old. After all, Vampires age very slowly.
They have stated that in their streaming releases of the show and DVD releases, these scenes will be edited.
Their official statement:
FUNimation Entertainment is known for releasing the titles we license in their original, uncut form, as their creators intended. However, after viewing the unedited as well as the Japanese broadcast edit of the series Dance in the Vampire Bund, we have determined the series contains controversial elements which, when taken out of context, could be objectionable to some audiences.
With this in mind and with approval of the licensor, we will edit select scenes from the series in streaming and home entertainment release. These are scenes which are inappropriate for U.S. viewing and are not essential to the storyline.
Dance in the Vampire Bund is a complex and dark drama cited by press and fans as one of the best anime series out of Japan this season. Its strong story is what brought the series to our attention and why we are bringing it to the U.S.
Bizarrely enough, their Stirke Witches DVD and streaming releases will remain unedited. Okaaay…
Note that they state “could be objectionable to some audiences”… and all the violence, blood and gore are a-ok? There are some audiences that find that objectionable too ya know. How about the Christians? Aren’t Vampires un-holy creatures of the night? Won’t they be offended? The double standards are mind-boggling.
There is NO SEX in ‘Dance in the Vampire Bund’, only fan-service, topless shots from time to time.
People on both sides of the fence are going bat-shit crazy (excuse the pun) over this. Boycotts, protests and cheers abound.
In my opinion, Funimation should have just not licensed the series if they deemed the content objectionable. By censoring the content, they have brought the wrath of fans and activists of freedom of expression upon themselves.
Even if the streaming releases were edited, is there a need to edit the DVD releases? Are audiences that stupid that they can’t decide if they are mature enough to select and handle their own content? But, I don’t want to comment on this too much, because this is not the root problem.
Another ongoing, related issue is the proposed ban of sales and creation of Loli Manga in Japan that I shall be addressing with regards to as well.
Now on to the main point of contention. Let’s take a look at this whole 2D Underaged Nudity issue rationally, shall we?
On Depictions of Underaged Nudity
Real life child porn is wrong, sick and cruel because it hurts actual children, and real children have rights. Drawn Child Nudity/Porn is bad because…?
- It offends people?
DON’T WATCH/READ IT THEN. Not everything is suitable for everyone. If it offends you, don’t watch it. No one is forcing you to watch/read the things you deem objectionable. Stop enforcing and preaching your ideals to others. Why spoil the fun for others?
Yes, Lolicons do jack off to 2D depictions of nude underaged characters. Does that affect you in anyway?
- It causes people to go after real children?
Er, there has been no statistical evidence to back up this claim. In fact, Japan’s sex crime rate is far lower than that of the US and many other countries…
UN Statistics for 2000: Rapes per 100,000 people:
|Canada||78.08||“Simple Possession”, Loli Manga Banned|
|Australia||77.79||“Simple Possession”, Loli Manga De Jure Banned|
|USA||32.05||“Simple Possession”, Loli Manga Banned (Constitutionally Invalid)|
|Sweden||24.47||“Simple Possession”, Loli Manga Banned|
|UK||16.23||“Simple Possession”, Loli Manga, BDSM to be Banned|
|S. Korea||12.98||“Simple Possession”|
|Japan||1.78||“Simple Possession” (Just introduced)|
“Simple Possession” laws refer to just possessing pictures being a crime .
Well? What do you have to say to that? Actually, I believe all this Ero Anime and Manga serve to prevent real-life sex crimes. After all, why go out and prey on real life children when you can satisfy all your needs and desires in the comfort of your own home? Thus, it is in my professional opinion that 2D depictions of nude underaged characters keep real-life children safe.
- Well… Because, it’s just WRONG!
What a baseless and lame excuse. That’s not a good reason at all. If there is absolutely no harm caused to anyone, there shouldn’t be any problems whatsoever.
Especially for Anime and Manga that outright state that the character is above legal age, there should be no problems. There are many different kinds of people in this world and there are those who look exceedingly young for their age. Are we discriminating against these people?
Taking a slightly far-fetched but completely plausible example, what if my girlfriend was 21, but looked 12 due to a genetic defect? Would having sex with her constitute to child exploitation/sex with a minor? Of course not. Why this double standard that people have with Anime and Manga?
Don’t forget that the body structures of Westerners are different from Asians. My ex-classmates of 18/19 year olds would be deemed 12-14 by Westerners. In contrast, Western high school students look like they are 25 plus to us. Do alter your standards when dealing with other cultures.
Check out the picture above. All the characters pictured are 17/18.
Even if the character is above legal age, the art-style could depict them as younger than they appear, after all, it’s the artist’s choice. Sure it might be exploitative to appeal to the Lolicon crowd, but this doesn’t change the fact that that the character is above legal age. I know of some who are so affected by this that they cannot appreciate the Anime/Manga for what it truly is. That’s just sad.
…and even if the character is indeed underaged, it’s still a DRAWING. It will hurt no one.
This is so exasperating. The lack of rationality and common sense is literally sickening. People tend to forget that Anime, Manga, Doujinshi are all just drawings. People are just paranoid, scared of things that are out of their comfort zone, they view it as wrong, sick, etc. Face the facts. Just like racism, just like discrimination against homosexuality, banning and/or censoring Loli nudity and sexual content is equally unjustifiable and unethical.
Understand that different people have different tastes, preferences and fetishes.
Let us champion freedom of expression and speech, before we all become speechless.
I’m glad to say that recently, top rated Mangakas like:
Fujiko Fujio A (Ninja Hattori-kun)
Takao Saitō (Golgo 13)
Gosho Aoyama (Case Closed)
Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma ½)
Mitsuru Adachi (Touch)
Moto Hagio (They Were Eleven)
Machiko Satonaka (Constellation of the Hunter)
Ryōhei Saigan (Kamakura Monogatari)
Tooru Fujisawa (GTO)
Ken Akamatsu (Love Hina)
Kaworu Watashiya (Kodomo no Jikan)
have all all put their names on the list, opposing all restrictions on the freedom of expression. You can read all about it here.
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