FUNimation plans to censor Vampire Bund DVDs


Do the words "political sh*tstorm" mean anything to you?

FUNimation just put out the following press release (emphasis added).

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.

All corners of the otakusphere, from ANN to FUNi's blog to Mania.com are ablaze with anger as a result of this announcement, especially when it was discovered that FUNi's streaming episodes are actually more censored than the Japanese broadcast versions. Popular speculation is that the recent Christopher Handley sentencing has made FUNi reluctant to handle loli material... which is odd, considering how fervently they advertise their uncensored Strike Witches DVDs. In any case, public opinion has turned against them; many are threatening to boycott FUNi releases altogether.

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