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Dance in the Vampire Bund Streams And DVDs To Be Censored

Material found to be objectionable to US audiences

By Chris Beveridge     March 05, 2010


Dance in the Vampire Bund
© FUNimation

Within hours of the series making its streaming debut in the US from FUNimation, the company has sent out notice that the streams are indeed going to be edited for content and that this will apply to the home video releases as well by all appearances.


 

We did have to make some edits for Dance in the Vampire Bund. Here is our official statement regarding the matter:

“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.”

 


FUNimation has not listed what it is that's objectionable, but the belief about it is that it's related to the "naked lolicon vampire" that's within it. It is worth noting that, surprisingly, Seven Seas Entertainment has released the more explicit manga version of the series uncensored in the US. 

You can find reaction to this news HERE.

Does this affect your plans to purchase this release? Chime in on the poll within that thread. 

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StarlightGuard 3/5/2010 11:47:17 AM

objectionable to American audiences?

we're the land of free speech, etc. and it's offensive to American audiences?

screw them....why are they making our decisions for us?

Betenoire 3/5/2010 12:18:27 PM

Not interested. I will decide what is and is not acceptable to me. If they feel they need to change something to put it out perhaps it is not the title for them in the first place.

insaneben 3/5/2010 2:05:15 PM

I heard the anime adaptation was awful, so this doesn't affect me in the short-term.

Long-term, though, is what worries me. Will this eventually lead to Funimation censoring newly-licensed titles simply because there's nudity (adult, underage or otherwise)? I doubt it, but the conspiracy theorist in me tells me that the fallout from the "Handley" trial might be indirectly related to this.

I watch anime for the stories, animation and characterization (solid, silly or otherwise). If there's a little nudity involved, fine. But if this is the first of what could be a string of censored Funimation releases, you can bet I won't be staying silent.

Classical 3/5/2010 2:25:11 PM

I am also of the mind that thinks that I will decide what is andwhat  isn't acceptable to me, and quite frankly, I welcome naked loli vampires.  I'm not going to be buying a home video release that edits any kind of content out.

animefanjared 3/5/2010 2:28:47 PM

I am against the censoring of shows by US licensors, even if the content is gratuitous and tacky, as it is frankly not their decision to make.  The creators of the show should decide what they want to show, and the audience can decide if it is appropriate.

I find this especially bizarre coming from a company that has made a fortune (and continues to do so) by proudly proclaiming the "uncut, unedited" release of the relatively harmless "Dragonball" and "Dragonball Z" franchises.

FairUse 3/5/2010 5:28:01 PM

The best way to stop this censorship is to NOT buy or put any monetary consideration towards Funimation's release of this product.  Speak loudly against this censored release and indicate your money will be spent ELSEWHERE, preferably at a rival anime company who has a different corporate culture towards their customer base.  Hopefully the silent majority will heed this also and the corporation and their shareholders will get the message.

I will not be purchasing this set as the primary mitigating factor would be the extreme cognitive dissonance I would experience due to the butchering of the diegesis.  This series is heavily engrossed in atmosphere and nuances, and the editing of such a powerful artistic rendition is intolerable for both entertainment and intellectual stimulation.  Perhaps seperate releases would be better, one with a localized dub and edited video, and an uncut translated subtitled release.

BTW, go here to find a list of corporate officers for Navarre along with the corporate office phone number: http://www.navarre.com/Investors/default.htm  I need to buy some stock and attend the next annual meeting, I have some "new business" to discuss to increase sales of products.

Calibur454 3/6/2010 4:55:02 AM

this really sucks- i can probably bet this with a court case on obsene manga that I read about on anime news network about 3 weeks back- They should just label it a mature rating that way funi can cover their buts if a parent decides they want to complain they cant because of MATURE warning label

 

zalder 3/6/2010 6:13:49 AM

having personal experience with the excess that lolitaness can go to I apluad them on their decision.  Japanese culture is truly scary in its treatment of women especially female children.

Yume Sakka 3/6/2010 6:16:06 AM

 I wonder if by "editing" they simply mean smoothing over the nipples on breasts.  If that's all, then I don't mind.  It's when they change elements of the story--like in shows where they made a female character male to avoid lesbianism-- that I object to.

AnimeQueeny 3/7/2010 5:07:32 PM

I'm strongly against heavy  editing on any film whatsoever. I don't understand what gives  people the right to tell viewers what they can and can't view. There are age restriction guidlines for a reason so  that parents can be aware  of contents that might  be offensive to them.  It's truely unfair for those fans who would prefer to buy this series as is...

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