Japanese Anime

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Interspecies Reviewers

Directed by Yuki Ogawa / 2020 / Japan / IMDb

In Australia, INTERSPECIES REVIEWERS began streaming on AnimeLab in January 2020.

Funimation streamed it in North America but abruptly dropped it after three episodes.

January 31, 2020
After careful consideration, the series was removed from the service as it 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.

– Funimation statement

In Europe, Wakanim’s English language service, Wakanim Nordic, followed suit.

February 1, 2020
Following our partner’s decision, we will not be able to offer the rest of INTERSPECIES REVIEWERS and will remove the title from our line up today.

– Twitter @WakanimEU

In Australia, AnimeLab commented on the overseas issues.

February 2, 2020
Attention, INTERSPECIES REVIEWERS fans: we are currently delayed on episodes while we adjust our sourcing of materials… but the show will go on at AnimeLab! Please bear with us as we get back up to speed.

– Twitter @AnimeLab

At the time, their site was offering the first three episodes with a self-imposed R18+ (Restricted to adults 18 years and over) rating.

Censored MA15+

On 9 March 2020, a 94-minute version of INTERSPECIES REVIEWERS was passed with an MA15+ (Strong sex scenes, Crude sexual humour and Sexualised imagery) rating.

The extended classification information described,
Strong impact: themes, sex
Moderate impact: violence, language
Mild impact: nudity
None: drug use, nudity

This submission was for only the first four episodes and had all the nudity and sexual activity concealed by large censorship icons.

The applicant, Madman Entertainment, does not appear to have released them.

Season 1 in Australia

By the time of the MA15+, AnimeLab was already offering the first eight on their video on-demand service.

By 6 May 2020, they had made available the entire twelve episodes of season one.

Interspecies Reviewers (2020) - AnimeLab 1
AnimeLab

Their previously self-imposed R18+ rating had now been downgraded to MA15+ (Persons under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian).

Streaming no more

In June of the following year, AnimeLab subscribers were moved to Funimation. This resulted in it being immediately dropped.

June 17, 2021
We have 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. As Australian and New Zealand users are now using the global Funimation platform, this applies to the AU/NZ region and this show will no longer be available to viewers in Australia and New Zealand.

– What happened to Interspecies Reviewers
– AnimeLab statement

Banned in Australia

In August 2021, a 282-minute media file of season one was Refused Classification. Again, the applicant was Madman Entertainment.

It contained uncensored versions of all twelve episodes.

The Classification Board singled out sex scenes in episodes 3 and 9, featuring the halflings Kanchal and Piltia, as the reason for the refusal.

August 16, 2021
Decision Report

Classification decisions are made in accordance with the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (the Act), the National Classification Code and the Classification Guidelines.

Production Details:
Title: INTERSPECIES REVIEWERS
Alternate titles: INTERSPECIES REVIEWERS :
A HOT ‘N HEAVY DEBATE ABOUT ELF AND HUMAN MILFS, AN ANGEL ASCENDS AT MEOW MEOW PARADISE, CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THAT SENSITIVE BIRDMAID CLOACA! /
FAIRIES HAVE LIMITS ON WHAT THEY CAN TAKE, DEMONS AREN’T VERY POPULAR, MINOTAUR GIRLS ARE BIG, BOUNTIFUL, AND BOOBYLICIOUS! /
GENDER-SWAP SEX MEANS LESS SUCCU-GIRL CHOICES, AND IT KINDA HURTS, BUT YOU LEARN JUST WHAT GIRLS FEEL, SO YOU SHOULD GIVE IT A TRY! /
SAVAGE SUCCUBI WILL SQUEEZE THE LIFE OUT OF YOU, EVEN IF YOU SAY YOU CAN’T GO ON, SALAMANDER GIRLS HAVE SUCH HOT BODS, HEARTS, SALS, AND MANDERS, THAT YOU CAN’T HELP BUT GET FIRED UP ABOUT ‘EM! /
I WANNA DROWN IN A CYCLOPS GIRL’S PRETTY EYE, BUT IT’S PRETTY HARD? SPEAKING OF HARD, LET THE PROS PICK OUT THE PERFECT MUSHROOM GIRL FOR A SLIMY, STICKY GOOD TIME! /
YOU CAN BUILD THE PERFECT GOLEM GIRL, BUT DON’T LET THE GIRL YOU BASE HER OFF OF FIND OUT. CUM TO THE LAND OF DREAMS ON THE LIGHT OF THE WILL O’ THE WISPS! /
THE GANG GETS LAID AT THE EGG-STRAVAGANT EGG-LAYING SHOW, MISS MEIDRI’S DEEP, DARK SECRET UNCOVERED, AND THE SUCCU-GIRL POPULARITY RANKING IS UNVEILED! /
SUCCU-GIRL ROLEPLAY WILL GET YOU GOING ALL NIGHT, THE ANGEL’S HOLY LANCE IS GREAT AT LANCING HOLES, THE SUCCUBUS TOWER LASTS FOREVER, BUT YOU (AND YOUR MAYO) WON’T! /
A DEEP, DARK SOMETHING LIES BETWEEN THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, THE DARLING ANGEL’S LOTION EXPLOSION, AND THE UNCOUTH, UNSANCTIONED REVIEWER RIVALS ARE IN THEIR SCENE! /
LET YOUR EYES BEHOLD THE GLORY AND MYSTERY OF THE BROTHEL WITH A PERFECT SCORE! TAKE A NEWLYWED OR A HORNY TUTOR OR A LITTLE PIGGIE AS YOUR LOVER! THEY’LL SQUEEZE, SQUEEZE, SQUEEZE IT OUTTA YA! INFINITE PLEASURE OVER A SATISFYING THREE-DAY EXCURSION! TRUE HAPPINESS AWAITS!!! /
THE FRIGHTENINGLY FAULTLESS PHILANTHROPIST SEXUALLY SATISFIES SEVERAL SUCCUBI, DRUNKEN FOOLS AND THEIR MONEY ARE, OF COURSE, SOON PARTED, AND MITSUE’S ROOM COMES TO A CLOSE! /
FAREWELL, BELOVED FANS OF OUR BELOVED REVIEWERS… WORRY NOT; AS LONG AS SUCCU-GIRLS KEEP ON WORKING HARD, SO TOO WILL OUR REVIEWERS. WHEN YOU THINK OF OUR HEROES, REMEMBER THIS: WHEN YOU HELP OTHERS (GET THEIR FUCK ON), YOU’RE ONLY HELPING YOURSELF (GET YOUR FUCK ON)…
Producer/s: NOT SHOWN
Director/s: YUKI OGAWA
Year of Production: 2020
Duration: 282 MINUTES
Version: ORIGINAL
Format: MEDIA FILE FOR DVD
Country/ies of origin: JAPAN
Language/s: Japanese
Application type: F05
Applicant: MADMAN ENTERTAINMENT

Dates:
Date application received by the Classification Board: 23 July 2021
Date of decision: 16 August 2021

Decision:
Classification: RC
Consumer advice:

Synopsis:
INTERSPECIES REVIEWERS is a 12 episode Japanese anime series about a group of adventurers, who review brothels and sex workers from different species in a medieval fantasy land. The film is in Japanese with English subtitles.

Reasons for the Decision:

In making this decision, the Classification Board has applied the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (the Classification Act), the National Classification Code (the Code) and the Guidelines for the Classification of 2012 (the Guidelines).

In the Board’s view this film warrants an ‘RC’ classification in accordance with item 1(b) of the films table of the Code:

“1. Films that:

(b) describe or depict in a way that is likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult, a person who is, or appears to be, a child under 18 (whether the person is engaged in sexual activity or not);” will be Refused Classification.

Also, pursuant to the Guidelines, films will be Refused Classification if they contain: “Descriptions or depictions of child sexual abuse or any other exploitative or offensive depictions involving a person who is, or who appears to be, a child under 18 years.”

At 14 minutes in episode 3 – GENDER-SWAP SEX MEANS LESS SUCCU-GIRL CHOICES, AND IT KINDA HURTS, BUT YOU LEARN JUST WHAT GIRLS FEEL, SO YOU SHOULD GIVE IT A TRY! – the adventurers are joined by Kanchal, a fantasy Halfling creature with an appearance similar to a young boy, on a trip to a ‘gender-swap’ inn where they drink a potion that switches their gender. After drinking the potion and transforming into a female character, who has the appearance of a young girl, Kanchal chooses a halfling named Piltia from the selection of ‘succu-girls’ who work at the brothel. Piltia has an appearance similar to a young girl. The narrator comments, “She’s a cute, tiny, fresh-to-the-game newbie! She might look cute, but she’s a bit of a dommie!” Stunk says, “Not bad. She’s cute too. Why’d you go for the same species though?” Kanchal replies, “The shop itself’s pretty unique, right? So I figured I’d go with someone of my own species as they’d know the ropes.” Stunk says, “I get it. Halflings are cute, but they look way too much like kids to me so I’m not all that into them.” Piltia giggles and says, “I’m pretty sure I’m older than you though, mister human.”

At 16 minutes in episode 3 – GENDER-SWAP SEX MEANS LESS SUCCU-GIRL CHOICES, AND IT KINDA HURTS, BUT YOU LEARN JUST WHAT GIRLS FEEL, SO YOU SHOULD GIVE IT A TRY! – Piltia holds up a buzzing vibrator that is censored by pixelation and says, “Okey-dokey, let’s have some fun with this little toy.” A close-up depicts Kanchal’s hand gripping sheets before a wide-shot depicts the halfling with under-developed breasts lying on a bed with the position of a vase obscuring her groin as Piltia implicitly penetrates her with the sex toy. Kanchal moans and says, “Ow, that hurts.” Pilita replies, “Just endure it, m-kay? Pain and pleasure are two sides of the same coin, y’know. C’mon, take it.” A close-up depicts Kanchal’s youthful face and breast buds as she exclaims, “I… I can’t…” An overhead view then depicts her jolting back and forth on the bed with wide-eyes open in shock as she yelps, “Ow! Ow! Ow!” A close-up depicts the censored vibrator being moved back and forth between her buttocks as she continues to yelp, “It hurts! It hurts!” Piltia explains, “You’ll experience sensations you simply can’t as a man.”

At 15 minutes in episode 9 – A DEEP, DARK SOMETHING LIES BETWEEN THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, THE DARLING ANGEL’S LOTION EXPLOSION, AND THE UNCOUTH, UNSANCTIONED REVIEWER RIVALS ARE IN THEIR SCENE! – Stunk, a human, and Zel, an elf, discover that rivals have also begun writing reviews of brothels. They are initially upset that their idea has been copied but quickly realise that they can’t prevent imitators from following their work. They read reviews and Stunk says, “Hey, this review’s done by a succubus film director, and a girl at that. Her pen name’s ‘Bi Bananan’. So she swings both ways.” The scene cuts to depict a close-up of a film camera lens and caption appears on screen with the text ‘please enjoy this scene without visuals’ as Bi says, “This time, we’re feasting our eyes on some highly-prized girl-on-girl action!” The sequence cuts to a film camera point of view shot – featuring a recording light – depicting Piltia the halfling, lying naked on a bed as Elza – a hyena-woman – crouches over her, saying, “Here we go. Just relax.” The young girl, who has over-sized eyes and purple hair, responds in a nervous, high-pitched voice, saying, “O-okay.” A close-up of Elza depicts her telling Piltia, “Hyenas are excellent scavengers, but we also love hunting living, virile creatures…” She licks her lips and the camera cuts to Bi as she exclaims what appears to be the title of the film she is directing, “‘Real Lesbian Action Tastes So Sweet! Especially When This Newbie’s So Cute!'” Bi then says, “Take her, take me, get ready for take one! And action!” Piltia and Elza are depicted in close-up as they kiss. Si tells them, “Let me see a little more spit swapped there, I want you as slimy as two slugs going at it!” In close-up, as Piltia and Elza move their heads back, their mouths are connected by a string of saliva. Piltia’s face appears flushed red and a wide-shot depicts the size disparity between her and the much larger Elza as she lies on the bed. A close-up depicts Piltia’s flushed face as she pants and Bi enthusiastically yells, “God, even I’m getting wet! That look of dazed passion, it’s perfect.” Elza holds Piltia’s shoulders and says, “You’re cute. Getting turned on?” She pushes the girl back onto the bed and in a nervous, high-pitched voice, the girl says,” Y-you said this was just going to be job training…” Elza replies, “That’s right. What better way to learn than on the job itself?”

The scene continues and, at 17 minutes, Elza gropes Piltia’s breast, causing her to yelp. A full-length view then depicts Elza crouching over Piltia and raising her leg as she tells her, “I’m going to devour you down to the marrow.” An extreme close-up depicts the Elza’s fingers playing with Piltia’s nipple before a close-up of the girl’s face depicts her with her eyes tightly closed as she recoils and says, “B-but Senpai, you – you can’t!” Elza replies, “Naughty girl. Talking back?” Piltia squeals, “Y-you lied to me! Senpai, you’re the naughty one!” Si urges them on yelling, “That’s it! Fingers and tongue, double trouble! The calm before the fnk-storm!” The word, fuck, is censored in the English subtitles. Elza is then depicted crouched over Piltia with her hand reaching between Piltia’s legs as she says, “Well then, let’s see if you talk back down here too.” Ezla thrusts forward and a squelching sound is heard as she implicitly penetrates Piltia’s vagina. Piltia gasps and squeals, “S-senpai!” Bi is depicted with her hand down her own underwear, vigorously moving her fingers as she implicitly masturbates and exclaims, “Pan, pan, pan into this perfect pomtastic pussy party!” A close-up depicts Bi’s hand moving in her underwear before Elza leans close to the girl’s ear and tells her, “Go on. Get loud. Let me hear that pretty voice.” The girl yelps and whimpers as she implicitly climaxes and a close-up then depicts Elza as she howls in satisfaction. Piltia, whose face is covered in droplets of sweat, cries out, “Oh, mistress!” and the screen cuts to white. A close-up depicts Bi continuing to vigorously masturbate as she says, “I’m about the reach the climax of my own film.” She cries out as she implicitly climaxes and then resumes her review, saying,” Believe me, you’ll get a full hearty course of feminine frolicking. If you’d like a lovely older woman to teach you the ropes, then I cannot recommend this place more highly. I’ll tell you this, I have discovered a forbidden door and I threw it wide open.” The scene cuts back to depict Stunk and Zel reading brothel reviews in the Ale ‘N Eats bar.

In the Board’s opinion, the sexualised nudity and sex scenes featuring the youthful ‘halfling’ characters depict a person who appears to be under the age of 18 years in a manner likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult. Therefore, in accordance with item 1(b) of the films table of the Code, the film should be Refused Classification.

OTHER MATTERS CONSIDERED OR NOTED

The Board notes that a version of the first four episodes in this anime series was previously classified MA 15+ with consumer advice of strong sex scenes, crude sexual humour and sexualised imagery on March 9, 2020. In this previously classified version of the series, all depictions of sexual activity and nudity were obscured by large censorship icons that are not included in this modified version of the series.

Decision:

This film is Refused Classification in accordance with item 1(b) of the films table of the Code.


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