BBFC Passed Anime Updates

Relaxo

Straw Hat Pirate
K-On! is rated FSK 0, uncut, in Germany.
(Ura-on shorts were skipped, but I guess they wouldn't cause changes)

High School D×D BorN by Manga UK got a recall in the UK, as they accidentaly resubmitted it to the BBFC who changed the rating to 18 - but Manga labeled their release as 15 (like the older release from Anime Ltd / Funi UK)
 

Conrad

Completely Average High School Student
K-On! is rated FSK 0, uncut, in Germany.
(Ura-on shorts were skipped, but I guess they wouldn't cause changes)

High School D×D BorN by Manga UK got a recall in the UK, as they accidentaly resubmitted it to the BBFC who changed the rating to 18 - but Manga labeled their release as 15 (like the older release from Anime Ltd / Funi UK)
I know K-on was 0 in Germany but why the heck was it TV-14 in the US? (honestly seems kid friendly to me). Well I can see the season 3 of Highschool DXD was re-rated to 18 but season 1 is still a 15.
 

Dragon Slayer

Chuunibyou
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Aria the Natural - mild threat, discrimination.

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Part 1 - moderate violence, bloody images, sex references, strong language

Princess Principal: Crown Handler Part 2 - moderate violence, bloody images, language.

Summer Ghost (Film) - suicide references.

Violet Evergarden: The Movie - infrequent moderate violence, bloody images, upsetting scenes.

Zombie Land Saga Revenge - moderate violence, moderate bloody images, strong language, threat.

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Fruits Basket: Prelude - strong bloody images, child abuse references.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III - Strong violence, bloody images.

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S - strong sex references, brief sexual threat.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2 - strong violence, strong bloody images.

The Dungeon of Black Company - brief sexual violence, sexual threat.

The Quintessential Quintuplets 2 - sexualised images, brief sexual harassment.
 

Conrad

Completely Average High School Student
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Aria the Natural - mild threat, discrimination.

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Part 1 - moderate violence, bloody images, sex references, strong language

Princess Principal: Crown Handler Part 2 - moderate violence, bloody images, language.

Summer Ghost (Film) - suicide references.

Violet Evergarden: The Movie - infrequent moderate violence, bloody images, upsetting scenes.

Zombie Land Saga Revenge - moderate violence, moderate bloody images, strong language, threat.

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Fruits Basket: Prelude - strong bloody images, child abuse references.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III - Strong violence, bloody images.

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S - strong sex references, brief sexual threat.

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2 - strong violence, strong bloody images.

The Dungeon of Black Company - brief sexual violence, sexual threat.

The Quintessential Quintuplets 2 - sexualised images, brief sexual harassment.
Dragon Maid season 2 was bumped up to MA-15+ in Australia too. I find it fitting that season 1 in the UK was 12 and season 2 was 15 because in the US it stayed a TV-14 (which is a pretty good middle ground between 12 and 15)
 

bakura

Kiznaiver
So I'm watching gundam seed destiny right now and I'm surprised. Apparently you can have exposed women's nipples in a cert 12, I thought that was an automatic 15 have the rules changed in the last 10 years?
 

CommanderZx2

Straw Hat Pirate
So I'm watching gundam seed destiny right now and I'm surprised. Apparently you can have exposed women's nipples in a cert 12, I thought that was an automatic 15 have the rules changed in the last 10 years?
Depends on context, nudity is allowed but sexual content must be brief. Even PG rating allows some nudity as long as there is no sexual context.
 

Dragon Slayer

Chuunibyou
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Seven Day's War (Film) - mild bad language, violence, threat, scene of bullying.

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The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie - sexualised images.

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Platinum End Part 1 - strong bloody violence, sexual violence, sex references, suicide.
Violet Evergarden: Recollections (Film) - suicide.
 

Conrad

Completely Average High School Student
So I'm watching gundam seed destiny right now and I'm surprised. Apparently you can have exposed women's nipples in a cert 12, I thought that was an automatic 15 have the rules changed in the last 10 years?
The Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Manga had that and it was rated T (equivalent to 12, or where I'm from TV-14). Then again the colored one was older teen 15+
 

Oldmario

Thousand Master
So I'm watching gundam seed destiny right now and I'm surprised. Apparently you can have exposed women's nipples in a cert 12, I thought that was an automatic 15 have the rules changed in the last 10 years?
iirc the original gundam series which both parts are PG has naked characters in, tho that may be because of the age of the series because it's from the end of the 70s
 

sniper_samurai

Za Warudo
iirc the original gundam series which both parts are PG has naked characters in, tho that may be because of the age of the series because it's from the end of the 70s
It doesn't matter about the age of the material, but when it was rated. The original Gundam series wasn't rated prior to its blu ray release. That footage is also in the movie version though and they were rated in the early 2000s.
 

Conrad

Completely Average High School Student
Can someone explain to me how equivalents work? I asked someone what the US equivalent would be to the BBFC's R-18 and he said that porn isn't recognized by the MPA so there is no equivalent. Okay, but In the US Interspecies Reviewers was released under a porn label and in Germany it was rated FSK 18 (or at least some of it was) so are they no equal? because it's still 18+ either way. However the difference is FSK 18 is allowed on streaming, even when it was on Funimation Interspecies Reviewers was still rated TV-MA (It was censored though). So I guess the equivalents would be
0=TV-Y, TV-G
6=TV-Y7, TV-PG
12=TV-PG, TV-14
16=TV-14, TV-MA
18=18+? But "18+" isn't a TV rating! It's not even a rating really just a warning screen. Heck IMDB doesn't even list it as a rating, just an attribute you can add to "Not Rated"

edit/update: 18+ is now a certificate on IMDb.
 
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William278

Completely Average High School Student
Can someone explain to me how equivalents work? I asked someone what the US equivalent would be to the BBFC's R-18 and he said that porn isn't recognized by the MPA so there is no equivalent. Okay, but In the US Interspecies Reviewers was released under a porn label and in Germany it was rated FSK 18 (or at least some of it was) so are they no equal? because it's still 18+ either way. However the difference is FSK 18 is allowed on streaming, even when it was on Funimation Interspecies Reviewers was still rated TV-MA (It was censored though). So I guess the equivalents would be
0=TV-Y, TV-G
6=TV-Y7, TV-PG
12=TV-PG, TV-14
16=TV-14, TV-MA
18=18+? But "18+" isn't a TV rating! It's not even a rating really just a warning screen. Heck IMDB doesn't even list it as a rating, just an attribe you can add to "Not Rated"
You can’t really compare apples to oranges between systems that have different goals and regulations around them.

TV in the U.K. is heavily regulated (by Ofcom, who impose a daytime watershed on objectionable content) but there are no age ratings for linear TV, nor any legal mandate for streaming companies to age rate streamed content whatsoever (though commercially streamed online pornography must not violate the Video Recordings Act or amendments). Only Home Video (Blu-Ray, DVD), Theatrical (Cinema) and Netflix (who have a special opt-in deal with the board) releases are rated by the BBFC, an industry body (not publicly owned)

With that said, there does exist the MovieLabs Common Metadata standard (Ratings Metadata – MovieLabs) which introduces a standard protocol for displaying national equivalent of consumer-recognised age ratings. Each rating board format has a list of ratings and content descriptors which have associated age range data which can be used to identify regionally recognised equivalents. This is how sites like YouTube are able to display approximate ratings for various shows and films

Side note: for video games, there’s IARC which has formal equivalency standards and lets developers fill in a simple survey for rating games worldwide.
 

Conrad

Completely Average High School Student
You can’t really compare apples to oranges between systems that have different goals and regulations around them.

TV in the U.K. is heavily regulated (by Ofcom, who impose a daytime watershed on objectionable content) but there are no age ratings for linear TV, nor any legal mandate for streaming companies to age rate streamed content whatsoever (though commercially streamed online pornography must not violate the Video Recordings Act or amendments). Only Home Video (Blu-Ray, DVD), Theatrical (Cinema) and Netflix (who have a special opt-in deal with the board) releases are rated by the BBFC, an industry body (not publicly owned)

With that said, there does exist the MovieLabs Common Metadata standard (Ratings Metadata – MovieLabs) which introduces a standard protocol for displaying national equivalent of consumer-recognised age ratings. Each rating board format has a list of ratings and content descriptors which have associated age range data which can be used to identify regionally recognised equivalents. This is how sites like YouTube are able to display approximate ratings for various shows and films

Side note: for video games, there’s IARC which has formal equivalency standards and lets developers fill in a simple survey for rating games worldwide.
Well people often compare ratings systems it's just the problem it becomes confusing when a lot of these rating systems don't even have equal ratings.

I remember someone saying the equivalents between the US and Australia go something like
G is equal to G. Anyone can watch.
PG is equal to PG. Anyone can watch but parental guidance is suggested.
M is equal to PG-13. Anyone can watch but it's recommended for ages 13 or 15+.
MA-15+ is equal to R. Children under 15 or 17 need an adult.
R-18+ is equal to NC-17. No children under 18 allowed.
and lastly X-18+ which is just pornography. He said there is no US equivalent but NC-17 or unrated would probably be the closest thing.

Now that last one I found kind of interesting since Interspecies Reviewers was released under a hentai label in the US and yet in Australia it was banned (I wonder if it's because they didn't know what rating to give it). HOWEVER the censored version in both countries was rated a rating of almost the same name (MA-15+ and TV-MA). They are more or less the same rating just one's 15+ and the other's 17+. Though the only reason why TV-MA is even called that is because of a trademark dispute involving the ESRB M rating, but that's a story for another day.

Anyway going back to Interspecies Reviewers, I was talking to someone about how the first volume on the German release says 18 meanwhile the second one says 16 and how in the US it was pretty much the other way around how it was rated 17+ for the first 3 episodes and for home video was re-rated to 18+ however the 18+ it has in the US is different from the 18 it has in Germany since the American 18+ can only ever appear on blu-rays (it's mostly hardcore pornography ) meanwhile FSK 18 can appear on streaming. Then he told me how you can find you can find FSK 18 on Netflix and Amazon Prime and other sites. I did mention how Amazon does have 18+ ratings in the US (since they have their own rating system) but even they don't have any "real" porn most streaming sites in the US use standard TV rating (which only go up to 17)
TV-Y: young children
TV-G: all ages
TV-Y7: older children 7+
TV-PG: just like the BBFC's PG
TV-14: teens 14+
TV-MA: adults 17+
However the rating for movies seem to go up to 18 now that they changes the age of NC-17 to 18+.

Now that guy did say that porn isn't rated FSK 18 in Germany but there is a warning that you must be 18 to buy. So I found it kind of odd that Interspecies Reviewers had a warning like that in the US and yet was FSK 18/16 in Germany. Like if it has an 18+ warning in the US and is FSK 18 in Germany. I can't say they're rated differently but I can't say their rated the same. (this is the confusing part).

Now I did see someone say that many rating systems may not feel the need to rate porn since you'll mostly likely have to go to a porn shop to get it anyway or it'll be on some service that requires age verification.

I heard someone say the AO rating for is used for pornographic games but from what I can tell many of the Eroge I've seen don't even have ESRB ratings on them! I don't thing the ESRB would rate that kind of content if the MPA doesn't. I could be wrong. I remember hearing PEGI doesn't rate explicit content meanwhile the BBFC would (with their R-18 certificate). So when PEGI took over the BBFC's game they had no explicit games in their system.
 

NormanicGrav

Quintessential Grav
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Part 1 (Episodes 1-11)
for sexual assault, abusive behaviour, strong sex references

2 of 11 episodes received an 18 rating (Episodes 2 & 6), no cuts mentioned for all episodes.

sexual violence and sexual threat
A boy-like character leers at the crotch of a young woman. There are references to the boy keeping pairs of the young woman's underwear. There are also flashback scenes of sexual harassment in which a man is chained to a gate naked, while others laugh, jeer and take photographs of him.

There is a detailed upskirt close-up of a woman's crotch. In another scene, a boy-like character watches a young woman masturbating. There are also scenes of moderate horror and threat underpinned by fantastical elements such as magic spells.
sexual violence and sexual threat
There is a scene of sexual assault in which a character gropes a sleeping young female character. She wakes up and punches him in defence.

There are crude verbal references to an aphrodisiac and sexualised focus on the physical attributes of female characters. Scenes of moderate violence include crunchy blows to a character's body, however, these lack any focus on detail. Bloody aftermath detail includes sight of a headless corpse falling to the ground.
Episode 1:
"There are scenes of strong thrusty sex"

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bakura

Kiznaiver
I'm British but as I understand while not explicitly intended for porn the R18 equivalent in the US would be NC-17 had porn still been shown in cinemas (but many cinemas don't show NC-17 films so that rating is usually avoided by studios) an interesting fact is the highest rating used to be X but then porn studio's used it as a promotion to the point they would use the X rating on there posters then started using XX on there posters (twice the X rated content) then XXX. The X rating got so associated with porn that the mpaa changed there highest rating to NC-17 (this is all as far as I'm aware).
 

Conrad

Completely Average High School Student
I'm British but as I understand while not explicitly intended for porn the R18 equivalent in the US would be NC-17 had porn still been shown in cinemas (but many cinemas don't show NC-17 films so that rating is usually avoided by studios) an interesting fact is the highest rating used to be X but then porn studio's used it as a promotion to the point they would use the X rating on there posters then started using XX on there posters (twice the X rated content) then XXX. The X rating got so associated with porn that the mpaa changed there highest rating to NC-17 (this is all as far as I'm aware).
No the closer equivalent to R-18 would "unrated" since it is used for porn (but not always). Now I saw someone say that US and UK ratings look something like this
U=Y, G, Y7
PG=PG
12=PG-13, 14
15=PG-13, 14, R, MA
18=MA, R, NC-17
R-18=literally just porn

as for PEGI and ESRB
3=E
7=E, E10+
12=E-10+, T
16=T, M
18=M (sometimes AO)

Now Interspecies Reviewers was kind of an interesting case to me since it was released under a hentai label in the US despite being nothing more than a strong ecchi. I do find it ironic how it went from TV-MA with a disclaimer to just a disclaimer.1672094996975.png
 

Conrad

Completely Average High School Student
You can’t really compare apples to oranges between systems that have different goals and regulations around them.

TV in the U.K. is heavily regulated (by Ofcom, who impose a daytime watershed on objectionable content) but there are no age ratings for linear TV, nor any legal mandate for streaming companies to age rate streamed content whatsoever (though commercially streamed online pornography must not violate the Video Recordings Act or amendments). Only Home Video (Blu-Ray, DVD), Theatrical (Cinema) and Netflix (who have a special opt-in deal with the board) releases are rated by the BBFC, an industry body (not publicly owned)

With that said, there does exist the MovieLabs Common Metadata standard (Ratings Metadata – MovieLabs) which introduces a standard protocol for displaying national equivalent of consumer-recognised age ratings. Each rating board format has a list of ratings and content descriptors which have associated age range data which can be used to identify regionally recognised equivalents. This is how sites like YouTube are able to display approximate ratings for various shows and films

Side note: for video games, there’s IARC which has formal equivalency standards and lets developers fill in a simple survey for rating games worldwide.
Also forgot to mention there is a similar company in the US that regulates TV called the FCC.
 

Relaxo

Straw Hat Pirate
Now that guy did say that porn isn't rated FSK 18 in Germany but there is a warning that you must be 18 to buy. So I found it kind of odd that Interspecies Reviewers had a warning like that in the US and yet was FSK 18/16 in Germany. Like if it has an 18+ warning in the US and is FSK 18 in Germany. I can't say they're rated differently but I can't say their rated the same. (this is the confusing part).

Now I did see someone say that many rating systems may not feel the need to rate porn since you'll mostly likely have to go to a porn shop to get it anyway or it'll be on some service that requires age verification.
As mentioned before BBFC Passed Anime Updates Germany has, like the UK, some restrictions even for stuff to pass FSK 18.
FSK 18 doesn't allow porn, extreme gore or glorification of violence. And thus, Redo of Healer Ep 2 was refused.

Regarding Interspecies Reviewers in the US:
Well, larger companies just don't want to be associated with such controversial stuff. Selling under a different, but still etablished, branding is a solution for such. Guess for the same reason Redo of Healer was released by Maiden Japan despite licensed by Sentai.
 

Conrad

Completely Average High School Student
As mentioned before BBFC Passed Anime Updates Germany has, like the UK, some restrictions even for stuff to pass FSK 18.
FSK 18 doesn't allow porn, extreme gore or glorification of violence. And thus, Redo of Healer Ep 2 was refused.

Regarding Interspecies Reviewers in the US:
Well, larger companies just don't want to be associated with such controversial stuff. Selling under a different, but still etablished, branding is a solution for such. Guess for the same reason Redo of Healer was released by Maiden Japan despite licensed by Sentai.
Okay well thanks for explaining, I'm still kind of confused here. You see I asked someone what the US equivalent to the BBFC's R-18 would be they said "porn isn't recognized by the MPA so there is no equivalent" but then I said how porn is still labeled as 18+ in the US and they said "The 18+ thing is self imposed that doesn't make it a porn rating" but they I asked about how Interspecies Reviewers is rated FSK 18 in Germany and has an 18+ warning in the US so I asked is it not the same as the FSK 18 it has in Germany (Because they sound like the same thing, but they can't be right? So is there just no US equivalent to FSK 18 because the ratings for mainstream television in the US only go up to 17 (TV-MA)

Anyway with Redo of Healer it might just be a gimmick it says "18+" but also 18A Canadian rating (meaning under 18's can watch with an adult) so it looks like they could have just as easily used a normal TV-MA
 
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