Ah Funimation, you couldn’t have let us enjoy this just a little bit longer?
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.”
So yes, Funimation will be releasing Dance in the Vampire Bund in a censored version. There is no word on what in particular will be censored but I’d say there’s a fair chance that we won’t be seeing the nude loli heroine scene from early on. I’ve said this before but I’ll state it again for the record, I do not like censorship. I believe US fans should be allowed to purchase the same materials that appear on the DVDs in Japan. However, I’m also not going to pitch a huge fit about this.
Dance in the Vampire Bund is NOT entirely tame when it comes to nudity and the romantic relationship that develops between Mina and the lead male character. With recent court cases, it’s understandable that Funimation is going to take the safe route for once. This isn’t something that I expect from them regularly and it’s frustrating that they are doing it now but in the end, it’s not worth throwing a pitchfork party over.
There are a couple of things in the press release that just bother me though…
“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.”
Time out! After viewing the unedited and edited versions they decided there were controversial elements? They make this sound like they bought the series and then discovered that *gasp* this chick looks really freakin young! What was that viewing like? I realize I’m not an expert on the business but something tells me that Funimation knew about the questionable content quite awhile ago.
The decision was announced the day after the license announcement came out, it was going to be censored from the beginning. We get it, but you could haven’t just said so?