The case of the altered rating



  • Attack on titan is rated TV-MA by Funimation, but when it aired on Toonami every episode was rated TV-14, which it seems was the same with Space Dandy (except episode 25 which was TV-PG V on Toonami). Who has seen this before?



  • FUNimation has its criteria, [AS] has theirs. Nothing to see here.



  • Back in the day we called it, "Edited for Television."



  • Were there edits, though?



  • I didn't notice any



  • Yeah, unless it's nudity or F-bombs, Toonami/Adult Swim usually leaves it un-edited.



  • This rating by Funimation just leads me to trust their rating system more than the others. This show is definitely TV-MA. It is also pure, unadulterated awesome. But it's def MA.



  • I've seen some TV-14 things that rivaled the level of gore that Hellsing Ultimate has. TV ratings are pretty darn lenient.



  • The sub-ratings don't help out much either, especially when they don't acknowledge what happens in the show (e.g. sex scenes and swearing aren't represented).



  • Rating "systems" are always arbitrary and always unaccountable. They are a form of oppression that stops just short enough from censorship to squeeze by the First Amendment. It's unsurprising that you found inconsistencies.



  • @puzzleboymf:

    Attack on titan is rated TV-MA by Funimation, but when it aired on Toonami every episode was rated TV-14, which it seems was the same with Space Dandy (except episode 25 which was TV-PG V on Toonami). Who has seen this before?

    As others have said, FUNimation's home video ratings are not equivalent to Adult Swim's. Since DVD/BD ratings aren't regulated, FUNi may have been iffy on a TV-14 rating with parental groups, so went with the next higher rating. And because AS likely has more exacting standards used when attaching a rating, so they can be more confidence broadcasting AoT at just TV-14.



  • @puzzleboymf:

    especially when they don't acknowledge what happens in the show (e.g. sex scenes and swearing aren't represented)

    I've seen two South Park episodes with graphic sex scenes shown completely on screen and only got a TV-MA L, yet Unsupervised got a TV-MA-LS for a teacher reading a woman's supermarket porn book.

    I've got another question about Funimation's ratings: Why aren't there sub ratings? There is a lot of anime and manga with ratings but not descriptors. I've never understood giving something a general maturity level rating, but not explaining why it got that rating, not even giving a hint on the content level. The MPAA used to do it too, but they have no idea what's appropriate.

    EDIT: Again, please stop double posting. Use the Edit Post button instead. -SH



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  • It's not an official policy by any means, but you can usually tell WHY the show was rated the way it was from the key art/banner/page art/description. We try not to bait and switch on what a series is "like".

    The only shows I can think of where it's not immediately apparently that WYSIWYG might be something like Dance in the Vampire Bund or Rin. However, comparing the key art for those shows to things like High School DxD should also make it pretty clear that those shows are at least different. :)


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