A brief glance at the premise of the recent anime Interspecies Reviewers (Ishuzoku Reviewers) might give some indication about potential pushback--two adventurers, an elf and a human, visit many brothels and sleep with women (belonging to a variety of species, hence the title) and write informative reviews about their experiences to be posted for public use at the local tavern--a Yelp of sex with different fantasy species, if you will.

Funimation recently confirmed in a message to ANN that they have halted streaming of the series, which debuted on January 11th in Japan, with the following statement:

"After careful consideration, we 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."

--Anime News Network

While you can likely imagine some of the complaints from viewers that led to Funimation's decision (too racy, objectifying women, bestiality, promotion of prostitution, etc.), many are wondering why exactly Funimation decided to take such a severe stance after going out of their way to license the series. Rights acquisition and localizing are processes that all hinge on knowledge of the source material (both the Interspecies Reviewers anime and original manga), so the idea of Funimation not knowing what they had gotten into is in question.

For whatever complaints may have Funimation had received, however, there is a vocal viewership pushing back on the decision, citing positive portrays of the sex industry, with Carakav, a commenter on Kotaku saying, "The interesting thing about the show too, is that while it contains some of the usual exploitative anime tropes, it actually portrays the sex industry and sex in general in a very positive light. Everyone is consenting. Everyone is (mostly) having fun."

But as you can see, the show is not exactly subtle.


By - Big Neko.