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Funimation Drops Interspecies Reviewers for ‘Falling Outside Company Standards’

*The following article contains content that may not be suitable for readers under the age of 18. Reader discretion is advised*

According to a recent article from Anime News Network, North American entertainment company Funimation announced that it will be canceling any further streaming of the series Interspecies Reviewers (Ishuzoku Rebyuāzu) on all of its streaming platforms. A representative from Funimation explained why the company has decided to drop the series after having already released three episodes:

“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.”

A possible reason for the series being dropped may be due to the nature of its explicit content. Based on a manga of the same name by Amahara, Interspecies Reviewers is an ecchi comedy series about three friends living in a brothel-inspired fantasy world town inhabited by various species of monster girls. As the title might suggest, each episode involves our three leads having sexual encounters with these monster girls, and then, in turn, reviewing them in the same way one might leave a Yelp review for a restaurant, scoring them on a scale from 1 to 10. Each episode follows this same formula and finds our protagonists debating the merits of whether or not slime girls are better in the sack than elf girls and living out various other “what if” sexualized fantasies involving monster girls.

Funimation is no stranger when it comes to sexually explicit shows. Series such as High School DxD, Rosario + Vampire, and Prison School are packed to the brim with fan service moments and even suggestive sex scenes. So what sets Interspecies Reviewers apart from its lewd brothers and sisters that would lead to it getting dropped? Unlike the shows previously mentioned which walk up to the ragged edge of depicting sexual encounters or simply use suggestive imagery, IR has very explicit sex scenes that fall more in line with what one would see in hentai rather than a run-of-the-mill ecchi series. A censored version does exist that blocks the viewer from seeing any explicit scenes, but you can still hear the action playing out on screen and the audio leaves very little to the imagination. 

Anime fans are largely divided on Funimation’s decision to pull the plug on Interspecies Reviewers. Some fans argue that Funimation is overstepping its bounds and because of its initial negligence to vet the shows it chooses to buy the licenses for that it now has to self-censor and block promised content from it’s paying costumers, while others applaud the move as a good business decision to keep Funimation’s mostly clean reputation above water. 

Some outraged fans have even created online petitions demanding that one of Funimation’s competitors Sentai Filmworks (who hold a reputation for picking up content that would definitely put you on the naughty list) be allowed to buy the license from them so fans could view the series in all its uncensored glory. 

As of this writing, Funimation has made no further comments on future plans for the Interspecies Reviewers license. 

Written by Patrick Varnava

Greetings! My name is Patrick. I'm a recent college graduate who studied Creative Writing & Popular Culture at CSUN. I've worked in marketing, communications, and medical research.

I have a profound love for all things related to modern media and have always been fascinated by the relationship that pop culture such as movies, video games, and music have on the human experience, and how it impacts our lives on a daily basis. Lover of all things coffee, dogs, and book related.

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