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Funimation Addresses Dance in the Vampire Bund Edits (Updated)

posted on 2010-03-05 13:30 EST
N. American streaming, home video releases edited; still no edits for Strike Witches DVD

The North American anime distributor Funimation has issued the following statement to ANN regarding the edits it is making to its release of the Dance in the Vampire Bund anime series:


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.


Image © Nozomu Tamaki, Media Factory/Vampire Bund Government

Update: When asked if it is editing this month's DVD release of Strike Witches, Funimation reiterated its previous statement that it will release Strike Witches in its uncut form on DVD "and any subsequent subscription or download-to-own digital platforms." Funimation added, "Nothing has changed since then."

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