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Scotland Loves Anime Reluctant to Screen 3rd Berserk Film

posted on by Andrew Osmond
October festival due to reveal its line-up on Friday.

An article on the Manga Entertainment blog mentions that the Scotland Loves Anime festival is 'reluctant' to screen the third Berserk cinema film, Berserk Golden Age Arc III: Descent (Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen III: Kōrin). According to the article (which is mostly about the second Berserk film):

Reportedly, Descent's content is so extreme that most Japanese cinemas showed a censored version of the film, and Scotland Loves Anime, where the first two films premiered, is reluctant to show it at all!

According to the Loves Animation facebook page, Scotland Loves Anime will announce the majority of its line-up on Friday. The event will run from October 11 to 13 in GLASGOW and October 18 to 20 in Edinburgh. The festival previously held the U.K. premieres of the first two Berserk films. In 2012, it invited producer Fuko Noda and character designer Naoyuki Onda for a live Q&A in Edinburgh.

In Japan, the Descent film opened in cinemas in two versions. An R18+ rated version played in late showings at Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 and Osaka's Umeda Burg 7 theaters, while an edited, R15+ rated version played in other cinemas. Japan's Film Classification and Rating Committee (Eirin) had given the more explicit version a rating of R18+ for "extremely provocative sexual content." Japanese cinemas restrict R18+ films to viewers 18 years old or older.

Before Descent, the last major anime film with an R18+ rating in Japan was the complete edition of Mardock Scramble: The First Compression in 2011.

Disclaimer: The article on the Manga Entertainment blog was written by ANN's U.K. News Editor, Andrew Osmond. However, the specific comment about Scotland Loves Anime was inserted by the Manga blog's editor, who told ANN that the comment was approved by the festival.

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