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My Girlfriend is Shobitch U.K. Blu-ray is Cut by BBFC

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Anime UK News reports that one flashback sequence involving a toddler was cut according to BBFC guidelines; MVM will release the series on Blu-ray on September 20

Anime UK News reports that MVM's forthcoming Blu-ray release of My Girlfriend is Shobitch has been cut by the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification).

According to Anime UK News, the site sent a query to the BBFC, which confirmed that it has cut a scene roughly 2 minutes 49 seconds long from the third episode of the series. The scene involves flashbacks to the main female character Kosaka when she was a toddler, being commented upon by her parents. There are several sexual jokes in the sequence, some with visual double entendres involving the unwitting toddler.

The scene was cut in accord with BBFC guidelines, as it showed a child in a sexualised conduct, according to Anime UK News. There were no other cuts to the series, which MVM is due to release as a Blu-ray on September 20 with a rating of "18."

Anime UK News adds that the BBFC confirmed that, whereas it classifies physical releases of anime, "There is no legal requirement for companies to submit content for streaming releases, or to use the same cuts as seen in home entertainment releases." My Girlfriend is Shobitch is currently available uncut on the HIDIVE streaming service.

Sentai Filmworks, which released the series in America, described its story:

"When high school student Haruka Shinozaki confesses his feelings to the beautiful and aloof class representative, Akiho Kosaka, the last thing he expected was for her to say “yes.” Like everything else in her diligent life, Kosaka takes dating quite seriously. In an effort to be a good girlfriend, Kosaka decides to meticulously study (and bluntly suggest) all manner of ways to keep Shinozaki sexually satisfied… in the theoretical sense, that is. This innocently lewd relationship is only just beginning."

The series was broadcast in 2017, based on the manga by Namiru Matsumoto. Nobuyoshi Nagayama (episode director for Hinako Note, Utano☆Princesama Legend Star) directed the series at diomedéa and Studio Blanc Hideki Shirane (Date A Live, Queen's Blade: Rebellion, Kill Me Baby) oversaw the scripts, and Shōko Yasuda (Unlimited Fafnir) designed the characters for animation.

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