FUNimation announced in the comment section of their official blog that they will edit the episodes of Dance in the Vampire Bund for the US market. This includes the already streaming episodes and will also apply to further home video releases:
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.
While I’m no fan of underage lolita-vampires (let alone lolitas) and didn’t know much about the series other than the cover artwork I contributed to the Asian Blu-ray Guide, I don’t quite get FUNimation’s decision.
Shouldn’t you get some background information on the series you’re going to release (probably to jump on the vampire bandwagon Twilight started) as one of (if not the) biggest distributor for Anime in the US? A look at the cover artworks for the original manga that’s being released in the US since 2008 should be enough to get an idea about the series.
And we shouldn’t forget that in the past FUNimation, was the label that started a “Babes, Blades, Blood & Beauty” campaign for certain series and used to plaster huge Uncut & Uncensored!!! marks on their releases if the series contained some adult scenes or some bigger flesh wounds…
[via ANN & FUNimation Blog]