Film Censorship: Classes in Seduction (2004)


 

 

 

 

Classes in Seduction

aka Professor Shino's Classes In Seduction

Directed by Yuichiro Miyake / 2004 / Japan

Siren Visual had a DVD of CLASSES OF SEDUCTION rated R18+ (High level animated sex scenes) in May 2007. It was released as part of the Siren Hentai Collection in July 2007.

 

CLASSES IN SEDUCTION: Siren DVD Review

Thanks to Geoff W for this review of Siren's CLASSES IN SEDUCTION DVD.

My first thoughts on viewing the DVD was that Siren must have removed an entire episode. However, after checking various reviews, it would seem that even the US DVD only contains a single OVA. Siren's disc runs 30:50 and is titled FIRST PERIOD-ATOMIC BONDING. The good news is that the disc does not show any obvious signs of censorship. What you get is a standard Hentai feature with hardcore scenes of fellatio, cum shots, anal, and vaginal sex. Depending on your views, then the plot of a Professor teaching her pupils about sex may be a bit controversial. However the students are portrayed as being college age. There is one scene between 21-24min where Kayama and two of his gang rape Professor Shino. No violence is shown, and in the next scene the Professor is shown reviewing Kayama's performance and showing him how it could be improved.

Extras include a trailer, outtakes, slide show, and trailers for HOT FOR TEACHER, DRAGON PINK, and ANYTHING YOU CAN DO I CAN DO BETTER.

 

 

Home Affairs Minister calls for a review of the R18+ rating

On July 23 2008, it was announced that Bob Debus, the Minister for Home Affairs, had called for CLASSES IN SEDUCTION, and three other hentai DVDs to be looked at by the Classification Review Board.

See our entry for HOLY VIRGINS for more background information regarding this case.

 

Australian Government
Classification Review Board
23 July 2008
MEDIA RELEASE

Review announced for the anime films Classes in Seduction, T & A Teacher, Holy Virgins and Bondage Mansion

The Classification Review Board has received four applications to review the classification of the anime films Classes in Seduction, T & A Teacher, Holy Virgins and Bondage Mansion.

Classes in Seduction was classified R 18+ (Restricted) with the consumer advice ‘High level animated sex scenes’ by the Classification Board on 1 May 2007.

T & A Teacher was classified R 18+ (Restricted) with the consumer advice ‘High level animated sex scenes, Violence’ by the Classification Board on 21 February 2008.

Holy Virgins was classified R 18+ (Restricted) with the consumer advice ‘High level animated sex scenes’ by the Classification Board on 11 March 2008.

Bondage Mansion was classified R 18+ (Restricted) with the consumer advice ‘High level animated sex scenes and themes’ by the Classification Board on 9 April 2008.

The reviews are in response to applications from the Minister for Home Affairs. Under the Commonwealth Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995, the Minister for Home Affairs may make an application for a review at any time.

The Classification Review Board will meet on Wednesday 30 July 2008 to consider the applications.

The Classification Review Board has invited the Australian Family Association and the NSW Council for Civil Liberties to apply for standing as interested parties at the reviews.

The Classification Review Board’s decisions and reasons for its decisions will appear on the Classification website once the reviews have been finalised.

The Classification Review Board is an independent merits review body. Meeting in camera, it makes a fresh classification decision upon receipt of an application for review. The Classification Review Board decision takes the place of the original decision made by the Classification Board.

 

 

Incorrect Review Board Media Release

The Review Board met on July 30, 2008 to consider the ratings of the four hentai titles. No result appeared on that day; however, on August 1st the following media release appeared on the Classification Board's site, though by the end of the day it had gone.

Australian Government
Classification Review Board
30 July 2008
MEDIA RELEASE

Four anime films classified upon review A six-member panel of the Classification Review Board convened today to classify four anime films.

The Classification Review Board in a majority decision determined that the film T & A Teacher is classified R 18+ with the consumer advice, ‘High level animated sex scenes and sexualised violence’.

The Classification Review Board unanimously determined that the film Classes in Seduction is classified R 18+ with the consumer advice, ‘High level animated sex scenes’.

The Classification Review Board in a majority decision determined that the film Bondage Mansion is classified RC (Refused Classification).

The Classification Review Board in a majority decision that the film Holy Virgins is classified RC (Refused Classification).

In the Classification Review Board’s opinion, T & A Teacher and Classes in Seduction both warrant an R 18+ classification because while the sex scenes have a high level of impact, the Classification Review Board Convenor, Maureen Shelley said “the anime genre and the fact that the characters appear 18 or older means the film can be accommodated in this legally restricted category”.

With regards to the RC classifications of Holy Virgins and Bondage Mansion, the Convenor said that “Holy Virgins was refused classification because of the sexual depictions of characters who appear to be under 18. Similarly, Bondage Mansion is RC because of a trailer depicting a character, who appears to be under 18, engaged in an explicit sexual act and there is no context for this depiction.”

Films classified R 18+ are legally restricted to adults. Persons aged under 18 years cannot be admitted to films classified R 18+. Some material classified R 18+ may be offensive to sections of the adult community. Films that are classified RC are immediately banned throughout Australia. They cannot be sold, hired or imported into the country.

The reviews were in response to four applications from the Minister for Home Affairs to review the R 18+ classifications given to each of the four anime films by the Classification Board.

In reviewing the classification, the Classification Review Board worked within the framework of the National Classification Scheme, applying the provisions of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995, the National Classification Code and the Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games.

The Classification Review Board is an independent merits review body. Meeting in camera, it makes a fresh classification decision upon receipt of an application for review. This Classification Review Board decision takes the place of the original decision made by the Classification Board.

The Classification Review Board’s reasons for this decision will appear on the Classification website when finalised.

 

 

Corrected Review Board Media Release

The July 30th media release that disappeared on August 1st stated that BONDAGE MANSION had been banned. However, on August 13, 2008 the following media release appeared on the censor's website.

Australian Government
Classification Review Board
13 August 2008
MEDIA RELEASE

Four anime films classified upon review

On 13 August 2008, a three-member panel of the Classification Review Board unanimously determined that the film Bondage Mansion is classified R 18+, with the consumer advice, 'High level animated sex scenes and themes.

' In the Classification Review Board’s opinion, Bondage Mansion warrants an R 18+ classification because while the sex scenes have a high level of impact, the Classification Review Board Convenor, Maureen Shelley said “the anime genre and that the characters appear 18 or older means the film can be accommodated in this legally restricted category. However, the connection between sexual activity and the themes remains a concern. Restricting this material to adult audiences will ensure that children under 18 will not legally have access to the material”.

Films classified R 18+ are legally restricted to adults. Persons aged under 18 years cannot be admitted to films classified R 18+. Some material classified R 18+ may be offensive to sections of the adult community.

A six-member panel of the Classification Review Board convened on 30 July 2008 to classify three anime films.

The Classification Review Board in a majority decision determined that the film T & A Teacher is classified R 18+ with the consumer advice, ‘High level animated sex scenes and sexualised violence’.

The Classification Review Board unanimously determined that the film Classes in Seduction is classified R 18+ with the consumer advice, ‘High level animated sex scenes’. Similarly, the high level animated sex scenes means that this film, while having a high impact, can be accommodated to a restricted category that cannot legally be accessed by people under the age of 18. “The Review Board noted the high level theme of sexual induction of students by teachers,” Ms Shelley said. “Whilst themes with a high impact can be accommodated in the R18+ category, it is important that minors do not have legal access to material that may be disturbing to them. The classification does not indicate approval of the theme but that in an animated feature, adults should have the mature perspective required to evaluate the scenes depicted.”

The Classification Review Board in a majority decision determined that the film Holy Virgins is classified RC (Refused Classification).

With regards to the RC classification of Holy Virgins, the Convenor said that “Holy Virgins was refused classification because of the sexual depictions of characters who appear to be under 18.” Films that are classified RC are immediately banned throughout Australia. They cannot be sold, hired or imported into the country.

The reviews were in response to four applications from the Minister for Home Affairs to review the R 18+ classifications given to each of the four anime films by the Classification Board.

In reviewing the classification, the Classification Review Board worked within the framework of the National Classification Scheme, applying the provisions of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995, the National Classification Code and the Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games.

The Classification Review Board is an independent merits review body. Meeting in camera, it makes a fresh classification decision upon receipt of an application for review. This Classification Review Board decision takes the place of the original decision made by the Classification Board.

The Classification Review Board’s reasons for these decisions will appear on the Classification website when finalised.

 

 

Review Board media releases compared

The July 30th release stated that a six-member panel of the Classification Review Board had found that CLASSES OF SEDUCTION should retain its R18+ rating. It stated:

The Classification Review Board unanimously determined that the film Classes in Seduction is classified R 18+ with the consumer advice, ‘High level animated sex scenes’.

In the Classification Review Board’s opinion, T & A Teacher and Classes in Seduction both warrant an R 18+ classification because while the sex scenes have a high level of impact, the Classification Review Board Convenor, Maureen Shelley said “the anime genre and the fact that the characters appear 18 or older means the film can be accommodated in this legally restricted category”.

 

The August 13th media release also mentioned the July 30th result.

The Classification Review Board unanimously determined that the film Classes in Seduction is classified R 18+ with the consumer advice, ‘High level animated sex scenes’. Similarly, the high level animated sex scenes means that this film, while having a high impact, can be accommodated to a restricted category that cannot legally be accessed by people under the age of 18. “The Review Board noted the high level theme of sexual induction of students by teachers,” Ms Shelley said. “Whilst themes with a high impact can be accommodated in the R18+ category, it is important that minors do not have legal access to material that may be disturbing to them. The classification does not indicate approval of the theme but that in an animated feature, adults should have the mature perspective required to evaluate the scenes depicted.”

 

 

R18+ confirmed by the Classification Review Board

In their full report, the Review Board explained why they chose to confirm the R18+ (High level animated sex scenes) rating of CLASSES OF SEDUCTION.

Australian Government
Classification Review Board
30 July 2008
23-33 MARY STREET
SURRY HILLS, NSW

MEMBERS: Ms Maureen Shelley (Convenor) The Hon Trevor Griffin (Deputy Convenor) Mrs Gillian Groom Mr Rob Shilkin Ms Kathryn Smith Ms Ann Stark

APPLICANT The Hon Robert Debus, Minister for Home Affairs

INTERESTED PARTIES Australian Family Association (AFA) represented by Ms Angela Conway and Mr Damien Tudehope; and NSW Council for Civil Liberties (NSW CCL) represented by Mr Stephen Blanks and Dr Brent Waters

BUSINESS To review the Classification Board’s decision to classify the film Classes in Seduction R 18+ with the consumer advice ‘High level animated sex scenes’.

DECISION AND REASONS FOR DECISION

1. Decision The Classification Review Board (the Review Board) classified the film R 18+ with the consumer advice ‘High level animated sex scenes’.

2. Legislative provisions

The Classification (Publications, Film and Computer Games) Act 1995 (the Act) governs the classification of films and the review of classification decisions. Section 9 provides that films are to be classified in accordance with the National Classification Code (the Code) and the classification guidelines. Relevantly, the Code in paragraph 5 of the Table under the heading ‘Films’ provides that:

Films that:

(a) depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified; or

(b) describe or depict in a way that is likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult, a person who is, or appears to be, a child under 18 (whether the person is engaged in sexual activity or not); or

(c) promote, incite or instruct in matters of crime or violence, are to be classified ‘RC’, and Films (except RC films and X 18+ films) that are unsuitable for a minor to see are to be classified R 18+.

The Code also sets out various principles to which classification decisions should give effect, as far as possible.

Section 11 of the Act requires that the matters to be taken into account in making a decision on the classification of a film include:

(a) the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults; and

(b) the literary, artistic or educational merit (if any) of the film; and

(c) the general character of the film, including whether it is of a medical, legal or scientific character; and

(d) the persons or class of persons to or amongst whom it is published or is intended or likely to be published. Three essential principles underlie the use of the Guidelines for the Classification of Films and Computer Games 2005 (the Guidelines), determined under s 12 of the Act: ·

the importance of context

· the assessment of impact, and

· the six classifiable elements – themes, violence, sex, language, drug use and nudity.

3. Procedure

Prior to the review meeting, the Convenor determined that given the provision of Regulation 21 (2) (d) the application was of sufficient complexity that a decision would be not likely to be completed within 20 business days as more than one application of a similar nature had been received at the one time and that the Convenor had agreed to hear submissions from interested parties namely the NSW CCL and the AFA.

The Review Board met on 30 July 2008 in response to the receipt of an application from the Minister for Home Affairs on 18 July 2008 to determine its validity.

The Review Board determined that it had received a valid application from the Minister and noted the Convenor’s decision regarding the complexity of the application and that it would be likely to be processed within 40 business days.

The Minister had advised in writing on 18 July that he would not be making written or oral submissions on the application for review. The original applicant made an undated written submission received by the Convenor on 25 July 2008 and distributed to the Review Board prior to the review meeting.

Six members of the Review Board viewed the film prior to the meeting on 30 July 2008. Arrangements were made for the NSW CCL and the AFA to view the film prior to the meeting on 30 July 2008.

The Review Board heard oral submissions from Dr Brent Waters and Mr Stephen Blanks representing the NSW CCL and from Mr Damien Tudehope and Ms Angela Conway from the AFA. No written submissions were made by the NSW CCL or the AFA.

The Review Board then considered the matter.

4. Evidence and other material taken into account

In reaching its decision the Review Board had regard to the following:

(i) The Minister’s application for review

(ii) The original applicant’s written submissions

(iii) The oral submissions from the NSW CCL and the AFA

(iv) the relevant provisions in the Act, the Code and the Guidelines, and

(v) the Classification Board’s report

5. Synopsis

The animated film in the anime genre depicts Professor Shino instructing students, mostly in sexual activity. She guides two students through their first sexual experiences, participating herself at times. She implicitly masturbates a third student during a martial arts class. She participates in sex with other students.

6. Findings on material questions of fact

The Review Board found that the film contains aspects or scenes of importance under various classifiable elements:

(a) Themes – the theme of the use of positional power is depicted through the professor’s interaction with her students.

(b) Violence – there is little depiction of violence in the film.

(c) Language – there is little use of coarse language in the film.

(d) Sex – there are numerous depictions of sexual activity during the film including masturbation, cunnilingus, fellatio, vaginal intercourse and ejaculation. Animated sex scenes, in the anime style, include the Professor fellating a male while he mouths her breasts.

At 13 minutes a prolonged sexual scene is depicted whereby the Professor guides two students through their first sexual experience. The scene includes the Professor guiding the students through masturbation, fellatio and rear entry vaginal intercourse. The Professor participates by digitally stimulating the female student’s vagina and fellating the male student.

At 21 minutes the Professor is depicted participating in a sex scene with three male students. She fellates one, digitally masturbates a second while engaging in vaginal intercourse with a third. Two male students ejaculate on her buttocks and the third ejaculates on her face.

(e) Drug Use – there is little drug use depicted in the film.

(f) Nudity – there is male and female full and partial animated nudity depicted in the film mostly in relation to sex scenes.

7. Reasons for the decision

The Review Board noted the conflicting submissions of the NSW CCL and the AFA in regard to the classification of the film and took into account the views expressed. While the submission of the NSW CCL did not provide much assistance to the Review Board, the Review Board noted the very real offence taken by the AFA regarding the content of the film, particularly in relation to the teacher-student relationship.

While some adults would find the depictions within the film offensive, the Review Board unanimously determined that the film could be accommodated by the R 18+ classification because the impact of the sex scenes was greatly diminished by the animated nature of the film and the stylisation.

Further, while the film depicts “students” with a “professor” the context was such that it appeared that they were young adults rather than school-age students.

8. Summary

The Review Board unanimously determined that the film is classified R18+ with the consumer advice of “high level animated sex scenes”.

 

 

THE TEACHER COLLECTION hentai box set

In January 2009, CLASSES OF SEDUCTION was re-released as part of Siren's box set titled THE TEACHER COLLECTION. It also included T&A TEACHER, and MAPLE COLORS.

 

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