Film Censorship: Holy Virgins (2001)


 

 

 

 

Holy Virgins

aka Vanilla Series: Holy Virgins

Produced by Shiyuuta Biwajima and Chikara Niki / 2001 / Japan

In March 2008, a DVD of HOLY VIRGINS was passed with an R18+ (High level animated sex scenes) rating. It was released as part of the Siren Hentai Collection in June 2008.

 

 

Censored R-rated HOLY VIRGINS

Thanks again to Geoff W's detective work we can say that it looks like Siren had pre-cut the two episodes of HOLY VIRGINS prior to receiving the R18+ (High level animated sex scenes) rating.

 

I have found two cut scenes in episode one, and two in episode two. Note that I never seen an uncut version, so all these cuts have been identified from the end credits recaps, trailer, and the DVD extra slides. So there may be further censorship that I have missed.

 

Episode One runs 28:25

Cut One
The first censorship seems to be during the scene where Doctor Fuwa examines and has sex with Ririka, Satsuki, and Makoto. The scene runs from 7:34 to 10:08 in the R18+ DVD. It shows Doctor Fuwa with the three naked girls laying on the hospital beds as he and the nurse perform tests on them. He questions them if they have been menstruating regularly. Fuwa and the nurse are then shown confronting Sister Kate regarding the girls lack of knowledge about sex. In the next shot Fuwa is shown examining Makoto's vagina. As with most of these Hentai titles the end credits include a reprise of the episode, and once again it contains footage not in the actual episode. All seem to have been cut from the aforementioned examination scene and suggest that quite a significant portion was removed. The scenes found in the credits run between 25:12-25:24 and are:

Scene 1 - A rear view of Makoto with blood streaks on her body. Fuwa is shown using a swab to collect the blood.

Scene 2 - The face of a blindfolded Makoto is shown saying something.

Scene 3 - Fuwa is shown with his head between Ririka's legs. It looks like he is examining her.

Scene 4 - Satsuki is shown urinating into a beaker, this is followed by Fuwa looking at the full beaker.

Additionally, the DVD extras contain 33 slides, several of which do not appear in the two episodes. The following seem to be from the above mentioned scene.
Slide #3 - Ririka is shown collecting a swab from a blindfolded and bloody Makoto.
Slide #4 - Makoto between Ririka's legs.
Slide #11 - A bloody Makoto blindfolded with Fuwa behind her.
Slide #12 - A blindfolded Satsuki squatting above the beaker.
Slide #18 - Ririka with legs open being examined

Also the HOLY VIRGINS trailer is an extra on the disc and from 00:24 - 00:28 contains scenes of Ririka being examined that are not in the episodes.

Cut Two
The scene where Satsuki and Sister Kate have sex appears in episode one between 10:21 to 13:08. However the slides found in the extras indicate that it too has been censored. Note that in all three Sister Kate is shown with her veil on, but in the sex scene it is off. The following do not appear in the episode.
Slide #5 - Satsuki and Sister Kate kiss. This is the cover art of the DVD.
Slide #6 - Satsuki and Sister Kate become scissor sisters.
Slide #7 - Sister Kate dreams of a demon.

 

Episode Two runs 28:59

Cut Three
The reason that the Review Board gave for banning HOLY VIRGINS was the scene where Ririka performs oral sex on Doctor Fuwa. This can be found in the R18+ DVD between 4:42 - 6:37. Again the end credits reveal that this has actually been modified.

R18+ DVD 4:42 - 4:47 -. Ririka says "Doctor, this exam kind of feels good" as we see a close up of her face.

The end credits between 25:36 - 25:42 show Ririka laying on her back with her legs open as Fuwa examines her. This can also be found in the extras in Slide # 25. I would guess this should have gone here.

R18+ DVD 4:48 - Fuwa is shown holding a print-out as Ririka stands next to him.

Cut Four
From 13:38 - 18:35 Doctor Fuwa finds the three girls being held by the evil priest, who he eventually kills. I would guess there is something significant missing from here as the priest is not shown doing anything to the girls. The only indication is Slide #22 which shows a tied Makoto with a penis in front of her. This does not appear in the actual scene.

Slide 23 shows a nun (Sister Kate?) tied up with her legs open. This also appears as the DVD extras menu image. I'm not sure where this should appear, but it is not in either episode.

 

So there you have it. It looks like at least four scenes have been censored before submission to the Classification Board. You would have to say that Siren were perhaps wise to do so as eventually even their cut version was banned.

Extras include a trailer (01:02), 33 Slides, and trailers for CAMPUS, MAPLE COLORS, and SEX WARD.

 

 

Attorney-General calls for a review of the rating

On July 23 2008, it was announced that Bob Debus, the Minister for Home Affairs, had called for HOLY VIRGINS, and three other hentai DVDs, to be examined by the Classification Review Board.

 

Review announced for the anime films Classes in Seduction, T & A Teacher, Holy Virgins and Bondage Mansion
Australian Government
Classification Review Board
23 July 2008
Media Release

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.

 

 

HOLY VIRGINS: Banned in Australia

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 was published on the Classification Board's site, though by the end of the day it had gone.

 

Four anime films classified upon review A six-member panel of the Classification Review Board convened today to classify four anime films.
Australian Government
Classification Review Board
30 July 2008
Media Release

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.

 

 

HOLY VIRGINS: RC for characters under 18

The July 30th media release that disappeared from the censor's site contained some incorrect information. However on August 13 2008, a corrected media release appeared.

 

Four anime films classified upon review
Australian Government
Classification Review Board
13 August 2008
Media Release

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 explains the RC rating

The full Review Board report for HOLY VIRGINS is as follows.

 

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 Holy Virgins R 18+ with the consumer advice ‘High level animated sex scenes’.

DECISION AND REASONS FOR DECISION

 

1. Decision

In a 5-1 majority decision the Classification Review Board (the Review Board) classified the film ‘RC’.

 

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 film,

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

(vi) the Classification Board’s report

 

5. Synopsis

The film is a two episode Japanese animated film, in the anime style, in which characters are depicted participating consensually, unknowingly or unwittingly in explicit sex.

The plot concerns a doctor who is unsuccessful in his medical practice, due to his poor treatment of his patients, and passes time by having sex with his nurse. The doctor and nurse travel to an island to investigate the narcolepsy of a novitiate (a holy virgin) in a convent.

After a range of sexual encounters are depicted, he concludes that a satanic cult led by the local priest is responsible for the novitiate’s condition. He confronts the priest and after the three novitiates repeat the words “Tres Marias” the priest’s power is broken and the novitiate recovers.

 

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 – a range of themes were depicted including blasphemy and sexual exploitation of young and innocent females by authority figures including a nun, the doctor and the priest. Whilst these themes may be offensive to some adults, it is noted that under the Guidelines, there are virtually no restrictions on the treatment of themes at R18+ classification.

(b) Violence – the film contains a number of scenes depicting violence including novitiates being held without consent in bondage, explosions and an attack on Dr Fawa by tentacles wrapping around his neck. The tentacles are depicted coming out of a vagina-like opening in a plant. The impact of the violence is not more than high, although the non-consensual bondage is considered as part of the exploitative treatment of the blonde novitiate’s character.

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

(d) Sex – The majority of members of the Review Board determined that the film contains a number of depictions of animated sexual activity that are high to very high in impact given the depictions of at least one of novitiates as a person younger than 18 years.

The film shows numerous sequences of explicit animated sexual activity including fellatio, cunnilingus, front-entry vaginal intercourse, digital-vaginal penetration (including of unconscious patients) and rear-entry vaginal intercourse. Fisting is depicted in episode 1 and bondage activity in episode 2. The novitiates are nonconsensual participants of the bondage.

Of particular concern to the majority of the Review Board was the depiction of the blonde novitiate. The character is shown as being much shorter than the others in the story, wears pigtails tied with red ribbons, holds a teddy bear such as a child would in seeking comfort, and – in the scene where she unwittingly participates in fellatio on the instructions of the doctor – she is shown kneeling before the doctor with him patting her head as if she is a child. In this scene the novitiate appears most childlike in her voice, manner and lack of understanding of what is taking place.

(e) Drug Use – There is little depiction of drug use in the film.

(f) Nudity – There are a number of scenes of nudity of the novitiates, the nun, the doctor and the nurse.

 

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 the impact of the sex scenes is greatly diminished by the animation of the film, the depiction of the blonde novitiate unwittingly and at times unconsciously involved in sex scenes is exploitative and, in the view of the majority, given that she appears to be depicted as a child younger than 18 years, the impact of the scenes involving her is very high.

Minority view

It was the view of the minority that impact of the sex scenes was no more than high and that none of the females was depicted as being under 18.

The animation genre uses styling that shows characters as being young and this includes large eyes and small chins such as seen on young persons. However, this styling does not depict the characters as childlike or as children. Given the stylisation and animation, it is the minority view that the film can be accommodated at the R18+ classification as the impact of the sex scenes is no more than high.

 

8. Summary

The Review Board, in a 5-1 majority, determined that the impact of the sex scenes involving the blonde novitiate are exploitative and as she is depicted as a child under 18 years that the depictions are likely to cause offence to a reasonable adult. As such the film must be refused classification under section 1(b) of the Code.

The minority view was that the depiction of the characters was in accordance with the anime genre, that the impact of the classifiable elements was greatly diminished by animated nature of the film and that as the impact was no more than high, the film could be accommodated by the R18+ classification.

 

 

HOLY VIRGINS and the Australian Family Association

Australian Family Association
Family UPDATE
Vol.23 No.4 2008
Film classification issues
Angela Conway, AFA National Spokesperson and Victorian President

The AFA recently participated as an interested party in the review of the classification of four anime DVD titles previously rated R18+. The review was held at the request of the responsible federal Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Bob Debus, after complaints were made by a member of the public.

Angela Conway and Sydney solicitor Mr Damien Tudehope represented the AFA at the hearing. The anime films were essentially animated pornographic films with feeble and far-fetched plots revolving around sexual acts and sexual initiations of various kinds. The pornographic detail was quite high relative to usual anime drawing conventions. Disturbingly, three of the films revolved around the involvement of teacher or other authority figures in sexual interference, coaching and molestation of characters who could quite easily be interpreted as below eighteen. A fourth film included sexualised violence, sado-masochistic themes and depictions of menace and threatened violence, and a strong implication of coerced sexual behaviour.

In most “mainstream” porn, themes of coercion are frequently only suggested or implied. In many such films, legal overseas but illegal here, depictions of the female participant’s lack of consent are blurred and are recast as consent. Yes that is the old rape myth you thought we had dispensed with a long time ago. Our X rating rules are more restrictive than those found in places like the US.

In one of the titles, a doctor and an older women molest or sexually initiate and even rape a character who, for the AFA at least, was clearly a child. It was this title, Holy Virgins (rear of DVD case pictured next page), that was eventually reclassified as RC (Refused Classification) on the strength of a majority decision to accept the obvious immaturity of the young character. The AFA put a strong case that the character was obviously too young.

The other films, despite their concerning themes retained their R18+ classification. This experience highlights some gaps in our current classification system.

This review enabled us to argue strongly against any notion that animation of itself was sufficient to allow a film to be classified R rather than X or RC. The Council for Civil Liberties supported the view that animation automatically reduced the impact of depictions and themes. This simplistic view was rejected by the Review Board which recognised that at least in the case of one of the films, animation can sometimes still have very high impact. The AFA had argued that the films should have been classified either X or RC.

At the end of the process, three pornographic animated films, that may not have been allowed into the X category if they had been live action, are now able to be sold at any video store with an R rating. This, despite their depictions of violence, fetishes, sexualised violence and underage participants, would probably not have been permissible if they were live action. In many ways, in contrast to the X classification rules, the R classification has very little restriction on the type of content that can be depicted. Our R classification is currently awarded to films with horrific levels of explicit violence, sexual violence, torture, coercion and terror. These anime films are not Wolf Creek or Hostel, but they do explicitly depict sexualised violence, coercion and adult (including teachers) sexual molestation of characters who quite clearly, through height, demeanour, behaviour or wearing of school uniforms, are under eighteen years of age.

Given that more sophisticated animations will become more common, and given that we may soon be having a real debate about R rated video games, it seems it may be time to start thinking again about what we as a community want from our classification system, and especially what kinds of restrictions we should have in regard to the types of content available in that category now.

There is a good body of literature about the harmful impacts of violent depictions and enactment in films and video games. While most people understand that depictions of violence can be artistically important, do we then take an indiscriminate view on all violence. In Hostel 2, a bleak, almost meaningless narrative of horrific violence and torture with strong sexualised overtones constituted the film’s contribution to cinematic “art”. Apocalypto, by comparison, or even films like Full Metal Jacket, present a violent narrative conceptualised with meanings about the human condition.

 

 

Background to the Review: Catholic World Youth Day Pilgrims and JB-Hi-Fi

The truth soon came out as to why Bob Debus had called for the ratings of four hentai DVDs to be examined.

Siren revealed that it was complaints from pilgrims attending the July 2008 Catholic Youth day in Sydney that started the controversy.

 

True Story
hentaicollection.com.au, March 29, 2009

The Pope flies to Sydney, and a million pilgrims duly follow. Killing time between wholesome Catholic activities, said pilgrims stop off in a VERY popular music/DVD shop to peruse the latest in family entertainment.

While shopping, they find copies of HOLY VIRGINS on the shelf in the Anime section. Complaints (x100) to the store manager - and eventually the Government - ensue. The result? Surprise, surprise - the Pope and the pilgrims may be long gone, but you can't find the Hentai Collection in most stores anymore, even though these titles have been given an R rating by the Government-run Classification Board.

Welcome to the www.hentaicollection.com.au website. With enough support we'll start putting out more titles so sign up, drop us a line and send your suggestions. We want to hear what you think.

 

 

The Catholic World Youth Day was held in Sydney between Tuesday 15th and Sunday 20th July 2008. Siren wrote that the pilgrims went into a "VERY popular music/DVD shop" and saw the HOLY VIRGINS cover. We have been informed that they mean JB Hi-Fi in Sydney's Pitt St. They apparently stocked the entire hentai collection range, before suddenly removing them from their shelves. This was mentioned in a post on the Madman forums.

 

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klokwerk
Doraemon
Posted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:26 pm
Post subject: JB

I know someone who works at JB and can confirm that nationwide the Hentai titles have been pulled from their shelves and all orders cancelled.

They weren't told the full story. Just that they'd no longer be selling hentai. Since it's really only the Siren range that's available they'd have lost a bit of business. There were several JBs that did quite well with hentai titles.

Still, the story that all staff are hearing is that one of the high high-ups in management found out what hentai was and that we were selling them (possibly via complaining mothers and the like?) and gave the word to end it all. They either didn't like the idea of JB selling the stuff, or didn't want any more complaints.

In any case, for you hentai fans, want titles? Go to the EzyDVD website and type "hentai" in the search bar. It'll bring up the whole Siren range including the upcoming titles (as they become known to EzyDVD).

 

Reportedly, the JB-Hi-Fi store stocked hentai next to the general anime titles. Not a major offence, after all they all clearly state they are R18+ rated. Remember, you cannot miss those new rating logos! 

Catholic World Youth Day was held in Sydney from Tuesday 15th to Sunday 20th July 2008. This means that complaints were made to JB-Hi-Fi and government during this time. The result was that it only took three days from the end of WYD for Bob Debus to announce a review of four titles.

By the end of the month, CLASSES IN SEDUCTION, T&A TEACHER, and BONDAGE MANSION were cleared. Only HOLY VIRGINS was banned. This was the title that the Catholic nutters initially got upset over. Not bad work, a two-week turn-around from getting upset about a DVD cover, to seeing it banned in Australia. A cynic would say the whole process was pushed through so as not to upset the Catholic pilgrims.

All we can say is that it was a good job that Siren removed episode one of the LOVE DOLL hentai. The Catholics would definitely not have approved of the nuns who keep the girl as a sex-slave in the convent, watched over by the scat loving Bishop!

 

 

HOLY VIRGINS removed from stores

The Classification Review Board issued their media release on August 1, 2008 with the information that HOLY VIRGINS had been banned.

All copies of Siren's R18+ rated DVD that had been released to stores since June 19, 2008 should be removed from stores.

Going from history, such as the 1997 ban I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, this is unlikely to be the case. Copies will no doubt remain for sale and rent all around Australia.

 

 

Siren drop hentai range from website

In April 2009, Siren announced that they would be dropping the hentai titles from their website, and would instead be marketing them through a dedicated site at www.hentaicollection.com.au. The site no longer exists, and their plans to continue the range appear to have been put on hold.

 

News
14 April 2009, sirenvisual.com.au

You may have noticed Hentai titles have been removed from our site.

The Hentai releases were badly merchandised in some retail stores which led to complaints, which led to the removal of the range.

We recognize there is a demand for these titles and we are doing what we can to continue the range. We expect to release new titles but at this stage we cannot say when - maybe in the fourth quarter this year.

In the meantime you can visit the new home for hentai: www.hentaicollection.com.au

 

 

Siren's Hentai Collection

Siren Visual Entertainment picked up several other features from THE VANILLA SERIES as well as other hentai titles.

Many had a troubled time at the hands of Classification Board, and others were pre-censored before submission.

They also provide the following warning on their website.

 

The Siren Hentai Collection is the best Hentai anime sourced from around the world. Wherever possible titles have been presented uncut, but due to the graphic nature of the content, sometimes cuts have been made in order to comply with local government laws.

 

This is a list of the titles that make up the Siren Hentai Collection.

Please send in details information if you spot censorship in any of these titles.

Thanks to Geoff for help in compiling this information.

* Denotes that they have a separate database entry on this site

 

BANNED IN AUSTRALIA

 

BANNED THEN CENSORED FOR R18+

 

PRE-CUT FOR R18+

 

CHECKED: DO NOT OBVIOUSLY APPEAR CUT

 

TO BE CHECKED

 

 

Japanese Animation and the Australian Censors

In 1994, UROTSUKIDOJI: LEGEND OF THE OVERFIEND became the first Japanese animation to be banned in Australia. Since then, the following titles have also had problems. All are covered in our Film Censorship Database. See above for the titles that were banned or censored in the SIREN HENTAI COLLECTION.

 

 

Holy Virgins - Siren Visual Entertainment [au] DVD


 

 

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