Yes, I know Crunchyroll has a "Show Mature Content"/"Hide Mature Content" option, but that isn't enough/is inconsistent. I wrote a blog on this/my idea I'll copy-paste here:
Some titles that are filtered by Crunchyroll as “mature content”:
Dragon Half – A mostly harmless mid-90’s OVA that was rated 12 by the BBFC. It’s the kind of thing a kid would definitely adore – if you don’t mind the brief exposure of cartoon nipples at the very end of the second episode. I have a feeling it was entirely because of this nipple exposure that Crunchyroll put the age wall up. That’s at least consistent with American attitudes, but not consistent with the fact that there are certainly more sexually-natured shows that don’t have the age wall up (we’ll talk more about those later).
Hellsing Ultimate – The filter on this one was added late because I actually reminded Crunchyroll in their forum this should probably have the age gate. It’s an 18 by the BBFC on account of very strong violence and a graphic scene of necrophilia.
Seitokai Yakuindomo – This one got the filter on account of its frequent crude sexual humor. Almost every joke is a sexual innuendo of sorts, even if nothing visually explicit occurs on-screen. I could see an argument to remove the mature filter on this one, considering what ecchi shows that have slipped through the filter are getting away with.
Some titles that are not filtered by Crunchyroll as “mature content”:
Code Geass – If Crunchyroll’s going to say that “mature content” equals nipples, they should at least be consistent about it. This doesn’t have the age gate despite being the uncensored version with numerous scenes in which bare breasts are exposed. They’re all non-sexual (ex. shower scenes) or comic, but they’re on-screen for considerably longer than in Dragon Half.
Ghost Stories – Considering Crunchyroll offers the hilariously raunchy English gag dub of Ghost Stories, it should definitely be labeled as mature content. A parent could easily be misled by the show’s child cast and a relatively innocent sounding description, only to come back to one child character asking anything “God, why don’t you go bomb an abortion clinic or something?”.
My First Girlfriend is a Gal – Yes, Crunchyroll is streaming the television version, but this is still pretty raunchy/surprising that they haven’t put the age gate up. The subtitles are considerably cruder than usual (“I’m gonna f— you…so f—ing hard!”). Their partner Funimation has the dubbed version age-restricted/labeled as TV-MA on their site.
Nisemonogatari – Part of the Monogatari series that was rated 18 by the BBFC on account of strong sexual themes, including the famous incestuous toothbrush scene, and strong gore. I think that most people would agree that this is “mature content”.
Samurai Champloo – There is some strong violence as well as occasional uncensored nudity; it’s rated TV-MA by Funimation, so I figured Crunchyroll would have the same label for it, but they don’t for some reason.
School Days – The level of sexual debauchery and infamous graphic violence should definitely be labeled as mature content.
So what is the solution to this problem?
I would be opposed to Crunchyroll using the American TV ratings system, as since I mentioned Crunchyroll is a worldwide website.
Some people have suggested incorporating MyAnimeList’s rating system (despite being American MPAA-based, it seems that the majority of fans worldwide can understand it) into Crunchyroll, but I and many others have objections to that system and its similar inconsistencies.
My current proposed solution:
Label each show’s mature content based off the categories of violence, sex, and language with the descriptions “Mild”, “Moderate”, and “Strong”, having this information readily available below the description of a show. Anything with the “Strong” category would have a viewer discretion warning appear before playing.
School Days contains strong violence and sexual content. Parental discretion is advised.
In addition, users would also be able to filter shows based on the content levels.
Definitions of “Mild”, “Moderate”, and “Strong” should be readily available on the website for anyone who is confused by these terms. I’d imagine them being defined similarly to how the BBFC does.
Context should also be important. This system shouldn’t have Dragon Half as having “strong” sexual content and Nisemonogatari as “moderate” simply because Dragon Half has nipples. This may require someone at Crunchyroll taking some time to sit down and evaluate a chunk of their back catalog they may be unfamiliar with, but from the people I’ve talked to who work there, they’d be ecstatic for an excuse to watch more anime.
Since I wrote this blog post, I also have come up with the possible solution of having users vote on rather the content levels in an anime are "Mild", "Moderate", or "Strong", something IMDb does, though you'd have to figure out a way to keep trolls out.
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I'm pretty sure people watch anime so they can completely disregard the rating system, and watch really raunchy and intense anime, because their imagination is so intrigued that they need to see something so "mature" even though they would never think it's normal behavior, but something really over the top they never knew existed. I mean look what sells, they will defend it because Money, but don't disrespect a country, or you might get the Axe
Exposed breasts Oh my word, the nerve! How dare you expose my innocent boy to such filth.
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tossing out the idea of location, I'm going to run with the fact that some people still want to raise their kids right, and there are those who really don't like ecchi content and tend to stall shows which contain too much of this. even Disney has brought the ecchi with cleavage, and yes this is part of the ecchi realm. ecchi content, as many had hoped, has desensitized folks to thinking it's okay to accept porn. same with now they are working on the forcing of accepting rape. so, yes, a person can decide what they deem as mature, but, do they, themselves, know what mature means? people assume, but there's a possibility it might not be fully grasped. not to mention thanks to these such perverted thoughts and things, anything that is legit not mature, people can twist it easily because that's how their mind has been wired to go.
mature content to start the list but not limited to: nudity, sexual situations, drug use, language, gore/violence, bullying...
thought CR used a person's age as the tool to what can and can't be streamed (minus the option to see mature content) and I rather like the blurred out nudity parts in things, too bad it's not done more often.
A catch-all solution would be a lot of work but if they were willing to do it I'd like to see them go all the way.
Allow users to create a self-moderated sub-account where only the shows the main account explicitly opts-in to are available for streaming.
Add a parental/content advisory page for every show. Those would likely be user curated as CR doesn't have the staff to go through each and every show themselves, it does appear to work for IMDb and also includes the age-rating for different regions/systems.
For shows that don't have an advisory yet people would be free to either not allow them or watch the show themselves (and maybe populate the advisory page) to make an informed decision. Or just go by first impressions because that's what people do, just don't have them come crying here because shows like Magical Girl Raising Project were not the happy show they expected.
Yes this solution takes a lot of effort from both users and CR as the content provider but it would allow you to make the best decision about what you let your kids watch instead of relying only on the oftentimes flawed age-rating system.
I'm going to stop myself from going on another of my rants about why I'm not a fan of the blanket age-ratings we use nowadays, especially in the higher ratings. I'll just say that I personally view a show with strong language and some non-explicit nudity very different from a show with frequent gore or potentially psychologically disturbing themes even if they might both get the same rating.
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