We have a mandatory rating system for movies, TV, and games, but not for home videos. Usually, any home video that released by a "big company" has the so-called "Not Rated" although it may have a Canadian rating (in name only). On other DVDs (particularly anime DVDs, they have some kind of rating, and some of these ratings (on Funi's DVD) are inaccurate (Negima!? didn't deserve a TV-MA rating since it was less racy than the 2005 TV series. It would make sense it (and the OVAs) were given a TV-14 rating. Ditto with school rumble S2 and OVAs, and possibly My Santa!, Trinity Blood, Witchblade, and others. I don't think K-on!! deserved a TV-14 rating at all.). There should be a mandatory rating system for home videos.
TV-G: Suitable for all ages (encompasses the TV-G, TV-Y, and TV-Y7-FV ratings on TV)
TV-PG: Parental guidance recommended (encompasses the TV-PG rating on TV)
TV-T: Recommended for mature audiences (encompasses the TV-T (formerly TV-14 (why did they use a number whilst the ratings that sandwich it use letters?))
TV-MA: For mature audiences. Persons under 17 must be accompanied by a person at least 17 and older. (encompasses the TV-MA rating (on broadcast TV, programs with this rating can only air during watershed hours))
TV-NC: For adults only. Unsuitable for minors. (programs from this rating are banned from broadcast TV and on cable TV, programs with this rating can only air during watershed hour. On adult-oriented channels, it can only air 1 hour earlier and after watershed hours. There are no restrictions on PPV, VOD, and Premium channels)
Alcohol Reference: Reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages (TV-PG and higher)
Animated Blood: Discolored and/or unrealistic depictions of blood (TV-G and higher)
Blood: Depictions of blood (TV-PG and higher)
Blood and Gore: Depictions of blood and/or the mutilation of body parts (TV-T and higher)
Cartoon Violence: Violent actions involving cartoon-like situations and characters. May include violence where a character is unharmed after the action has been inflicted (TV-G and higher)
Comic Mischief: Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humor (TV-G and higher)
Crude Humor: Depictions or dialogue involving vulgar antics, including "bathroom" humor (TV-PG and higher)
Drug Reference: Reference to and/or images of illegal drugs (TV-PG and higher)
Fantasy Violence: Violent actions of a fantasy nature, involving human or non-human characters in situations easily distinguishable from real life (TV-G and higher)
Intense Violence: Graphic and realistic-looking depictions of physical conflict. May involve extreme and/or realistic blood, gore, weapons and depictions of human injury and death (TV-MA and higher)
Language: Mild to moderate use of profanity (TV-PG and higher)
Mature Humor: Depictions or dialogue involving "adult" humor, including sexual references (TV-MA and higher)
Nudity: Graphic and/or prolonged depictions of nudity (TV-14 and higher)
Partial Nudity: Brief and/or mild depictions of nudity (TV-PG and higher)
Sexual Content: Non-explicit depictions of sexual behavior, possibly including partial nudity (TV-14 and higher)
Sexual Themes: References to sex or sexuality (TV-PG and higher)
Sexual Violence: Depictions of rape or other violent sexual acts (TV-MA and higher)
Strong Language: Explicit and/or frequent use of profanity (TV-MA and higher)
Strong Sexual Content: Explicit and/or frequent depictions of sexual behavior, possibly including nudity (TV-MA and higher)
Suggestive Themes: Mild provocative references or materials (TV-G and higher)
Tobacco Reference: References to and/or images of tobacco products (TV-PG and higher)
Use of Alcohol: The consumption of alcoholic beverages (TV-PG and higher)
Use of Drugs: (The consumption or use of illegal drugs) TV-14 and higher
Use of Tobacco: (The consumption of tobacco products) TV-14 and higher
Violence: Scenes involving aggressive conflict. May contain bloodless dismemberment (TV-PG and higher)
D: Substances (drugs, tobacco, alcohol)
L: Language and Humor
Here's an example: Elfen Lied complete collection (TV-MA-DLSV) (Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Tobacco)
Black Lagoon complete series (TV-MA-DLSV) (Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Mature Humor, Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Tobacco and Alcohol)
Ratings, such as PG-13 or R, are usually for theatrical releases with a few exceptions. The system for televised shows is, of course, for televised shows. Some home video releases may not garner the attention to be given a particular rating by professionals, though content warnings are usually put in place. I agree that some anime series have been given ratings unfitting of their actual content, such as i.e. Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne being given TV-MA, since it had nowhere near the content requiring it.
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I was under the impression that processed media, anything going through the proper channels, was required to have a content rating. I can see imported and indie stuff not having them, but...
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