Seinen - not really all that mature
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I hope this isn't just a cultural thing, but here goes.

Checking out the selections for the Seinen genre was almost depressing. Are titles such as Magician's Academy really aimed toward 30 year old men? Well...most 30 year old men?

I'm not saying they all have to be on the level of BioHunter or anything. Space Brothers, BLASSREITER, and Broken Blade seem to be the only ones that focus on anything other than a fantasy version of high school (or younger, Kanamemo)! As the target demographic, I was left wondering why this genre is even a selection, and what most of those shows are doing in there.

Can has Gunsmith Cats? Macross? FLCL? Akira?
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Licensing isn't cheap (though CR does try to get all the shows it can each season, some companies give exclusive rights to other distributors, which is another issue.) Bandai's shows being gone from the lineup (because their licenses expired) is also something to consider. Also note that while CR itself doesn't censor the shows it gets, the version CR gets is usually the censored Japanese broadcast version.

Hulu would be a better option for viewing some of the content you're looking for, in my opinion, as they often have the uncensored versions. I enjoy seinen as well, but the majority of the site is kept PG-13.
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Posted 1/8/13

peteyrock wrote:

I hope this isn't just a cultural thing, but here goes.

Checking out the selections for the Seinen genre was almost depressing. Are titles such as Magician's Academy really aimed toward 30 year old men? Well...most 30 year old men?

I'm not saying they all have to be on the level of BioHunter or anything. Space Brothers, BLASSREITER, and Broken Blade seem to be the only ones that focus on anything other than a fantasy version of high school (or younger, Kanamemo)! As the target demographic, I was left wondering why this genre is even a selection, and what most of those shows are doing in there.

Can has Gunsmith Cats? Macross? FLCL? Akira?


The Magician's Academy manga is published in Monthly Comic Alive in Japan. Other titles published in this magazine include: Asobi ni Ikuyo (AKA Cat Planet Cuties), Happiness!, Kanokon, Nakaimo, STEINS;GATE, Familiar of Zero, and Sasameki Koto, all of which have (or had) an anime adaptation here on Crunchyroll. This is a seinen magazine. That means it primarily targets an 18–30 year old male audience. There are all kinds of seinen series. It doesn't have to be dark and gritty, or overly sexual, or excessively violent. The visuals don't have to conform to a particular look. It doesn't need to be "mature" in any way. All that matters is that it appeals to a certain group within the 18–30 year old male audience. This particular magazine just happens to cater to the otaku crowd rather than a more mainstream audience. The manga versions of Macross, BLASSREITER, and Broken Blade are classified as shounen (a male audience aged 10 and up) FYI. In the end I think it's just a cultural thing.

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Shows are only censored when they simulcast them like with Queen's Blade Rebellion. Shows that were added long after their original television airing by the home video licensor are uncensored, like the first 2 seasons of Queen's Blade.
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