Extra: Just do whatever y’all want

Fullmetal Alchemist MovieFull length animated movies are not really the norm for Japan. They like their TV series far more, though for what reasons it’s hard to say for sure. Be it funding, or marketing or even reasons of plot, the point is that Japan makes far less movies than series. And what movies are made don’t all get the chance to see the dawn of international sales. Most stay right where they are in Japan.

However, from what few movies do make it to the US, there’s little doubt that when it comes to ratings, movies have far more free reign than their series counterparts. As seen in the Air movie version, more nudity is included, and there’s even a huge shift in tone from the original series. Other movies, many of which begin as OVAs, such as some of the Sailor Moon features, the Kaleido Star specials and even the Fullmetal Alchemist movie contain more fanservice and/or violence. Without the pressure of meeting the demands of a particular TV station, movies can often veer where they will, sometimes increasing inappropriate content in spades (such as is the case with the Revolutionary Girl Utena series and movie).

Thankfully this is not a sure cause and effect. While some movies do their own thing, not all do. A few movie features keep pretty close to their original series versions in respect to content, such as is the case with the Gundam Wing movie. However, it is something to be aware of when planning on watching a new movie version of a show you love and considering to bring in family members to the viewing experience. Often we think that “re-telling” and “continuation” mean just a shorter version of what we already saw in the series, but with Japan that’s not always what you get. What may have been PG in series form might end up as M in movie form. And, no, the “M” does not stand for movie.

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About inrosegalaxy

Raised on everything from Moby Dick to the Star Wars X-Wing books from a young age, it came as no surprise to anyone who knew me that I’d become a literature graduate and avid writer. But my love of a good story wasn’t restricted to the written word in my early years. Star Trek, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and badly dubbed Godzilla flicks helped shape my love of science fiction on screen as well. I wrote my first story while in the second grade. It was a horrifying tale about murdering a fairy-eating dog via a slice of pizza (in my defense, my only exposure to pizza was in the cafeteria and I swear you could legitimately kill someone with those things). I was a special snowflake. Today I write science fiction, fairy tales, Gothic epistolaries, fantasy and anything else that pops into my bizarre and twisted mind. I write new articles for my blog every Tuesday and Thursday. And if you happen to fancy Japanese animation, I also run an anime review blog, RRAR, which updates every Monday.

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