Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid Refused BBFC Classification Unless Cuts Are Made

In a rather interesting discovery meeting notes released by the BBFC, known as the British Board of Film Classification, for a meeting that took place last month reveal that the BBFC have refused Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid a UK classification unless cuts are made to the product.

It’s unclear what cuts would be required in order for Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid to receive a classification from the BBFC but the meeting notes explained that a DVD sample was submitted with an 18-rating requested; however due to the sexualisation of minors the BBFC opted to refuse classification. You can find the full meeting notes below:

Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid [Season 1, Episodes 1 -12] is a Japanese anime series submitted for DVD classification with an 18 request. Two of the main characters are described as being 15-years-old and 16-years-old respectively. They are shown engaging in sexual activity, both with each other and with other characters. They are also sexualised. Sections of the submission were viewed by the Chief Executive, the Head of DEA, the Head of Compliance and the Compliance Manager. It was concluded that the submission is not in violation of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 but that the scenes showing the children engaged in sexual activity, or otherwise being sexualised, are in violation of the ‘harm’ provisions of the Video Recordings Act 1984 and the BBFC’s Guidelines which prohibit portrayals of children in sexualised or abusive contexts. Accordingly, a general cuts list has been issued instructing the distributor to remove all such material throughout.

It’s not known which anime distributor submitted the title to the BBFC; and given its sexualised nature the distributor probably wanted a rating before announcing its existence. Regardless if Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid is to be released several cuts – and in turn a new disc master – would have to be made.

Synopsis: Fighting for your life has never been more arousing! Based off the hit game series, Valkyrie Drive comes a titillating tale of power, war, and a beautiful bond between girls.

The Armed Virus plagues a small percent of the female population, turning girls into living weapons that are activated with a special…touch. Afraid of the power they hold, these girls are sent to islands where they either survive or die trying. Mamori Tokonome is sent to Mermaid Island and thrust into a world where she is paired up with the mysterious and buxom beauty, Mirei Shikishima. Pressed against a corner, a passionate kiss releases Mamori’s power and she becomes a mighty sword that, in Mirei’s strong grip, is a fearsome weapon. Together they’ll face the Wärter, a group that believes in ruling with a firm hand, who seek the most powerful weapons. Wanting nothing to do with this organization, Mamori and Mirei must find their own way home before the Wärter can claim them for good.

Bizarrely Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid has been released UNCUT in both Germany and Australia; two countries in which the Valkyrie Drive themed game, known as Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni, is not available for purchase due to its sexualised content. The anime however does feature a lot more sexualised content with its unrestricted (uncensored) anime format.

It’s not the first time that the BBFC have requested cuts to a series before being released; previously Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion required a scene to be removed (which depicted a female student getting changed in the locker room), and Battle Girls: Time Paradox had a scene removed which saw the main character exit the bath. In this instances both titles were released with a 15 rating.


About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has produced content for ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

2 Responses to Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid Refused BBFC Classification Unless Cuts Are Made

  1. Justin says:

    Just checking is there a bluray release or is the US bluray release is region free?
    So there’s going to be cuts to British release anyway?

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