For instance, the anime Darker than Black is R-17+ (violence & profanity) in the West, but is it higher or lower in Japan?

  • What type of media are you specifically referring to? Different media have different regulators. – кяαzєя Aug 28 '13 at 22:24
  • i am referring to anime – rtr Aug 28 '13 at 22:35
  • Where are you seeing this rating? – кяαzєя Aug 28 '13 at 22:50
  • As far as I know DTB has not been rated as "R - 17+ (violence & profanity)" by any Western TV ratings organization. IMDB doesn't list any such rating. – Logan M Aug 28 '13 at 23:14
  • They have a rather different standard on profanity over there, one time Sonic the Hedgehog gives a very emphatic yell of "s**t" in an anime. – IG_42 Jul 26 '18 at 16:56

The television rating system in Japan is the same as the movie rating system.

Their regulations are as follows:


  • G: General audiences

  • PG12: Parental guidance suggested. Some content may be unsuitable for children under the age of 12.


These are regulated, and all movie theaters are required to check for ID. Allowing in an underage child is a criminal offense.

  • R15+: Restricted to teenagers 15 and over only.

  • R18+: Restricted to teenagers 18 and over only.

It is a lot more difficult to regulate television watching than to regulate movie-watching, so just because a rating is given for a television show, it doesn't mean that it is being followed, whereas in a movie theater, at least, it can be regulated. Frequently, in America, for TV-MA, a warning will be given that the show may not be appropriate for children under the age of 17.

Darker than Black was actually rated TV-MA in America, not R. R is only used for movies, and Darker than Black is a TV series. The rating is given here.

I cannot (at the moment) find what the Japanese rating is for Darker than Black, but presumably it was either R15+ or R18+.

  • Side note: R15+ isn't like the MPAA's R where you can get in if accompanied by a parent. Both R15+ and R18+ are strict no-entry, like the MPAA's NC-17. – senshin Aug 28 '13 at 22:58
  • Are you claiming that Eirin rates TV series as well as movies? I can't find any solid sources to back that up, including their own website. Even if they do, I'm not sure that late night anime get rated. – Logan M Aug 28 '13 at 23:35
  • Both rating-system.wikia.com/wiki/Eirin and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_content_rating_systems#Japan say it, though they may be pulling from the same source/each other. I have no first hand experience, but it is from what I found. – kuwaly Aug 29 '13 at 0:19

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