The British Board of Film Classification has unveiled that they have blocked the release of the Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid anime series in the UK for featuring the sexual activity with underage girls.
Here is the exact statement which was revealed in the British Board of Film Classification Board of Classification Meeting:
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 sexualized. 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 sexualized, are in violation of the ‘harm’ provisions of the Video Recordings Act 1984 and the BBFC’s Guidelines which prohibit portrayals of children in sexualized or abusive contexts. Accordingly, a general cuts list has been issued instructing the distributor to remove all such material throughout.
The British Board of Film Classification didn’t name the British Distributor but it’s safe to say they won’t be releasing the series since removing the material which has been requested will result in the series being unwatchable.
Here’s the promotional video for Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid:
Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid synopsis:
Naïve 16-year-old Mamori Tokonome is accustomed to being teased at school for having an unfortunate surname that can also be read as “virgin.” However, young Mamori will soon have to get used to being teased in other ways…
Kidnapped during gym class, Mamori wakes up only to find herself stranded and under attack on the exotic island of Mermaid. Luckily, enigmatic fellow castaway Mirei Shikishima knows exactly how to take the lead—through a passionate kiss, Mirei unleashes Mamori’s Exter transformation abilities, turning the innocent red-head into a battle-ready cutlass through the power of arousal.
The duo will need to tap into that power as Mermaid Island is full of potential friends and foes: Charlotte, the sadistic Liberator of an Exter harem; the gluttonous and crafty Meifon; the mysterious but charismatic Akira Hiiragi; and the erotic biker duo Lady Lady. Mamori and Mirei’s powerful and intimate embrace is the only way for the pair to ensure their survival on this scandalous island.