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* UK: R18 applies to material that can only be shown at licensed adult cinemas or sold at licensed sex shops. Essentially applies only to porn - a '''very''' small number of arthouse movies containing hardcore unsimulated sex scenes have been passed at 18 after convincing the BBFC of their TrueArt nature (most famously including ''Film/InTheRealmOfTheSenses'', ''Intimacy'', ''Film/NineSongs'', and ''Film/{{Shortbus}}''). Some types of kinky sex are still completely banned due to fears that they would contravene the traditional "liable to deprave and corrupt" obscenity law or more recent laws against "extreme pornography" (essentially, material featuring strong rape role-play, bestiality, or acts of BDSM considered to pose even remote risks of serious injury or death).

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* UK: R18 applies to material that can only be shown at licensed adult cinemas or sold at licensed sex shops. Essentially applies only to porn - a '''very''' small number of arthouse movies containing hardcore unsimulated sex scenes have been passed at 18 after convincing the BBFC of their TrueArt nature (most famously including ''Film/InTheRealmOfTheSenses'', ''Film/InTheRealmOfTheSenses''[[note]]which, however, had to have one scene censored, by careful cropping of the frames, to remove the sight of a woman touching a prepubescent boy's penis, which would have been illegal in the UK under anti-child-pornography laws[[/note]], ''Intimacy'', ''Film/NineSongs'', and ''Film/{{Shortbus}}''). Some types of kinky sex are still completely banned due to fears that they would contravene the traditional "liable to deprave and corrupt" obscenity law or more recent laws against "extreme pornography" (essentially, material featuring strong rape role-play, bestiality, or acts of BDSM considered to pose even remote risks of serious injury or death).


However, for a strange reason, Japan somehow showed no mercy to at least one completely family-friendly movie -- in this case, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017''.


** Also, some porn titles are prohibited from being sold in Australia due to strict censorship legislation under the Classification Act 1995. [[https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2017C00267 However here are the rules on what is allowed and what isn't (however they are very strict so be aware)]].

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** Also, some porn titles are prohibited from being sold in Australia due to strict censorship legislation under the Classification Act 1995. [[https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2017C00267 However here Here are the rules on what is allowed and what isn't (however they allowed (they are very strict strict, so be aware)]].

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** Also, some porn titles are prohibited from being sold in Australia due to strict censorship legislation under the Classification Act 1995. [[https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2017C00267 However here are the rules on what is allowed and what isn't (however they are very strict so be aware)]].


** Due to state laws, the X18+ rating is prohibited and therefore only sold in the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory. However importing X18+ [=DVDs=] from Territorial regions to state is not illegal, only selling X18+ [=DVDs=] to all states is illegal.

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** Due to state laws, the laws Hardcore pornography or anything rated X18+ rating is strictly prohibited and therefore cannot be sold within any state. Hardcore pornography is sold only sold in territorial regions (A.C.T and the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory. However importing X18+ [=DVDs=] from Territory). Mail order outside of the Territorial regions to state is not illegal, only selling X18+ [=DVDs=] to all states is illegal.legal.


In some parts of the world the ratings are enforced, while in others they are merely suggestions. For example a British retailer can be fined for selling a DVD rated '18' to a 15 year-old, while in the United States it's up to each retailer or theatre to choose whether or not to maintain the age restrictions, with the exception of selling or showing porn to minors. (Of course, any retailer or theatre that significantly broke these guidelines would immediately suffer huge backlash from the public, assuming they weren't some rinky-dink shop in a back lot too small to be noticed.) Canada is a special case: provincial ratings are enforced by their respective governments, while the pan-Canadian rating is only for home video; consisting of the average of all the provincial ratings and is not enforced. (Quebec is not a member, so home media for the province has be rated by their film bureau.) Some US states have attempted to introduce ratings backed with the force of law, most recently California banning sale of M-rated video games to minors; as of June 27, 2011, this was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, so industry-run voluntary systems it is.

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In some parts of the world the ratings are enforced, while in others they are merely suggestions. For example a British retailer can be fined for selling a DVD rated '18' to a 15 year-old, while in the United States it's up to each retailer or theatre to choose whether or not to maintain the age restrictions, with the exception of selling or showing porn to minors. (Of course, any retailer or theatre that significantly broke these guidelines would immediately suffer huge backlash from the public, assuming they weren't some rinky-dink shop in a back lot too small to be noticed.) Canada is a special case: provincial ratings are enforced by their respective governments, while the pan-Canadian rating is only for home video; consisting of the average of all the provincial ratings and is not enforced. (Quebec is not a member, so home media for the province has to be rated by their film bureau.) Some US states have attempted to introduce ratings backed with the force of law, most recently California banning sale of M-rated video games to minors; as of June 27, 2011, this was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, so industry-run voluntary systems it is.

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* B -- ages 1-4 and preschool-level children, no violence, swearing, adult themes or ideas young children cannot comprehend. As [[WhatAnIdiot anyone younger than five has no business being on Fanfiction.net in any way]], and the majority of Fanfiction.net's stories involving preschool franchises and characters are [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids very adult parodies which would scar any child for life]], this rating was quickly phased out of the system entirely. Similar to the ESRB's equally unused [=eC=] rating.

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* B -- ages 1-4 and preschool-level children, no violence, swearing, adult themes or ideas young children cannot comprehend. As [[WhatAnIdiot anyone younger than five has no business being on Fanfiction.net in any way]], way, and the majority of Fanfiction.net's stories involving preschool franchises and characters are [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids very adult parodies which would scar any child for life]], this rating was quickly phased out of the system entirely. Similar to the ESRB's equally unused [=eC=] rating.


Anime on North American home media used to have a separate rating system, but nowadays the US TV ratings (or the MPAA ratings for theatrically released films) are used in conjunction with the Canadian home video ratings. It wasn't uncommon in the late 90s and early 2000s to see stickers like [[https://i.imgur.com/3rjZSe0.jpg these]] on the covers of VHS tapes, and later on the back of [=DVDs=]. While some companies like Creator/{{Geneon}} related on common age rating rounds like 13-up or 16-up, Creator/ADVFilms would slap pretty much any number on them. The only company that still uses this "_ and up/_ and older" system as of 2016 is Creator/MediaBlasters.

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Anime on North American home media used to have a separate rating system, but nowadays the US TV ratings (or the MPAA ratings for theatrically released films) are used in conjunction with the Canadian home video ratings. It wasn't uncommon in the late 90s and early 2000s to see stickers like [[https://i.imgur.com/3rjZSe0.jpg these]] on the covers of VHS tapes, and later on the back of [=DVDs=]. While some companies like Creator/{{Geneon}} related relied on common age rating rounds like 13-up or 16-up, Creator/ADVFilms would slap pretty much any number on them. The only company that still uses this "_ and up/_ and older" system as of 2016 is Creator/MediaBlasters.


Anime on North American home media used to have a separate rating system, but nowadays the US TV ratings (or the MPAA ratings for theatrically released films) are used in conjunction with the Canadian home video ratings. It wasn't uncommon in the late 90s and early 2000s to see stickers like [[https://i.imgur.com/3rjZSe0.jpg these]] on the covers of VHS tapes, and later on the back of [=DVDs=]. While some companies like {{Creator/Geneon}} related on common age rating rounds like 13-up or 16-up, Creator/ADVFilms would slap pretty much any number on them. The only company that still uses this "_ and up/_ and older" system as of 2016 is Creator/MediaBlasters.

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Anime on North American home media used to have a separate rating system, but nowadays the US TV ratings (or the MPAA ratings for theatrically released films) are used in conjunction with the Canadian home video ratings. It wasn't uncommon in the late 90s and early 2000s to see stickers like [[https://i.imgur.com/3rjZSe0.jpg these]] on the covers of VHS tapes, and later on the back of [=DVDs=]. While some companies like {{Creator/Geneon}} Creator/{{Geneon}} related on common age rating rounds like 13-up or 16-up, Creator/ADVFilms would slap pretty much any number on them. The only company that still uses this "_ and up/_ and older" system as of 2016 is Creator/MediaBlasters.


Anime on North American home media used to have a separate rating system, but nowadays the US TV ratings (or the MPAA ratings for theatrically released films) are used in conjunction with the Canadian home video ratings. It wasn't uncommon in the late 90s and early 2000s to see stickers like [[http://auctions.c.yimg.jp/images.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/image/ra178/users/0/9/6/4/singingraven2002-img240x432-1274145795tyw9ap13854.jpg these]] on the covers of VHS tapes, and later on the back of [=DVDs=]. While some companies like {{Creator/Geneon}} related on common age rating rounds like 13-up or 16-up, Creator/ADVFilms would slap pretty much any number on them. The only company that still uses this "_ and up/_ and older" system as of 2016 is Creator/MediaBlasters.

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Anime on North American home media used to have a separate rating system, but nowadays the US TV ratings (or the MPAA ratings for theatrically released films) are used in conjunction with the Canadian home video ratings. It wasn't uncommon in the late 90s and early 2000s to see stickers like [[http://auctions.c.yimg.jp/images.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/image/ra178/users/0/9/6/4/singingraven2002-img240x432-1274145795tyw9ap13854.[[https://i.imgur.com/3rjZSe0.jpg these]] on the covers of VHS tapes, and later on the back of [=DVDs=]. While some companies like {{Creator/Geneon}} related on common age rating rounds like 13-up or 16-up, Creator/ADVFilms would slap pretty much any number on them. The only company that still uses this "_ and up/_ and older" system as of 2016 is Creator/MediaBlasters.

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** The '12' certificate is now academic as it is used only on home media, whereas '12A' (see above) is used in the cinema. In practice, 12 and 15 are loosely enforced. There is little equivalent stigma to the NC-17 situation above attached to the 18 rating, though directors may well still make cuts to seek a 15 certificate and so a broader potential audience.
** Like its American equivalent PG-13, the '12' rating was originally introduced in the cinema due to two problems created by the former large gap between 'PG' and '15'. On one hand, there was worry about the levels of violence and horror in certain action-adventure movies marketed to a family audience (with particular problems being caused by ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''[[note]]for action violence[[/note]] and ''Film/{{Gremlins}}''[[note]]for gross-out scenes and scenes of destructive mischief that can easily be imitated by younger, more impressionable viewers[[/note]]). On the other hand, there were complaints from film companies and audiences about comedies and dramas aimed at teens being rated '15' due to moderate profanity and implied sexual references (in particular ''Film/StandByMe'').

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** The '12' certificate is now academic as it is used only on home media, whereas '12A' (see above) is used in the cinema. In **In practice, 12 and 15 are loosely enforced. There is little equivalent stigma to the NC-17 situation above attached to the 18 rating, though directors may well still make cuts to seek a 15 certificate and so a broader potential audience.
** Like its American equivalent PG-13, the '12' rating was originally introduced in the cinema due to two problems created by the former large gap between 'PG' and '15'. On one hand, there was worry about the levels of violence and horror in certain action-adventure movies marketed to a family audience (with particular problems being caused by ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''[[note]]for action violence[[/note]] and ''Film/{{Gremlins}}''[[note]]for gross-out scenes and scenes of destructive mischief that can easily be imitated by younger, more impressionable viewers[[/note]]). On the other hand, there were complaints from film companies and audiences about comedies and dramas aimed at teens being rated given the R-equivalent '15' rating due to moderate profanity and implied sexual references (in particular ''Film/StandByMe'').''Film/StandByMe'').
** As of 2002, the '12' certificate is now academic as it is used only on home media, whereas '12A' (see above) is used in the cinema.


** The [=RP18=] rating was introduced in 2017 is because of the Netflix series ''Series/ThriteenReasonsWhy''. The reason why it was introduced is that New Zealand has the highest suicide rate in the OECD and therefore teens under 18 are prohibited without Parental Accompaniment to view the series.

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** The [=RP18=] rating was introduced in 2017 is because of the Netflix series ''Series/ThriteenReasonsWhy''.''Series/ThirteenReasonsWhy''. The reason why it was introduced is that New Zealand has the highest suicide rate in the OECD and therefore teens under 18 are prohibited without Parental Accompaniment to view the series.


** The [=RP18=] rating was introduced in 2017 is because of the Netflix series ''Series/13ReasonsWhy''. The reason why it was introduced is that New Zealand has the highest suicide rate in the OECD and therefore teens under 18 are prohibited without Parental Accompaniment to view the series.

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** The [=RP18=] rating was introduced in 2017 is because of the Netflix series ''Series/13ReasonsWhy''.''Series/ThriteenReasonsWhy''. The reason why it was introduced is that New Zealand has the highest suicide rate in the OECD and therefore teens under 18 are prohibited without Parental Accompaniment to view the series.

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