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While Japan’s highest-grossing film ever is accessible to all in its homeland, younger viewers in the U.S. must be accompanied by their folks. The news of the R rating in the U.S. for the “Demon Slayer” movie has been met with surprise in Japan, where the blockbuster has carved out a massive fan base among children.

The discrepancy is the latest reminder of how anime content that’s made fairly accessible to children in Japan may contain stuff that could easily upset parents overseas, Tomohiro Osaki reports.

So what do film ratings really mean in Japan anyway? Many Japanese parents probably couldn’t tell you, but Eirin, the country’s film classification board, has to consider eight factors when rating a film, explains Osaki.

'Rurouni Kenshin: The Final/The Beginning' (2021) Full Trailer — Eng sub | TAKERU SATOH | FILMISNOW ACTION MOVIE TRAILERS
‘Rurouni Kenshin: The Final/The Beginning’ (2021) Full Trailer — Eng sub | TAKERU SATOH | FILMISNOW ACTION MOVIE TRAILERS

For those who prefer their sword-swinging live-action, “Rurouni Kenshin: The Final” marks the adrenaline-pumping conclusion to the saga of a former ruthless assassin who seeks to atone for his past sins, writes reviewer Mark Schilling.

Watching her play a ninja in the “Rurouni Kenshin” series or listening to her sing, it’s hard to believe the multi-talented Tao Tsuchiya once suffered from the condition known as “tongue-tie.” But as her mother once told her, “If you want something, go out and get it.” So, she tells Matthew Hernon, that’s what she did.

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