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Ishuzoku Reviewers is a manga series by Amahara and artist masha. The plot revolves around a squad of warriors who engage in various sexual activities with fantastical creatures, demons, fairies and other species as they rate their experiences. An anime adaptation premiered in January 2020.
Ishuzuko Reviewers first published in Kadokawa Dragon Age magazine as a special one-shot in July 2016 before being serialized on NicoNico Seiga's Dra-Dra-Dragon Age digital manga portal on August 19th. The manga won the DLsite award in Da Vinci magazine and Niconico's Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Awards, the equivalent of a "breakout manga" award. On March 26th, 2018, Yen Press posted on their website their attendance to Sakura-Con where they announced on the 30th they have licensed Ishuzoku Reviewers (Interspecies Reviewers) and other manga for US distribution. It became available on November 13th of that year.
On June 28th, 2019 Kodakawa created an official website for Interspecies Reviewers to announce a televised anime adaptation of the manga scheduled for Winter 2020, directed by Yuuki Agawa and produced under animation studio Passione. The anime aired on January 11th, 2020 on At-X and later on other broadcasts.
Removal From Funimation
On January 31st, 2020, Funimation announced that they would no longer stream the series due to its adult content. Speaking to Anime News Network, Funimation wrote:
After careful consideration, we determined that this series falls outside of our standards. We have the utmost respect for our creators so rather than substantially alter the content, we felt taking it down was the most respectful choice.
Wakanim and AnimeLab will continue to stream the series in France and Australia and New Zealand, respectively. In response to the news, most commenters were disappointed but also surprised that Funimation apparently greenlit the anime without understanding the adult nature of the series. YouTuber Chibi Reviews gained over 63,000 views reacting to the news (shown below, left). Lost Pause also recorded a video about the news, gaining over 271,000 views (shown below, right).
The series grew popular online thanks in part to its highly sexual content, which has been parodied in memes in various online communities. For example, a January 26th, 2020 post by /u/NationalStrategy in /r/animemes gained over 11,000 points (shown below, left). On January 12th, Redditor jkeith4192 posted a joke about the series that gained over 9,400 points (shown below, right). Though the series does not have a dedicated subreddit, it is particularly popular on /r/animemes and /r/anime.
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 Reddit – /r/animemes
 Anime News Network – Funimation Removes Interspecies Reviewers Anime as it 'Falls Outside' Company's Standards
 Anime News Network – Wakanim, AnimeLab Continue to Stream Interspecies Reviewers Anime in Select Regions
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