Atelier Totori Plus R18+ for “Sexual Violence”


Australian censors have rated moe alchemy RPG Atelier Totori Plus as “R18+” for its “references to sexual violence,” “high impact” violence, “moderate” sex, and “themes” – a higher rating than they found fit to give any of the GTA, Hitman or Call of Duty games.


The Australian government only recently introduced the “R18+” rating as a way of offering a midpoint between “15+” and “unrated” – although it is still hard to see how Totori and company bopping cute monsters or cavorting in the occasional tame bikini puts the title in the same territory as typical top tier AAA slaughterfests.

The privilege of being the first game endorsed as being R18+ also went to another Tecmo published title – Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor Edge for its “high impact bloody violence,” although again it is hard to see how an Atelier title ended up in the same classification.


Meanwhile sexy fighter Dead or Alive 5 Plus received a mere “mature” rating for its “violence and sexualised gameplay,” themes of sexual violence evidently not applying to G cup girls attempting to knock each other’s bikinis off.



There may however be hope yet for the Atelier series (or else Australia’s censors simply hate Kishida Mel) – busty Ayesha’s outing (English version due March) received an “M” as well, although this is still a far cry from the original Atelier Totori’s “PG.”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:56 26/02/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    pls laugh at us on an international scale....

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:14 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Laugh at the classifications board. We gamers just get screwed.

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    Comment by kamehappo
    06:45 27/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    We do laugh at the classifications board. Not at regular Australians, all i have met were nice people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:35 27/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its a sort of laugh where we are embarrassed for you Australians and look at you with no small amount of pity.

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    Comment by JD
    06:44 05/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Poor Australian bastards, I guess getting out of that nation will soon be a longterm plan for many. Either that, or lynch those idiots making the ratings.

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    Comment by 19th
    01:04 26/02/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    ...A brutal fighting game gets a lower violence score when compared to an rpg series with very little, if any blood and extremely tame rpg monsters; the worst being a dragon that most people never encounter?

    GG Australia.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:20 04/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Meanwhile, the new Tomb Raider, a game in which you graphically execute people by shotgunning them to the face at point-blank range, gets a lower violence rating and is okay for 15 year olds to play. Dead Space 3? Also less violent. The same rating board gave the original PS3 version of Atelier Totori a "PG" rating for "Mild violence and infrequent coarse language", a full three ratings down on the scale, and I can't imagine much change in the new version. It kind of makes you wonder what the point of rating these games is at all if the ratings are so arbitrary and unreliable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:08 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think the "sexual violence" here was simply some text, either a joke or something merely mentioned at some point, which one of the rating-giving people extrapolated to "obvious sexual abuse and slavery and all that" because they felt bored with their lives.

    Because really, there's no other way for that to have had happened.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:49 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's blood? Oh you're referring to one of the alchemy components right, people don't bleed in the Atelier universe.

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    Comment by rozza
    12:51 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    the R18 rating only got implemented 2months ago

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The girls' breasts are not comedy-relief big, therefore they're grade-schoolers and any depiction of them giving or receiving "violence" whilst wearing clothes with even an iota of "sexiness" counts as "sexual violence" -- running a broadsword through the jugular of a 20-meter dragon might not seem like "sexual violence," but it is if the person doing the dragon-slaying is a loli wearing a short skirt (even if her panties don't show for even one frame).

    Compare and contrast DOA, which is more violent and has sexier girls in sexier outfits, but got a lower rating because the girls' breasts ARE comedy-relief big; and see also their law that says that any porn that has small-breasted women is illegal.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:42 26/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    and this is partly the reason why we australians are "backwards"

    i mean come on first the ridiculous taxes on games, media stuff and now this?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:52 26/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    So glad I left that stupid country.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:41 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Any country dominated by whites descended from UK will have these fucking problems.

    USA, UK, Australia their all lame ass prudes. A little bit of skin hurts their senile eyes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:44 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Blame the Victorians. Oh, why couldn't we have been colonized by Italians instead? Those dirty, dirty Italians and their kinky-ass sex.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:10 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    And their cutthroat politics and their tradition of stabbing the guy from the other house to grab his stuff and hiring dubious mercs to do their dirty work.

    I don't think I enjoy Italian colonization very much.

    Comment by Anonymous

    What about Vikings? We could all be wearing pointy hats!

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    Comment by jr2nd
    07:32 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    UK Gamers arnt lame or prudes its the stupid people in society who think have the right to decide what the normal people see/play

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:50 26/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Well lets not get carried away people, this IS Australia we're talking about here....

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:16 26/02/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This IS the country that made flat chests illegal in porn, so what do you expect?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:11 26/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    They don't like anything related to pornography or taboos there :/

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:06 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    All the people who wanted this game but aren't old enough to buy it are probably crying in their diapers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:12 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The R18+ rating wouldn't deter much of the target audience anyway, they can now buy it at least...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:40 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    More like AUSFAILIA, amirite?

    Comment by Anonymous

    don't you mean US FAIL YA?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:02 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I think it got downvoted because it's an abortion of a pun.

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    Comment by Noodlestein
    05:27 26/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    More like it got down-voted due to total irrelevance with the comment it was in reply to. Seeing how even the story itself had no mention of the US.
    But hey, I guess he had to take any chance he could get to bash the US to make himself feel better.

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    Comment by Yuri
    02:43 28/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @05:27 no i dont think he meant it in refernace to the U.S. but more like broken english.. like "we failed you"

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:38 10/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know where people get their ideas about America, but while the people individually may be on average what some could consider prudish (more like very nervous of everything pending mass media approval) or ignorant, free expression is ultimately giving a very high value when it comes to the law. A good chunk of the internet is still based in servers in the US. The reason attempts at legislation receive so much attention is that the legal default is to assume that free speech goes and it is the prosecuting body which has the burden of proving cause for any censorship action or the legislature to change legal definitions (most attempted bills to expand obscenity, etc never see the light of day) and new law is still subject to judicial review which makes it that much more difficult to get something banned or criminalized. Thankfully, the attitudes of the public and their elected officials has been rendered subservient to the higher precedent which favors permissiveness to the point that politically-motivated claims are made irrelevant.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:45 10/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, it's the anon responsible for the cool story above about American legal procedure, here. I wanted to make sure to mention that said cool story was not directed specifically at any specific comment, but things in this line seemed to be going in a relevant direction for my piece regarding several opinions expressed in multiple remarks on several different stories. I'm not a highly patriotic individual, and would never put myself out there to defend the average American mind today, but even I must admit that I sleep a bit easier thanks to a few particularly clever and forward-thinking British-descended slave owning white Imperialists.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:13 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Says someone ranting about being downvoted then calling us bigots out of nowhere.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:32 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yep , they completely failed your education .

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:33 26/02/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Uh, butthurt Yankees voted this down. In fact, the US is far more in bigotry than Australia.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:46 26/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    LOL Australia, world's largest open air prison

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:28 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Well, at least one thing hasn't changed since it was found and "colonised".

    Comment by Anonymous

    don't you dare say such a thing about Australia is a fuck death world where EVERYTHING including but not limited to the continent itself, is trying to kill you...Australia is the prototype for catachan...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:41 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You read too much cracked.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:07 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    He is right. That is why it was a prison colony. The British was hoping that the deadly wildlife and climate of Australia would kill every single prisoner in there. It didn't work because the convicts were badass motherfuckers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:16 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They colonised them here because they had nowhere else to put them...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:00 27/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Clearly, this was a joke.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:50 27/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know where else they sent their criminals, before Australia?

    North America.

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    Comment by Canadane
    02:08 26/02/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Australia rated Nichijou M for sexual themes.

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    Comment by Rya
    05:02 26/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Igo soccer is all about sex.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:30 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Nichijou? ...Seriously? I don't even remember any jokes that even resembled "dirty".

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:36 27/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is a joke right? Kyoani is 100% clean.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:59 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    the one where Izumi Sakurai finds his little brother's raunchy magazines I guess.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:20 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or maybe the one where every single female do not have noticeable bustline, if any at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:05 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Azumango Daioh and Haruhi Suzumiya are rated Ma for high sexual references. I'm pretty sure the Australian classification board just hates anything japanese. Seriously don't judge the rest of us for the way the fuck ups in charge run things.

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    Comment by Benoist
    00:44 26/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Maybe they read the rating charts upside down ?

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    Comment by Usagi
    00:53 26/02/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Atelier Totori plus, Rated 81.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:50 26/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Epic Winrar. Most of the population does not meet requirements to play that.

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