The raunchy anime, Interspecies Reviewers also known as Isyuzoku Reviewers, can’t catch a break. After Funimation dropped it, Amazon Prime dropped it, and now Tokyo MX has dropped it.
The Anime Man, Joey Bizinger, spotted the news from the official Interspecies Reviewers Twitter account, which announced the cancellation on February 7th, 2020.
A prominent Japanese network that is broadcasting Ishuzoku Reviewers has CANCELLED the series entirely from television broadcast.
How do you fuck up this badly??? https://t.co/e4baR2kTfh
— Joey Bizinger (@TheAn1meMan) February 7, 2020
According to Anime News Network, Interspecies Reviewers is still available on KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, BS11, and AT-X in Japan. Outside of Japan, you can still view streaming episodes on AnimeLab if you happen to be located in New Zealand or Australia.
From the sound of it, Amazon Prime won’t be licensing the show from any other distributors after Funimation canceled the streaming license, and Tokyo MX appears to be in the same boat as Funimation.
As mentioned in the last article, once the train of censorship gets rolling there’s no stopping it. Expect more distributors to drop the license for airing the show, and expect more streaming services to pull out, making it available only via pirate streams and torrents.
What’s funny, though, is that anime fans the world over are coming out in droves to show their support for Interspecies Reviewers. The screenshot of the user reviews was captured by Twitter user ReadActAge.
— иello🍀🎬 (@ReadActAge) February 6, 2020
The auspices of fan support doesn’t compensate for the lack of legal streaming options, though.
The only way that the original production committee are going to make bank on the show is via Blu-ray sales at this point, assuming that outlets such as Amazon Prime don’t cut short their abeyance and re-license the show from another distributor.
(Thanks for the news tip Wondy Bergers and Richard Pell)