Anime Pastel Memories' Streaming Temporarily Stopped, Home Releases Canceled

Streaming for anime Pastel Memories has temporarily been halted and DVD and Blu-ray releases of the show’s first three episodes have been cancelled. The reason, it seems, could be related to how the show parodies another anime.


As announced on the show’s official site (via ANN), the official statement apologizes for the trouble caused by this. 

A corrected version of the first episode will resume streaming from March 26, and at that time, the second episode will cease streaming. When it will return is still TBA.

As mentioned above, the show’s planned Blu-ray and DVD releases of the first three episodes have also been canned. The Blu-ray box set will be out later this summer.

According to ANN, the reason for all this might be because the show parodied the slice of life anime Is the Order a Rabbit? ANN points out that Japanese copyright law doesn’t have parody exemptions like the U.S., which is why in 2015, the anime Mr. Osomatsu, which had numerous parody scenes, was also pulled.

Pastel Memories has been streaming on Crunchyroll, while Sentai Filmworks has the rights for the home release. 

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I have next to zero understanding of Japanese copyright law/practice, but if they do not have a provision for parody, does that then mean they essentially do not have any kind of “fair use” clause, as the US does?

I ask because if that’s the case, it seems incredibly draconian (really, fobbing off parody in the first place is draconian)—and damaging to the overall concepts of creativity, artistic development, and communication of ideas across mediums.

...and I say all of that as someone who is incredibly protective of the couple of very small, mostly meaningless copyrights I hold. If anyone ever likes my shit enough to write a parody of it, I’m going to be flattered—and honestly, parody is one of the best ways to see a work evolve beyond the original author’s vision.

Anyhow, I’m rambling.  My primary question remains: does Japan not have a Fair Use clause at all, then, or is it just parody that isn’t protected?  (Fair Use also covers educational implementation, reproduction in limited circumstances outside of profit generation, etc.)