I love it. To me the official release is the "official version" of the story, and this is what really happened, now everything makes much more sense.
I used to joke about some stuff when watching the original episodes, part of the plot doesn't make any sense, and most of it is just about how Gokuh becomes more and more powerful by saving the world once and again, secondary characters are too secondary, IMHO. So I guess I'm not the biggest fan anyway.
To me it is more of an utopia, actually one fairly realistic or somewhat feasible and among the best utopias I can think about, but I guess some people may be afraid of having their cyberbrains hacked, suffering cyber-neuro-sclerosis, and well... bad things still happen (not full utopia here) and they may be very frightening for some people.
From everyday's fanservice to hentai there is no line separating black and white, but a full scale of grey, where we find ecchi and the boundaries are very blurry. (If you want a short answer, go to the last line of this message.)
At least from my point of view. For instance it's weird that in some places:
Men and women have nipples.
Men don't have breasts, women have breasts.
Men can show their chest and their nipples.
Women can show their breasts but not their nipples.
The characteristics part of the sexual dimorphism are not a problem for censorship, but shared characteristics are, for only one gender!
I really can't see the logic in that. Topless is socially accepted in many places today, it was the cultural norm in the ancient Egypt. Full nudity in some (nudist) places in "modern civilization" and it's culturally the norm in some tribes in the Amazon. The cultural norm in some places is the veil for women, and in other places the burka. Internet is global, wikipedia is uncensored and genitalia are pictured, but no explicit sexual images, which are the most "problematic", however explicit sex between animals is not a problem in most contexts. (Warning: generalization ahead) "Japanese culture" is considered as "pervert" by "american culture", however genitalia must be censored even in porn, it's mandatory according to Japanese law (not the case in America). The United States praise their "freedom", but when they think about nudist beaches they think about Europe. Including a little nudity will take the age rating for some media up subjectively (IMHO) faster than violence (or gore or terror), headshooting half-rotten zombies is culturally (in some cultures) way more accepted than fighting games where women show "too much" skin.
Sex was a taboo before because it was associated with reproduction. Now science has provided us with (new and better) contraceptive methods, but the culture is lacking behind and sex is still a taboo. The problem is: the lack of knowledge about sex, about contraceptive methods and all this general context is to some extent preventing people from practicing more sex (as traditionally) which could be considered good for some people (for reasons I don't really know), but to a greater extent, in the current context, it's doing something that is clearly bad, it's preventing people from having a sexual education that would allow them to prevent undesired pregnancies and sexual transmission diseases. Nudity and the human body are also taboos, the perception of the human body is distorted and this causes problems that lead to painful plastic surgery in some cases, among many other problems due to self-rejection, complexes, etc. There would be much less "perverted" people if the normal and natural sexual appeal was accepted as something normal and natural. We could also speak about the differences between chimpanzees and bonobos and many other things, but if you got reading so far I think I will just thank you and finish this. So I think there are good reasons to think that:
Much of what is being done is some form of culture preservation, for an arbitrary set of cultures, while there is no objective or rational reason to consider these cultures more valuable, better or more worthy of this "preservation". There is no reason (a priori) for it.
The implications of much of what is being done are negative and harmful. There are motives (a posteriori) not to do it.
Well, to sum up, I have no clue about what is PG-13 and why is it so. But you may be interested in this list:
PD: Naruko (Naruto's sexy no jutsu), I guess Naruto is rated PG-13. At the same time, the sexy no jutsu is meant to be hentai, in some way, it's meant to be used as some form of distraction by nudity and sexual appeal, so it can be considered as hentai in "Naruto's Universe", and then veiled and "conveniently censored" for consumption in "our universe". I could not find an image, so here you have a video:
I'm 28 and I like anime, for instance Bleach*, to some people this is puzzling, they consider anime to be for children (yeah, big rolleyes).
Now, this probably happens to more people and maybe to you, I like some songs more after listening to them in an AMV, so I guess the interpretation of the song changes, the way the song evokes thoughts or feelings in me changes, because of the anime. I was thinking just now that maybe anime, at least in AMVs, can be considered as a metaphor as a way to convey some message, thoughts, feelings, etc. in a way similar to dance or ballet, with a story that is mainly metaphorical (spiritual pressure in bleach, ki in dargon ball, etc. would just represent determination and resource investment, be it time, effort, whatever).
So maybe some people should think about all this and accept that:
Ballet and their culture is just another type of culture, and it isn't intrinsically better than, for instance, anime. There are ballet pieces that are better than others, as there are some animes that are better than others.
Anime is another cultural expression, art if I may say, and when they underestimate it they are just proving they don't understand the metaphors and the message, they are just expressing their lack of culture, a culture that would allow them to understand anime and appreciate it.
People who appreciate ballet and other older forms of art and overlook those who prefer something more current are snobs (similar to hipsters, just change "I knew it before it was popular" with "I enjoy it after it's no longer popular"), the only characteristic that ballet has "over" anime is that its less popular, and that doesn't make it any better, but, in any case, the fact that ballet is an anachronistic art doesn't make it better but worse.
Anime and new entertainment forms are more enjoyable and popular because they are new and better suited for the tastes of the people, which doesn't make them worse but (if anything) better. That was the point of all entertainment forms. Shakespeare was a master and did a great job by writing something entertaining for people, manga and anime could be just as good, if some people enjoy some anime more than they enjoy Shakespeare's work, is there any criteria to say they are wrong or mistaken? I don't think so.
Some people may say the message in older works is better than the message in more recent works, I would say that a) maybe they are not understanding the message in recent works and b) maybe they are over analyzing older works (since there have been more people through time to analyze them) and adding metaphors and messages that are not even there, or the author didn't care at all to include, they are there just by chance and not intentionally.
Ancient people are praised, apparently Shakespeare used to consume drugs, Plato liked to have sex with underage boys and the list could continue for a long time. Are they really that good or are they judged in a different way because their works are old? Is there any criteria to be able to state their works are any "better"? Do Plato's ontological theories hold when we consider the scientific knowledge we have today?
I could continue, but I guess no more clarifications are needed. All this may have some further implications that you can reach by yourselves.
Or maybe I'm just talking nonsense.
*Actually I like some AMVs more than the anime as itself.
I always thought that kind of anime was more about the characters than the story.
For instance, the story in Evangelion makes no sense, but the characters have deep trauma worth of a good analysis.
And Ichigo has an inner hollow, that makes for a complex character, IMHO, although Naruto has a raccoon or something, so that's debatable again.
I'd go for Bleach just because aesthetically I cannot help with Naruto and Bleach looks cool, the music is also better in Bleach, and in general I consider it to be a much more polished anime. I know those are not-so-relevant aspects, but they are relevant to me.
I hate when youtube deletes videos, I have many in my playlists and favourites that now I can't see because the videos or even the user accounts were deleted.
I know I could just download them, but clicking on "add to favorites" vs downloading seems so easy and comfortable, the reasons I don't do that are:
1. HD space.
2. It takes longer and is harder (even if it is just a few more clicks)
3. I don't really feel like downloading so many videos, I was expecting I could just watch them on youtube any time...
Yes, it would have been great to download them. I have 700+ videos in favorites and I don't feel like downloading them all, though... (just in case youtube goes bananas and starts deleting videos and removing user accounts)
It's the XXI century!, those videos have to be in the Internets!! (somewhere...)
I've seen vimeo and dailymotion have also a good number of AMVs, I hope AMV creators can host what they do safely somewhere.
I think the intellectual property laws allow the use for non-profit and with some other constraints, if I'm not mistaken. I mean, maybe the videos are illegal in some places, or problematic, and google doesn't like problems so youtube removes them, but for sure they are not illegal everywhere...
I like AMVs, actually there are AMVs that are even better than the original, IMHO. For instance there were lots of AMVs with the fight between Ichigo and Ulquiorra (Bleach) with the music of Becoming Insane (Infected Mushroom), and some of them were better than the original IMHO. However, apparently youtube deleted them, and I guess people who made them, since they invested some time in it, would decide to move them somewhere else. I was wondering where may they be, because there are lots of video streaming sites now, besides of youtube, of course. Do you know about any site that may be popular for AMV makers? A kind of AMV heaven where the ones that dissappear from youtube go?