The original uncut, R18+ rated version of the third Berserk movie, Berserk Golden Age Arc III: Descent (Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen III: Kōrin), will play in late showings at Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 and Osaka's Umeda Burg 7 theaters starting on Friday. That is the same day that the edited, R15+ rated version of the movie will open in theaters across Japan.
Japan's Film Classification and Rating Committee (Eirin) had given the third Berserk feature film a rating of R18+ for "extremely provocative sexual content" last October. Theaters restrict R18+ films to viewers 18 years old or older. However, a month later, the staff began advertising a revised R15+ version.
The last major anime film with an R18+ rating was the complete edition of Mardock Scramble: The First Compression in 2011. That film had opened one year earlier without some scenes and with a PG12 rating.