Practicing writing my own BBFC insight with Kakegurui××



Rated 15 for strong threat, sex references

Kakegurui×× is the second season of a Japanese anime series revolving around the school Hyakkaou Private Academy, where gambling is the favorite activity of its wealthy students.


One gambling game featured in the first two episodes of the season has the stake of one of its players potentially having their finger sliced off by a guillotine. During this game, there is a particular emphasis on one character’s fear of having her finger sliced through the music, sound effects, and the facial expressions of the character during these scenes. Due to the extended emphasis on the fear of bodily harm, these scenes exceed the guidelines at ’12’ which state “There may be moderate physical and psychological threat and horror sequences. Although some scenes may be disturbing, the overall tone should not be.” They are better suited at the ’15’ category, which states “There may be strong threat and horror.” While other characters are enjoying themselves during these scenes, it is clear that they are enjoying the thrill of gambling rather than the thrill of causing another bodily harm, allowing the scenes to avoid crossing over into a sadistic territory that would belong at ’18’.

There are also milder scenes of threat in which characters potentially endanger themselves during gambling games; however, these scenes do not play as large of a part in their respective episodes, nor do they emphasize the fear of harm as much as the guillotine game. As such, these scenes could be contained at ’12’.


There is brief, but clear emphasis on a character’s sexual arousal that she gets from risk-taking and gambling. This character is seen at one point dripping in sweat while aroused, appearing to symbolize female ejaculation, as she states ‘Let’s all come together’ to the other players. The visual and verbal detail in this scene exceeds the guidelines at ’12’, which state “Moderate sex references are permitted” and are best placed at ’15’, in which the guidelines state “There may be strong verbal references to sexual behaviour”.

There is also infrequent moderate sexualised posing. Girls are seen and focused upon in a suggestive manner, in one instance while bikini-clad. While the series does take place in a school setting with teenage characters, the poses do not depict any nudity or sexual activity, nor do they appear gratuitous or intended for sexual arousal. As such, they do not pose any issue under the Video Recordings Act 1984.


There is one use of strong language (‘f**k’), as well as mild and moderate bad language, including ‘shit’, ‘bitch’, ‘bastard’, ‘damn’, ‘hell’, ‘ass’, and ‘crap’. There is also brief bloody injury detail in a flashback scene of a girl ripping out her own fingernails.

Some mild frightening images appear in the context of the facial expressions the characters make while angry, upset, or excited.

Individual episode ratings:

  1. Episode 1: 15 for strong threat
  2. Episode 2: 15 for strong threat, sex references
  3. Episode 3: 12 for moderate threat
  4. Episode 4: 12 for moderate threat
  5. Episode 5: 12 for infrequent moderate language, sexualised posing
  6. Episode 6: PG for mild bad language, frightening scenes
  7. Episode 7: 12 for brief moderate injury detail
  8. Episode 8: 12 for moderate sex references, sexualised posing
  9. Episode 9: 12 for moderate threat, sex references
  10. Episode 10: 12 for moderate threat
  11. Episode 11: 12 for infrequent moderate language
  12. Episode 12: 12 for infrequent strong language


One thought on “Practicing writing my own BBFC insight with Kakegurui××

  1. I found an interesting rating decision that I would like to see you talk about. The American cable TV series “Masters of Horror” was classified as objectionable in New Zealand. Now, the show is INCREDIBLY graphic, even by cable standards, (the episode that got it banned featured a scene where a woman has stakes hammered under fingernails and into her gums in prolonged and extremely graphic detail) but New Zealand has let plenty of gory horror films pass, so what is different about Masters of Horror? I thought they only classified stuff that promotes illegal activity as objectionable?


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