Japanese media critic Kimi Rito, who wrote The History of Hentai Manga, poked some fun at some 90s censorship of the Pokémon manga in America.
Pokémon: The Electric Tale of Pikachu was first published by VIZ in 1998, and they flipped it to read left to right, as Americans are used to doing. But putting the Japanese original versus the American page side by side shows it’s sometimes more than just a flip . . . sometimes they actively reduced women’s chest sizes.
Rito shared this tweet, and Anime News Network translated, “When foreigners found out about this, it was funny how they made comments like, ‘They were pulling the wool over our eyes!’ But the funniest comments were, ‘When you evolve, your boobs get bigger!’ Only Pokémon… (laughs)”
— 稀見理都＠「エロマンガ表現史」発売中！ (@kimirito) May 13, 2021
Another side-by-side comparison shows this wasn’t a one-time thing. Rito wrote: “In America, children’s manga can’t have big boobs, but adult media can’t have flat chests… What’s the politically correct boob size?”
子供漫画に巨乳は許さないが、大人メディアには貧乳を許さないアメリカ… 政治的に正しい巨乳とは？ pic.twitter.com/DShS889762
— 稀見理都＠「エロマンガ表現史」発売中！ (@kimirito) May 17, 2021
A question for the ages.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.