Salida dear readers,
my name is Jim aka "OpiumHerz" and as some of you may already guess by that nickname: I am german. With the blog series "The worst thing about censorship is ███████ " I want to simply give you a little insight in videogame censorship, which is still pretty much alive and kicking here in Germany (but I won't restrict myself to Germany exclusively). I started this blog in 2013 and consider this series to be now in Season 2. Fuck yeah! After getting frontpage-famous I'll continue to take stuff from my colleagues at Schnittberichte and recycle that stuff for your enjoyment.
This episode is about Turning Point: Pokemon
Alright, as an intro for this: this isn't completely video game related. But since it's all Pokemon, I consider it all VGR. I will go through multiple things here and there might be easily enough content for a second entry. But because I let this one slide for far too long now, sorry guys, I will make this one a bit longer.
The Pokemon manga was very clearly censored. As manga are sometimes, this one was a bit too sexy for the west. Jesse's brests were clearly reduced in size and Misty's outfit was also made a good bit less skimpy. In general the manga had quite some erotic undertones in it that really can't be found in the anime series or games we all know and love. It also shows clearly the target audience was a different one than intended in the US. There were also some slight violence censorships done.
Sometimes pictures like this were edited, as seen below. In some instances however it sufficed to move speech bubbles over characters or something like that. It somewhat changes the overall tone of the series and thus is the kind of censorship that can hardly be overlooked, if you want to get the original experiences.
The Pokemon anime got censored in multiple instances too. One of the most well known episode was episode 38, called Computer Warrior Porygon. This episode had some flickering scenes in them which were animated in a way that they would cause epileptic seizures, nausea and other symptoms. It was basically a strobe light kids were staring into. I even remember this making it to national news here in Germany. Shit was quite big.
There exists actually an edited version of this, which was apparently even bought by the US publisher 4kids entertainment and even dubbed. But because the Japanese basically banned the episode it was completely scrapped.
That's it for today. Covered quite some ground here. There is still a lot more to cover. You can google yourself: there are dozens of censorship articles out there about Pokemon articles. Cards, episodes, mangas, games - we're not done with this series yet and I'm sure I'll revisit it at some point later again.