In the world of animation, overseas audience sometimes

In the world of
animation, overseas audience sometimes does not get to see the actual show that
is originally created due to localization in the form of censorship. Many anime
shows that first came to the United States were dubbed and heavily edited to
remove elements of Japanese culture.
Sailor Moon which is a very beloved
show in the world was originally produced by Japan with LGBT content and nude
content. However, in the United States, producing companies like DiC
Entertainment and Optimum Productions had decided to change the lesbian
relationships between Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune to just being cousins.
Other countries such as France also tried to hide homosexuality content in this
show by making Sailor Uranus’s secret civilian identity as a male in the French
dub version. In the Japanese version, Sailor Moon is completely naked during
the last episode as Japan thinks the naked body as a representation of purity.
However, other countries such as South Korea and America find it extremely
necessary to make the near-nude scenes less obvious as most of the audiences
are kids. In the South Korea version, the heroine is covered with an elegant white
dress. As for DiC Entertainment version, the breast size of the Sailor Scouts
was being toned down to be more wholesome for the kids.

Another example
would be censorship by the subsidiary 4Licensing Corporation, 4Kids Productions
which English-dubbed and censored Japanese animation to make them more kid-friendly
and to adhere to American cultural norms. They removed all materially suggestive
objects such as guns and replaced them with water guns or popguns; all elements
of ale were replaced by juice. Not only that, Sanji’s famous cigarette was
replaced by lollipop, making most of the dialogues sounding odd as they changed
with this edit. The whitewashing of roles is shown as a form of censorship in
the American version of One Piece by changing the skin color of the black
ethnic characters as they want to avoid any sort of stereotypes that will cause
racial controversy. Some scenes are confusing as well because Zoro’s swords can
no longer cut people open. These edits by 4Kids were apparently overdone as it had
butchered the original version, leaving many plot holes in the show.

            Sexualization is an idea for anime shows to make it sell
as it is a big part of what the audience wants and it also part of the culture
of Japanese anime. Sexualization has been very prevalent in recent anime shows
as it is the key to profit in this generation. Plus, objectification within in
the anime contributes to the comedic factors of the show as most of the humor
is surrounded by sexual situations of the characters. Young female sexual
attraction is often being used as a pull factor to appeal the male viewers as
they are the dominant group among the entire anime audience. However, sometimes
the female characters are being overly sexualized to the extent it might be
sexist and distracting. For example, there is a female character called
“mune-mune” which means “chest-chest” in Scorching
Ping Pong Girls which shows the close-up of her chest. Not only that, it is
horrendous to find the entire show of High
School DxD is centered around naked underaged high school girls with
extremely large boobs that sometimes rub into the male character’s face in
almost every episode. I would never agree with hypersexualization and
infantilization of adult women, but to think in the anime industry’s point of
view, sexualization is tolerable if it does not take it too far where it ruins
the integrity of the entire show.

 Fan service is giving the audience what they
want by adding certain elements to please them, may it be sexual, love or violent
elements. Fan service is an essential aspect of the anime commodity for
domestic and global audiences as it has become a common expectation for a wide
variety of anime shows because of its vast appeal to Otaku male audience. However,
just like candies, fan service is nice to be consumed but cannot be given too
often as it is not healthy for us. We must admit the fact that it has gotten to
a point that it has negatively impacted the modern perception of anime from
people who are outside the anime viewership. As much as the Otaku fans enjoy indulging
in the series despite the various racy and lustful elements in the shows, it already
causes various controversies among the people who do not normally watch them. Some
people may feel uncomfortable and even hesitate before they start watching one
as they may find some anime shows very discouraging and unrealistic that makes
them doubt the whole purpose of the show. It frustrates many people that the
female characters always come with exaggerated size breast, cleavage, small
outfit and overly short skirt, knowing these characters only exist to be
fetishized. Female characters are always supposed to be good looking and have a
perfect hourglass body unlike male characters who come in many shapes and types
of physical appearance. Fan service serves well for Otaku fans as these group
of people are very obsessive that production companies would just create anime
shows full of fan service merely for fulfilling their fantasies and keeping
them interested. For instance, Rosario +
Vampire which has been heavily criticized for its fan service as it often
seen as unnecessary and out of place. While fan service can enhance an anime,
there should be a balance between fan service and the main story.

When considering
future anime productions, we can expect a whole bunch of not-explicitly-ecchi
anime shows with inappropriate fan service that merely exists just to satisfy
the needs of the audience and lack the essence of a good storyline. Rather than
creating a female character with a complex range of emotions, with personal
goals and motivations, anime creators chose to sacrifice its meaningful
ideology to create a fan-service product of sexualized ideology. They cater to creepy
and immature male audience which has isolated many female viewers and distracts
the audience from the show’s intended narrative. Nevertheless, there are still
many good-quality anime shows that do not really promote sexualization or fan
service such as Attack on Titans but
still manage to gain popularity among audience from all other the world. Perhaps
the production companies should consider the needs of the female viewers and create
more anime shows that are relevant to both genders so the whole anime situation
would not be tilted heavily towards the male Otaku group.