Censors are stupid.
I don't mean just the idea of censorship, though that's pretty dumb in its own right, but censors themselves are pretty dumb also.
Here's the point where I say "anyone immature should stop reading", and don't expect anyone to stop reading because everyone that reads my journal (that I know of) is, in all ways that really count, mature.
Okay. First item, the one I've known about for quite a while, is Sailor Moon. See, there are two girls in Sailor Moon, who are, by admission of the person who created them, lesbians. (at least, that's what I remember.) And it's pretty obvious, all things considered.
Well, when they brought them to the US - we can't have LESBIANS! So they made them cousins.
Incestous lesbian cousins.
This really doesn't help matters any.
I mean, they didn't have a choice in the lesbian matter, because it's just so *obvious* - I suppose they could have tried to cut out every scene in which they appeared, but it wouldn't have worked too well :P So . . . results are what you see.
Second item. Here's the one I found out about recently. They're recutting Ranma so they can put it on network TV. Now, in Ranma, the main character (named Ranma. duh.) changes sex when he gets hit with cold water. As in, he turns into a girl. (And back into a guy when he gets hit with warm water.) Only everything else stays the same - what he's wearing, where he is, etc. (Quick example: there's someone else in the series - Ryoga - who turns into a pig instead. Well, at one point, Ranma's in girl-form and Ryoga is in pig-form, and for various reasons, Ranma is wearing a leotard and has Ryoga on a leash. They get hit with hot water. End result: Male Ranma, in a leotard, with a naked Ryoga on a leash. Eek.)
So. The first time he discovers this, he's needless a bit surprised - he's told he's turned into a girl, and he tears his (her?) shirt open and stares at his (her?) breasts. This being anime, this is perfectly acceptable.
Well, this ain't acceptable in the US.
So they added a bra in that scene.
. . . why on earth is Ranma wearing a bra? HE'S MALE!
somehow it just doesn't help :P
Okay. Third thing done. This is as philosophical as it's likely to get for a while, methinks. Next up: ooh, shiny thing!