Tokyo Mirage Mirage Sessions #FE Censors Female Pelvic Bones For The West
(Last Updated On: May 19, 2016)

It’s like the 1950s all over again. Pelvic thrusts and hip motions? Those are a no-no in the West. As silly as that may sound, Nintendo had the developers remove the female pelvic bones from one of the main characters in the Western version of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE.

Twitter user Sebban [via Kotaku in Action] caught the change when comparing the Japanese and Western music videos together, and in addition to covering up the cleavage of the character they removed the pelvic bones so that there’s no longer any dynamic self-shadowing indicating the indentation of her pelvic region. You can see the image below for a comparison.


Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE - Image11

Now it’s easy to assume that they simply removed the self-shadowing from the character, but that’s not really the case since you can see that there’s still an outline of the shadow from her underarm, neck, knees and the shadows on her thighs from the shorts in the Western version of the game.

You’ll also notice that her cleavage has been completely covered up to ensure that young American girls are protected from seeing a young female who happens to be body positive. I’m sure in the eyes of Nintendo and Social Justice Warriors, this also prevents American men from turning into Nintendo-bred rapists.

You can check out the two comparison videos below to see that the change is legitimate and real, and this is how the game will be impacted as Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE makes the leap from Japan to the West. The Japanese version is up top, courtesy of khsomag, and the bottom is from the Western version, courtesy of Nintendo Life.


The YouTube gaming outlet that specifically covers censorship called Censored Gaming, did a video on the discovery, revealing just how much American and U.K., gamers need to be protected from female cleavage and pelvic details.

This is yet another long line of games getting hit with censorship out of fear that the Western media will attack developers for not being pro-feminist. Koei Tecmo’s community manager let it slip last year that the reason that Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 wasn’t coming to the West was because of the issue of female depictions in media in the West. Shuhei Yoshida from Sony and Idea Factory International also admitted that the obsession with the Western media’s obsession with aggressive feminism has led them to be a lot more cautious about how they bring games over from Japan to America and the U.K.

Interestingly enough, Nintendo Life recently reported that it’s more than just covering up the female form that’s affecting the Western release of Tokyo Mirage Sessions. The hot springs DLC featuring the bikini clad characters has been altered so that the females are fully clothed, and they bumped up the ages from 17 to 18. We had also previously reported that Nintendo tried to shift the blame from Treehouse to Atlus, since they’re handling the localization of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE for English speaking audiences.

The Wii U title is due for release on June 24th in North America.

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  • Olivia

    Wtf how can you sexualize a pelvic bone seriously why dont we just put female character’s in burkas.

  • CRES

    Nintendo is going to host a Preview event at their store in NYC on May 26th. Please, if anyone lives in the NY area please tell them that we do not want a censored product.

  • discussser

    Regional differences in games needs to stop.

  • Nanya

    This is beyond stupid at this point.

    I’m almost ready to cut Nintendo completely out of my gaming life at this point.

  • C G Saturation

    A friend was telling me a few days ago that he was really looking forward to this game, but now thanks to the ridiculous censorship, he’s not going to buy it. Same guy who was crushed by the censorship to Fatal Frame, Xenoblade, etc. Ended up not getting most of the games he bought the WiiU for.

    But don’t worry, I’m sure Ninty will make up for those lost sales from wholesome SJWs. Right? Right?? Hello? Anybody there? *crickets chirping*

    • It’s funny you mention the SJWs as a market…

      The thing is, Ubisoft tried that with Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, and despite starring a female character and not being as buggy as Assassin’s Creed” Unity, the sales were worse than Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Catering and kowtowing to the loud minority doesn’t really result in strong sales, and yet Nintendo just keeps moving down this pathway as if it’s the right thing to do.

      • discussser

        Their god Sarkintosh didn’t like that game.

  • Dgnfly

    Here this website has some more info on what is missing or censored.

  • MusouTensei

    This is fucking ridiculous.

  • Michael P

    Bloody Ninty still trying to appease a neo puritan audience that doesn’t exist? Say what you will about Microsoft constantly shooting itself in the foot, it doesn’t have shit on Nintendo, the Wii U is lagging far behind the competition and this will only serve to drive away even more business.

    Sounds like a cultural misunderstanding, the SJW press moan about the sexualised content but the fans are still there wanting it. Surely it can’t be that hard for NoA to set Japan straight…unless they’re encouraging the shit.

    Thankfully I don’t really care for Nintendo’s games so this doesn’t affect me.

  • Mr.Towel

    As CG Saturation has already pointed out, it’s ridiculous that America, where the mainstream music industry basically revolves around sex and flaunting sexuality, is censoring sexuality coming from other parts of the world.

    I mean, I have seen hip hop classes where 9 years old were twerking and everyone thought it was cool and ok. You turn on any music video channel and in less than five minutes there will be singers humping their hips on your screen while singing about some hook-up or sexual affairs.

    But some skin? Oh no, that is just immoral. Think of the “children”!

    Yeah, the same “children” that watch sex scenes in prime time television and listen to pop songs about sex and money. Think about them, really.

    • C G Saturation

      I keep hearing that the US also has the world’s largest porn industry, and has a huge pimp/prostitute culture. Not to mention the huge focus on violence, shooting, murder, etc.

      But nobody cares about those things. It only matters when localizing games, for some reason. Probably because the West still thinks games and animation are only for little kids.

      Despite the fact that little kids also seem to often ingest all the aforementioned not-very-nice things. Including the porn. I’ve heard that kids nowadays like to send each other nude photos of themselves. Are they going to blame games for that too?

      • I’ve heard that kids nowadays like to send each other nude photos of themselves. Are they going to blame games for that too?

        Nope, they just arrest the kids for spreading child pornography. I wish I was joking.

      • Mr.Towel

        Probably because the West still thinks games and animation are only for little kids.

        Oh god, you have no idea how much this idea drives me mad. Americans are the worst offenders. There are so many complaints about ratings and lack of censorship for animation in there because they truly believe, that ALL animation, it doesn’t matter the form or the content, is meant for children.

        Like, the Adventures of Mark Twain, Beevis and Butthead, South Park and etc. They completely ignore the content, the artistic form, the meaning. If it is animated, it’s childish and therefore for children. This is real bigotry. A preconceived automatic notion that no animation can be made exclusively for adults, that animation has no higher artistic value, it’s all just funny drawings to mesmerize children.

        Because of that, when you say you like animated films, you work as animator or have any kind of aspiration in animation, they automatically assume you’re childish and stupid.

        With simple mind like that, of course they will be horrified when they see Shinji masturbating in “Evangelion”, Cartman getting raped in “South Park”, the abuse and abortion in “Now and Then, Here and There” or the gore horrors from World War II in “The Grave of the Fireflies”.

        And the same shit still happens to video games.

        • C G Saturation

          Don’t worry, it drives me mad too.

    • discussser

      Pedophilia doesn’t offend SJWs.

  • Absolutely pathetic. We don’t they just put all the female characters in burkas have be done with it?

    Or better still, just REMOVE all the female characters altogether. Because you know, we have stop the “sexism”, “misogyny”, “women-hating” and “rape culture” right? Smash the patriarchy and all that.

    I wonder if this is as simple as NoA being a family/children-friendly company? Because they seem to be absolutely hell bent on removing any trace of female sexuality. It’s like it’s the top of their priority over everything else. Which gives me a feeling that there is some fucktarded SJW feminist on board in a high position who is demanding these changes.

    Jesus Christ this is getting very tiresome now. I really wish there was more whistle-blowers when it comes to this kind of thing.

    • discussser

      Galbrush Principle taken to the most ridiculous extent will result in a complete absence of all female characters from all media. We’re on that path.

    • Olivia

      Yeah I’m getting annoyed too but do you think it will stop or get worse

      • Video games make a shitload of money and have now become mainstream and popular with the ‘normies’. Whenever this happens (not just to video games), politics and agenda-pushing will infest it in the form of SJWs and feminists.

        Unfortunately the timing didn’t help… because when video games became mainstream, the social networking platforms (Twatter, Tumblretard, etc.) were rising to it’s peak as well.

        So when you combine the social media/networking in, that’s when developers/companies/creators have ‘direct’ communication to Joe/Jane public and vice-versa…

        … which of course means that SJWs and feminists can easily communicate with them, which means non-stop whining, moaning, crying, bullying and harassing when they find a female character showing a bit of cleavage.

        This then leads to the developers/companies getting terrified, which means they will have to pander to these self-righteous little pricks to shut them up, because PR image is VERY important to games companies.

        People say that it’s easy to just ignore SJWs/feminists, but they have the backing of major mainstream media, news media and news outlets.

        So in answer to your question – I honestly don’t know. But what I do know is that even Japanese companies have censored themselves because of the gender politics, such as Capcom with SF5 (R.Mika and Cammy), and tri-Ace with Star Ocean 5 (the diaper).

        Koei Tecmo even refused to bring an entire game (DOAX3) to the West because of this feminist crap.

        So make of that what you will.

        • Olivia

          I totally agree I don’t think japan is even safe like you said above the sjw feminist and the un are pressuring japan to kowtow to them

      • If the increase in censorship from Bravely Default to Bravely Second is any indication, it’s getting worse.

        • Olivia

          Sadly it’s is 🙁

  • erobotan

    Just boycott theirs and learn Japanese. Never trust some localization company like NOA and Ghostlight these days

    • scemar

      Maybe someone can just make a mod to bypass the censor somehow.

      It has been done before and the WiiU ha already been hacked and emulation is on its way.

      • TalesOfBS

        Xenoblade X had a partial uncensor mod. I guess it could be done with an more elaborated effort.

    • C G Saturation

      Yeah, I always import. Hated localization for several decades. Will continue to do so, as encouraged by the game industry’s censorship efforts and lack of respect for the source material and its audiences.

  • C G Saturation

    What is this nonsense? Isn’t America the land of everyone twerking around naked? So damn inconsistent.

    • Very strange.

      Very costly.

      Anytime you have to go back in and make that sort of adjustment after an asset is already finished, it just adds a ton of work and expenses to the budget. If I were a project manager who found out they practically had to rework an entire asset to avoid offending loud mouthed brats, I would fire the artist, the creative lead and the marketer who suggested it.

      • LurkerJK

        I am very curious about this point

        How much money is this whole censorship craze costing them just to get them the worst kind of PR ?

        And I will add that these kind of changes run into the very real risk of introducing new bugs, adding additional bad PR and patching costs

        • It’s likely anywhere between several thousand and several tens of thousands. A lot of it depends on the artists (and whether or not those working on the models also work with the textures) and how accommodating the changes are for the animation team.

          Either way, regional censorship is not cheap, and it’s one of the main reasons why the big pubs haven’t bothered censoring their AAA titles for China.

      • C G Saturation

        Yeah. It looks like they had to redo the vest mesh. What a waste of time.

        Something else I realized is the way they covered her cleavage resembles how a certain crossdressing idol in the Idolmaster series has had his lack of cleavage concealed. So the changes may bring the character’s actual gender into question as well.

  • scemar

    They’re going real far with the censorship.

    It’s a full wide redesign, they changed the 3D model, the 2D animations, background events and images, outfits, etc.
    Wow it’s just amazing how much coordinated effort and time went to it.
    It’s not some after touch, it’s a company wide initiative if they went this far.

    And they have the balls to act like they give a damn about the fans by saying hey look we’ll even keep the japanese audio because we know that’s what you like right?

    Nintendo, or Nintendo of America, they’re all a joke.
    Pathological liars that patronize the fans and have 0 regard for them.

    If we were to rate companies by their transparency or fan appreciation or how hard they go with irrational censorship Nintendo would rank at the top in all for sure.
    Right now I can’t think of anyone that treats its audience like trash with completely irrational censorship any worse than Nintendo.

    • It’s a full wide redesign, they changed the 3D model, the 2D animations, background events and images, outfits, etc.
      Wow it’s just amazing how much coordinated effort and time went to it.
      It’s not some after touch, it’s a company wide initiative if they went this far.

      They’re so dedicated and hell bent on removing any trace of female sexuality.

      Which makes me think that there is a SJW/feminist on board in a high position within NoA who is demanding these changes through a climate of fear.

      I would be willing to put money on it that this is the case.

  • Reven

    This is probably the weirdest thing I’ll ever say here. But I personally like the look of the censored version better. I know it’s stupid censorship, but at the same time the “Vagina bones” as it was called on twitter just look like dark smudges on the skin to me. Looks odd where that’s the only kind of shading in the pics provided.

    I dunno, maybe I’m weird. I hate the fact it is censorship, but for me it looks better.

    • Different styles appeal to different people, it’s not weird. What is weird is the fact that they thought they would have to remove it to appeal to the SJWs in ‘Murica. Literally it’s like they’re saying the basic female form is inappropriate.

      • Reven

        I know it’s insane. It doesn’t matter how much they sensor, it’s still a game with Japanese pop idols, SJWs will NEVER like it.

    • C G Saturation

      As an artist I draw it how the original Japanese version has it. It’s easier to just not have the detail in there, but at the same time it makes me wonder who has so much hate against the female body as to remove traces of their skeletal and muscular structure.

    • erobotan

      Maybe for you, But why not make an option for others who want original version?

      • C G Saturation

        Because by the Western logic, that would inevitably lead to some poor girl’s brutal rape and murder. Because Y chromosomes.

      • Reven

        Hey I’m all for options, the more the merrier in my book. Should have just had an “Adult content” option for the game that tied into the *Gasp* PARENTAL CONTROLS of the WiiU. I mean Duke 3D had that option, so it’s not a new idea.

        • It’s the option that would solve all the “problems” in video games (ridiculous that these SJW pricks see “problems” in video games in the first place).

          But as we all know, SJWs/feminists operate on the idealogical mindset that “IF WE DISLIKE IT, NOBODY ELSE CAN GET TO HAVE IT”.

          And that is why they have always been against the idea of an ‘Adult Mode’ option.

          Killjoys, every single one of them.

    • But I personally like the look of the censored version better. For me it looks better.

      What you have said is one of the bread & butter excuses that SJWs, feminists and censorship apologists use to justify censorship.

      This kind of mindset only makes it worse, and only serves to give them yet another reason/excuse to butcher and censor games because “the censored version looks better”.

      Censorship is censorship, no excuses.