Granblue Fantasy Artwork Censorship Frustrates Japanese And Western Gamers
Granblue Fantasy Censorship
(Last Updated On: August 2, 2017)

Cygames’ mobile RPG Granblue Fantasy recently added a new character to game named Izmir. The game is only available in Japan but due to the high-volume of Westerners playing the game, Cygames added an English language option to the game. Gamers found out, however, that when switching between the Japanese language and English version, the character Izmir has a slightly more covered up look in her artwork, and has undergone some form of minor censorship in her character art and portfolio images.

YouTube outlet Censored Gaming did a quick two minute video comparing the images of the two versions and what exactly changed. You can check it out below.

The change includes minor coverage on the underboob cleavage and additional coverage to some of Izmir’s hips so that instead of wearing bikini panties she’s wearing boy-shorts. A comparison image can be viewed below.

Some of our readers reached out to us about the issue and pointed to the anger from both Japanese and Western gamers over the change.

There’s a small thread about the issue over on the Gran Blue sub-Reddit.

As pointed out by Censored Gaming and in the thread, there are other characters in Granblue Fantasy that are not censored and have equally as risque outfits.

I did reach out to Cygames to ask them if this was possibly due to some issues with the character, preemptive censorship for a possible international release in the West, or due to some ratings standards. If the developers decide to respond the article will be updated.

This isn’t the first time a mobile game was hit with censorship, though. One company, Pati Games Corp, claimed that Google and Apple requested them to make changes to the female characters in Dragon Heroes. When the developers of King’s Raid attempted to censor their characters, the backlash from the fans was so bad that they removed the censorship from the game.

[Update:] A member from the administrative support division at Cygames named Nakano, responded to a user who informed them about the differences between the English and Japanese versions of Izmir’s outfit. The message was posted in a Reddit thread, where Nakano stated…

“We’re sorry to hear about this case regarding Granblue Fantasy and Izmir’s differing swimsuit versions between the Japanese version and the English version illustration. I suppose you agree that there is no doubt that the two versions are different?


“We’re deeply sorry about the confusion caused by the change in Izmir’s costume. But I can confirm that the change [in costume] is [designed as intended].


“However, I will collect this information [you have provided] and convey this message to the necessary department.”

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  • Unite, attack and bombard Cygames in significant numbers on Social Media, Facebook, emails, phone-calls etc. to have a chance of making them reverse the censorship. It worked for King’s Raid.

    Or just sit back on that moral high-horse, stay silent be the good guys and accept the censorship.

  • Alistair

    What a frigging cop out response. “Designed as Intended” as in censorship.

    But it doesn’t explain the other characters and why with 1 character decided to censor that only one for the west. It makes no fucking sense it shows hypocrisy and a fucking dick move.

    Another reason I won’t trust cygames ever again.

  • I wish we saw this more often from Japanese gamers. They’re our friends, after all, and group efforts speak the loudest.

  • Krimhelm

    Cygames needs a purge. Flush out the localization team for dividing east and west and for butchering character personalities too.
    The west needs to stop pandering to people who won’t even support the game in the first place and remember who the original audiences are. The whole idea of reaching a broader audience is bullshit. If they wanted to do that, they could’ve just made a farming game, match-3, or a Clash of Duty Shooter Hero Seven Andreas.

    Plus, they have Princess Connect and Uma Musume in the works, both of which has you interacting with grrrriiillls. If this practice keeps up, next thing you know Princess Connect is going to be called Pretty Knights and Uma Musume called Cross Country Cosplay with everyone wearing equestrian apparel instead of school clothes.

    Censorship sucks. Localization sucks. The west sucks.

    • EroBotan

      “Localization sucks. The west sucks.”

      Pretty extreme views you have there! I don’t blame you though, SJW keep pushing us to the edge everyday. I’m sure that soon i’ll also adopt your point of view if nothing changes.

      • Pretty extreme views you have there!

        That wasn’t extreme. If anything, it’s an understatement.

        • EroBotan

          i agree, the more you know the localization industry the more you want it to collapse and dissapear …

      • Dreiko

        Actually, as a Japanese speaker, no, just no. If you play shadowverse, the game itself even tells you that “the text won’t match what is being said” when you switch the voices to Japanese.

        Their localization is horrendous and I would never play their games if I didn’t speak Japanese, they’re approaching 4kids level bad.

        • EroBotan

          don’t worry, i’m almost there (becoming an extremist XD)

    • Don’t forget, a lot of mobile gamers in the West are female though. Maybe they had this in mind when implementing the censorship?

      I’m not justifying the censorship though of course. I think the best solution is to offer players a censored and an uncensored mode.

  • giygas

    Yo, Billy! Google’s gone full 1984. They’re using an AI algorithm to suppress videos and content creators that aren’t even violating the terms of service. And this time, it’s not just demonetization.

  • Disqusted

    Sad. 西のひどい世界へようこそww
    Soon they will just replace the females with big muscley men.

    Gotta protect those fragile 2 year olds. 2 year olds are everywhere, man.

    • anon9370

      Big muscly man with long swinging cocks and bouncy ballsacks like that queerish “Mount Your Friends” xbox arcade game that all the SJWs praised to high heaven.