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    Post Censorship in Girls Kingdom and other Nutaku eroge

    Nutaku has a checkered history regarding censorship. Their removal of many characters from their most popular title, Millennium Wars Aigis, severely disrupted game balance and caused considerable backlash from their fanbase. These characters were removed because they were considered too young-looking for Western audiences. In response to the backlash, Nutaku experimented with other types of censorship that would be better tolerated. Nutaku retained all characters in Osawari Island, instead completely redrawing character faces and bodies to make them look more "mature".

    Comparison shots showing off Nutaku's "artistic side"

    Nutaku was taken by surprise when fans were still unhappy. Perhaps learning from these incidents, Nutaku made alterations in subsequent titles more subtle. Lolis were given ample breasts, since breast size clearly indicates sexual maturity and readiness for sex. Scenes involving tentacle rape were stealthily substituted with other creative options. You see, tentacles represent bestiality, the exploitation of a creature that is incapable of giving meaningful consent to sex, and therefore tentacle rape would represent statutory rape of the tentacles. Yet still some fans weren't satisfied, and privately Nutaku discussed quietly rolling back these much-maligned alterations.

    Yet some things never change. Indeed, Girls Kingdom hasn't escaped the censors' brush. But Nutaku is missing the point, as the alternations themselves were never the main issue. No, it was the dishonesty. You see, Nutaku has not *once*, to my knowledge, informed their audience that a game would be censored, or what alterations were made in advance. They prefer to keep quiet about it and hope their audience doesn't notice, because censorship is frowned upon and some customers would leave over it. But the Internet doesn't like a coverup, and if they won't reveal it, then it will be revealed for them.

    I gathered a pair of comparison shots of the DMM and Nutaku versions as a sample of the censorship in Girls Kingdom. These are surely just the tip of the iceberg, and the cuts could very well run much deeper.

    Girls Kingdom DMM vs. Nutaku Image Comparisons

    In addition, I've compiled a comprehensive list documenting eroge in English with censored official English releases. To my displeasure, Nutaku releases feature prominently in this list.

    Eroge with a censored official English release, a comprehensive list

    I hope others find this resource useful, as I devoted considerable effort to create it. Other Nutaku games not currently on the list are also likely censored, and I'd welcome community input to document them as well.

    Edit 7/29/16: My Imgur gallery comparing 3-4 CG from Nicole and Rosalia's H-scenes in the DMM and Nutaku versions, for the purpose of exposing Nutaku's censorship, has been taken down by a DMCA from Nutaku!

    Edit 8/3/16: I've posted a full write-up.
    Nutaku caught abusing DMCA takedowns to censor evidence of censorship
    Last edited by sanahtlig; 08-03-2016 at 06:04 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanahtlig View Post
    You see, tentacles represent bestiality, the exploitation of a creature that is incapable of giving meaningful consent to sex, and therefore tentacle rape would represent statutory rape of the tentacles.
    ...wait, what?
    Wow, I for one never considered the tentacles could be the ones raped. Poor tentacles.

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    It makes me sad to know that they are still doing this, since that means if taimanin asagi arena ever gets released, it will be heavily censored.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artanis View Post
    It makes me sad to know that they are still doing this, since that means if taimanin asagi arena ever gets released, it will be heavily censored.
    My understanding is that some other company already has the license for that game, so it's off the table entirely.

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    Wow this is pathetic. I was wondering if i should sell my game on their platform but evidently not. Thanks for taking the time out to show this.

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    Just to be clear, Nutaku has promised not to censor any downloadable titles on their new platform. That promise does NOT extend to their freemium web games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanahtlig View Post
    Nutaku has a checkered history regarding censorship. Their removal of many characters from their most popular title, Millennium Wars Aigis, severely disrupted game balance and caused considerable backlash from their fanbase. These characters were removed because they were considered too young-looking for Western audiences. In response to the backlash, Nutaku experimented with other types of censorship that would be better tolerated. Nutaku retained all characters in Osawari Island, instead completely redrawing character faces and bodies to make them look more "mature".

    Comparison shots showing off Nutaku's "artistic side"

    Nutaku was taken by surprise when fans were still unhappy. Perhaps learning from these incidents, Nutaku made alterations in subsequent titles more subtle. Lolis were given ample breasts, since breast size clearly indicates sexual maturity and readiness for sex. Scenes involving tentacle rape were stealthily substituted with other creative options. You see, tentacles represent bestiality, the exploitation of a creature that is incapable of giving meaningful consent to sex, and therefore tentacle rape would represent statutory rape of the tentacles. Yet still some fans weren't satisfied, and privately Nutaku discussed quietly rolling back these much-maligned alterations.

    Yet some things never change. Indeed, Girls Kingdom hasn't escaped the censors' brush. But Nutaku is missing the point, as the alternations themselves were never the main issue. No, it was the dishonesty. You see, Nutaku has not *once*, to my knowledge, informed their audience that a game would be censored, or what alterations were made in advance. They prefer to keep quiet about it and hope their audience doesn't notice, because censorship is frowned upon and some customers would leave over it. But the Internet doesn't like a coverup, and if they won't reveal it, then it will be revealed for them.

    I gathered a pair of comparison shots of the DMM and Nutaku versions as a sample of the censorship in Girls Kingdom. These are surely just the tip of the iceberg, and the cuts could very well run much deeper.

    Girls Kingdom DMM vs. Nutaku Image Comparisons

    In addition, I've compiled a comprehensive list documenting eroge in English with censored official English releases. To my displeasure, Nutaku releases feature prominently in this list.

    Eroge with a censored official English release, a comprehensive list

    I hope others find this resource useful, as I devoted considerable effort to create it. Other Nutaku games not currently on the list are also likely censored, and I'd welcome community input to document them as well.


    Wait... so I started that game and its STILL gonna be censored? I hate that crap. Im not the smartest person in the world.. whats a DMM and how did that uncensor? game laggy as crap on my laptop but Nutaku really aggrivates me because of their censorship. Im deep in peropero.. took it as censored since I started.. not going to pay for any censored game and they charge way too much money for anything on their games anyway... can you explain the DMM to me? and refer me to a decent game thats kinda what Im looking for? some pay no censor. lol.. Im sure its been a while since you posted this but I hope you get it
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    The DMM version is the Japanese version; DMM is simply the developer / publisher.

    In the Nutaku version of Girls Kingdom, Nicole's breasts are enlarged to avoid offending Western audiences with "loli" content. To be fair, Nutaku also removes the mosaics over the genitalia (like any other English publisher).

    As for recommendations, what type of game / content are you looking for?

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    Well.. I do enjoy the games like Girls Kingdom. Where you drop support on enemy placements and in turn help develop your own kingdom (from what I have gathered from it so far at least). Just irks me about the censoring of the genitalia. lol. I am not into the whole 'loli' thing per say, but I mean you can find anything on the internet if you look. I just want to be able to play it without it making me feel like I'm some kid that shouldnt be allowed to see the things they have those (mosaics?) over. I mean damn, lol.. even when I WAS a kid I could still find stuff like that, but thats another story.. hahaha. I just want to play something like that which you have in comparisons in your link that DONT have the mosaics censoring it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    I just want to play something like that which you have in comparisons in your link that DONT have the mosaics censoring it out.
    Most or all of Nutaku's games don't have mosaic censorship. Nutaku censors a long list of other types of content, including: lolis, tentacle scenes (bestiality), blood, religious garb and symbols, and symbols of bondage. If that doesn't bother you then play Nutaku games I guess?

    But honestly, I'd recommend games like Brave Soul, Beat Blades Haruka, and Seinarukana instead. The overall level of quality is much higher.

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