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Why are anime girls drawn without pubic hair?

I believe Japan's obscenity laws have some particular rules regarding pubic hair. Also, often hentai artists prefer a hairless body for their particular demographic / fetish / etc. Up until the mid ...
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Are there censored or discarded Pokemon creatures and what are the motives behind it?

Censored creatures: Likely little. As @Torisuda has mentioned, there's no incentive for them to create pokemon that toe the line - it's a show for kids, they will want innocent monsters. Sexual ...
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Why do some people think that handholding should be censored in anime?

They don't. It's sort of a running joke in the anime community that holding hands is a lewd and explicit act, and this in turn has spawned jokes about how hand-holding should be censored. I'm unsure ...
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Was Sailor Moon edited in the English version?

In general, Sailor Moon was heavily edited for the US release as detailed by fans for example here. In particular nudity was avoided as exemplified below. The source of these images is this ...
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What are the anime censorship laws in the United States?

The FCC, the government body responsible for broadcasting media, does not have any specific laws against animation that comes from Japan, otherwise known as anime. Because the 1st amendment protects ...
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Was Sailor Moon edited in the English version?

Though I watched the original English dub when it first aired on TV in the U.S., I do not follow any of the details about it, so I will not attempt to answer the first half of your question, but I can ...
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Why do they censor vomiting in anime?

Simply put, nobody wants to see the vomit of anyone as it is so creepy and disgusting that even children will not like it. There can be many reasons behind this: 1. Gross and disgusting or creepy ...
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What is Christmas present Tohru gives Miss Kobayashi in episode 10?

This is just how anime shows "a very disgusting thing vaguely shaped and colored like this". It's not a new thing, off the top of my head I can remember one other instance for which we have a ...
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Why do some people think that handholding should be censored in anime?

Warning: Text under spoiler tab contains NSFW terms It's satire to the whole absurd censorship rules in the anime industry (see this video to know more on these absurd rules). I did some digging and ...
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Why, in the dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, were the Earthbound Gods renamed the Earthbound Immortals?

I don't really follow Yu-Gi-Oh anymore, but I think this can be explained on purely linguistic grounds. Leaving Obelisk (and "Slifer") aside for a moment, Ra and Osiris take as their namesakes beings ...
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Is intentionally producing a lower quality TV release unique to anime?

You are correct that it is about a rush of timing during the initial broadcast of the series. The Sailor Moon Crystal Failures website is maintaining a log of Toei's initial run screenshots with ...
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What is the reason behind this strange censorship of a specific scene in Tokyo Ghoul?

The whole show was highly censored, as shown in this comparison album (Obviously spoilers): https://imgur.com/a/tvt2r The main reason is Japanese censorship laws, which are very different from laws ...
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Why was the kiss not shown?

I'm a little late to the party, but I think it might be more of an artistic choice than anything else. Victor's arm is probably there to protect their own private moment together instead of it being ...
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When was the first usage of 'white light' censorship in anime?

TV Tropes has a page on the shadow censorship, which is essentially the same thing. The basic idea comes from overall censorship laws, such as exist in Japan. As this article mentions, a common means ...
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