Censorship and bad “localizations” are sadly enough pretty common in the world of games nowadays (even though it seems as if things are just getting worse for each day that goes by). However, I can´t say that I´ve seen or heard about all that many cases which involve censorship in video game art books. Well, I guess that I´ve learned something new today. Because I didn´t know that the Western version of “Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE” art book had been censored in the West (or at least so it appears to be):

tokyo mirage sessions fe art book

Why would you even want to censor an art book for a game in the first place?

I mean, it´s already pretty well-known that Atlus localization of “Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE” has been censored quite a bit (the game is set for a release on the 24th of June in EU and USA for the Wii U). Even so, I never thought that the art book would end up being censored in the West as well (you can watch the special edition unboxing via GameXplain). Then again, we all know what happened with the “Bravely Second” art book

bravely second artbook censorship

The “Bravely Second” art book has been censored in the West (the picture has been borrowed from thewiredfishnetwork.com).

And on a personal level, I´m having a hard time to understand why Atlus and Nintendo would censor their art books in the first place? I mean, TMSFE is said to be rated T (+12 in EU)? And I´m quite sure that most of today’s teens have seen more naked skin via MTV (or other TV-channels and Internet shows) then they have in TMSFE. And you will only get your hands on the art book if you buy the special edition of the game. And since the limited edition has a 80 USD + shipment price tag, it´s more likely that it´s going to be mainly adults who’re going to pick that edition up then anyone else.

tokyo mirage sessions fe special edition

I don´t think it´s worth paying + 80 USD to get a censored game and a censored art book…

Nevertheless, I still don´t get why the TMSFE art book had to be censored in the West? Well, I guess that naked skin, female forms and curves is is too much for Nintendo and Atlus? (at least when it comes to Western releases, I guess). And since the censorship has gone beyond the digital realms of Gaming, and into our physical world. I can´t help to wonder what will be censored next? Video game soundtracks? Posters? T-shirts? Well, you get the idea. And who knows, maybe all the female video game characters will have to wear a burqa in the West in the future? (or maybe there won´t even be any female characters at all?).

tokyo mirage sessions fe censorship

Japanese release to the left, and the Western release to the right.

I for one have never liked censorship. And not only for the obvious reasons, but also because I don´t like the idea of paying for a toned down and incomplete game. Furthermore, it´s mental torture for me to be uncertain about what exactly I’m missing out on as well. For example, I could never imagine seeing myself playing a censored version of “Project Brutality“. As it violence, gore and brutality is a really important part of the game. And in the case with “Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE”, there is more naked skin to be found in our everyday lives (no matter if it´s TV, sports, ads, the beach or just a walk in the park), then there is fan service in the entire game as a whole. So I find the whole thing about the TMSFE art book being censored to be pure nonsense.

tokyo mirage sessions fe art book

I hope to see a side by side comparison between the Japanese and Western TMSFE art book as soon as possible.

And what exactly does Atlus and Nintendo hope to achieve by doing this? I mean, it´s not like people could just Google around for some XXX rated content (pretty much every single kid owns a smartphone with Internet connection nowadays). Well, I am yet to hear a final statement from Nintendo or Atlus on that matter. Nevertheless, I´m quite sure that most of today´s teens have seen female cleavage and booty before, so I hardly doubt that they will get a heart attack by seeing some digital female boobs and art pictures of booty in TMSFE.

jessica nigri lollipop chainsaw cosplay

Jessica Nigri had to change her “sexy” Lolipop Chainsaw outfit (seen to the right), to the “less” sexy default Lolipop Chainsaw outfit (this incident took place at Pax East 2012).

I actually thought of a funny thing concerning this matter just now. Because wouldn´t it be quite ironic if “Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE” becomes a big thing in the world of cosplay, and TMSFE cosplayers starts to flock to “family friendly” Gaming events? (I guess that´s when the “aggressive navel” policy comes into play). Even so, it doesn´t seem that Atlus (nor Nintendo) care all that much about that. Since we keep on getting censored video game localizations in the West. And since not even art books are safe from censorship, one can´t help to wonder how bad things will look a couple of years henceforth?

A whole lot worse I bet, not that average Gamer (whom most of the time is a blue pill/sheep kind of person) seem to care about censorship though, for example. I saw comments such as this on GameXplain´s TMSFE special edition unboxing video:

“Honestly, I couldn’t care less about the censorship. I just want to play a fun game from a developer that I really like.”

And quite frankly, it´s thanks to people such as him (or her) that we keep on getting more and more censorship injected into our games (people like that don´t see the big picture, and they won´t understand what´s lost before it´s too late). And I think enough is enough now, because you don´t have to be all that smart to figure out that if the censorship keeps on getting worse. Then we might not even be allowed to play some certain games (games with mature content) in the near future…(and “some” people wonder why #GamerGate is still alive and kicking, gee. I wonder why?).

With that said, what´s your take on this matter? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!

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38 Comments ON " The art book for Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE appears... "
  • Said it before and I’ll say it again – non-SJW censorship apologists are just as much of a cancer as the SJWs/feminists doing the censoring.

    I expected this anyway, so it doesn’t surprise me anymore. As long as the drones keep putting money in their pockets, this will keep happening.

    Also, the board ratings argument is highly debatable now in my opinion, because the one and only thing they’re absolutely hell bent on going after is cleavage, boobs and booty. That suggests to me that it may be more to do with spiteful SJWs/feminists on board that’s enforcing these changes for no reason at all.

    Because after all, SJWs/feminists are the masters of worming their way into high positions in organisations and companies.

    I wish there was some kind of regulation process for “localization” (that word basically means censorship to me now) of video games to stop this rubbish.

    Feminism is cancer.

    • Robot Maid

      Things like the ESRB need to be retooled to have a completely objective way of rating games. It’s so inconsistent.

      • Despite them being inconsistent, I’ve read that ESRB aren’t that bad. It seems to be companies like NoA, NISA, etc that are being the true assholes.

        • Robot Maid

          No, I believe the ESRB is something necessary too. It shifts any culpability from “exposing children to sensitive subjects” from developers, publishers, and retailers onto the parent (though that doesn’t stop people from blaming the former three).

          I also agree that NoA, NISA, and other companies like them that are the crux of the problem. However, they can use the “ratings” excuse several times. NISA is doing this for Criminal Girls, Capcom used it at one point for R. Mika’s butt slap, even Lab Zero tried it for Skullgirls.

          If there were objective ways of rating these games, they couldn’t use that excuse anymore and it’d be one less thing we’d need to call them out for. Of course, the problem becomes “what is objective” in this case. So it just needs to get as close as possible, I suppose.

        • Eric Alexander Smith

          The esrb are terrible and corrupt and are the real reasons things like this happen. Hen you submit your game to a company if they out right say nope it still costs you money. If you want a T rating because nintendo then they will force you to change your game multiple times. A good Example of this is Street fighter where they changed the rating 4 separate times within a month without the company CHANGING ANYTHING, each time costing them money. Japanese companies are afraid of the esrb and have to make drastic changes to their games to aviod upsetting them.

    • I try to stay in the middle, but sometimes it´s hard to stay there (I´m from Sweden, so it´s hard to stay calm when everything is beyond messed up). I get what you mean though, so I try my very best to avoid sounding like an crazy anti-SJW. Sadly enough, yes. As things are now so messed up that you can pretty much guess what will happen next. Of course, just look at Queen Anita. Correct, because “localization” is just a code word for “censorship”.

    • Pocketmarmots

      I just wish the average gamer could be persuaded that this sort of thing, that harms your customers and helps absolutely no one, is bad. It’s not like it’s the worst thing in the world, but it is inexcusable,

      • Hitting their finances is the only sure-fire way of making change but like you say, this is hard to achieve.

        There’s a lot of average gamers who are the ‘it’s-so-trivial-it-doesn’t matter’ types when it comes to censorship. And when you explain to them on why it’s important, they usually insult you back. I know because this has happened to me on Twitter loads of times for pointing out the Western cover of Odin Sphere. (yes her skirt armour piece is trivial but still needs to be pointed out)

        And the SJWs/feminists know this. They censor things that are minimal (usually graphics, aesthetics) and make sure that it doesn’t affect the actual gameplay itself. This results in the ‘it’s-so-trivial-it-doesn’t matter’ attitude of the average gamers. So what happens is that when we explain the importance, we get insulted back and ostracised by the average gamers. It’s an extremely clever game the SJWs play.

        What SJWs censor most certainly affects purists and fan-service gamers. And because the Western society tends to be prudes, this helps the SJW cause because there’s plenty of the ‘COD-dudebro-brofist’ gamer fags that are always ready to shout “weebs”, “ped0s”, etc. at anyone who stands against censorship etc.

        Sadly there’s not much you can do apart from inform people and trying to contact the Japanese developers. If both methods fail, then my hope is that mainstream games journalism improves to the point that gender politics will no longer be the agenda. Because after all, that’s what gets the boobs censored.

        Then you have the France and UK government proposals to make it a law to punish any “sexism” towards women in video games to worry about.

        It’s a long fight that doesn’t appear to be ending. And I absolutely blame feminism for it, no doubt.

        With the fall of Gawker, maybe things are looking up perhaps?

  • Robot Maid

    The people who are most likely to buy the game are the ones who want to take a deeper look into Japanese culture. People who are anime fans or Japanese video game fans and stuff who probably have already seen things that are loads more explicit.

    In this situation, I feel like ATLUS is just getting whipped into doing the censorship (look at their track record. They tend not to censor games if they can avoid it). Nintendo of America has been really puritanical as of late, what censoring something as innocuous as head patting.

    If they’re trying to approach a broader audience, NoA is simply doing it the wrong way because they’re also isolating the people most likely to buy it (the ones who like anime and don’t like censorship). It’s a niche game on a niche console in the first place.

    • Exactly, and I think that Nintendo turned their screws for sure. True that, and that´s also why it makes even less sense why Nintendo are doing this. I do recall something like that as well, and one of the actors said that she didn´t like it right? With no doubt…

      • qmystery

        Atlus has the history with changing things a la dungeon travellers 2, smt iv, ect.

        • And your point would be what? As both NOA and Atlus change/censor stuff.

          • qmystery

            Everyone does, get over it is my point

    • Right Dungeon Travelers 2

  • John Smith.

    No purchase, no support.
    I’m turning my back on both Atlus and Nintendon’t for good.

    • The art book part made my spill my tea…And you´re not the only person who´s doing that. I´m actually having the same thought myself.

  • Laytonaster

    At this point, I’m just plain through with Nintendo of America. This obsession with making everything “kid friendly” or whatever bullshit excuse they’re using these days is quickly making them the 4Kids of video games. It’s counterproductive, it’s unprofessional, and it disrespects on the work people put into these products AND the people who want to appreciate it.

    • I guess that´s why they rated the game “T” for teen…Exactly, it´s like an old joke that I heard about horror movies back in the 90s. An interviewer asked a Swedish horror producer what he thought about censorship. Well, the producer joked and said that he would rather shoot himself then to make horror movies for kids (kids as in 5-8 years old).

  • Dgnfly

    Ppl can make it stop if they all stopped buying. I just don’t get the retarded herd mentality. seriously the world is turning more into 1 big retarded Farmville. Atleast we can expect Persona 5 to get censored also.

    • I think that´s the only way to make this stop, to hurt them where it really hurts (in their wallets).

      • Dgnfly

        Just wish ppl would stop thinking they are the only one, there are more anime publishers now then ever and some that actually listen Xseed, Koei tecmo, Idea factory, Bandai namco if they know what’s good for them.

        I haven’t bought a ATLUS game in years and won’t be buying untill both the Censorship and english dub only stops. you can see that ATLUS has a SJW nfection and needs to be purged.

        • Absolutely, and that´s true. So it´s a damn shame that TMSFE didn´t end up in the hands of say, Xseed instead of Atlus. Well, I haven´t bought a game from them since the mid 2000s. And back then they weren´t anything like this.

      • Robot Maid

        A lot of people make that argument, but unfortunately, it may not fly outside of the native country. I’m sure they’ll just interpret “we won’t buy censored products” as “there’s no audience for it here, so we won’t bring the next one over.”

        • Then there is that of course…So yeah, it´s like being stuck between a rock and a hard place :S

  • qmystery

    Who cares. Atlus has the recent history of censorship. Not Nintendo. And seriously? The minority bitched about Xenoblade X and Fire Emblem and sales/critical acclaim were not effected.

    Once the game comes out, nobody will care about articles like this

    • Robot Maid

      What recent ATLUS games were heavily censored? Last I checked, Fatal Frame, Fire Emblem, and Bravely Second were handled by Nintendo. Not ATLUS.

      • qmystery

        Dungeon Traveller 2, SMT IV, I can go on.

    • Let me guess. You’re the same person who´s been dropping comments like this under different allies from the last three months or so? Well, here´s a reality check mate, “Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE” have sold really poorly in Japan:http://personacentral.com/genei-ibun-roku-fe-debuts-with-poor-sales-in-japan/

      Is that so? 😉

      • qmystery

        What? What are you talking about?

        Tokyo Mirage Sold poorly in Japan, won awards in Japan. So the quality is what matters to me as a purchaser

        • Winning awards doesn´t mean all that much when you don´t earn money mate (poor sales = People don´t buy your products and service). Really? Then I´m curious to know where you draw the line when it comes to censorship? Since it´s going to affect your “quality” sooner or later.

          • qmystery

            Sales will be much much much higher in the west.

          • And you base that on what? Wishful thinking? And you didn´t answer my previous question.

  • TT

    this is just nonsensical at this point, who would buy something that has had things removed and edited in the weirdest of fucking ways(to the point lines were re-recorded) not just in games, but the special edition’s artbook? Like, who are they trying to appeal to? Seriously, it’s like they are trying to make it sell worse here than in Japan.

    • Well, the game did rather poorly in Japan. So I hardly doubt that the censorship will improve sales outside of Japan…

      • TT

        I just can’t see the end game to all this, I’ve been paying close attention to this stuff after the stuff with Xenoblade(the swimsuit was iffy, but that other stuff was pointless), got worse with Fire Emblem, and Bravely Second and this just ensures I’m not buying this crap. Not even the decency to adjust the price accordingly since it’s clear they are half assing everything and cutting content.

        • That´s sad but true…Yes. And I think that´s the only thing that one could do at a time like this. And support those who don´t pull off stupid censorship stunts like this of course.

  • Pocketmarmots

    Ai-yai-yai. The more I hear about this game, the more grateful I am that I never really looked into it in the first place.

    Also, it’s really a shame about that Bravely Second artbook. Luckily for me, I was probably never going to buy it anyway, just because I’m not real fond of old-school JRPGs, but I couldn’t help but be saddened a bit by seeing those swell bondage images removed.

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