Hey folks, just here to share a few thoughts on how I feel about censorship in manga that’s supposedly geared towards a mature audience. Not quite hentai, but Seinen. (For example, the kind of censorship where they completely erase entire parts of a body).
It’s always been my belief that if you’re gonna draw something as part of your story, you should leave it all in. It’s a part of your hard work and time. I don’t even care if it’s something that I’d find incredibly off putting, or even down right disgusting, you should still leave it in. There’s a reason it’s geared towards “Adults”, right? So who exactly are they protecting by blotting out certain parts of particularly graphic scenes?
If it’s a law, I think it’s a rather absurd one that serves no purpose. I don’t see how it would hurt sells to leave in entire parts of graphic or even grotesque scenes, that’s the whole point of a “Seinen”. I almost consider it a violation of freedom of speech, but that’s just me. If you’re not going to leave a whole scene in as is, then just leave the entire thing out, I say.
tl;dr If you’re gonna attempt to censor something in a Seinen manga, just leave the whole thing out.