Bravely Default’s Western release sees female costumes censored, ages increased

Friday, 3rd January 2014 11:56 GMT By Dave Cook

Bravely Default: Flying Fairy’s Western release appears to have brought with it a range of censorship changes, most notably an attempt to make female costumes less revealing and making characters a few years older.

Posting on the IGN boards, one user has produced a side-by-side comparison from both versions of Square’s RPG. The recently-released European build is on the left, while the Japanese build is on the right.

Image credit: BangSilverGang.

As you can see, the Western build has been censored slightly. In addition to the costume changes, the characters have been edited to make them 18 years old, instead of 15 for obvious reasons.

Have you noticed anything different about your own copy of the game, European readers?

Bravely Default: Flying Fairy will hit 3DS in North America on February 7, 2014.

Via Nintendo Life.



  1. slk486

    I applaud those changes. I don’t see them as censorship, but modifications for the market and, quite frankly, more tasteful :)

    #1 11 months ago
  2. jayc4life

    Can’t say it bothers me too much to be honest. I was impressed by the demo and will be picking it up soon if I can find it at a good deal. Wouldn’t have known if people didn’t kick up a fuss about it. Besides, if I want scantily-clad females, there’s the entire the rest of the internet. I don’t need it in an already-childish-looking 3DS game.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. OmegaSlayer

    It’s crazy to design characters looking like kids half naked.
    BUT I think it’s even crazier to censor them for an other market.

    Because devs clearly see they’re doing something wrong, and decided to patch it with a small band aid.
    Hypocrite much.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. The_Red

    Well said. They are trying to use 2 wrongs to make it right. The original, half-naked child-like characters are rather offensive but so is censoring them (Or anything for that matter).

    Though if I had to choose, I’d say censorship is the worst. With the offensive design, players can always criticize and discuss things. With censorship… well, it pretty much deletes the whole question just like countries like North Korea and Iran tend to do.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Clupula

    More freaking out over fictional characters. Disgusting what Puritans we are in the West.

    I wonder if Nintendo has anything to do with this. I mean, I recall hearing that Fire Emblem was also similarly censored, also on the 3DS.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. absolutezero

    They are super deformed blobs. They don’t look, behave or get treated like children within the game world. This should not be a thing.

    Censorship is stupid. If they had left the costumes as is in the original version then no one and I mean fucking no one would have said anything about them. Right now they’ve stirred up alot of negativity where there could have been nothing but a focus on the quality of the game.

    I mean who the fuck would be playing something like Bravely Default and get offended by this in the first place? Its not something mainstream and family friendly its a huge sprawling JRPG Final Fantasy spin-off, its niche as hell.

    Next up Senran Kagura gets localised for the EU and they heavily censor it completely defeating the purpose of the entire thing.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. Dark

    Why japan love the child-like characters design so much?

    #7 11 months ago
  8. Rudderless

    Bewildering that so few can see the sense in making minor but crucial adjustments to a game where a character makes sexually suggestive remarks to a bikini-clad 15-year-old.

    Of course, it shouldn’t really be like that in the first instance, but I guess that kind of content is more culturally acceptable in Japan. Surely a couple of minor edits that only a few people would even be aware of is the most sensible option?

    #8 11 months ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    @6 No, but they do look like overly sexualised underage characters in much of the original Japanese artwork, with deliberate angles made to emphasise physical attributes in intentionally sexual ways. It put me off wanting to play the game in its

    Nobody is claiming it should be censored. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to buy it. Obviously. That doesn’t mean people don’t have the right to discuss their personal views on its form as it currently exists.

    I and many others simply don’t want to look at this sort of thing, anymore than I want to look at a young girl sprawled on the floor in vulnerable and suggestive manners, like some of the game’s art portrayed them as. That does not make us “puritan”.

    @7 There has been an increasing growth in the otaku culture in Japan in recent years, and many companies realised that it’s a market they could tap into, because it was larger than the audiences they were targeting before.

    You honestly can’t walk five inches without most of this stuff permeating Japanese media anymore. A lot of the good and decent stuff gets buried as a result.

    It’s a very uncomfortable corner of Japanese culture, but please don’t think this is what most Japanese people are like, because it really is.

    #9 11 months ago
  10. OmegaSlayer

    I’m not a puritan by any slightest mean, but this is worng in both aspects.

    I always laugh when people cry over oversexualized characters but this whole story is ridicolous

    #10 11 months ago
  11. IntrovertedOne

    Americanizing art is sad and takes away from the original project. Video games can never develop as a form of artistic expression until we can use them to push boundaries and make people a little uncomfortable.

    I just went from a ‘buy it’ to a ‘play it on emulator’, you can’t ‘touch up’ a masterpiece.

    #11 11 months ago
  12. IntrovertedOne

    Also Hey Americans, your 15 year olds are doing alot of fucking and sucking in real life and you don’t care; in fact you popularize shows like ’16 and pregnant’ so why is it ok to celebrate in real life but not in fiction?

    #12 11 months ago
  13. Templar0929


    Sure and Japanese girls are holy innocent angels sent by God.

    Now I can’t speak for America but over here in the UK (asides from the estate trash) most teenage girls are teases and nothing more. It’s Japan where you see them running about with even skimpier dresses on.

    But how does any of this justify child pornography? This isn’t art. This is literal child porn. We know the Japanese have a weird fetish but this is illegal. They look like children for God’s sake so stop being stupid.

    This shouldn’t just be censored but banned too.

    #13 11 months ago
  14. Clupula

    @13 – Sure, you sanctimonious shit sack, let’s just ban everything that offends your personal world view. Ja wohl, Mein Fuhrer! Can I hear a “Pol Pot,” people?

    Seriously, I don’t get why people like you don’t just move to Afghanistan, where you can be safe from all the sexuality you want and people who disagree with your limited worldview can be dragged out in the street and shot. That’s what people like you want.

    As an American, let me say you can take the whole fucking Religious Right with you. I am so sick of people with a stick up their asses because a fictional character isn’t wearing enough clothing for your tastes.

    Seriously, fuck off, and buy a calendar. It’s not the fucking 1600′s anymore.

    #14 11 months ago
  15. Dragon

    I wonder how many here watch HBO.

    Teh mature internet guys, getting all squeaky about fictious video game character designs.

    How about “lol USA and UK” for million selling murder simulators? Or does looking at your own backyard is off-limits?

    #15 11 months ago
  16. Legendaryboss

    I don’t know why but i find what has been said here amusing.

    #16 11 months ago
  17. Hcw87

    It’s not about sexuality retard, it’s about CHILDREN BEING OVERLY SEXUALIXED.

    If you don’t see a problem with that, then you have something wired wrong in your brain. I have no problems whatsoever with sexuality in games as long as the characters are actual adults. If i see characters looking like 12-13 naked in a shower together laughing/giggling for example, then it’s awkward as fuck.

    Again, it’s not about sexuality in games, it’s having children in an overly sexual environment. Which is NOT ok however you look at it.

    Actually looking at the header of this post it’s not THAT bad, but that Persona screenshot i saw a week ago or so with underage-looking characters in a shower really disgusted me. TERA (korean version atleast) is also guilty of this practice.

    #17 11 months ago
  18. Legendaryboss

    “Looking like”? I sense either uncertainty, an imaginative mind or both. Now if one said “They are age X and Y” that would sound/be definite, if backed up as well.

    #18 11 months ago
  19. Ireland Michael

    I’m pretty sure the sexualisation of children is frowned upon in most mediums, not just video games.

    One of the promotional art pieces for this game in Japan:

    Artistic expression my arse. Even Japanese people know full well that this sort of thing is deliberately targeting a specific market that laps up this sort of perverted stuff. They’re not oblivious to it, and the laws have been cracking down on it a lot in recent years.

    @13 “It’s Japan where you see them running about with even skimpier dresses on.”

    Yeah, this isn’t even remotely untrue. Yes, there are unsavoury parts of a Japanese culture (as there is in any society), but don’t assume those are the average person, because that isn’t simply isn’t the case.

    @15 “Also Hey Americans, your 15 year olds are doing alot of fucking and sucking in real life and you don’t care; in fact you popularize shows like ’16 and pregnant’ so why is it ok to celebrate in real life but not in fiction?”

    Two wrongs do not make a right. Nobody is claiming “16 and Pregnant” is somehow better or more acceptable. It’s just as tasteless and exploitative.

    @17 Persona is usually fine. That sort of thing is very much the exception for the franchise, not the rule.

    Would it make you feel worse to know that those kinds of scenes exist is pretty much 9 out 10 modern animes? Gaming is relatively unscathed in comparison… until you start getting into the real weird crap like Hyperdimensia Neptunia and Ar Toneleco Quga.

    #19 11 months ago
  20. Cobra951

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the age of consent in merry olde England 16?

    The fact is that Americans have a shit fit at the mere suggestion of underage sex. Murderers wouldn’t be any more shunned than older adults having sex with 15-year-olds. Japan has a totally different level of tolerance about it. That’s why the game must look different in each market, assuming it can be sold in America at all. And yet they’re just animated groups of pixels. No real child was harmed in the making of this game. Sad, but what can we do?

    #20 11 months ago
  21. W-Item

    @OmegaSlayer It’s called a ‘chibi’ artform you dumbass.

    #21 10 months ago
  22. W-Item

    @Dark Chibi you moron.

    #22 10 months ago
  23. W-Item

    @slk486 It’s the same idiot prudes like you that really pisses me off when you applaud censorship.

    #23 10 months ago

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