How Japan Censors Manga Afterwards
In Japan, a list exists that has 350 words on it that are deemed "undesirable". They aren't really banned but it is clearly unwanted that they are used. If they are, certain readers or viewers could be offended or interest groups could feel provoked to protest against the publishers or tv channels.
The still growing list does also affect manga and lets publishers debate as to whether they alter the old speech bubbles for re-issues and replace critical words by more socially-accepted terms. Oftentimes, they opt for censoring.
The website Kotaku has found a few good examples for that practice. For example, Fist of the North Star is one of the manga that are well-known in Western society. Here, Kotaku lists two alterations that are different in comparison to the original:
Head over to Kotaku for more examples.
Jun 22, 2017 The Bird with the Crystal Plumage by Arrow Video
Jun 22, 2017 Madhouse on Blu-ray
Jun 22, 2017 The Stendhal Syndrome by Blue Underground
Jun 22, 2017 The Lawnmower Man with Both Versions on Blu-ray
Jun 17, 2017 Transformers: The Last Knight with a Longer Cut?
Jun 17, 2017 Sony Starts Clean Version Initiative
Jun 17, 2017 Spider-Man 3 - Editor's Cut Released on Blu-ray
Jun 09, 2017 Just Before Dawn on Blu-ray in the UK
Jun 09, 2017 Event Horizon - No Extended Cut After All
Jun 09, 2017 Hellboy - Reboot About to Come