The second season of Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon ( Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid ) recently hit the catalog of China’s streaming platform, Bilibili with modified characters owing to censorship laws in the territory.
China’s latest censorious act was discovered on Dec 17, by Twitter user @Ales_Coffee. The user provided screenshots comparing the original Japanese release and the version found on Bilibili.
The changes were mostly notable on the newly introduced character Ilulu in Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S anime. Her busty chest was also a point of outrage for Western third-wave feminists who believed their existence on the dragon’s body promoted pedophilia.
The broadcasts outright removed Ilulu’s breasts from her body in an attempt to ‘correct’ the original series mangaka, Coolkyousinnjya’s, character designs.
Furthermore, Ilulu was not the only member of the cast to suffer a forced body modification at the hands of China’s censors. The other female dragons namely, Tohru, Elma, and Lucoa were also subject to censorship.
Full-body shots of the series’ more well-endowed cast members were likewise edited in the opening and ending credits.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Coolkyousinnjya. The manga series started serialization in May 2013 in Futabasha’s monthly magazine. Kyoto Animation studio picked up the manga for an anime series. The first season aired in January 2017, while the second season aired in September 2021.
Crunchyroll describes the series as follows:
Miss Kobayashi is your average office worker who lives a boring life, alone in her small apartment–until she saves the life of a female dragon in distress. The dragon, named Tohru, has the ability to magically transform into an adorable human girl (albeit with horns and a long tail!), who will do anything to pay off her debt of gratitude, whether Miss Kobayashi likes it or not. With a very persistent and amorous dragon as a roommate, nothing comes easy, and Miss Kobayashi’s normal life is about to go off the deep end.
Source: Blooming Into Comics