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The use of {{Lens Flare}}s (or perhaps some other stream of light) to hide something from sight. May give the impression that the censored areas are phosphorescent.

See also CensorSteam, CensorShadow.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''VisualNovel/TheyAreMyNobleMasters'': Miyu's bare chest is covered by the bright glow of a light positioned behind her.
* ''Manga/{{Saki}}'': in the Hot Springs episode, TabletopGame/{{Mahjong}} Club president Hisa delivers her lines with her back to the morning sun as it tops the trees. Between the lens flare at an oh-so-convenient angle and the sun over her shoulder, her only discernible features are on her face.
* ''Manga/GirlsBravo'': When Kirie steps into an elevator of Fukuyama's design, which doubles as a 'scanning' machine, it was presented in the original network debut as a very, very bright light that obscured anything that might be suggestive.
* As seen on the page picture, ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' loves doing this when they don't use CensorSteam. Even on ''night'' scenes, beams of light will appear out of nowhere. Thankfully DVD releases remove most of them.
* The "sunlight beams at night" happen on ''LightNovel/CatPlanetCuties.'' too, which is not shy of using this on general.
* ''LightNovel/AriaTheScarletAmmo'' uses this to censor... girls in their ''underwear''. Is this show aired at grade schoolers or what?
* ''Manga/ManyuHikencho'' uses huge white bars to censor bare breasts in its initial broadcast. However, since it's an action-comedy ''about'' huge breasts, this makes many episodes virtually unwatchable until the light- or non-censored versions are released.
* Happens during extremely violent attacks in ''Anime/BloodC''. Unlike the above examples, nudity is left untouched, oddly enough. Also, Saya hacking up monsters into bloody chunks is left uncensored, but when it's a human, they break out the censor.
* ''Anime/SpacePirateMito'' uses lens flare to conceal Mito's deceased husband Kogero's features
* In the second half of ''Anime/KillLaKill'', Aikuro goes around wearing nothing but a utility belt with a [[HandOrObjectUnderwear conveniently placed pistol holster in the front]]. For all the instances in which this is insufficient to cover his privates (which is quite often), bright pink lens flare is called upon to aid in the effort.
** Like most tropes in the show, it's [[UpToEleven exaggerated to the point of parody.]] HIS nipples also have the flare-censor, which wasn't added in later but literally lights up the room around and tends to blind people. No one else in the show gets it, though anyone else who ends up exposed instead has BarbieDollAnatomy. Except for Mataro (an elementary school student who doesn't get much detail anyway) and Guts (a dog.)
* In ''Anime/OccultAcademy'', Bunmei's naked entrance is obscured by the fact that the sun is right behind him. His shadow, on the other hand, is not. The lens flare is solely for the viewer's benefit, judging from Maya's rage after he lands.
* Parodied in ''Anime/HyperdimensionNeptuniaTheAnimation'', where the lights are sentient entities assigned to cover girls. Unfortunately for Nepgear, her lights get blown away by a gust of wind and she is exposed.
* When the clothes of most of ''Anime/{{Etotama}}'''s Eto-shin girls are magically removed, Lens Flare Censors hide the naughty bits, much to Nya-tan's annoyance. The girls go on to point out that the Lens Flare Censors are animated in, so they can't be removed as part of the blu-ray release.
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu''. Not much in the first anime (in a occasion this replaces SpeechBubbleCensoring), but often in the TV adaptation of the sequel "Darkness". Instead, the BD edition is uncensored.
* ''Manga/MakenKi'': Used to obscure the girls' naughty bits whenever they're undressing and occasionally during bath scenes, along with CensorSuds. {{Averted}} in the [=DVD=] release.
* One early episode of ''Manga/DragonBall'' has Yamcha peeking into Oolong's trailer to see if he can spot the dragonballs, Bulma happens to wake up at that moment completely nude, a glare covers up her nipples as she stands in front of the window, the sight causes Yamcha to faint as he had a fear of girls at this point, the English television release had the glare cover up her entire chest.
* Parodied/lampshaded in ''GabrielDropOut'' with Gabriel's Holy Shield; heaven itself shines blinding light on her private parts to hide them...even in-universe.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* The ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'' comic featuring The Mighty Endowed. Her "huge tracts of land" are censored out via this method.


[[folder: Film ]]

* Most Japanese films shown in UK cinemas during the 1970s and 1980s had lens flare censorship, notably the film released as 'Yellow Emmanuelle'. It also had English subtitles at the bottom for the English viewers, and Japanese subtitles at the left side for Japanese readers of (presumably) English dialogue.
* A blatantly out-of-place footlight covers... something that would otherwise hang into view... at the end of ''Film/TheFullMonty''.


[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
** It uses lens flares to cover the genitals of cadavers, instead of the usual sheet that other forensic shows tend to use.
** The the corpses tend to be [[BarbieDollAnatomy anatomically incorrect]] anyhow, as sometimes they don't superbright the women's chests, and you can see that they (along with about 80% of the male cadavers) have no nipples.
** In some sixth-season episodes, they've changed methods and gone for a small towel.
** It's particularly notable that the size of the lens flare changes depending on the state of the cadaver, even within a single episode. A male cadaver's chest will be lit normally, while a female cadaver's chest will initially be hidden by lens flare, only to be lit normally once it's been open for autopsy.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' has employed conveniently placed standing magnifying glasses that create a lens flare/distorted light effect on bodies.
* ''Series/DealOrNoDeal'' often uses this to hide the contents of cases in previews of upcoming episodes.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' used this in their [[Music/InsaneClownPosse Thrilla Killa Klownz]] video "Magical Mysteries," when Ryan Phillippe (as an unnamed Thrilla Killa Klown) grabs his crotch as he raps, "And all you scientists can suck our *bleep*."
* Used in an episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' to cover the backside of a naked man walking down a highway.


[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/HollyValance's "Kiss Kiss" video. An entire career founded on lens flare hiding potential nudity.
* Used ''extensively'' in the music video for Methods of Mayhem's "Get Naked".


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Used in [[http://www.sundayat10.com/images/scratch/opera-house1.png this]] Sunday@10 pinup ("somewhere between SFW and {{NSFW}}", according to the author).


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In Music/{{Hyadain}}'s "Four Fiends of the Elements", this is what we see when Rubicante [[SexyCoatFlashing shows us what's under his mantle]].