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

See also Censor Steam, Censor Shadow.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • They Are My Noble Masters: Miyu's bare chest is covered by the bright glow of a light positioned behind her.
  • Saki: in the Hot Springs episode, 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.
  • Girls Bravo: 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.
  • Manyu Hikencho 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.
  • Space Pirate Mito uses lens flare to conceal Mito's deceased husband Kogero's features
  • In the second half of Kill la Kill, Aikuro goes around wearing nothing but a utility belt with a 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 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 Barbie Doll Anatomy. Except for Mataro (an elementary school student who doesn't get much detail anyway) and Guts (a dog).
  • In Occult Academy, 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 Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation, 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.
  • One early episode of Dragon Ball 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 Gabriel DropOut with Gabriel's Holy Shield; heaven itself shines blinding light on her private parts to hide them...even in-universe.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • A blatantly out-of-place footlight covers... something that would otherwise hang into view... at the end of The Full Monty.
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    Live-Action TV 
  • NCIS 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 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. 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.
  • CSI has employed conveniently placed standing magnifying glasses that create a lens flare/distorted light effect on bodies.

    Video Games 
  • Bayonetta: Jeanne gets her outfit destroyed in her fourth and final battle. Before making a suit out of her own hair, she is seen with a purple light covering what would have been a view of her crotch from behind.


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