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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 and 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.
  • As seen on the page picture, Strike Witches loves doing this when they don't use Censor Steam. 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 Cat Planet Cuties. too, which is not shy of using this on general.
  • Aria the Scarlet Ammo uses this to censor... girls in their underwear. Is this show aired at grade schoolers or what?
  • 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.
  • Happens during extremely violent attacks in Blood-C. 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.
  • 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.
  • When the clothes of most of 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.
  • To Love-Ru. Not much in the first anime (in a occasion this replaces Speech-Bubble Censoring), but often in the TV adaptation of the sequel "Darkness". Instead, the BD edition is uncensored.
  • Maken-ki!: Used to obscure the girls' naughty bits whenever they're undressing and occasionally during bath scenes, along with Censor Suds. Averted in the DVD release.
  • 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 Drop Out with Gabriel's Holy Shield; heaven itself shines blinding light on her private parts to hide them...even in-universe.

     Comic Books  

  • The Young Justice comic featuring The Mighty Endowed. Her "huge tracts of land" are censored out via this method.


  • 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 The Full Monty.

     Live-Action TV  

  • 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 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.
  • CSI has employed conveniently placed standing magnifying glasses that create a lens flare/distorted light effect on bodies.
  • Deal or No Deal often uses this to hide the contents of cases in previews of upcoming episodes.
  • Saturday Night Live used this in their 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 The X-Files to cover the backside of a naked man walking down a highway.


  • Holly Valance'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".

     Web Comics  

  • Used in this Sunday@10 pinup ("somewhere between SFW and NSFW", according to the author).

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