Crazy shrine maiden anime Kannagi has been censored for what lagged (but extremely high quality) satellite broadcaster BS-J deems unacceptable utterances, with the words replaced by a bleep in classic fashion.
The profane word in question is “S**y”, referring to the lately troubled electronics giant of PlayStation fame, and it is used twice in the (obscene in the eyes of many) phrase “It’s a S**y”, occurring in a brief discussion of DVDs on the show.
However, the word in question is reproduced visually, uncensored, in the above frame, and apparently appeared audibly in previous episodes intact.
Although it seems quite possible the company in question has fallen so far out of favour that it is now considered a dirty word, some also speculate that the various corporate connections (keiretsu) involved, or simple demands of sponsorship, may have provoked this petty reaction.
A recent broadening of what can form an acceptable subject for copyright may also be at issue.
This broadcaster also has a reputation for censoring fences…