@GamerKillance yes, theres culture differences and legal differences between the east and west. rather distinct ones and ones that could cause various problems. with that stated, foreign games are /foreign/, ergo 'should' be held to the standards of their home country not the country they are porting to. localization teams arent supposed to sanitize the game, but adapt cultural references in a way that can be understood. that has been a /very/ long standing argument among the fans.
yes, there are two sides to that particular argument, people who are in favor of censoring and sanitizing the media that gets transferred over, but my personal point on the topic is no matter what you do your going to have people get pissed off. take the easier route and just leave it the hell alone.
in terms of conflation with reality (which is the only justification i can figure for trying to block it)... first off, fictional characters. they have no actual age or actual presence. theres been similar arguments for example trying to link violence, sexism or whatever behavioural pattern to interactions with a fictional setting. none of them have actually proven any such thing however. hell, the violence one was researched to hell and back thanks to jack thompson and the /most/ they found was that video games increased peoples competitiveness /while playing the game/. that includes aspects of aggression mind you, but those according to the studies i've seen go away when the game gets turned off.
second off, assume that people think somehow that this is a reality or equivalent. well, ignoring the fact that person is mentally ill and /that/ should be addressed instead... the characters are all adults ingame. they are members of a militia / army / exploration team which is officially mandated and structured. they are of legal majority in lore regardless of appearance. and with that stated, there are such things as midgets, including midgets that look very young either intentionally or not. would you count them as "visually minors" therefore illegal for anything even remotely sexual?
third as i believe you stated, there is a strict set of restrictions on outright lewd content which nominally could and would be applied to character aesthetic as well. meaning that /if/ someone decided to lewd the loli, that is a bannable offense. why not just leave it in and leave it that way? not that i agree with that particular thing, but it would cut a lot of the censorship argument off at the knees which to me is a good thing. unless you want to make the argument that the loli is lewd because it exists...?
and someone mentioned how they were shifting the heights based on cultural norms perhaps... unless i misread it. in which case has anyone tested if they allow you to make /taller/ characters than in the japanese version?
anyway, my personal point is censorship is stupid, its not going to cause /less/ fighting among the community and has never notably altered the sales/playtime except perhaps in the negative. as to legal standards in the US, the relevant standards are obscenity laws IE completely subjective with no fixed standard involved. meaning you can get caught with them /anyway/. there is no legal definition of obscene content that i have ever seen, in fact the only times i've seen it defined it is as "I'll know it when I see it" which means 100% subjective definition.
@John-Paul-RAGE welcome to the internet >.< anything remotely like this is going to get direct comparisons between the versions and any such alterations /will/ be pointed out. thoroughly and usually with a fair bit of anger or mockery. the world is a whole lot closer now... which can cause lots and lots of problems.