Illustration for article titled Chinese Game Site Censors Winnie The Pooh in iKingdom Hearts III/i
Screenshot: Weibo, Buzz Plus

When Chinese game site A9VG recently covered Kingdom Hearts III, it decided to remove one thing: Winnie the Pooh.

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Below is a screenshot of the A9VG coverage that was posted on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter. According to Buzz Plus, to get around censors, it seems, the site decided to edit out Pooh bear.

Illustration for article titled Chinese Game Site Censors Winnie The Pooh in iKingdom Hearts III/i
Screenshot: Weibo, Buzz Plus
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What gives?

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has been repeatedly compared to Winnie the Pooh, which led to a crackdown of the character on Chinese social media.

More recently, the movie Christopher Robin was banned in China. According to The Hollywood Reporter, no official reason was given but a source claimed it was due to the Pooh comparisons.

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Other Chinese game sites ran images of the character (screenshot below), so it seems like A9VG was being on the more cautious side for social media.

Illustration for article titled Chinese Game Site Censors Winnie The Pooh in iKingdom Hearts III/i
Screenshot: A9VG
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A9VG, however, does have an image of Pooh bear on its website.

Illustration for article titled Chinese Game Site Censors Winnie The Pooh in iKingdom Hearts III/i
Screenshot: Sohu
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As does the website Sohu.com.

Other sites, however, did not include any images of the character.

A Chinese language version of Kingdom Hearts III is in development. It’s not yet known whether or not Winnie the Pooh will appear in the game or not.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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