Have you heard of the Japanese word Pettanko [ぺったんこ]? In the Japanese language, this word is used to refer to girls with small chests, especially in anime and manga. But this word has a much broader meaning that we will try to address and explain in this short article.
First of all, the word pettanko does not refer to small breasts, but to a female character who gives a lot of importance to the fact that her breasts are smooth. Having small breasts is no problem in Japan, nor should it be in the rest of the world, but pettanko girls make a big fuss because of the size of their breasts.
The girl can be extremely proud of having flat breasts like a board or extremely embarrassed and angry. Some girls take the fact that their breasts are small so seriously that they curse and tease girls with big breasts, either out of jealousy or pride in being an ironing board.
Girls with pettanko complex
It is worth remembering that girls who have small or flat breasts and do not care about this fact, cannot be called pettanko. There is another popular term to refer to small breasts which is pechapai [ペチャパイ]. There are no age requirements for becoming a pettanko.
Despite being an absurd subject to write, pettanko can be a serious problem in Japan, especially if we are talking about anime. Some girls use extreme methods to try to increase the size of their breasts, change their diet or exercise. There are even digital books to enlarge the nipples (I don’t know if it works).
In the west the complex for small breasts is called Ou Delicious Flat Chest (DFC). We can see in several anime that breasts are really a problem among women. A picture I found on wikipedia shows some anime characters that may have this complex of small breasts:
|Small breasted characters||Anime / Manga / Game|
|Amakusa Shino||Seitokai Yakuindomo|
|Aria Holmes Kanzaki||Hidan no Aria|
|Haruna||Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?|
|Hinagiku Katsura||Hayate no Gotoku|
|Honda Masazumi||Kyōkai Senjō no Horizon|
|Kisaragi Yamaguchi||GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class|
|Konata Izumi||Lucky ☆ star|
|Kurimu Sakurano||Seitokai no Ichizon|
|Kuroko Shirai||To Aru Kagaku at Railgun|
|Lisara Restall||Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai|
|Louise||Zero at Tsukaima|
|Mahiru Inami||Working !!|
|Mikazuki Yozora||Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai|
|Minami Iwasaki||Lucky ☆ star|
|Minami Shimada||Baka to test Shōkanjū|
|Miyamoto Konatsu||Tari Tari|
|Nana Astar Deviluke||To love Ru|
|Nazuna||Sketch of Hidamari|
|Nymph||Sora no Otoshimono|
|Riko Suminoe||Kiss × sis|
|Leave||Sketch of Hidamari|
|Sakurako Oomuro 6||Yuru Yuri|
|Sakurano Kurimu||Seitokai no Ichizon|
|Setsuna Kiyoura||School days|
|Shana||Shakugan no Shana|
|Yuno||Sketch of Hidamari|
And who has big tits?
Some women complain about having big breasts or want to have smaller breasts, we can see this occasionally in some anime and clearly in real life. Some are even bullied because of their breast size and are called dairy cows.
I don’t know a reverse word for pettanko, but there are some words to refer to big boobs, like: boinboin [ボインボイン] or simply boin which is an onomatopoeia of huge boobs boing. Other words with mechapai [めちゃぱい] and hotomune [ほと胸] are also used.
I hope you enjoyed this short article, it was very tense to write about this delicate subject. If you liked this article don’t forget to share and leave your comments. This is the fourth time I approach breasts in an article.