Pettanko - The small breast crisis

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Have you heard of the Japanese word Pettanko [ぺったんこ]? In Japanese, this word is used to refer to small-breasted girls, 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 that the word pettanko it does not refer to small breasts, but to a female character who attaches great 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 about the size of their breasts.

The girl can be extremely proud of having smooth 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 a board.

Pettanko - a crise dos peitos pequenos

Girls with pettanko complex

Remember that girls who have small or flat breasts and don't care about this fact, cannot be called pettanko. There is another popular term for small breasts which is pechapai [ペチャパイ]. There are no age requirements to become 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 resort to extreme methods to try to increase the size of their breasts, change their diet or exercise. There are even digital books to enlarge your 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:

Pettanko - a crise dos peitos pequenos
Small breasted charactersAnime / Manga / Game
Aisaka TaigaToradora!
Amakusa ShinoSeitokai Yakuindomo
Aria Holmes KanzakiHidan no Aria
Fear Kubrick
HarunaKore wa Zombie Desu ka?
Hinagiku KatsuraHayate no Gotoku
Honda MasazumiKyōkai Senjō no Horizon
Kisaragi YamaguchiGA Geijutsuka Art Design Class
Kodama HimegamiMaken-ki!
Konata IzumiLucky ☆ star
Kurimu SakuranoSeitokai no Ichizon
Kuroko ShiraiTo Aru Kagaku at Railgun
KuroyukihimeAccel World
Inverse LinaSlayers
Lisara RestallDakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai
LouiseZero at Tsukaima
Mahiru InamiWorking!!
Mikazuki YozoraBoku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Minami IwasakiLucky ☆ star
Minami ShimadaBaka to test Shōkanjū
Mio IsurugiMM!
Miyamoto KonatsuTari Tari
Nakano AzusaK-ON!
Nana Astar DevilukeTo love Ru
NazunaSketch of Hidamari
NymphSora no Otoshimono
Riko SuminoeKiss × sis
LeaveSketch of Hidamari
Sakurako Oomuro 6Yuru Yuri
Sakurano KurimuSeitokai no Ichizon
Setsuna KiyouraSchool days
ShanaShakugan no Shana
Tainaka RitsuK-ON!
YunoSketch of Hidamari

And who has big breasts?

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 the size of their breasts and are called dairy cows.


I don't know a reverse pettanko word, but there are a few words to refer to big breasts, such as: boinboin [ボインボイン] or simply boin which is an onomatopoeia of huge breasts boing. Other words with mechapai [めちゃぱい] and hotomune [ほと胸] are also used.

Pettanko - a crise dos peitos pequenos

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, the other articles I wrote and recommend reading are: