Have you ever heard of the Japanese word Pettanko [ぺったんこ]? In the Japanese language, this word is used to refer to small-chested 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 rather to a female character who attaches great importance to the fact that her breasts are flat. Having small breasts is no problem in Japan, and it shouldn't 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 flat chests like a board or extremely embarrassed and angry. Some girls take the fact that their boobs are small so seriously that they curse and tease girls with big boobs, either out of envy or pride in being a board.
The girls with the 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 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 about, pettanko can be a serious problem in Japan, especially if we're 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 nipples (I don't know if it works).
In the west the complex for small chests is called Or 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 can have this complex of small breasts:
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|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 Senjo no Horizon|
|Kisaragi Yamaguchi||GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class|
|Konata Izumi||Luck ☆ star|
|Kurimu Sakurano||Seitokai no Ichizon|
|Kuroko Shirai||To Aru Kagaku no Railgun|
|Lisara Restall||Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai|
|Louise||Zero no Tsukaima|
|Mikazuki Yozora||Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai|
|Minami Iwasaki||Luck ☆ star|
|Minami Shimada||Baka to test the 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 boobs?
Some women complain about having big boobs or wanting to have smaller boobs, we can occasionally see this in some anime and clearly in real life. Some even get bullied because of the size of their breasts 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 boon 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 little article, it was quite 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've covered boobs in an article, the other articles I've written and recommend reading are: