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

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 [[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 animes. 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 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 characters Anime / Manga / Game
Aisaka Taiga Toradora!
Amakusa Shino Seitokai Yakuindomo
Aria Holmes Kanzaki Hidan no Aria
Fear Kubrick
Haruna Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?
Hinagiku Katsura Hayate no Gotoku
Honda Masazumi Kyōkai Senjō no Horizon
Kagura Gintama
Kisaragi Yamaguchi GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class
Kodama Himegami Maken-ki!
Konata Izumi Lucky ☆ star
Kurimu Sakurano Seitokai no Ichizon
Kuroko Shirai To Aru Kagaku at Railgun
Kuroyukihime Accel World
Inverse Lina Slayers
Lisara Restall Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai
Louise Zero at Tsukaima
Mahiru Inami Working!!
Mayumi Shuffle!
Mikazuki Yozora Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Minami Iwasaki Lucky ☆ star
Minami Shimada Baka to test Shōkanjū
Mio Isurugi MM!
Miyamoto Konatsu Tari Tari
Momiji Binbougami-ga!
Nakano Azusa K-ON!
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
Tainaka Ritsu K-ON!
Yuno Sketch 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: