Before Pokémon in Toys-R-Us and Naruto in Wal-Mart, before manga was all about selling stuff to 14-year-olds, there was a time when anime and manga were all about sexual degeneracy.
Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos has left its slimy mark on Japanese manga, anime, pinball, and dating sim games. It always comes back to those infamous tentacles, as seen in adult horror anime such as Toshio Maeda's Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend.
The Japanese catchphrase moe means "budding," mostly applied to young girls. But it's also part of Japanese political satire - in moe comics, the U.S. military and war-torn countries of Central Asia are represented as cute girls and metrosexual boys.
Why have so many manga titles - including the ever-popular Dragon Ball - been censored in the United States? The fact is that fans here buy manga because they love the Japanese sensibility that censors want to whitewash out.