It was only yesterday that the opinion of a American commentator saying that he thinks all anime is satanic and today we see another case of a political figure saying something negative about things that Otakus like.
The Communist Party of Japan has a newspaper called “Shimbun Akahata”, and an article in this newspaper eventually became a hot topic among Japanese game fans.
The article criticizes the Dragon Quest series of games, the excerpt reads as follows:
[su_quote]After a lot of thought, I decided to play Dragon Quest, a game I had played in the past that I bought secondhand at a store about a month ago. It was a lot of fun, you continue your journey talking to people, getting information, defeating monsters and leveling up.
The game is made by having various missions of rescuing someone, defeating small monsters, breaking curses, finding treasures, etc. Each of these missions can be completed in around 1 hour. The feeling of progress is satisfying, it’s a great day-to-day relief.
However, one thing that bothered me is the gender issue, I felt a strong “male perspective” here and there… For example, the “Chosen Hero” who was born to save the world from crisis is a man.
And he also has a beautiful childhood friend who waits forever for the hero. In terms of skills and roles, male characters are more focused on attacking while female characters are more focused on healing and support. The way they say “I am a man” and “I am a woman” also follows the gender stereotype.
In addition, the s*xiness of the characters is also an issue, the model of the female fighting characters emphasizes the breasts and hips, and there is also a Bunny outfit for the girls. The fact that several cities in the game have s*x areas is also a big question mark. [/su_quote]
After this part of the newspaper went viral, these were some of the comments that circulated on Twitter:
“Really, I can’t even trust leftists and rightists to protect otaku culture…”
“Gender equality is not imposing and being able to choose.”
“They’ve been complaining a lot about it, but they’re still promoting it”
“If they praised the whole game there would be no buzz”
“It’s people like this who allow this to end up happening here”
— むぎ (@46neko_fan) October 18, 2022
There are many people who are criticizing the characters of the new Pokémon game, finding the visuals extremely dull.
Anyway, what do you think?