Finally we get to the WTF Japan?!? edition involving lolicon. I must admit that I’ve been procrastinating from writing this one because for me (and I would hope most people) it’s a pretty disturbing subject and it’s bound to get my blood boiling. But I’ve committed myself to this topic and it’s actually one of the main reasons I started this blog in the first place, as a place to express my thoughts on this subject matter, so as angry as it may make me, it’s something that I need to do.
One thing I’ve noticed over the past year is that my WTF Japan?!? blog posts, the one on traps in particular, have consistently been among my most popular articles. While I’m flattered by this because these are perhaps the ones I spend the most time researching and that I hold the strongest opinions on, I also worry that the reasons people are visiting these posts aren’t because they necessarily agree with them or are interested in my viewpoint, but rather were lured there for the exact reasons I’ve been ranting about. In many ways, it actually proves my point tenfold. And given that trend, I wouldn’t be surprised if this particular post becomes my most frequently visited article for all the wrong reasons. I’m not sure how to feel about that. On second thought, I’m pretty sure I know exactly how to feel about that.
That having been said, while the trap and incest columns may have shown me to be somewhat tolerant of those tropes, be prepared to find absolutely no quarter this time around. And for the record, I will not be linking to very many resources or providing specific examples given the nature of the topic, 1) because I don’t want to see it myself (feel free to look for yourself – it won’t be very difficult), and 2) I’m certain the FBI is already monitoring me just based on my Google searches and the few sites I did visit in order to research this topic.
Against my better judgment, I decided I’d like to write a review on the game Daibanchou: Big Bang Age. You see, Daibanchou is an eroge with RPG elements. For those of you who don’t know, an eroge – sometimes called a hentai game or H-game – is a Japanese video game that features erotic content, most often with anime-style artwork. So you can probably see why I’d be hesitant to post something like this in a public forum. This is not that post, by the way. Look for the review/final impressions in my next post, which should hopefully be up not long after this one. This is more of a warm-up for that review so you can understand my head-space while I was playing it.
To be honest, I don’t play very many eroges or visual novels in general; I think I’ve only ever played about five in total, but that’s not to say I’m not overly familiar with them because when you’re inundated in the culture, you tend to pick up on a lot of things. Truth be told I’m kind of a sucker for an attractive character design and am compelled to discover the character’s origin. Researching trivial things is kind of my forte.
How can I say no to this?
Personally, I tend to find them a bit tedious and trite in a lot of ways. CG stills of sex scenes do very little for me and the cringe-worthy dialogue and narration describing the sexual encounter in detail does even less for me. But as you may know, many of the romantic-comedy anime shows out there these days are actually based on preexisting eroges that have been stripped down into one route and with all of the sexual content completely removed. These are often referred to as harem shows, and they usually end with the protagonist either choosing one specific girl or never settling and keeping the possibilities open for all of the harem candidates. So sometimes it’s tempting to check out the other story possibilities the multiple routes provide, while also potentially satisfying one’s curiosity as to how all the sex factors in.
That having been said, I have a few problems in general with these sorts of games and I kind of wanted to clear the air and explain why. That’s kind of why I created this blog in the first place (to air grievances, not discuss eroge). Granted, it’s probably a bit unfair to put this under the WTF?!? Japan banner, but given that it’s somewhat related and I’m about to crap all over the eroge format, it seemed only fitting.
Cover image changed because apparently that’s all anyone had to say about this entire post.
The latest edition of WTF Japan?!? covers the taboo topic of incest and it’s prevalence in anime. While incest is nothing new to the entertainment medium, like the traps in anime that I discussed previously, incest and it’s varying iterations has become something of an unhealthy presence in anime.
As I’m sure all are aware, incest involves romantic or sexual relationships between closely related persons, most often family members. With respect to anime, these illicit relationships can run the gamut from the more extreme parent/child or blood-related siblings to the slightly more tame step-siblings, cousins or brother/sister complexes. The degree to which a relationship is taken or how seriously it is treated is all dependent on the anime.
In the immortal words of Admiral Ackbar: “It’s a trap!”
WTF Japan?!? is the newest segment to be introduced to my blog, featuring all of the weird and disturbing trends that primarily emanate from Japan and deserve to be monitored a bit more closely under the microscope. While I had originally planned on putting many of the subjects that will be discussed here under the Entropic State of the Industry heading, I have since decided to keep that feature confined to the more business and socioeconomic related topics while this new one discusses the more sociological, philosophical, psychological or just plain disturbing aspects of the geek industry at large.
That being said, the first topic on the block is anime traps. And by traps I don’t mean booby traps (not in the way you’d expect, anyway). No, a trap in anime is a boy who often dresses and acts in a manner similar to a girl to the point where one believes they actually are a girl, up until the point where someone develops feelings for them or discovers the wrong set of genitalia during an intimate moment. By that point they’ve already been taken in by the ruse, hence the name “trap.”