Before I get into my actual post, I would like to introduce myself. Hello Bitmob! My name is Brenton Pyle and I am a gamer (shocker!). I hope to post as much as I can, especially in these first weeks to get my blog off the ground. Hope you enjoy!
Ah Japan, the nerds paradise. How many long to journey to the crowded streets of Tokyo and take in all its glory. Although I too would love to take a trip to the nerd homeland, I do have very distinct problems with it.
I first would like to point out that I am a recovering japanophile. The stacks of manga and shonen jump magazines easily surpasses my 5 foot, 10 inch stature. I have grown up playing Japanese games and watching anime. I even have a Naruto headband sitting in my clothing drawer. As I have grown up, I have become less enchanted with my old obsession.
I grew away from watching anime and reading manga and more focused on American culture. This last summer, I recently delved back into Japanese games again and some accute points struck out at me. My problem may seem weird, but hear me out. Many people accuse Japan of backwards design or have a bone to pick with the overly emo storylines. I accept both of these “faults.” What bugs me the most about Japanese media, is the humor. My lord, the humor of Japan is horrible. Japan’s humor relys on perverted jokes (and they beat you over the head with it).
Every piece of media has to have some chick with obscenely giant tits, and every character has to point this out as a joke. Or maybe they’ll throw in an accidental upskirt. Or maybe they’ll be a stalkerish lover. Or seeing someone naked accidently. The list goes on. This feels very immaturish for me. It bugs me sooo bad that I want to put down good games because of this. Blazblue is a prime example of this. One of the characters, Tao (the supposed comic relief), refers to one girl as booby lady over and over and over and over (and over). He also trys to grab the boobs, and the boob girl has a stalkerish lover…the list goes on.
I feel like I would find this humor funny if I were in middle school or fifth grade (haha boobies). The only non-offender I seem to have found is Persona 4. Any attempts of this type of humor were done very maturely and thus came off as funny. If only more Japanese media could learn from Persona 4 and actually make the mature tag on it actually mean something. By the way I still have to finish Persona, think I’ll go do that…..