So recently Jeff, Ryan and Patrick have been playing some Japanese fan service laden games like Dead Or Alive 5 and 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors, and they without fail remark that the material is creepy or unsettling. As someone who hangs out with a lot of people, both men and women, who are into Japanese video games and anime, I find it weird when people call it creepy. I feel like American culture sexualizes things in similar ways, but they don’t really get called “creepy” for it. Sure, women call the designers and creators misogynistic, but clearly there’s a market of people for it who don’t think it’s weird or creepy or it wouldn’t get made.
I mean, a lot of my female friends really like the character designs of these sexualized characters, and even cosplay as them and pose for pictures for complete strangers. Are they creepy and weird for liking sexualized characters? Or is it a kind of double standard where it’s acceptable for women to appreciate female characters, but not men?
Anyway, I’m hoping this sparks some discussion and we can all get a better understanding of why there’s a stigma of creepiness behind sexualized Japanese entertainment.