@franzlska said:@zombiepie: Good lord, is that so? What I've seen of the reaction has been extremely mercurial, so imagining it being twice as bad elsewhere is a scary thought. I guess it makes sense though, with what little I knew about the series before looking into it lately, my perception has been that Bridget was a bit of a mixed bag over here while she was the long-running fan favorite in Japan.My bad on the Fate fighting games though, I scrolled through the franchise list and somehow completely missed 'em.Well... see... fuck. How do I put this. Everything I am going to present and say is meant to be taken as a purely educational exercise and that I do not actually believe any of the views I am about to review. Likewise, I understand that these reactions do not apply to the entirety of the Japanese people or Japanese FGC.Bridget was a fan favorite in Japan because the character was associated with the "Otokonoko" or "otoko no ko" label. The online circles that fetishize and/or relate or associate strongly with communities connected with that identifying label have reacted in one of two ways.Reaction #1: Dismiss this as another example of a Japanese developer placating "Western wokeness." If you find Japanese artists that are producing Bridget art, you're going to find a vast majority are continuing to bill the art with "Otokonoko" or "otoko no ko" label. On top of that, many account I'm looking at are using a popular meme which roughly translates to "Say something like you were born in the Showa era." In this context, it's being used to recall a supposed time when Japanese media was "its own thing" and absent from Western pressures.Reaction #2: The Doujinshi Reaction. A friend of mine lives in Japan and went to Comiket 100 and observed a MASSIVE amount of fan art and manga related to Bridget. However, the depictions of Bridget are more closely related to older versions and perceptions of the character than what was attempted in Strive. Part of this is a production limitation as many of these printing were made months in advance for Comiket, but there's a sentiment in the Doujin circle that "Well, if they want to do that with the character, whatever, but I'm sticking to my old guns. The number of times they observed when the word "trap," and its associated Japanese stan-bys, when applied to Bridget memorabilia, was high.