Otaku Rage over “Second-Hand” Loli Rorona

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Otaku have greeted the latest in the Atelier series of alchemy RPGs, Atelier Rorona, with disgust upon learning that the loli protagonist Rorona is in fact “second-hand” goods, apparently having something of a connection with a male character in the game.

Clear parallels seem apparent between this and the second-hand Nagi-sama fiasco

They soon populated an entire thread with their disgust at the prospect of having to play through so soiled an RPG, the highlights of which you can see below:

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A second-hand heroine? What kind of punishment is this?
This sucks, it’s finished. Change the damn name to “Bitch’s Atelier”!
Die. Who the hell would enjoy this kind of game.
Second-hand? Don’t sell this kind of trash…
The people who don’t say “Then I’ll make her mine!”, and just call her a bitch, really are life’s losers.
You’ve got to be kidding me! I bought a PS3 for this game!
I’ve been betrayed…
But isn’t this series aimed at women anyway?
People who look at one screenshot with a guy in it and then claim to have their wife stolen are really something…
What’s there to look forward to in this game now?
The guy is cute too so who’s complaining?
It could just be an arranged marriage and she’s really into yuri!!!!1
Rorona betrayed me – I won’t buy this.
The girl with the big ones on the right is real nice.
What am I to do now, I’ve already bought the PS3?
You guys are real sensitive.
Just when I thought it was worth getting a PS3…
I bet you lot would really flip out if a male character appeared in K-ON!
Looking at this I can see why K-ON! is so popular…

You can see the rest of the thread (in Japanese) preserved here.

More of the same follows, with it becoming apparent most have not bothered to check the actual site, which suggests Rorona (who is 14) is actually just being hit upon by a lady’s man in the shot in question.

This is still not good enough for the thread’s inhabitants however, who seem outraged that she would even speak to a male character…

You can see a wealth of screenshots and details, and some very appealing art, at the freshly updated official homepage. More on the lolified character designs in the previous article on the matter.

The game is due for release on June 25th, and is available for pre-order now.

With the game looking excellent, the ravings of a few virgin hunting otaku seem unlikely to dent sales unduly…

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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:45 27/04/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I heard these otakus try to legalize marriage with an anime character...
    But if one character married to so many people, how to legalize the husband or wife lol.

    They want virgin or not depends on their own values, right?
    Western is free, some Asian is still traditional.

    Hey, virgins is not only for girls. We can also call a man virgin when he never have sex. True?
    Some virgin guys want virgin girls. Non-virgin guys want virgin. Non virgin girls want virgin guys or virgin girls want virgin guys or many more combination. You choose your preference.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:49 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Anyone who thinks those people are being serious needs to spend more time on the internet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:59 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you don't know otaku's very well do you?

    Comment by Anonymous

    You don't know the Japanese very well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:01 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's actually right.. It's just a meme that everyone plays along with.

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    Comment by Miroku74
    04:25 26/04/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Jesus....

    This article reminds me of a song done by Sting and the Police once upon a time....

    And, NO, it's not 'Roxanne'.

    'Someone told me yesterday,
    about how you sold your love away....'

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    Comment by KonW
    13:16 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    to me its the ppl here that are overacting

    this may be more a way like you ppl react to the pantsu maths post,vowing to study maths harder or to take part in that class or whatever than some real ronery thing

    ppl are just having fun

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    Comment by maru
    15:35 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I still haz my Cuderia ^o^

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    Comment by Coco the Bean
    18:31 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk*

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:08 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i totally by this game! english localization now!!!

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    Comment by TsubasaNoTenshi
    16:46 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This particular example of an addition to the PS3's library proves to be extremely promising, but obviously not enough for 2ch to forgive the previous expertise of some of the characters.

    Although It seems to be strong both story wise and art style wise, one has little choice but to think that the development team should have gotten a point out of previous misconducts.

    Its also interesting to speculate what made them come up with such a turn for the story. Do they not know the preferences of potential Loli JRPG players?

    This will most likely not affect sales in a drastic way, but will surely continue to be a topic to flame.

    Comment by Mike
    12:55 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    WoW

    I

    damn lol

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    Comment by Anonymous
    10:38 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    We need more games like this if I'm going to be enticed into a PS3.

    Comment by ShibariComplex
    10:34 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    whats this game about anyways?

    Comment by Aylith
    10:38 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Non-virginity

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:26 29/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i lol'd IRL

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    Comment by Denshoni
    10:13 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lolifag rage is quite entertaining.

    Comment by Nimas
    10:18 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I feel his pain.
    Its just like what they did to megaman zero , makes me sad

    Comment by SnooSnoo
    11:18 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rorona... Bewbs... Loli...
    ...
    ...
    ...
    Doesn't compute

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:51 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I could use less boobs m'self.

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    Comment by Morthoseth
    12:06 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    they need to chill the fuck out... damn

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:27 29/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They really do...

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    Comment by MaidNiac
    13:09 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reminds me a lot of how several squeeling yaoi fangirls started to b*tch when they found that Ciel (KuroShitSuji) is engaged to Elizabeth,lol.

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    Comment by kevinlmw
    22:27 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    artefact> just screenshot the 2chan thread and include the screenshot in the end of article post.
    A extra 10sec work but no one can flame you afterward.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    10:20 22/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    nice boa- i mean game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:19 08/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe this girl is not FOR them.

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    Comment by ajnac
    20:45 25/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    is this game going to be translated to english or what? would love to play this. :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:14 26/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    they're just joking.
    and apparentely the writer didnt get 2channeller's tone of voice.

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    Comment by maxchain
    09:50 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is this how they think real life works? Absolutely everybody is just waiting to be their first? Goodness knows how infamous these types are for successfully making the first strike.

    Comment by jL
    18:59 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "I bet you lot would really flip out if a male character appeared in K-ON!"

    Was just talking to my friend about this, lol.

    I wanna see what happens then.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:34 29/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If a male character appeared on K-ON, the internets would explode...
    because the chances of that happening is as slim as news surfacing that mio is (as the otakus say) "used goods"

    i'd probably LOL is that happens

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    Comment by Honoo
    07:59 26/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I bet you lot would really flip out if a male character appeared in K-ON!

    For some reason I once REALLY hoped for this.

    Comment by Honoo
    08:09 26/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Great, I forgot to end the blockquote HTML tag - again.

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    Comment by ManaYagami
    12:14 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I LOL'd at all the RAGE on 2ch. An Atelier game heroine without a boyfriend? Is there even something like that or was it only on the old DC and PSX games?

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    Comment by Revenant0519
    08:09 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least the game looks good
    anyone knows if it's gonna be released in america

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:20 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly what I thought.
    The most recent PS2 installments were released in US (or will be), so I guess there's a good chance we'll be seeing a release of this one too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:17 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    For me, the most sad part is the "bishounenness" of the guy. I know it's a cultural trait, but it's kinda depressing that the "good looking" guys are always bishounen (or some bidanshi).

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:31 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So? Think about how women look in video games or anime.

    Always skinny with gorgeous/pretty/cute features, and usually wear something revealing and provide fanservice.

    We get to have our unrealistic men if men get their unrealistic women.

    For the majority of Japanese girls, and hell, women in general, bishounen will always be better than bara. Not many people want a man's man.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You are implying that the lack bishounen has to result in some ultra-muscular manly man. That's not what I was complaining about.

    Anyway, not really (about your comment of girls in J-games or animes). Try playing an eroge (lol). Male-centered ones have a great variety of archetypes, while female-centered (fujoshi) ones don't go much beyond the dominator bidanshi/bishounen, some bishounen and shota archetypes.

    You can find more variation of females in popular games (in Japan) as well. Take the "Tales of" series, for example. All men characters are pretty much bishounen, while there is generally the loli, the big-breasted and the bishoujo archetype.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:04 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I just think there is more variation on female characters, generally speaking. Just my opinion, of course.

    Then again, it all depends on how you look at it. We could even divide the characters in further archetypes such as pettanko, and similar.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:33 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "I just think there is more variation on female characters, generally speaking. Just my opinion, of course."

    Perhaps it seems that way because most games are aimed at guys, bigger market, more room for the best to rise to the top and the worst to be buried? I know in bishounen animes there are a lot of personality types, ways of dressing, etc. I think both genres appeal to the sexual interest of the fans, and suggesting that women's is somehow shallower in variety isn't really fair.
    That's just what it looks like from my perspective though, I can't claim to be from any position of objectivity, being a yaoi fan since puberty.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Uh, lol, I don't think big-breasted types count. That's like saying there's bishounen archtypes judging by hair lengths.

    As far as Tales, it's usually a loli and a cute girl and a mature woman, yes, and with Tales there's generally the shota, the bishounen, and the more handsome man, so it's really the same.

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    Comment by Artefact

    There is also a shota character (Hom are loli-shota twins).

    Comment by Persocom
    08:12 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    de ja vu all over again

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:16 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The people who take these news seriously are about the same who take 4chan seriously.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:28 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can understand appreciating purity, but jesus.. one guy having this reaction is hilarious, more than one is just sad and depressing.







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