Nintendo: Senran Kagura “Degrading Sexist Atrocity”

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Nintendo’s officially sanctioned UK mouthpiece has carried an article damning the English release of Senran Kagura Burst as an “insultingly misogynistic and degrading atrocity” which is “foul” and “wrong,” as well as being “insulting to the intelligence of gamers, damaging to the reputation of the industry, and alienating and harmful to women,” urging readers not even to read articles about it, let alone buy it.

The lengthy screed ran on the Official Nintendo Magazine’s site and includes a detailed condemnation of Senran Kagura Burst’s many evils against women, along with an explicit refusal to carry any illustrative screenshots (although the magazine is otherwise happy to carry articles promoting its release and carrying plenty of the usual shots):

Senran Kagura Burst is a fundamentally degrading game, and you shouldn’t buy it or support it in any way. Here’s why.

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In case you hadn’t been able to tell from the box art, Senran Kagura involves playing as female high school students who fight their way past crazy monsters.

If that was the full description, that would probably be fine. Unfortunately, it’s not.

For starters, lets look at the characters in the game. All of them are conventionally attractive anime characters.

So why is this a problem? I wrote about this in a previous of ONM:

‘Look at the role of women in gaming, for example. They’re almost always portrayed as busty, slim, attractive people – an almost impossible feat in real life. The more non-realistic the graphics, the worse the problem can be – Dead or Alive comes to mind as a recent perpetrator. It’s an incredibly damaging portrayal of the “stereotypical” women, and may explain why fewer women are interested in playing games or working in the gaming industry.’

This game exemplifies every single one of those problems, and more.

It’s one thing to be heaping more pressure upon young women to conform to this stereotypical trend of “attractiveness”, as can be seen in films or TV shows. To have another form of entertainment supporting those images alone is thoroughly disappointing.

And yet, Senran Kagura goes one step further: it does not simply include busty characters just for the sake of it, but actually goes about making a huge deal out of it.

The characters all wear short skirts or just underwear, with low cut blouses – clothes that are not known for keeping out the cold.

When their special attacks are used, a cutscene activates which involves all of the girl’s clothes (except underwear) flying off her body before she attacks her enemies.

The camera then spends a few seconds spiralling around the girl’s nether-regions and breasts before continuing the game.

Clearly, women can only be super effective when exposing as much skin as possible.

(A brief note: my use of the word ‘girl’ is absolutely not meant in a derogatory sense – the characters featured in Senran Kagura are high school students, presumably meaning that they are 18 years old or younger. Which is highly disturbing in and of itself, to be honest.)

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Let’s be clear, there is absolutely no justification for this whatsoever: it is blatant objectification of women and their bodies.

For those new to the world of feminism (more on that later), objectification simply means that someone (pretty much always a woman) is being treated not as a human but as a “thing” for others (pretty much always men) to ogle at.

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You don’t need to have hugely strong views on this to realise it’s wrong – most people wouldn’t call themselves feminists (although, if you believe this sort of thing is wrong and you think women should be treated equally to men – congratulations, you’re a feminist, welcome to the club!) but can still acknowledge that this form of entertainment is foul.

Senran Kagura is one of the worst types of game around.

It’s insulting to the intelligence of gamers, damaging to the reputation of the industry, and alienating and harmful to women (both inside and outside the gaming community and industry).

So, do yourself, and the wider community a favour: don’t read articles about its release. Try not to Youtube it. Avoid reviews. And certainly don’t buy it.

[...]

It’s time to set the record straight, and make sure an insultingly misogynistic and degrading atrocity like this is avoided in the future.

The piece prompted an unusually blunt response from Marvelous AQL developer Kenichiro Taka on Twitter, where he simply called it “terrible.”


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    Comment by Anonymous
    14:29 28/01/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The "white-knighting" seems to be getting more and more ridiculous.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:13 29/01/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "The Western World has quietly become a civilization that undervalues men and overvalues women, where the state forcibly transfers resources from men to women creating various perverse incentives for otherwise good women to conduct great evil against men and children, and where MALE NATURE IS VILIFIED but female nature is celebrated. This is unfair to both genders, and is a recipe for a rapid civilizational decline and displacement, the costs of which will ultimately be borne by a subsequent generation of innocent women, rather than men, as soon as 2020."

    http://www.singularity2050.com/2010/01/the-misandry-bubble.html

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:03 29/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The state freely transfers resources to minorities and third world invaders, over the indigenous White population, while promoting race mixing to further reduce the White population. The West is suffering from misguidance due to a chronic parasitic infection that will be lethal if not treated... An Aryan hero once lead a crusade against the leftist, but the sheeple of the Jewnited States of Jewmerica through off the balance of power, and solidified International Jewry's victory. When Greater Israel's / The Zionist NWO's rise is complete, the goyim of the world will be branded with the mark of the beast, watch and see.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:15 30/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I don't have a job or girlfriend

    DAMN YOU DIRTY JEWS

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:48 01/02/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    >. The West is suffering from misguidance due to a chronic parasitic infection that will be lethal if not treated...

    Watching anime will turn you into a Nazi.

    As soon as you unplug from Hollywood, you'll put on a swastika armband and march in step with the "yellow Aryans" of Nippon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:45 29/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    indigenous white population, yeah right, because white people have lived on american soil for thousands of years.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Can't tell if white supremacist nazi is troll or idiot. Perhaps both.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:18 28/01/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It's not really white-knighting. None of them give a flying fuck about women, or else they'd be supporting them on more important issues.

    It's nothing more than attention-mongering for personal promotion and benefits. As proof, notice how much support and attention anything gets if they bring up sexism issues. Quick ticket to stardom.

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    Comment by Gogetters
    17:04 28/01/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    And thanks to that bullshit attention-mongering, niche games like these are more likely to be censored (IFI self-censoring monpiece for example) which is far more damaging than the non-issues this guy is spouting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:12 29/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    It IS damage the game's sale, and my feeling. Fuck censorship.

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    Comment by Gogetters
    12:39 29/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    We are not talking about porn.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Keeping porn uncensored does not damage anything or anyone either. Unless it's bible black then you will need a doctor.

    Comment by Anonymous

    censoring a softcore porn game does NOT damage anything or anyone. Seriously.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Fuck feminism. Women belong in the kitchen cooking for the men, or on their back waiting to get fucked.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:37 29/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I COMMENT THIS MANLY ANON FOR HIS MANLINESS, YOU ARE ALL JUST A BUNCH OF WHINY PUSSYS STILL LIVING IN MAMA´S BASEMENT!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:43 29/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Good luck finding a partner when you're 40+ y/o with that attitude. You'd due for a selfish, lonely, sad, bitter life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:32 29/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Sure you wife has a line around the block when you're away at work...

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    Comment by Chen-04
    03:51 30/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why did women gain all those rights anyway?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:45 01/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    1=>Fuck feminism. Women belong in the kitchen cooking for the men, or on their back waiting to get fucked.

    2=>Good luck finding a partner when you're 40+ y/o with that attitude. You'd due for a selfish, lonely, sad, bitter life

    You won't find a wife in any English-speaking country.

    This is not a big loss.

    There are plenty of women who are willing to act like old-fashioned wives. Just don't take them to any country with progressive laws.

    Yes, most anti-feminists will be lonely and bitter when they hit 40 and don't have wives.

    But you know what?

    Most feminists are lonely and bitter from ages 22 to 82.

    Feminism works out very well for a small minority of women. Most women who follow feminism get screwed by it, just like most soldiers in an army get screwed over by it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:45 01/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    1=>Fuck feminism. Women belong in the kitchen cooking for the men, or on their back waiting to get fucked.

    2=>Good luck finding a partner when you're 40+ y/o with that attitude. You'd due for a selfish, lonely, sad, bitter life

    You won't find a wife in any English-speaking country.

    This is not a big loss.

    There are plenty of women who are willing to act like old-fashioned wives. Just don't take them to any country with progressive laws.

    Yes, most anti-feminists will be lonely and bitter when they hit 40 and don't have wives.

    But you know what?

    Most feminists are lonely and bitter from ages 22 to 82.

    Feminism works out very well for a small minority of women. Most women who follow feminism get screwed by it, just like most soldiers in an army get screwed over by it.

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    Comment by Yamato
    15:13 28/01/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I honestly forget, while I'm sure this "games are sexist!" crap was around for a long time now, was it anywhere near this rampant before Anita Sarkeesian?

    At any rate, good on Marvelous for releasing this in spite of all these social justice warrior assholes... though they came very close to not doing so because of them (and these controversy-sparkers try to say crap like "We're not trying to take your toys away." Bullshit! A call for censorship is exactly what they're doing).

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:33 28/01/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Sarkeesian found a click bait fountain and now every two-cent blogger is mining away.

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    04:27 29/01/2014 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Note that problem isn't that there not games for girls or gender neutral demographics. You could have a million games a year targeted to women, girls and the whole family and they would still complain about ecchi games like Senran Kagura.

    What they hate is competition. It's so very primitive, nothing more than base instinct. The sad part is they don't realize it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:30 30/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whoa, for once I agree with Yuriphobia. What kind of twisted parallel universe is this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:36 28/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It was this rampant before Anita Sarkeesian. She just put a face to the cause, which is why keyboard warriors with fedora now is more conscious of it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 29/01/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Nah, it wasn't. Sarkeesian is a scam artist that showed the world that "feminist victim of internet" is a very profitable and workable act, which has increased the number of fortune-seekers.
    The act even has the added bonus that even if you are found out and exposed as a scam-artist, you STILL have a ton of support from leftists progressives who will automatically dismiss it all as "misogyny" and send you even more money just to "combat the misogynists!".

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    Comment by Yamato
    22:13 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 2:14

    Oh god, that's what pisses me off most about this whole thing. It's like NOBODY with a loud enough voice can actually acknowledge her flaws or come to realize how fucking one-sided this whole thing has become. Well congratulations, you've just made gaming journalism lose whatever shred of credibility it had left. I wouldn't mind it near so much if these male-shaming, ear-covering "I'm not listening, la la la!" assholes weren't speaking directly to the game industry and making money for the disgustingly biased shit that they do.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Right, because it's not like there's any misogyny on the internet, right? Moron.

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    Comment by Roy
    00:50 29/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    SUPER... SONICO... LOL

    Comment by Anonymous

    Shhh! Use "You Know Who"! She Who Must Not Be Named..

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:37 28/01/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The internet is not Harry Potter.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:44 28/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ironically, Harry Potter is just about the only one in the books who DOES say the name.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:33 29/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe its because nobody knows the name lol

    Comment by Anonymous

    Voldemort.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:42 28/01/2014 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Um, games ARE sexist. Sorry, it's basically a fact. Gamers are just too ashamed to admit it so they attempt to deny the undeniable with all the plasuability of holocaust denialists.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:28 29/01/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The average gamer is an adult. Someone of us enjoy and want MORE adult content in games. It's NOT for everyone. Most women, children and these pussified men who would gladly throw their testicles into a woman's purse just so he can feel politically-correct and squeaky clean.

    I always give women proper respect, if they deserve it. (breaking news, not everyone is deserving of unconditional respect!) I am not sexist nor do I think of women as merely sexual objects. However, I am a straight man. I love boobs, slim, petite bodies, long hair and other cute, typically feminine characteristics. And people in development and marketing know that there is a large demographic consisting of others like myself and they will continue to produce products for people such as myself and we will buy them.

    It really gives me a bad case of diarrhea when these do-gooders do not like something, condemn it, try to censor it and dictate to us how we are horrible people for enjoying the product when they personally don't like it. It's a simple case of, if you don't like it, stay away from it! It obviously wasn't meant for you! Just because YOU do not like something doesn't mean it shouldn't exist. It's like those Nazi's who hate porn and since THEY hate it needs to be wiped out for those who do enjoy it. This idiocy needs to stop.

    So in conclusion, screw you, sir.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:33 29/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll tell you what an actual fraud is:
    Believing the holycaust did not happen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:29 24/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can't be serious bahahaha XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:46 28/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aaaand we found another idiot.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Gee I wonder who's behind this post...

    Comment by Anonymous

    The holohoax is a fraud. Jews are liars like their father the devil, the prince of lies. Christ said so in the bible, so you can go fuck yourself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:56 28/01/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    So it's ok for a game like GTA 5 where your abusive to ur wife tell your daughter to fuck off etc but something from Japan fucking racist. I love the blinkers, now since Nintendo UK is hypocritical I'm gonna buy it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:43 28/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    These pathetics, immoral cowards attack Japan because they know that Japaneses are too respectuous to take the time to argue back. But when it's about all the numerous problems in their own countries, they just shut up because they are afraid of reprisals. What about they actually try to make the world progress by organizing manifestations against drug dealers?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:19 29/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    got it in one,where are all these "feminists" when it comes to how women are treated in the middle east?

    fuck off to saudi arabia sort that THEN come back and bitch about a game.. stupid bitch..

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:03 28/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "respectuous" should be "nonconfrontational"

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    Comment by Anonynonymous
    22:16 28/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not unlike typical American bashing if you think about it. Some bashers have legitimate points, while vast majority just do it because it's the trendy thing to do. Bashing some supposedly evil mastermind country is Simply easier than actually looking for the real cause for own country's problems.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:52 29/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    While I do appreciate the point you are trying to make, GTA 5 is largely satire. The point is not to have it there for the sake of having it there, but to make fun of it.

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    Comment by Imyou
    07:51 29/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Which Nintendo console can you get GTA5 for? This guy's writing about something coming out for 3DS. GTA is irrelevant.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:56 29/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    GTA 5 isn't on any Nintendo system, so this is kind of irrelevant. I'd be surprised if Nintendo would even give it their seal of approval, not that RockStar would have any interest in dumbing it down for their systems anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:02 29/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    A super successful company like Rockstar wants something from a failing company like Nintendo?

    lol...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:16 28/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hang on. Where in GTA5 does the only married character beat his wife?

    Or is a marital argument "being abusive", these days?

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    Comment by Chen-04
    06:52 30/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Swearing is psychological abuse, didn't you know?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:30 28/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Spanking your kid is domestic violence nowadays, so I really woudln't be surprised

    Comment by Anonymous

    difference being GTA doesn't glorify it

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:59 28/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same difference, it still there isn't it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:39 28/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    No difference good sir or madam. Senran Kagura also does not glorify it (in-game); ads are a different matter.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:08 31/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    White Knighting used to be a joke but now it seems like a serious deal.

    Those guys are like real insane people on a religious crusade. It has become impossible to see any difference between them am the real religious crusaders, their attitude, actions and style are all the same as a bunch of indoctrinated fanatics.

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    Comment by Paulthesmug
    10:09 29/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    What can you do? Men are easy to manipulate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:33 29/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait wait wait... why are they attacking it if they sell it on their DS store?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:51 28/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lesbian discrimination.

    Fuck you ! old ugly betashit faggot

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:55 28/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hate how these neo-leftist social justice warriors cry "rape culture" at something as harmless as this. They wouldn't know rape culture if it gave them two black eyes, stripped them naked in the middle of India, and left them with a baby and five incurable diseases.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    14:29 28/01/2014
    The "white-knighting" seems to be getting more and more ridiculous.

    ^
    yeah, so as the butt-hurted anglo otaku who's complaining about an anime for swimming sports










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