Western vs Eastern Game Characters: Muscles vs Moe



The CEO of Nintendo has recently made some interesting comments to the effect that he is glad his predecessor dared to defy the advice of his American advisors and not turn Pokémon into muscle-bound monstrosities, because “Monsters can’t be cute.”

Of course, we all know how well Pokémon turned out, but what about games where the wisdom of American marketing prevailed and the characters were redesigned to meet the exacting standards of Western tastes? You can see some examples below…

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  • Anonymous commented on July 13, 2016 02:35

    There's an article on how the CIA planned and was able to successfully change people's perception through the media by making bad ugly things seem as "attractive and good". Example: People wearing baggy pants,... More

  • Anonymous commented on July 13, 2016 02:27

    True..... Super Famicom = Awesome. SNES = Cheesy.... More

Sengoku Jidai Eroge Comparsion


The convoluted politics, distinctive personalities and bloody warfare of Japan’s Sengoku Jidai period, the centuries long period of civil war only ending in the 1600s, has long been a staple of Japanese fiction.

Naturally, this includes games, which have seen a variety of depictions of the top personalities of the age emerge, a generous selection of which you can see compared above.

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  • Touwaku commented on May 16, 2009 00:26

    Kawabunga its Nobunaga!!... More

  • that anon commented on May 15, 2009 23:58

    HAUU~... More

Alicia vs Kana


Viewers of Valkyria Chronicles can’t help but notice certain curious similarities between the show’s heroine Alicia Melchiott and a certain Kana Minami, of Minami-ke… Mere coincidence?

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  • Anonymous commented on May 12, 2009 20:32

    I've been playing the game and watching the anime and have noticed that anime Alicia is a lot more erratic. It doesn't bother me all that much though. Interesting to have a source for some... More

  • Anonymous commented on May 12, 2009 17:52

    Both voiced by Marina Inoue... More

The Six Faces of Sengoku Basara


Improbably good looking samurai anime Sengoku Basara earlier attracted attention for the inexplicable differences in the broadcast versions currently airing, but these now pale in comparison to the latest comparison showing off the various versions of the anime to have come to pass…

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  • OTIKA commented on November 8, 2009 16:54


  • Anonymous commented on September 5, 2009 22:50

    watched the cbc one... More

Bishoujo Eyes


As curious an example of 2D vs 3D as could be hoped for, and one which will perhaps reinforce the happy gap between between the two planes…

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  • Zwagon commented on August 22, 2009 08:34

    Onizuka did it better.... More

  • Sevodax commented on July 29, 2009 18:01

    Suddenly I feel the urge die...kidding, but that thing scared the shit outta me!2D girls will always look and act better than 3D!... More

Kallen Cured of Constipation: Code Geass DVD


As we have come to expect, the latest Code Geass DVD, the ninth, brings with it a slew of improvements, not least of which are a variety of curious changes to the facial expressions of characters major and minor.

The images on the left are the broadcast version.

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  • Tex_Arcana commented on April 22, 2010 22:12

    I'd cure Kallen of her constipation. Why, yes, I did post this comment a year after the rest of the thread.... More

  • Anonymous commented on May 1, 2009 13:08

    Seems the unwashed masses really ARE easily entertained!... More

Key Announces Angel Beats!, Fans Ponder Heroine…


Key, creators of famous visual novels such as Clannad and Kanon, has announced a new visual novel project, entitled Angel Beats!

The game will have characters designed by artist Na-Ga, and a surprise return storyline by senior writer Maeda Jun (Little Busters!, etc.).

Fans have immediately noticed something strangely familiar about the design of the main female character:

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  • GHS commented on June 1, 2009 14:24

    Oh ya, there was also Planetarian, that wasn't ero either. But it was pretty short compared to their other games, so I don't really think it counts.... More

  • GHS commented on June 1, 2009 14:22

    Anime, eh. Heh, too bad, I was hoping it'd be another game along with Rewrite. Well I guess this is good too. And hey, maybe Key will make it into a game down the road.... More

Sengoku Basara: Two for the Price of One


Sengoku jidai anime Sengoku Basara recently aired, and observers soon noticed some very strange differences between two of the broadcast versions.

Rather than the usual censorship differences, it appears for some inscrutable reason broadcasters CBC and TBS have each acquired their own not so subtly different version of the anime…

2ch provides a detailed comparison below.

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  • Anonymous commented on April 18, 2009 13:53

    It would be awesome if they were two alternate universes. So right now it's just some differences in the expressions, just to point out the slight differences in the characters' personalities (somber characters look more... More

  • Anonymous commented on April 17, 2009 20:13

    TBS is GAR. fuck you CBC.... More

Atelier Rorona Total Lolification


The eleventh game in the Atelier series of alchemy/crafting/cooking RPGs, ロロナのアトリエ / Rorona no Atelier, set to be a PS3 “exclusive”, has attracted note for the gorgeous 2D and 3D art on display, but also for the rather amusing differences between the 2D and 3D characters: somewhere along the way they have been reduced in age by ten years or so…

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  • Anonymous commented on June 23, 2010 23:06

    ish so loliness...... More

  • Zelgadis4tw commented on March 23, 2009 07:21

    Indeed, either/or would have been best :/... More



This rather spectacular image is by not terribly well known illustrator ぎん太 / Ginta, who has a number of similarly appealing images to his credit; the above image seems strangely familiar, but appears to be original…

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  • Anonymous commented on November 22, 2009 10:30

    Mmh.. I like their expressions. Even when they're blushing... Very coy.... More

  • Bastille commented on March 18, 2009 16:34

    That looks grey/sandy-blonde to you? I think its time you get a new monitor. Not to mention Sakuya pads, there's no way she'd be like that.... More

Alicia Breast Inflation



Martial anime Valkyria Chronicles appears to be pursuing a policy of oppai enlargement in its character design, with several characters receiving augmentation, not least of all Alicia, above.

Whether this is a good liberty to take or not is a matter of personal preference, but most will agree that the actual anime screens coming to light so far (below) seem to hint at Asread-like levels of quality:

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  • kenjiharima commented on March 12, 2009 13:57

    no only the beast but the troops became women as well in the anime version.... More

  • Anonymous commented on March 12, 2009 09:00

    Look at the other pictures out there, they're no bigger... it's just the angle on that one picture. It is, however, pretty gay that the town guard are like five year olds now.... More

Valkyria Chronicles Game vs Anime



The character designs for the upcoming Valkyria Chronicles anime have been made public, and comparing them to the CG originals from the original PS3 RPG (on the left) reveals some subtle changes in style.

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  • cuppatea@yahoo.co.jp commented on November 30, 2011 01:48

    The game is much better than the anime. Not only do they have more time to tell the story, but the personality of the baker chick is a lot more interesting in the game.... More

  • Lelouch_Lemperouge commented on June 17, 2011 10:29

    ANIME is better!... More

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