One of the predominant trends in modern anime/JRPGs is that the authorities tend to be either useless or evil. In the best case, they might lend support to our main characters after said cast clear up the State’s misunderstandings and backward beliefs. In the worse case, they’re irretrievably corrupt and must be toppled as part of the journey. Either way, the fate of the world always falls onto the shoulders of some group of independent youngsters and rebellious teens. Lawful authorities, fed by billions of tax dollars paid per year, ends up being just another obstacle before the spotlight of heroism and vigilantism.
Just how much of this is caused by “target demographics”? Read the rest of this entry »