Bad social reputation is something the Visual Novel fan has learned to accept. But if you thought the whole Rapelay incident didn’t really hurt our interest that much, think again…
The recent edit war between Minori (Wind, Ef) and the translation group NNL may just lead to the complete scrapping of the Eden translation project, one that is highly anticipated by the visnov community and reviewed by Choux to be “one of the best” with Shinkai-Makoto-worthy artwork. But while an entire community vents against Minori for being xenophobic, Minori explains themselves in self-defense, which included:
“Each country has their own culture.… we realized that there are countries that punish mere possession of problematic forms of expression… Currently, The bill that allows to limiting the content to all EROGEs is being discussed in the Diet because intellectuals and politicians said ‘Japanese EROGE were being problematic and troubled with the foreign countries.’”
Picking my memories brings up that Minori started their xenophobic streak because of the Rapelay incident.
So basically the process goes like:
- Westerners attack Japan over eroge because of isolated extremities.
- Japan moves to censor eroge in order to defend itself.
- Japanese eroge community becomes angered by Imperialistic Westerners who think they have the right to judge and decide Japanese Culture; xenophobia increases.
- Minori attacks translation group in an preemptive strike to defend itself.
- English Visual Novel community attacks Minori over its xenophobia; return to step 3.
Congratulations mankind, we have once again succeeded in forming yet another Cycle of Hate. Will we cut the links somewhere? Or will we keep spinning out of control? Because in this particular incident, we all made some poor decisions (I’m regretting my own incensed tweet against Minori).
What’s my stand on the Rapelay case? I think the ‘game’ is disgusting, but banning it is outright stupid. Laws are made to be objective, while morality is subjective in nature. There’s no more evidence that rape porn incites sexual assault any more than action movies inciting murder; wanna ban half of Hollywood over the chances? Besides, they learned since the printing press that the best way to make something popular is to ban it. Way to go British government, six centuries and not a lesson learned.
Is Minori being unnecessarily xenophobic? Definitely, especially with the whole ‘installing our products on a foreign computer is a crime’ argument. I understand their desire to use legality to defend themselves, and if this was because they’re localizing it then there wouldn’t be a war. But by attacking foreign fans and denying them altogether, they’ve antagonized their only fans in the West. Worst PR action ever.
What about the English Visual Novel community? Dear fans could at least try to understand Minori’s standpoint and negotiate in a proper manner, rather than screaming in all-caps rage like we have some kind of God-ordained right to piracy. You resolve xenophobia by being civil, not by being Imperialistic Westerners yourselves.
Pretty ironic this is all happening over something called Eden isn’t it?