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Yasuyuki Oda Talks About SNK Heroines Sexualization

SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy was announced recently during a Nintendo Direct and North American gaming publication Game Informer have had the opportunity to interview the game’s producer, Yasuyuki Oda. One interesting part of the interview is when Game Informer questions Oda about the SNK Heroines sexualization.

Culturally, where do you think this game actually fits in with a modern, more broad gaming culture? There has been backlash against games of this type that kind of flirt with sexuality as a driving force. Do you think this game follows in that, do you think it bucks that trend?

Oda: There is exposure of female parts, but we don’t feel like it’s overly sexualized. It is there, but we want to push the cute aspect of things, the elegant-ness of the women, and we feel like we are able to cull the people that would bash this game for there being too much exposure.

Do you feel like that the game, with reference to sexuality, tends to respect the characters? Mai has always been a very sexualized character, but for example Leona hasn’t. She’s been a very stoic character, and yet in this game she’s wearing a catsuit in a thong. What would you say to a fan who has loved that character for years, but sees this and doesn’t jive with what they know of that fighter?

Oda: There’s a reason they’re wearing these costumes. They’re not just wearing these costumes because we wanted them to. There’s a full story behind it which we can’t really go into details about at this moment, but if you play the story I think our fans would better understand why they were put in this situation. We made an effort to make sure the image of our characters will stay the same, even after people play this game.

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22 comments

  1. I was fine with this game’s over sexualized characters until he started making lame excuses for it.
    All he had to say was ‘it’s fan service, not meant to take seriously’. But nope, gotta pull out all the stops to say there’s a deeper meaning to why you squeezed an anime girl into a thong.

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    1. Those “lame excuses” are being heard to the public, you wouldn’t say anything as daring as “cause people would buy it”. Ya gotta show proper representation for the company as well

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      1. Right, because “We put this character in a tiny little thong because the story needed us to” does a lot more for the public image than simply admitting that it’s fan service. Lemme guess, they wear this stuff because they need to breathe through their skin? Or some ridiculous nonsense like that.

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    2. Nah everyone’s aware it’s fan service. To explain the scene here for you:
      Game Informer specifically went “Why is Leona suddenly somebody who wants to dress skimpy, that’s not what she’s like” and Oda responded “It’s okay, they’re all in a SAW scenario where she’s forced to dress skimpy, it’s not something she just felt like doing”

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      1. Fair point. But the quote says “we didn’t just put them in skimpy outfits because we wanted to”. They totally did, that’s why they did it. The skimpy outfits themselves and whatever silly story the game uses as an excuse aren’t the issue I’m taking with interview.
        My issue is that he’s using the story they made themselves as an excuse for the outfits they put the characters in themselves like sexualization wasn’t the primary intent.
        Honestly, the guy could of said “we were just having a wank ’round the office”, and that would’ve jived better, for me at least.

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      2. Right but that’s a translated quote, he most likely didn’t say it in the way you’re taking it.
        I’d wager what he said goes to the sound of “we didn’t just haphazardly change costumes, we put a story to explain it”.

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      3. Right? You’re on about “wanted to” here, and that’s how you construe it as he’s pretending the story forced his hands.
        Now suppose that’s just a common wording for doing something “just because”, then it takes on a different meaning.
        He’s specifying that they put emphasis on the costumes and had the story specifically explain why they’re being worn – as opposed to just suddenly having different costumes in there.

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    3. You fail to understand the intense politics of international Japanese business. Stop complaining about things you don’t fully understand. You actually admit you don’t know the story, yet you expect a meaningless response from the *producer* of the game.

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      1. No offense to you but I don’t see it as a problem to complain about either. I like it when fanservice has a story reason for it because it’s not being done just for the hell of it and it gives the fanservice a purpose beyond giving people something to ogle. Who cares if the story was written in a way to justify said fanservice? Least they are putting some time, effort, and thought into the fanservice beyond how skimpy to make it so it turns on the gamers playing the game.

        But it’s your opinion and I’m not some psycho that thinks my opinion=common sense/fact and that I’m always gonna be right and you will always be wrong some other narcissistic people on the internet. (Like the losers bashing someone for liking or hating The Last Jedi…)

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      2. be wrong LIKE some other narcissistic*

        But yeah, you are right; it’s not a topic worth arguing over because it all boils down to opinion in the end and everyone has a different point of view on the subject.

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  2. “There’s a story behind it” Lol a story they specifically chose to create themselves. It’s not like it’s out of their hands.. Such a disingenuous excuse. It’s simply blatant fanservice, especially when it’s out of character. It’s stupid to make excuses for it.

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  3. While I don’t have an issue with fan service anymore, I don’t think it should be used in every game and I’d prefer if it series like fire emblem had minimal amounts of it…unless it’s Ike fan service.

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  4. If the game is M for Mature, quit giving reasons (or excuses) as to why this or that girl is half naked. It’s a game meant for people 17 and up, anyway. Some parents should do some research before they buy games for their kids, anyway, to make sure it’s something they’d be okay with him/her playing. (Or okay for they themselves to play in case they don’t like that stuff.)

    (Honestly, we need a much better rating system for video games in America. Still think they should have used the rating system that’s used for movies.)

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