Many call it sexist. A great many more may not use such a strong term, but still have a problem with the way Tecmo portrays their buxom female characters in Dead or Alive .
But you know what? It isn't gonna change. MCV spoke to Team Ninja boss Yosuke Hayashi about their upcoming Dead or Alive 5 , who said the way they create the chicks is very…well, Japanese. That's how their culture is and if other countries have a problem with that, too bad. Really, it's a matter of misinterpretation, Hayashi says.
"With the representation of female characters in the Dead or Alive franchise, we’ve always wanted to make the girls look as attractive as possible, and that’s something that’s not going to change for us at all.
We are a Japanese developer, and we’re making the female characters with our common sense and our creative sense. When you take that to countries outside of Japan, it tends to be very misinterpreted in some cases, people considering it sexist or derogatory etc.
For us, within our culture, we’re showing women like that, and we’re trying to make them look attractive. We can’t help if other cultures in other countries around the globe think that it’s a bad representation. Within our nationality and within our national borders, we obviously have morals that we create our female characters from, but within our Japanese sensibilities, we’ve made those characters the way they are and we’re not going to stop doing that."
I'll probably take a ton of flak for saying this, but I don't see the problem. I also wouldn't have a problem with Tecmo making all the male characters fight in swimsuits, either. I find it interesting from a cultural and societal perspective that the Japanese seem to really like big-breasted women but I'm not about to open that can of worms.
Related Game(s): Dead or Alive 5