May 3rd, 2021

Collar X Malice – Review

Let’s feel bad about a pedo rapist and bring him flowers despite the fact he kidnapped and abused a 9 year old girl and a 16 year old boy.

This whole game is “be nice to the oppressors and they’ll be nice to you”

This game also sets it up that people will regret the “crimes” they have done. Rapists and serial killers don’t regret their crime, only that they get caught.

Yoshinari is too cute for this game.

Yoshinari is so cute… pity you can’t date him. That and Mochida. Gotta have all the trash men available.

Of course the MC is a police officer, yet is constantly hesitating and getting knocked out and kidnapped.

Ultimately it falls on the shoulders of the oppressed to “stop the circle of hatred”. Which is bullshit.

The problem that this game throws out is the same you hear from “All Lives Matter” fuckers. They put all crime on the same level and then play the “Well, if you are going to shoot a person that is a murderer, you should shoot a person that was committing a victimless crime.”
It doesn’t work like that, but this game wants you to sympathize with murderers and rapists because “All Lives Matter” When, no they fucking don’t. There are some people that deserve death for their crimes because they have harmed innocent people, or enslaved them, driven them away from their homes. Rich people, rapists, pedophiles, homicidal men, cops…

It ignores the power structure in play and waves it away as “well it was too bad, BUT YOU SHOULDN’T KILL” Like, “Fuck no. They could have saved someone but because police/money they didn’t so that person deserves revenge.” Of course this game throws a lot of fucking strawmen into the mix as well.

Yeah I’d say skip this otome game. It’s cop propaganda, it’s pro-oppressors propaganda. That whole “These people were abused to death, but don’t hate the person that did it to them because they are a person to and deserve to live a happy life because human” bullshit.

And now let’s have sympathy for a pedophile rapist. “Oh no I destroyed someone’s life!” and of course she’s all scared and shit because she was saved from a pedo-rapist, because we can’t EVER hate rapists as women ever. They always have to be ‘brought to justice’ in a system that fucking hates women and let’s them get away with raping and murdering women all the fucking time.

Murder those raping shits. Give no fucks.

There’s also the man that saves the woman in a violent way that traumatizes her UNTIL she finds out that he was saving her from a rapist or something and of course falls madly in love with him.

I hate how in these games the woman can’t remember anything and it’s usually a trauma. Then of course later on she needs a man to remember that trauma and “work through it” as he’s related to it some how. Basically save her from it.
Also that the man will sometimes erase her memories “for her own good” yet will be the one to remember things.

Then there’s Idea Factories obsession of having a man lock a woman away “for her own good” and it being played off as romantic……… (7’s Scarlet, Collar X Malice and Amnesia I’m looking at you also Diabolik Lovers is all of this and more)

I really hate the whole idea that oppressed people should just keep their heads down and keep going forward and aren’t entitled to justice as that would be ‘criminal’ as the justice system has failed them.

I hate that the game outright states that you cannot sympathize with a murderer. Even if the person murdered in self defense or that they exacted their own justice to those that murdered their family and got away with it because they were affluent.
It’s like, miss me with that shit.

Protag tells Shiraishi that’s it’s demeaning being pat on the head like a kid (which is why I hate seeing it in other anime things as ‘cute’) and of course he doesn’t stop and she doesn’t stop him. UGGGGHHHHHHH Protag set your boundaries and enforce them. Doing that just tells other players that they are supposed to just let men do whatever they want because ‘cute’. It’s not cute it’s DEMEANING!

This is the Touma route of Collar X Malice. Now because people are trash talking him our protag is going to go all soft and “OHhh I didn’t realize he had it soooo bad” and make an effort to talk to someone who was about to rape her. Gods ugh.. I hate that I have to complete this route to get more of the base story and to open the next route.

Yeah Mochida, because a rapist brings gifts he’s “not the worst”! GROSS! Who OKed this fucking storyline. Also that’s the way men really are. Don’t give two shits about women.

Also if you hate the guy don’t accept his gifts. Since it’s food just give it to Mochida. Also fuck you Idea Factory for thinking characters like this are SOOoooOOo romantic. They aren’t.

Noooo protag, don’t spend any energy on this shitbag. This is what men do, let you waste all the energy while they get all the reward.

“He treats me like garbage, but because he likes cats he’s a nice guy” NOOOoo people can like animals and be complete and utter trash.

And now it’s time for Shiraishi the misogynist and me the woman who has to bring out his “true” self all the while he calls me stupid and condescends to me.

Enomoto is probably going to be my fave romance, only because he’s the least squick inducing.
He’s the cute one and I DO like that he asks for a kiss rather than just “stealing” it. He’s also awkward in romantic situations so he feels ‘safe’. Unlike the other two.

When a woman decides a man’s future, she’s evil.
When a man decided a woman’s future, she should be grateful. =_ =

So it’s OK for a police officer to make up charges and destroy people’s lives, but when he’s executed for it, because you knew him, suddenly it’s a tragedy.
Ever think he may have deserved it?
This game is hard to play as it makes the police out to be ultimately good even though the plot is about people being murdered because they got away with crime. Especially police officers.

The only reason the public would think a bastard cop’s death was “wrong” is if the media spun it like a tragedy like they always do and that people are just so fucking brainwashed thinking cops are hero’s because they saved someone’s puppy that one time.

In the end people had to die before the police even considered restructuring. So, ADONIS, in the end, was correct in what they did.

Rika Sugawara is played up to be “hysterical” in wanting to ‘kill all men’. To me however she seems quite rational.

Also the writers have no idea how people act online. People know about bugs in games and stuff and one bug isn’t enough for everyone to turn on someone.

December 23rd, 2014

Review – Elvine

[Title Image]

This game actually impressed me a bit, as most OELVNs tend be be cliche recycled crap. (See (P)lanets, Halloween Otome, etc.)
This one looks like it values story over trying to be “just like those other VNs” out there. Honestly it’s worth a play.

Story:
The story itself is one of oppression and “last of their race” scenario. Overall it’s done well, BUT, what really killed some of my enjoyment was this “God” bit. Almost as if the game was trying to shove Christianity into it. For one why would the Dragon people ever follow a human god..ever. People make their gods in their image, so having the human god be the “one true god” didn’t feel all that believable in the end. I know I expected there to be a dragon god that was discovered or that “god” didn’t exist or was some outside alienish force. That never happens so the narrative feels broken that in the end the dragon people still believe in the human “God”.
The story is one you need to replay to get it all, which I didn’t mind since it’s short enough
Characters:
The characters are solid and they are all given backstory. None of them felt out of place.
Music & Sound:
The music was appropriate, nothing to write home about though.
Overall:
Overall this is a decent game that actually explores some of the social justice issues around different races, however it’s marred by having the “God” story bits in them. It’s worth a play through or two.
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October 22nd, 2012

Liking Problematic Stuff PT II – The Oppressor is YOU!

The first part of my post on Liking Problematic Stuff was from mostly the oppressed point of view. Liking something you know is actively oppressing you.

Now i want to focus on the “allies”, the oppressor (also known as the people with privilege) because I’ve heard a lot more shit from them. Namely “I like what I like!”.

First of all, why does YOUR comfort trump my right to be a human being. Yes, you as the oppressor are actively oppressing me if you say something similar to that as you consume the oppressive shit. Being a good ally is about changing your likes (and possibly your dislikes) in order to be less oppressing. Keeping the status quo does nothing. If you’ve ever said that, take your badge off now and burn your “I am a good ally” t-shirt.

Why? Because you are the target audience! If you buy that problematic show/game/book you are telling the companies “Hey I’m your target audience and I like this stuff!” They can ignore the parts where you said it was sexist as all hell or the racism was ramped up to 11. They made a sale to their target audience and they an count that on their marketing sheet as “It’s working!” It’s only when something ISN’T selling that they might actually look at the response and go “Oh! Our target audience doesn’t like this problematic shit :X!”

“But if I stop liking this stuff I won’t have anything to watch/play/read!” There are plenty of other things to watch/play/read. Saying this just means you want to be lazy and continue to be an oppressive douche. Remember what I said about changing your likes. Yes you have to change them! You have to actively go outside of that little box and find something new.

You like Dead or Alive? Try a different fighting game that isn’t a pile of misogynistic shit.
You like ecchi/harem? Try something that isn’t labeled as ecchi, dump anything ecchi from your likes and focus on the shows that want to tell a story over degrading women. They are out there.
You like Family Guy? Try one of the other less oppressive adult cartoons out there. Look into the ones that have come before. I hear “King of the Hill” is far better than Family Guy. (Not saying it’s the best mind you.)
You like Dresden Files? There is a ton more books out there in that genre that isn’t oppressive as all hell. Try looking for books from people not white, possibly not male, and possibly not straight too.

Being a complicit target audience is the worst thing you as an oppressor. You are telling the creators of these things that “YES! Keep making them and ignore the non-target audience. I’ll keep buying them!”

October 22nd, 2012

Liking Problematic Things Pt I

I’ve been analyzing the statement “As a feminist it’s OK to like problematic things” however then my brain runs aground on the paying companies to make problematic things. To me I think it should be, “It’s OK to like problematic things as long as those problems don’t (keep) get(ting) funded” :P I mean that’s where I have the problem. People paying full price for such problematic thing. I see it as dog training, you don’t give a treat to a dog before it does the trick, you give it to the dog after. So giving the full price to company is telling them “It’s OK to do this” VS buying it in the bargain bin, used, downloaded, etc whatever media it is. I guess that the part rubbing me the wrong way, the funding of problematic stuff. If your buying problematic thing at full price, you aren’t sending any kind of message, other than they can make problematic thing and get the hefty profit for it. If you tell the dog to sit and it’s not sitting, why are you rewarding it?
If it’s bargain binned or used, they aren’t quite going to get any more money from it as retailer won’t stock the thing, and in the case of used, they don’t see ANY more money.

You’d give them the full price when they release the media without the problematic things. Like after the dog has done the trick you reward it. So you tell company to “stop doing problematic things and you’ll get all of the money”. That’s fair IMO. ._.