Fat Princess Banned in Japan for Having Only Four Fingers

#1
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Fat Princess, a charmingly bloody multiplayer PS3 “capture the princess” game, was set to be belatedly released in Japan as “Pocchari Princess,” but that release has been cancelled and delayed indefinitely – allegedly due to complaints over the fact that characters depicted only have four fingers.

Some explanation is in order – the issue derives from claims of discrimination by the hypersensitive descendents of Japan’s “burakumin” caste. In the Edo period, these were families forced to live as “untouchables” in special villages and ghettos as they worked in professions, such as tanning or undertaking, considered “unclean” in Shinto.

Such peoples were subjected to heavy legal and social discrimination, and although the caste was abolished in 1871 as part of the Meiji reforms, the discrimination lingers on to this day, with some people, predominantly in the Kansai region, still attempting to ensure their families do not marry the descendents of the burakumin by way of clandestine and illegal ancestry checks.

The burakumin reaction against this has seen the issue given virtual taboo status, along the same lines as racism in the west. The same reaction has also seen plenty of “anti-discriminatory” complaints and legal activity on their part, and it is here that the matter intersects with Fat Princess of all things.

“Yotsu,” “four,” is supposedly used by some blighted individuals as a discriminatory term for burakumin, and this has led to excessively sensitive burakumin activists attacking what they consider discriminatory usage of the number “four” – a variety of anime and manga have been forced to redraw characters to have five fingers based on such complaints:





Most Japanese likely have no idea this “taboo” even exists, and it is magnificently obvious that developers Titan Studios, situated in the USA, could never have intended this as an attack on burakumin.

Still, the demands of political correctness being what they are, the game has had its imminent November release indefinitely delayed whilst replacement art is secured.
Source: is NSFW (google it yourself sangaku complex)
 
#21
So, I can't depict a character with four fingers, but I can show an eight year old girl getting violently gang raped by an army slimy tentacles. Okay Japan....
 
#22
Story sounded like BS, then I saw the source. The people that run that place are sensationalist lying assholes; there's not a single damn reason to assume that anything in this story is true.
 
#29
Wow I've lived here for a while and had never heard about this. I can guarantee most Japanese people are not aware of any connection between 4 fingers and burakumin.
 
#38
I recall people in the US getting upset over a cheerleader using black makeup to dress as a black rapper for halloween. I'm sure the Japanese were loling at us for that.
 

Sword Familiar

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#39
They still have problems with the Yakuza groups so I can see why they are doing this. And yes, finger cutting is still pretty common amongst these groups, both as a preemptive measure to avoid clan disputes and as a measure of repenting for rule-breaking internally.
 
#41
This sounds like bullshit, but if I think about it for a bit it becomes 100% possible. And WTF, even my avatar has 5 fingers!

edit: and what about Yotsuba? ok, she has 5 fingers, but the "yotsu" in the name? is she too cute to be racist?
 

Shig

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#45
We western gamers should create some sort of traumatic history that allows us to successfully lobby against embarassingly androgynous man-boy protagonists.



When I see this pic, you know what comes to mind? SLAVE TRADER. I am deeply offended, Japan.
 
#46
TheHeretic said:
Four is discriminatory?

Get the fuck out of here Japan.
Burakumin are still treated badly in japan. There social status during the edo period was below the third caste in edo japan, thats why the number 4 is connected to them. Still, to go that far to ban a video game...
 

Sword Familiar

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#50
C.T. said:
Burakumin are still treated badly in japan. There social status during the edo period was below the third caste in edo japan, thats why the number 4 is connected to them. Still, to go that far to ban a video game...
I guess that could be the case as well. Discrimination against burakumin is officially forbidden so this could be a case in the lines of buraku defence law. The number "four" seems to be an unlucky number in many aspects of J-culture though, since it is also commonly connected with death(shi).