I'm guessing english isn't your native language? First of all, yn is a japanese game, so you shouldn't be surprised. Also, Japanese culture, aside for producing some very high quality media, represents an escape from the suffocating expectations and reservations of western culture. People here take eveyrthing so seriously and everybody is up their own ass and thinks they're some kind of paradigm of morality. They are judgmental to an obsessive level. Look at how Americans have tried to, "localize", Japanese media in the past and even now. That perfectly illustrates the problem with how Americans view media. De facto censorship is unbelievably rampant here. By contrast, Japanese media is like a paradise away from all of the bullshit. By no means is most Nip media good. Most of it is actually really bad, but what it represents as a whole, to me at least, has value. Stuff like anime and manga is a niche even in Japan, but it really doesn't matter. the sense of freedom is what's near and dear to me. Some people can definitely take things too far, and cosplay seems moronic to me personally, but it just doesn't matter. Having things not matter and not get in the way of your enjoyment is massively refreshing.
A lot of Japanese media has the types of storytelling that resonate with a veyr specific minority of people, people western media companies don't soend two seconds thinking about. The decentralized and complacent state of Japanese culture provides the means for every niche to be provided for.
>>4984>De facto censorship is unbelievably rampant here. By contrast, Japanese media is like a paradise away from all of the bullshit.
While some of the stuff that catters to you may be more accepted and prevalent in Japanese media, I wouldn't exactly call it a haven free of censorship. From what I know, direct parodying and referencing can get companies into quite some trouble, moreso than in the west. And it's not like the Japanese don't complain about censorship of their own, you just might not be aware of it if you don't browse their boards and such.
Japanese culture is simply no worse than my native one under most aspects, and much better in most others. Easy choice.
I don't know about everyone else but for me it's quite particular. The city I grew up in has a sizable japanese population, I've known a few of them by circumstance. I was friends with some japanese and other asian kids and we'd talk about anime. I remember discussing the first pokemon commercial ever at school the next day.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpOJcX6bKlw
you couldn't even find this video online until recently. I saw one kid playing pokemon silver before it was released in america. my first crush was on a japanese girl. I've also seen trashed manga and newspapers in foreign language in the street before. I could go on and on but you get the point.
Japanese stuff is pretty different in comparison to most western stuff, I think it makes pretty good escapism because of that and attracts a lot of similar people.
Do you have any way to contact her? I'm sure she'd be happy to see you again.
It's a combination of their culture and their "aesthetic" that draws me in. I think that too many people in Western culture that read manga or watch anime have a glamorized and biased view of Japan, me included.