Now, recall that RapeLay was released in 2006, but mysteriously became big news starting on May 28.
Yesterday the investigation culminated with EOCS changing its regulations, by brute force, without a joint vote, to outlaw naughty games.
Who could have such political sway?
Especially with Taro Aso being a bizarrely intense force for promoting anime and manga,
and the Diet in general being completely ineffective since Koizumi retired.
The softhouses came up with a creative answer to this question.
Somehow, somewhere, a cabal of foreign politicians had convened to ban rape games.
They decided this without any evidence whatsoever.
Furthermore, since there was no public evidence that anyone outside Japan cared, this must have been a secret conspiracy!
Nevertheless, the softhouses responded with angry English messages.
Minori, who had always been xenophobic, blocked access to their website altogether, saying:
Now we will tell you the short detail about the reason why blocking you to this website, because of we, all Japanese EROGE makers were facing at the problem, the crisis of “Freedom of speech”.
Currently, The bill that allows to limiting the content (It is censorship. Isn’t it?) to all EROGEs is being discussed in the Diet because intellectuals and politicians said “Japanese EROGE were being problem and troubled with the foreign country.
Without a shred of evidence for this claim, they blocked all foreign access.
Meanwhile, VisualArt’s, who could use a foreign intern to fix the grammar of their name, posted the following message on their website (or it was hacked by an angry wotaku with the same intention):
PLEASE PLAY THE GAME OF YOUR COUNTRY IF YOU PRAY FOR THE WORLD PEACE!:-)?
Apparently dooming us to Leisure Suit Larry for the covert actions of the secret conspiracy of foreign politicians.
But over on Canned Dogs a link was posted to New Komeito’s English news website.
The news story is dated May 30 and reads: “New Komeito is actively pushing forward a ban on video games featuring sexual violence, consulting with police and inspecting Akihabara, the so-called mecca of electronic gaming in Tokyo.”
New Komeito (rhymes with “tomato”) is the political arm of Soka Gakkai, known as SGI in the United States.
Soka Gakkai is a “new religion” (新宗教) in Japan.
They believe in many bizarre things. They think they are the only true branch of Nichirenism, which is itself a diseased form of Buddhism.
They must believe that if they ban some kinds of ero games, then Japan will have a pure Western/Godly/Buddha culture.
Yes, the Diet in general is ineffective, but Japanese people cannot deny that new religions are quite effective in what they do.
So, do not turn your sights on foreign fans of your games, who eagerly translate your games into their own languages.
Instead, I demand that eroge makers target Soka Gakkai with the same ferocity they have targeted foreign audiences.
Oh, what’s that?
You only want to criticize people who are far away?
You’re too scared to talk about people who live close to you?
Well, how about that!