I just know I’m gonna get hateful comments for what I’m about to say, but here goes…
This newfound sense of Japanese patriotism seems really fake. Ever since Tohoku was devastated by the tsunami back in March, Japan’s changed. Not in a tangible way, mind you. Life outside of Tohoku continues on, just as normal. However, the “Ganbarou Japan!” (Let’s do our best, Japan!”) additions to existing signage is everywhere. I’m not arguing that Japanese people don’t actually love their country. But I get the impression that they didn’t love it this much until March 11th, 2011. It reminds me a lot of the post 9/11 patriotism in America. Not that their the same, of course, but all of a sudden, the populace is filled with the need to put the national flag up everywhere and cheer on their country. The difference was, Americans had a face to put on their patriotism. They could look at Osama bin Laden, or the Taliban, or the pictures of the hijackers. There was someone to be angry at. For the Japanese, they can’t very well be angry at Mother Nature. Or can they?
The phrase I mentioned earlier, “Ganbarou Japan!” is a call for Japan, (not necessarily the Japanese people) to do their best. Ganbaru, the basic verb form of ganbarou is a hard word to define. It can be “do your best”, “try hard” or “hang in there”. This “call to arms* amongst Japanese is a nice sentiment, but who needs to “do their best” outside of Tohoku? The people in Tohoku got the biggest broomstick God had up their ass, but does “Japan” need to do their best? What does that even mean? Japanese people probably don’t have a clue either. It just sounds nice, and Japanese people will go along with anything that sounds nice. Remember the Greater East-Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere? Bringing Japanese wisdom to China, Korea and the Philippines sure sounded nice. Again, raping and murdering millions of Chinese people is not the same as putting up silly signs and abusing the color red in promotional materials.
So the new Ryu Ga Gotoku game comes out yesterday. It was supposed to originally ship the week after the tsunami. Like a lot of other games, it got pushed back. They still got me to buy it, but in the time between it getting delayed and the time it actually came out, I played the demo of OF THE END (retarded fucking title), was really disappointed in the quality of it, played Mass Effect 1 and 2, fell in love with that series, and now that RGG: OF THE END is here, bought and paid for, I don’t wanna stop playing Mass Effect cause I know OF THE END ain’t worth quitting a better Western game for. I wish Japan put a little bit more of that “do your best” attitude into game development. The last couple years of Japanese games have been kind of terrible. But that’s for a different post.
So while OF THE END has that stupid “DO YOUR BEST!” nonsense on it, SEGA’s also donating a portion of the profits to tsunami relief. That’s great! It goes back to the last thing that got me in trouble over comments about the tsunami, that Pray for Japan was stupid, and that the only good thing people outside of Japan could do was to donate to disaster relief. If God has anything to do with helping Japanese people affected by the tsunami, it means he also had a hand in inflicting damage on those same people. So fuck you and God. It’s like when America bombs the shit out of some tiny little village in the Middle East, fixes it back up, and then wants a pat on the back for their good dead. You don’t get to ruin a place, fix it back up later, and then take credit for being a good guy.
Went a bit off the rails at the end, sorries.