Dead or Alive's Sexualized Females Aren't Going Anywhere

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Dead or Alive isn't only about curvy ladies. It's a proper fighting game. But some might not like—or cannot get pass—DOA's hyper sexualized female fighters.


What does Team Ninja, DOA's developer, think about those reactions? Team Ninja head ninja Yosuke Hayashi told website MCV that the goal is to make the female characters look "as attractive as possible" and "that's something that's not going to change." Continuing, Hayashi added:

We are a Japanese developer, and we're making the female characters with our common sense and our creative sense. When you take that to countries outside of Japan, it tends to be very misinterpreted in some cases, people considering it sexist or derogatory etc.

For us, within our culture, we're showing women like that, and we're trying to make them look attractive. We can't help if other cultures in other countries around the globe think that it's a bad representation. Within our nationality and within our national borders, we obviously have morals that we create our female characters from, but within our Japanese sensibilities, we've made those characters the way they are and we're not going to stop doing that.

People might think this is a poor excuse—that Hayashi is hiding behind cultural differences. People might think that Team Ninja should play by different rules. People think that Dead or Alive should tone down how it represents women. Team Ninja, however, doesn't seem too bothered about what people think.

Head of Team Ninja talks Dead or Alive 5 [MCV via VG247]



The thing that always creeped me out about most DoA women is not that they have big boobs or present a false body image for men to idolise, but its that they have the faces, voices and mannerisms of little girls.

I mean, you have like, Helena and Christie who seem decidedly adult, but Kasumi? She can't even raise her voice, she seems constantly on the brink of tears, and talks about her big brother like she never grew up. I'd guess her mental age at about 9 years old, but her body from the neck down is all boobs and exposed skin. Ayane, Lei Fang, Hitomi... They're not much better.

If you want to present strong female characters who look attractive by asian media trope standards, go right ahead. But when they're only physically strong as fighters, but childlike and meek in all other aspects, and you're sexualising these childlike behavioral qualities with a boob-shaped candy coating, then its pretty fucked up.