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Why are the main characters in most JRPG's teens or kids?

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User Info: Mello_Jello

Mello_Jello
4 years ago#1
Going around slaying monsters with big swords seems more like a man's jobs than a bunch of angsty teens.

User Info: AtelierCorvus

AtelierCorvus
4 years ago#2
The Japanese are obsessed with youth.
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User Info: Shineboxer

Shineboxer
4 years ago#3
because they are made for preteens.

User Info: cymanx

cymanx
4 years ago#4
Even though the Legend of Y's franchise is more of an action rpg, Adol Christian is more of an adult, and is the most powerful character in any franchise. He literally plows through hordes of monsters.
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User Info: rofflchopper

rofflchopper
4 years ago#5
Because loli.
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User Info: playboyskitch

playboyskitch
4 years ago#6
JPs = Lolicons.
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User Info: huyi

huyi
4 years ago#7
the japanese has a unhealthy fascination with schoolgirls and preteens :(
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User Info: doraemonllh1989

doraemonllh1989
4 years ago#8
Because most Asian look younger than western people,western people gets old very fast
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User Info: Devilman_Amon

Devilman_Amon
4 years ago#9
Asians also think Westerners look ugly and have big noses and excess body hair. So playing as older uncanny valley foreign characters isn't appealing to them. And many Japanese gamers are girls and Japanese girls do not find Western bulky men attractive.
Most Japanese young adults are lithe in body type so the games try to reflect that as a marketing strategy.
Most average Westerners are not bodybuilders yet most Western games try to depict the characters as 250 pound 6 foot 5" linebackers even if they are soldiers (most U.S./EU soldiers are not "bodybuilder" type either.)
So the exaggeration on the Western game hero stereotype is a bit ridiculous as if the developers are trying to overcompensate for something.
More Japanese girls play video games than Western girls play video games. Take Sengoku Basara games for example (the hack n slash DW style games). 70 percent of that fanbase is actually female.
And they like charm and appeal in their characters which is often represented in youth.
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User Info: Devilman_Amon

Devilman_Amon
4 years ago#10
huyi posted...
the japanese has a unhealthy fascination with schoolgirls and preteens :(


And the West has an unhealthy fascination with child beauty pageants
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