それなんてエロゲ [sore nante eroge]

November 13, 2009 at 4:26 am (otaku word, slang)

kimi ga nozomu eien

A scene from Eternity You Wish

 There is an old saying, 事実は小説より奇なり[jijitsu wa shousetsu yori ki nari] in Japanese, which means truth is stranger than fiction. That is, no matter how fishy it sounds, it could be true. The more it sounds too good to be true, the more we could believe it. Come to think of it, there are quite a few stories based on the facts and then some of them are hard to believe. Oh well, because they are shows, they could be dramatized somehow for sure.

 When I turn on TV, I sometimes see showfolks are talking about their first love. And we are definitely seen such a quick movie that explains how it was. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I end up shouting, “Bullshit” inside because, I think, I have played too many eroge[エロゲー] or otome games. Yes, there is a funny saying among 2ch bugs to comment upon hearing such a heartbreaking love story, それなんてエロゲ[sore nante eroge] or which eroge are you talking about?

Misuzu in Air

 In case you don’t know what eroge is(I am pretty sure you do), I shall quickly explain. Eroge is a simulation game in which the hero is surrounded by several pretty girls(that is a harem), bishoujo[美少女]. You can pursue each girl and the goal is to have a happy ending with your favorite. If it contains some pornogoraphic scenes, it is classified as エロゲー[eroge]. If not, it is a plain 美少女ゲーム[bishoujo game].

shizuku

 Long time ago, eroge was not like what they are now. I mean, some pretty girls come out, and all the hero has to do is chase your favorite. When the hero and your girl come to a certain point, you will see a H-scene. So you start over to clear another girl.

ToHeart

 But eroge evolved out of what they used to be around the end of 1990’s. I can think of Shizuku[雫, '96], To Heart(’97) from Leaf or something like that. These eroge are so dramatic and well-plotted that players could even cry. Also, needless to say, Kanon(’99) from Key was a really mega hit. Because of such a heartbreaking plot from Kanon or Air, those games were even classified as a 泣きゲー[nakige] or heartbreaking eroge. You might not even think it is just an adult video game if you play Air as a fisrt timer. 何回見ても美鈴のシーンは泣いてしまう…Meanwhile, there are eroge that make you depressed after you played because of a depressing scenario such as 君が望む永遠[Eternity you wish] or School Days. We call it 鬱ゲー[utsuge] or depressing game. When it comes to otome game, I can’t even count how many romantic stories I have seen so far.

 In this way, we got used to hear such a heartbreaking love story, so we hardly get surprised even if a so-so nice one comes out. Rather, 2ch bugs might ridicule your story, saying それなんてエロゲ. The more you explian enthusiastically and dramatically, the less they get surprised. No matter how much you write about your story on your blog or somewhere, there could be only one comment, それなんてエロゲ. In acronyms, it is sneg[Sore Nante EroGe]. 

 When I met my first love for the first time, we were on the street. I was on my way to school, and when I turned at the corner, I hit a bike. It was her, and I had a crush…In fact the girl turned out to be a transfered student. We were stunned when she came into the classroom. She said, “Sorry about the earlier,” and I said,”Oh I am fine. My name is bangin. Can I show our school?” That is how it started…

 それなんてエロゲ?

 One day, when I logged in my cosplay site, I found a trace from someone. I tracked down and it was a really beautiful cosplayer. Apparently, she was Caucasian. I screwed up my courage, I mailed her. And a few days later she mailed me back, telling me she was coming to Japan. So I asked her to cosplay with me, and she said yes. And we joined a cosplay event together. And after that…

 sneg

 By the way, it is not unusual that a popular manga or novel becomes a film[映画化, eigaka] such as Death Note or Higurashi no naku koro ni. So we can also say 映画化決定[eigaka kettei, movie comes out] or エロゲ化決定[erogeka kettei, eroge comes out]. Why don’t you make your love story an eroge? No no, I am not joking. Because we know eroge is a pure love story and it is something we dream of…Yes, we actually long for a love story like eroge somewhere deep in our hearts, don’t we? 

 But what I want is a love story like an otome game!

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