Ghostwire director Ikumi Nakamura has developed quite the fan art following [see staff posts]

rein

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I think this is something very innocent that can quickly turn not so innocent. I'm glad she's having fun though.
 

60EffPeeEss

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I think its very heartening to see an older Japanese woman at the head of a company like this. Super impressive stuff for a country like Japan. Of course, not all stereotypes are real, so not every JP company will be like this, but with her and the creative lead on DBFZ being female, its very cool to see.

Both have great attitudes and clearly love what they do.
 

wandering

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Yikes - people so quickly want to assume that a person acting cute (and doing so purposefully) is being fetishized rather than just recognized?

She purposefully acted cute there, and she isn't a bad looking person. What's wrong with calling a cute person cute?

It's not like people (so far) are being creepy with "Uguuu Japanese people are so kawaii desu I'm gonna make her Mai waifu!!"

(... At least not that I've seen yet.)
Lmao you didn’t read Twitch chat, then.

Like sure, there’s nothing inherently wrong with the fan art, but some people here are being willfully blind.
 

Unaha-Closp

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I'm too old to call anyone over the age of say 6 years old-ish cute and have no waifu tendencies - I liked her energy and attitude. Good job getting up on stage - I'd be fucking shitting myself. People being people - as in we corrupt everything - it always has the potential to go bad. The in good faith fan art I enjoyed though. She was good and I look forward to the game she is working on.
 

TheCthultist

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I definitely appreciated having someone one stage who actually seemed legitimately excited for what they were presenting.... but this is creepy. Though I suppose I’m more creeped out by the deluge of “I’d die for her”/“I want to protect her” posts on twitter than the fan art itself.
 

platypo

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This thread: a celebration of a talented individual being infantilized and reduced to a mascot because she is Japanese, cute and enthusiastic.
 

wwm0nkey

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This thread: a celebration of a talented individual being infantilized and reduced to a mascot because she is Japanese, cute and enthusiastic.
We rarely see the kind of enthusiasm at E3 and it was just nice to see someone who was genuinely excited about their product to get on stage. Yeah sure you have some creeps but I honestly think this site has overblown this.
 

Yunyo

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She had me at S P O O K Y. What can I say? I'm interested in Ghostwire now, lol.
 

Crayon

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I was watching via giant bomb, and when she came on you could see all the guys faces pretty much went all starry-eyed and flushed on the spot.

Except for Jeff who held strong with his poker face.
 

TetraGenesis

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I went through the entire thread trying to figure out what are these pictures reference to, I gave up 😂. Any help please....
No worries, bruv. It's incredibly obscure unless you've seen it a lot. It's like learning to see Witness puzzles in the environment, hahahaha.

 

BuddyDharma

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Like, how big of a sweeping generalization is that? Surely, it's a reasonable thing to assume very few have been to Japan. "But he said nobody!" Point still stands. As soon as something could be construed as sexist or ethnocentric, people suddenly start acting like they have majors in postcolonial/gender studies.
 

oliverandm

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This thread: a celebration of a talented individual being infantilized and reduced to a mascot because she is Japanese, cute and enthusiastic.
As if being cute and enthusiastic - or even Japanese - is somehow not a qualified reason to be celebrated. Sure context matters, but you know damn well the internet isn't shy of shitstorming at any given moment, so when more than 100k people thinks she's cute, enthusiastic or Japanese (that's objective though), or whatever reason they have, let's just enjoy that there's very little reason to believe anything is meant with bad intentions, aside from your attempt at spin.
 

kyoya

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At this point I wouldn't be surprised if she's offered her own show on Netflix by the end of the week: "Making Games With Ikumi". I'd watch it.
 

DvdGzz

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Drawing her is pretty weird to me but not surprising at all with the way she acted. You would think she was presenting a Nintendo game with how upbeat she was, haha. I enjoyed it.
 

StonedRider

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Wow, what a thread!

It reminds me when we've got our new Minister of Economics here several years ago (Daniels Pavluts), almost every woman in my circle told me something like "I do not know how good in economics he is, but he is cute for sure and I support him".

And I absolutely do not have a problem with it.
 

platypo

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Asian women in multicultural workplaces are often faced with the problem of being infantilized or inappropriately judged by their appearances, no matter how good they are at their job. Gamer waifu culture is really creepy (the fact that even Nintendo is enabling and monetizing this behavior irks me) especially when it now seems OK to act this way towards real human beings. An equally middle aged woman of any other ethnic background wouldn't have garnered that kind of response from the internet. This is called microaggressions, dehumanizing acts that don't appear that way for most.

I am increasingly concerned for Asian women's safety around the globe because it seems yellow fever has become normalized and is now entrenched in modern societies. What many people consider compliments actually do more bad than good. This is nothing new, but the hallyu wave combined with Japanese media being extremely important in internet culture has changed beauty standards and reinforced prejudiced thought patterns regarding the ways in which we treat women with Asian features.
 

Ethifury

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E3 is legitimately a poorer event without Aisha. For a couple of years she was the only thing worth a damn at Ubi's press conferences.
Did anybody NOT see Sarah Bond? I'd like to see her more often at Microsoft's E3 in the future.

I loved everything about Ikumi. I could tell she was doing her best to please everybody despite her troubles speaking English.
 

Slaythe

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Nakamura actually has a bunch of her own fan art saved on her phone, to the point where it's filling up said phone.


It makes me happy she became so big overnight literally.

I'm sure Bethesda must have realized her and her game were the most positive stuff they got out of their E3 and I hope they'll give her even more time to shine !
 

CGiRanger

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Nakamura actually has a bunch of her own fan art saved on her phone, to the point where it's filling up said phone.
I love how one of them is the stick figure drawing of her too. It's still so unbelievable how she went from a few hundred twitter followers from before the Bethsoft conference to over 130K now by the end of E3
 

Chariot

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An equally middle aged woman of any other ethnic background wouldn't have garnered that kind of response from the internet.
What about Ukrainian?

Natalia Poklonskaya was a bit hit, and she was Ukrainian and not the least bit Japanese: https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&channel=trow&biw=1920&bih=944&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=uCgFXbm-Ac7YwAKL0rO4AQ&q=Natalia+Poklonskaya+fanart&oq=Natalia+Poklonskaya+fanart&gs_l=img.3..0i10.293.1470..1617...0.0..0.326.873.4j2j0j1......0....1..gws-wiz-img.......0j0i67j0i10i67j0i24.P-LwfQog_zM

Also, I don't know if you have noticed, but a lot of the artists are women, Asian or both. Are you saying those people are wrong to appreciate Ikumi Nakamura's cuteness? Is Ikumi Nakamura wrong to be excited about people drawing fanart of her? Who are you to tell this woman what she may or may not appreciate?