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Live action Catherine trailer asks if you want to get married

The latest live action trailer for Catherine seems to suggest that Atlus’ upcoming RPG has something to say about the state of the modern Japanese man. Taking a departure from the scandalous trailers released previously, the latest teaser asks men and women on the street about their thoughts on marriage.

“So anyway, do you want to get married to him/her?” That's what the Japanese text at the beginning of this new Catherine trailer asks.

“I do, once in my life,” “Mmm, not yet,” “I really, really want to,” “I have no interest,” “I want to,” come the replies. The man in the last couple is asks, “Get married? Married? Getting married is good, isn't it?”

The text pops back up, “Well, do you want to marry your current girlfriend?”

“Just spit it out!” lectures the woman as she pushes her boyfriend away.


Above: The latest trailer for Catherine

The text, accompanied by an hourglass, pops back up, “You're like a wandering sheep... who's going to get stabbed by her.” Cue image of bridal Katherine with a knife, and another story montage. This time, all the characters' conversations relate to marriage, with Katherine on the pro side and Catherine on the con. Meanwhile, Vincent seems confused.

The message of the trailer seems to be something along the lines of, “grow the hell up, you man babies.” The trailers have also sported imagery reminiscent of Murakami Haruki novels. Murakami is a famous author in both Japan and the west who deals with similar themes; his stories tend to revolve around men struggling to mature in some way, particularly in their relationships with women.

How Catherine balances these societal issues with its love for T&A will likely determine the success of its unusual narrative. Catherine is scheduled to release on February 17 in Japan for the PS3 and Xbox 360. No release date has been announced for a localized version in west.

Jan 11, 2011

12 comments

  • shyfonzie - January 16, 2011 2:50 a.m.

    Now to google about for a subbed version.
  • BlackElement17 - January 12, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    So is this game suppose to fix japan's birth rate?
  • quincytheodore - January 12, 2011 5:23 a.m.

    I see there is no announcement for US release, have this game even dubbed, or even subbed for English..? Man, I want it so bad. What the heck I'll buy the Jap if I have to
  • NearNRiver - January 12, 2011 1:08 a.m.

    I want this game so much! I think this will be the game that will make me by a this-gen system (PC FTW) The story looks to die for. BTW, Is it just me, or can He open his mouth incredibly far?!
  • AdonisX82 - January 12, 2011 12:11 a.m.

    1 - that game looks messed up 2 - i want it... ?!?!??!??!
  • Robusken - January 11, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    I want already! I think this is a game thats gonna make me pause and question my own morality.
  • DEFAULT - January 11, 2011 10:26 p.m.

    Tyler Wilde, hitting up the reddits as usual it seems. Also, Anus Monster.
  • LUCKY2BME - January 11, 2011 10:25 p.m.

    I am so glad im going to Japan in April I get to buy this game!!!!!! ill be so happy it looks so awsome!!the story is so intrigueing
  • Mamudo - January 11, 2011 10:11 p.m.

    I want this game so bad!
  • salaryman - January 11, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    [Double post apologies] Thinking about it, if they do portray the male characters as more apathetic than immature I can see a level of similarity between the two [the game and Murakami].
  • salaryman - January 11, 2011 8:34 p.m.

    Wow, never thought I would read a story on here that references my favourite author, though I'd say he [Murakami] only writes about a maturing male in a limited number of novels out of his total body of work (Norwegian Wood and Kafka on the Shore being the better known examples). Still, really hoping this gets a western release, even if I'm struggling to marry actual gameplay with the story elements we know about so far.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - January 11, 2011 7:55 p.m.

    Just announce this game for North America and Europe now, dammit! By the way, did you know that "dammit, I'm mad!" is a palindrome? Now you do!

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