There’s a sensationalized perception, especially in certain dark corners of the internet, of Japanese eroticism. While in a lot of cases the oddness of Japanese sex culture has been overblown, no franchise makes a stronger case for it’s peculiarity than Love Death, a game best described as an “anime girl abuse simulator.”
The gameplay in the Love Death franchise primarily involves savagely beating anime girls with baseball bats, soccer balls, and other sports equipment, with occasional breaks to shoot a viscous, translucent ‘substance’ onto their faces/ outfits (subtle, we know). When we first discovered this piece of hyper-misogynistic software, we hoped it was an outlier, a singular example of a shameful way overworked salarymen might vent some of their stress. Instead, it turns out it’s only the first in a long-running franchise with five entries, all of which seem modestly but disturbingly popular. Please, come back home, Japan. We’re all very worried about you.