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Bandai Namco Spares Our Sanity by Keeping New Tekken 7 Character in Japan

by Ron Duwell | December 9, 2014December 9, 2014 4:30 pm PDT

Behold! Lucky Chloe, the latest addition to the Tekken 7 roster. This overly “nyan” cat fan-girl is a walking stereotype of anime culture, and she breakdances and screeches her way into the brains of her rivals, making her an opponent to be feared both in the ring and in the depths of your darkest nightmares. Even at the peak of my Japanophilia back in college, I would have been annoyed by this character.

Now, all I can think is that my English teaching instincts are sounding a red alert with those pronunciation issues.

Luckily, for those of you safe on the other side of the Pacific, you won’t have to experience this fantasy gone astray when you pick up a copy of Tekken 7 for your home consoles or play in an arcade. Producer Katsuhiro Harada has confirmed that she will be staying with her own target audience as a region exclusive character after getting into a bit of a shouting match with Western Tekken fans.

These fans were asking for a way to block matches against her, thinking she is annoying. Harada’s response?

“By the way, Are you Western only bulletin board? Hello small world. I’ll make a muscular and skinhead character for you. Calm down and don’t worry. That character are East Asia and Europe ‘exclusive’. And I’ll say again. We’ve more new characters in TK7. She is JUST one of them.”

Just like the Japanese have stereotypes about their taste, I suppose that Japan has its own stereotypes about our gamers too. Muscular skinhead? Sounds appropriate.

Lucky Chloe has not been advertised in Western marketing either, further cementing Harada’s claims. With her safely beyond the reaches of American servers though, that leaves just one story unaccounted for.

What about your ol’ buddy Ron, who is trapped within her reigning territory?! Don’t worry guys. I think I can handle this…

Tekken 7 will be released in Japanese arcades this coming Feb. 2015. No word on a home console or Western release, but rest assured that both are going to happen.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...