So, in most civilised parts of the world, June is Pride month. While it’s rather odd for a company that’s all about the titty porn to bring up gay rights, it’s something that comes up in our games quite a bit, and usually in a negative light. Given the long (and rather un-sordid) history of male on male relationships in Japan, particularly as part of the oft-revered samurai culture, it’s rather depressing to see most gay characters in visual novels thrown aside as one dimensional tropes and subjects of scorn, especially since homosexual men AND women have more rights in parts of Japan than in parts of the US (though neither country has a full civil rights law regarding equality based on sexual orientation like here in the EU).
The point of all this? Remember that the gay blokes in most VN’s (especially ones for straight guys) would make most real gays cringe if they were to ever encounter them, and to treat everybody with the respect and dignity that you’d want to be treated with yourself (barring some sort of masochistic streak).
Unless, of course, they’re pirating our games. Or actually doing some of the things that happen in Zaishuu…