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    Anyone heard of what is and always will be my favourite game of all time, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3? If so, then I've a question: since persona 3 shows so much about what the everyday Japanese teenager eats and where he can go, or what the school life is like, could Persona 3 be seen as the one videogame which acts like a window into Japanese culture? (A bit like Wallace and Gromit was a window into British culture!)
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    Re: Persona 3: A view into Japanese Culture?

    Yes, it could be another outlook on Japanese culture: Key word being 'another'.

    There are so many other sources out there that show, in more depth mind you, of what goes on in everyday Japanese life. Take for example the Visual Novel Games such as Key's Kanon, Clannad, Air, ect. Each one depicts, to a fault, exact Japanese lifestyle as it is now. The whole point of those games are meant for lonely young men to feel loved. Not all Visual Novel games depict Japanese lifestyle though, some like Kid's infinity series (Ever17, Riven7, Remember11) are taken in the near future or at totally different locations around the world. Then there's some that are more fantast based.

    Next we go into Dramas. Dramas are perhaps the best insight into Japanese culture for many reasons:
    • Japanese Dramas are targeted not only for Otaku, but for the mass population of the nation.
    • It is rare to find a drama (that is to my knowlege) is more fantasy oriented, or even exagerrated the truth of the culture. Akihabara@DEEP - Excellent show, recommend it to every Otaku - enhances all the Otaku stereotypes and plays more on humor in Akiba. Others like LIFE, a drama about school bullying, must, to a fault, play exactly how school and everyday life is and only enhancing certain areas to get a point across, in LIFE's case it is bullying that is enhanced.

    Then there are Anime that show what goes on in everyday life. It has a genre all to their own called "Slice of Life".
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    Re: Persona 3: A view into Japanese Culture?

    When you mentioned this.. I think it is true.. o.o i mean you literally live a Japanese boy's life

    This way is a good way to experience a teenager's daily life in Japan... lol but then again i think Japan already use Anime as a great tool to show everyone how life in Japan is like... ^^ Lots of anime does that.. there are even animes that show life in the old days and some of what the future might be like... I love watching Samurai X for example and it has tought me the living ways of the old Japanese eras...Heck some anime even showed Japan's history... for example Grave of the Fireflies which is to tell what happened during the world war 2 in Japan and how the people there struggled...

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    Re: Persona 3: A view into Japanese Culture?

    Well you do basically live your life as a Japanese teenager going to school and interacting with your newly made friends in Japan. You also celebrate Japanese holidays and go to events where they practice Japanese tradition. So, yes, P3 does do a pretty good job at showing you what Japan is like.

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