Sodapop miniatures has been always one of my favourite companies on the gaming market for their vision to link the traditional gaming with the japanese style visuals in their visually stunning range of miniatures and boardgames. Just recently i went back to their site since i was disconnected from the community from some months and learned their first card game: Tentacle Bento, was forcefully removed from Kickstarter after being successfully funded under accusations of encouraging girl abuse, rape and molestation.
The idea behind Tentacle Bento is fun and parodic. For you guys who are not familiar with this issue, i'm gonna enlighten you with some history:
Japanese censorship laws forbid any explicit depiction of genitals in any way and format, which it's even extended to porn movies. In orther to overcame this issue without having to paste censoring mosaics over every scene, japanese artists created an entire hentai anime genre in which the male counterpart was replaced with a slimy tentacled entity that would abduct the girls and perform all kinds of acts that looked obscene to the viewer.
This is what a pussy looks like to a young japanese virgin.
I refrain from saying they were having sexual intercourse, because that statement would depend on the fluff behind the story: Devouring energy, gen stealing, eating, assimilating... whatever the wording it involved lots of tentacles groping and/or penetrating the girls in various fashion, with or without her consent (yeah, there is consensual tentacle sex, look for it on google).
Whatever the case, this genre of erotic-horror movie is deeply ingrained in anime culture, something that Sodapop is aiming to parody in Tentacle Bento. In the game you play as a tentacled monster and your aim is just to abduct more girls than your other slimy fellows. No sexual reference whatsoever is made to the girls destinies after abduction as the game just revolves about pairing cards to form combinations.
Tentacle porn in japan goes down a long history.
Tentacle Bento could be perfectly called Area 51, have dark art and revolve about grey-man aliens abducting american farmers and animals, and probably no one would have given shit about the game. Just by changing their art style to anime and the alien type to a tentacled alien is it suddenly encouraging rape? Oh, come on!!
Guys, are we insane or what? Games are games, are meant to have fun, are meant to be parodic and hilarious situations. Saying Tentacle Bento encourages rape and molestation it's like saying that playing Mwahahaha! encourages genocide and building weapons of mass destruction or Cash and Guns encourages bank robbing, forming of criminal organizations, gun-shooting problem-solving, agression of federal agents...and a long etc... and that extends for looooots of other board games. (I won't even enter about discussing video-games because it would be unfair for them).
Ika Musume: the bastard product of a successful human-tentacle love encounter.
I understand that there's people who might be offended by this, but if everytime everyone was offended by our actions we stopped doing them, humanity would have never evolved. I know there is very bizzarre shit going out on the world and the corners of the internet, but i simply don't meddle with it and live my life while letting others leave theirs as long as they do not do harm to real people in the real world.
If there is people backing a project is because they want that to be real. And let's get real, no harm comes of something that cannot harm anyone. I'm sorry but "making apology"of something is the worst excuse of a crime i've ever heard and in my opinion goes against freedom of speech. No one that calls himself civilized should be offended by some guys at their home playing a boardgame, no mater the theme.