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Pretty much exactly what the title says; I'm looking for anime games where the female characters aren't overly sexualised. Taking from my comment in this post, I avoid anime games on principle due to how many treat their female characters as little more than sex objects. However, I am willing (and encouraged) to be proven wrong.

So by anime games, I am referring to any game of any genre that has an anime art style and/or originated from an east Asian country (so Japan, China, or South Korea). Mods of games that desexualise the content (if those even exist) are also allowed.

This can also be a general discussion on anime games as a whole. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on the latest JRPG, for example, whether you liked it or not :)

Pretty much exactly what the title says; I'm looking for anime games where the female characters aren't overly sexualised. Taking from my comment in [this post](https://ovarit.com/o/Games/180049/i-m-not-playing-any-more-male-protags), I avoid anime games on principle due to how many treat their female characters as little more than sex objects. However, I am willing (and encouraged) to be proven wrong. So by anime games, I am referring to any game of any genre that has an anime art style and/or originated from an east Asian country (so Japan, China, or South Korea). Mods of games that desexualise the content (if those even exist) are also allowed. This can also be a general discussion on anime games as a whole. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on the latest JRPG, for example, whether you liked it or not :)

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I'm pretty fond of Heartbeat, which is a charming little RPGmaker game that clearly draws inspiration from JRPGs and Pokemon. The gameplay is somewhat repetitive, but the plot and endearing all-female cast got me through the grind. I bought it because it got review-bombed for the developers' girlfriend being an outspoken TERF, but I ended up putting way more hours into it than I expected.

[–] Illuminate 3 points Edited

List of unambiguous same sex attraction present in the Heartbeat RPG(spoilers)

  • Late-game female party member flirts relentlessly with the female main protag.
  • Side-quest where a conjurer is trying to (unsuccessfully) escape her two female partners due to negative backlash from human society, and the entire sequence reads like a lesbian trying to repress her homosexuality (it ends on a largely positive note, no worries).
  • Two of the female mogwai in the aquatic museum are literally wives who got married to each other upon reuniting after years of searching and waiting for each other.
  • Evil female general has photos of her female subordinate hidden in her bedroom.
  • Cowboy girl's mogwai doesn't deny it when another character refers to her as cowboy girl's "girlfriend".
  • One of your party members has two dads.
  • Rabbit mogwai calls wolf mogwai her fiancée, both are female.
  • Mogwai generally prefer people of the same-sex so they're basically gay by default.
  • Heavily implied that humans who can form pacts with mogwai have to be attracted to the same sex.
  • The main protag develops a very obvious crush on a female musician.
  • Your female cat companion often flirts with attractive women and was once a womanizer, plus she can acquire a sword named after a Utena reference.
  • One of the party members can get dual axes called "Labrys & Sappho".
  • That female tanuki shopkeeper NPC falls in love with a female conjurer.
  • Two female enemy mogwai later have a kid together in the credits.
  • The big reveal is essentially two gay tragedies wrapped into one, with a male mogwai trying to elope with the mogwai emperor which leads to the separation of the main protag's grandma and one of her female mogwai partners who was explicitly in love with her.
  • One Mogwai NPC has a VERY specific type and therefore has a crush on your party member of that description. However, her crush doesn’t know she exists… until…?
  • One of the female rancher Mogwais has a mutual unknown crush on another female rancher Mogwai.
  • During a side-quest, you must question a female conjurer about a mysterious woman known only for hosting wild parties. She explicitly states the parties were “mainly for people to hook up.” The parties seem to have been attended mostly/only by women.
  • A post-game female NPC hints at an unrequited love who is probably one of the former soldiers.
  • One female character may have had feelings for another female character who is married.
  • A human character expresses interest toward a “brunette” (who is neither named nor pictured).
  • Unrelated to the game, the developer is a lesbian who, when asked about the why there's so much lesbians in the game, just says she just felt like it/likes women. From the Steam posts, she's been working on the sequel at the moment.

Oh it is the game that attracted ire from TRAs due to the TERF dev that I heard about? XD That alone makes it worth checking out!

As a weeb gamer, I'll toss in some recs!

  • Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons
  • Rune Factory
  • Puyo Puyo series
  • Long Live the Queen
  • Recettear

There's also the otome genre, which is made for & marketed to women, so very little objectification of female characters

Rune Factory and Harvest Moon/SoS are my obsessions! I haven't heard of the other ones but I will be looking them up. Thank you.

[–] Zamiel 6 points Edited

I haven't played them yet but the Ni no Kuni games seem pretty innocent

trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGzdeUCVWOE

another trailer: https://youtu.be/2MJs869kavY

I played the first Ni No Kuni and it is refreshingly non-sexualized. The main story is a little boy seeking out his mother. So its very innocent and sweet

They are wonderful! The story, the art style, the gorgeous places. They are so fun! And yes, definitely pretty innocent

Coral Island is turning out to be a breath of fresh air!

god I hope the prickly butch fitness lesbian stays just that and isn't some nonbinary character. lol

I stg I was terrified that they would try to make her trans or something. 😭

When multi-player opens up we need to add one another!

Does Pokémon count?

Edit: If you like JRPGs, you need to try Earthbound if you haven’t. I know there aren’t many female characters but it’s not sexualized and it’s an amazing classic.

Haha no have you seen the gym leaders in the latest gens?

I hate that my first impression of the newest electric gym leader was that she's designed to be a waifu.... of the gremlin archetype that has been particularly popular as waifu material lately...

I think it's a tough ask as even if there's no blatant fanservice, male sexuality is often a punchline for gags.

I wanted to give a suggestion but realized I don't know any. At least anime games focus on eye candy for both men and women, which can't be said for western games (sorry I don't find old buff men hot).

I could use some good anime recommendations myself tbh. I can't think of anything past 2015 at the most that is not sexualized or male gazey.

Have you ever played Dragon Age? Nothing "old" about Alistair - he was not only youngish (twenties?) but completely inexperienced with women. I usually skip romances in RPGs but his storyline was lovely.

Same here! Which is one of the reasons why I prefer anime games! They at least include handsome male characters even if some of them have sexualized females! Western games tend to either have all characters ugly or only have attractive gals but not males!

Hm, I guess it depends on how much male gaze you can handle and what you're interested in.

For example, Yuru Camp (2018) and A Place Further than the Universe (2018) are both cozy shows with all-female casts and little sexualization, but some people don't enjoy the 'cute girls doing cute things' genre because moe is usually designed for the male gaze. Yuru Camp is mostly comfy slice-of-life about high school girls going camping across Japan, while A Place Further than the Universe focuses more on exploring the girls' motivations for visiting the most inhospitable place on earth. Little Witch Academia (2017) is a similar show about schoolgirls, but it's clearly written to be child-friendly but enjoyable for all ages.

If you want something more mature, In this Corner of the World (2016) is easily one of the most beautiful anime movies I've ever watched and a nuanced, poignant depiction of everyday life in wartime Japan. I have certain issues with the nationalism in it, but I'm also particularly sensitive to such things and it's not overt. There's also a number of shows I can think of that have well-written female secondary characters or female characters with a lot of depth but also enough flaws to be unlikable, but I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for.

Ahh you and I have very different tastes but I totally appreciate you writing this out for me. You are correct I absolutely hate the genre of "cute girls doing cute things" because it's male gazey and not at all how girls act. It's some weird fantasy and I think it fuels TIMs. I miss real shoujo like Skip Beat, Full Moon wo Sagashite and Nana.

I liked Little Witch academia the OVA but got quite bored with the anime and didn't finish.

I have watched In this corner of the world and I had the same thoughts as you.

Yeah, there's definitely a lack of real shoujo these days. Most of the female-targeted anime adaptations these days are more about pretty male casts. I guess it's because men don't watch traditional shoujo, but women will watch traditional shounen.

You miiiiiight enjoy After the Rain (massive age gap relationship, but it's one-sided and not sexual), Ancient Magus Bride (beautiful fantasy worldbuilding but questionable relationship), or Smile at the Runway (traditional shounen formula fashion industry), but aside from likely not being your taste, they're also not great adaptations and I enjoyed the manga a lot more.

I'm a big shoujo fan too! For recent series, really enjoyed My Next Life as a Villainess, Orange, Kaguya-sama, and Horimiya. And a little outside the genre, but Sk8 the Infinity and Hypnosis Mic were also fun watches.

Does ni no kuni count? It's graphics are very ghibli so no sexualisation of female characters, the story is amazing and I really love the combat system. I 100% recommend them. They are also often on sale. The first one for 9.99 and the second for 17.99. That is quite a difference to the original 59.99

Also okami. There is one.. strange looking female character but other than that it has no sexualisation. The main character is a female dog/ goddess and story and gameplay are wonderful and unique

The creators of Ni No Kuni made the Dark Cloud series. Ni No Kuni gameplay draws heavily from it, the second game was my favorite back in the day. Also innocent and not sexualized anime game.

I really wish Dark Cloud would make a come back. I used to LOVE rearranging the village layouts in the first two games

If you haven't played Ni No Kuni, do it! There were so many similar gameplay elements, particularly in 2. 1 and 2 are so different and enjoyable in their own way, but I think I prefer 2 more because of the similarities to Dark Cloud.

I recommend Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin! You play as a young girl but she isn't sexualised, and there's female characters of all ages and all have respectful designs.

Thank you for all the recommendations everyone! Wow, I wasn't expecting such a turn-out!

I've looked up all the games you've been recommending, and not only do they all sound great, but some of them even sound like something I'd normally play (looking at you, Long Live the Queen). Not to mention Heartbeat, the game that got all the TRAs upset. xD

I'm glad to see that I've started some discussion too. :)

Again, thank you all for the recommendations thus far! Keep them coming!

sounds like an oxymoron to me lol.

I was blocking anime titles on steam for years now. Every single one of those games is the same.

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