Fate/Grand Order is a mobile game making millions of dollars every day and has generated more than $2 billion in revenue, according to Saowen.com. A large part of this is thanks to the game’s visual appeal, large cast of characters, and the importance of having sexy boobs in the game. And no, it’s not an opinion… it’s a fact.
According to Goboiano, Fate/Grand Order action director, Shun Enokido, shared a tweet online thanking the millions of fans for their support and also shared some of the behind-the-scenes production notes for the animated sequence for the summer event.
— 眉 毛 (@mayuge1017) August 9, 2018
The sketches are from concepts for the 15 second promotional trailer for Fate/Grand Order‘s summer event that you can check out below.
The images in the tweet also contain notes from the production staff, with Enokido making the following remark on the sketch of Jeanne d’Arc’s boobs: おっぱい大事.
It literally translates to “boobs are crucial” or “breasts are very important”.
There’s also an outline around the boobs to highlight their importance.
It’s hard to make out the rest of the notes, and it doesn’t really make sense if you try to substitute some characters for others, but overall Enokido’s sketches highlight that Japanese artists still feel boobs are an important element for the plot and salubrious for the game and anime’s overall success. This is the opposite kind of design philosophy employed by people like Neil Druckmann from Naughty Dog, who have a very specific agenda to make their female characters as unappealing as possible.
It’s basically a highlight of how in Japan the artists care about their characters looking appealing, and using fan-service to bring in more people and keep them ogling and watching. In the West it’s rather apparent that they hate their audience and would rather focus on pushing them away, sort of like what Disney is doing right now with the Star Wars franchise, and what Marvel’s comic book division is doing right now with comic book fans.
I suppose this is why Japanese companies like Delightworks are making money hand over fist, while plenty of Western studios are losing money hand over fist.
(Thanks for the news tip Richard)