why were japanese games in the 80s and early 90s obsessed with arabic aesthetics?

why were japanese games in the 80s and early 90s obsessed with arabic aesthetics? SMB2, MWIV, DQ5, Last Oasis and probably more. Was there a popular show or comic or something? Stardust crusaders ran from 88-92 and they went to egypt, Yugioh prominently featured Egypt as well and that was in 96.

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Wow, 5 games and 2 anime series? Literally obsessed

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      > 2 anime series

      There was Magical Hat anime and manga which featured a protagonist in arabic outfit with genie powers (got a game for Mega Drive which was released in West as Decap Attack). Also pretty sure Dragon Ball had some arab looking characters.

      For games, we've had Super Arabian by Sunsoft and Magic of Scheherazade.
      But thats only ones I know,k there were probably more.

      Probably just a cool exotic trend, like with penguins, which were everywhere in the 80's Japan

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Also pretty sure Dragon Ball had some arab looking characters.
        Here and there, there's an Middle Eastern looking town they enter in the first arc. But it's mainly in the last arc where that aesthetic is more in the forefront, with Buu and these alien guys

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          That said early Dragon Ball is explicitly Chinese which I think Japan was more interested in back then

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Why were they so obsessed with European anesthetic? Why was America so obsessed with ninja and martial arts movies? Probably because it gives a foreign and mysterious appeal to story telling and settings.

      it's just cool homie

      >why was the post apocalypse setting so popular in anime and games in the 80s and 90s? there was fotns, megazone, apocalypse zero and probably some others
      >stop asking questions don't be curious don't think just believe that ideas simply appear out of nothing and influential art doesn't exist

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        That's just a ripoff of Violence Jack

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Wrong, Mad Max is just the sci-fi version of Stone.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            That also ripped off Violence Jack

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why were they so obsessed with European anesthetic? Why was America so obsessed with ninja and martial arts movies? Probably because it gives a foreign and mysterious appeal to story telling and settings.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      the question

      the long answer

      it's just cool homie

      the short answer

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        And then there's the /misc/shit answersc

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    it's just cool homie

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    That's about when it entered their public consciousness, sparking a brief obsession, like the American obsession with Australia in the 90s that got Crocodile Dundee funded

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I wouldn't say it was an obsession but just an easy to go fantasy setting that wasn't western, like Aladdin, Thief and the Cobbler, or Prince of Persia. Geopolitics and social climate probably killed it. But Japan still does it like Legend of Arslan, Magi the Magic Labyrinth, or Shoukoku no Altair.
    What I've actually noticed for years was how Japan did a lot of very tropical or junglely, probably Southeast Asia, sometimes tribal setting but I've never seen it touched on. Things like Chrono Cross or Jade Cocoon for instance

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It was exotic. We didn't have internet or a shit load of immigrants.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >make a game or anime
    >set it in something besides a fantasy version of medieval europe or medieval japan
    >it's a fresh setting that's rarely used
    WHY IS JAPAN OBSESSED

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    there was a slight boost for middle eastern aesthetics for novel illustrations, fantasy OVAs and some fashion. ancient and medieval persian stuff just makes for a really good alternative to oriental and western stuff backed with a lot of reference material for artists to work with then. it just trickled down to video games

    a poster mentioned the Heroic Legend of Arslan, that's a gorgeous example of that interest. also pic slightly related, I doubt Yoshitaka Amano single-handedly pushed the movement but he certainly helped

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The Arslan OVA's are kino. Never watched the 2010's anime

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Ancient Egypt & sexy Arab women are fricking hot. Look at Shantae!

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Because the exotic idea of it is a million times better than the real thing, and that's how it should stay.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Stardust crusaders ran from 88-92 and they went to egypt, Yugioh prominently featured Egypt as well and that was in 96.
    you forgot dragonball/z

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      when does goku go to egypt?

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Aladdin.

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    lame

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