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Pet Sins August 2000

Fatal Fury/King of Fighters

The Japanese video game and animation series Fatal Fury features Mai Shiranui, is a scantily-clad fan-waving red-headed Japanese ninja girl. Mai has the hots for Andy Bogard, an European American blonde. Mai is also a character in the King of Fighters video game.

It is interesting how a game created by Asians can still play up Oriental stereotypes of a fan-waving girl. Her place as a a white man's love interest is typical of white-male-fantasy-fueled fiction. Of course the Asian girl has to be smitten with a white man!

Some pictures of Mai are close to obscene. Mai is clearly being positioned as a sex object. It is also worth noting that in this case, it is Asians themselves who create a game/anime which objectifies oriental women.

Almost all the characters in Fatal Fury and King of Fighters are either East Asian or European/European American. Other female characters are also drawn with vastly exaggerated breast sizes, though not as scantily clad as Mai.