I love eric lang and I’ve been beyond excited for Rising Sun. Games about diplomacy and negotiation are my absolute jam, and the mechanics have taken inspiration from the alliance system from Rex, which is one of the best ideas that I’ve never seen repeated. The minis look awesome, the art is amazing … but the whole game seems like it suffers from Orientalism.
I’m not an expert at all on japanese mythology, but I’ve done some research and they’re taking a lot of liberties.
- The Panda and Monkey King are from China. Like people have said, it’s kind of fucked up to include them. Sure, Eric Lang likes pandas, but he didn’t throw a panda into Blood Rage, right? Because those are two different cultures and it would have obviously stuck out as a dumb idea?
- The Phoenix is from Greek and Arabian Mythology. The Japanese phoenix - the Hō-ō - doesn’t have the ability to return from death. It’s an interesting creature. It has "the front of a swan, the hinder parts of a unicorn, the throat of a swallow, the bill of a chicken, the neck of a snake, the stripes of a dragon, and the arched back of a tortoise. " “It has many miraculous attributes, but not self-rejuvenation, and does not possess the Arabian phoenix’s propensity for self-immolation.”
- The Koneko seems to be made up completely. It means Kitten in Japanese, but I can’t find any myth or legend surrounding it. I think it’s been made up wholecloth.
I want to love it so much! Does anyone know if they engaged with any historians, experts, anything like that?
EDIT: I was wrong about the Monkey - it’s a Kotahi, a legendary monkey-creature from japanese folklore, not the monkey king from Chinese folklore. Obviously I just don’t know enough about the subject to make a call here. I wish I could get more information from someone who knows about the subject.