D&D 5E Dungeon & Dragons in Japan.


WotC Unveils Official D&D Japan Account – Localization Is Back On The Menu​


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I guess the Japanese translation is coming soon, and I have listented in the Japanese TRPG market Call of Chulthu is more popular than D&D. I also see D&D may have been source of inspiration for some new epic fantasy manganime franchises, for example Goblin Slayer.

I would bet Hasbro is very interesting in the Japanese market, and this is very creative for new IPs. Let's remember Transformers and Power Rangers have got Japanese roots.

I wonder if someday Kamigawa could be unlocked in DM Guild.

I feel a lot of curiosity for the Japanese mythology, very rich, and I hope in the future we can see more space for other cultures from far east, not only China and Korea.

My suggestion for the korobokuru PC is adding a little retcon detail. These wear hats by leaves because they are signs of good luck. This would coherent with the ethimilogy of the name.

Hengeyokai could be one of the most popular PC races in 5e, but of course we need a right power balance with the shapesifter traits.

Are tanuki and kitsune a subrace of hengeyokai?

If a kappa PC had got a water slime on his head (a spelljammer of plasmoid sold it as pets) then he should worry more because his head would be totally wet, nodding time after time.

I guess tengu as human faces. The fame of long noses (symbol of pride) is because they like to wear peak-masks, like the ancient plague doctors, as warning of "don't close to my personal space".

The tsukumogami (living objects) could be potential hooks of stories. Even to be a living construct PC race based in the manganime tusgumomo

I wonder about a Japanese D&D actual-play show whose players were cute idol-aspirants, to promote the game.

Of course to hire cultural consultats is advisable but I guess the opinion of native people about themself can be different from a foreign who has lived with them for years.
 
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Hasbro is very interested in the licencing of franchises and IPs, and Japanese market is a great source of new IPs. WotC may be very bold about famous Japanese IPs adapted to D&D as Stranger Things or Rick&Morty. A future D&D version of Zelda shouldn't be a imposible nonense. And Japanese publishers could be very interested to use D&D licencing as a icebreaker in the Western markets. And licencing allows to make money with IPs ended years or decade ago.

Let's rembember manga market is moving a lot of money more than American comics, and in the Western market itself. Only one number of manga "Demon Slayer" could be sold more than DC and Marvel together.

I feel curiosity about Japanese fandom publishing their own ideas in DMGuild. But my fear is a native creating characters based in stereotypes about people from other region, and a foreign wouldn't realise, but other native would do.

Call of Chulthu can be more popular than D&D in Japan but this has got more flexibility to add elements from other IPs.

* Is too pejorative the term "otaku", or is this allowed now?
 







I know everyone's excited about a potential D&D-anime cross-pollination, official stats for Lina Inverse and the wide variety of yokai, more anime about D&D and similar stories, and the like.

However, I'm not sure this changes all that much. This is about Hasbro selling 5e D&D in Japanese to Japanese people. A lot of the D&D-ish anime evolved on its own path (see the TV Tropes page on Standard Japanese Fantasy Setting--a great source for your RPG and an example of orientalism from the other end), arising from earlier versions of D&D and games like Ultima and Wizardry and of course being given a Japanese spin (there are animal-people and mecha) on the exotic West. They already have Sword World, their own domestic fantasy RPG, and Call of Cthulhu (which is bigger over there), and have already been making stuff like Record of Lodoss War, Slayers, Vision of Escaflowne, to the point the tropes are apparently well-known enough you have deconstructions like Fantasy of Grimgar and Ash and spoofs like Konotsuba. D&D has evolved over the past 50 years to appeal to Americans, not Japanese people, and I suspect a lot of Japanese people are going to look at this and be like "oh, OK" and go back to their domestic stuff that's more to their taste.
 

I know everyone's excited about a potential D&D-anime cross-pollination, official stats for Lina Inverse and the wide variety of yokai, more anime about D&D and similar stories, and the like.

However, I'm not sure this changes all that much. This is about Hasbro selling 5e D&D in Japanese to Japanese people. A lot of the D&D-ish anime evolved on its own path (see the TV Tropes page on Standard Japanese Fantasy Setting--a great source for your RPG and an example of orientalism from the other end), arising from earlier versions of D&D and games like Ultima and Wizardry and of course being given a Japanese spin (there are animal-people and mecha) on the exotic West. They already have Sword World, their own domestic fantasy RPG, and Call of Cthulhu (which is bigger over there), and have already been making stuff like Record of Lodoss War, Slayers, Vision of Escaflowne, to the point the tropes are apparently well-known enough you have deconstructions like Fantasy of Grimgar and Ash and spoofs like Konotsuba. D&D has evolved over the past 50 years to appeal to Americans, not Japanese people, and I suspect a lot of Japanese people are going to look at this and be like "oh, OK" and go back to their domestic stuff that's more to their taste.
depends on if they say make a hybrid setting a reintroduction of the new western elements and the new Japanese elements to see if you get something that is both familiar and fresh.
 

depends on if they say make a hybrid setting a reintroduction of the new western elements and the new Japanese elements to see if you get something that is both familiar and fresh.

No evidence they're making new material, though. The pic is one from the 5e PHB. They translated it into Spanish and French, now they're doing Japanese.

I mean, I'd love to see a Japanese Adventures for 5e with a whole bunch of Japanese consultants so they can do it a little more sensitively this time but with modern Hasbro's production values. (Lots of D&D players would love to play ninja and samurai!) But that doesn't seem to be what this is.
 

No evidence they're making new material, though. The pic is one from the 5e PHB. They translated it into Spanish and French, now they're doing Japanese.

I mean, I'd love to see a Japanese Adventures for 5e with a whole bunch of Japanese consultants so they can do it a little more sensitively this time but with modern Hasbro's production values. (Lots of D&D players would love to play ninja and samurai!) But that doesn't seem to be what this is.
our rulers have not yet band us from hope, so I am allowed to hope even if I know it is a long shot plus we know we are getting new settings at some point I am hoping for something more divergent than just a different flavour of generic fantasy.
 


Azzy

KMF DM
Even as someone that wants more non-Western fanasy elements in D&D, I just don't expect this to really amount to much beyond the localizations. I'd be surprised if the localized books didn't have have the same artwork as the English products, like with the other translations.

Also, most fantasy anime tends towards Western-style fantasy (with a few nods here and there, if any, to Japanese or Chinese culture), so I don't think that even if D&D made major penetration into the Japanese market that there would be much more incentive to incorporate more Asian influence into D&D products.
 

Also, most fantasy anime tends towards Western-style fantasy (with a few nods here and there, if any, to Japanese or Chinese culture), so I don't think that even if D&D made major penetration into the Japanese market that there would be much more incentive to incorporate more Asian influence into D&D products.
If anything, there would be less incentive. Asian culture isn't exotic to Asians. Imagine if you (a Westerner presumably) were happily watching a samurai movie and suddenly a medieval European knight in plate mail showed up.
 

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