It’s an absurd double standard. All of D&D is a mishmash of popular FICTION nothing more, nothing less.Why? D&D is not historic at all, so why should Japan now receive special treatment and receive a historic setting? Because some people will whine again that it is racist for not being 100% historical (or too historical, or not written by enough Japanese people. Or the wrong Japanese people)? They would whine anyway no matter what you do so let them.
Originally made in middle America by white guys it was simply their creative effort.
With WOTC at the helm they want to signal their priorities and attract a wider array of players. Ok. I am pro business. Just don’t expect me to take all of the apologies “and you’re fired” talk as a good thing.
make your product, stop posturing and let the public decide.
We get a lot of morality thrust our way by a company that has a pretty mixed record in that regard themselves. It’s a turn off. Let’s see what they actually produce after all of this.
OA was a product and a fun one, of its time. It was not based on reality but as a homage to samurai and king fu movies! Many of them were made by and for people from Asia and were not realistic.
that’s all it was ever intended to be. Our short stint with the game was fun. Was my samurai true to history? I dunno. Was my AD&D paladin?