Kōtarō Uchikoshi Clarifies Minor Character's Gender Identity in AI: The Somnium Files

Zero Escape and AI: The Somnium Files writer and director took to Twitter recently with a bit of trivia about the gender identity of one of the minor characters in his latest game, AI: The Somnium Files – Nirvana Initiative. *Note: This article contains minor spoilers for AI: The Somnium Files – Nirvana Initiative. Uchikoshi has expressed support for the LGBTQ+ community in both of his AI: The Somnium Files games. His original tweet thread dives not only into the gender identity of Marco (an AI designed to help police solve crimes by diving into the minds of criminals and key witnesses), but also about the localization process and why certain choices were made as to how the character was referred to in English. But the most interesting bit was when the conversation turned into a philosophical look at gender identity in general. In the original game, Mizuki tells Marble bar owner Mama, "The LGBT community is rich in sensibility, has excellent taste, and is full of talented, artistic people. I love them all!" The game's encyclopedia entry for LGBTQ+ also plainly states: "The acronym LGBTQ+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning. (Anime News Network). Continue reading.

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