Seventh wrote:I'm gonna say no. The entire premise of the series is that it's things personified as girls, with the only males that are exceptions to this being personifications of vague concepts rather than specific things. Even when we had Chirper characters who were male and parodying things, when the time came for an actual character, it was a girl (the MGS Chirper character to Lid for example).
We're talking well beyond romance/yuri/SI stuf here, and the focus it's getting here seems unnecessary (though somewhat telling) - the series' whole identity has thus far been built exclusively on this concept. It's what fans, haters, non-fans, and pretty much everyone knows it for. It's what it is. It doesn't matter whether or not that leads to such and such.
Also, perhaps more importantly, it's one of the only series with an exclusively female cast. Even amongst CH's works. That in itself, regardless of whether that's appealing because of yuri or whatever, is something that sets it apart and gives it a greater identity. Even Senran Kagura has prominent recurring male characters throughout, one even playable in SK2.
That said, I did quite enjoy all the guys in RB1, and the only villain I've ever disliked in this series was a woman, so I don't see what's wrong with getting our guys on through those means. Some of the best and most entertaining characters in the series are guys already - they shouldn't have to be playable or good for that to matter.
People, remember to separate the fanbase from CH. Every series will have fans of all kinds - telling a creator to do such and such based on the fact that certain fans act a certain way does not make sense. I'm not saying don't criticize them, but criticizing them based on the fanbase the games may or may not have does not make sense.
A greater identity doesn't necessarily make it a better game let alone that identity is great by itself if it lacks certain execution. So even if it's one of the few, it's not necessarily one of the great.
And almost all of the guys who you might call great, are almost all villains or shit eating jerks at one point and typically end up dead or one some shit end of the spectrum even if with redeeming sides. So it's got plenty of that crap already. It's not going to disrespect a series to make them good guys who aren't under some underlying dark purpose or perversion. I fail to see why making them good guys means making them playable by default since that seems to be the issue. Senran Kagura didn't necessarily need to make their teacher a player character to be a good guy.
All in all, a lot of issue lies with trying to say that one supposedly small side of one side of an already supposedly small fanbase would kill the companies ability to make more games as some have so eagerly spoken before on topics like this. That's a mostly fact less excuse to side step the discussion.