This is Josie Rizal. The recently revealed character is Tekken‘s first Filipino character. For some, she’s not Filipino enough — or rather, Filipino at all.
Her outfit is red, blue, yellow and white, which mirrors the colours of the country’s flag. Josie Rizal’s fighting style is eskrima and kickboxing. Eskrima is the Philippines’ traditional martial arts. So what’s the big deal?
Some fans seem pleased, but others don’t think Josie appeared Filipino in either the way she looks or dresses. Well-known Philippine-born artist and poet Adonis Durado summed those feelings best to the Gulf News, “The problem with Josie Rizal’s character is too obvious: it doesn’t have any trace of Filipino-ness-neither in her physical attributes nor in her outfit.”
Continuing, Durado added, “If her fighting style is purportedly eskrima, where are the arnis sticks? So the Filipino-inspired name is simply a token.”
So far, it doesn’t seem like the character speaks Filipino or have a Filipino accent. As reported on the Gulf News, one fan hoped the character gets a Filipino dub and says things like “Aray!” (ouch) when fighting.
Filipino site GMA News reports that the country’s National Commission for Culture and the Arts expressed dismay over the character.
Dr Leodenito Cañete from the NCAA is quoted by GMA News (via Rouken at NeoGAF) as saying, “It’s hard for us to prevent other countries from making characters like this because Philippines is very popular around the world.”
The government body is considering looking into the matter to “correct” incorrect impressions Josie Rizal gives. Maybe it can do something about those deja vu attacks too.