Butterfly Soup 2 was released nearly five years after the first game, continuing the story told by the first. Butterfly Soup 2 explores themes of adolescence and the feeling of being a chrysalis slowly transforming into something else through its visual novel style and four main characters – Diya, Min-seo, Akarsha, and Noelle. Despite the fact that only a short time has passed since the events of the previous game, the second chapter of this story about queer Asian-American girls feels more mature
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Racism, interacting with immigrant parents, accepting oneself and one’s heritage, and other issues are among the pain spots it addresses. All of this is covered in a game that is finished in a matter of hours. Asian-American representation is a significant component in Butterfly Soup 2, perhaps even more so than in the original game. Butterfly Soup 2 designer Brianna Lei worked hard to write a story that addresses difficult subjects while maintaining the tone of its opening chapter. Lei spoke to Game Rant about what it’s like to be an Asian-American child growing up in both the virtual and physical worlds, and how this relates to the MCU television series Ms. Marvel.
How Ms. Marvel And Butterfly Soup 2 Provide Accurate Asian-American Representation
The protagonist of Ms. Marvel must balance being an American native at school with dealing with the challenges of coming from an immigrant family, much like in Butterfly Soup and Butterfly Soup 2. The series is more complex because of the innovative methods in which this is revealed, rather than just by an accent or subtle cultural variations between Kamala Khan’s background and her American identity.
There are references to South Asian culture throughout the novel, such as references to religion, family conflicts, and traditions, as well as the fact that Kamala’s parents and grandparents are not equally adapted to technology. Lei believes that Ms. Marvel’s portrayal of Kamala and her mother’s argument, which also appears in Butterfly Soup 2, is very true to her own experiences and seems like an authentic Asian-American representation.
Authentic Asian-American Representation.
“Even though I’m not a huge Marvel fan, the first Ms. Marvel episode made me cry. The argument Kamala had with her mother reminded me so much of my own with my parents. There were several things that made me roll my eyes, like how much the characters loved the Avengers. But witnessing such a compassionate, accurate portrayal of an Asian-American teenager coping with life on a large budget more than made up for it in my eyes.”
Lei believes more developers and other media will make an effort to have a more diverse and honest depiction, even though independent games are frequently a better medium for addressing societal and personal concerns than AAA games. Similar scenes occur in Butterfly Soup 2 with Diya and her mother having tough conversations or with Akarsha’s father pronouncing phrases incorrectly as a result of being a first-generation immigrant.
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These minor nuances are not only fantastic for adding context to Butterfly Soup games, but they also highlight the importance of something intimate and familiar for personal development, particularly for Asian-American youths who must contend with their parents.
“Personally, I’d like to read more tales about Chinese-American people battling their obstinate parents. Without a doubt not because I’m looking for guidance on it in my actual life or anything…”
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