a number of books and games uses terms like O— city and H— university instead of real place names. Why is that? Is it a way to make it generic or is this a system used in ? Seeing that again on The Decagon House Murders

@caffo Yeah, I've also seen that in Japanese books. Older Western books (19th, early 20th) sometimes does the same thing, Poe for example. I also often see it for brand names in Japanese books, I really appreciate that.

@Sandra Is this for sake of making it less important? If yes, I think it's brilliant.

@caffo Hmm, I don't know for sure. It just has always made sense to me; it has many effects. It makes it anonymous, generic, makes it so that the book doesn't contradict other info, makes it less of an advertisement, it feels more believable, IDK.

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@Sandra thanks for the link. I agree with you. Same as using 20XX and such. I will continue digging for more ❤️

@Sandra @caffo Decagon House Murders wears Western influence on its sleeve, so I suspect it's deliberately evoking Western novels on that point. Nineteenth century novels did it to project verisimilitude under the guise of "protecting the subjects" of the book.

@lrhodes @Sandra agreed. The use of western nicknames is a nice touch. But i see this happening a lot on modern Japanese games. Spirit Hunter: Death Mark comes to mind with H City and H Elementary.

@caffo @Sandra Yeah, I don't know about the broader context. Thinking back on some of the older Japanese texts I've encountered (in translation) I seem to recall some similarly self-censored proper names, so maybe there's a chthonic tradition as well. If so, my guess would be that both the Western and Eastern practices derive from a similar source: court culture, and the proprieties that obtain around it.

@caffo @Sandra I haven't, though it's on my to-read list. That one's more of a procedural, right?

@lrhodes @caffo I've seen it in a ton of stuff, not just when evoking Western novels.
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