Violence against women as entertainment for women deeply disturbs and puzzles me.
Violence against men is often part of entertainment for men, but it tends to be between equals. Violence against women tends to involve picking on the weak. This is true even when it’s violence by women against women.
I personally tend to view reflexive reliance on violence against women to tell a story as a hallmark of ineptitude. It’s supposed to make the player sympathetic to the character, but there are better ways of doing that.
An anonymous commenter wrote,
The violence against women is supposed to enrage you, so that you cheer for Sora to save the day.
But it’s not necessary, just as the rape in Yomeiro Choice isn’t necessary and is instead the sign of a lazy author who wants to push the audience’s buttons. Understanding authorial intent is great, but it’s only one step in a review.