The Japanese have always had a skewed take on all things Western -- though, to be fair, America's seen its share of cultural bastardization. A major difference, however, is that the American ignorant appropriations are far less adorable and just a bit icky; after all, they are the ones who came up with hateful caricatures like Long Duk Dong of Sixteen Candles fame and John Belushi swinging a samurai sword while screaming like he was perpetually passing kidney stones. But when the Japanese try their hand at something non-Japanese and fail, it's more of a "Well, shucks; those little sluggers tried their hardest" kind of thing.
Even so, it's hard to avoid a unique feeling of disappointment when you stop to think that, maybe, if they'd taken a minute to ask a few well-meaning non-Japanese jerks about the authenticity of their creative properties, Japanese videogame companies -- famous for their unabashed attempts at cosmopolitanism -- wouldn't suffer such a high rate of crippling embarrassment. This is where 1UP comes in. Spoilers ahoy, of course.