why does japan like sad music box themes so much? it seems like there's always one in jrpgs and visual novels.
More than liking them it's the fact they're unoriginal fucks, that's why you specially see them there.
Japanese storytelling is as original as cashgrab love stories for old women here in the west.
My family has a few old music boxes and until you hear them in person you can't really appreciate the music; it's very beautiful and you won't forget it. You must also remember that this technology is centuries old and predates recorded music; there is a lot of history behind them.
In Japan they spread after the conclusion of WW2 during the modernization process.
They are a triumph of art meeting science.