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Black Characters In Anime.
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wait does Yoruichi count as black? Or Viletta Count as black?
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yes shes black
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It may have not been your intention, but you're segregating a race of peoples.




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Junko Saotome in "Nana". She is born in Africa from an african father if i remember well and appear in chapter 1 and episode 1 of manga and animé

Nadia from Nadia: the secret of blue water is the hero of the animé about the book "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea"

So there is some Black heroes and some Black characters from the start story episode 1

After there is capitalism that make it harder. When a mangaka draw his characters and his hero, he have to wait 1 to 3 years to go in an animé if its a sucess and this animé can wait for 3 to 5 years to go on an american network if its a sucess. So there can be 3 to 8 years between his first draw and the possibility you see it on your Usa Tv. That only mean a mangaka is at risk if he draw a Black hero. Hachibi just appears in Naruto 10 years after the first drawn and Naruto is already a world sucess so the mangaka didnt took any risk and its a reference to mohamed ali more than anything else. Thats means that lot of number 10 or more characters ll appear as a black one in already successfull manga or animé. they usualy appears after the chapter 100 in mangas (100 chapter= 2 year old manga already). Yoruichi from bleach appears chap 51 as a cat and chap 131 as a black human so 3 years waiting and 2 years after the success of Bleach

What are the example we have? There is "the boondocks" but its a Us comic drawers that did it. There is also Afro samurai but afro samurai manga have more than 10 years and the manga was a very bad sold manga. So a japan animé studio ll never bought it with all the choice he have on successfull mangas. Its an american studio who bought it and engage japan mangakas and studios to made it into ova fro Usa market. That only mean one thing : Blacks have to move their ass to be part of this manga/anime industry and break apart from comics books world where they have a place and heroes. Comic books don' t really hav a future in animation

There isn't more blacks in animé than asian non martial artist in hollywood movie or white in Bollywood movie ( first industry movie in the world)
And the problem is im not sure they have an interest in this. I mean ,as my english let it know, im a frenchie and i did a very world known infographist/animation school (ecole des gobelins). We were 46 in my promo with 6 Black people and japan industry offers us jobs in animation cause they need qualified people. But they all reject it because it don't match their dreams and they have the choice for their jobs so 5 are actually working in Games industry and the last have moved to california and is in movie industry. im half (mother from Guadeloupe)and i choose game industry too even if if i have interest in animé but i prefer MMO development for my job. If none begin to work at the bottom ladder of animé industry they ll never be director of studios or animé movies and ll never give their will to this industry in future
Another reason i see is not the cultural thing but the mythologie,history, war and books thing. Animé/manga take already storyline and characteristic from japan/china mythologie and wars, space/fairytale/heroic fantasy books, nordic mytologie,greek and roman mythology and wars, Middle age european wars and kingdoms, religious stories like for angels and demons etc etc. Thats somethings where Blacks didnt made their place and the things they have for them are most sports, jazz, 60's and afro culture, music,voodoo and shamans, 2 or 3 african tales and egypt mythologies, zoulous wars (pretty the only known wars with blacks in),slavery period, capoera, brazil jutsus...surely more but im not an encyclopedia lol .All these are some subjects that can help a studio to want or nedd a black hero in an animé but blacks people should not wait for them..and try to ake them themselves
I don't see africa actually have an immediate future in animé so there is only america that can do it but they need first to break apart from the comic and disney genre and begin a real animé movie genre or manga style. europeans are already in this for the last 15 years and you can see some Black heroes appears from African folk tales or egypt mythology. There is some examples from French animé industry ( France have an history with africa well developped) with "Kirikou" for example that have been a world success and a third movie is in development .

There is also series like "princesse du nil" and some others series about soccer and martials art with black as characters and heroes but they never been translated
All this to show that there is a future for Black if they want to take part in it and if the countries they live in want to take part in this industry. In a capitalist industry you have to be the market target , the buyer or the story in itself to make things appears. if you just wait nothing ll appear and that have nothing to do with racism

Sorry for my english learned in manga and animé. Yea i know but i took german and japanese in school xD


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ermmm a bit senstive....
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bobobobobobobobobo..........i think
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Chocoluv in shaman king and Cid in Soul Eater.
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jazon ozuma from hajime no ippo
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panther from eyeshield-21
the guy that ate the ice fruit and froze nico robin and luffy in onepiece. i cant rememer his name.
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bob makihara from tenjho tenge
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yes,Yoruichi is black and one of the sexiest animes..:P and stop making racist topics.
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Akagi in Slam Dunk
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i dont knw, Villeta from code geass....
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xninjachickenx wrote:

The only one i can think of is forgot his real name but Panther from Eyeshield 21 and his neighborhood friends....do japanese really think African Americans are that big and fast?


lol calm down.. its just an ANIME....

so do american really think that Superman can fly and can able to destroy a planet...?
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The problem is people who make anime tend not to be good enough at writing for black people (who they generally know few of) to make one that isn't at least partially offensive or stereotyped, or no different in terms of personality from every other race of characters, which is next to impossible in most settings due to the fact that racism DOES exist within the context of their own stories.

Writing for minorities or alien cultures (in Japan, anyways) in general is a very tough balancing act, and anyone who does so successfully should be applauded.
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