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Americans Portrayed In Anime
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Posted 10/23/12 , edited 10/23/12

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lzymxn wrote:

The thing that makes me laugh is that most of the time when I see an american stereotype (blonde hair, blue eyes, arrogant) I think of Nazi Germany more so then america. Loud, arrogant, trying to destroy something, etc lol


I know this is really old but wtf.

That guys not American, he has'nt even got a flag on his head.


crap that's bothering me, I know that image but from what anime??
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Posted 10/23/12
YuGiOh

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Posted 10/24/12 , edited 10/24/12
Thank you! Yeesh that was driving me crazy
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Posted 10/24/12
Yes, Japanese people think Americans have blonde hair and blue eyes or are big African American people. Notice I said big, because they always picture us as buff or fat. In reality, we're a grand mixture of different races and different sizes (although the majority are fat). They also portray the women as big breasted blonde chicks for some reason.

When I went to Japan and had to ask if a person spoke English, they looked at me like "you're not Japanese??.." Yes, I'm a Japanese-American, but I'm 100% American. It was difficult for Japanese people to comprehend that I was American when I look, and technically am, Japanese. Actually most of the time I played it off like I was Japanese and just nodded my head when I could only half understand what they were asking. Little did they know I pretty much had no idea what they were saying... lol

It's actually funny to see how Americans are portrayed in anime. It's always about half true.

Oh yeah, Japanese people also think we say "okay" a lot. When they imitate Americans, they always say "okay? okay okay. OOkay!" And in Japan, when people would ask if I understood them, they were like "Okay?" (while putting up the hand sign for OK), I would respond "okay", and they would reply "Okay!" It was hilarious but kind of weird if you think about it.
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Posted 10/24/12
The main characters know how to use guns(other weapons) but in Gunsmith Cats, Americans aren't all stereotypical. Most of the characters in the series are American since it's set in Chicago.
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Posted 10/24/12 , edited 10/24/12
Honestly I think they've always portrayed most main characters as non Japanese types..

IDK it's just that most of the characters are tall, blond and blue eyed.. sometimes a different hair color but rarely do you see the typical characteristics of a Japanese person (shorter, typically black hair, e.t.c.) in the main character. There are obviously some like the one in my avatar (Kirito) but I mean look at Bleach, look at the old super saiyans back in DBZ, Fullmetal Alchemist, and so on.

Even though only some characters are portrayed as European or American, it seems like lots of main characters derive from those characteristics anyway.

But honestly I don't have a problem with other countries thinking we're gluttonous, naive, gun-crazy, exhibitionists because think about it.. we ARE probably the most spoiled nation in the history of all time on a social scale, the majority of the population is horribly irresponsible, our social media is full of.... stupid bimbos that get popular for sometimes no reason at all (snooki?), the south loves their guns especially, and Americans that are super patriotic see everything as America first, second, and third, and maybe the world fourth if we cant fit in another America..

We're not the first nation to be like that don't get me wrong but it's kind of ridiculous how some of the nationist fanatics can be. One thing though is that a lot of characters portrayed as American are usually given some noble and redeeming qualities and as they develop are seen just as reasonably as the other characters, the reason behind that being the fact that America has helped lots of countries, most notably Japan (and Germany) themselves after WWII.. we could have easily left those nations in ruin after the Allies won the war and instead chose, at a high domestic cost to ourselves, to help those nations rebuild and get back on their feet.. and while some people forget that fact, it seems like the writers usually don't. They portray American characters in a similar fashion to the way the country itself has acted, it likes being the center of attention (or people gravitate to it) OR likes to be off alone (a reference to isolationism), rubs people the wrong way a lot, throws around a lot of natural power, cocky and often passionate (in pursuits and people), but has many honorable qualities, and is even willing to aid in the recovery of enemies or willing to eventually be open to people whom it was once closed to, you see these developments all the time, it's real subtle, but I like how it's usually done.
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Posted 10/24/12 , edited 10/24/12
Saffuran,,,
that was deep man.

As someone just said in the debates , "this country (USA) is a country of immigrants.". It all depends on which state you come from, like for example Utah. Most of their lineage came from scandinavia and england , so they are mostly blond and blue eyes there , So for another country to choose a character to portray an american can be quiet difficult so they have to pick the most obvious ha ha ha.

But one thing that bugs me is the names they choose for american characters.Well its the mangaka's fault too. One of the latest example is in Space Brothers ,the backup is named Lowry Cuomo , well I dont know how his name is written but thats how it was translated.
Why not make it Larry Conly Couley Connely Coones since he has orange or red hair.

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Posted 10/24/12
Troo troo, there's always a bunch of factors. And Cuomo is an okay name D:

Maybe he was renamed, people are renamed in our media all the time just to have a better image, they probably just changed his name for the show so people would like him better as a character. xDDDDD
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Posted 10/24/12

Saffuran wrote:

Troo troo, there's always a bunch of factors. And Cuomo is an okay name D:

Maybe he was renamed, people are renamed in our media all the time just to have a better image, they probably just changed his name for the show so people would like him better as a character. xDDDDD


NY mayor is named Cuomo I hate him so much
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Posted 10/24/12
Andrew Cuomo is the Governor of the state, the mayor of New York City is Bloomberg x_x
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Posted 10/24/12

hickey1992 wrote:


lzymxn wrote:

The thing that makes me laugh is that most of the time when I see an american stereotype (blonde hair, blue eyes, arrogant) I think of Nazi Germany more so then america. Loud, arrogant, trying to destroy something, etc lol


I know this is really old but wtf.

That guys not American, he has'nt even got a flag on his head.



Or shades

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Posted 10/24/12 , edited 10/24/12

Saffuran wrote:

Andrew Cuomo is the Governor of the state, the mayor of New York City is Bloomberg x_x


He sure is a Cuomo that **** but does he have red hair ? He is of Italian descent, but Lowry Cuomo sure doesnt look like one . Thats where the problem lies.

They seem to have a problem picking the right name for a character design or the other way around

or maybe his father is quarter Italian and 3/4 Irish ha ha ha
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Posted 10/24/12 , edited 10/24/12
in the gantz manga the americans were all black even izumi who posed as black person which he was posing as an american. o and just had to add this: taka-tine (or however you spell it) from about episodes 159~163 of gintama. he is the most steriotypical american ive ever seen in an anime. but he was funny as hell
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Posted 10/24/12

Saffuran wrote:

Andrew Cuomo is the Governor of the state, the mayor of New York City is Bloomberg x_x


brain fart
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Posted 10/24/12
There's also Patricia Martin from Lucky Star: blonde hair, blue eyes, big boobs. Oh, and she learned most of her Japanese from anime and manga, the only Japanese music she listens to is from anime series, and her whole view of Japan is based on anime and otaku culture.
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