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Posted 11/7/12
I never really thought about it but you are kind of right about it.
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Posted 11/7/12
I found it kind of funny that if you watch High school of the Dead in both subtitles and dubbed, the Japanese and Americans take a couple pot shots at each other. I think it's episode 3 in the dub where a guy almost gets ran over and he makes a comment that he's going to die from an Asian driver while their are zombies everywhere. And around the same episode in the original Japanese version they make some comment in regards to American's and guns. Was actually kind of funny lol.
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Posted 11/7/12
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Stupid americans
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Posted 11/21/12
So much awesome inside that anime.
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Posted 11/21/12
And not to mention, I think Agil from SAO is of African American birth, and he's a pretty cool guy.
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Posted 11/21/12
And the best of all, they portray them with horribly butchered Japanese accents.

Ironically watching them butcher every other language they try to portray themselves, in anime.
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Posted 11/21/12
I hope a Japanese person doesn't come to America and try to greet someone with a kiss! That poor person would be bitch slapped in in instant!


BTW. Why do almost all anime characters look like westerners anyway? Westerners that live in Japan and speak Japanese.. wtf?
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Posted 11/21/12 , edited 11/21/12

KimiTheV wrote:

I hope a Japanese person doesn't come to America and try to greet someone with a kiss! That poor person would be bitch slapped in in instant!


BTW. Why do almost all anime characters look like westerners anyway? Westerners that live in Japan and speak Japanese.. wtf?


Look it up, it's not that hard.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/6.229313-Japanese-Characters-Are-Not-Trying-to-Look-Western

I found this quote from this site thread. Of course there are many other theories on why they look 'western', this is one of the more logical ones.


I was watching some documentation on the reasoning behind the styling with hair color, eye color and hair style, and it was originally seen as a way to easily tell characters apart on the screen. It made it really easy to say, okay, that's this character, and this is this character. In a culture where students will wear uniforms, and when reflected in different mediums will also wear uniforms, and easy way to identify everyone individually on screen was born.

Mixing paints is cheap, which is why there is a pretty wide variety of skin tones in animation. Generally though, you write down what you're mixing, and if it looks great, you share your formula with the rest of the animation crew, so they can help keep it up. Of course, digital painting is even easier, because you only have to share 18 character hex codes.


Another one I found but I don't particularly agree with is that Americans (why single out Americans?) perceive the anime characters they are viewing as white, 'western', because that's the ethnically they default on. Caucasian, unless stated otherwise. I think it's not only limited to Americans but Europeans as well, practically anyone really, that's what I don't agree with. Not that I agree with of these theories or anything. The way I see it is unless stated otherwise the characters are most likely Japanese because anime is a Japanese medium, you see? An example, in Neon Genesis Evangelion nearly all the characters are Japanese (Misato, Shinji, Kaji, Maya, Touji, Hikari, etc.) unless stated otherwise. Asuka is primarily German so therefore she isn't Japanese and should not be viewed as such and in the Rebuild films Mari is British. I think I probably just confused you and anyone else reading this even more. I apologize.
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Posted 11/24/12

MatsuoYuki wrote:
2. They all have blonde hair and blue eyes.
As to the blond hair thing, this is an old old old thing that dates back to the origins of manga and its purpose as a cheap form of entertainment.. Most anime art style cliches that we are used to these days, such as big eyes, as a direct result of trying to tell a lot with a limited budget for art. Blond hair (or rather white hair) and black hair were the only two options for hair color and they became used as a standard art tool for easy identification as to if a character was a native japanese or other east asian, or if they were a westerner(And by westerner we mean from any culture other than east asian not just american) just by looking at them. Its just been retained in the art style for the most part because its dated back to the roots of the japanese comic art style.


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Posted 11/25/12
Hey, trvtropes has an article that talks about this (well, Americans in general rather than just the Japanese portrayal of it):

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Eagleland

Kind of interesting to see how this stuff shapes anime and other cultural icons.
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Posted 1/27/13
They make American seem like princesses kinda, like in Nakaimo - My Sister is Among Them, they make her seem like she is a princess.
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Posted 1/27/13

MatsuoYuki wrote:
1. They kiss mouth to mouth or to cheek as if it's nothing (casual kiss)
2. They all have blonde hair and blue eyes.
3. They are all loud or obnoxious
4. They are messy
5. They are exhibitionists (they don't care about being seen naked or what-not)
6. They all have guns and they all know how to use one.


Isn't that a mellifluous description?
Maybe except the part with the hair- and eyecolor, of cause
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Posted 1/27/13
this reminds me of america from hetalia...
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Posted 1/27/13
Foreigners are always stereotyped, especially in comedic entertainments. This is not exclusive to anime or Japanese entertainments only. Even in serious drama, stereotyping makes it easier to portray that the person is from another country.

As for Americans, "loud and obnoxious" pretty much sums up most people's perceptions of them. This has more to do with a few Americans traveling abroad who just have to make sure everyone knows they are Americans. They are the minority but they are loud enough that everyone thinks all Americans are like that.

As a few had mentioned, it is always funny to see supposedly American characters with Japanese accents. Examples such as someone from Texas who had just gone to Japan for the very 1st time with Japanese or British accent. Or a native English speaker with very bad pronunciations.

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Posted 1/27/13
Red Garden seemed to get Americans right.
Except the bursting into singing parts.
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