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Italian influence on Anime shows
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What's up with the Italian influence on Anime shows? What is the connection between Italians and Japanese? Is it about the noodles?
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Posted 7/16/13 , edited 7/16/13
you mean german right? a lot more german than italian

sea kitties: had italian if I remember right, knew the guy who fansubbed it >.>
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Posted 7/16/13 , edited 7/16/13

itrsteve wrote:
What's up with the Italian influence on Anime shows? What is the connection between Italians and Japanese? Is it about the noodles?


AnimeKami wrote:
you mean german right? a lot more german than italian


I've definitely seen more German, but there are several with that Italian influence that comes to mind.

In HENNEKO, there are characters growing up in Italy

Just in title alone, I can think of the following off-hand without even thinking very hard:

Il sole penetra le illusioni
La storia della Arcana Famiglia

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I don't know why, but this question reminds me of The Flying Spaghetti Monster and the word R'Amen.

Anyway, to answer the question, maybe it's something to do with Mafia and Yakuza...
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Well we Italians are amazing , though I see Catholic influence in a lot of anime more then Italian whether it is a main focus or just background there is always a Catholic Church somewhere especially in anime that involves the characters in a school.
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I think subconsciously the Japanese favor German and Italian themes in anime because they were allied with Japan during WWII, so they will always have an interest, they went to war together and lost together. May not be a concerted effort, that's my theory though. Plus the US is the bad guy in a lot of anime too.
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Posted 7/16/13 , edited 7/16/13
The Japanese are pretty much willing to borrow any culture to tell a story; it just happens more with Italy, France, and Germany than many others. I've never seen an anime based on Mayans, for instance--though, now that I think about it, RaXephon does have some touches of that so never mind that last point. :)

Another Italian influenced anime: Campione!

(and I'm not ignoring the obvious US & British influences)
Posted 7/16/13
I'm pretty sure there are more American and British influences...

Reborn, Arcana Famiglia and some soccer anime are the only Italian influenced anime I remember watching.
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I see far more American and German influences than I do Italian, hell I see more British than Italian
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Just finish Kamisama Dolls, the opening has an Italian or maybe Latin influence it sounds like!
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Hmm. Good question. I do know that Italy has long had a large and active anime / manga fandom.
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The axis powers theory makes me think of the current "Hitler chic" trend in Thailand right now. There is a fried chicken take out in Bangkok called "Hitler" and it has Hitler dressed like Col. Sanders. I also saw a statue of Ronald McHitler, very creepy.
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there are a LOT of anime shows set in italy. I remember one, I forget the name, but it was in italy and the villain had a bunch of little steampunk/gothic lolita killer robots, and one of the good guys was a black/indian priest. I am surprised there is not more
Russian influence, given the proximity. I remember the music from Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 alternated between lyrics in Russian and Japanese every other episode.
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It kinda reminds me how in the in the B.C. years, the Mesopotamians' early forms of human art inspired the early Egyptians to borrow the concepts and later on the Greeks and Romans became inspired by the same idea in borrowing some techniques.
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Posted 7/16/13
Gunslinger Girl yes Italian.

However there are American,British ,German and yes lots of Russian references.

A few animes that have worldwide connections Strike Witches and Jorgumand takes you around the world.
Black Lagoon lots of shady worldwide connections.

BTW the most JAPAN Duh!
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