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Should more anime series have international settings?
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Posted 12/23/13
Heck yeah it'd be so cool to see more anime in different cultural settings, with more diverse characters
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Felstalker wrote:

Yes.

The original Mobile Suit Gundam stared a Canadian Kid living in Space, with a Rival born in space(spacinoid), doing battle against Space-Nazi with the Allied Earth Federation. The only Japanese kid in the cast was the "background kid you didn't really like" character.

G Fighter was the first Gundam series to have a Japanese protagonist.

From what I've seen of Japan, they don't like China, Korea, anybody within shooting distance of their country.

The last time I saw Chinese people in an Anime, it was Sword of the Stranger, and those Chinese people looked American, and randomly murdered people for the Evlulz.



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Posted 12/23/13

GerryO wrote:

Heck yeah it'd be so cool to see more anime in different cultural settings, with more diverse characters



Awesome.
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Don't forget Revi from Black lagoon was chinese (new york american chinese), and not exactly a sunshine past with that. Lotsa harsh words for Balalaika's past too.

I don't mind foreign settings myself. Though I do prefer it when it actually has a proper feel of it. There are shows that have attempted America and Europe then ended up with just their architecture and some blond hair, blue eyed traditional anime character. The important part to duplicating a foreign locale is to also attempt to duplicate it's culture.

Example, this show, the creators went to location, photographed everything important and talked with people who have the roles of all the characters to maximize authenticity! Though the lead characters were still quite traditional. Taking into account when it was made, still not bad.


I've not gotten into Black Lagoon yet, I'm undecided as to English or Japanese track's.


And, True Fax right here.

If you're not a white skinned Blonde blond man, you're not allowed to teach English in China, because only Blonde white people know English.

I'm not as sure about Japan, but the possibility is high.
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Posted 12/23/13
It'd be nice to see more variance, though I won't hold my breathe. When stories aren't set in a fantasy world, most storytellers choose familiar settings and cultures out of convenience. Research isn't the most appealing of concepts.
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Posted 12/23/13

Animegirlzvstheworld wrote:


Felstalker wrote:

Yes.
From what I've seen of Japan, they don't like China, Korea, anybody within shooting distance of their country.

The last time I saw Chinese people in an Anime, it was Sword of the Stranger, and those Chinese people looked American, and randomly murdered people for the Evlulz.



TV Tropes, FTW!


Wait...I wasn't using T.V. tropes there...I'm lost now.
I was just using Trope-esc language to describe what I know of the Gundam series.

oooh, the Evlulz part...yeah. Blonde man with super Chinese kung-fu who's leading Chinese people to kill Japanese people in Japan..THAT is Sword of the Strangers plot. It's the nicest I've seen China portrayed in Anime.

Usually they ignore China like Germans ignore tap water.

And China isn't any better. A lot of their movies have a big "Japan is evil" plot to them. What with Japanese Nazi soldiers slaughtering the poor man and what not.

Anime set in America is our best bet, and we have a few. Eden of the East opened up in Washington D.C.
Then you have alternate settings like Magi or Berserk. Olden Europe or Arabian Nights, take your pick.
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Posted 12/23/13
Thought of another good foreign anime. Another oldie.

Licensed by Royalty. Fairly decent portrayal of the english in an anime style!
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Well, most anime is created in Japan, so its not surprising that its the setting. American TV shows are in America, Etc. It's also helpful that Japans landscape is so diverse, it doesn't really matter if its set somewhere else.
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Posted 12/24/13

aeb0717 wrote:

It'd be nice to see more variance, though I won't hold my breathe. When stories aren't set in a fantasy world, most storytellers choose familiar settings and cultures out of convenience. Research isn't the most appealing of concepts.



Ah I see.
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Posted 12/24/13

Felstalker wrote:

The last time I saw Chinese people in an Anime, it was Sword of the Stranger, and those Chinese people looked American, and randomly murdered people for the Evlulz.

I've noticed a number of chinese characters in anime. Speaking of which, wasn't the main character of Darker Than Black Chinese?

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Felstalker wrote:

The last time I saw Chinese people in an Anime, it was Sword of the Stranger, and those Chinese people looked American, and randomly murdered people for the Evlulz.

I've noticed a number of chinese characters in anime. Speaking of which, wasn't the main character of Darker Than Black Chinese?




That happens sometimes but I hardly see any anime series set in actual China. I'm not even sure about Korea.
I think so.
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Felstalker wrote:

The last time I saw Chinese people in an Anime, it was Sword of the Stranger, and those Chinese people looked American, and randomly murdered people for the Evlulz.

I've noticed a number of chinese characters in anime. Speaking of which, wasn't the main character of Darker Than Black Chinese?



I thought he was Japanese pretending to be Chinese so people would avoid him. He lived in a foreigner apartment as well, so he was as invisible as Batman in disguise.

The show never elaborated on the fact, but I know for certain he doesn't look Chinese to me! I mean, sure they're stupid and think all Americans are Blonde, but they know Chinese people don't look like Japanese people right?
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Just have to look

Blassreitlier,Black Lagoon,Chrono Crusade, Jorgumand.Unbreakable Machine Doll,Trinty Blood,GoSick,Hellsing,Gunslinger Girl,Fulmetal Alchemist

Many in England, Italy

Many space anime
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qualeshia3 wrote:


TheAncientOne wrote:


Felstalker wrote:

The last time I saw Chinese people in an Anime, it was Sword of the Stranger, and those Chinese people looked American, and randomly murdered people for the Evlulz.

I've noticed a number of chinese characters in anime. Speaking of which, wasn't the main character of Darker Than Black Chinese?




That happens sometimes but I hardly see any anime series set in actual China. I'm not even sure about Korea.
I think so.


I think there was this one show... all female cast... set in China, can't for the life of me remember the name of it... had a so so - ok first season but the second season seemed to degrade quickly...

As for the post...

I would love to see more out of Japan (and not in space) series. I'm even fine with more stuff like Gosick where it is a made up city/country that just happens to be in Europe. But if they use actual places, they need to do some research I think to make it good, and not basic research where all you find are rumors about the place, like how Kansas is completely flat and has nothing special about it throughout the entire state, I mean come on, it isn't flat.

Also this is just me maybe... but... one thing I would LIKE to see if there were more series NOT in Japan is... get one or two nationals of said country you are going to... and LET THEM BE IN THE ANIME!! I know we all love Engrish, but I think it would be better, and probably not all that hard, to grab a handful of national english speakers and let them speak in actual English for a few parts of the show.

Also slightly running off that idea, a lot of times you get that American or English transfer student, find someone in Japan who is like that, speaks Japanese but is actually from America or England, they will probably sound better with their accents because they are not actually from Japan, rather than having your usual typical Japanese person play the part and just make mistakes or do a forced accent.

Ok so now I think I am just ranting, i'm done here...
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Posted 12/24/13

FLjerry2011 wrote:

Just have to look

Blassreitlier,Black Lagoon,Chrono Crusade, Jorgumand.Unbreakable Machine Doll,Trinty Blood,GoSick,Hellsing,Gunslinger Girl,Fulmetal Alchemist

Many in England, Italy

Many space anime



There isn't enough! Some of those shows are set in the same country. How many anime shows you know where the country is Venezuela or some OTHER country?
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