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Should Authors/Writers incorporate a few or more Ethnic groups (Other than Asians) when making Characters for their Anim
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Personally, I NEVER see ANY characters that have an ounce of African heritage in them. To Simplify, there are little to No black people in Anime these days.

In Anime, You will occasionally find the "International transfer Student" coming from Europe, or America, but the character is Caucasian. (Ex: Infinite Startos)

Although i personally have my own East African Culture, we as the "Anime lovers of Black People" love Asian culture and what it has to Offer through Anime and reality lol.



- I Dont mean to Rant, but i want to know how you guys feel about this, and how we could possibly make this a transition.


**Keep in mind people. This isent about forcing Authors/Writers to incorporate them in their works.

I'm just inquiring to the Anime Community, and seeing if this would be a Fun idea. Me and my Japanese friend were discussing this topic before, and he seemed very enthusiastic about it. So did i. It might be Harder to see it from our standpoint, but i can assure you it is with all good intentions.


Thank you for all your Opinions.
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Yes, and people who say "no" should be ranted at, those who say "I don't care" need to be shot... Out of a cannon.

Hell, Hajme no Ippo has a lot of South Eastern fighters playing minor villain roles like bad guy fight of the week, BUT HOW OFTEN DO WE SEE EVEN THAT?

JoJo's adventure has a more diverse cast than anything else out there right now. They were just in India for gods sakes. That's special right there.
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Well it depends on the Anime itself, obviously a romance anime like Nagi No Asukara won't have foreigners but I'd like to see more involvement on racial diversity. And it's mostly the Asian culture to blame, since Eastern Asian countries aren't as exposed to foreigners.
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There was saying, "everything happens in Japan."
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Yes, and people who say "no" should be ranted at, those who say "I don't care" need to be shot... Out of a cannon.

Hell, Hajme no Ippo has a lot of South Eastern fighters playing minor villain roles like bad guy fight of the week, BUT HOW OFTEN DO WE SEE EVEN THAT?

JoJo's adventure has a more diverse cast than anything else out there right now. They were just in India for gods sakes. That's special right there.





Exactly lol. From a Black persons POV, it gets kinda discouraging when you see no representatives of your own race in your Favorite show. Or even in your Favorite Genre of watching Cartoons lol.

You start to question "Are we not good enough to be Drawn in an Manga/Anime ?."
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I think writers should do what they want with their own work. if you don't like it, write your own.
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I think writers should do what they want with their own work. if you don't like it, write your own.



Most definitely. Im not pressuring Any artist to incorporate other ethnicity's in his/her Manga/Anime.

Im assuming majority of your Friends are Asian ? Otherwise, you would have at least had the same curiosity more than once.

Thats fine either way. Im sure there are other people with the same curiosity as I that happen to be Asian.
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Well it depends on the Anime itself, obviously a romance anime like Nagi No Asukara won't have foreigners but I'd like to see more involvement on racial diversity. And it's mostly the Asian culture to blame, since Eastern Asian countries aren't as exposed to foreigners.


Yeah that's exactly what i think.
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Exactly lol. From a Black persons POV, it gets kinda discouraging when you see no representatives of your own race in your Favorite show. Or even in your Favorite Genre of watching Cartoons lol.

You start to question "Are we not good enough to be Drawn in an Manga/Anime ?."

I think you are being a little too self conscious about the motives behind a foreign culture that does not reflect the same internal ethnic diversity as ours in NA. It'd be hard to even think of any realistic parallels for us because we are fundamentally anomalous in our ethnically diverse makeup here compared to much of the world, due to the way in which many of the modern American countries were formed during an era where global interaction was increasingly more common.

Show's created in the US, for instance, lacking cast diversity without good reason, probably should be looked at more critically, but no one criticizes Bollywood movies for not having a strong enough Inuit presence because it has no connection whatsoever to their culture realistically speaking.


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It's a little odd that exchange students (at japanese high schools) tend to be from Europe or America since in reality most tend to be from other asian countries. There probably needs to be some sort of diversity without being racists, but I doubt it will happen anytime soon.
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blacknarutofan wrote:



Exactly lol. From a Black persons POV, it gets kinda discouraging when you see no representatives of your own race in your Favorite show. Or even in your Favorite Genre of watching Cartoons lol.

You start to question "Are we not good enough to be Drawn in an Manga/Anime ?."

I think you are being a little too self conscious about the motives behind a foreign culture that does not reflect the same internal ethnic diversity as ours in NA. It'd be hard to even think of any realistic parallels for us because we are fundamentally anomalous in our ethnically diverse makeup here compared to much of the world, due to the way in which many of the modern American countries were formed during an era where global interaction was increasingly more common.

Show's created in the US, for instance, lacking cast diversity without good reason, probably should be looked at more critically, but no one criticizes Bollywood movies for not having a strong enough Inuit presence because it has no connection whatsoever to their culture realistically speaking.




Whatever the case may be, Anime itself is popular around the world, and especially in NA today. Meaning if a character diversity discussion were to to happen, no one should be surprised. I get where you are coming. I also know the culture itself is not exposed to the same ethnic diversity as NA, but i believe there is a chance to add different characters based on the fact that some Caucasian characters are introduced every now and then. Which i believe gives us a reason to inquire if that same treatment is possible to other Ethnic groups.
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I'm not asian myself, nor do I know any IRL. I guess I'm just a little more understanding of why anime is the way it is and why you shouldn't really get too bent out of shape about it. simply put....



this. to begin with, the overwhelmingly vast majority of anime characters are asian for a reason... and that is because japan is full of them. there aren't a lot of foreingers, which is why they don't often pop up in anime. aside from that, anime is made by the japanese, for the japanese which is why they pretty much don't give much thought about representing foreigners as much as they do themselves.
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I'm not asian myself, nor do I know any IRL. I guess I'm just a little more understanding of why anime is the way it is and why you shouldn't really get too bent out of shape about it. simply put....



this. to begin with, the overwhelmingly vast majority of anime characters are asian for a reason... and that is because japan is full of them. there aren't a lot of foreingers, which is why they don't often pop up in anime. aside from that, anime is made by the japanese, for the japanese which is why they pretty much don't give much thought about representing foreigners as much as they do themselves.


Yeah i see what you mean,

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I think that more diversity in setting and characters would have a positive influence on anime on the whole. I can appreciate that Japan has a different ethnic composition than America, but that does not stop creators from drawing on a wider variety of influences for their work. Right now anime leans very heavily on Asian and European settings which is not necessarily a bad thing, but too much of the same thing can get repetitive so they should consider doing something different every once in a while.
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blacknarutofan wrote:

Whatever the case may be, Anime itself is popular around the world, and especially in NA today. Meaning if a character diversity discussion were to to happen, no one should be surprised. I get where you are coming. I also know the culture itself is not exposed to the same ethnic diversity as NA, but i believe there is a chance to add different characters based on the fact that some Caucasian characters are introduced every now and then. Which i believe gives us a reason to inquire if that same treatment is possible to other Ethnic groups.
Author's do use other ethnic groups though. Its just not as common, but probably still more common than what they are actually exposed to.

As far as world popularity goes I think you probably overstating its impact. Yes there are anime fans outside of Japan, but it is still a product largely by and for the Japanese people. The companies who are making most of it are scraping the bottom line just to appeal to their local fans just so that they can make a profit. We get it exported as a byproduct.

Just for the record I am not surprised that a discussion on diversity is happening. Its a reasonable topic of discussion after all, especially since it IS culturally relevant to us. I just think its ultimately kind of culturally narcissistic in a way to treat the Japanese people as if they were "part of us" and being baffled as to why they don't treat things that we hold in importance with the same kind of care as if we were their primary audience.

I welcome diversity in anime casts, but there's nothing worse than doing just because you feel the need to meet some sort of expectation. It cheapens it. Its just another form of fanservice.

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