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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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Posted 7/2/14
it would be nice to see more, I love the engrish that some anime have
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Posted 7/2/14
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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Personally, I don't think i can recall many Hispanic anime characters, while there are a few, it doesn't bother me much. i think it would be kinda cool to see more foreign characters, give the anime world a new spin on things! Bring on some of our culture into their story, or better yet just shed a new light. The possibility are endless, i just hope its not too stereotypical, but that just might be me hoping for too much. Sometimes i wish i could make up my own manga. TT--TT
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Noodle1Graffiti wrote:

Personally, I don't think i can recall many Hispanic anime characters, while there are a few, it doesn't bother me much. i think it would be kinda cool to see more foreign characters, give the anime world a new spin on things! Bring on some of our culture into their story, or better yet just shed a new light. The possibility are endless, i just hope its not too stereotypical, but that just might be me hoping for too much. Sometimes i wish i could make up my own manga. TT--TT



Dawg that's what im saying. It would be too dope to see how it actually unfolds.
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It's honestly just due to the fact that the Japanese are very culturally isolated (although it is slowly changing). If it makes you feel any better one of my friends is black and his family lives in Japan. They really don't experience any apparent racism from what they can tell. Which leads to the fact that the lack of diversity may not be out of hate, but rather underexposure.
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eiboog wrote:

It's honestly just due to the fact that the Japanese are very culturally isolated (although it is slowly changing). If it makes you feel any better one of my friends is black and his family lives in Japan. They really don't experience any apparent racism from what they can tell. Which leads to the fact that the lack of diversity may not be out of hate, but rather underexposure.


Yeah im aware that they are culturally isolated, and i also know vloggers who are African and live in Japan. Its fine. and im not expecting the industry to make that leap an time soon unfortunately.
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I definitely agree that authors don't have to force PoC (non-asian) or diverse groups into their manga, neither do they need to in order to make a popular story for all they can. However, it is something that I would love to see more of, as long as it's not rife with stereotypes. Even just more characters with darker skin and more skin tones would be nice. Buuut, they mostly make these for Japanese readers so they have no need to. :/ Another thing I read was that for some mangaka the shading of different skin tones is too difficult for them since they're used to only one. But whenever I see that in anime/manga, it's awesome!! I think it will eventually happen though as Japan is exposed more and more to foreigners and foreign fans.
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I definitely agree that authors don't have to force PoC (non-asian) or diverse groups into their manga, neither do they need to in order to make a popular story for all they can. However, it is something that I would love to see more of, as long as it's not rife with stereotypes. Even just more characters with darker skin and more skin tones would be nice. Buuut, they mostly make these for Japanese readers so they have no need to. :/ Another thing I read was that for some mangaka the shading of different skin tones is too difficult for them since they're used to only one. But whenever I see that in anime/manga, it's awesome!! I think it will eventually happen though as Japan is exposed more and more to foreigners and foreign fans.


Yeah i feel the same way
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Posted 7/7/14
I feel like 90% of anime characters are either Caucasian or of Asian descent. I have nothing against any of these races, but I feel like they're just kind of ignoring other races.
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I'd say generally no because whenever they do they tend to do so offensively. I'd say it's better to not include a group than to include an offensive stereotype of said group.
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Posted 8/4/14 , edited 8/4/14
There's a black girl in HunterxHunter


Anyways, I voted no.
Maybe because I don't speak Japanese and I don't think of Japan as being very ethnic in the first place.
I don't mind it in American shows because I can walk outside and within 5 minutes have seen a variety of races all speaking English, but I've never even seen a black guy speak Japanese.
But that's probably just my own 'Murican ignorance.

P.S. I don't even like it when they have white "foreign" characters who have apparently never been to Japan before but speak the language perfectly and they have the audacity to not hire a voice actor/actress who speaks both languages so when they get the character to revert back to English for a line or so, I can't even understand it.
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Posted 8/4/14
Japan... diversity... what?
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Japan is a very homogeneous country so it makes sense that they mostly write Japanse characters, so I don't have too big a problem with the lack of diversity. It's easy to write what you know. There's always room for improvement though.
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Posted 8/4/14

blacknarutofan wrote:

Keep in mind people. This isn't 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.


*typo fixed in quote

Is your friend in the USA with you? If so, he could do a manga/anime from his experiences in the USA..

An anime that is done well with a diverse cast is Black Lagoon.

They have American, Chineese-American, African-American, Russian characters with plenty of screen time. Also few episodes plus entire OVA/Season3 for Hispanics characters. All were done without any overt stereotypes.

The best was when Dutch and Benny were talking about the nazis. When Dutch asks Benny what he thinks of them and Benny reminds Dutch he is Jewish. Loved seeing an anime that didn't sugarcoat the scum the nazis were/are.

I would think that the writer had some foreign influences. A way to see more diversity in anime would be to support the works of writers who produce manga/anime like Black Lagoon.


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Posted 8/4/14
Anime will probably eventually get more diverse with time without actually trying to make changes. What I don't want to see is people trying to add more diverse characters in only because they want to be more diverse. If the Japanese version of a character is better than the black version then use the Japanese version, forget about trying to add diversity if you have to force it in.

I live in a town that's literally almost 100% white, so if I were to make an anime, adding other races in that I personally have had little interaction with would not feel right. So I wouldn't ask for writers in Japan who probably also don't have much interaction with other races/cultures to forcefully try and add different characters in at all.
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