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Catching a cold in anime/manga.
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Posted 10/23/14 , edited 10/25/14
So this has been bothering me for a while, mainly because in every single anime/manga I see the same thing occurs. A character is either caught in the rain, or any other situation that involved being cold, and then they get a cold. The characters are always so worried about catching a cold as well (it's like the only thing on thier minds).

Contrary to what anime/manga writers seem to believe, you aren't at increased risk of catching a cold like this, being cold or being wet has no correlation with getting the flu. Sure, if you are freezing, and you already have a pre existing condition such as asthma, then your immune system would be lowered slightly increasing risk of catching a cold, but then again you would still need to be in contact with the flu virus.

Some examples of what I've seen in anime/manga, and these ones are pretty extreme and stupid.

- I believe in the manga Ao Haru Ride a girl went to bed with damp hair after showering, and everyone was freaking out about her catching a cold, and then the next morning she is deathly ill.
- In another manga I forget what it's called but this girl went to sleep and her stomach wasn't covered, and the next morning she was sick (this was probably the worst one i've seen)
- In the anime nisekoi, Raku fell into a pool with his clothes on, and everyone went crazy telling him to get his clothes off asap or he would get sick.

So I ask you, why is the common cold viewed differently in Japan? You need to be in contact with the virus in order to get a cold, pretty obvious right. Rain, or being cold do not give you the flu. /End Rant

Edit. I know there's a difference between the common cold and Influenza, where I'm from people just refer to being sick as the flu.
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From what I hear, Japanese people tend not to have as strong immune systems as people elsewhere in the world, so they're more cautious about catching colds. No idea if that's true or not, though.
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Posted 10/24/14 , edited 9/18/15
In Japan, "cold" is used as an umbrella term, not just for the common cold. For instance, they may call pneumonia, influenza, and bronchitis "colds." Also, in manga and anime, "colds" are freely exaggerated and used as plot devices, similar to how illnesses were used in Victorian novels, and is sometimes used in modern historical romances. Illness is taken more seriously (arguably too much) in Japan than many countries, which also plays a role. From what I gather, the theory that the Japanese are more susceptible to illness is a myth.
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Posted 10/24/14

Aethix0 wrote:

From what I hear, Japanese people tend not to have as strong immune systems as people elsewhere in the world, so they're more cautious about catching colds. No idea if that's true or not, though.


That's pretty much what I always thought, that maybe Japanese people were more susceptible because of weak immune systems.

Also to the OP there is a difference between the common cold and the flu, aka influenza. Influenza is a more serious disease.
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KonyTheKing wrote:

Hey I made this bullshit sentence before deleting it: So I ask you, why are the Japanese ignorant when it comes to getting the flu, they don't seem to understand even basic knowledge on this subject? (sorry if that seemed offensive) /End Rant
Why are the white people ignorant when it comes to racism, they don't seem to understand even basic knowledge on this subject?
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Posted 10/24/14 , edited 10/24/14

FlyinDumpling wrote:

Why are the white people ignorant when it comes to racism, they don't seem to understand even basic knowledge on this subject?


The hipocrisy in this sentence is just too much.
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I just admitted that I am a racist.
That's the first step.
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Posted 10/24/14
Haven't put much thought into it. But I do think those situations tend to get repetitive in nearly every other manga I get my hands on. Usually if I really like the story I just flip/skim past it since (to me) it gets old.

I never in my life heard anything about Japanese having weaker immune systems compared to all other races though. Unless there's solid evidence of that theory if anyone wants to provide that.
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Lol.. But don't you know..? "colds" are deadly lol. I've seen enough anime to know that! Lol.. I think I actually saw an anime poke fun at that once... Sadly, I can't remember which one. Considering it seems that "colds" are often much more than just "colds" in anime/manga lol.
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Posted 10/24/14
If there was any reason for the extreme caution in prevention of spreading viruses in general in Japan, I would think it has to do with two main driving factors:

1. In eastern cultures all through history there has been a much higher standard of hygiene than in the west. Bathing, waste management, burying the dead in timely fashion just weren't big time activities in Europe during the medieval era.

2. Population density. In a region where people live in close proximity to each other in large numbers, diseases spread faster. http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0934666.html-Lists the population density of Japan as 836/Sq. Mile and the USA as 84. I don't how current that information is but it is from the US Census Bureau, the only date listed is 2007. If that is reasonably accurate though and I would say it probably is, you come in contact with almost ten times as many people a day as you would in the US. Under those conditions health epidemics are going be more common.

I've also read conflicting publications in several health and medical journals and magazines saying that kids who spend more outside will develop moderately stronger immune systems. I guess it's possible for that to play a factor if the culture really is overly focused on sanitation, maybe the Japanese could have weakened immune systems but only if they are scrubbing the whole country with bleach every night for the last hundred years and the weakened immune system traits are passed down genetically. I don't really think that theory has a snowball's chance in hell's half-acre, you never know though, Smallpox killed more Aztecs than the Spaniards did because their immune systems weren't ready for it.
Posted 10/24/14
"only idiots get a cold in summer" <---- I found this to be true, because I got a cold right now.
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Posted 10/24/14 , edited 10/25/14
Anime is only stating scientifical facts. Like, when someone is talking about you, you have to sneeze. Quantum theory, anyone?
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Posted 10/24/14
I had a cold once... and died.
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Posted 10/24/14
well if I was an anime character, I would get colds every time it rained. I just wear a ball cap when it rains. I've been pretty soaked before and haven't caught a cold. I'm guessing it's either the temperature or just their overall immune system.
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Posted 10/24/14
I used to get sick every time I got soaked in the rain. But I was on a lot of nasty meds and didn't take care of myself.
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