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Anime that explores racism or world wide news
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I'm surprised that there aren't any animes that explore racism in Japan. There's always some shallow imaginary race hatred (like the different elf races in SAOII) or localities they hate on (o, she's from Kansai, lulz @ dialect), but no real in-depth exploration of the issue.

Please correct me if I'm wrong by listing some anime examples.

I would also like to see an anime where Japan offers their view on world wide news. Like China stepping in on their stuff/withholding rare metals, America's riots, Hong Kong's protests, Brazil... whatever's going on in Brazil, the World Cup, Olympics, so on and so forth.
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While that may be interesting to some, I think most people use anime and stuff like that as sort of an escape from reality where they don't have to pay attention to those things, which in the real world are always being thrown in peoples faces by the media, people on the street, family and more.
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time of eve deals with the concept of discrimination ^_^
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Allen750 wrote:

I'm surprised that there aren't any animes that explore racism in Japan. There's always some shallow imaginary race hatred (like the different elf races in SAOII) or localities they hate on (o, she's from Kansai, lulz @ dialect), but no real in-depth exploration of the issue.

Please correct me if I'm wrong by listing some anime examples.

I would also like to see an anime where Japan offers their view on world wide news. Like China stepping in on their stuff/withholding rare metals, America's riots, Hong Kong's protests, Brazil... whatever's going on in Brazil, the World Cup, Olympics, so on and so forth.


A) There is very little racial diversity in the Japanese homeland, so that would likely be the largest reason why race issues are not a reoccurring theme. Japan was never under imperialist rule to the extent that China and other countries were; since they remained in isolation for hundreds of years and were still a sovereign nation that only served as a gateway into China after the U.S. forced open its borders, it wasn't until World War II that their interaction with other nations became much more intermingled and their economy relied more on foreign trade and relations. I am no expert by any means, but the lack of diversity in Japan makes racial issues like we have in the U.S. not very prevalent. I'd say the closest thing to racial issues there were was towards the Chinese for historical reasons (Japan and China do not get along very well) and the generation that experienced the American occupation after World War II (who are starting to die off anyways; I cannot say if this issue is fading or not, but we are allies with Japan and I doubt many people hold this grudge anymore).

B) If you want to see Japanese national and world news in Anime, watch an anime called "Eden of the East". This is a good start on your journey to see anime that incorporate real issues and start exploring them using symbolism. Naturally, the solutions will hardly ever be realistic (for if we had these solutions, these would not be world issues), but rather the message and metaphor behind them is what is important to take from these kinds of anime.

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Posted 11/27/14

Nomad9931 wrote:

While that may be interesting to some, I think most people use anime and stuff like that as sort of an escape from reality where they don't have to pay attention to those things, which in the real world are always being thrown in peoples faces by the media, people on the street, family and more.


I'd agree with you when it comes to escapism anime or anime purely meant for entertainment, although I have seen the medium produce works that address serious issues and approach them through interesting metaphorical solutions. Most oftentimes, as an example, I direct people to an anime known as Eden of the East.

Nonetheless, however, you do hold a valid point; in many regards, anime can be used for escapism and many anime exist for this purpose. This practice can also be extended to regular television, movies, as well as even books and art.
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Isn't Ghost in the Shell something like that?

The subject of refugees and asylum seekers following a time of war is what half the story is about a lot of the time... the cycle of fear and hatred and discrimination, where foreign refugees are feared, hated and discriminated against as invaders and terrorists, and the extremist factions that result to fight against them, and the terrorists that arise out of a mix of retribution, fighting for rights, fear of discrimination, and so on, that results in... and cycle.

It might not be considered "racism" considering how east asia is... but then again it replicates racism similarities across the world
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Fullmetal Alchemist

How the heck can you miss that?
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Misleading title much?
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i think that'd be a great idea. anime has focused on a lot of issues aside from racism, and i think to finally go about it in depth would be interesting. so what if people disagree with what is going to be portrayed? controversy is great. it'd be interesting to see how it'll be conveyed too. there may be some uproar though but, as mentioned, controversy is great and i think it goes well with anime. i think they should do the same with mental illnesses too. just hope they don't discriminate yet portray views in a professional manner.
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Posted 11/27/14

Allen750 wrote:

I'm surprised that there aren't any animes that explore racism in Japan. There's always some shallow imaginary race hatred (like the different elf races in SAOII) or localities they hate on (o, she's from Kansai, lulz @ dialect), but no real in-depth exploration of the issue.

Please correct me if I'm wrong by listing some anime examples.

I would also like to see an anime where Japan offers their view on world wide news. Like China stepping in on their stuff/withholding rare metals, America's riots, Hong Kong's protests, Brazil... whatever's going on in Brazil, the World Cup, Olympics, so on and so forth.





bobland wrote:

Misleading title much?


Yeah, my thought exactly--especially since I was zooming in to close this because we already have a thread about that. Instead I've renamed the thread to match the opening post and have moved it to the Anime forum.
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Posted 11/27/14
The closest thing to racism I can think of in Japan is discrimation against foreigners (Gaijin)

In Kids on the Slope, Sentaro was bullied as a kid for being half-american. (then again, 60s)
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Oh, there is a LOT of racial and ethnic discrimination in Japan--especially against foreigners, but even against some of the ethnic minorities within Japan (on Okinawa and Hokkaido in particular). There is also a general bias against being "dark"--whether you are Japanese or foreigner--that pops up occasionally. (Calling someone "dark" or "black" in Japanese is an insult, and is still used to this day.)

For example:

Little Busters: one of the characters is patently discriminated against for being a foreigner

The Ambition of Oda Nobuna: discusses discrimination against foreigners (and foreign inventions), in the context of the necessity of modernization

Samurai Champloo: While it doesn't discuss racism, one of the later episodes practically bathes itself in typical Japanese stereotypes of Americans. (Specifically the baseball episode: the stereotyping is as bad as 50's era Warner Bros cartoons--just with Americans as the targets instead of vice versa.)


Still, there aren't many; the problem is, most anime is made by Japanese for Japanese, and therefore there isn't a lot of direct discussion of the issue in a Japanese context. That being said, in fantasy or other contexts there is plenty of discussion of racial bias, usually against made-up races or religions

Fullmetal Alchemist: deals head-on with ethnic cleansing.

Valkyria Chronicles: deals with ethnic discrimination in the context of war and ancient legend

Eureka Seven: deals with both religious persecution and racial bias

Spice and Wolf: deals with religious discrimination and intolerance

The Eccentric Family: deals with interaction between different racial communities

Secret World of Arriety: deals with interactions between different racial groups

Otome Youkai Zakuro: is about a group set up to smooth inter-racial conflicts.

Maoyu: discusses overcoming inter-ethnic tensions in order to end a long-brewing ethnic conflict

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Posted 11/27/14
where is that karen png with her saying something about race...
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Posted 11/27/14
Japan, a country so Japanese, that they don't know what "racism" even is.


They are like, 98% 100% Japanese.

They're so foreign to the concept, that they believe racism is "an American phenomena that only happens in America"

They arn't "racist" to those Okinawa people, they're just being rude to people who are different to them, or as we American's might call it, FUCKING RACIST.



That all said, that doesn't mean this isn't something that Anime or specific people can't address. It's simply something that you never see, or always see.

It's not like how at least 3 episodes in each Fresh Prince season deals with the concept of racial profiling and prejudice, we've got that "race" thing bound tight.


um....and in other countries, you're not just that country. You're not, for example, Chinese in China. You're a person who happens to be from China. Chinese isn't a thing because everybody is Chinese, their is no distinction required.
While in America, the famous melting pot and "we accept all foreigners, even if we don't like it" nation, categorizes people by their ancestry.
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Shaman King. As goofy as it is at times (sort of takes stereotypes to an extreme as satire of stereotypes), it actually does touch on racism some, particularly when applied to native peoples. The treatment of the Ainu people is a fairly big motivation for one of the characters.

Ghost in the Shell:SAC, as mentioned.

FMA: Conqueror of Shambala should get special mention, because it has the beginning of the Nazi movement and shows some of the persecution against the Roma/Gypsies. You can also see a bit of the average German person's motivation for supporting the Nazi movement and desire for a scape goat. Things sort of sucked there after WWI and the Great Depression.
I'd like more historical fiction anime (with or without some fantasy elements) set in the general WWI to WWII era. Too bad Japan's in denial about some of that.

Princess Mononoke also has some persecution of native peoples with Ashitaka's people who have been driven nearly extinct. It's more background, but it's there. It also touches on the treatment of lepers and prostitutes, which isn't racism but is related (treatment of a minority not delineated by race).
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