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Posted 8/24/15
I have noticed the Emperor of Japan is never mentioned in animes or mangas. Is this law or just kind of an unspoken rule?
Posted 8/24/15
There's still an Emperor???
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

There's still an Emperor???


Yep Japan is still a constitutional monarchy like england

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Although pretty much the same figurehead "celebrity" monarchy vs. a Parliamentary government as Prince Charles, with just as much media/press attention, only not as harsh--
The idea of the Emperor being "holy" was renounced by Hirohito after WWII, and now remains just a nationalistic marker of historical eras, while Empress Michiko gets more of the trendy Princess Di attention.
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Posted 8/24/15

uncletim wrote:


PeripheralVisionary wrote:

There's still an Emperor???


Yep Japan is still a constitutional monarchy like england



I started a thread a couple of months ago on the same topic.There seems to be an unspoken reverence for the emperor that disqualifies his mention in any context in certain media venues.
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I'm pretty sure I've heard it being mentioned at least once. Not the emperor by name, but by title.
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As far I am concern , they barely mention them from ancient times to modem times when its stuff related to Amaterasu. like japan treasures that are under their control.
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Posted 8/24/15
Reminded me of Code Geass for a second.. lmao let's not... but yeah I didn't know Japan had an emperor o.o
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Posted 8/24/15
It's considered taboo. I think.
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"Doomed Megapolis" mentions the Mikado and a false Mikado several times.

In the First episode of "Gate" the Emperor's palace grounds are used to hold and defend several members of the fleeing public.

Any time a date is given in Japanese Calendar, an Emperor's name is evoked.
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Posted 8/24/15
You don't mess with the Emperor

http://www.nytimes.com/1988/12/29/world/is-hirohito-free-of-war-guilt-the-risks-of-defying-a-taboo.html

NAGASAKI, Japan, Dec. 27— People have been threatening to kill the Mayor of Nagasaki.

Three weeks ago, the Mayor, Hitoshi Motoshima, violated one of Japan's most delicate taboos by publicly suggesting that Emperor Hirohito bears some responsibility for World War II.

Since then, a man has been arrested trying to break into his office with a can of gasoline; right-wing figures have threatened him and his family, and the police have warned him that it is too dangerous to take his daily morning walk.
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papagolfwhiskey wrote:

"Doomed Megapolis" mentions the Mikado and a false Mikado several times.

In the First episode of "Gate" the Emperor's palace grounds are used to hold and defend several members of the fleeing public.

Any time a date is given in Japanese Calendar, an Emperor's name is evoked.

But you never see him directly referenced in anime. ie you will never see an anime about one or such

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Posted 8/24/15
Obviously these are different situations, but there's very little talk about the monarchy in British media too really; I assume it's because old stereotypically uptight people in expensive clothes are just boring. The only exceptions I can think of are in cases either mocking conservative traditionalists (which I guess you don't do with a very ideologically powerful conservative establishment) or in genuine nationalistic propaganda.
(don't tell the Emperor he's not got any clothes on!)
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Posted 8/24/15

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You don't mess with the Emperor

http://www.nytimes.com/1988/12/29/world/is-hirohito-free-of-war-guilt-the-risks-of-defying-a-taboo.html

NAGASAKI, Japan, Dec. 27— People have been threatening to kill the Mayor of Nagasaki.

Three weeks ago, the Mayor, Hitoshi Motoshima, violated one of Japan's most delicate taboos by publicly suggesting that Emperor Hirohito bears some responsibility for World War II.

Since then, a man has been arrested trying to break into his office with a can of gasoline; right-wing figures have threatened him and his family, and the police have warned him that it is too dangerous to take his daily morning walk.


Pretty much this ^ I've seen some other talk about it being taboo and if you do it or something you just end up getting threatened or worse.
Posted 8/24/15
Probably going to bring up WW2 flashbacks.
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