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Hello all!

One of the reasons that I enjoy reading manga or watching anime is to experience a different culture. I find it transporting and fulfills some serious escapism needs of mine to watch something that's maybe not necessarily targeted to me.

I've also enjoyed foreign literature that gets translated outside of what's more relevant to Crunchyroll.

One of my favorite things to see when viewing foreign media is portrayals of other countries not the country producing the media. For example whenever an anime has portrayals of Americans or Europeans. I think it's interesting to see stereotypes thrown back at me, or actual 3 dimensional characters.

For example in a recent favorite there was Gate, even though the American President was sort of a bad guy in this anime it was kind of interesting to see a Japanese take on CIA over-reach.

Most of the time Americans are sort of just introduced as cute Blonde girls. And I can't recall an instance where in an anime or Manga that I'm familiar with that the setting is in the USA or I can see my home through a foreign lens.

Is anyone else interested in that kind of thing? I know that I used 10 words where 5 would probably do but I struggled to express that sentiment.

Let me know if anyone has any recommendations!

Thanks!
Posted 10/6/15
I usually laugh at the portrayal of people from the US in anime. I mean, mostly it's the broken English but yeah. Usually it's pretty funny. Like this one (Be warned it has a lot of F bombs)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0dTG1_x-K8

It's hilarious, even though it's English dubbed you get the point.
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That was pretty great

I just emailed that out to a couple of my friends, thanks!
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In excel saga they did an episode where the animation style and setting changed to American style or they were in America or something. They portrayed Americans as bad and tough like gangs and crime , but then it had a twist and they were all like otaku or something lol?. And they had the detective cliche, the cute animals (all the American cartoons with animal chearcters i guess?) and etc

I think being bad or crime or gangs or something military if often used when portraying Americans.
British is always blonde hair and blue eyes and drinking tea.

EDIT: in Australian news i find it funny and cringe worthy when Americans call Australian football "rugby"..
I guess i see Americans as gun crazy, religious, baseball, basket ball, American football, hot dogs, big people, giant burgers and fries n shakes, hillbillies, rappers, rock n roll, big cars, war, sitcoms, movies, etc
Posted 10/6/15

Maestro92 wrote:

Hello all!

One of the reasons that I enjoy reading manga or watching anime is to experience a different culture. I find it transporting and fulfills some serious escapism needs of mine to watch something that's maybe not necessarily targeted to me.

I've also enjoyed foreign literature that gets translated outside of what's more relevant to Crunchyroll.

One of my favorite things to see when viewing foreign media is portrayals of other countries not the country producing the media. For example whenever an anime has portrayals of Americans or Europeans. I think it's interesting to see stereotypes thrown back at me, or actual 3 dimensional characters.

For example in a recent favorite there was Gate, even though the American President was sort of a bad guy in this anime it was kind of interesting to see a Japanese take on CIA over-reach.

Most of the time Americans are sort of just introduced as cute Blonde girls. And I can't recall an instance where in an anime or Manga that I'm familiar with that the setting is in the USA or I can see my home through a foreign lens.

Is anyone else interested in that kind of thing? I know that I used 10 words where 5 would probably do but I struggled to express that sentiment.

Let me know if anyone has any recommendations!

Thanks!


Set in New York.
http://www.funimation.com/shows/blood-blockade-battlefront/home
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Have you met Funny Valentine from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 7: Steel Ball Run? He's the main antagonist of that part. And the President of the United States.



Steel Ball Run takes place in an alterworld version of the US in the 1890's and it's ostensibly about a cross-country horse race but...well it's JoJo so there's all kinds of genuinely bizarre stuff that get in the way of that straightforward premise.

The main protagonist, JoJo #7 Johnny Joestar--a paraplegic former jockey--is also an All-American type and he's pretty awesome so it's not like Araki is just making Americans out to be bad guys, either.

It would be helpful to have prior knowledge of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure to understand their powers (Stands) and the characters that appear in this universe are versions of characters from the prior parts but it's not actually necessary. SBR is a completely separate story in a fresh new universe so it can be read on its own.


Johnny on the left, Valentine on the right




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To be fair if there's a Japanese angle in an American movie, it's usually Ninjas, Yakuza, Samurai, or Yakuza Ninja Samurai. It's only natural that they would make us have a mobster president.

Speaking of JoJo's, I love when he let's out a good "Oh, shiiit!". Makes me smile every time.
Posted 10/7/15
God Bless America.

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There was a funny scene with americans in Samurai Champloo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKwXwk7jA9c
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One of my favorites, from Highschool of the Dead:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfRkildDEik
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Maestro92 wrote:

Hello all!

One of the reasons that I enjoy reading manga or watching anime is to experience a different culture. I find it transporting and fulfills some serious escapism needs of mine to watch something that's maybe not necessarily targeted to me.

I've also enjoyed foreign literature that gets translated outside of what's more relevant to Crunchyroll.

One of my favorite things to see when viewing foreign media is portrayals of other countries not the country producing the media. For example whenever an anime has portrayals of Americans or Europeans. I think it's interesting to see stereotypes thrown back at me, or actual 3 dimensional characters.

For example in a recent favorite there was Gate, even though the American President was sort of a bad guy in this anime it was kind of interesting to see a Japanese take on CIA over-reach.

Most of the time Americans are sort of just introduced as cute Blonde girls. And I can't recall an instance where in an anime or Manga that I'm familiar with that the setting is in the USA or I can see my home through a foreign lens.

Is anyone else interested in that kind of thing? I know that I used 10 words where 5 would probably do but I struggled to express that sentiment.

Let me know if anyone has any recommendations!

Thanks!


Ha yes, I enjoy seeing that was well! America seems to be a very popular choice for a "foreign/exotic" location.

I'm surprised no has mentioned Gunsmith Cats yet, it is actually set in America, its characters are Americans, and the OVA has such a gloriously pro-NRA story it's hard to believe Japanese people wrote and animated it.

The accuracy in 20th century anime is sortof variable. Famously the animators for Gunsmith Cats (1995) took a research trip to Chicago to accurately depict it. Otoh, I remember well a scene from The Devil Lady (1998) where a character is driving from Washington DC through New Jersey and the terrain is mesas and desert, I was lmao

In the google street view era, there are no excuses for not getting the location right imo, like Requiem for the Phantom does a generic representation of Los Angeles, with skyline errors. Otoh, Eden of the East: the King of Eden makes New York City look beautiful.

Like 70% of Golgo 13 (2008) episodes are set in America, and many of the characters look like they came out of the 1970s lol
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Anyone remember 'Chrono Crusade'? That takes place in America, back in 1928. Actually I believe the entire series takes place in 1928. The funny thing is, everyone does stereotypes, but I hate it when Anime series are so obviously 'anti' everyone else.
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I hated Catherine from Kaze no Stigma
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Team Jaberwock from Kuroko no basket were the biggest jerks in the series.

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we all see blond for some odd reason
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