Post Reply Alienation by Setting
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Posted 2/26/16
So along with a partner of mine we were creating a series it was going really great, until he told me that he wanted the setting to be in Japan itself. Now is where where he is coming from with the subject matter and a lot of the cultural and spiritual things that we have in the story however I have been pleading with him to not do this and just create a world that is not ours to set it in for multiple reasons.

1st we are not Japanese. And while we know a good bit of the culture etc. we are still not Japanese.
2nd our target audience is also not Japanese, and I feel that if we set it there we would essentially alienate a lot of our viewer base.


So I ask you, the community, how do you feel about it? Would you feel slightly alienated if we set our story in japan even though we are not?
Posted 2/26/16
No, the setting doesn't matter to me
It's the storyline/plot that makes it a good series
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Posted 2/26/16
A lot of people here probably wouldn't really care where the setting is but I do like your idea better. Gives a little bit more originality to it.
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Posted 2/26/16
This is an anime community. At least 90% of us are non-Japanese people who watch a lot of material set in Japan, and if it turns out that people in general find such settings alienating, we're a weird select group. Probably you should ask the same in a forum not attached to a site that streams Japanese media.

Personally, I don't think that's a problem at all, but also if it is it's one of the smaller ones. The bigger problem is, any inaccuracies on what Japan is like will stand out, and westerners who spot inaccuracies they see as glaring will think of you as a cringeworthy weeaboo.
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Posted 2/26/16
If it bothers you enough you could maybe try making a place up.
The story I'm working on will partially take place in a made up city like Gotham.
Posted 2/26/16
if ur audience isn't for anime fans, then it would alienate ppl.
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Posted 2/26/16
Just don't specify the setting and you will be fine.

Say things like "The Country" rather than a specific country's name (real or made up) and avoid the problem altogether. Readers will then naturally imagine a location that they feel best supports the subject material.
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Posted 2/28/16
I don't think it is alienating so much as anchoring your setting in a real place makes inconsistencies much easier to spot. People more familiar with the area will likely notice things that are out of place geographically or culturally unless you really work on making it consistent with the source.
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