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Post Reply Just wondering - Why are there no anime with colored people as the protagonists?
Posted 4/17/16
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The untapped potential tho
Yeah, alot of hidden potential.
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Posted 4/17/16

qualeshia3 wrote:

Don't forget Black Lagoon and Jorgumand.


Darn, you beat me to Black Lagoon, lol!

Also, Japan isn't so obsessed with political correctness and social justice nonsense like Americans are. I mean, really, what's the difference between a character being black, white, Asian, hispanic, etc, unless their place of origin is essential to their character? For most characters in anime, it wouldn't change anything if you just changed the character's skin color, so there's no importance to the story. Why shoehorn in a black person into a show just to have a black person in a show? If you're that focused on the color of a fictional character's skin, doesn't that make you just as concerned with the color of a person's skin as a racist? It doesn't matter what the color of the skin is, so a nation that is 99.9% one skin color is going to use the same skin color 99.9% of the time. If you're that worried over a character's skin color, go watch The Cleveland Show. Seth Macfarlene did exactly what you want anime to do: He shoehorned a black character in to a lead role just to have a black main character, and we see how that show did... Let's not mess our anime up like The Cleveland Show messed up things.
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Posted 4/17/16 , edited 4/18/16
I think you misunderstood me. Im not talking about , " shoehorning", although if I lacked creativity I could see your point. I would like to see it done organically. There have been anime about the past , present, and future....so why not make it a bit more realistic.
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Azusa turns dark skinned for a few episodes does that count lol?


On a more serious note look at iron blood orphans and planetes.
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Posted 4/17/16 , edited 4/17/16
yeh Simon Brezhnev (Durarara) rules!

also there were 3 black characters in Soul Eater.

couple few more i can think of off the top...Afro Samurai, Tamako Market, Hare nochi Guu, Aria, School Rumble, Dimension W all have black characters in prominent and positive roles...i know what you mean though...not too many...it's getting a little better as the western anime audience has been steadily growing for awhile now...very very slowly getting better...
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Posted 4/17/16 , edited 4/17/16

che9458 wrote:

Why are there no anime with colored people as the protagonists. With the exception of afro samurai " which was a gimmick " I have not seen anime that had a black, hispanic, southern asian, or darker skin asian as the main character. Why?


Afro Samurai?
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Thats a good point except for the fact that Japan is very much in touch with the U.S.A., and "why not" go outside the census. Are you telling me Japanese people don't relate to our media.
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Posted 4/17/16 , edited 4/17/16
Anime being set outside of Japan is a novelty in and of itself. Of the ones that are, the Medieval European fantasy setting that's popular in oh so many video games is the most popular, and diversity there tends to be based more in race (as in species) than in skin color.

Most depictions of the U.S. tend to fall in line with the blonde, blue-eyed white person American stereotype than actual American demographics.
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Hm, I can't even think of an anime I've seen in which the protagonist is a darker-skinned Japanese person, let alone one who's a dark-skinned non-Japanese person. The darkest that comes to mind, protagonist-wise, would just be a sort of light tan, the guy from Dimension W.
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Posted 4/17/16

octorockandroll wrote:

You have to understand Japan is 99% Japanese people. And that other one percent is also mostly asian people from other countries. On top of that I think there would also be more white people than black, so it makes sense that not a lot of black characters are in anime that much. Also Simon from Durarara is black and you should totally watch that show.


Japanese 98.5%, Koreans 0.5%, Chinese 0.4%, other 0.6%

Source: http://www.indexmundi.com/japan/demographics_profile.html
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I personally just think all this has to do with Japan being so purist and isolationist. When creating a character, they probably don't even think twice about race unless they're trying to. Some manga artists are better than others when it comes to using racial perspective, but for the most part, I think it doesn't even cross their minds
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Posted 4/17/16 , edited 4/17/16
Interestingly, Shinobu Ohtaka, the creator of the Magi series, originally intended Morgianna and the rest of the Fanalis to have strong African features. She changed her mind out of concern that people would cry "racism."


A link to some of her early concept art of the Fanalis;

http://polycistronic.tumblr.com/post/75618420737/cosmocall-magi-concept-art-early-fanalis
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