Post Reply Racial Whitewashing versus representational self-erasure
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This is the best article regarding anime I've read in quite a while, one which I highly recommend reading from start to finish.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/9/11612530/ghost-in-the-shell-anime-asian-representation-hollywood

Even though the article started with the topic of the casting of live action GiTS movie, it soon delve into the subject of representational self-erasure in postwar Japan which eventually led to anime and manga characters which are nominally Japanese yet bore little to no physical Japanese features.

The gap in representation means different things to Americans, Japanese, and Japanese-Americans.

What's fascinating, besides the gap itself, is the jarring dissonance created by completely different cultural environments. I'm again reminded of some comments by certain fans, such as "Japanese fans must be completely insane to like [insert character here] because s/he is so Mary Sue / Gary Stu" (note which culture the term "Mary Stu" originated from) and "Newtype character rankings are cancer", as well as an old Animerica Magazine article in which the author flatly states that "Ah My Goddess is sexist". This, of course, is not counting all the TV Tropes articles such as my personal fav "Americans hate tingle".

Something that seems depressingly wrong somewhere, as the article shows, is simply not so somewhere else- and it wouldn't even make sense being viewed that way from that perspective.
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americans hate tingle? but.. he's so cute!

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Not sure where it came from- Just a random example I suppose.

I forgot which TV Tropes article it was, but there was a hilarious reference to how a certain heroine was completely hated in places while other places worshiped the ground she walked on (It was either Hitomi from Escaflowne or Fuu from Rayearth, whom I both like)
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