Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race


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Due to the fact that I really, really dislike modern television, I tend to align myself away from western media. Anime isn’t just a cartoon like most people think (although it can in some instances i.e. pokemon). The hero doesn’t always win in an anime nor is anyone safe from the grips of death. It’s like an animated soap opera in many ways. Even ”childish” animes can be deep and ambiguous. In any case, I have always wondered about the Japanese model of an anime character. They tend to have milky white skin and gigantic eyes. The setting is typically in Japan, however, they look completely American. I sometimes wonder if this has to do with the appeal of large eyes as opposed to smaller eyes in japan, or perhaps even on a global scale. Or does it have something to do with the worlds fascination of America? I visited Japan when I was 8 and I remember the adaptation of previous trends in America that were very prevalent all across Japan. Is the very culture I try to escape the actual influence of the physical makeup of the characters? I mean one can even look at the biggest anime in the world right now, Naruto, and note the fact that he has blonde hair and blue eyes.


Written by seemenomore123

October 26, 2009 at 4:24 am

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  1. This might be a stupid question, but is the anime shown here the same as what’s shown in Japan? Maybe they change the type of animation used for shows here. Either way though, I don’t think they should be making the characters look more American; it makes it less real (as real as a cartoon can be, that is). I saw Ponyo this summer, and while the neither of the main characters is blonde, they both have circular eyes.


    October 26, 2009 at 1:11 pm

  2. I’ve seen drawing books for amine before and they all teach the same big eyes. I’m not sure if this is done simply because its easier to draw them like this or if it just makes the characters appeal to a larger audience. Either way children often use these characters as role models so I feel the drawing should embrace the natural characteristics of the people its modeled after.


    October 26, 2009 at 4:01 pm

  3. I heard from someone that anime tries to be as outrageous as possible sometimes so they can escape the mundane. Japan is quite a conservative and stressful society, so I wouldn’t see why this wouldn’t be a bad thing. They include features like blond hair and blue eyes because it totally different from what they have in Japan and it gives their characters a sense of uniqueness. In a sense, anime characters would not be as memorable if they all simply looked the same. I think in a way it allows these artists to express their creativity in a new light. Another theory could be that globalism and/ or cultural imperialism from the West is taking it’s toll.


    October 26, 2009 at 10:13 pm

  4. You can also notice that in a lot of Anime the characters dress similarly to Western culture. Using your example, in Naruto the females all wear tight revealing clothes, which has been adopted by most females in America. Although it could just be the author’s attempt at sexual appeal to readers, I believe it stems from the exposure to Western culture.


    October 28, 2009 at 10:55 pm

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