Character ethnic stereotypes

Character ethnic stereotypes

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Elias

Australia

#1 Jun 12, 2012
Hi,
I'm a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki movies and enjoy watching Japanese manga.

One thing that's kinda weird is why 99% of all Japanese anime and manga contain characters that are evidently northern European appearance? even characters with Japanese names or even "Japanese" characters like in Samurai Champloo have light coloured hair pointy noses and caucasian faces??

Q.1 Is this how Japanese people fantasise as to how they see themselves?

Q.2 Why is that in Japanese cartoons entire worlds are only made up of caucasian people? no blacks?? no Indians?? etc. Like 75% of the world is dark skinned so are they wishing for universe where no dark skinned people exist?

It kind of reminds me how lots of white people reacted to Rue in the hunger games when they were so ticked off she was black. Whats wrong with this world?

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#2 Jul 19, 2012
Elias wrote:
Hi,
I'm a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki movies and enjoy watching Japanese manga.
One thing that's kinda weird is why 99% of all Japanese anime and manga contain characters that are evidently northern European appearance? even characters with Japanese names or even "Japanese" characters like in Samurai Champloo have light coloured hair pointy noses and caucasian faces??
Q.1 Is this how Japanese people fantasise as to how they see themselves?
Q.2 Why is that in Japanese cartoons entire worlds are only made up of caucasian people? no blacks?? no Indians?? etc. Like 75% of the world is dark skinned so are they wishing for universe where no dark skinned people exist?
It kind of reminds me how lots of white people reacted to Rue in the hunger games when they were so ticked off she was black. Whats wrong with this world?
Based on caucasian, maybe and maybe not. I don't think they usually base it on caucasians. They just draw the eyes big because you can see or feel the emotions in an anime character's eyes if they were big and I think the also like double eye lid. That's probably why some have surgery but not all as they have this what they call Gyaru fashion and make up where they use eyeliners to make them look like they have double eye lids than the norms that made some people outside of their country think they had surgery.And you can even distinguish the caucasians from the japanese in an anime. When cosplayed, you will notice that these characters indeed look asians.

And as for the dark skinned people, there are also animes with dark-skinned people and I can name some. Examples are prince of tennis and school rumble.

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