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Thursday, March 20, 2014


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Pussycat Catnap

Really not surprised...

Japan is very mono-cultural. Oddly has a preference not for Japanese characters in its animation / gaming, but euro-centric ones. But the preference is so strong its just jarring some times...

The rest of the world is moving past them.

Iris Ophelia

@Pussycat Actually those characters are usually supposed to be Japanese, not European. You can sometimes see this in anime that have American/European characters mixed in to an otherwise Japanese cast for comparison, but I think this article explains the issue pretty well: http://kotaku.com/5627268/why-do-japanese-characters-look-white

Pussycat Catnap

Yes I've seen that defense of it before. I remain unconvinced. I've seen many characters that are intentionally "Japanesed up" who then have features that are Asian - skin tone, eyes, nose.

And if one looks at media from Asia outside of that island, people draw in reflection of their own ethnic features.

Prior to WWII Japanese art also had characters that look clearly Asian. Somewhere postwar, it changes. Not sure when exactly.

Kotaku is a source that is heavily 'fandom' focused on Japanese memes, so of course they are going to see this all in the light that paints what they are fans of in the most 'progressive angle possible'.

One could claim I do the opposite. But even if so, then the middle-ground still doesn't look so diverse. I'm not willing to say I do though. There are topics I have a very strong bias against. This is not one of them - rather one I am highly critical over.

Adeon Writer

I was surprised to hear half of the New Leaf development team was female.

...It doesn't show.

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