7.14.2011

Black Women/WoC in Japanese Anime and Manga IV

Miyuki Ayukawa
My love affair with anime and manga continues unabated though I must admit that some of the gold is wearing off the ring.  I still enjoy it, but if I read one more manga that has a character extolling on the angelic beauty that is blond hair, I'm going to scream.  Really.  I mean, the white worship that oozes off the pages of some of these things is truly gag-worthy.

While I've found that I really enjoy reading shojo manga, I enjoy watching both shojo and shonen anime.  There isn't a logical explanation for that one, but I guess for the more action-oriented stories, I like the visual nature of anime over reading the manga version (Bleach and Soul Eater immediately come to mind). 

And I've recently discovered that there are more...*ahem*...mature forms of manga out there (mature as in 18+ and very, very explicit).  Yes, it exists (who knew?).  I'm going to have to try to get my hands on some.  You know...for educational and research purposes.  (Yeah...I know.) 

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Character:  Anthy Himemiya

History:  A mysterious, shy girl whose vapid expression and superficial politeness mask a complex, darker persona. She is said to have no thoughts or desires besides that of what her master expect of her. Because of her "doormat" behavior, other characters tend to project their wants or desires onto her, and she's always the target of their eventual rage. Her past and current personality are simultaneously tragic and sinister, and her personality sifts between selfless love, passive-aggressive revenge, cruelty, and learned helplessness. Like Utena, Anthy also subverts and conforms to the stereotypes she embodies as both a damsel in distress and a witch.

Anthy appears to house the Sword of Dios within her own body. At the beginning of a duel, she slips into a trance and the Sword manifests, protruding from her chest so that her champion may draw it from her. This Sword is said to be a key to reaching the goal of Revolution, and Anthy, in her position as the Rose Bride, is supposed to be the key to obtaining it.  (more:  Wikipedia)


Character:  Mirimu
Anime/Manga.hack//SIGN 

HistoryMimiru (ミミル) is a female Heavy Blade who appears in .hack//SIGN. Her avatar appears as a teenage girl dressed in an armored bikini top and a short skirt, with large greaves on her legs - it is the same design as Blackrose, albeit with a different color set and wave design. Mimiru plays as a "tough-it-out-through-anything" player, who is poor at planning things out and following through on them. She meets Tsukasa and soon becomes one of the few he trusts, eventually one of his friends. She also teams up with Bear, whom she refers to as an "old man", and spends considerable time in the series attempting to figure out what Bear's career is in real life. She eventually meets with An Shouji, Tsukasa's real identity, and the two go shopping together in Shimokita. When she first began playing "The World", she befriended a female Long Arm named Mimika (who closely resembles Gardenia), but Mimiru has since changed her character. In real life, she is a 15 year-old teenage girl, who is an only child and has few friends. Her father works at a company that manufactures semiconductors.  (more:  Wikipedia)

Character:  BlackRose
Anime/Manga:  .hack//Games

History:   BlackRose (ブラックローズ Burakkurōzu) is a female Heavy Blade (she bears the same character model of Mimiru from .hack//SIGN, but they have different color schemes) who meets Kite in the video game series. BlackRose is just starting on her adventure at the same time as Kite (though this is a fact she attempts to hide when they initially meet). The two clash immediately, but warm up to each other little by little. She reveals that her purpose for joining is to find a cure for the data bug that placed her brother in a coma. BlackRose is a young woman with a tough-as-nails attitude and can be a bit full of herself at times. Luckily, she has Kite alongside her to balance her out and keep her in check. Her real name is Akira Hayami and is a member of the tennis team at her high school.  (source:  Wikipedia)

Character:  Blue
Anime/MangaWolf's Rain

History: Blue is a dark blue coloured half breed, being a wolfdog.

At the start of the show, Blue is shown as Quent's pet and aide in hunting wolves, believing, like her master, that wolves were to blame for the destruction of her home and family in Kyrios. She lives her life as a pet dog, unaware of her heritage. Upon meeting Cheza her wolf blood is awakened. Unable to continue hunting down her own kind, she joins the pack in search of Paradise. Blue grows especially close to Hige, promising that she will follow him whatever happens. Blue is killed by Darcia protecting Hige and Cheza. She is not seen after earth's regeneration.  (more:  Wolf's Rain Wiki)

Character:  Urd
Anime/Manga:  Oh My Goddess!

History:  Urd is Belldandy's older half sister and is the second Goddess to appear to Keiichi. Urd ranks as Goddess second class, management category limited license, similar to her youngest sister Skuld. She is Yggdrasil's System Administrator and Manager.

Although her powers exceed those of her sisters, she was supposedly relegated to second class ranking due to her tendency to lie according to her younger sister, Belldandy. Later, the real reason that Urd dropped the first class license examination was revealed to be because she was asked why she wanted to be a first class goddess. When she did not answer and the licensing goddess said "I think it better if you don't," meaning don't become a first class goddess. Many years later, Urd once again took the first-class licensing exam this time examined by Peorth and Belldandy. At one point, Peorth commented that Urd's control and mastery of her own powers, exceeded her own. At the end of this story arc the licensing goddess approved her first-class exam to which Urd surprisingly declined. She explained to Peorth that a first class goddess' prime directive is to protect and bless all things. However, Urd wishes to selectively protect what is most dear to her (this is followed by a page with Urd drawn enveloping her sisters with her black and white wings). She also concluded that there can be use in a Goddess that can lie, which is forbidden to first class goddesses.  (more:  Wikipedia)

Character: Coffee
Anime/Manga: Cowboy Bebop

History: Coffee is a bounty huntress who was after Domino Walker.  This bounty huntress only appears in the Mushroom Samba episode. She is a bounty huntress on the trail of an illegal mushroom seller named Domino. She clashes with the vengeful brother of a man who died after eating Domino's hallucinogenic mushrooms. The bounty huntress wants to claim her reward, so she does not want the brother of Domino's victim getting in the way.  (source: Anime Vice)

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A special thanks to everyone for your suggestions!

See also

Black Women/WoC in Japanese Anime and Manga I
Black Women/WoC in Japanese Anime and Manga II
Black Women/WoC in Japanese Anime and Manga III

31 comments:

  1. Imma need the animators/TPTB/whoever to stop lightening the daylights out of the dark-skinned female characters. A friend of mine showed me compare/contrast illustrations of that girl from Blue Water, and she now looks like she got left in a vat of bleach for 3 years. No hint of melanin. >:(

    Sorry, I just had to get that out.

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  2. Another's you might want to check out::

    Name: Rose Thomas
    Anime/Manga: Fullmetal Alchemist

    Name: April
    Anime/Manga: Darker than Black

    Name: Junko Satome
    Anime/Manga: NANA

    Name: Kaolla Su
    Anime/Manga: Love Hina

    I have some 18+ mangas which are Yaoi, it shows alot of cum shots and all that jazz.

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  3. I enjoy watching shounen anime more than reading the shounen manga like you. I also consume a lot of shoujou and josei (i.e. manga targeted at women). Also seinen (i.e. manga targeted at men)...I read anything that catches my interest.

    Coffee from Cowboy Bebop is so popular! And I know Urd, you should also consider her mother, Hild, the Queen of Demons. Urd represents the conflict between good and evil, angels and demons and I find it interesting that she is apparently biracial even up to the angel with one white and one black wing.

    I like Urd a lot, her personality and her attachment to history as the goddess of time who represents the past and her clashes with Skuld who represent the future. I wish she had her own spin-off series and wasn't in Oh! My Goddess!

    I also really enjoy, (I am in love with Utena, Touga...just about all the characters in) Revolutionary Girl Utena, Anthy is supposed to be Indian, I believe.

    I still enjoy it, but if I read one more manga that has a character extolling on the angelic beauty that is blond hair, I'm going to scream.

    Oh my, what kind of manga are you reading? I'm more frustrated by the weak female characters in manga and anime, I personally haven't come across any characters praising blond hair. I've heard of this though I've never seen it. Maybe it is because I read more josei and watch more shounen that doesn't take itself seriously (like Gintama)? I guess reading on hair colour tropes in anime led me to mostly ignore references to hair or at least ingest them differently?

    And I've recently discovered that there are more...*ahem*...mature forms of manga out there (mature as in 18+ and very, very explicit). Yes, it exists (who knew?).

    When I initially got into manga and anime, people thought I was reading and watching hentai, i.e the 'mature forms of manga out there'. I didn't discover them till much later and I have read a few hentai manga with 'Black' and 'African' women in them. I can't remember the names now though.

    I've noticed something about darker skinned characters in anime and manga though, they are always portrayed as more sexy and 'wild', if I may use that term.

    P.S I don't think you've featured Atsuko Jackson from Mitchiko e Hatchin.

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  4. I have some 18+ mangas which are Yaoi, it shows alot of cum shots and all that jazz

    Oh, my!!!

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  5. When I initially got into manga and anime, people thought I was reading and watching hentai, i.e the 'mature forms of manga out there'.

    People thought the same thing about me when I started getting into anime/manga. I've never read hentai mangas, but I watched crossover hentai anime. Where Goku turns Super Sayain and is fucking the shit out of Sailor Moon. Excuse my french.

    I didn't discover them till much later and I have read a few hentai manga with 'Black' and 'African' women in them. I can't remember the names now though

    Never knew that let us know when they come back to your memory.

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  6. I see you posted some of the characters I mentioned last time :D (Although you probably don't remember me mentioning them lol).

    I used to be all about shojo and shonen ( Sailor Moon is still my favorite anime of all time, not gonna lie), but I'm more into seinen now, if any anime at all (Cowboy Bebop is one of the best anime). Despite my cosplaying, attending anime conventions, and my icon, I'm pretty much over anime at this point (probably because my obsession with it started at 12). It's fun to see others just getting into it, though.

    Also, Blue and Coffee are HBICs, as well as the fierce chica in my icon.

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  7. Also, be weary of hentai. A lot of it has disturbing themes such as rape, tentacle rape, underage girls, etc. If you're gonna read hentai, stick to yaoi and yuri hentai (guy on guy, girl on girl). Although to be honest I was never a fan of any hentai :/ Not really my thing. You've been warned! lol

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  8. @Mello

    One summer several years ago I decided to see for myself what hentai manga was all about. Maybe it was the search terms I used but I (thankfully) did not come across a whole lot of very disturbing ones. I wasn't reading only yuri and yaoi either.

    I searched for hentai mangaka that were female and found that didn't help matters much, for example, one particular female mangaka seemed okay with non-con scenes with female characters. Others were just okay. I still remember some of the better manga though I won't go into details here, lest I reveal to much XD. These days, I read more smut manga (josei can get pretty smutty).

    I can only imagine how long the search for the good manga I found that summer would take. I think I paused after encountering some really disturbing files on a website I usually trust (I used to stream anime on there).

    @The Girl In Question

    My dabbling in hentai manga was relatively short-lived for fear of stumbling upon the gory stuff.

    Some yaoi hentai have non-con scenes so I only read certain authors. (But even though, a lot of the mangaka I read have at least one scene in one manga that is non-consensual and it is explained with 'I did it for your own good'...ugh).

    I don't read manga or watch anime the way I used to. I'm pretty limited to just series I follow (Black Cat and Saiyuki for manga & One Piece and Gintama for anime) and will read any work by certain authors. Sometimes I watch 12 or 13 episode anime too. I don't have as much time these days but I still appreciate some stuff.

    @Everyone

    I just spent 2 hours on TV tropes (I hate that site for eating my time!) and I've learnt that a lot of the characters in anime that are depicted as South or Southeast Asian were originally intended to be Black or African but this was stopped by 'whoever'.

    For example the image of Anthy above is not how Anthy looks in the TV series. Anthy in the Revolutionary Girl Utena TV series is darker and her hair is not straight but Anthy in the OVA is much lighter and has straighter hair. Apparently there was all sorts of outrage against Anthy's character. I owned only the first volume of RGU manga so I can't say how Anthy looks in the manga.

    The changing of character's skin colour also happens within the transition from manga to anime. I've seen this with the 'ambiguous brown-skinned' character in Trinity Blood who looks much darker (and actually African if you ignore the straight hair) in some manga drawings but is much paler in the anime series.

    Urd's character in Oh! My Goddess! TV series pretty much has the same colour as her character in the manga series but in the OVAs she is much lighter. Sometimes Urd's hair is wavy rather than straight.

    Other characters just become pale-skinned in anime.

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  9. @Mello:Name: Junko Satome
    Anime/Manga: NANA

    Junko has dreadlocks as does her boyfriend but I don't think she's supposed to be black/WOC. They just seemed to paint her and her guy is the "hippie-artsy" types. She actually reminded me more of white folks who wear dreadlocks and stop wearing shoes while they're in some small liberal arts school. Her look didn't change until she went to college either.

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  10. @TGIQ

    LOL... It's been so long since I put up the last post in this series, I sure did forget! I updated the post with a special thanks for everyone's suggestions. I usually do that, but that's another thing I forgot this time too. LOL.

    @everyone

    Please keep the suggestions coming! They'll make it into a future post eventually. :)

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  11. @eccentricyoruba

    Lol, yeah I stay away from hentai entirely.


    @cinnamon I have a good long term memory and a horrible short term once, so that's fine XD

    Also, as far as suggestions go, the girl in my icon is from a Japanese game called No More Heroes. I know it's not anime, but she could be good to mention for a video game post.

    If you want to look her up her name is Shinobu Jacobs (she's full black though, Shinobu isn't her real first name), and she's an assassin who is very popular among the fandom.

    Also Kaola Su from Love Hina is a WOC character from an anime called Love Hina. Her nationality is made up, but I'm pretty sure she's supposed to be a South Asian of some kind.

    That one scary chick from Soul Eater (lol).

    I'll let you know more when they come to me :)

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  12. @eccentricyoruba: You know about "Michiko to Hatchin"!?!?!?!?! Wow. But yea, you forgot about Michiko and her rival/best friend Atsuko. I loved Michiko she was so damn awesome!!!

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  13. Junko does not have dreadlocks (her boyfriend does), she instead rocks tight curls (you could call them straw curls). In the beginning of the manga (the prologue, you could call it) Junko has her hair straight, it isn't until she goes to art school that she switches up her style (and I do believe it is more about the style, as noted by her change of dress).

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  14. I never thought of Blue being black (until now) but she and Hige are so cute together! And RGU makes me a bit sad after seeing what happened to all of the characters because of Anthy's brother and some others.

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  15. @EY
    Oh my, what kind of manga are you reading? I'm more frustrated by the weak female characters in manga and anime, I personally haven't come across any characters praising blond hair.

    I read the blond worshipping in a shojo manga. Needless to say, I stopped reading that particular series (even though I was into the second volume). I just couldn't take it.

    And you are 100% on point...some of the female characters are portrayed very weakly in manga. Especially shojo manga. It's a bit sickening. That's probably why I like Yoruichi Shihoin's character so much.

    I've also noticed that shojo manga has a tendency to strangely feminize the male heroes (definitely not all but some). I'm not sure what that's all about, but it's kind of sad that they seem to fall into the "the Asian man isn't masculine" meme.

    @TGiQ
    Also, be weary of hentai. A lot of it has disturbing themes such as rape, tentacle rape, underage girls, etc.

    Lord, what in the world? LOL! I found a couple of yaoi manga at my local library and they were both very graphic. Full on sex scenes with everything right out in the open including the "money shot." One was a May/Dec romance story and was the younger guy's first time and the other was a fantasy story. The sex scene was slightly dub con in one and borderline rape in the other. Both left me feeling more than a little dirty afterward (and not in a good way either). Not sure if I want to go further though, based on what you guys are saying and what I've already read.

    And Goku (one of my favorite anime characters of all time) fucking Sailor Moon?! WTF?!

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  16. Oh my, what kind of manga are you reading? I'm more frustrated by the weak female characters in manga and anime

    And you are 100% on point...some of the female characters are portrayed very weakly in manga. Especially shojo manga. It's a bit sickening. That's probably why I like Yoruichi Shihoin's character so much.

    @ eccentricyoruba and cinnamon

    When you say “very weakly” are you talking about the female characters who is always “the damsel in distress” where she needs a man to rescue and protect her. When reading any type of demographic of mangas/anime (shonen, shojo, josei, seinen, or anime) I never see any of the female characters being weak. Why that is, I don’t know. It might have to do with the different varieties of woman in society. For, example you have those woman like Chyna (woman’s wrestler) “I don’t care if your man or woman, you don’t mess me because I will jack your ass up!) then you have woman who are rough on the outside, but are soft on the inside and list can go on. Now all of this is just my opinion.

    @ The Girl In Question and cinnamon


    Also, be weary of hentai. A lot of it has disturbing themes such as rape, tentacle rape, underage girls, etc.

    Lord, what in the world? LOL! I found a couple of yaoi manga at my local library and they were both very graphic. Full on sex scenes with everything right out in the open including the "money shot." One was a May/Dec romance story and was the younger guy's first time and the other was a fantasy story. The sex scene was slightly dub con in one and borderline rape in the other. Both left me feeling more than a little dirty afterward (and not in a good way either). Not sure if I want to go further though, based on what you guys are saying and what I've already read.

    You must be careful with Yaoi and Yuri too, because it is also considered Hentai because it contains adult content just like what cinnamon experienced. Yaoi and Yuri also contains a mixture of things like Lolicon (Lolita, Lolita Complex…), Shotacon and etc. So, if your not into that stuff then you will defiantly freak out.

    @ cinnamon
    And Goku (one of my favorite anime characters of all time) fucking Sailor Moon?! WTF?!

    I don’t have a Hentai video of them, but I do have a picture. If you want to see just e-mail me at afrogeshiagurl@yahoo. I would post the link here, but the picture is very graphic and I don’t want to gross anybody out.

    On topic, You might want to look into the anime series Afro Samurai.

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  17. @cinnamon

    "And Goku (one of my favorite anime characters of all time) fucking Sailor Moon?! WTF?!"

    Lmao! I know exactly whay you're talking about. I remember accidentally wandering into the hentai section of an anime store when I was 12 and that was the first thing I saw. I was like, "0_o I am not here for that."

    @Mello
    And that's why I don't usually read yaoi or yuri either. Lol. Unless it has a tame rating.

    Not too long ago I saw a macro with baby rape hentai on it. That's when I was officially done.

    There's a dark side to anime, but stay on the good side and all will be okay. Lol.

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  18. @Mello

    When you say “very weakly” are you talking about the female characters who is always “the damsel in distress” where she needs a man to rescue and protect her. When reading any type of demographic of mangas/anime (shonen, shojo, josei, seinen, or anime) I never see any of the female characters being weak. Why that is, I don’t know. It might have to do with the different varieties of woman in society.

    It may be a matter of opinion. I don't take 2-dimensional female characters likely and in a lot of the most popular anime out there (Bleach, One Piece) the female characters are not as complex, well-developed and generally cool as the male characters. If you're creating an imaginary world were male characters have all sorts of cool powers, why make the female characters weak and always ready to be saved by the nearest male character? Ugh.

    Now that was shounen, in seinen manga I read female characters are usually there as eye candy. As for shoujo and josei, I believe I mentioned about the whole 'I am raping you for your own good' that happens with male characters. I started reading josei because I wanted mature, believable female characters but I've come across some bad ones. I've also come across a particular shoujo manga where in every single chapter, the main female character was almost raped by a random female character.

    I tend to stick to authors now, the author of Yamato Nadeshiko, Tomoko Hayakawa. Now her heroines are always serious badass in their own way and not all of them are as strong as Chyna.

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  19. @cinnamon

    Do you still watch Bleach? Because Yoruichi's character seems to have been sidelined. I read Bleach manga and after the soul society arch where Yoruichi appeared, she doesn't show up much. I'm tempted to say she only pops up one in like a hundred chapters.

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  20. Show followed by character
    .hack legend of the twilight - rena
    bakugan - julie
    queen's blade - irma
    noein - tobi
    hellsing - integra
    .hack roots - ender
    coyote ragtime show - chelsea
    petite princess yucie - glenda
    beyblade - ming ming
    speed grapher - ginza
    shojo sect - kirin
    inuyasha - shiori
    yugioh - ishizu
    innocent venus - hijin
    daphne in the brilliant blue - gloria
    flcl - kitsurubami
    igpx - liz( mexican)
    igpx - max erlich
    kuroshitsuji 2 - hannah
    these are all tan to dark skinned anime
    characters that I hope you will like
    - Sephe ( I did select anonymous for
    "comment as" if it's ok cuz I put my name)

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  21. @EY

    Yes, I still watch Bleach. I'm on ep #91 (the whole Bounts arc). I've noticed that Yorouichi's appearances have been spotty (which I'm not happy about), but of course, since they're getting ready to follow the Bounts to the Soul Society, here she comes. /sarcasm

    If you're creating an imaginary world were male characters have all sorts of cool powers, why make the female characters weak and always ready to be saved by the nearest male character? Ugh.

    This! Take DBGT for example. Pan is part Saiyan, yet she's the only one out of all of them who can't turn Super Saiyan? BS! Do they really expect we'd believe that any child that has Goku for a grandfather and Gohan for a father wouldn't be able to go SS? Please.

    Not to mention the overabundance of very well-endowed women and the propensity for the big breasts to always be remarked upon by both men and women in the story. There's always at least one in every manga or anime I've ever seen or read, shonen or shojo.

    @Sephe

    Thanks for the list! I'll be sure to look them up.

    @TGiQ
    Lmao! I know exactly whay you're talking about.

    LOL!! And you know Chi Chi wouldn't be having any of that. Chi Chi was crazy. She wouldn't hesitate to cut a bitch for even looking at Goku let alone getting busy with him!

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  22. @cinnamon

    I stopped watching Bleach after the Bount arc. I read the manga hoping to see more Yoruichi but that didn't happen. I won't spoil the series for you though. It is like Yoruichi has become less of a character and more of the person that appears for cameos (usually supporting Urahara before being pushed to the side once again). As the series progresses even more characters are introduced (none of them are of colour as far as I know). Unfortunately this means the old loved characters become forgotten.

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  23. @Cinnamon,

    Thank you for your insights into the manga and anime world. Oddly enough, I seldom indulge in either. The anime usually comes on at an inconvenient time and mangas freak me out because people read them and toss them in the trash. Then some homeless guys dig them out of the cans and re-sells them. eek!

    Then there's the issue of language, which is the best damn thing to ever happen to homosapiens. When I do read or watch, I see EVERYONE as Japanese unless a character is said specifically to be from elsewhere. It's a sure bet that most Japanese see them this way as well. On the rare occasions when I see something Japanese voiced over in English, it seems like a completely DIFFERENT story.

    I need to watch One-Piece because my favorite Japanese actor loves this story. He's mentioned it in almost every interview since the series began. I suspect he's lobbying for a major role if it gets a live-action series. It's the second most wanted live-action series in the country.

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  24. @Hateya

    Anytime. :) I'm actually a (relatively) new convert to the genre myself. As I've mentioned before, I'm a huge DBZ fan. I used to watch it on Cartoon Network as a kid, but that was as far as my anime-watching went.

    Honestly, I can't think why I started reading manga and watching anime recently, except that I wanted to expand my mind. I wanted to see what everyone found so interesting about it. I can see why. Most of the art is top-notch, a lot of the stories are both well-written and immersive and the voice acting is awesome. I'm enjoying my journey and enjoying sharing what I'm learning along the way (the good and the bad).

    It's the second most wanted live-action series in the country.

    What's the first?

    @EY

    I'll probably keep watching it as long as it stays watchable. Since I'm so far into it, I want to see what happens.

    I have no proof of this, but I have a feeling that Yorouichi is a pretty popular character. I base this on the amount of fanfiction and fan-art I see about her. The writers would be wise to include more of her, not less.

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  25. Can't remember if you already posted Villeta Nu from Code Geass.

    I'm not a fan of adult anime unless there's a good plotline. Mnemosyne is a good one, it's probably the best 18+ anime I've seen and the story/characters are well developed.

    Check out animeftw.tv, it's free (unless you want to skip ads) and is the BEST anime viewing website I've ever used hands down.

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  26. A few things.

    I LOVE RGU. That is my favorite anime hands down. Unfortunately we can't claim Anthy. The Mangaka was at animecentral back in the day and I flat out asked her if anthy was black. She said that Anthy was Indian (Asian) she said she thought Indians were attractive and that's why Anthy and her brother are Indian. I still like the show but it was a let down

    I don't bother with shojo manga anymore. I'm sick of teenagers whining about their pointless problems. I really only read josei manga. I won't even read a lot of shonen manga either, they're doing too much in most of them or just plain sexist. My fav manga which I suggest to most grown women is Happy mania. Some people are turned off by the main characters crazybitchitis but I find it hilarious and damned if a lot of it isn't true.

    I think someone mentioned it already but Michiko to Hatchin is an anime about a black woman and there are lots of black people in it. So you might like it. Also nadia from Nadia of Blue water is supposed to be black too. I haven't seen it though.

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  27. About the feminine males in shojo: I never thought of this as thinking that Asian males aren't masculine. Of course I'm not an expert on Japanese culture, particularly as I don't live there and am not Japanese. But it's a trope called Bishounen that apparently got started with Rose of Versailles, with a crossdressing female character.

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  28. Im shocked that you haven't taken a look at Michiko and Hatchin yet. . .seriously give it a try. and yeah the white worshhip in anime just turns me off, especially when other white folks try to pass it off lol. Living in Japan you see it in real life as well. (been here in Tokyo for five years. . .and wow)

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