History Main / Mukokuseki

25th Feb '17 5:41:22 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''Manga/{{Mushishi}}'' almost entirely adheres to probable Asian eye colors, hair colors and facial features -- which, of course, makes the white-haired, [[CommonEyeColors green-eyed]], and [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes anachronistically dressed]] Ginko stick out like a neon rainbow on a black-and-white photograph. His hair and eyes are later revealed to be caused by [[spoiler:a mushi]], though. Well, when Ginko was designed the writer was imagining the story set in the modern era, with the first story set in a traditional house deep in the woods, but it somehow slipped into an alternate feudal era, leaving him with his anachronisms. At least according to the author's notes. But then, he's supposed to be a freak, anyway.

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* ''Manga/{{Mushishi}}'' almost entirely adheres to probable Asian eye colors, hair colors and facial features -- which, of course, makes the white-haired, [[CommonEyeColors green-eyed]], green-eyed, and [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes anachronistically dressed]] Ginko stick out like a neon rainbow on a black-and-white photograph. His hair and eyes are later revealed to be caused by [[spoiler:a mushi]], though. Well, when Ginko was designed the writer was imagining the story set in the modern era, with the first story set in a traditional house deep in the woods, but it somehow slipped into an alternate feudal era, leaving him with his anachronisms. At least according to the author's notes. But then, he's supposed to be a freak, anyway.
19th Feb '17 6:19:53 PM Guide
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** This became a controversy when Creator/ScarlettJohansson was cast as the Major for [[Film/GhostInTheShell2017 the 2017 Hollywood live-action]] of this series as several people insisted that she should be played by a Japanese actress. The publisher and several people who had worked with the franchise such as Kenji Kamiyama don't have no problem with the casting. It also turns out that [[spoiler:the Majorís mother is played by a Japanese actress which gave a hint that the Major is Japanese only to inhabit a Caucasian android body]].

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** This became a controversy when Creator/ScarlettJohansson was cast as the Major for [[Film/GhostInTheShell2017 the 2017 Hollywood live-action]] of this series as several people insisted that she should be played by a Japanese actress. The publisher and several people who had worked with the franchise franchise, such as Kenji Kamiyama don't Kamiyama, have no problem with the casting. It also turns out that [[spoiler:the Majorís mother is played by a Japanese actress which gave a hint that the Major is Japanese only to inhabit a Caucasian android body]].
16th Feb '17 12:08:16 PM BrownEmolga
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'''The second''' is the idea that the artists are appropriating features from the exotic "other" (in this case Caucasians) into their character designs either for their own interests or for marketing purposes. To that point, the pervasiveness in Japanese pop-culture of physical features such as fair hair, blue or green eyes, pinkish skin and chiseled facial features which are ''not'' found amongst the homogenous population of Japan arguably suggests such features are considered fashionable, desirable and interesting. This was compounded exponentially over the last 60 years or so by the pervasive Western standards of beauty that infiltrated most cultures, including Japan, via Hollywood and the Euro/American fashion industry. This is overall more common with {{shoujo}} or {{josei}} series, because a lot of the earliest and most classic shoujo, such ''Manga/CandyCandy'' and ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', took place in Europe or America.

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'''The second''' is the idea that the artists are appropriating features from the exotic "other" (in this case Caucasians) into their character designs either for their own interests or for marketing purposes. To that point, the pervasiveness in Japanese pop-culture of physical features such as fair hair, blue or green eyes, pinkish skin and chiseled facial features which are ''not'' found amongst the homogenous population of Japan arguably suggests such features are considered fashionable, desirable and interesting. This was compounded exponentially over the last 60 years or so by the pervasive Western standards of beauty that infiltrated most cultures, including Japan, via Hollywood and the Euro/American fashion industry. This is overall more common with {{shoujo}} or {{josei}} series, because a lot of the earliest and most classic shoujo, such ''Manga/CandyCandy'' and ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', took place in Europe or America.
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21st Jan '17 4:33:45 PM Fireblood
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* Creator/MNightShyamalan responded to criticisms of the RaceLift in his film, ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' with this trope, stating that the characters in the [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender original cartoon]] don't match up perfectly to any real-world race, though they are in many ways {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s to a number of real ethnicities.

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* Creator/MNightShyamalan responded to criticisms of the RaceLift in his film, ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' ''Film/TheLastAirbender'', with this trope, stating that the characters in the [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender original cartoon]] don't match up perfectly to any real-world race, though they are in many ways {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s to a number of real ethnicities.
20th Jan '17 8:36:05 AM trulymadmoves
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* The Hamada brothers of ''Disney/BigHero6'' seem to have an {{Animesque}} "stateless" look designed to appeal to both eastern and western viewers. This is because they actually ''are'' biracial, half white and half Japanese. Their aunt and caretaker is more clearly white, while their friend Go Go, being Korean, has more defined Asian features.
15th Jan '17 1:12:19 PM DarkHunter
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'''Goku''': You're Asian! Or white! Or... whatever we are.\\

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'''Goku''': You're Asian! You're, like, white. Or white! Asian. Or... whatever we are.are, I dunno.\\
15th Jan '17 12:49:55 PM DarkHunter
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* ''WebOriginal/DragonballAbridged'': In a short revolving around Goku meeting [[Anime/DragonballSuper Goku Black]], the trope is lampshaded:
-->'''Goku Black''': You're good Goku, and I'm Black Goku. Goody-goody two shoes...\\
'''Goku''': You're not black!\\
'''Goku Black''': What?\\
'''Goku''': You're Asian! Or white! Or... whatever we are.\\
'''Goku Black''': You're taking it too literally. Or... not literally... enough?\\
'''Goku''': All I'm saying is, I was expecting ''black'' Goku. ''[Image of a dark-skinned Goku with an afro appears]''
7th Jan '17 8:57:53 AM nombretomado
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* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' does relatively well. The assassin Shenhua (a.k.a. "Chinglish") actually looks Chinese. Mr. Chang is an {{Expy}} of Chow Yun-Fat as a shout out to JohnWoo films. Hotel Moscow do not blend visually into the Southeast Asia setting. The Japanese characters arguably look relatively more Japanese than everyone else, but still fall under this trope. And Chinese-American Revy began with very almond-shaped eyes but quickly took on this trope within the first chapter, and there's a [[FanWank theory]] that one or both of her parents may not have been entirely Asian. Inverted with Columbian Roberta, who looks more Japanese than Rock.

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* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' does relatively well. The assassin Shenhua (a.k.a. "Chinglish") actually looks Chinese. Mr. Chang is an {{Expy}} of Chow Yun-Fat as a shout out to JohnWoo Creator/JohnWoo films. Hotel Moscow do not blend visually into the Southeast Asia setting. The Japanese characters arguably look relatively more Japanese than everyone else, but still fall under this trope. And Chinese-American Revy began with very almond-shaped eyes but quickly took on this trope within the first chapter, and there's a [[FanWank theory]] that one or both of her parents may not have been entirely Asian. Inverted with Columbian Roberta, who looks more Japanese than Rock.
1st Jan '17 12:20:34 PM IshiMatsu615
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** Another a-racial character actually hallucinates being explicitly Caucasian during a MushroomSamba, although the LampshadeHanging of this in which another character is horrified by the change [[OrwellianRetcon was unhappened]] due to fans [[FanDumb using it as a way to attack SJW fans]], [[WordOfGod the author himself]] was not at all cool with that.

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** Another a-racial character actually hallucinates being explicitly Caucasian during a MushroomSamba, although the LampshadeHanging of this in which another character is horrified by the change [[OrwellianRetcon was unhappened]] due to some fans [[FanDumb using it as a way means to attack SJW fans]], be racist]], [[WordOfGod the author himself]] was not at all cool with that.
31st Dec '16 1:06:31 AM Arivne
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* In ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' most characters look more or less as if they could be actually Japanese, depending on the art style of the different artists/animators. Except for Batou and Togusa, who don't look asian at all. Batou has blonde hair and a very strong Caucasian facial structure. The large round prosthetic eyes don't help with figuring out his race. Most of these can be justified in that most of the cast are heavily modified cyborgs, with Batou and the Major (at least) basically being robots with human brains. They could look like any race at all, and in Motoko's case, the question about her original gender is brought up. She's always been female since birth, but the gender issue is discussed.

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* In ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' most characters look more or less as if they could be actually Japanese, depending on the art style of the different artists/animators. Except for Batou and Togusa, who don't look asian Asian at all. Batou has blonde hair and a very strong Caucasian facial structure. The large round prosthetic eyes don't help with figuring out his race. Most of these can be justified in that most of the cast are heavily modified cyborgs, with Batou and the Major (at least) basically being robots with human brains. They could look like any race at all, and in Motoko's case, the question about her original gender is brought up. She's always been female since birth, but the gender issue is discussed.
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