History WhatMeasureIsANonHuman / AnimeAndManga

15th Mar '16 5:20:42 AM Blazer
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* In ''Anime/PrettyCure'' the girls complain about having to kill the first villain and are told by their {{Non Human Sidekick}}s that they're just making him "return to the darkness". Later they find that [[spoiler:Kiriya]] does a HeelFaceTurn... incidentally proving that the enemies aren't AlwaysChaoticEvil after all and killing them should count as killing people, which is never even mentioned.

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* In ''Anime/PrettyCure'' the girls complain about having to kill the first villain and are told by their {{Non Human Sidekick}}s that they're just making him "return to the darkness". Later they find that [[spoiler:Kiriya]] does a HeelFaceTurn... incidentally proving that the enemies aren't AlwaysChaoticEvil after all and killing them should count as killing people, which is never even mentioned. This line becomes heavily blurred as the seasons go on, to the point where the teams' powers are reclassified as ''purifying'' than outright "destroying". Also, it's quite rare to see a show's main villain be outright killed and if they are, it's a RedemptionEqualsDeath sort of death.
2nd Feb '16 8:04:29 AM Dentaku
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* The alien Arume in ''Manga/BlueDrop'' create synthetic children to function as bombs or as devices to clean up the remnants of their own biological weapons. All of them are female with bright blue eyes and white blood, just like the Arume themselves, and they grow up just like normal children. Quite a few earthlings definitely regard them as human and try to protect them from their fate and the prosecution of other earthlings. The synthetic Arume also share their creators' tendency to fall in love with earth girls, which makes things even more complicated and leads to a [[GirlsLove lot of drama in the manga]].

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* The alien Arume in ''Manga/BlueDrop'' create synthetic children to function as bombs or as devices to clean up the remnants of their own biological weapons. All of them are female with bright blue eyes and white blood, just like the Arume themselves, and they grow up just like normal children. Quite a few earthlings definitely regard them as human and try to protect them from their fate and the prosecution of other persecution by earthlings. The synthetic Arume also share their creators' tendency to fall in love with earth girls, which makes things even more complicated and leads to a [[GirlsLove lot of drama in the manga]].
26th Jan '16 8:41:56 PM GrammarNavi
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* In ''{{Trigun}}'', the main character, Vash, refuses to kill any form of sentient life, including giant flesh-eating sand worms. Mindless sentry robots are another matter. The fact that he [[spoiler: is himself a non-human sentient "person"/RidiculouslyHumanRobot]] may help. However, sentience doesn't seem to be the issue here so much as respecting all lifeforms ([[DoubleStandard which the robots ...aren't?]]).

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* In ''{{Trigun}}'', ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', the main character, Vash, refuses to kill any form of sentient life, including giant flesh-eating sand worms. Mindless sentry robots are another matter. The fact that he [[spoiler: is himself a non-human sentient "person"/RidiculouslyHumanRobot]] may help. However, sentience doesn't seem to be the issue here so much as respecting all lifeforms ([[DoubleStandard which the robots ...aren't?]]).
25th Jan '16 10:56:22 AM Willbyr
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* Uncomfortably done in ''DragonHalf'', depending on [[ComedicSociopathy how far past the slapstick you're willing to look]]; various non-human creatures with speaking parts (as opposed to "intelligent"; they're usually really stupid) have been indiscriminately killed and sometimes ''eaten'', but when an apparently ''human'' girl gets stabbed, everyone gasps in shock. It turns out she's actually a [[HalfHumanHybrid half-slime]], so (a) that's all right, and (hopefully) more importantly (b) she isn't hurt anyway.

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* Uncomfortably done in ''DragonHalf'', ''Manga/DragonHalf'', depending on [[ComedicSociopathy how far past the slapstick you're willing to look]]; various non-human creatures with speaking parts (as opposed to "intelligent"; they're usually really stupid) have been indiscriminately killed and sometimes ''eaten'', but when an apparently ''human'' girl gets stabbed, everyone gasps in shock. It turns out she's actually a [[HalfHumanHybrid half-slime]], so (a) that's all right, and (hopefully) more importantly (b) she isn't hurt anyway.
23rd Jan '16 7:52:17 PM Willbyr
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* Early on in ''AngelSanctuary'', Setsuna was urged to kill his best friend, Kira, on the basis that as the spirit of a bloodthirsty, evil sword, there was no point in allowing someone with just the facade of humanity to live. Setsuna refuses [[spoiler:although considering Kira later turns out to have the soul of Lucifer, this might not have been in Setsuna's best interests]]. Kira himself struggles with his humanity or lack thereof throughout the series, generally insisting he never wanted to become human.

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* Early on in ''AngelSanctuary'', ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'', Setsuna was urged to kill his best friend, Kira, on the basis that as the spirit of a bloodthirsty, evil sword, there was no point in allowing someone with just the facade of humanity to live. Setsuna refuses [[spoiler:although considering Kira later turns out to have the soul of Lucifer, this might not have been in Setsuna's best interests]]. Kira himself struggles with his humanity or lack thereof throughout the series, generally insisting he never wanted to become human.
19th Jan '16 10:35:45 AM Willbyr
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* Lampshaded in ''{{Hellsing}}'' when during their first encounter Seras ascertains that Alucard is not a human before shooting him. Alucard derisively comments on that: "Why? Would you have shot me if I was?"

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* Lampshaded in ''{{Hellsing}}'' ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' when during their first encounter Seras ascertains that Alucard is not a human before shooting him. Alucard derisively comments on that: "Why? Would you have shot me if I was?"
17th Dec '15 5:30:12 AM Adept
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* Starting to come into play in PandoraHearts after TheReveal that [[spoiler:Oz Vessalius is not human but rather the [[OurMonstersAreDifferent chain]] B-Rabbit. Jack Vessalius, whose body Oz's soul is inhabiting, delights in tormenting him as he tormented B-Rabbit in the past, telling him that because he isn't human, his suffering amounts to nothing. He succeeds in completely breaking Oz emotionally when he tells him, "The people you love and the people you wish to protect... All that you've achieved... It's all fake. You've never really had anything to call your own anyway." Fortunately, Alice, who herself is not entirely human, is horrified and enraged at Jack's treatment of her treasured sentient rabbit doll Oz to the point where she is literally DrivenToSuicide so as to keep Jack from further harming him.]]

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* Starting to come into play in PandoraHearts ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' after TheReveal that [[spoiler:Oz Vessalius is not human but rather the [[OurMonstersAreDifferent chain]] B-Rabbit. Jack Vessalius, whose body Oz's soul is inhabiting, delights in tormenting him as he tormented B-Rabbit in the past, telling him that because he isn't human, his suffering amounts to nothing. He succeeds in completely breaking Oz emotionally when he tells him, "The people you love and the people you wish to protect... All that you've achieved... It's all fake. You've never really had anything to call your own anyway." Fortunately, Alice, who herself is not entirely human, is horrified and enraged at Jack's treatment of her treasured sentient rabbit doll Oz to the point where she is literally DrivenToSuicide so as to keep Jack from further harming him.]]
13th Dec '15 5:14:28 PM Gamermaster
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* [[Manga/MahouSenseiNegima Chachamaru]] wonders if she has a soul and can therefore make a pactio with Negi. But as far as the story goes, she definitely qualifies as 'human' as do the local vampire, the half demons etc. But the other robots like Tanaka are definitely just machines, despite speaking on his first appearance. Presumably because they all have the same form, and it's not a cute one like Chachamaru's. And their not as much {{Magitek}} as she is.

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* [[Manga/MahouSenseiNegima Chachamaru]] In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Chachamaru wonders if she has a soul and can therefore make a pactio with Negi. But as far as the story goes, she definitely qualifies as 'human' as do the local vampire, the half demons etc. But the other robots like Tanaka are definitely just machines, despite speaking on his first appearance. Presumably because they all have the same form, and it's not a cute one like Chachamaru's. And their not as much {{Magitek}} as she is.
24th Nov '15 7:53:23 AM superkeijikun
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* ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199'' explores this in the episode "A Clockwork Prisoner": the crew capture a Garmillan android soldier, which Analyzer, a robot serving on the ''Yamato'', builds a rapport with and dubs "Alter". When covertly exploring the ''Yamato'''s mainframe, Alter encounters a "goddess", which it pursues, breaking free from confinement and putting the ship on edge. While security searches for Alter, Executive Officer Sanada and Security Chief Itou end up arguing over whether Alter could be considered a living being, with Sanada positing that Alter's artificial intelligence is not unlike a human brain. When Itou sarcastically asks Sanada if he thinks Alter has a heart, Sanada throws the question back at him, wondering if ''[[SmugSnake Itou]]'' had a heart, himself.
23rd Nov '15 2:43:24 PM azul120
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* In ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'', a few hoodlums are up against a "shadow". While they've killed before, the narration explicitly notes that they don't feel there's anything wrong with trying to kill it. Said "shadow" is Celty, HeadlessHorseman, CuteMonsterGirl, and the main character. Oh, and a {{Badass}}, so they really didn't have a chance.

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* In ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'', ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', a few hoodlums are up against a "shadow". While they've killed before, the narration explicitly notes that they don't feel there's anything wrong with trying to kill it. Said "shadow" is Celty, HeadlessHorseman, CuteMonsterGirl, and the main character. Oh, and a {{Badass}}, so they really didn't have a chance.



* In ''Anime/CrossAnge'', most of the characters have no problem at all slaughtering the [=DRAGONs=], but will balk if asked to kill a human being. [[spoiler:When it comes to light that the [=DRAGONs=] are actually human (heavily genetically modified humans, anyway), the main cast doesn't take it well. Ange is shown vomiting from the sheer horror of knowing she's ended human lives.]]

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* In ''Anime/CrossAnge'', most of the characters have no problem at all slaughtering the [=DRAGONs=], but will balk if asked to kill a human being. [[spoiler:When it comes to light that the [=DRAGONs=] are actually human (heavily genetically modified humans, anyway), the main cast doesn't take it well. Ange is shown vomiting from the sheer horror of knowing she's ended human lives.]]]] Mana based society is another story: Normas, which make up the bulk of the cast, aren't even considered human to begin with.
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