I’ve seen lots of them, from Astro Boy on up to the new ones, (well, not Pokemon)and I may see Princess Mononoke this weekend. But I have a simple question:
“How come Japanese cartoon characters don’t look Japanese?” Some of them have blonde hair and blue eyes. BIG blue eyes, at that. How come there are no black characters? Or Hispanic? Or…?
Well, you get the idea. People complain (and we should) that there are too many white people on American TV today. Should we let Japanese animators off the hook? And it sure wasn’t always this way. Japanese characters in old artwork definitely look Japanese.
So what’s the answer?
Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to relive it. Georges Santayana