Rooster Illusion: Closing Time

That’s right, folks. After six years–holy shit, ten years if you count its origins as a column in a college newspaper–I’m laying this old bird to rest. Ideally, I would be writing this post after Rooster Illusion had reached majestic heights and launched every writer into the stars, career-wise. Then again, maybe not. I like…

Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Token Foreigner, Part 7 – Conclusion

For the past several articles, I’ve talked about a trope in anime that I called “the token foreigner”, and as we have seen there are several different types of portrayals of non-Japanese characters in Japan-centric cartoons. They’ve ranged from absolutely horrid to mostly harmless to full and well-developed characters. My purpose in writing these articles…

Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Token Foreigner, Part 3 – Westaboos and Half-Japanese Characters in Anime

Coming from its Japan-loving counterpart “weeaboo”, a “westaboo” is one who is obsessed with Europe or America/American Culture/Cartoons/Comics etc. and assumes everything made in the west is superior to everything else in the world. Characters in Japanese anime that use western imagery, culture, or language despite not having anything to do with said countries can sometimes…

Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Token Foreigner, Part 2 – Sports Anime and the Portrayal of Black Characters

  Welcome to part two in my series of articles about “The Token Foreigner” seen in Japanese animated shows. Last week I defined what exactly is a “token foreigner”, and I left off talking about the use of non-Japanese characters as antagonists or rivals in anime. This week I’ll be focusing on a special category…

Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Token Foreigner, Part 1 – The Portrayal of Non-Japanese Characters in Anime

As I have probably mentioned before in previous articles, I live in Japan. I am originally from America, but came to Japan to work as an assistant English teacher. Living in Japan has been great, and I truly enjoy it here, but I would be lying if I said there weren’t downsides to being one…