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 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…