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 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…