Abhilash Roy

Abhilash Roy

I am a law student from India and I can say one thing about myself: "I am trying to gain while trying to give."

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    The Depiction of Racial Diversity In Anime.

    Analyse both the contemporary and past trends in anime and decide whether representation of different race of people is required or not considering the fact the amount of liberty an anime creator enjoys. Also, if representation in anime is a need of the hour as many people believe the sheer ridiculousness in shonen anime character style does not require characters to resemble real life human beings.

    • I think any attempt to discuss racial diversity in anime needs to take into account that the Japanese have their own ideas about what constitutes "diversity." Japan isn't a very racially-diverse nation, so when Japanese anime and manga attempt to depict diversity the discussion tends to center more around things like social and cultural class, or, in some cases, the few minority ethnic groups that exist (like the Ainu, who feature prominently in "Golden Kamuy," for instance). One anime that's rather famous for exploring the various forms of diversity in Japanese culture is "Samurai Champloo." Obviously anime that don't take place in Japan need to be more conscious of different races and cultures than those that do. I also think cultural provincialism is a bigger problem in a lot of anime than racism as such. I've seen anime that were set in "white" nations and featured white characters that still struck me as very insensitive, because the creators make everyone whose opinions matter (and even some who don't) behave and react the same way a Japanese person would. – Debs 1 year ago
    • It could be helpful to examine how genres treat race. For example, historical anime would likely have a limit on which races will be depicted. Also, stereotypes can be a problem in anime. – Jiraiyan 1 year ago

    Parasyte: the maxim- The face of humans as depicted in the anime

    The nature of humans and their role on the planet is something which is always debatable and raises inquisitive questions and several viewpoints. The anime raises the same questions when ‘shinichi’ who is the protagonist enters into a symbiotic relationship with ‘migi’ an alien parasitic organism. The parasite failed to take over his body and hence their unique relationship begins as other humans around shinichi are being taken over by parasites, making the parasites at the top of the food chain. This process of substitution of the title of apex predators that human beings are is what makes the anime so thought provoking.

    It is a belief among humans that we are ‘intelligent’ and thus have the right to control everything around us. This can be Everything from resources that we consume to other animals around us. This arrogant assumption is catastrophic or is it?

    The key question to address revolves around whether we are approaching our doom or are we the saviours, both of the planet and our species.

    Another key contention to consider is when our actions have consequences affecting nearly everything that surrounds us can we really be the ‘judge in our own cause’ ?

    It is an established principle that nobody can be a judge in his own cause, that is to say that in a situation involving a person, that person cannot be the one passing judgement it is to be a third person.But there is no one apart from humans, who could judge themselves for their actions, this creates a legal anomaly and this entire post it to answer this question.

    Migi, The alien, on the other hand is someone devoid of all human emotions, he acquires the human traits and eventually forms a bond with shinichi. This is a concrete proof that human traits are unique and coachable. So, if an alien whose basic traits were that of an animal can develop them, what is stopping us humans, who refuse to adopt these desirable traits and create a sustainable future.

    • This topic is a little hard to understand given the anime's plot. Is there any way to address the parasite alien's role in the argument? – BMartin43 3 years ago

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    Latest Comments

    Abhilash Roy

    Keep writing such good articles!!

    Brooklyn Nine Nine: The Importance of a Diverse Show & Characters
    Abhilash Roy

    A really interesting article.

    Why do the Women of Game of Thrones Suffer So Much?
    Abhilash Roy

    Makes you wonder, how long have we actually got till things around us turn completely artificial.

    Black Mirror: A Look at Modern Day Paranoia
    Abhilash Roy

    The diversity in the show is so well put that it is almost unnoticeable and doesn’t seem out of the ordinary.

    Brooklyn Nine Nine: The Importance of a Diverse Show & Characters