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 No.27580

I don't mean "why are all the main characters in real-life settings Japanese", "why is Japan often the only country left after the end of the world", or even "why do isekai inhabitants always hail Japanese food/drink/customs as the greatest thing ever, including sliced bread". All of those can be at least partially excused by the rule that a writer always writes what he knows and is comfortable with, and by the fact that most series are written for a Japanese audience, who expect to see mostly Japanese people if the story is set in Japan. It's basically the same deal as why Hollywood shows are either set in the United States or are only nominally set in (say) India or the Mideast.
I mean more of, why is it so commonly Japan against the world, both on a national level as well as a personal one? It's possible that I've just read so much that it's getting old for me, but it seems to me that "that Jap is going to go down" or "damn Japs" shows up -way- too much in fighting or war shows, and also it's pretty common for many countries' governments (except, usually, Japan's) to be shown as villainous and more or less wholly irredeemable. Is this enjoyable for the target audience? It breaks immersion and suspension of disbelief for me. You could be generous and say that the narration is biased since it's being "told" by the (Japanese) protagonists, but that's a pretty weak argument if you ask me.

 No.27581

Why are there only American people on Hollywood Blockbusters? LOL

 No.27585

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If you mean recent shows like GATE, at this point Japan has begun to shift towards remilitarization. This month for the first time since WWII, the Japanese military launched an amphibious landing on foreign soil, in this case the Philippines to participate in US and Flip war games.
Last week Abe held a massive military parade including flyovers from F-35s to display Japan's military might, and it's clear Abe or at least supporters of his have their hands in the anime industry and other forms of entertainment (Shin Godzilla had a 5+ minute section of JSDF tank, jet and helicopter porn)
Also I often see at least the US on the side of Japan, except for the cases of GATE and Angel Cop.

Every country wanting to better their military image does this.

 No.27587

>>27585
The US is only generally on the side of Japan when they don't take a leading role. Even with the remilitarization in mind though it feels pretty, uh, I dunno. They make it out that literally everyone hates them "damn Japs" when in my experience the Japanese are actually one of the most well-liked foreigners, anywhere, known mostly for anime, being polite, their great food, and being somewhat cold and distant, which is pretty damn good considering what people generally have to say about their Asian neighbours or the other world powers. It's just weird. Like, is it projection?

>>27581
>It's basically the same deal as why Hollywood shows are either set in the United States or are only nominally set in (say) India or the Mideast
Writers write what they know, and when they write things they don't know they tend to do so poorly. Fu Manchu and Ivan Ivanichy Ivanovich are only amusing so many times before they're revealed for the caricatures they really are, and most plots in any case have no real need of foreign-ness. If you're talking about the agony of getting jilted or the stress of the Big Job, it doesn't really matter where the actual story is set outside of cultural coloration, and audiences generally like seeing things through a familiar lens, not a completely foreign one.

 No.27588

>>27587
>in my experience the Japanese are actually one of the most well-liked foreigners, anywhere
Sounds like you haven't been to any other Asian countries or heard what they have to say about the Japanese.
South Koreans, Chinese, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, all hate Japan (and each other) passionately.

 No.27590

>>27588
I mean, that's mostly because the Japanese basically went full Lebenstraum on them. Besides the ones they've recently been at war with I really think Japan is one of the more respected nationalities.

 No.27591

>>27590
I think his point was not that a lot of countries hate Japan, but rather that the countries closest to it, and therefore the ones Japan is likely to have the most contact with, do. Therefore Japan can understandably have a biased perception of its own image.



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