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^^NICK^^ v.2.0
January 27th, 2004, 10:21 AM
Did you ever notice, all of the characters are always caucasion [sp?] or asian. They sould have people of all races on the show.

January 27th, 2004, 10:32 AM
Actually many anime shows mostly have asians with a couple of caucasian-looking characters, I guess the animators simply get lazy with the coloring part or something. So why not make them all the same color:P. (But wait, is brock considered caucasian? I mean his skin color is similar to mine...)

But yes, I agree there should be more diversity in races. It does help add to the story.

January 27th, 2004, 11:31 AM
If all are Asians, why does Misty has green eyes?
What do you mean they are all Asian?=.=
Phoebe is African, at least. Prima is Europian, at least. =.=

Sayuri no Hoshi
January 27th, 2004, 1:49 PM
Did you ever notice, all of the characters are always caucasion [sp?] or asian. They sould have people of all races on the show.
Well, I've noticed that, too, but you have to remember that anime is quite different than American animation. We're used to all different races and ethnicities because America's the so-called "melting pot," and that's why every race is usually included. Japanese animation is directed to the Japanese audience since the original language it is dubbed into is Japanese. Sure, cartoons are dubbed over to entertain people that speak all different languages, but Japan is all Asian and there's barely, if not, non-existent minorities. That also leads us to say that that's why we see so many Japanese jokes in anime that we get a tad confused at times because 4Kids won't leave it be...O_o Anyway! That's my argument. ^_^

January 28th, 2004, 12:19 AM
Not really.
Its only Ash that is Japanese! Others could be hybrids or so called "cartoonians"!
At least, Kasandra, Lisa and Tate are Chinese
Phoebe is African!
Prima/Lorelei is Westerner.
Not a lot of other ppl are Japanese.
Think before you say!
Since you like Pokemon, you should do everything to protect it instead of to destroy it!

January 28th, 2004, 1:56 AM
That's my argument. ^_^
This thread isn't against the rules, but I ask you all to please be careful. I realise this isn't aimed at anything but that of characters within pokemon but threads to do with sensitive issues such as race can sometimes get out of hand, go off topic and say resentful things. If this thread goes anywhere out of hand I'll have to close it. Please no arguments :p I know you didn't mean that Sayuri, but we don't need to create any sides of an argument. Keep this to a delicate discussion and I'm sure it'll be OK, but beyond that I'll have to consider closing it. This is only my opnion on what to do. Super mods, praetor (i.e Kairi) etc may decide against this and close it still however, so it may not remain open. We'll have to wait and see.

January 28th, 2004, 2:06 AM
I don't think this thread is much of a problem.
I was thinking about this a few days ago again: Why doesn't the show have a character of a different skin, other than the usual beige?
I agree it does help to add to the storyline, but the show is directed to Japanese audiences, indeed. If you look at other anime, like Digimon, the characters are Japanese. Reason: The story is set in Japan.
When have you ever heard of anime which does not include Japanese culture?
Pokemon is not set in Japan but I think the producer of it hopes it is so =P

January 28th, 2004, 2:08 AM
ok nearly every anime characters have differrent skin colors ok here misty 2 brock yugi 2 marik yugi 2 johny unless u mean a green skin thats wierd

January 28th, 2004, 2:13 AM
I forgot to add: To make this thread seem not too threatening to flames and abuse, you mods ought to change the title to something that is milder.

Ooo...Yugioh does seem to have duelists of different nationality/race, Egyptians for example. I like the Yugioh anime a lot more than the Pokemon anime ^_^;;

January 28th, 2004, 2:15 AM
me too yugioh rox i hate how people make yugioh storys up aswell i like it when they get banished to the shadow realm

January 28th, 2004, 2:44 AM
Delete this post! Mods!
Many adults are already arguing about this, and if we stand on their side, our Pokemon world will be ruined!
Besides! Don't you notice that this forum goes on google.com?
That means, everyone can find this site through google.
Don't you have the sense of danger in it!
Stop and argue no more!

January 28th, 2004, 7:36 AM
hmmmm... I'll ask Shining Arcanine to close it if you need it closed.

January 28th, 2004, 8:01 AM
like everyone said, yugioh is better. it has more races and stuff. like purin said, it has egyptians and stuff....hmm....since the stuff takes place in america (in about 2 episodes, it said so), that means there's some american people there. so... they're mixed!

January 28th, 2004, 8:13 AM
What the **** do you mean by Pokemon is racist when you are a Pokemon fan?

Sayuri no Hoshi
January 28th, 2004, 8:32 AM
What the **** do you mean by Pokemon is racist when you are a Pokemon fan?
Okay, jynx and igtica, I was simply stating the obvious. I didn't mean "argument" in an angry, opposing way; the word "argument" can be used in many ways of speaking, in this case writing. I don't think I'm wrong at all by saying that anime is intended for the Japanese audience and after that, the whole world can go and rant about how it should be dubbed into other languages, okay? I don't even know why people are getting so worked up about this. I'm not being racist because I'm just not that type of a person. I'd like to say more about the anime, but I'm not going to any further because I'll just get even more angry than this is already making me. I apologize if anyone was offended. Oh, and jynx, I suggest you calm down, too. Sorry for also going off topic...sort of...

January 28th, 2004, 10:42 PM
Like what has been said, Japan just doesn't have much racial diversity, so this subject doesn't come up often. Besides, many American cartoons are primarily white also, with maybe a token minority side character or two (notice I said "most", there are exceptions). I think the "white" Japanese are called Ainu, heh, that was somewhat random.

I once read a fanfic where the main character was black. So it's up to us fans to diversify Pokemon :P

January 29th, 2004, 7:39 AM
I realise what you meant Sayuri, I only quoted it in hope this would not be the outcome. The thread has been ok so far, though I'm a little surprised at jynx's reaction. This is a sensitive issue, and I'm afraid that it could go out of hand so easily. It's an interesting subject, but it seems to stand on a knife edge. For saftey sake in preventing any 'possible' outcome I'm going to close this. I hope this decision is justified, I'm sorry for stopping what could be such an interesting discussion, it's just too risky. We could get a simple flamer like those in the mixed art who could start a massive argument and I'm just not willing to take that risk. Sorry. *closed*