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Japanese AnimationEast Asian Perspectives$
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Masao Yokota and Tze-yue G. Hu

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038099

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038099.001.0001

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Animated Interracial Romantic Fantasies

Animated Interracial Romantic Fantasies

Japanese Male and Non-Japanese Female Characters

(p.223) Animated Interracial Romantic Fantasies
Japanese Animation

Joon Yang Kim

University Press of Mississippi

Japanese animation has featured romantic relationships between Japanese men and non-Japanese women, with the male character given a Japanese identity and his heterosexual partner presented as a Caucasian or non-Japanese Asian. Such pairings have appeared in historically indicative as well as popular works, notably Cyborg 009, Space Battleship Yamato, and The Super Dimension Fortress Macross. This chapter explores Japanese animated texts that depict romance between Japanese men and non-Japanese women, along with the historical, political, and ideological meanings and implications of such interracial relationships. To demonstrate how Japanese animation depicts foreignness, it analyzes cases of national-male and foreign-female lovers in three works: Cyborg 009, the Yamato series, and The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love?. The chapter also discusses the significations of the words Japanese or Japan.

Keywords:   interracial relationships, romantic relationships, Japanese men, non-Japanese women, Japanese animation, foreignness, Cyborg 009, Yamato, Super Dimension, Japan

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