Cecilia D’Anastasio

So I read a blog by Cecilia D’Anastasio who claims anime is misogynist, racist and needs to conform to Western standards. First, Miss D’Anastasio can fuck off. Anime is not hers to change. No one is forcing her to watch it. Have you not seen all the examples of racism in American animation? After watching 15,000 episodes I can honestly say anime remains fairly respectful of women and minorities. Anime is not afraid of tackling social issues such as exploitation and human trafficking. Numerous anime deal with a strong female protagonist–Those are my favorite!

Don’t change anime. Don’t make it Western because I’ll hate it. Don’t do us any favors.

サマリー: Cecilia D’Anastasio はアニメと日本の文化を嫌っている。彼女はキリスト教徒の信仰とモラルをアニメに反映させて欲しいと思っている。

Choices before anime existed

I’m 50 years old. Animation was bland 40 years ago. Not much to choose from and no internet. If I was lucky, our antenna would catch channel 20 and show something unusual called Kimba the White Lion (ジャングル大帝). In college I discovered something amazing called anime. I wasn’t used to seeing animation beautifully drawn with captivating, emotionally charged storylines.

1973, Ace o Nerae!, Super Friends
1973, Ace o Nerae!, Super Friends

1975, Dog of Flanders, Grape Ape
1975, Dog of Flanders, Grape Ape

1976, Gaiking, Scooby-Doo
1976, Gaiking, Scooby-Doo

It’s the present and I’m overwhelmed with the amount of anime available. I feel robbed and cheated of my childhood.

Influential anime, Gunbuster, 1988
Influential anime, Gunbuster, 1988

CDs from Japan