I’m taking about
- Black culture around the world.
- Are about black people specifically (Africans, etc).
- And have black main characters which relates to the theme.
So let’s get into it, then!
1. Nadia: Secrets Of The Blue Water
Nadia: Secrets Of The Blue Water is a forgotten
Same studio as Neon Genesis Evangelion and Gurren Lagann!
Nadia is about an African girl who’s forgotten where she was born, and is on a journey to rediscover it.
“It” being Africa, her homeland.
They decided to draw Nadia in a non-stereotypical way, but the design was originally different to what the final product ended up being.
That’s why Nadia’s design isn’t stereo-typically African.
As shown in this clip, he word “colored” (a racist term used for black people) is used in the subtitles.
Nadia meets a french boy who ends up becoming a good friend, but his family, as she witnesses,is racist.
So she leaves and as seen in the last scene, she’s upset about it.
The main theme is adventure and the travels with Nadia and the guy she runs into from France. But this is one of the few
Especially from the perspective of an African character.
It’s probably the last of its kind, they don’t do
2. Afro Samurai
Afro Samurai is actually dubbed by Samuel L Jackson himself! For the main character that is.
In fact he’s part of the reason the
The protagonist is called Afro for short, and is a highly skilled swordsman.
Afro’s role is built on vengeance. The trigger is his father: Rokutaro who’s literally decapitated right in front of Afro in his younger days.
This trauma (as it would a lot of people) is what turns Afro into a cold blooded killer.
As far as the dubbed version goes, Samuel L Jackson is the most famous person to have dubbed an anime series.
3. Michiko To Hatchen
Michiko To Hatchin is another
Michiko (to the right) is on the run, and she’s looking for the love of her life. A man called Hiroshi.
On her journey she finds Hiroshi’s daughter, and that’s where the
There are several other black characters as well who play an important role, like Satoshi a little later on.
Without going into too much detail, this
Some based on race, others based on certain lifestyles, religion, and the list goes on.
It’s kinda like another version of Black Lagoon, except it has a cultural focus in comparison.
4. Black Lagoon
Dutch is the guy you’re looking for.
He’s one of the MAIN characters, but another character called Revy gets all the attention because she’s flashy and outspoken.
Dutch is laid back and he’s the boss of their organization (Lagoon Company).
Boobs. Prostitutes. Sex. Gruesome violence. Gangsters. Drugs… This
And there are so many F bombs dropped that even Gordon Ramsay would be in disbelief.
5. Cannon Busters
Cannon Busters is an original
Unlike others on this list, Cannon Busters is a Mecha/Sci-fi action type of
The 1st episode is a wacky introduction to what you can expect from this series. And where it leads.
But like Black Lagoon, it’s not specifically about black culture but highlights plenty of it, given the characters and the story.
Basquash, another Mecha series made by studio Satelight (
From the hair style, to the skin color and her design overall, it’s one of the best representations of black characters in
7. Carole Tuesday
Made by studio bones, the same studio behind
One of the main protagonists is a black female character, with legitimate features relevant to black culture and physical attributes.
Both main characters make music together and perform, which is a big highlight of the entire series and its 24 episodes.
Like Black Lagoon, Carole Tuesday isn’t strictly about black culture, but here there are references aside from the main character!
These are the ONLY
Unless there’s some other obscure
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