Is it like saying can Hip Hop be made outside the USA? Or is it not that simple?
I’ve heard this argument for years.
The ironic thing I notice is the same fans saying this are never native Japanese people. They’re westerners, Europeans, or Americans.
I don’t see this behavior or attitude towards
So why is that?
Gatekeeping in the
Gatekeeping in the anime community is common. I’ve already talked about it before. Most people are doing it wrong.
Often it comes from a toxic place of elitism, fake superiority, and a misguided obsession for
Gatekeeping goes all the way to what
In fact there is no “why”. There’s never a legit reason or explanation for it. It’s spoken as fact and nothing more.
anime outside Japan
It’s usually along the lines of this:
- Webtoons adapted into
animeisn’t “real” anime. Animemade outside Japan (Korea, USA, etc) isn’t real anime.
And basically anything along those lines. Speaking of lines, there’s a fine line between what’s
I’ll agree on that much. But that line’s exaggerated a lot of the time.
Here’s some popular examples of
I’ll explain why they are (or aren’t)
1. The God Of Highschool
The God Of Highschool is adapted from Korean webtoons. And made into…. an
Park Yong-Je, the author of the material majored in cartoon animation in South Korea. And that’s what lead him to eventually creating the webtoon.
The studio MAPPA, an official JAPANESE
So in this case, it’s dumb to say The God Of Highschool isn’t an
RWBY was made in America, making this drastically different to The God Of Highschool.
It’s an American style
In this case we can say RWBY is not an
This is pointed out by Lindsay Jones:
“Funnily enough, we showed our Japanese cohorts RWBY and they started arguing about whether it was
animeor not! But seeing the reception from audiences is so surreal, and we never expected it.” – Wikipedia
3. The Tower Of God
The Tower of God, similar to The God Of Highschool, is a popular webtoon series in South Korea.
Also, The Tower Of God was produced IN JAPAN by TMS Entertainment, a legit
The Tower Of God aired in Japan officially, hence why it was able to be simulcasted outside Japan.
There’s no room for argument that The Tower Of God is a legitimate
4. Avatar: The Last Airbender
Avatar is no doubt a seriously popular series made in the USA. So just like RWBY, it’s not made on Japanese soil.
In this case though, it was actually produced by a South Korean company. But that’s another story.
Even though people argue about whether this is an
No Japanese people or
Anime is about who makes it, and where it’s finished
A lot of webtoons are good examples of this. All of them start in Korea, but once adapted, Japanese companies in the
It’s a guarantee at that point that the series being adapted is an
At least not in the way fans aggressively define it. Sometimes by gatekeeping or being spokespeople for the Japanese.
Do Japanese fans believe
anime can be made outside Japan?
This is something I’ve struggled to find evidence of. Most opinions are always people trying to speak for the Japanese as if they share the same view point.
Apart from Lindsay who said Japanese people in the industry “argued” about whether RWBY is an
Not to mention whether they consider it
But the moral of the story is: if the Japanese take part in it, it’s an
Anything less is just mental gymnastics from fans who hold
I might speak out for
But anyway – that’s the post in a nutshell. Everything has been said.
I’ll talk about what Japanese think another day after doing some digging.
What do you think?