Sunday, January 1, 2017

Cartoons Good for Japanese Audience

Please note that the rest of this after this sentence is a translation of an old web page I found in Japanese:

Hello! I have become interested in Foreigner "Cartoons" and wanted to help give suggestions for what Foreigner "Cartoons" would be most well-received amount the majority of Japanese. Anime is looked down upon. It is not true that the West loves those who likes anime, however it is more kindly received then here. Both countries associated animation with childishness, however in Japan this is seen as irresponsible, and in especially America childishness is seen as having some benefit. The following is not true for all Japanese! But in general, we see these things be well-received in Foreigner Works: 

  • Higher Animation Quality then our Anime, as Western Shows often have more workers and more budget!
  • Heroes of Virtue and Villains of Evil, as opposed to Heroes of Selfishness. 
  • Serious Recurring Villains and Comical Once-Appearing Villains, like Our Sentai
  • Because most "Cartoon" watchers here are Male, Technology and Wuxia are better then Magic
  • Cute Girls, especially if they have powers! The Dashing Bishonen (Hard to translate) can also be helpful! 
  • Silent Cartoons are well-received as well
  • Clear Influence of Japan
  • "Team" Shows.
  • A Diversity of Peoples (Races) relatively rare to Japan.

These things however may be unpleasant to our audience that are more common in Foreigner Works:
  • Rebelliousness and Unruly-ness. Depicting the Government as evil.
  • Related to above, parents or grandparents being shown as cruel or incompetent. Portrayed positively is very good on the other hand 
  • Highely Irresonspible Protagonists 
  • Works that focus on the individual, as opposed to team
  • The Excessive Loudness and Crudeness. 

Specific Shows I have found that are pleasing to Japan


  • Disney Shows that are connected to a major Disney Movie
  • Kim Possible
  • Dave the Barbarian
  • American Dragon: Jake Long
Cartoon Network:
  • Samurai Jack
  • The Powerpuff Girls
  • Codename: Kids Next Door
  • Teen Titans
  • Ben 10
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi
  • Code Lyoko
  • Robot Boy
  • Danny Phantom
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot
  • The Xs
  • Spongebob Squarepants

Other: (I am not so knowledgeable yet! Sorry)
  • Transformers
  • Tom and Jerry
  • [Jet-family] Cartoons
  • Jem and the Holograms
  • Betty Boop cartoons

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