It’s not entirely good nor bad

Like I said, anything can have its upsides and downsides. It’s not entirely bad, though it can either improve or worsen. But again it’s not entirely bad as I think either anything is flawed or that it’s inevitable wherever you go. Not all people in Nigeria hate cats as some do like or tolerate them and it could be improving to some extent. (Likewise not all Cameroonians necessarily like or tolerate cats.)

Cameroon might seem more cat-tolerant than Nigeria is as a whole (based on two sources I’ve read, it’s not uncommon for Cameroonians to have cats around) though it’s not that much of a big economic power. So realistically and honestly, that’s still proving my point right. I could go on saying similar things about any other country really.

Iceland might have a language that’s closest to Old Norse but Norway has a significantly less inbred population (in the sense that it’s not uncommon for Sami people to have non-Sami relatives). Sometimes the problems are more or less the same. Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Norway, France and Sweden have had histories of highly repressing minority languages until recently.

Germany, Netherlands and Austria have a big dog poisoning problem. Ad infinitum, ad nauseum. They’re not entirely good but they’re not entirely bad either.

Human Nature

I’ve come to the conclusion that human nature doesn’t change much wherever you go (time and place) to whatever degree. But that also necessitates seeing them as human in that if put in such a situation that people will act similarly regardless of who they are. Based on my habit of hanging out at foreign websites and the like, it seems they share similar problems and sentiments.

Australian women have sex with Balinese gigolos and find them romantic and respectful but so do their Swedish, America, Canadian, Japanese and Korean counterparts. There are even Japanese who’re aware of sexism, racism (since ethnic minorities do exist in Japan, be they immigrants or Ainu and Okinawans) and some don’t even like anime or aware of paedophilia.

Likewise racism and sexism also exists in Scandinavia, especially when it comes to the existence of MGTOWs and far-right that it’s going to be the same in Norway and Sweden as it would be in America. Even black men can be misogynistic and same with everybody else. That’s not to say all humans are bad but everybody can be guilty of being bigoted, stupid, mean or whatever.

Because human nature doesn’t change much.

Fixations on whiteness

Though this isn’t always nor consistently the case (since there were Western women marrying Asian men before and still is to some extent when it comes to Indonesian men), I highly suspect that the tall, dark and handsome man meme doesn’t resonate much in Asia and possibly Africa. It’s like how in Asia and Africa you have adverts for skin bleaching but coupled with straight black hair. Though there could be a colonial component to it, it’s not as big as others make it out to be.

(Some Asian and African women may bleach their hair, not so much to adhere to Western beauty standards, but to do it on their own volition as to brighten up dull black hair or appear more stylish and in some cases, actually to deter male attention.)

Likewise Western beauty standards can be pretty baffling in Asia and Africa. The obsession over tan skin happened very recently and even then it’s not that universal. In fact, both dark skin and/or blond/lighter hair (especially when on albinos, students and delinquents) may even be loathsome there. Or at least just not that desirable.

If I’m not mistaken, some Japanese schools used to be in the habit of excluding naturally lighter-haired students for thinking they bleached it (some Philippine, Nigerian, Kenyan and Cambodian schools also do similar things). Though having albinism might make it worse. It’s not that blond hair’s unattractive in Africa and Asia as much as it doesn’t really have the same connotations of youthfulness as it does in the West.

Hideaki Anno and the start of post-anime

Since the director Hideaki Anno said that Japanese anime might decline between five to 20 years from now, should another anime professional say similar things they might as well be confirming what he said earlier. Whether if anime fans like it or not, Anno even said that Taiwan might replace Japan as the centre of Asian animation though I think it’s much likelier for China and India to overtake it.

Rao help if that anime professional also says that Southeast Asia might replace Japan in general when it comes to Eastern comics and animation. I think that’s already happening to some extent with Malaysia’s Upin and Ipin airing on the Disney Channel, The Philippines can claim Barangay 143 and Trese. I could go on saying similar things about Africa. South Africa’s got Supa Strikas, Nigeria has Bino and Fino, Uganda claims Katoto and Cote d’Ivoire has Aya de Yopougon.

As for post-anime, I still maintain the opinion that the real difference’s that post-anime looks up to Western comics and animation for inspiration, especially as a viable alternative now that Japanese anime and comics are gone. If Japan is the hub for anime, could China be the hub for Oriental post-anime? (One wonders if Nigeria and Kenya might be the new African hubs for animation.)

It seems if Anno and his ilk were to be believed, Japanese anime might not be around forever and sometimes anime’s best replacements are from Japan’s immediate neighbours.

The Substitutes

I think if a mangaka were to say anime’s real decline’s partly due to sexualising youngsters a lot, there’s also somethings like children being highly impressionable and the love map where one’s paraphilia or preference begins. If believed to be true, let’s not also forget that almost any adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s partly responsible for causing somebody’s inflation paraphilia. Among other things for better or worse.

The problem with a lot of anime at this point’s that they’re increasingly not at all aimed at younger children. It’s not necessarily wrong to have younger characters but when youth’s so often sexualised it can be dubious. (Especially once we get to things like wanting to be powerful and legal laws.) Said mangaka might move elsewhere to the Philippines and influence another lad to do the same.

Perhaps alarmingly enough, since third world countries are already beginning to make their own animations en masse I have a feeling the next Naruto might be Ghanaian. This is a logical possibility as even some African countries are already putting effort in it. Cameroon can claim Aurion, Ghana and Kenya both have Leti Arts, South Africa’s got Supa Strikas, Nigeria has Bino and Fino, Cote d’Ivoire has Aya de Youpougon and Uganda’s got Katoto.

Even the Philippines has its own animations lately. If anime declines, its legacy will live on elsewhere.

The three powers

Whilst I think Western influences may’ve been a part of anime since its early days, I think post-anime might be marked by looking up to Western animation as a viable alternative now that anime’s gone. I think even a mangaka might say this and get flack for it. Others have said similar things before too.

I even said that American animation might become the new hub of adult animation just as China and India are the new Asian animation hubs. It’s not that anime franchises will be entirely gone but I have a feeling they’d be handed to non-Japanese countries for survival. Rao help if Gundam flourishes in China.

Or if Philippine cartoonists can convincingly mimic the Japanese counterparts they’re influenced by. As for America, given there’s a growing adult animation industry I think it’s the best replacement for anime when it comes to appealing to adult viewers. China and India would the best replacements for Japan overall.

Though that would mean anime’s legacy, if the anime industry were to die at all, would have to survive elsewhere.

Cultural compatibility

Whilst it’s also a matter of responsibility and being put up with somebody in a relationship needed to mitigate divorce, compatibility also plays a big part. It’s not necessarily wrong to date/marry interracially but that compatibility might be needed though that also necessitates having to think pragmatically. It’s like if you like cats, you could be better off with a Cameroonian.

Though not all Cameroonians like cats, they’re much likelier to tolerate/own them than most Nigerians (especially Southern Nigerians) since I’ve read studies where a good number of them do own cats, sometimes outnumbering the dogs. Then again that necessiates realising not all of them are alike and some of them are much more to your liking than others do.

(Something I realised from personal experience.)

So on and so forth but that still necessitates having to think pragmatically. It can be for status and prestige but it can also be for support and compatibility.