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Monday, March 17, 2014

LA Times fixiated on gays, blacks, gay blacks in Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Rising review

I'm not sure what movie Martin Tsai saw. He's short review of Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Rising mentions more than one gay black man when there's only one in the movie. Fire Emblem, the one he refers to acts like a very stereotypical gay character even going for a dick joke. I mean he's flaming, that's he's actual power, fire.  The film's characterization is not as much as acceptance as it is ridicule for the Japanese. Not in a malevolent way; Japanese sense of humor has always been askew and gays have been more accepted than they are here at the very least on television.

 Martin wrote

The socially progressive anime franchise assembles superheroes of just about every classification: gays, blacks, gay blacks. The gay and black Fire Emblem (Kenjiro Tsuda) goes beyond stereotypes to flesh out the bullying and familial rejection that he endured as a child and that remain in his subconscious.

Which is true in that only one character is a gay black man. The rest of the cast is white, except for a Chinese girl. I don't know how progressive the film as other anime and Japanese films have had gay characters in them. The writer might not be accustomed to anime,

 The tagline at the top of the story was way too much

A superhero league reorganizes in the fresh 'Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Rising,' which might signal a new wave of political anime.