For several years now, the United States has been a perfect example of a society tense on issues of racism. The introduction of the movement “Black Lives Matter“It has brought positive issues to the community of people of color in that country, although the industries have also taken advantage of the initial objective and wanted to turn it into a business of the type:”Just as we support people of color, you support us“. This is why the English-speaking community in networks coined the term “blackwashing“, Which consists of people of color playing white characters.
The “blackwashingIt wouldn’t make any sense in the anime industry, right? Well, apparently part of the American community does not agree, since it could be said that “they overreacted”Both positively and negatively upon learning that Kimberley Anne Campbell, a person of color, was going to play Hayase Nagatoro in the English dub of the anime Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san (Don´t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro).
How can “overreact positively” to this? The answer is simple: “supposed representation“. Apparently many people still believe that Hayase Nagatoro is a person of color (when both in the manga and in the anime there is completely evidence that she is only tanned from her outdoor activities), That is why they assured that this selection of dubbing actress was “an example of representation“. That is, a person of color playing a character of color, “as it should always be“, They assure. On the other hand, the “negative overreaction“Comes from the same nature, people who believe that this is”supposed representation”Expressed their criticism in this regard:
- «Because I know they are going to ask about the voice actress. No, Nagatoro is not a person of color, he is simply tanned. Her tan lines are even shown in the first episode. But for those who need visual evidence, just watch the beach episode».
- «People can’t help but be outright racist in the quoted comments and tweets. Definitely an example of what this community “really is”».
- «Finally a colored voice actress will be playing a colored character».
- «I love that there are people who give a shit about dubbing these days, but when they find out that a person of color is participating they immediately care again».
- «I’m very happy that Nagatoro is canonically black now! She really represents me».
- «“Nagatoro is not black”, yes of course, and all those shonen protagonists are Japanese but nobody complains that they are dubbed by white people. Either way, congratulations Kimberly!».
- «Oh no, Crunchyroll promoting the “Ni * ggatoro” …».
- «So there is no problem with a white person playing Senpai (a Japanese), but the subjects take up arms because Nagatoro is played by a black person. Racism is clear in the anime community».
On the other hand, Nanashi publishes the manga through the service Magazine Pocket from the publisher Kodansha since November 2017. An animated adaptation produced by the studios Telecom Animation Film, under the direction of Hirokazu Hanai (Kami no Tou, Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru, Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD) and scripts written by Taku Kishimoto (Boku dake ga Inai Machi, Fruits Basket (2019), Fugou Keiji: Balance: Unlimited) aired during the Spring-2021 (April-June) season in Japan. The production of a second season is confirmed.
Synopsis of Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san
High school student Hayase Nagatoro loves to spend her free time doing one thing, and that is teasing her Senpai! After Nagatoro and his friends stumble upon the aspiring artist’s drawings, they enjoy mercilessly teasing the shy Senpai. Nagatoro decides to continue his cruel game and visits him daily so that he can force Senpai to do whatever interests him at the time, especially if it makes him feel uncomfortable.
Slightly interested in Nagatoro and somewhat fearful of her, Senpai is constantly involved in her antics as her interests, hobbies, appearance, and even personality are used against her while she entertains herself at his expense. As time passes, Senpai realizes that she doesn’t dislike Nagatoro’s presence, and the two develop an awkward friendship as one patiently endures the other’s antics.
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