I reckon someone needs to start this off:
So, over the last 3 years, Afro Samurai has been in the anime world, & has gotten some great reception,but only by its African audience. Now, this is obvious why, but for those who aren't aware, most anime fans are "purest" when it comes to the genre. Meaning the main character cannot be african, or african decent.
These so called "purest" say "its not anime, its just A cartoon" even though its creator is JAPANESE-
Yet, in many anime, there are african/african american stereotype characters. In the original movie "Blood; The Last Vampire" there was A big lipped, 1940's WWII guard, & several jazz musicians. In "Cowboy Bebop" there are several references to basketball & known martial artist star Kareem Abdul Jabbar, African American 1970's character Shaft & also Action Jackson. But these were merely blaxploitation devices, used for the show. None of those characters were recurring , even as enemies. Bo-bobo Bo Bo-bobo is literally drawn to look like A disco junkie , but isn't even an african character-he's japanese with A blonde afro.
Now, forgive me if I may have left out some anime, but these are the most notable I can reference at the time.
I wonder what you on afro punk have to say about this:Personally, wether the character created by A japanese writter, african writter, or anyone I would like to see more african based anime heros/characters in A steady recurring role, if not the main role. Afro Samurai is great, & we could use more anime like that. Instead of things like Samurai Champloo, which merely rip off our culture & sub-culture, to make it their own.