I wasn't sure if this was the right area to post this. (If not, please move it to the right spot)
But it seems Naruto isn't the only anime to suffer from an anime studio's bias towards a certain character.
I browse tumblr a lot and the anti-ending group is still going strong. But what I found interesting was this.
It focuses on Naruto half-way through, but the resemblance is shocking. Not to mention this is a trend growing that is super disrespectful towards authors/manga artists.
The tragedy that fell upon Naruto could happen to almost any series. I don't know about the rest of you, but this really upsets me. I don't know if I can trust anime studios to give us a faithful and true animated adaptation of an author/manga artist's original work. It's disgusting.
Edit: Bail o' Lies has the right idea.
Here's the example pictures:
And what was written:
Last year world famous director Hayao Miyazaki gave an interview in which he said that the anime industry was declining in quality due to it being full of otaku who didn’t observe real people. He also said that the content creators entrenched themselves in the tropes they were used to instead of observing real people. I happen to agree with him. It’s becoming more and more amplified as the characters get less and less relatable. Everyone seems like a carbon copy of each other. And women are represented worse than ever in a lot of these shows, which is highly disappointing. In a lot of ways, with a few exceptions like Fullmetal Alchemist, women in 90s anime were treated far better than their contemporary counterparts. They were far more realistic. Watch an anime like Blue Seed and then compare it to any anime that’s on air today and the difference is noticable.
A new concern of mine that I’m noticing is starting to creep into modern anime more and more is production teams re-interpreting characters and relationships from the original work and showing favoratism in certain areas while bashing others. For example, I just finished watching The Devil is a Part-Timer and I found the Emilia character really interesting. When I did some research into the series, I discovered that the anime director of the series liked another moe female character named Chiho more, so he played Chiho up in the anime and put down Emilia by purposly exaggerated Emilia’s negative qualities. Chiho was featured prominantly throughout the show and was pretty much exclusively featured in the ending credits. I didn’t mind Chiho as a character but I wasn’t intrigued at all by her like I was with Emilia. The director cranked Emilia’s tsundere-ness up to 11 in order to make her less appealing, and although Emilia a main character in the light novels, she was more or less demoted down to an extra in the anime. If you read the translated light novels of The Devil is a Part-Timer, it becomes apparent that Emilia is a lot more subdued and far more likable. She’s still a tsundere but she’s not her anime counterpart. It’s stuff like this that annoys me. When character bias creeps in the story loses. And I’m seeing it a lot more than I used to in anime, which is so disappointing because it means you’re not getting a good adaptation of the source material. I’m not saying that anime has to be 100% true to the source material but I am asking that today’s content creators try to keep their personal biases out of the story. It hurts the message when it becomes super apparent that the storytellers don’t like certain characters or a certain pairings.
I love anime, but lately I have found myself becoming increasingly frustrated with it. After awhile I get bored seeing the exact same tropes played out again and again ad nauseum across the different genres. They need to shake it up and stop pandering to the lowest common denominator. This is what makes series like Attack on Titan and Fullmetal Alchemist so captivating; in the anime world they’re very unique and the characters are far more multidminensional and realistic.
“A new concern of mine that I’m noticing is starting to creep into modern anime more and more is production teams re-interpreting characters and relationships from the original work and showing favoritism in certain areas while bashing others.”
Sound familiar? ☕️ The fact that Naruto is not even mentioned in this post, yet is so painfully relevant – so much so that the characters’ names are actually interchangeable – should showcase the problem with this industry!
Seriously, swap the Naruto and The Devil is a Part-Timer’s character names around in that little case study:
“I discovered that the anime director of the series [essentially all of Studio Pierrot] liked another moe female character named Chiho [Hinata] more, so he played Chiho [Hinata] up in the anime and put down Emilia [Sakura] by purposly exaggerating Emilia’s [Sakura’s] negative qualities. Chiho [Hinata] was featured prominently throughout the show and was pretty much exclusively featured in the ending credits…The director cranked Emilia’s [Sakura’s] tsundere-ness up to 11, in order to make her less appealing, and although Emilia [Sakura] is a main character in the light novels, she was more or less demoted down to an extra in the anime. If you read the light novels, it becomes apparent that Emilia [Sakura] is a lot more subdued and far more likable. She’s still a tsundere but she’s not her anime counterpart.”
…It’s literally the exact same events!
From characters being “moe-fied” in sexist animated renditions and the mention of fan-service, to remarks on studios’ [character & ship] bias influencing the plot, and the increasingly disgusting (mis)representation of women in more recent anime – it’s all a replica of what is wrong with Studio Pierrot, Hinata and NaruHina.
I think I’ve said before that, as a kid, I disliked Sakura. But as soon as I started the manga, she became my favourite character… The change and persuasion of Pierrot is that strong! I’m thankful that the timescale between watching the anime and experiencing Kishi’s canon work was less than a year apart for me, so I wasn’t as heavily brainwashed into the bandwagoning hatred that SP pioneered as much as the rest of this (delusional-ass) fandom.
⚠️ Side Note: “…featured prominently throughout the show…” ⚠️
The image linked here was one of countless examples that I could have used (as they all were, really). It conveyed how a mere few pages worth of canon was diluted quite heavily with filler in the anime. SP fabricated a ‘Hinata VS Pain’ “fight” that never happened in the manga, in addition to prolonging her confession and adding fake flashbacks.
↳ There is no battle in the original – there are two small panels of her running at him and failing to land an attack, before getting knocked out cold in one hit… The only flashbacks in the original were three small panels: two depicting her hiding behind a tree – having given up (and supposedly crying) in one and stalking Naruto in another – with the remaining square’s dialogue stating that seeing Naruto’s smile (from afar) saved her. I mean, the comparison of Kishimoto’s volume cover and Pierrot’s DVD cover of the same event says it all, am I right?
*Remember that this is the most considerable reason behind where her (canonically inaccurate) power hype formulated, as well as the scene that saw her wankers skyrocket in their numbers.
I could just as well have linked the entire Naruto episode list here, because Hinata was a side (practically ‘background’) character in canon – appearing in less than 50 pages out of approximately 12,500(+) – yet featured overwhelmingly in fillers, even from the first episode of the original series. Seriously, the entire final arc of the 15-year-long show was dedicated exclusively to her!
“[it’s] so disappointing because it means you’re not getting a good adaptation of the source material…I am asking that today’s content creators try to keep their personal bias out of the story. It hurts the message when it becomes super apparent that the storytellers don’t like certain characters or a certain pairings.”
Honestly, thanks to SP and the type of anime material that OP has mentioned, I’m starting to find anime intolerable… I only really enjoy reading manga now. SP’s tactics (as explained above, since they happen to completely parallel another series) have made me sceptical and kind of hateful toward any animated renditions, to the point that I can’t watch a series without having read the source material first; to only know of canon and not be freakin’ brainwashed. Like, how kitten is that?
Edited by Moon_Girl, 23 June 2017 - 12:51 AM.