Wow, what an ignorant person. Source: WoT and Girls und Panzer Cooperation in Japan
So, I decided to give my own response. Since I can highlight and whatnot here, the bolded parts are his, the italicized bits are mine.
“I like Manga and Japanese animation in general”
Okay, off to a good start.
“my issue is with the open support and promoting of the sexualisation of young girls with fully developed bodies and childish faces.”
You don’t get it then. Hokay, where to start. The history of Japanese animaiton can be traced to old American cartoons. Unlike Television, Radio, or books, the animated art-style didn’t have much in the way of allowing expression. It’s said that they utilized the large, comically drawn faces as one method of showing how a character feels at the moment.
On the case of Girls und Panzer, it is actually one of the most utilized art-styles, but not THE dominant one. You got everything from the ‘super-deformed’/chibi and cutesy art-style, which is found in thigns like Doraemon, Hello Kitty, and the like. These are cartoons that are shown in the daytime and are typically aimed AT little kids. Then you got the the hyper-realistic art-style seen in shows much like Zipang, Jourmangund, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, etc, shows that are, for all intents and purposes, shown after or during the Japanese watershed/primetime. Typically at 2200 hrs – 0300 hrs. GUP is/was shown at around this time.
You also got varying degrees of the two, depending on the animator or animation studio. One cannot deny that, the classic work, Grave of the Fireflies, is ruined just because they had the big head/eyes artstyle. It’s still a gut-wrenching story of two orphans after the American firebombing campaigns. Then you got killer-trips like Paprika, which seems like you’ve just swallowed a ton of LSD and you can’t make sense of it all.
“I’m sorry you don’t get that.”
Well I’m quite sorry you’re a very ignorant person. How terrible would be what SerB MIGHT use for you. Japanese Animation is not American/Western Animation. In Japan, it is treated as it’s own medium. News programs abound with utilizing animated features, and the age-range of anime goes from child/toddler shows (think Dora the Explorer-type shows) to shows that appeal to more mature audiences (those typically shown/marketed overseas, containing material less suitable for younger viewers, like violence).
What you might be thinking of, like most ignorant Westerner, would be hentai, which is drawn porn. A medium found not just in Japan, but dating back to hell, whenever man created a brush and paints. The cutesy art-style by some shows, coupled with the mass-editing of early anime to fit the more rigid censorship committees of western nations, had led you to believe that an anime character that looks young, is young, regardless of background.
I don’t blame you, considering that Anime has had a rough start during the late 1980s to mid-1990s when ignorant journalists and politicians who have YOUR same viewpoint pass legislation or just outright spread lies about the medium.
“Back to your sexual fantasies about children for you.”
While your entire response is an ad hominem attack, I could’ve avoided responding to this one. But no. And it seems alright to respond to one ad hom with another. How small of a brain and how insecure must you be, to constantly, religiously, stick your head in the sand and continue to mutter some things like that. You’re much like the gun control freaks here in America. “it’s for the children’s own good!” they would shrill on and on and on without any refusal to even understand the thing they are attacking.
You go as far as demonizing people who you do not know, lumping them with a very slim minority, whom we also hate because the damn thing is just wrong. It shows you are ignorant. much like the wehraboos or the Russia #1 blokes who put down anyone who says anything uncouth about their tanks.
I highly doubt you like anime and manga, because I can’t very well see someone with such strong convictions on pedophilia and ignorance of the medium to continue reading or watching shows that constantly break your own (skewed) moral compass. It’s merely a statement tossed out there to give some form of credibility to your short, ad hom statements, and prove nothing really.
Now I do apologize for this lengthy response. I’m sure you could’ve stand to read it. My sources were derived of what I remember researching up for a similar, although less testy, paper/presentation I had to do for my History of Animation class back in college. I believe the authors/work I remember using are as follows:
-Anime explosion! : the what? why? & wow! of Japanese animation; Patrick Drazen, Stone Bridge Press (ISBN: 1880656728)
-Japanamerica : how Japanese pop culture has invaded the U.S.; Roland Kelts, Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 1403974756)
-Anime essentials : every thing a fan needs to know; Gilles Poitras, Stone Bridge Press (ISBN: 1880656531)
-The Anime Companion; Gilles Poitras, Stone Bridge Press (ISBN: 1880656329)
I don’t have those books with me, though I do remember the gist of my 3 page presentation, delivered to a group of people with more open and diverse minds, and willing to give something a shot first before pointing at it and going “OH GOD IT’S THE DEVIL!!! EXORCISE IT!!”
So yeah, I had to get that outta my chest.