Now I can’t stop thinking about it. About nationalism. About how often we toot out own horn for America. Because when Japan does it, it’s certainly not round about at all.
The first time I noticed an anime blatantly praising Japan was in La Croisee, which takes place in France. The heroine’s new “guardian,” of sorts, brags endlessly on the food from Japan. He even has the heroine make some for them, which the male lead logically doesn’t like. At first. He returns to find he really likes it later (which is funny to me as I’ve found with many foreign dishes: if I don’t like it round one, I won’t like it later as the taste difference is just too big). It wasn’t too bad of a back-pat, but it was still pretty obvious.
Then there’s Galileo Donna, where the main characters all come from Italy. It was almost painful how loud they blew Japan’s horn. Not only does this girl from Italy idolize Japan and want to go there out of all the places in the world, but she also imports Japanese candy to eat. Now later we find they’re actually part Japanese and have family there, which eased me quite a bit. Then the whole time plot comes in. So this kid’s great-great-great grandpa likes the same Japanese candy? Remind me again how they would even know much about Japan back then in that area or how one would even get Japanese candy in Italy in that era? Heck, I can barely get Japanese sweets where I live. Talk about a stretch!
How you guys noticed this stuff in any of the anime you’ve watched? The more ridiculous, the better!