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Pet Sins October 1999 Issue
Race and Sexual Identity in Japanimation

Gender bending and gay/bisexual characters are quite common in anime, and have been for a long time. In this respect, Japanese animation is more progressive than American animation. However, the depiction of women and individuals of various races in some series is still debatable.

Given the international popularity of Japanese animation, the underlying stereotypes and assumptions in anime series are worth taking a close look at.