I sort of understand her. I think aspects of modern Japan culture can be sick sometimes too, in a bad way, and that goes for manga and anime as well as other stuff. The whole glorification of the "young and cute", can make you really uncomfortable sometimes. Not sure how to explain it, but I'm sure you know what I mean. Young, small, adolescent girls prominently gets depicted in sexual ways (often pretty subtle, but still) in Japan. And you have to admit that doesn't feel right.
And a really sick thing is that up to only ten years or something ago it was actually legal, if consentual, for an adult to sleep with a child. I've heard.
Yes, you read it right.
So I can definitely see where your mom is coming from. If you don't know anything about all the good things in the world of manga and anime, and the major positive side, it's probably easy to get hung up about the darker back-sides, and think of the whole culture as perverted.
For me though, manga is just a cool way of drawing comics and conveying stories
Simple as that. There's not anything wrong with the form itself
- if there's anything that's wrong it's what's been included
in the form on occasions (am I making sense? xD). You should make your mom watch Sprited Away or other Ghibli films and similiar stuff - maybe you can show her that her perception is a bit narrow and not so up to date? The Ghibli movies (that I've seen) must be the most innocent, joyful, purehearted work of animated fiction I've ever seen. It's like a more magical and mystical version of Disney, but also a bit more adult in that there are serious themes incorporated
Edit: Wow, I really feel this post was rushed and that my feelings/opinions weren't really expressed in the best way. My vocabulary in english needs to eexpaaand >.< But maybe you kinda get what I'm talking about, even If I made it sound really extreme? <Since this is off-topic here, if anyone would like to have further conversation with this topic, please use FMA merchandise thread. Thank you! :) ~ Board Staff>
QUOTE (Katya Martin @ Jan 13 2010, 07:57 PM)
OT: Fan merch... do they have many plushies there?
OT: Many, MANY plushies
(And umm, thanks for adding that little directive message, (Tombow?^^) although I wasn't specifically referring to FMA stuff!)<Oops, my bad. Sorry! (and BTW, as usual, please feel free to delete this note after you read it. ^^) ~ Tombow >