This chapter of Avatar shocked me a lot. I imagined how it would have been if Aang didn’t appear suddenly interrumpting Takara when she was trying to erase the scar on Zuko’s face, or if they simply tryed it again any other time.

Zuko is my favourite character of this awesome animation series. I like him exactly the way he is, with the scar, his past and his personal growth, and I don’t think anything should have changed. But I also like the “what if”s. What if you could erase a big scar with just the touching of healing water? That’s so heartrending for me.

(I drew this comic on 2015, colored and shared with my patrons on Patreon one month ago).

Back when the mascot character of Japan’s biggest toy company was a caricature of a black African person

Sometimes, when I’m reading old shojo manga magazines from the 80s, I stumble over an ad (usually for Ricca-chan or Jenny, fashion dolls whose popularity in Japan far exceeds that of Barbie) from the toy maker Takara, and then I’m reminded of the fact that their logo used to look like this:

Yes, that is indeed a little black girl with stereotypical thick, red lips winking charmingly at you. “How random,” you might think! Why would a Japanese toy company use a racist caricature of a little black girl as their company logo? Because back in the 60s, this was Takara’s flagship toy:

Yes. Yes, you are seeing that right.

Takara started its history in 1955 as a plastic factory, and in 1960, they had their first toy mega hit with this plastic blow-up doll, called “Dakko-chan” – a rough English translation might be something like “little huggy”. How do you play with it? Well, you don’t, not really… you just hook its arms around your own arm (letting it “hug” you), and leave it hanging there. Its eyes are hologram stickers that appear to “wink” when you tilt its head (hence the wink in the logo). Young women started wearing it as a fashion accessory, and before you knew it, this was the hottest item in Japan. Stores were constantly under-stocked, knock-offs were produced en masse, and by the end of 1960, more than 2.4 million Dakko-chan dolls had been sold. NHK has a fun little clip of young people wearing Dakko-chan on the beach from a broadcast in 1960.

The earnings from Dakko-chan made it possible for the small plastic factory to become incorporated, and Takara remained one of the leading toy makers in Japan for decades. You remember Bayblade? The toy and accompanying anime and manga where boys battled each other with spinning tops? Takara’s invention. Blythe, that line of dolls popular with anime fans? Takara was behind resurrecting the design and producing the popular new edition. Merchandise for anime such as Tokyo Mew Mew, Akazukin Chacha, Digimon, and a long line of sentai shows? Takara! It’s really no wonder that Takara used Dakko-chan as its logo; this was, quite literally, the product that made the company.

Takara went on to make some questionable business decisions through the 00s (Bayblade failed to sell internationally, and then they… started producing electronic cars, for some reason), and in 2006, they merged with another leading Japanese toy company Tomy to save their skin. You won’t see the “Takara” name or logo on any toys anymore, because Takara-Tomy’s international trade name is simply “Tomy”. However, even before the merger, you wouldn’t have seen the little black girl winking at you from any of Takara’s products, because Takara had already changed its logo in 1990 as a responce to protests from something called the “association to do away with the discrimination of black people” (黒人差別をなくす会).

The “association to do away with the discrimination of black people” is a small organization founded in 1989 by (not black people, but rather) a small Japanese family from Osaka. They began their activities when the young son of the family read a newspaper article about Sanrio recalling character merchandise featuring caricaturized black people, and the family began researching other discriminatory depictions in toys and media.

Among other things, they protested the Japanese edition of Little Black Sambo, the use of caricature in the logo of popular Japanese soft drink Calpis–

(Yes, again, you are seeing that right.)

—and, relevant to this blog, the depiction of black people in the works of Tezuka Osamu. The publication “Tezuka Osamu Manga Zenshu”, a 300-volume complete edition of Tezuka’s works, was temporarily suspended because of protests from this association; when publication began again, every single volume contained a disclaimer stating that the editorial staff takes the protests very seriously, but that they feel it’s important to continue publication of Tezuka’s works and that censoring period-appropriate racist depictions will only lead to ignorance on the matter, which they do not believe is beneficial to future discourse. If you pick up a Tezuka manga today, chances are very high the volume will still contain this exact disclaimer, and now you know how that came about! The same is true for some works by Fujiko F Fujio, and the complete edition of his works includes a similar disclaimer.


thanks to this amazing source (◕‿◕)

Blue Exorcist Sei Juji Kishidan Guide  whole cover

p.s. but I post it only because of Toudou

later I’ll receive good quality scans

p.p.s. seems like i'am not allowed to tag all the characters :< there are too many

Hi guys! This is a pic I did as for @Toshinden-Club week challenges, this one is about Ellis, one of the girls of the game. Well, Toshinden one of the games I love most. Why? because it was the first game I had for Playstation, it was the most impressive game I ever saw, the OST is (along the second and the third game) still my favorite of all time, the characters was awsome, the innovative gameplay… but over all because, because I had so good memories of my school years playing with my friends and my brother Francisco. We played everyday, Ellis was one of my favorites to play since she was really fast (and cheap XD) I still can hear her victory speech: “I never give up!”. Sadly looks like Toshinden was forgotten and just a few remember this awesome game (not on PSN :( ) … Funny thing is that this is the first time I draw something related to toshinden XD
I hope you like it.

Dedicado a ti Francisco por todas las horas que compatirmos jugando de crios ;)

PSCS/bamboo/5hours/music: Ellis Theme - Toshinden OST