hey, i might be alone in this but while your kiki is really cute it makes me uncomfortable that you've race bended an asian character to make them black. race bending white characters is one thing (and also a GREAT thing that i support 100%) but isn't race bending anime characters kind of bizarre when they were asian to begin with?
Unfortunately you are not alone, there are like…5 others out of +60k (More blatantly racist but, strangely enough, all include the word ‘uncomfortable’). This one seemed well-intentioned so I think it’s appropriate to post and respond
I am biracial, I am a Westerner, I am an anime fan, I can draw p good.
As a mixed girl I related to Kiki’s story of being an outsider, so I picked up my pen and drew tribute to her and my personal connection to her. I had hopes it would resonate with others of a similar experience
Why this complaint makes ME “uncomfortable”:
I’ve never had a white friend sweat cosplaying someone like Kiki or receive any negative criticism for it. But I have had those close to me refuse to indulge because of their dark skin and fear that their cosplay would be posted and mocked online. Because for the most part, race doesn’t really translate in most anime, but color does.
Benefiting from my own lightskinned privilege within this subculture that I love, I can only imagine how that SUCKS.
Fan art and Cosplay are personal forms expression. We do these things in celebration of the franchises we love and feel connected to. Why would you want to limit someone from being able to experience the joy of this sort of expression?
You wouldn’t slap the crayon out of a black kids hand and tell them they can’t be Kiki because the color of their skin, would you?
But if it makes you, and any other repressed colorist feel better, there are such thing as black asians. The color of one’s skin doesn’t restrict them from identifying with more than one race. Seriously, quit it with this limited inclusion business. From a mixed person perspective this drives me up a wall.
Casting Kiki as Black in a personal piece of fan art doesn’t somehow invalidate her representation in the original work of art. I’m celebrating what I found to be an amazing and powerful movie and I’m trying to build a bridge for myself and others that may not feel as readily included with a dinky drawing. I’m not trying to impose or demand a Black presence onto a Japanese Industry. I am not attempting to erase the asian presence within it. But I think the Western fandom could stand to be less colorist. It’s racist to try and limit inclusion within the realm of fanart. Something that is so insignificant to the franchise and indulgent and personal. I find it bizarre you feel “uncomfortable” by black fanart of a cartoon.If you want a light skinned asian Kiki may I suggest you watch the feature length movie and stop worrying about a piece of fanart.I also suggest you look through the thousands of tags this piece has of dark skinned girls drawing strength and confidence from this drawing and reevaluate if you being “uncomfortable” outweighs that and whether or not this fanart is detrimental.
It’s almost time for BUCK 2013, which means it is time to pack! Sadly my suitcase is not bigger on the inside, but luckily someone is willing to help me out with getting that thing closed. Now I just have to get it to Manchester…