I've taken the fact that anime/manga is a japanese phenomenon for granted and that when you draw your mangacharacter it should be in a japanese setting, speaking the only cool language in the world - Japanese. Wearing japanese outfits such as those clichéd school outfits, kimonos or yukatas or whatever.
But sure, you might like the japanese culture, that's fair and understandable, but don't let it stop you from going cwazy when you create your character! Give him a different nationality, make him speak another language, make him.. Unique!
Example 1:Character on a different planet.
Hell, even if they arent in a japanese setting they still speak japanese, or wapanese since some of the japanese-wannabes can't speak it but they still for some reason have to "comment" with "KAWAIII" just because the picture is manga-related. Well, they will say it in every case of something cute. Besides, saying either "cute" or "kawaiiiii" on a picture isnt really all that fun to read, more so to reply on. And neither is it very constructive xD.
What I'm trying to say is.. Why is it that we have to put manga-characters in japanese settings? Why can't we make them live under other circumstances, like in France.. Brasil.. Russia.. America.. or Sweden?
You can argue that there have been animes like that, sure, but they still speak like japanese idiots and act like some japanese stereo-type. And dont get me started on that Hetalia-thing..
I got my hopes up when I watched it but got utterly dissapointed when they were all speaking japanese with japanese stereo-types :') I'm also aware that most animes are actually aimed at the japanese poeple, and therefor they must make the anime fully japanese-related or else they might get confused, the poor japanese :<
Even if the anime is in a different universe they always seem to find out about festivals and fireworks.. It's.. yeah. (: Good example is #Guilds-of-Aether
<.< I thought that was a different and interesting universe, which is it is, but somehow kimonos and complete japanese festivals made it in there too.
Example 2:Character in a swedish setting.
This is where we, the artists come into the picture! We don't have these limits, we dont have any limits at all! No limits in creativity.. and no limits in imagination!
We don't have to put our characters in a japanese festival with a kimono with cherry-leaves falling.
We don't have to put them in a school-hallway with short-skirted school uniforms.
And we most certanly don't have to put them in a personality category such as "tsundere" and all that.
There is many GOOD examples on this! Let me show you, so follow along!
This artist has been one of my inspirations for a while now and her characters from her manga "The Reids" are located everywhere but in a japanese setting, which is just magical. I just feel more attached to them when I see them wear European/American outfits or see them eat european food.. I can relate to them better this way!
If you already arent reading her manga, you should, it's really fun! Check it here: [link]
I can't think of any others at the time being.. If you can think of any other artists, do tell me!
These artists have their fair amount of japanese-inspired pictures as well, sure, but they arent tied to it! They think outside of the box, and they take a swim elsewere than in the mainstream (:
And don't get me wrong, I like the japanese culture! But with everything else, things should be used with moderation. We need change sometimes. I hope you realized something when reading this.. If not, go back to your "kawaii" and draw wapanese stuff all day (:
I'll end this with a quote from Charlie:
"Let the Japan to the japanese, they're doing it better than you!"