Suburban Senshi IRC Chat #1123: “Afro Samurai: American English (Nihongrish?)”
#1123: “Afro Samurai: American English (Nihongrish?)”

[13:55] *** Sun Jan 14 2007 - LOGGING START ***
[13:55] *** Now talking in #suburbansenshi
[13:55] *** Topic is - What are your thoughts -
[13:55] *** Set by @Dr. X on Sun Jan 14 13:55 2007

[13:57] <@Dr. X> Taking a break from the usual sub.sen for today, this is a conversation I had this morning, and as a fan of Japanese culture and cross-cultural iconography I'd thought I'd share-- feel free to weigh in in the comments
[12:55] <@Shaldra Darkness> I shouldn't have watched Afro Samurai again D:
[12:55] <@Shaldra Darkness> It's confusing me more because now there are robot ninja D:
[13:11] <@Shaldra Darkness> Yet the ninja were in a shinto temple on the outskirts of a small village in the middle of nowhere
[13:12] <@Shaldra Darkness> And I was like WTF is going on here
[13:12] <@Dr. X> welcome to the american version of syncretic cross cultural borrowing
[13:12] * @Dr. X had written about this in WoL regarding Japanese appropriation fo japanese cultural stereotypes
[13:12] <@Shaldra Darkness> The miko had a cellphone while bathing under a waterfall
[13:13] <@Shaldra Darkness> [insert random sex scene here]
[13:13] <@Dr. X> Japanese have been appropriating american stereotypes and culture for ages
[13:13] <@Dr. X> I think we're finally seeing the exact opposite
[13:13] <@Dr. X> Americans making a mashup of japanese anime stereotypes
[13:13] <@Shaldra Darkness> But when the Japanese do it it's funny, when Afro Samurai does it it's confusing
[13:14] <@Dr. X> only because you're looking at it through the lens of someone very versed in the parent culture these icons are coming from
[13:14] <@Dr. X> to to casual fan, this show is a distillation of all the "cool" elements they have been exposed to
[13:15] <@Dr. X> from Japanese anime and movies and such
[13:15] <@Shaldra Darkness> It still makes me go o_o D:
[13:15] <@Dr. X> ninjas, samurais, miko, temples, random sex etc
[13:15] <@Shaldra Darkness> I was like WTF is THIS~~~
[13:16] <@Dr. X> i told you XD
[13:16] <@Shaldra Darkness> And they all smoke weed for some apparent reason!
[13:17] <@Shaldra Darkness> Instead of TEA they serve LEMONADE
[13:17] <@Dr. X> this is remix culture finally hitting the mainstream
[13:57] *** Disconnected
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