So I picked up a new anime today, Black Butler.

The truth is I kind of think its funny, occultish, and interesting, despite its exaggerated, supremacist European motif. I’m not surprised because many Japanese manga and anime artist seem to think anything white/European is the best thing on the planet. What I can’t stand for is the ever-present supremacist British attitude of Ciel as the main character.

Reading the English subtitles, which may or may not be accurate, I noticed in episode 13 that Ciel described the men from India as “Indian savages”. Considering all this bullshit talk coming out of England about Black folks and western Europe/Britain’s history with colonialism and their use of this word towards people of color, I wasn’t happy or impressed with its use in the subbing or Ciel’s attitude towards the Indian immigrants.

The funny thing about this show though is that they take hits even at other white people. So far they’ve made Italians and Irish out to be villians while Britains remain pure of Englishmen…smdh.

Japan needs to work ont their issues with racism towards [other] people of color so it stops popping up all over place or at least represented in a light that makes me believe their aware of what their doing.

~Truly,

MsQ

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3 thoughts on “Black Butler, European British motif

  1. Must be japanese thing because in reality in Britain they did not have any black butlers back when it was in vogue. I do not know what is the situation today. I think in the heydays of british empire they did not even employ blacks as servants in Britain. In other countries, in colonial places perhaps.

    The servants were mainly irish and scottish, perhaps welsh, whom all the english looked down. In many mansions/castles of the superrich of that day the servants could be from the local rural population and some were serving the same family in second or third generation.

    As in the society on the whole, the servants were divided in different classes. The butler was the boss of the servants, he was their spokes person and the only one who could approach the patron with out invitation. He could also influence how the House was run, the economics of the estate etc.

    There was an interesting tv-documentary years ago in which they explained the class system of the servant staff. British made, of course.

    1. I know you’re not a watcher of anime, sam, sorry I didn’t explain that the reason the series caught my eye is because of the title, which I figured had something to do with a Black man or the occult scene. In this case it was the latter. The butler is a pale-skinned demon whom the aristocrat in the story made a contract with (in order to avenge the murder of his parents and other acts against him) in exchange for his soul.

      Black people/brown people who are not sexual objects, brutes, background/superfluous characters, or villains rarely appear in Japanese animation, unfortunately.

      The insight you provide into the class system of the servant staff is very present in this anime.

      1. oh, yeah, anime is not my cup of tea, nay :-DDD Love your stuff and comments on these things never the less!!

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