I’m watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, as evidenced by my last post, another instance of racialization that’s irritating me, which is a common characteristic for both racist white comics and Japanese manga artist obviously:

So Olivier Mira Armstrong–yet another (for all intents and purposes) white, blue-eyed, blonde-haired character– is portrayed as having clearly defined “full lips”, while the few characters that can be mistaken for Black or otherwise Of Color (all of which appear to be male officers in the military), are drawn with racist caricature “inner tube” style lips. Its at least two or three of them. And that’s enough of this racist caricature.

Another example of this is seen in Tite Kubo’s Bleach in many scenes of the anime with Yasutora Sado (clearly and  purposefully part Mexican), who is sometimes depicted as having thick inner tube style lips with little to no definition.


4 thoughts on “Who gets “inner tube” lips, and who gets nice, polite “full” lips

    1. Honestly, I don’t care what the intention is. Inner tube style lips on brown characters is triggering and abrasive to me. There are so few outright Black/brown characters in anime/manga who are presented as three-dimensional and presented in a non-racist way that its beyond offensive and disgraceful.

      Allow me to reiterate: I do not like inner tube style lips. Especially not on brown characters because it comes off to me as racist–because white people still wear black face and mock Black peoples’ facial features, and it seems Japan ignorantly soaks up anti-Black racism like a sponge.

  1. Is not really about the lips. on the first episode they picture a black community being impressed by the so-called miracle of a pseudo white savior priest. i think it s really direspectfull now the history that African people had with the white missionary back in the day.

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