Asian Women Stereotypes

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Western portrayals of Asian women in media have often been stereotypical, one-dimensional characters such as the submissive and docile Lotus Blossom, the strong and domineering, but deceitful Dragon Lady, or the Asian hooker who is used as nothing more than a mere prop for the male gaze (Kuo, Rachel). However, the Western audience has also been exposed to other portrayals of Asian women through another form of entertainment called anime. Anime, or Japanese animation, has many genres that are named according to the target audience it is made for. For shounen, meaning male adolescents, is largely about action-packed adventures and accomplishing a goal or defeating an enemy (Eisenbeis, Richard). The shounen genre, however, despite its target audience that is…show more content…
An example of this would be Asuna from the light novel, manga, and anime, Sword Art Online by Reki Kawahara. For the purpose of this analysis, this paper will only be focusing the the developments made in the animated series. This anime is about 10,000 people that get trapped inside a VRMMORPG, a Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game, called Sword Art Online the first time all the players log in. Unable to exit the game, all these people are stuck in a virtual world that stimulates all their five senses, much like a virtual reality, and when they die in-game, they die in real life. The only way to escape the game is to defeat all 100 floors of a steel castle within the game. The protagonists are Kirito, a 15 year old boy, who was among one of the 1,000 closed beta testers, and Asuna, the female protagonist. Both are
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