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Anime & Manga Superheroes Have One Big Difference From American Ones That Changes Everything
2024/04/29

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Japanese superhero manga and anime, such as My Hero Academia, One-Punch Man, and Jujutsu Kaisen, consistently feature government oversight or private regulation of superheroes. In these stories, superheroes need government-issued licenses, must undergo regulated training, or are part of a government-sanctioned organization like the Hero Association. This government control is a common theme in Japanese superhero tales, in contrast to Western superhero stories where superheroes often act independently of the government. Cultural values emphasizing social harmony and teamwork play a significant role in this portrayal of superheroes in Japan. The idea of individual vigilantism is rare, with the focus instead on collective heroism and cooperation. Overall, Japanese superhero storytelling offers a unique perspective on the role of superheroes in society.

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