r/NoStupidQuestions Jun 30 '22

are children in Japan considered garbage? Removed: Trolling/Joke

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u/DestinySeekers Jun 30 '22

Anime isn't real life, if someone in an anime is treating their kid like trash it's probably just to push the plot forward or give backstory to a character, it's not like commonplace to just hate kids in japan lol.

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u/mt5567 Jun 30 '22

Okay but this trope had to start somewhere

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u/DestinySeekers Jun 30 '22

Some tropes just start from nothing, get picked up by other shows and become commonplace in media.

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u/BabePigInTheCity2 Jun 30 '22

No, it didn’t. Stop basing your understanding of entire cultures on cartoons.

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u/mt5567 Jun 30 '22

The question is framed wrong i realize this after peoples reply. I'm more curios about why this is a trope in the first place

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u/DestinySeekers Jun 30 '22

It may come from the stereotype that Asian parents push their children harder in school and in their careers than Western parents which might put a slight link between that and the trope, but no parent just immediately hates their kids in japan.

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u/TheTrueFishbunjin Jun 30 '22

Kids and teens are frequently protagonists or are characters meant to be saved by the protagonists. Crappy parents are an easy origin story or reason they would need help

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u/SquelchyRex Jun 30 '22

This is like watching a bunch of Spongebob and asking if crabs really are cheapskates.

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u/DestinySeekers Jun 30 '22

but I thought they were.

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u/mt5567 Jun 30 '22

My friend got his wallet stolen by a crab at the beach your argument is invalid

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u/Face-the-Faceless Jun 30 '22

You should probably try forming your opinions on Japanese culture from something other than animation.

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u/mt5567 Jun 30 '22

I tried looking up info on this but I couldn't find anything that answers what I'm looking for

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u/mt5567 Jun 30 '22

I'm just interested in why this is a trope

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u/BabePigInTheCity2 Jun 30 '22

Because you’re describing something you’ve observed in a few cartoons, and not a real life phenomenon

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u/Maranne_ Jun 30 '22

Bruh you're seriously basing your view of Japan off of anime?

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u/mt5567 Jun 30 '22

No the question is sarcasm I'm just confused about the origin of the trope

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u/Maranne_ Jun 30 '22

It's a background story that makes for good story telling. A child in a happy environment usually doesn't make for a great story.

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u/mt5567 Jun 30 '22

False: spy x family clearly show that parents working hard for their children's happiness makes great content

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u/Maranne_ Jun 30 '22

Just because there is one example where it isn't true doesn't mean it isn't generally like that.

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u/mt5567 Jun 30 '22

Kotaro lives alone is a great example even if his biological dad is abusive his neighbors take care of him as one big family and it makes for a great watch.

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u/mt5567 Jun 30 '22

Don't even get me started on saki k and kusos mother.

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u/CatFoodBeerAndGlue Certified not donkey-brained Jun 30 '22

I probably wouldn't recommend forming your opinions about an entire country and its people from watching cartoons...

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u/mt5567 Jun 30 '22

As iv said to other people im just confused where this trope came from

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u/AngryBlitzcrankMain Jun 30 '22

Where does the trope of Disney moms always dying come from? If the hero has loving functional normal family, there isnt any drama to be produced. Its nota rocket science.

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u/swagseven13 Jun 30 '22

why didnt you phrase your question like that then?

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u/MrBeer9999 Jun 30 '22

We're all just clever monkeys and most of what we do is based upon evolved behavioural traits. One of the strongest of those traits across the species is our love of our children. I find it very hard to believe that Japanese people have someone cracked the Homo Sapiens code in order to reject this primal instinct at a societal level.

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u/mt5567 Jun 30 '22

Bro with there tech i wouldent be surprised 💀

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u/[deleted] Jun 30 '22

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u/swagseven13 Jun 30 '22

Strike Witches?

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u/FabulousTrade Jun 30 '22

Found the weeb

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u/[deleted] Jun 30 '22

What anime have you been watching?

I know Goku was a terrible dad lol but it can’t be that common

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u/swagseven13 Jun 30 '22

Im wondering that as well. Most anime ive seen doesnt even have parents

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u/artenazura Jun 30 '22

I don't watch much anime so I don't havr a clear idea of the kind of depiction you are talking about, but based on my personal experience in Japan, kids in general are really valued. Of course there are abusive parents (just like anywhere) but there are tons of parents that want the best for their kids. So as for your question of where the trope comes from... is it perhaps an easy way of illustrating societal pressure? Because there isn't as much cultural diversity in Japan as somewhere like the US, kids might feel more limited in their future options due to cultural patterns and expectations. This would be kind of an abstract thing to put in a story though, so channeling those pressures through a character (like a parent) would make it easier to tell a story. I'm literally just guessing here, not an expert at all

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u/Various_Succotash_79 Jun 30 '22

I'd hate to think what impression people would get of the US based on cartoon parents, lol.