Make Anime Great Again


A June 2016 article in the Jewish Daily Forward entitled “The Origins of Anti-Semitic Anime Inspired by Donald Trump” attempts to trace the relationship between Making America Great Again, Chinese cartoons, and the alt-right. The Forward first encountered this meme mutation when one of their writers had his Twitter account saturated with pictures of Neon Genesis Evangelion character Asuka wearing a Trump hat. The culprit was the alt-right’s department of electronic defense, who were also pointing out coincidences about his ancestry and religion.

That digitally battered author wrote a response, which was summarized in the article I linked:

In his piece, Michaelson drew anti-Semitic context from the anime series itself. According to Michaelson, Asuka, within the context of the larger narrative of Neon Genesis Evangelion, symbolized a “warrior” against an insidious “global Jewish conspiracy,” epitomized in the series as the evil organization SEELE. Michaelson concluded that anti-Semitic themes apparent in Neon Genesis Evangelion draw from a wider phenomenon of Japanese anti-Semitism (or philo-Semitism, depending on your point of view.)

<vivaldi>Weirdly perceiving references to the Torah and Jewish mysticism (as well as Christianity) to be anti-semitic, the author grossly misinterprets NGE (which to be fair, is rather common) to be about Asuka fighting against the Elders of Zion. While I don’t expect the average journalist to be familiar with anime, it would not have been hard for him to find a decent synopsis of the series and its symbolism. In all likelihood, Hideaki Anno, the director of NGE, likely went with all of the Abrahamic religious symbolism in the anime because he thought it was neat, in the same way that SWPLs practice bastardized versions of Dharmic religions because it’s different. The anime was not anti-semitic, unless you are a neurotic kayak looking for anti-semitism under every rock. (Hey if you think a shadowy organization trying to transform the world is metaphor for ZOG, that’s on you). In addition, Asuka isn’t even the main character of the series, but instead represents an emotional obstacle for the teenage protagonist, Shinji, who is a socially awkward and dependent self-insert character for anime fans. The (((Judaeo-Christian))) symbolism and robot fights are only the aesthetics of the series, not its meaning. The Forward author didn’t even try when he wrote this joke—he didn’t even notice that Asuka hails from the evil country of Germany, which would have lent possible credibility to his thesis. I mean, how do you miss that if your narrative that Jews are under siege by evil goyim infected with the virus of anti-semitism?</vivaldi>

So the first Forward writer to tackle this issue really didn’t get it. The second, however, does correctly point out that  what mainstreamed the connection between anime, Trump, and the alt-right was Rick Wilson’s cucked mewling, way back in primary season:

It all started last January, when a disgruntled Republican political consultant, Rick Wilson appeared on MSNBC’s “All In” to give his two cents on the rise of Donald Trump and his anti-Semitic, alt-right supporters. Since Trump’s rise as the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, Wilson been a fierce critic of Trump and a prominent leader of the #NeverTrump movement within the GOP. When Wilson was asked about Trump’s supporters on “All In,” Wilson explicitly expressed his disgust when he said that most of Trump’s supporters were “childless single men who masturbate to anime.”

In claiming that things started with Wilson, the author is only scratching the surface. Inherently, Wilson is referencing a pre-existing association between online Trump supporters and anime, and we’ve been trolling people on Twitter much longer than that. He then tries to explain that “white supremacists” like anime because they think it depicts Whiteness, and essentially ends up doing what a long line of journalists before him have done—he quotes an ironic meme in its entirety as truth:

According to chat boards on Stormfront, a “white nationalist, white supremacist” internet forum, anti-Semites have an unusual affinity for Japanese anime, because, as one user puts it, “Japanese cartoons mostly celebrate the white race and our mythology. They have a weird fascination with us like some whites have for the red man. They are also 100% Talmud free content. They glorify us.”

While I don’t doubt that a minority in the alt-right sphere genuinely believe this as a kind of ex post facto rationalization for liking anime, for most people this is just a hilarious in-joke. And funnier still is seeing it quoted in the Jewish Daily Forward, another striking victory for the meme war. The author also cites Japanese language posts that went viral and “raised considerable debate about the white-centric standards of beauty that were perpetuated by anime.” But these only went viral because they were outrageously stupid. <vivaldi>There are a huge variety of animation styles used in anime, some of which look more Asian and some more European, but by and large anime characters are more humanoid than human, period. Do Europeans have giant eyes, oversized heads, and unnatural hair colors?</vivaldi>


As I see it, the meme of anime girls in Trump hats is cut from the same cloth as the controversy over Microsoft’s now-terminated Twitter chatbot, Tay AI. Within days of going up, the bot developed a politically incorrect and inegalitarian personality from being exposed to a subset of pseudonymous millennial internet users, the same cohort that produced chan culture. And that’s the actual origin of the meme mutation stumbled upon by Forward. Anime girls in Trump hats are a cross-pollination of /pol/ and /a/, 4chan’s “Politically Incorrect” and “Anime & Manga” boards respectively. But in recent years, their ethos has long outgrown their parent site and spread into other social networks like Twitter.

The anime-fan–right-winger merger is not surprising to anyone under 30. 4chan was founded as a discussion board for Japanese media over a decade ago, but for much of its history was also a very unregulated speech platform. Such safe spaces provide right-wing crimethink with fertile ground, but also led to ideological and aesthetic amalgamation. And Trump, taking up the mantle of anti-establishment and anti-PC politics, has enriched the soil further for the digitally-driven alt-right and our memes. Trump is the patron god of political incorrectness—he calls it common sense—and so what if his 2D Vestal Virgins don’t meet your 3DPD standards of beauty? Cry some more, kayak.

To recap, why are anime girls wearing Trump hats and why will they continue to do so? First of all, it’s funny, so there’s that. And secondly, there is an overlap between internet Trump supporters and internet anime fans. As for these memes being anti-semitic, that’s just plainly offensive to a man with Jewish grandchildren and to 2D schoolgirls everywhere who want to Make America Great Again. But if the alt-right can get Jews to think anime is anti-semitic, that’s one small step for memes and one giant leap for gaslighting.


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9 Responses to Make Anime Great Again

  1. Senatssekretär Freistaat Danzig says:

    Reblogged this on behindertvertriebentessarzblog.


  2. In Ward Kendall’s pro-white novel, “Hold Back This Day” (amazon) a Japanese character named Dr. Mizuguchi reflects this same meme regarding the various eye colors, hair colors, and general physical uniqueness of the white race. So it comes as no surprise how many WN’s are in agreement about anime.


  3. Unapologetic White Man says:

    Anime is Japanese. Not Chinese.


  4. Andrea Ostrov Letania says:

    Hideaki Anno is something of a quasi-fascist.

    He waxes poetic about Japan’s role in WWII, called Pacific War in Japan.

    Even though this futuristic anime works have all of mankind uniting to fight space aliens, they are partly allegories of Japan’s struggle against the US in the Pacific.
    In WWII, Japan tried its best to defend the sacred homeland from Americans. They failed and were invaded. Japan was turned into whore nation of the US.

    So, Anno indulges the fantasy of Japan defending itself and triumphing against the foreign enemy in works like GUNBUSTER, EVANGELION, and WINGS OF HONNEAMISE.

    What Japan failed to do in WWII, these futuristic civilizations barely manage to do.
    Of course, his romanticism of Japanese militarism is masked by sci-fi trappings and multi-cultural casts. GUNBUSTER has Japanese teamed up with the international community to beat off the alien space invaders. But there a sense of earthlings = Japanese in WWII AND space aliens = American Imperialists.
    In GUNBUSTER, the earthling-Japanese use a super-atomic-bomb to destroy the aliens-Americans. It fantasizes a reversal of history where Japan uses the ultimate weapon to defend itself from demolition by the great enemy.

    GUNBUSTER is uneven, but when it’s good, it’s very good. Even great. And the final episode is deeply moving. And how can you not like Jung-Freud, who was surely inspired by Priss of Bubblegum Crisis.

    Anno was no doubt greatly influenced by Robert Heinlein, a kind of new age fascist.

    Though many figures in Japanese culture have been on the Left, anime for some reason attracted its share of right-wing or crypto-right-wing types.

    For one reason, unlike Germany that underwent profound re-education about its crimes in WWII, Japanese didn’t come under similar pressure.
    Germans killed Jews who came to dominate the US and world media. In contrast, Japan’s main victims were Chinese who, due to communism, became the enemy of the West. Also, Chinese have no power over world media.
    So, US soon forgave the Japanese of its crimes in WWII and Japanese ‘conservatives’ were favored by the US as bulwark against communism.

    So, Japanese Right developed into a considerable force whereas the mere idea of rightism became anathema in Germany.

    Also, Japanese anime is more aesthetically-minded and idealized. It’s mostly about good-looking heroic characters and pretty girls.
    In contrast, Western animation came to emphasize weirdness, grotesqueness, and exaggerated ugliness. Western animation became more like ‘degenerate modern art’.
    Consider the Simpsons, Family Guy, Ren and Stimpy.

    In contrast, anime was like Nazi-aesthetics-for-juniors. It favored idealized facial and body types. Much of it was meant to be eye-candy. It presented a world where people were almost uniformly good-looking or attractive.

    Also, just when the ‘Aryan’ ideal became frowned upon in the West(not least due to Jewish influence), Japanese favored it in anime that is filled NOT with Asiatic-looking characters but unabashedly Western ‘aryan’ looking ones.

    Twilight of the Cockroaches isn’t very good but an interesting film along the line of those by Anno. It re-imagines the alliance of Japan and Germany as tragic allies against US and USSR. Germans and Japanese are presented as helpless bugs against the powerful humans. Also, it features a female Japanese roach mating with a German Roach. Thus, Japaneseness and Aryanness are fused into one.

    Perhaps, the strangest manga contemplation of Japan’s strange attraction/repulsion to the West is Osamu Tezuka’s ADOLF.

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    Neon Genesis Evangelion is not just vapid symbolism… but it’s also not a subliminal anti-semitic call to action, either. I’d get autistic about this, but it’s easier to just provide a link with some introductory information on the nature of esoterica in NGE. Obviously Anno created an interpretation of an ancient semitic myth that is then informed by modern events/concepts, and most would argue he pulled it off incredibly. Jewish people certainly don’t like the fact that Japanese people still push “profligate” entertainment that pertains to jewish supremacy/mysticism. The fact that it spread to the west justifies their fear, it’s safe to say that the meme joking about anime being a tool of cultural subversion inadvertently(?) came true (seeing as imageboard counterculture took a great deal from anime which then laid the groundwork for the far right political movement we see now).


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