Chubby Representation

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12 days ago
I am chubby and a girl. I'm in Europe, and here too, the society don't accept easily someone who is chubby. But it's more like: - The nice persons: "You are chubby? Try to lose some weight. You can't? Man, it's not a big problem, but try to lose, for your health!" - The assholes : "You pig" The critters of beauty of the Europe are rude! But I don'......   1 reply
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helliot
12 days ago
While being chubby is acceptable in America, it's not quite so in Asia. First off, it takes less to categorize us in the obesity section, and obesity also kills us off faster than it would kill someone from the west. It is also viewed as irresponsible or non-caring, appearance wise. People get the impression that you're not trying hard enough to lo......   1 reply
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What you say is true. As some of the other answerers pointed out, I feel that American and European comics represent heavier characters more often. Might I suggest the comic series "Jem and the Holograms" Published by IDW comics. It's a rehash of the old TV cartoon from the 80s of the same name. It has the most diverse cast of body types out of an......   reply
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PinkWaves
12 days ago
The problem is, you're seeking something that would be very hard to find in general. The Japanese scorn excess fat and obesity, it is seen as unhealthy and the body is treated like a temple. This is shown in the great lengths they go through in order to maximize their potential as a human being; physically and mentally. Koreans are the same in this......   reply
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KaoriNite
12 days ago
It's not surprising as being chubby or overweight is less common in Japan than in western countries. Also, even in the west, the most desirable bodies are slimmer. It's only recently that countries like America have started to appreciate different body types and feature them more in media.   reply
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Rabbit
12 days ago
Usually the chubby characters are the ones that want to lose weigh or change their appearance. Because they were bullied and lack confidence in themselves. So when someone who they consider is way out of their league wants to date them. They starting doubting them and questioning why. They feel the need to change and get better. You see cute chara......   reply
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Aoi 13 days ago
Yes, i feel the same way, and I'm very frustrated because all the chubby character's that I know, are chubby because they eat a lot, but that's not for everyone I know people that are like that for a condition or it's his/her body. Because they eat the half of what I eat... I know that asian countries believe if one is chubby is because they don't ......   reply
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Mr.Glebsky
13 days ago
I strongly believe that manga belongs to Japan culture and if artists prefer to draw thin characters it is their right to do so. I also think that where there’s demand, there’s supply, meaning people (especially in Japan) prefer to read about thin characters. It is their art and for their people.   1 reply
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mika
13 days ago
Well when I found the manga and started reading, it was my first time reading a chubby girl is a herione in the manga, well I was not used to it yet and I didn't like that manga at all because the herione didn't lose her weight and still get the hot guy in the end and many people dislike me when I said that in the comment but I can't help it, all m......   reply
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llamperouge3 13 days ago
I AGREE! I read pochamani which has a chubby female lead character and I think they represented her fairly well. She was first insecure but now she isn't because she feels confident and knows weight isn't everything (not cause she lost any of it). BUT the male lead i didn't like. He was obviously the 'most attractive male' in the school and every g......   2 reply
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Charo
13 days ago
UUgghgh I know how you feel. I read a BL manga a while ago about a cute chubby boy who was in love with his thin friend and his friend eventually did fall for him, but the chubby boy had to crossdress for the friend to make a move and then they didn't even show a sex scene until later when the chubby boy had lost all his weight........ Disappoint......   5 reply
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IOTR
23 days ago
That one manga you're referencing is super problematic, I totally agree with you there. But I would really hesitate to call any anime or manga particularly progressive (unless we're looking at Shimanami Tasogare or Yuuri on Ice or something, and they're extremely hard to come by). The majority of BL manga at least, seem to cater to fantasy first an......   1 reply
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Evilcleo 23 days ago
Like others said, it's more of a Japanese cultural and societal issue than straight manga problem. It absolutely does get ridiculous though. I want to say sending kids to weight camp like what happens to satou in his favorite wouldn't happen but minus the wild animals, it could.   reply
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I kind of like the svelte and average characters though, honestly.:l not invalidating other body types, but it's aesthetically pleasing to look at (just in my opinion). And as where most authors are from, their cultures don't really gear towards "body positive" and all.   2 reply
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BeUnique
24 days ago
I think the only fat character I've ever liked in anyhing Japanese - because they didn't treat her like a sub-person - was from Silver Spoon. She's a minor character and she does loose weight at one point and is really pretty, but she gains it back because of a condition she has. Her weight fluctuates and if she doesn't eat a lot she could become d......   reply
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Mikodami 24 days ago
Well, I'd say it's very typical for the whole Japanese society. On the one hand everyone is right when saying that there are very few really corpulent people and gaining weight is generally undesirable. But on the other hand, let's not forget that Sumo is one of the most popular sports in Japan and Sumo wrestlers are treated almost like male idols ......   2 reply
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panda
24 days ago
It's not only a cultural thing, but it's a large issue in japan (specifically, but it's everywhere) where media and literature devalue body image (like whitewashing, for example). In the west, we are made conscious of the strides in highlighting the vicious, self-perpetuating cycles that hamper body image and speak openly about ridding of beauty st......   4 reply
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Kerrrr
24 days ago
Yes, it's a cultural thing. Yes, it' would be fun/stimulating to look at different body types. But honestly I'm more inclined to think that skinny people are just easier to draw. That's it.   1 reply
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Kousora
28 10,2016 15:21
Because Japan does not like overweight people plus the number of obese people there is really small compared to the rest of the world. http://www.mamamia.com.au/japans-metabo-law-where-being-overweight-is-illegal/   3 reply
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Lady Alteria
28 10,2016 11:48
I may be the only one, but I feel like manga has so little chubby representation...And then when they do a chubby character the mangaka butchers them...for example Junkos famous manga that has gotten an anime, in it the chubby character magically loses weight after her favorite character dies and the shes attractive to all the pretty boys. She then regains her weight and most of them want her to lose it again except for one guy (this is where I left off from reading because I was just so done with it)...
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