Did Onepunch-Man seriously just do Blackface!? (Spoilers)

Saucycarpdog

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For those that don't know, there's a hero in Onepunch-Man named Superalloy Darkshine who is very clearly supposed to be black and is easily the most prominent black hero in the manga:




Well, the most recent chapter of the manga just flat out revealed that, no, he is, in fact, not black. His backstory instead is that, because he exercised to such extremes, he somehow became bald and had a change in skin tone.





Seriously WTF?? I actually like the other heroes in OPM way more than the main character himself and most of the S-class heroes are pretty entertaining but this is utter absurdity.
 

Apharmd

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It's like there's a missing piece in this issue. Why the fuck did he turn black when he got muscles?
 
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Japan’s cultural image of black people partially comes from old racist-as-fuck American entertainment. With not enough black people living in Japan to expose them to reality on a mass scale, it has never gone (completely) out of fashion. So you get minstrel-influenced shit like this design and Mr. Popo, among others. It really sucks.
 

Seesaw15

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Its been known in the manga that Superalloy Darkshine is asian for a while.

Also, body builders just get weird fake dance to enhance muscles def.




 

ash32121

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It's supposed to be tan.

Like you know, bodybuilder.

Problem is his god damn lip.
 

Fat4all

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are we sure this is a tan and he didnt actually just turn black



cuz that dont look like a tan
 

smurfx

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was his backstory in the original manga or is this a creation of the remake manga?
 

Nappuccino

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People thinking there's missing panels clearly are forgetting the origin story of OPM's main character.

This is pretty damn tone deaf though, as others have said.
 

Loudninja

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That isnt a damn tan he is straight up black the fact they added those lips as well they knew what they where doing.
 
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I feel this one is fake, but if it's real then wtf?
Have you guys not seen the tans bodybuilders have for competitions? I have a friend who's fairly pale normally that competed in one and she was fairly dark from her tan. It's bizarre

His backstory instead is that, because he exercised to such extremes, he somehow became bald
You say this like it's some strange concept. You do realize Saitama, the main character, didn't naturally turn bald, right?

I'm not sure if this is blackface or is suppose to be some extreme version of tanning/bronzing, but it's definitely straddling the line if not crossing it...
 

Mekanos

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Japan’s cultural image of black people partially comes from old racist-as-fuck American entertainment. With not enough black people living in Japan to expose them to reality on a mass scale, it has never gone (completely) out of fashion. So you get minstrel-influenced shit like this design and Mr. Popo, among others. It really sucks.
Feel like this explanation, if not completely, lets Japanese creators off the hook. Anybody alive in the industry today was not working when those minstrel shows were in vogue and the internet has globalized society on a massive scale. Japanese people consume tons of American media with black people. There is no excuse for not knowing this stuff in 2020. Mr. Popo was created over 30 years ago.
 

Palazzo

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Not running defense for this, as it was sketch since the beginning when people were trying to translate it and "Darkie" was thrown around, but see Bolo Yeung for similar facial features.
The "Darky" thing is separate from whether or not his character design is supposed to evoke blackface, since it wasn't in the original Japanese text at all (where he was just "Dark-chan"). That one's more on the fault of the (unofficial) webcomic translators being either particularly sheltered or brazen, not the actual creators like his design may be.
 

L Thammy

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I swear I heard this a million years ago, during that brief period where I was interested in One Punch Man.

On that note, when everyone was telling me to watch the series, no one told me about Puri Puri Prisoner. But then again, I read the manga and maybe it didn't get that far.
 

L Thammy

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Also, the line between tanning and blackface has been blurred in media for a while; there's no reason why they would be mutually exclusive.

Like, just off the top of my head, both Seinfeld and Friends had jokes where a character tans too long and it's somehow equated with blackface; Kramer pisses off his girlfriend's father who thinks he's trying to impress him via blackface, Ross receives snark about he can "sing a duet of Ebony and Ivory by yourself".
 

Midramble

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Having read this webcomic/manga for quite a while, yes this gimic is that he worked out so hard that his skin tanned and tuned shiny and shown in the visual gag that it turned him black. Yeah its racist. One isn't the best when it comes to this because they hit standard Japanese comedy which is well known to be problematic.
 
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People calling it a tan are being super disingenuous since nobody ever suspected so until his backstory was revealed in the webcomic.
Do you know why? Because he doesn't look tanned!
 

FF Seraphim

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Having read this webcomic/manga for quite a while, yes this gimic is that he worked out so hard that his skin tanned and tuned shiny and shown in the visual gag that it turned him black. Yeah its racist. One isn't the best when it comes to this because they hit standard Japanese comedy which is well known to be problematic.
I do not even remember the webcomic giving him a background at all... I just thought he was a black guy with really big muscles...Hell, does OPM even have any black characters now?
 

Sketch

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Oh no.

My gf and I were noticing how awful Rocklock’s dialogue is in My Hero Academia but this is on another level.

How can anyone excuse this?
 

Rackham

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I pointed this out a while ago and people were arguing that it was just a body builder tan then too.