Pokémon Anime Accused Of Whitewashing

Gym Leader Bea from Pokémon Sword and Shield appears in the most recent episode of the Pokémon: Twilight Wings anime. Notice anything different about the character’s animated version?

Below are Bea’s official game art and a screenshot from Pokemon.co.jp:

Screenshot: Pokemon.co.jp
Screenshot: Pokemon.co.jp

More in-game images from event scenes:

Screenshot: Giml

As Japanese site Hachima Kikou points out, here is how Bea appears in the newest episode of Twilight Wings:

As noted on Hachima Kikou, there were international fans who said the character had clearly been whitewashed for the anime, writing things like, “Oh god they whitewashed Bea.” In Japan, some wondered if the character’s skin looked different because of the bright and sunny way the episode was lit.

It was also pointed out that the character’s original name is Saitou, a common Japanese last name. As noted Hachima Kikou, there were claims online in Japan that perhaps the character was simply tanned like a Japanese gyaru in an attempt to explain the discrepancy and chalk it up to a suntan.

Uh..........


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    The only difference I see is the lighting they used made her look shit. Her skin colour, on the other hand, the other hand has no bearing on anything here. At most, she is tan in the game and given the UK, the place that this game is based on, that makes no sense at all, unless she uses a tanning booth every day.

      More than 10% of the population of the United Kingdom is black or South-East Asian, what's your point?

        My point is that there is more than one way to skin a cat, and that that just accusing people of whitewashing is dumb when it comes to Anime, and especially when comparing a cartoon to a video game. They are not made the same way. And even then, shes not actually white in the show. It's just a lighter skin tone than the game, most likely because the WHOLE SHOW has a lighter tone overall. This kind of 'in-depth' article is nothing more than nitpicking artistic differences between the show and the game and trying to pass it off as racism. It's dumb.

          The article isn’t making the claim though.
          (I wouldn’t call it in depth either since it’s basically pulling everything from another sites article)

          None of which addresses why you felt that tanning booths in the UK were relevant to discussion of the topic.

            ........ really? You don't understand why I am making equivlencys to the UK, the country that the current Pokemon Gen is ment to be based on?

              Yeah. It seems you think that it's a point that is somehow relevant to skin colour, but despite making it a core part of your original argument you're now doing your best to tip toe around the subject entirely. Well, I certainly can't force you, I was just asking the question.

                From what I’m reading, it’s pretty easy to understand. The article makes mention that the character has a Japanese last name and hence her tanned skin is likely a reference to the gyaru trend in Japan. TheJagji would be referencing UK tanning booths due to the inspirational location for the current games, and that to get a decent tan in the UK you’d probably have to resort to tanning beds due to the average weather there.

                  So it's possible to get a tan in japan, but not in the UK? Okay, got it.

                (Replying here since I cannot reply in the thread below.)

                I never said it wasn't possible to get a tan in the UK. My exact quote was "you’d probably have to resort to". Geez, why are you so adversarial?

    People do realize the Japanese themselves, who made this cartoon, aren’t white, they’re a nation of Asian people right.

    To all those 'woke' people reeing about this, I repeat the immortal words of Barack Obama, second of his name: “You should get over that quickly.”

    Hahahahahaha a Japanese Company whitewashing hahahahahahaha .
    Wait April 1st is still 8 days off... Surely you can't be serious.

    I thought she is white?

    That was what I though when playing the game.

    And looking at those art works and in game screens it is almost no difference.

    Weird.

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