In terms of sheer quantity, there are a lot more queer characters in anime than there are in American cartoons. Until recently, queer representation in American animation has faced two ridiculous obstacles: the idea that cartoons are just for kids, and the idea that it's inappropriate to expose kids to the existence of queer people. Thankfully that first obstacle started being challenged in the '90s with shows like The Simpsons and South Park , and the second obstacle's being challenged now thanks to shows like Steven Universe and The Loud House. In Japan, however, neither of obstacles exist. There's been anime for adults almost as long as there's been anime, and kids anime have long featured openly queer characters. As for the quality of queer representation in anime, it's a mixed bag.
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The plots tend to focus on the growing love between two beautiful young men and cater towards a largely female audience. Super Lovers. It tells the tale of high schooler Haru and his younger stepbrother Ren, who spent a summer together in Canada getting to know each other. Can they repair their relationship and figure out how they really feel about one another?
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Anime is a form of animation that originated in Japan. The name comes from an abbreviated form of the Japanese word for animation. Characters are depicted of all races and colors. Different characteristics are included, including hair color.
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