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INTEREST: Peruvian Politicians Cosplay Anime Characters to Score the "Otaku" Vote




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Replica_Rabbit



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:51 pm Reply with quote
.....Akatsuki and shinobi alliance doesn't mix
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IchiroFox



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:18 pm Reply with quote
Is anime that big in Peru?
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KabaKabaFruit



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:43 pm Reply with quote
Resorting to gimmicks like this to win over the young vote for no other reason than to build party leverage is quite pathetic.

You don't fix political corruption with gimmicks. Either have a sound strategy to stabilize your country or get out of the process.
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Horsefellow



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:28 pm Reply with quote
I like the part where he implies the Akatsuki are the good guys of the series. What's next, a politician dresses up as Freeza?
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Fluwm



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:45 pm Reply with quote
IchiroFox wrote:
Is anime that big in Peru?

It's at least a bigger demographic than the coal miners POTUS candidates spend so much time appealing to every election cycle.

It also demonstrates a sense of humor, which can be humanizing.
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Wyvern



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:56 pm Reply with quote
Oh boy, who wouldn't want the Akatsuki in charge of their government?
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harminia



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:52 pm Reply with quote
If they like anime and want to dress up as characters from it, more power to them. But if they're just using it as a way to trick anime fans into voting for them, then that's pretty tacky.
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taster of pork



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:20 pm Reply with quote
Dressing up as a anime Character, or even just saying you like Anime wouldn't persuade me to vote for someone.
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JennLegacy



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:28 pm Reply with quote
I think they might've been inspired by that one Taiwanese cosplayer who actually did get voted into office? In her case though, from what I remember, she actually was a former pro-cosplayer and used it as a way to say "I'm just like you" the same way a non-anime fan politician would say they used to be a bartender or something. Here it looks like they're straight up trying to connect cosplay and anime to their policy making and it's pretty dang tacky.
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BadNewsBlues



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:33 pm Reply with quote
KabaKabaFruit wrote:
Resorting to gimmicks like this to win over the young vote for no other reason than to build party leverage is quite pathetic.

You don't fix political corruption with gimmicks. Either have a sound strategy to stabilize your country or get out of the process.


I mean you have to get elected before you can fix political corruption and even then some systems have enough red tape in the way along with other issues that the problem likely won’t get fixed anyway.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:55 am Reply with quote
Well,here's the thing you guys need to know. Peru has a significant Japanese community there. In fact,it's got one of the largest in South America,second only to Brazil,so that's one possible reason why anime's been so popular there. There was a built-in audience there already so it eventually spread to the rest of the country. There's something else as well. There are also a number of Peruvians who live in the U.S.,so how many of those people are anime fans? I have no idea.
I do know this. I may like anime but this is a bit much to me. If someone was running in a local,state,or federal election in the U.S. and this person dressed up as an anime character to try to get me to vote for him or her,I'd probably say that he or she is incredibly desperate to try something like this. Not only would this person would suffer significant ridicule for even doing something like this,but it would also be seen as pretty silly,too. I agree with those who say this is pretty tacky. I doubt I'd vote for anyone who dressed up like a member of the Akatsuki or any other fictional character.

Not only would be seen as unnecessary pandering to try to get a vote from a certain demographic,it would also be seen as pretty ridiculous and end up being made fun of everywhere. This person wouldn't be seen as a serious candidate for office. He or she'd be seen as a complete joke if they did something like that.


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SparkTFS



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:16 am Reply with quote
I don't know every detail about this situation, but I hope they are at least competent and responsible people who can deal carefully with topics that revolve around the lives of millions, and aren't just trying to profit from things young people usually like.

Although I'm not gonna lie, the situation isolated looks pretty amusing Laughing .
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Silver Kirin



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:08 am Reply with quote
IchiroFox wrote:
Is anime that big in Peru?

I'm not Peruvian, but I live in South America, and while anime isn't mainstream many people grew up watching shows like Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya, Sailor Moon and Pokemon, and recenlty companies like Netflix, Crunchyroll and Funimation began dubbing more shows into Neutral Spanish. Moreover, there's a considerable amount of Peruvian people of japanese descent due to inmigration, not as much as in Brazil, but one of Peru's former president was of japanese descent, I don't know if that has some kind of influence.
Now, most commenters in spanish-speaking anime websites are rolling their eyes and saying that this is pretty cringy. It reminds me of what happened in my home country of Argentina, where our current president's son did some cosplay as a humanized female Pikachu
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Birriaman



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 7:01 am Reply with quote
IchiroFox wrote:
Is anime that big in Peru?
Anime has been THAT big in Peru and LATAM for decades. Anime was a common staple of local syndicated TV since way before Pokemon even made it West: Captain Tsubasa, Captain Harlock, MANY super robot franchises, several Christian anime, Future Boy Conan, King Arthur, Tales of the Green Forest, and soooooo many more. It always shocks when someone shows surprise at this.
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Snomaster1
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2021 5:47 am Reply with quote
Well,count me as one of those people,Birriaman. As I already mentioned,there's been a lot of Japanese immigration to places like Peru and Brazil. I don't really know about the rest of Latin America but I do know that there are large Japanese communities in both those countries. I'm not really sure how it is in the rest of Central and South America but that's what I know. I also know that there's been a lot of immigration from Latin America to the United States. How many of those people are anime fans,I honestly can't say.
I am a bit surprised at this,though. Catholicism has had a strong influence there for centuries and it's a big surprise that something like anime and manga to even find an audience in those countries. I don't know what it is,but it's just something I've noticed.
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