The Other Side takes a look at Terra Formars, and all the excessive racism within it.
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Unfortunately deemed as “the best sci-fi manga in years” by some guy at Viz who should’ve kept that to himself, Terra Formars is a manga best described as Fist of the North Star meets outer space meets Scrub Me Mama With a Boogie Beat. What would normally be an unremarkable (if somewhat entertaining) action series is made ludicrous and infamous with its unbelievable balls-to-the-wall racism. And if you think it’s JUST the design of the cockroach people (although that’s a big one) you ain’t seen nothing yet. When you’ve got heroes named after Hitler and his girlfriend, you know you’ve got some serious problems. The Other Side examines just what these problems are, discusses the portrayal of black people in anime (and often, the lack thereof), Japanese xenophobia that permeates many anime series, and has a grand ol’ time mocking the racism that seems to be slathered all over this manga like butter on toast.’