童絵解万国噺: a wonderfully bizarre 19th century Japanese fanfic history of America

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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/02/18/osanaetoki-bankokubanashi.html

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#2

Cool! I’m looking forward to the film version with Daniel Day Lewis as the all devouring snake.

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#3

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It’s been a while since I could dig out this meme but it seems appropriate.

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#4

Obviously, this should all be considered canon.

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#5

How is this “fanfic”?

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#6

Yeah, I was expecting Cornwallis/Washington.

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#7

Propaganda has to be efficient first and make proper sense never. Could have been written by Trump.

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#8

This has chopping cherry trees and pitching silver dollars across the Potomac beat all hollow.

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#9

I suppose the starting point was Ben Franklin’s insufficiently-captioned cartoon?


(Unfortunate that Ms. Beaton seems to have given up on her website of late.)

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#10

One of my favorite sports used to be laughing at the awful beat-you-over-the-head-with-the-point over-labeling in the typical newspapers’ political cartoon. Something I’m not sad to see die with newspapers.

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#11

As a cartoonist myself I’ve noticed this thing where white American cartoonists and illustrators (especially those not raised on manga and anime) have a really hard time drawing Asian faces in a convincing way. I think the opposite is sometimes true also (I assume sailor moon is supposed to be a blonde white girl right? I really can’t tell other than her hair color) But I kinda like how this artist didn’t even try to make the European Americans in his story look non-Japanese.

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#12

This is no more fanciful than Americans’ notions of other countries’ history.

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#13

To be frank, this is no more fanciful than Americans’ notions of American history.

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#14

Yup. We were responsible for winning WWII and defeating Communism, after all.

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#15

Eh, the Anime is better.
Also George Washington punching a tiger would be a kick ass motif for a T-shirt.

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#16

All thanks to Davy Crockett, and no one else.

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#17

“Washington’s ‘second-in-command’ John Adams battling an enormous snake”; “George Washington straight-up punching a tiger”; a snake eating John Adams’s mother and seeking help to avenge himself upon the snake from “a magical mountain fairy”; and so on.

Jesus. These are the stories that we, as Americans, have desperate need of.

This is very true.

This is extremely true. And I have to say, I like these American fairy tales better than the ones I grew up with. Less damaging, if nothing else.

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#18

Early Manga.

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#19

Sort of like… Abraham Lincoln, Vampire-slayer.

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