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Japan isn’t always, to put it nicely, the most politically correct culture. When it comes to other cultures, Japan can often be a little… blunt? One of the funniest (and best) examples of this is the anime “G Gundam.” The show features Mobile Gundam Suits that are supposed to represent different countries, but can sometimes come across as pretty racist (lots of lols to be had, though). Do you think these these are racist? Read on and decide for yourself!

Mobile Fighter G-Gundam

Gundam, as any otaku will tell you, is a legendary long-running anime franchise that’s been going basically non-stop in Japan for about 40 years now. Every few years, there’s a whole new series with different characters, plot, and setting.

One of the wackiest iterations of Gundam has been G Gundam. The premise of the series is that the countries of the world fight in a Gundam tournament every four years to determine who will govern the whole world. It’s like having elections, but with giant fighting robots and explosions.

In that tournament, each nation has its own Gundam that’s supposed to represent the country. Sounds good on paper, right? Who wouldn’t want the pride of her nation in giant robot form? But in the show, these Gundams often translate into lazy, ridiculous stereotypes for each country.

Tequila Gundam

Take, for instance, Mexico’s Gundam. It has a sombrero, mustache, and in the show is known as “Tequila Gundam.” I guess it’s one step up from “Mariachi Gundam,” but you gotta wonder if whoever created Tequila Gundam knew anything about Mexico other than what he learned in a Speedy Gonzales cartoon.

Nethers Gundam

And it’s not just Mexico that gets a stupid looking robot. Holland’s Gundam is literally just a giant windmill. You’d think that they would have something more intimidating than something that’s usually associated with picturesque countryside scenes or milling grain.

“Tremble before me!

Rose Gundam

France doesn’t escape from any of G Gundam’s hilariously bad designs, either. France’s “Rose Gundam” features a Napoleon-style hat, a cape, and a sword. It’s pretty bad, but it definitely could have been worse. At least France’s Gundam wasn’t a giant, cowardly croissant, or a mecha-Eiffel Tower. Wait, I take that back. I wish it was a mecha-Eiffel Tower. How sweet would that be?

Qu’est-ce que c’est ?

But wait, it gets better. Rose Gundam also has its own butler robot. Yes, a butler robot… because all French people have butlers, right?

Pharaoh Gundam

Egypt is like a band that had a one-hit wonder and will forever be known for that one song. No matter what else happens in Egypt’s history from now on, people will always think of pyramids, mummies, and the Sphinx when you mention Egypt. In G Gundam, Egypt’s fighting robot is – wait for it – Pharaoh Gundam, who eventually turns into a mummy who curses whoever comes near it. Surprised? Yeah, me neither.

John Bull Gundam

John Bull is a national symbol of Great Britain, kind of like Uncle Sam is to the USA. In G Gundam, the UK’s Gundam is named after that symbol, which by itself isn’t too bad. It does however also feature one of those tall black hats that you’ll see on guards around London. Offensive? Not particularly. Silly looking? Absolutely.

Not pictured: tea and biscuits.

Zebra Gundam

I don’t think I have enough space or time to tell you how this Gundam from Kenya is ridiculously offensive, but I bet you can figure it out on your own why this might be a bit problematic. Plus, do zebras actually do anything? At least a windmill can blow the enemy away…

And those are just the robots that are shown in the series. Who knows what the show’s creators might have had in mind for other countries. I shudder to think of the other ridiculous stereotypes that might be shown. I wouldn’t be surprised if a Ukranian Gundam was a radioactive meltdown, Chernobyl-style; or if Brazil’s Gundam was a giant, robotic Pelé.

International soccer superstar or destructive robot?

Based on all of these stereotypes, you’d think that Japan’s giant fighting robot would have a giant rising sun, wear a rising sun hachimaki bandana, or be called something stupid like “Sushi Gundam.” Surprisingly (or maybe not), Japan’s Gundam is simply called “Shining Gundam” and is pretty much the most generic looking thing in the world.

Don’t get me wrong, I love G Gundam. It’s one of my favorite series, and probably has some of the best camp value in the Gundam franchise. I think on some level, the creators of the show even recognize how ridiculous the whole premise is and just have a lot of fun with it.

But “Tequila Gundam?” Really?

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  • blather

    America: greedy fat lazy Gundam shaped like and with the maneuverability of a blimp.

    But paint it with a flag and everything will be all right.

  • blather

    America: greedy fat lazy Gundam shaped like and with the maneuverability of a blimp.

    But paint it with a flag and everything will be all right.

  • blather

    America: greedy fat lazy Gundam shaped like and with the maneuverability of a blimp.

    But paint it with a flag and everything will be all right.

  • intheinaka

    How would the Dutch Gundam differ from the Nethers Gundam exactly?

  • intheinaka

    How would the Dutch Gundam differ from the Nethers Gundam exactly?

  • intheinaka

    How would the Dutch Gundam differ from the Nethers Gundam exactly?

  • http://www.tofugu.com/ Hashi

    Whoops, that’s me being terrible with geography. Sorry about that!

  • http://www.tofugu.com/ Hashi

    Whoops, that’s me being terrible with geography. Sorry about that!

  • http://twitter.com/tweetyburdz Future Dr. Arguelles

    A Gundam that wears a Barong Tagalog or just a tribal loincloth (bahag), and then wields a Bolo Knife as a weapon. The Gundam would be like, half red and half blue, and then its chest would have the shape of the sun (just like the Philippine flag).

    I’d call it the Adobo Gundam.

  • cjay

    I almost took offense to your comment, and then realized that you are perfectly correct lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1576105710 Christine Cooney

    Considering the time period, I would guess America’s Gundam would be based on Walker, Texas Ranger.

  • Matias386

    I guess the Gundam from Argentina would be a giant mate, or a mecha maradona, nothing else remarkable around here

  • Artsygale

    For the US’s just take whatever Canada’s looks like, paint it red, white, and blue and replace the hockey stick with absurdly huge guns. But make sure you leave the “Made in China” sticker on the bottom. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000185670208 Nick Haupt

    America would be covered in American flag patterns, wearing an Uncle Sam top hat, and have a robo-beer gut.

  • HaHaHaHaHa!

    The Gundam from Kenya isn’t all that offensive, it’s just stereotypical. The concept that Africans would actually be capable of refraining from killing and raping each-other long enough to get fed and educated as needed to come up with the technology required to build a giant robot, however, is so absurd that it IS actually offensive.

  • HaHaHaHaHa!

    The Gundam from Kenya isn’t all that offensive, it’s just stereotypical. The concept that Africans would actually be capable of refraining from killing and raping each-other long enough to get fed and educated as needed to come up with the technology required to build a giant robot, however, is so absurd that it IS actually offensive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-Jarrold/534536972 Joseph Jarrold

    Where did you get those names? lol thier called different things in the show, like wtf tequila gundam, its spike gundam. you just made those names up right.
    and if you want plain ridiculous what about neo denmarks mermaid gundam, seriously made me laugh watching that fight

    http://www.gundamofficial.com/worlds/fc/mechanics/mf_mermaid.html

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IZTqie2A4E

  • Kenneth Hendricks

    The title of this article should probably be “The Ridiculously Stereotypical Robots of Mobile Fighter G-Gundam. 

    racism |ˈrāˌsizəm|

    noun

    the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, esp. so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.

    stereotype |ˈsterēəˌtīp; ˈsti(ə)r-|
    noun
    1 a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing : the stereotype of the woman as the carer | sexual and racial stereotypes.
    • a person or thing that conforms to such an image : don’t treat anyone as a stereotype.

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  • Anonymous

    Since we’re going by stereotypes, the Spanish Gundam would probably just sleep his siesta until the other guy surrenders out of boredom. Then, he’d probably complain about how shitty the fight was.

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  • http://www.tofugu.com/ Hashi

    They’re from the Japanese version of the show, not the dubbed American version.

  • http://www.tofugu.com/ Hashi

    Where’s the alliteration in that? :p

  • http://www.tofugu.com/ Hashi

    In the show, the Spanish Gundam is just a giant bull’s head. Go figure.

  • http://www.tofugu.com/ Hashi

    Where’s the alliteration in that? :p

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-Jarrold/534536972 Joseph Jarrold

    crazy didnt know that, its hard to find the show in its subbed form on dvd, or at least it is in the UK. gotta say though im surprised you didnt add in neo americas gundam.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-Jarrold/534536972 Joseph Jarrold

    crazy didnt know that, its hard to find the show in its subbed form on dvd, or at least it is in the UK. gotta say though im surprised you didnt add in neo americas gundam.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000511548857 Hobbid Hobbin

    ok, I have lived in the uk all my life and have never heard of john bull until now, on a Japanese culture blog. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000511548857 Hobbid Hobbin

    ok, I have lived in the uk all my life and have never heard of john bull until now, on a Japanese culture blog. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/nadine.lapworth Nadine Lapworth

    Is it bad that I live in England and have never heard of John Bull/know who he is? To google…

  • Ollie

    50 years ago, maybe. 

  • Ollie

    No not at all… Hashi is just a few centuries too late…

  • http://twitter.com/craneial Thomas Crane

    I used to own the 1/144th scale model of the American Gundam. It was of course a football player that surfed.  Master Asia: Undefeated of the East is still one of my all time favorite characters.

  • Kincaid42

    lol the japanese gundam has the colors red white and blue

  • Kincaid42

    lol the japanese gundam has the colors red white and blue

  • http://twitter.com/Rohxez Zehro Enna

    Actually, as a Mexican, I’m completely un-offended by Tequila Gundam xD I kinda like the cactus like spikes protruding from his body, haha!  At least its not some giant mecha-pancho villa or something! >__<

  • Sholum

    Definitely! It would look like Chuck Norris, which means it would mop the floor with the other Gundams.

  • Alona Shilina

    And German Gundam would probably  look suspiciously similar to Hitler and would be called “Lederhosen Gundam”… 

  • Alona Shilina

    And German Gundam would probably  look suspiciously similar to Hitler and would be called “Lederhosen Gundam”… 

  • a.

    I’m sure Australia would have a giant southern cross design and run around with the flag as a cape and no shirt.

  • Rking

    Accuracy>Alliteration

  • Silent89

    How about a german gundam? I
    mean, even Kamen Rider had to fight (a Starfish)Hilter at some point ;-)

  • キツネじゃない

    My favourite episode was when the Nethers Gundam was destroyed by the Don Quixote Gundam. Almost as good as when they misspelled the name of their robots right on their own promotional material. Also, the Canadian Gundam is surprisingly awesome looking. It’s like Sunrise didn’t even know how that stereotype worked.

    http://www.mahq.net/mecha/gundam/g/gf13-037nca.htm

    I mean, seriously, look at that thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sebastian-Keppelmayr/1011729969 Sebastian Keppelmayr

    Gundam Spiegel, the Neo-Germany Gundam is currently a thing in an old prussian uniform look-alike design with a Landser helmet. There we are, Germany is still the old militaristic nation (at least they didn’t design it after Hitler).
    The Neo-German Gundam should be in black, red and gold and look like our chancellor Angela Merkel lol

  • http://www.blueterritory.com Arisa

    I’m actually surprised the Netherlands (because Holland is just like a small part of our country, if you want to go literal) actually HAS a Gundam XD
    Mostly it just gets skipped. Though we don’t have much going for us other than windmills and clogs… The rest we just got from the rest of the world XD

  • Anonymous

    I guess that was the alternative *lol*

  • Anonymous

    I thought the same :D but he could also be shaped like a beer glass xD beer glass hitler in lederhosen… gundam

  • miguelin

    I guess the argentinian Gundam could be a giant gaucho that throws on the grill his opponents and slow cook it to death while he dance tango, play football or stole his opponent’s shoes, what lots of people do over here… ;)

    Or maybe just paid a bribe to avoid fighting, that would be quite argentinian too ;) (that’s viveza criolla )    

    We can call it Chimichurri Gundam.

  • Tyler

    You forgot to mention that the Tequila Gundam goes down like it was made out trashcans held together by paperclips and rubber bands. Pretty stereotypical, imo.

  • http://ogijima.com David @ Ogijima

    Silly? Yes. Offensive and racist? No, except if you’re one of those people that have been blinded by political correctness and who call real Africans “African-Americans” for fear of calling them Black.

    That being said, I remember similar treatment of “international super heroes” in US comic books that I used to read in my younger years.

  • http://twitter.com/xharmony harmony

    Yeah, it’s kind of stereotypical… but I really don’t think it’s any worse than stuff you used to see all the time in American cartoons and films  (I can remember stuff just as bad from the 80s and 90s). But if G-Gundam was an American show from the 80s, I can imagine Japan’s would be just as stereotypical..if not worse. And oh the American Gundam would be super macho too, lol. I agree it’s a bit goofy and stereotypical, but “racist” is a strong word…

  • alex feldhann

    americas gundam would look like Captian America complete with the shield and thank you i never knew what the series was besides the gundam part 

  • alex feldhann

    americas gundam would look like Captian America complete with the shield and thank you i never knew what the series was besides the gundam part 

  • alex feldhann

    americas gundam would look like Captian America complete with the shield and thank you i never knew what the series was besides the gundam part 

  • alex feldhann

    why are they called gundams i under stand the mobile suit part cause they are in essence giant suits of armor that move like a person but why gundam

  • alex feldhann

    why are they called gundams i under stand the mobile suit part cause they are in essence giant suits of armor that move like a person but why gundam

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Melody-Wilcocks/100001888429041 Melody Wilcocks

    Australian Gundam: Bogan Bot

    Thongs? Check.
    Flannelette shirt? Check.
    One of those hats with the corks hanging off it? Check.
    Southern Cross tattooed across his chest? Check.

     His weapon would be a big knife, and his catch-phrases would be:
    “You call that a knife? Ha, THIS is a knife!!” and “Crikey!!”

    (/bad stereotypes)

  • キツネじゃない

     My favourite was the Chinese heroine whose power was to have lots of babies.

  • キツネじゃないガンダム

     Probably because “Mobile Fighter G-” didn’t have quite the same ring to it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/philip.oddie Philip Oddie

    Want another example of gundam reinforcing stereotypes?

    “Neros Gundam represents the space colony of Neo Italy, and is assigned to the gang boss
    Michelo Chariot”

  • http://www.tofugu.com/ Hashi

    Gundam is just some word made up by the people who created the original series. According to Wikipedia, it’s an combination of the English word “gun” and the second part of the word “freeDOM.” Go figure.

  • Joepoo69

    lol you haven’t noticed that every japanese gundam is shaped like Samurai? the samurai helmet crest that appears on nearly every one? 
    the entire head is based of a samurai helmet, and the armor based of samurai gear as well -_-

  • http://www.tofugu.com/ Hashi

    Yikes, you’re right! Sorry about that error.

  • Japan Man

    lumber gundam makes me proud to be canadian. :)

  • Japan Man

    lumber gundam makes me proud to be canadian. :)

  • http://twitter.com/AdmiralAkashi Akashi

    I couldn’t tell if you’d actually seen G Gundam until the last part. Just saying.

  • http://www.tofugu.com/ Hashi

    I own the entire series on DVD :D

  • Ayla

    Belgium: Definitely a chocolate gundam

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002396612575 Sai Okerstrom

    Australia: a walking vegimite jar with kangaroo arms. 
    why? i cant think of anything, 

  • http://www.facebook.com/Zerokeemu Kim McInally

    I’m not at all offended by these, they are pretty fun in fact I think most people would make something like this. Sorta so people can recognise the origin of  them the straight away rather than have regular unmarked bots with maybe a flag?

    Although that windmill…should have had it on the back.

    http://www.gundamofficial.com/worlds/fc/mechanics/index.htmlThere's actually some cool ones. They are awesome giant robots with themes, we can excuse any stereotypes =D

    Having a Scottish blood line…I think there should totally be a bagpipe toting kilt wearing gundam =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Correia/804870432 Michael Correia

    Portugal: fisherman gundam xD

  • Zislis2

    shouldn’t be “racist” France, Nethers, aren’t races. You should have named it “Stereotypes” 

  • http://mistersanity.blogspot.com Jonadab

    I would’ve considered the sombrero a legitimate cultural icon of Mexico.  Naming the national robot after a liquor is in pretty bad taste, though.

    As best I can figure, Holland no longer even has picturesque rural scenes.  (Their population density per square mile these days is four digits long.  Yes, that’s for the whole country.  The subnational region, Holland proper, is even more densely populated.)

    Part of the reason people still think of Giza when they think of Egypt is because that stuff is in fact pretty impressive, visually.  Giza tourism is still a significant segment in the national economy (albeit, not as large a portion as it was thirty years ago).  Another part of the reason (and yes, I realize some people would consider this even more racist than the Gumdan) is because Egypt hasn’t had any significant influence on the world since, umm, …  since Carchemish, if you don’t count the transplanted Greeks of the Ptolemaic era as “Egypt”.

    I think the British one should carry a cricket bat, just to round things out.

    I will not defend the zebra.

    It may also be worth noting that the countries that are not represented at all (certain significant ones in particular)  may actually say more by their mere absence than the ridiculous costumes on the ones that are included.  I mean, this is Gundam we’re talking about, so ridiculous costumes are pretty much par for the course, but how can you have a contest for world domination and not include two of the five nations with permanent seats on the UN Security Council?

  • http://mistersanity.blogspot.com Jonadab

    Perhaps instead of Uncle Sam (the current most popular personification of America, or more specifically of the US Federal Government), he should have compared John Bull to Columbia (the original personification of America, popular in the nineteenth century).  

  • http://mistersanity.blogspot.com Jonadab

    > (because Holland is just like a small part of our country, if you want to go literal) 

    In Dutch, “Holland” is a small part of the country.  In English, “Holland” is by far the most common name for the country.  (Nobody ever says “the Netherlands” except in official contexts like UN meetings and state dinners.)  If we ever had occasion to refer to the subnational region (which would be fairly unusual in the English-speaking world, since Holland isn’t all that big anyhow), we’d call it “Holland proper”, in the same way that “England proper” means “the part of England that’s not Scotland or Wales or cetera”.

    Don’t take it personally.  We user shorter names f0r most countries, especially he ones whose official names are more than three syllables long, and especially the ones we refer to with any frequency at all.  You’ll almost never hear an English-speaking person say “The Republic of China”, for example (except, as above, in highly official and diplomatically sensitive contexts).  We just call it Taiwan, and the One China Policy can pretty much go soak its head.  During the cold war, we routinely referred to the entire Soviet Union as “Russia”.  Think of it as a standard feature of the English language.

  • http://mistersanity.blogspot.com Jonadab

    If it were an American show in the eighties, the only Asian nation that would even be mentioned would be China, and their robot would be named something like “Chong Ching”.  Transylvania would be more likely to have a robot than Japan.

  • cameron charles

    as said these are stereotypical not racist, racism ensues that they designed, say the tequila gundam with the mindset that “mexicans are stupid sombrero wearing cactus rooters”, which im sure isnt the case.

    the only racist one there is the one you glanced over, the japanese gundam is as you said the most generic one of them all, if that doesnt say all asians look alike i dont no what does

  • cameron charles

    as said these are stereotypical not racist, racism ensues that they designed, say the tequila gundam with the mindset that “mexicans are stupid sombrero wearing cactus rooters”, which im sure isnt the case.

    the only racist one there is the one you glanced over, the japanese gundam is as you said the most generic one of them all, if that doesnt say all asians look alike i dont no what does

  • cameron charles

    as said these are stereotypical not racist, racism ensues that they designed, say the tequila gundam with the mindset that “mexicans are stupid sombrero wearing cactus rooters”, which im sure isnt the case.

    the only racist one there is the one you glanced over, the japanese gundam is as you said the most generic one of them all, if that doesnt say all asians look alike i dont no what does

  • xblitz

    haha your missing the shit loads of guns and missiles…. :P

  • アントン

    The Ridiculously Exaggerated Title To Get Attention. ..!
    Seriously, this isn’t racist; it’s stereotypical.

  • アントン

    The Ridiculously Exaggerated Title To Get Attention. ..!
    Seriously, this isn’t racist; it’s stereotypical.

  • アントン

    The Ridiculously Exaggerated Title To Get Attention. ..!
    Seriously, this isn’t racist; it’s stereotypical.

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  • Sandra03

    hmm well I’m from Canada. I imagine they would have done something like a mountie gundam

  • http://www.blueterritory.com Arisa

    It is really too bad you forget one critical point in your comment, and that is your history.
    There’s a reason Holland is referred to as Holland which has to do with history and it is exactly this reason what makes saying Holland wrong in the English language.
    To put it bluntly, Dutch travelers referred to be coming from Holland as they were mostly from that region and it was easier.
    Or something like that, it’s on Wikipedia if you want to know the exact story.
    I don’t really care what you call it, and I do know why, because the Netherlands is such a complex and long word compared to Holland.
    But calling it Holland is just as wrong as calling it the Lowlands. (which is actually the literal translation of the Netherlands)
    It’s all part of history.
    It’s just really funny to note that the Netherlands has a different name in pretty much all languages and more often than not multiple names in any one language.
    So if you wanna be truly confusing haha.

  • http://www.blueterritory.com Arisa

    PS. Holland is actually not any part of our country in a real geography sense. We have two provinces called “Noord-Holland” and “Zuid-Holland”, north/south. That used to be Holland, but isn’t today.
    Just to make it a little bit more complex :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/jonadab.theunsightlyone Jonadab the Unsightly One

    Etymology is funny that way.  “England” at one time meant just the southern part of England.  “America” at one time meant North America, Central America, and South America, combined, but today we call that “the Americas” or more often “the western hemisphere”, and “America” means the United States thereof.  A “mansion” used to be any place where somebody lived, but today it’s a very large very expensive home for a very wealthy person.  The English word “anime” refers to a Japanese style of drawing; the Japanese word アニメ, from which it derives, means a cartoon, and the English word “animation”, from which that derives, refers to the process of making something move or giving it life.  Words change in meaning over time, and they change in meaning when they get borrowed from one language to another.

    If you think “Holland” is only a small part of the Netherlands, English is not your native language.  My money’s on Dutch.

  • http://www.blueterritory.com Arisa

    Hihi well that is true :)
    And yeah I’m from Dutchland… haha because that just makes more sense to me than the Netherlands or Holland. After all, Dutch language, Dutch people… but… Well I guess you follow that thought :P

  • Kincaid42

    watch an anime called hetalia (only 5 mins per episode). its an anime ONLY about country stero types including japanese

  • Kelleth

    LoL I’m Dutch so its the windmill…. Though to be fair I don’t find the windmill to be that offensive… It just the way they use it! Man I hated that cowards tactic. They easily could have let it transform in to a helicopter or something. But hiding as a windmill!?! damn you G Gundam!!

  • Wohdin

    America’s Gundam would just be the robot from Metal Wolf Chaos.

    And the President would pilot it, and KICK EVERYONE’S ASS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shaza-Norman/100000272574961 Shaza Norman

    malaysia gundam = the twin towers… oh yeah!

  • http://www.facebook.com/anipszero Anips Khalid

    you should see Malaysia and Singapore Gundam … Skull and Ashura? Its nowhere near representing the countries.

  • der

    this article didn’t mention americas gundam, whose pilot was a supporting character. It was a surfing, boxing, football player lookalike, who’s shoulderpads turned into boxing gloves.

  • der

    hilariously enough, it kind of looks like its wearing a wwII era german army helmet.

  • Lucas–94

    but it can also transform in a helicopter and can use the rotating thing as sword

  • Barong Gundam

    i think Barong Gundam its not from philippine. Barong is a Devil Myth From Balinese Culture. and its sword is named Keris.its from indonesia

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TR37BBET4BMIJC2MJSGIPB4NNM Luis Man

     who cares about racism in this sense. i would rather laugh and and enjoy the fact that racism isnt all about put downs and insults. instead part of a cartoon. in fact i like this concept better than hiding racial slurs in hidden mesages. Its better when it is blunt, because kids can more easily dissern that it is all for fun. But if you take Spongebob for example with all the hidden sexual terms… Your child may become brain poisoned by that show. HELL id rather have  Spongebob on mtv and given an appropriate rating while making jokes obvious, not hidden inside jokes in a channel that is OBVIOUSLY FOR KIDS; Nickelodeon. RACISM EXISTS NO MATTER WHAT, its a human byproduct that may never leave our history and cultures. So a show that is making fun of race bluntly but not insultingly is alright because that way we dont have to take it too seriously. it’s gonna be there so we have to live with eachother in peace. And if that means we have to every now and then laugh about it, so be it. The people who take G Gundam as an insult are overly sensitive and are looking for attention. I obviously knew when i was nine that this show portrays other countries as that are steriotypical caricatures but i did not know spongebob was so inappropriate. Since it was originally a show for mtv based on 2 gay guys and mtv did not want it, so, they hid all the jokes and put it on nick. so thank you for reading this and i hope you learned something. Because i definitley did not learn anything from this article. Good Day

  • Bruce_wayne92

    there is a german gundam piloted by schwartz

  • Nathankco

    I from hong kong and Master gundam.. I approve.

  • Ninja

    you guys have never actually seen the anime? America’s gundam was a red white and blue Boxer with 2 revolver like pistols and a surf board…

  • Ninja

    Seems like most of the people here haven’t watched the anime… Places Like Germany and America already have Gundams. Germany had a Ninja pilot cuz he Jacked the stereotypical Nazi’s Mobile Suit

  • Blztr

    Dude Im from India . Guess what our gundam would be . A giant Elephant like gundam with seven or eights heads it it would be really fat . the only ways of defeating it would be to touch it , as almost all indian things a useless , it would break apart . and then the fat pilot would say “tadaaaaaa” 

  • Tehluz

    Neo Sweden’s next gundam should look like Notch or better yet…a Creeper Gundam

  • Bifurious

    ‘Murica!!

  • Stacey

    Stereotypical, yes. Racist? No.
    Wikipedia reminds us that “racism” includes judgement or negative connotation: “Racism is usually defined as views, practices and actions
    reflecting the belief that humanity is divided into distinct biological
    groups called races
    and that members of a certain race share certain attributes which make
    that group as a whole less desirable, more desirable, inferior or superior.[1][2][3]”

    These Gundams are just over-simplified cliches from different countries, but there are no negative feelings attached.

  • EREN

    Also Turkey’s Gundam name is Minaret Gundam

  • Kurow Akutenshi

    That’s the good thing about Japan. Not giving a shit about being PC like the west does.

  • BurritoLOVER

    That’s not racist it’s funny, and sorry but when the most of the people think about mexico think about the same things: Mariachi, Tequila, Burritos and Tacos… so? whats the problem?…

  • Timothy Adam Luke Godkin

    A little late to the party, but anyways; I’m here, and if anyone happens to want to know about the Gundam in this series that was representing my Country (Canada); well, here it is: http://gundam.wikia.com/wiki/GF13-037NCA_Lumber_Gundam.

  • mattwo

    The super modes for both shining and god/burning gundam are based on samurai. It’s more noticeable in the case of the later gundam, and Neo Japan HAS had a couple of other Gundams including a Kappa http://gundam.wikia.com/wiki/Turtle_Gundam and in superior defender gundam force, the oddly Zaku-like Busshi units are referenced with these guys http://gundam.wikia.com/wiki/Zako_Busshi?file=Zako_Busshi.gif

  • mattwo

    in the dub Chibodee gets “America the beautiful” sung to him, which was not the song used in the japanese version.

    So, I’m pretty sure it’s not a matter of being politically correct, or maybe it’s just that these stereotypes are done in such an awesome manner, I mean Tequila gundam looks awesome IMO.

  • mattwo

    Also, on the polar opposite side of things, Nobel Gundam is Sailor V. I have no idea why (other than the canonical explanation that they wanted opponents to underestimate it which not only doesn’t actually answer my question but makes the berzerker system seem like a moot point…)