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Japanese Red Cross renews partnership with busty-heroine manga series for new blood drive

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

A while back, the Japanese Red Cross Society decided to test if otakus' love of anime was stronger than their fear of needles, and the answer seems to be yes. In recent years, the humanitarian organization has regularly offered commemorative trinkets (generally plastic file folders or mini posters) with pictures of popular anime characters thanking fans for participating in blood drives, and the promotions have been consistently popular.

The strategy was at the center of a bout of online controversy last fall, though, when the JRCS teamed up with manga series "Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out." While the comic itself isn’t sexually explicit, there’s no denying that its female lead, college student Uzaki Hana, is an extremely busty young lady, and the top-heavy character’s presence on posters and promotional files (in the form pictured above) attracted a measure of negative attention, much of it coming from English-speaking internet users.

However, the JRCS asserted that it did not find the artwork to constitute sexual harassment, and the promotion continued for its originally scheduled duration, with Uzaki-chan’s artist and creator Take himself donating blood. What’s more, the Red Cross has announced it will be launching a second tie-up with the series this week, as proudly heralded through the official Uzaki-chan Twitter account. It says:

“All righty, because of how popular the first one was, Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out is being allowed to be part of another blood donation campaign! This is thanks to all of your support! Thank you!

OK! Let’s go give blood!”

The second round of the collaboration was initially announced before the online controversy began, which had some wondering if the JRSC would decide to back out of the second half of the partnership. But according to the organization’s website, blood donation rooms in not only Tokyo, but also the prefectures of Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Gunma, Ibaraki, and Tochigi will be awarding "Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out" files to donors who give 400 milliliters of blood (or 200 milliliters for 16-year-old boys or girls age 16-17).

While the artwork to be used for the new promotion has yet to be revealed, it’s pretty much a given that an "Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out" tie-up will feature Uzaki-chan, and there’s not really any way to hide her figure. However, only donors who specifically request the folder will be given one, and so the JRSC won’t be forcing anyone who’d rather not be given a depiction of Uzaki’s bounteous figure as a bounty for their blood.

Source: Twitter/@uzakichan_asobi via Jin, Japanese Red Cross Society

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Totally sexist, archetypically Japanese.

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Hey, if it works, it works...

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Seriously unprofessional.

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I think the three comments above this one sum this campaign up pretty well.

Uzaki-chan is indeed sexist, archtypally Japanese and seriously unprofessional. But hey, if it works, it works.

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They didn't want my blood the last time I offered.

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All I see is two impossible sized boobies and two vampire teeth. How do little girls and young women manage to cope against these mindless stereotypes? What about the men? Mostly they are shown as faux-white girly guys. Best answer is to just meet real people, but still...

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So this campaign is aimed at only half of the younger population? Do they not have a corresponding campaign to attract the other half?

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Disgusting. And their hospitals in Japan have bad service too. I advise people to look elsewhere for medical care.

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All I see is two impossible sized boobies and two vampire teeth.

1 vampire tooth because a fang is cute, lol

It's not that the boobs are impossibly-sized - it's because they're impossibly perky

Normally, the more massive the boobs, the more they sag due to gravity. However, in fiction, it's all in the special musculature................ or rather since the law of gravity states that any mass creates gravity, they just have enough mass that they create their own powerful enough gravity such that they maintain themselves from sagging. Well, that's the scientific explanation anyway

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gogogoToday 03:40 pm JST

Seriously unprofessional.

Is your thumbnail not basically the same thing, except pertaining to fur?

Just chill out, there's nothing wrong with boobs. Attractive female characters are not sexist.

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It seems the first round with this character wasn't a bust. Or maybe it was...

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No real woman was harmed during the making of this advertisement.

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Stop whining, this is for blood donations, it is for a good cause, in America they are doing the same, cut the drama..

https://technology.inquirer.net/90897/bandai-namco-to-give-new-game-code-vein-for-free-in-exchange-for-blood-donation

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One more.. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EFfx9s7WsAARhmb?format=jpg&name=small

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I’ve been a Blood Donor over four decades, in the USA, as well as Japan.

They always have to think of new ways to get donors because most people will not.

If the Campaign works, that’s what matters.

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