Japanese Stock Characters

1 June: When Jeremy Sams directed Wind in the Willows in Tokyo he had many practical problems … the cast were anxious to know about other characters like their own – other Moles, for instances, other Toads. ‘But there are no others,’ explained Jeremy. This the actors were unable to grasp or the fact that Wind in the Willows was not compared. All the plays in Japanese theatres are genre plays, variations on a theme or set of themes; the idea that a play might be unique seemed to them very strange indeed.

– Alan Bennett, from a diary entry, excerpted from Untold Stories

Speaking of tropes/stereotypes whatever regarding Japan, have you heard the one about honour? How every plot set in Japan has characters who do things because honour? I haven’t seen Wolverine. Others have.