Speaking of heroes and heroines whose origins are from farther east from farther west, I would like to share with you all this Asian heroine and this Asian hero, respectively:
A) Mulan, or she who is as mighty, brave, heroic, strong and noble as a warrior, as she is young, fair, lovely, pretty and beautiful as a maiden, and whose story—a story that is as familiar to the peoples of all Asia (including her indigenous China) as the story of Cinderella is familiar to the peoples of Europe and the United States—provided the basis for a hand drawn Disney movie from 16 years ago.
B) Samurai Jack, or he who is my kind of guy, a time-displaced warrior swordsman prince of Medieval Japan, my cartoon hero, my favorite cartoon samurai as well as my main Asian man (if only AVATAR’s Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) counts as ‘my main blue man’) and he who wants to go back to his own time and place so he can do the killin’ blow to the evil shape shifting demon wizard Aku, the Master of Masters, Deliverer of Darkness, and Shogun or Sorrow, or whatever Aku’s self-proclaimed titles are…
And so, I am asking you all this:
What are the differences between Mulan and Samurai Jack? And what are the similarities, or comparison and contrast, between Samurai Jack and Mulan?
Mulan is also ready to basically sacrifice herself to spare her father. She goes against the rules of a patriarchial system and kicks ass, masquerading as a guy. As far as courage and character integrity, I think Mulan wins this hands-down. She is strong, never loses her compassion and is just awesome.