My 2011 WRX came with a black Subaru filter. I only use the OEM replacement it is now blue. I have never had any oil filter issues ever on any of my Subarus of the past with the OEM filters.
Now my wifes 2012 2.0i came with a larger black filter and its replacement from dealer was still a black japan made filter. it is kinda cool that it is upside down on top of motor. super easy.