Why do few animes have characters with Japanese features?
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62 / M / College Station, TX
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Posted 7/1/08
Every genre I have ever observed has some inside jokes that are obvious to insiders, but completely obscured to the outsider. Why does almost every anime I have watched have no characters who have Japanese features? Is this a joke that I have just missed or is there a reason? At first I thought it might be because of exporting to the U.S., but that does not seem plausible. Please tell me what the deal is.

I mean, it makes no sense to me. I am sure that there are naturally blond Japanese, but from news reports from Japan they sure do not seem to be in a majority, yet animes seem to be overly populated with them.
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26 / M / Las Islas Filipinas
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Posted 7/1/08
I cannot answer your question, but I think it would have to do with the Japanese not liking their RL looks.
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24 / F / Toronto,ON
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Posted 7/1/08
I think it's about just not liking what they have. The purposely protrayed ugly characters have small eyes,deep tanned faces and such. but the characters with huge eyes,pale skin is considered pretty or somthing.

it's just how they see it, like how everyone in amercia is obsessed with getting tans, people there enjoy pale skin.

thats my idea
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Posted 8/26/08
Oh, just imagine an anime character with very chinky, small, almost hidden eyes... They are very opposite with the usual anime. The big eyes are almost a constant in an anime... And, anyway, anime chars are not just for Japanese, in my opinion; it's for the world over too, so anime chars really deserve improvements and beautifications that exceed the Japanese culture.
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23 / M / MY city, New New...
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Posted 8/26/08
there r some like detective conan, nd most romantic comedies have a japanese lokking japanese
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21 / M / 大迷宮
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Posted 8/26/08
Bumped thread.


It's called Imagination.
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25 / F / *insert location...
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Posted 8/26/08
cuz not every character should have "wide-screen" eyes (as people call them)
~big eyes catch the attention and i guess r more attractive?
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23 / M / singapore
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Posted 8/26/08
i kinda agree that big eyes are constant in animes and also anime characters are drawn to look perfect after all so they will surely lack the japanese features in them
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