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Post Reply Do you generally consider the characters in an anime as Caucasian, Asian, or just as something else?
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You're all wrong.

They are of the 2D race, no comparisons to us 3D-ers.
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There's a trope for this: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Mukokuseki

Since most anime characters have very outlandish hair/eye colours (to make them stand out) and few look actually ethnically Japanese, I just take at face-value what their race is supposed to be and not really question it. ;P You can also sort of tell by their names (If they're given a Japanese or an American-sounding name), but this isn't always the case, of course.
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Unless they had small eyes, or dark skin color, I assumed they were all Caucasian. Especially since/if they have light hair color, and big eyes. I know that a lot of Asians are obsessed with "big eyes" and try to make theirs look like "western eyes" which they think are big. I always thought it was just their obsession crossing over from the real world into anime....
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I always assume North American Caucasian, Although for the blond and blue eyes I assume European Caucasian as blond and blue eyes are not really a trait of North American Caucasian people.
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Yeah I generally see them as some 'generic' race. Unless they are blonde-hair-blue-eyed then I think 'foreigner!' lol
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I usually see them as Asian unless they're mentioned otherwise or obviously drawn as a different race.
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Seeing as they are made in Japan I assume they're Japanese unless otherwise stated or if they're an alien like Goku.

I suppose some white people would see them as white as well as that is what we're used to seeing in the West, where white is pretty much the default.
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Asian. And black if they're black. It depends on the setting- if it's in Japan, they're Japanese. If it's clearly some American visiting Japan though, then American. That kind of thing. A lot of variables for me, in a way.
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^ This.

Can't really add anything else, she said everything what I wanted to say.
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Well, most anime are set in Japan, so I assume that anime characters are usually Asian. Japan has a small percentage of foreigners and people of foreign decent (especially non-Asian), so I assume that they'll often parallel that in anime and manga. People often mimic their real-life settings when they create works of fiction, art, etc. Otherwise, it's usually made pretty clear when the characters aren't Asian in manga and anime.
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1mirg wrote:


Do you generally consider the characters in an anime as Caucasian, Asian, or just as something else?

I consider every anime character, no matter the skin tone or ect. The anime race


Shmojo wrote:

You're all wrong.

They are of the 2D race, no comparisons to us 3D-ers.


LMAO


I generally consider anime characters as humans, more of less from earth (earthian, terran, orbisian, geocian), unless otherwise specified.
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All I see now is blonde, brunette, redhead...

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interesting topic actually...

i never really ponder on it until their ethnicity/nationality is mentioned.

as for the black peeps... well, ya just kinda know.

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Ink-e wrote:


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How do you know if they're African American?


I believe he means "Black", but was just trying to use a different term, as that's sometimes viewed as derogatory.

ex:


Simon is pretty clearly black.


Depends on whether you're talking about American or Caribbean/African blacks.

Caribbean and African blacks don't call themselves black; they just identify by their nationality. African blacks don't call our blacks Africans but rather Americans with dark skin. As for black Americans of a certain age, some might still identify as "Negro" or "colored", those being the polite terms when those generations grew up ("Black" was considered derogatory in their day). Younger blacks just go by "black", "African-American", or just plain "American".

Some people prefer to identify by their nationality instead of their ethnicity.
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usually i assume they are Japanese since they speak the language unless they clearly state they are foreigners. Also usually they show them living in japan etc. unless it is of course a Chinese anime etc. many variables but usually Japanese.
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