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Do you generally consider the characters in an anime as Caucasian, Asian, or just as something else?
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Posted 5/21/13 , edited 5/21/13

Gyava wrote:

I personally think that they are really neither. The characters just seem to be a different race of their own.

My friends think that they are caucasian because of the hair color in most of the anime.

My African American friend clearly thinks that the African American characters are African American, and that's something I couldn't argue with lol.


they are the artist's depiction of the galactic human race. end of story.

in other words, they draw human's.
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Posted 5/21/13 , edited 5/21/13

Compl3te wrote:


Gyava wrote:

I personally think that they are really neither. The characters just seem to be a different race of their own.

My friends think that they are caucasian because of the hair color in most of the anime.

My African American friend clearly thinks that the African American characters are African American, and that's something I couldn't argue with lol.


they are the artist's depiction of the galactic human race. end of story.

in other words, they draw human's.


Really, they are Japanese unless stated and/or proven otherwise, if you want to be specific. End of story

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I consider them Japanese, heavily stylized. Unless otherwise noted in the show. The overwhelming majority of anime takes place in Japan, so it makes sense to me. If a show were to take place in another location I'd fit my expectations to fit that locale.
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Posted 5/21/13

Shrapnel893 wrote:

Japanese unless stated and/or proven otherwise

Same.
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Posted 5/21/13
They came from outer space. nuff said

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Maou068 wrote:

They came from outer space. nuff said



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Posted 5/22/13
Generally i find Caucasians in Anime have Big Noses and more box like eyes. Mouth tends to be bigger too.

but the Nose tends to be the give away that it's a white guy.
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Posted 5/22/13
I usually assume they are all Asian unless they are darker skinned in which it's usually pretty obvious they are black.

So unless they state they are British, American, or whatever, I'm pretty sure all characters to me are Asian regardless of hair color or eyes.
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Posted 5/22/13
they're australians didn't you know
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Using the series Monster or FMA, even aspects of Ghost in the Shell and Attack the Titans the characters appear to be European or Slovic descent. The most Americanized anime I thought was Cowboy Bebop when the series wasn't on Mars (which felt like 2-D Hong Kong). Most of the slice of life school settings appear Asian (but there are exceptions, of course: Kimi ga Nozomu Eien comes to mind).

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I consider them whatever race where the anime/manga comes from unless 1 of 2 things; A:It's specifically stated what a character's race is or B: It doesn't take place on Earth as we know it, in which case they are nothing from this world as far as I'm concerned. Case in point, I consider Naruto characters to be no known race, but Nisekoi characters are Japanese in my eyes. Like Unbalance x Unbalance characters are Korean.
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Generally I assume they're Japanese, regardless of hair color. If they have Blonde hair I generally assume it is just really light brown unless otherwise stated. The only exception being if they have Blonde hair and Blue/Green eyes, in which case I figure they are Caucasian, but nationally Japanese.(Like they had some Blonde Caucasians with blue/green eyes in their family background)

So like Yui(Yuyushiki) I figure just has very light hair but Japenese, while Kyōko(Yuruyuri) I would figure as Caucasian. Usually though I just don't particularly care or even think about it.
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Honestly, I don't worry about it. If the show is set in Japan and feature Japanese citizens it's easy to assume they're Japanese. Usually if they are not, interestingly enough, the audience get's told so and it usually becomes an 'issue' for the the characters to deal with.

One of the pilots in 801 Airbats was a feisty rebel in part because she experienced discrimination for being a 'half breed'

In animes set in a modern Japanese setting foreigners are very clearly labeled as such. usually they have 'outrageous' behaviour and enjoy creature comfits that real Japanese are too stoic or self-effacing to make use of. At least that's how they are portrayed.

In 'international' settings or those that have no relation to our modern world. I just kinda take characters at face value without stressing about what ethnic origins they are supposed to represent. I personally consider it a waste of precious thought and time.

If forced to think about it. I'd presume that most of the characters in say... Attack on Titan... are non-asian since they make of point of saying that Misaka is Asian and that people of that particular ethnic descent are rare. I wouldn't have known either way had I not been told. The cast to me, like the cast of a lot of animes look like anime characters to me. I would argue if once really cares about the presumed ethnic origins of a bunch of coloured pixels that most anime characters aren't even human. Their proportions are wrong. Clamp Noodle bodies cannot be made of normal bone and cartilage, the whole big eyes thing.... etc.

I'm not sure again. WHY this matters. Just enjoy the show. If race is an issue within the show I'm sure the writers will tell you. Obsessing about it otherwise is just falling into the hands of the racist dicks of the world.
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its hard for me to picture them as asians. i just see them as they are. i dont try to make em look like real humans in my mind
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well if I sit and think about it I guess I would say Japanese unless sated otherwise, though for the most part I don't pay attention and they assume more of a role of anime characters than any race at all. Unless it is a notable element of the show, then race doesn't matter anyways.
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