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I noticed that a lot of the time in anime/manga, they draw that one Caucasian character with blonde hair and blue/green eyes, that one Black character with their darkest brown color and big lips or that one Indian character that apparently can't be Indian unless he/she has the red or black dot on their forehead. So, to say it nicely, they don't leave any room for confusion. To say it bluntly, they have no qualms on overusing racial stereotypes. Heck, even the Chinese character usually has closed eyes, a long thin mustache and a pointy beard and knows kung fu. But have you ever seen a character that actually looks Japanese?

I've watched 50-60 different anime and I've seen maybe 3-4 characters that made me think ''Hmm... this guy actually looks Japanese... Kinda.'' The only one I remember right now is this ''not-even-sure-he-was-named'' guy from Slam Dunk


P.S: I'm not criticizing anyone of course, this is not a rant either. I know they use stereotypes everywhere, just look at Toshi (American Dad) or any Japanese character from Seth MacFarlane shows.

I would just like to have your opinions on this.
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25 / M / Under fire
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You could watch Flowers of Evil.

Pretty much every character in that show looks and, well, is Japanese.
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Bakemonogatari's characters usually look asian. Or at least have a much greater tendency to than every other show.

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Hayato Kobayashi from the original Mobile Suit Gundam.
He's also the ONLY Japanese member of the original crew.
Dude be kinda lame in all honesty. That is UNTIL ZETA GUNDAM. 8 years after being the "extra" kid, he turns into the badass director of airplanes or something....he's pretty awesome later on. AND Japanese.
Unfortunately, when the 90's Gundams came around, every Gundam Pilot became Japanese AND they didn't look the part.

As a kid, perhaps 15 years old I believe


So he's 23 or something in this one? I don't know...he's too badass to be labeled by age, he's just Director Hayato, the badass leader of his own Plane-base
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23 / M / This Dying World
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Yes. That old bag in la choro doro primo passo.
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zipzo wrote:

You could watch Flowers of Evil.

Pretty much every character in that show looks and, well, is Japanese.


Agreed!!










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Basilisk has the highest consensus among what I've personally watched, though there is some ambiguity with the main cast, and a number of the characters are strange-looking.
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I think, especially if you ignore hair color and don't get too hung up on eye color, it's easy to envision most anime characters as Japanese.

You might also want to check out some related threads that touch upon perception of race in anime:


/forumtopic-799859/do-you-generally-consider-the-characters-in-an-anime-as-caucasian-asian-or-just-as-something-else

/forumtopic-792711/why-are-most-anime-characters-lacking-asian-features

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Anything from Studio Ghibli really.
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I'm not sure which particular nationality he is, but there's a clearly asian character in Baccano! working for the Daily Days. Most of the cast is American or European, and done in a typically 'anime' style, so in this case, it makes sense for the asian guy to be the one with noticeable features.
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Genshiken does a pretty good job of most of the cast looking Japanese. Granted a stylized Japanese, but still Japanese.
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Flowers Of Evil
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Kanuka Clancy from Patlabor. Ironically, she is half Irish.

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Tomoki Kuroki from Watamote

At least I think he does...
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Admiral Kizaru. MOST definitely Kizaru...

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