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Should Authors/Writers incorporate a few or more Ethnic groups (Other than Asians) when making Characters for their Anim
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Posted 8/4/14
I know this is off topic,but this seemed like an appropriate topic to say it on.Naruto's name is obviously of Japanese origin. SO WHY DOES HE LOOK LIKE HE IS FROM GERMANY?(The blond hair and blue eyes are really out of place)
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I said NO to the poll and my answer also addresses the issue that the poster above me brought up. And that is that it is reasonable to think of anime characters as non-ethnic and raceless. Just like you cant really say that anime characters look white (personally Naruto looks like a Japanese boy to me), you'll never see an anime where specifically Japanese characters all exhibit stereotypical Asian features. I mean how would you even do that? The characteristics that make anime characters look like anime characters are not capable of depicting any one race or ethnicity just because by nature of the style, that is not the reasoning behind the way they look.

Anyone who says Naruto looks like a German boy is just ascribing stereotypical German features to a character that just happens to share a few of them. Some Germans have black hair or brown eyes but you don't say they look Japanese. The creator of Naruto didn't think one day he wanted his protagonist be a German boy, he just decided to make a character who had blonde hair and blue eyes and since even that would probably make him too generic looking, he decided to add fox whisker marks. Gee look it's a blonde haired ninja, isn't that special?

Now back to why I answered NO. If you've read Sword Art Online, you'd know that Agil is described as an African American man. Yet we have characters with many different hair colors who the author made no mention of what ethnicity they are. Therefore the author didn't make Agil black for the sake of having a black character, he made him black for the sake of having an American character. Meaning that a character's appearance rarely serve to specify race, and more to point out a nationality tied to a certain story element. In other words, in most cases race or apparent race in anime is completely irrelevant, so there is really no reason to depict it by having a so called "incorporation of ethnic groups."
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