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Why do the majority of anime characters look white/Caucasian?
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Posted 7/23/14
Even though Japan makes the majority of good anime their characters for sure don't look Japanese.
Posted 7/23/14 , edited 7/23/14
I don't know how having purple/red/yellow etc eyes and blue/purple/pink etc hair is being "white"...if you mean the skin...Japanese people are white too...if you mean the eyes, not every white person has big wide eyes XD
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I don't see them as white or japanese. I see them as a whole new different race.
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Because anime holds the dreams of the people!

...besides, if anime was 100% Japanese,
why would people watch it compared to the live-action versions?




I can tell you why most manga characters are white, though.
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Haha, I dont think they look white lol
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They don't look like any known race to me. I often forget white/Asian people exist when I watch these things.
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Scary thought.

If you have two different blonde haired and blue eyed anime characters, you might find one to be Japanese and the other to be non Japanese. Majority of the blonde haired and blue eyed are known to be Caucasian with few Japanese.

That is how I seen it.
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Probably because many Japanese think American/white culture is really cool.

You see hints of it in a lot of anime shows where the characters will use/say English words instead of just saying it in Japanese. Also, I heard/read somewhere that the "wide eyes" that are so characteristic of anime characters all started with the creator of Astro Boy way back in the 50s. That tradition has remained in anime till this day.
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Posted 7/23/14 , edited 7/23/14
Come to think of it, I wonder why Japanese people use so many Japanese words and phrases. They must be all fans of Japanese culture after all.
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lols for suspension thought bubble shared by two characters - looks like Demon Cat hanging over upside down V⁻*⁻*⁻V
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baofu wrote:

The short answer is because Tezuka drew them that way, and he was influenced by early Disney and Fleicher cartoons.



Only poster to get it right so far. I read parts of that link from second post...I think the person (in the link) was just making up stuff.


What I once heard, when someone else asked this question, is that when the Japanese animation industry was beginning, several years after the end of WW II (when Japan was rebuilding as a nation), the people building the foundation of Japanese animation decided to make the characters be white and have bigger eyes (than realistic portrayals of people) because they were mimicking Disney animation (and apparently other types of American animation). With humbleness being a big part of Japanese culture, it was meant as a way to pay some respect to the Americans, who defeated Japan in WW II (and later showed mercy to a defeated Japan). That is what was explained to me before. Anime characters being white-looking characters by default (as there are black and other dark skinned characters in anime, too) ended up becoming the standard.
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Aex94 wrote:


Raimu4 wrote:

Because its the master race


..........


This reminded me of this parody song called the Fuhrer's Face, it's funny. Not hurtful too, I think
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Well, they are white because most story lines take place in Japan. But it may be because they're inspired by European and American influences, from what I have heard from people my Mother knew directly from Japan. Now, Magi, will forever be a mystery to me, because it takes place in the middle-east. And so far I've only seen one person, who was a minor character, match the ethnicity background there.
...I still love it nonetheless.

But in my opinion, aside from the Asian facial structure, let's be real, here. It's animation. Of course nothing's going to look realistic. They don't even look like real white people. A lotta of 'em were also born with unnaturally colored hair from vast amounts of the color spectrum.

It's realistic to an extent. But otherwise, it's unrealistic because it's fictional animation.
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