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why are all anime characters white
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Because paper is white.
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I haven't read the other posts but I do remember reading/ hearing somewhere that they make characters like Naruto, with the blond hair and blue eyes is to appeal to Western audiences more. Having all the characters with black hair and brown eyes along with being in Japanese doesn't look like something Westerners would watch when channel surfing or browsing the internet. Something like that, not entirely sure because it's been a long time since I've seen this question.
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They aren't, they aren't even human. they just look white to you because your eyes translate a drawing that way.
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In my mind they are all Japanese thus the language they are speaking unless they sometimes speak some English not much.
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Afro Samurai




Ikumi Mito from Food Wars!





Yoruichi from Bleach


Also

Killer Bee (Naruto)

A (Naruto)

Simon (Durarara)

Agil (Sword Art Online)

Canary (Hunter X Hunter)





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Posted 8/20/15 , edited 8/20/15
Pretty safe to assume a character in an anime is Japanese until stated otherwise.

Although depending on the artwork, race may be difficult to distinguish even when it's stated outright.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Mukokuseki

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now dont start with race cards
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Posted 8/21/15 , edited 8/21/15
Most East Asians have rather pale skin. There are tanner naturalized Japanese and also mixed race hafus and quarter Japanese people with darker skin, but most East Asians tend to have a rather light complexion. It's not exactly porcelain pale, as some fashion gurus in Japan would have you think, but they do tend to be pale.

Also, the Japanese fetishize European features a LOT, so most "American" or "Western" characters tend to be attractive, busty, blonde haired and blue eyed white women.

To be fair, Japan tends to use Americans as the basis for most westerners in anime, and America is over 70% white to this day, so technically they're not one hundred percent in the wrong to generalize.

Though the blonde haired blue eyed trope is mainly applied in anime with predominantly Japanese characters and not necessarily ones with an international cast- for example see Baccano!, set in America, has a pretty diverse set of faces and color combos. GANGSTA. also has a fair amount of diversity, even though there's no true indication as to what nation it's set in most of the names are westernized, yet there are many different faces. Most ensemble casts tend to have obvious differences between characters though, or else they'd confuse the living hell out of the viewer.

There are some nonwhite characters, though, they're just fewer and farther between.

Take Choi from Tamako Market, who is probably Islander of some sort, hence her darker skin and more traditionalized clothing. Also take Alex from GANGSTA. (mentioned above) - who is of mixed chinese and black ancestry.

They can do dark skinned nonwhite characters right but a lot of the time the animators end up making their appearances end up a bit.... racially insensitive, based on stereotype. However, Alex and Choi are two good examples of doing dark skinned nonwhite or mixed, partially nonwhite characters correctly. Michiko and Atsuko from Michiko to Hatchin are another two notable examples. All are pretty female characters whose appearances don't rely heavily on racial stereotypes (even if Atsuko does have an afro).

Posted 8/21/15 , edited 8/21/15
White skin and White features are considered beautiful in Asia.

I don't know about Japan, but in my culture, if you want to compliment someone on their looks, you say, "Oh, you look like a White person". I'm not even joking lol.

This saying would be considered atrocious amongst social justice warriors, but it's normal in my country.


Thus why most anime characters have white features, next question.
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Posted 8/21/15 , edited 8/21/15
A lot of them are Asian but look white because of the eye style tradional in manga and anime.
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Who brought this back
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anzn wrote:

Who brought this back

The topic had been dormant since early June until this post (assuming no one hadn't edited an earlier post and bumped it up).

To be fair, the linked article was quite relevant to the topic.

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From a biological perspective, anime characters really do look white.

http://41.media.tumblr.com/0ed1da7b734c2d342fb7afe26563da2a/tumblr_n6pe2iMqIk1siwhtho1_1280.jpg

http://41.media.tumblr.com/cec0c2abf496c3b582336f64c1f8aad7/tumblr_n6pe2iMqIk1siwhtho3_1280.jpg

http://36.media.tumblr.com/b269b2ff4a2c3edaffa116047221b8cf/tumblr_n6pe2iMqIk1siwhtho2_1280.jpg

Http://41.media.tumblr.com/0ed1da7b734c2d342fb7afe26563da2a/tumblr_n6pe2iMqIk1siwhtho1_1280.jpg


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Posted 9/8/15 , edited 9/8/15
There are many !

Jorgumand /Wiley



Afro Samurai



Panty and Stocking With Garterbelt



Cowboy Bebop / Jet Black



Black Lagoon / Dutch



Michiko & Hatchin / Michiko Afro-Brazilian



Moonlight Mile



Rocket Girls / Matsuri

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