Why dont japanese look asian in anime?

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  1. Sabrajaguar Jedi Youngling

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    It has always kind of made me wonder. Japanese are not natural blonde, no blue or green eyes, no natural red hair.
    Im not talking about deamons in human form, or aliens, or geneticly engineerd critters.

    Eyes the size of oranges you can chalk up to style. highschool girls can dye theirhair but. Come on how many fictional characters dye their hair.

    Whats the deal?
  2. Trell Jedi Grand Master

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    It's simply to add variance and to make things more interesting to look at, and easier to tell who's who.

    Anime that wants to be serious tends not to have this. Anime that wants to be fun or funky tends to have this.

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  3. Darth_Rags Jedi Master

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    iI thought about this before, but then I thought who cares.
  4. DarthLassic007 Jedi Grand Master

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    It's all about money. They do it on purpose so that it could sell well in the United States.
    They do it with video games as well.
  5. bright sith Jedi Grand Master

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    I don't think it has very much to do with that at all.
    And I do think people--namely, the Japanese--should care. When people look back, they might come to very strong, negative conclusions.
  6. Soontir-Fel Force Ghost

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    Why do all the boys look like girls? Why is the sky blue? What the hell is up with tentcle rape? Why have American cartoons (with a few notable exceptions) gone so far down hill? What is it about a bear driving a car that makes me crack up?
  7. Armenian_Jedi Force Ghost

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    It's because anime is horrible. Nothing in anime has ever been good and nothing in anime will ever be good.
  8. darthtenbiscuits Force Ghost

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    DarthLassic007 posted on 4/20/05 2:19pm
    They do it with video games as well.


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    The majority of anime that is made isn't even entended to be released in the US and even those titles that do have a US audience don't craft their shows for US viewers since they are only a very small portion of their profit margin.

    The main reason why some anime characters look like they do is because the earliest influence in Japanese anime is Di$ney. A lot of what you're seeing doesn't have anything to do with ethnicity as much as it does just generic character architypes. The good guys generally have big eyes and bad guys generally have narrow eyes. Again, this is mostly because of the Di$ney influence and has nothing at all to do with ethnicity./>/>
  9. Sabrajaguar Jedi Youngling

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    Soontir Fel

    {{Why do all the boys look like girls? Why is the sky blue? What the hell is up with tentcle rape? Why have American cartoons (with a few notable exceptions) gone so far down hill? What is it about a bear driving a car that makes me crack up?

    Why Do the Boys Look like girls? InuYasha dosent look like a girl, neither dose Miroku, Ryoga, Ramna(Boy type), Kira Yamato, Mu La Flaga, Spike spigel, Jet Black, Hachik Sanada (Gad Gaurd), Tenchi Masaki,and a couple other Anime boys I can mention.

    Why is the Sky blue? A chemist is more qualified to answer that.

    Whats whith the Tenticle rape? A deep psychosexual disorder in japans cultural subconcious.

    Why Do American Cartoons go down hill? Because American sociaty belives cartoons are for children, instead of a means to tell a story. As long as this is so serious cartoons wont be made, and thus go down hill.

    Whay about a Bear driving a car cracks you up? Personal prefernce I believe.
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  10. Trell Jedi Grand Master

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    Why do all the boys look like girls?

    These guys are called "bishounen". Translates as "pretty boy" more or less. Why is it that the NSYNC guys look kind of girly yet make girls swoon? Same reason.

    What the hell is up with tentcle rape?

    Japan had laws against showing genitalia anywhere, at anytime. Somehow tenticle's became a solution for this. Somehow from that the stories using the tenticle stuff became about rape. That's how I understand it anyway. Some rougher sexual fetishes seem to be more common in pornographic anime, such as rape.

    t's all about money. They do it on purpose so that it could sell well in the United States.
    They do it with video games as well.


    Totally false. Anime sells fairly poorly in the US overall. Certaintly not well enough to influence the character designers. And that wouldn't explain anime characters from the 70s when anime barelly came over here at all.

    It's because anime is horrible. Nothing in anime has ever been good and nothing in anime will ever be good.

    So says a guy who thinks rap is music. :rolleyes:

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  11. OBI-BEN-KENOBI Jedi Grand Master

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    Trell, rap is music. But most of it is terrible. I would like to link you to some good rap artists

    http://www.mcchris.com/

    MC Chris. He does several voices and writes for some [adult swim] shows. Great rapper, and covers subjects you may find more interesting then killing hos in the ghetto. Such as:

    Boba Fett
    7334
    Playing SW galaxies
    Living as a geek



    http://www.frontalot.com/


    MC Frontalot. Raps about:

    Shoplifting and petty crime
    Gay and lesbian equality
    Hating the president
    Hooking up with girls at Sci fi conventions
    Being a nerd
    And he did a song about Penny arcade
  12. Soontir-Fel Force Ghost

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    " So says a guy who thinks rap is music."

    And Trell takes a shot! And it's BURN!

    And I really care for neither forms of entertainment. I despise anime for some reason that I can't explain, and music as a whole has gone straight downhill. Rap most of all since it's the most popular right now, and is the most, as the kids say, pimped out on the stereos.
  13. Trell Jedi Grand Master

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    Before you judge anime, bear in mind there's something in there for you if you looked hard enough. Not saying that you HAVE to look for something you like, but to bear in mind that the medium is incredibly varied, and there is indeed something in there for you whether you know it or not.

    Basically, don't say "Anime sucks" till you've at least checked out a few shows that tell the type of story you normally like. If even in telling the kind of story you like anime fails you, then you'd be fairly justified I'd say.


    Oh, I believe Armenian is a known fan of FFVII. A game which is basically a CGI anime you play through in story and art from all I know. Hypocrisy?

    If a guy like Ben can find something in rap he likes, it must surelly be possible for a guy like Armenian to find something in anime he likes.

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  14. Soontir-Fel Force Ghost

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    Sometimes I wish I could get into anime. I oft feel like I'm missing something. But then when I watch it I feel annoyed and flip for something else. ANYTHING else.

    I watched Iron Chef for 2 hours to avoid anime.
  15. Trell Jedi Grand Master

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    I guess you've mostly seen the stuff on TV then. I don't like most of the stuff on TV. :p

    Trigun, Fullmetal Alchemist, Ghost in the Shell. The only good anime that's been on TV latelly.

    Lots of bunk being aired, trust me.

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  16. Darth_Mangle Jedi Youngling

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    Anime is pretty damn cool

    Only thing I don't like is the American edit crap.
  17. OBI-BEN-KENOBI Jedi Grand Master

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    Trigun!?! Are you mad?!?
  18. Trell Jedi Grand Master

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    I called Trigun good....

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  19. OBI-BEN-KENOBI Jedi Grand Master

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    pfft, barely watchable...
  20. Trell Jedi Grand Master

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    As this illustrates quite well even anime fans don't agree on what's good or bad anime at all...


    Ben, Trigun's basically a classic boy-scout superhero vs evil supervillian kind of thing. I can't say it's utterly amazing, but once in a while it's style, as well as it's somewhat simplistic take on things is very nice to see, and relaxing after so many other shows that try to be deep and darker than they have any right to be.

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  21. OBI-BEN-KENOBI Jedi Grand Master

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    I'll concede on that point. I have fond memories of at least one action sequence.
  22. Vaderbait Jedi Grand Master

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  23. Soontir-Fel Force Ghost

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    " I guess you've mostly seen the stuff on TV then. I don't like most of the stuff on TV.
    Trigun, Fullmetal Alchemist, Ghost in the Shell. The only good anime that's been on TV latelly.
    Lots of bunk being aired, trust me.
    "

    /sigh

    You don't get it. I physically can't stand anime. When it is on, I don't watch it. I leave. I can't tell the difference between good and bad anime because I've never actully seen a full episode of any of it. I would like to, but everytime I try, I get the same feeling as I do play Halo 2's single player; Malase and disgust. I had to watch Grave of the Fireflies in Japanese class. I was annoyed by it. It's a sad story, and I was just pissed off the entire time it was on.

    See? It's completly irrational, and I have no reason to explian it. I just can't watch it.
  24. Darth Morella Chosen One

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    I've heard a lot that Japanese people find big eyes attractive, being that big eyes are not common amongst oriental folks. So when drawing anime, I suppose they try to portray beautiful people by giving them big expressive eyes, long legs and colorful hair. Think of this, the majority of Japanese people all have these small dark eyes, are rather short and their hair is almost always black and straight. I think it's a good theory, isn't it?
  25. Trell Jedi Grand Master

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    S-F.... yeah.... that ah... is hella irrational. :confused:

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