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Nov 22, 2017 1:31 PM
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Greetings all, anyone even remotely aware of this medium will know that most anime characters have light skin because Japanese people have light skin comparable to Caucasian people. If we think about it, would anime be as popular outside of its country of origin if it was made from say, Africa? With the only difference being the majority skin color changed and nothing else?

I personally don't think so, there is something about ivory-skinned waifus that just get you excited without knowing why and let's face it...ivory>ebony.

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Nov 22, 2017 1:34 PM

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it makes the brown loli even sweeter

if the opposite was true than it would be the ivory loli which gets trade banned
 
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Nov 22, 2017 1:40 PM

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''would anime be as popular outside of its country of origin if it was made from say, Africa?"

I don't think skin color is what makes anime popular.
 
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Nov 22, 2017 1:43 PM
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Not to be rude but I don't think I could get off to dark-skinned waifus.
 
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Nov 22, 2017 1:45 PM
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no not really because regardless if they're white or brown they look like your average anime character but yes I do prefer white over brown skin in terms of sexiness be it anime or real life
now if it would be just as popular its hard to say. It could have the same core audience or be just as popular but with another audience for all we know
 
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Nov 22, 2017 1:46 PM

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Who tf cares what colour skin the characters have?
 
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Nov 22, 2017 1:50 PM

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Did you switch back to your main account after making this thread?
 
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Here's that race baiting attention you ordered
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@Comic_Sans I hate to insult you on forums but you are just a troll so just go kill yourself already bitch
 
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Nov 22, 2017 2:06 PM
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I wish there was more dark skin in anime, and I think it's a shame there isn't. Not because I want inclusion and diversity—I'm the last person who would want something for those reasons— but because dark skin is so damn attractive to me, both in 2D and 3D. Since I'm white I guess they call this jungle fever?



dark_skin is easy the most consistent tag I use on Boorus.
 
Nov 22, 2017 2:09 PM

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I don't care. I don't watch anime for skin color and I doubt skin color matters to that extent. Black people love Bleach and Naruto and yet most of the characters are not brown skinned.
 
Nov 22, 2017 2:15 PM

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Duke_of_York said:
If we think about it, would anime be as popular outside of its country of origin if it was made from say, Africa?

Yeah, sure, an anime coming from Africa...

 
Nov 22, 2017 2:18 PM

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I wish there was more dark skin in anime, and I think it's a shame there isn't. Not because I want inclusion and diversity—I'm the last person who would want something for those reasons— but because dark skin is so damn attractive to me, both in 2D and 3D. Since I'm white I guess they call this jungle fever?



dark_skin is easy the most consistent tag I use on Boorus.


Only the 3rd and maybe 2nd one I would call attractive, 4th is way too dark.

Who's the 3rd one btw?
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Nov 22, 2017 2:18 PM

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Ebony> ivory. Dark skinned waifus for life.











 
Nov 22, 2017 2:27 PM

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Darek said:
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Ebony> ivory. Dark skinned waifus for life.
Dark skinned girls are amazing, sucks we get so little of them :/
Yeah they are. There are a good bit of them in anime though even though not as much as light skinned characters.
 
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First thread is about race quotas




@DrGeroCreation How could you forget this one:

 
Nov 22, 2017 2:32 PM
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Who's the 3rd one btw?
Natalia from The Idolmaster.


@DrGeroCreation I'm gonna need the sauce on that second one, pal.

Darek said:
No, because I happen to not be a racist.
Lack of diversity =/= racism
 
Nov 22, 2017 2:32 PM
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Comic_Sans said:

Here's that race baiting attention you ordered


Now now, no need to be rude...why do you think I'm baiting if I may ask?
 
Nov 22, 2017 2:35 PM
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Conno_r said:
Not to be rude but I don't think I could get off to dark-skinned waifus.


Nah, it's not rude everyone has preferences :)
 
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Duke_of_York said:
Now now, no need to be rude...why do you think I'm baiting if I may ask?
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Take a long hard guess, Sherlock Holmes
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@Comic_Sans oh no y arnt ppl dieing i need more ppl dieing rly gud plot avansement jus liek tokyo ghoul if erbudy dies amirite
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@Comic_Sans I hate to insult you on forums but you are just a troll so just go kill yourself already bitch
 
Nov 22, 2017 2:39 PM

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Darek said:
No, because I happen to not be a racist.


The majority of anime characters are supposed to be asian because the shows are aimed at the japanese audience, i guess that by your logic they are being "racist" towards whites too.
 
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Duke_of_York said:
Conno_r said:
Not to be rude but I don't think I could get off to dark-skinned waifus.


Nah, it's not rude everyone has preferences :)
That's good to know, I suppose you're right. Thanks. xD
 
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Now now, no need to be rude...why do you think I'm baiting if I may ask?
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Take a long hard guess, Sherlock Holmes


Look, I just happen to be new and I just happen to want to ask a question, no malice involved so I'm not 'baiting' alright?
 
Nov 22, 2017 2:49 PM

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There is absolute to generally change unless one wishes to virtue signal to the kind of people who don’t even watch anime tbh. Although if someone wants a character with a darker skin tone then they can go right ahead.
 
Nov 22, 2017 2:54 PM

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I'm extremely racist so that's a definite plus for me that almost all anime girls look white. And they don't look Asian either so this has nothing to do with the fact that anime is made in Japan. The artists just realize that Western girls are far more attractive so they design their characters based on that.
Yes some of these hair/eye colors don't actually exist in real life but it's still very clear that the characters look white even if the anime is set in Japan.

Still, I don't mind the occasional darker skinned character as long as it's not African black but closer to Egyptian or Indian. Or like a pacific islander type. Examples would be Choi from Tamako Market and more recently, Lykos from Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau. Both insanely cute despite the darker skin tone, maybe even partly because of it.

Tl;dr It's fine the way it is but I wouldn't mind a slight increase in darker skinned characters as long as it's brown and not African black. What anime really needs though is more lolis and emotionless girls. Bonus points if both.
 
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Darek said:
Spagem said:
Lack of diversity =/= racism
Nothing is sexist, nothing is racist, nothing is homophobic and we have to point out how not-___ it is. I'd say being glad of black characters not being there is kinda racist. Not caring about the amount is one thing, the question in the title is another...

Half of the world population have dark skin color, and plenty of them are ridiculously rich. They have more than enough manpower and economical resources to create their own content where there won't be evil racist light skinned racists if they want.

What is racist is your paternalism.
 
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guess which one easier to draw
Anime character isn't white because of race or whatever. They look white because it's the easiest color to apply to
 
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Why are the simpsons yellow if they are americans?
 
Nov 22, 2017 3:18 PM

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@DrGeroCreation How could you forget this one:
I have never liked that Outlaw star's character's design tbh. Not a fan of the over the top hairy ears. In general I don't like Outlaw star character designs.
 
Nov 22, 2017 3:18 PM

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Jesus, what's wrong with some people on this site?

I think this sort of stuff can be kinda stupid to try and apply to media that comes from a country that views race much differently than we do in the west. For the most part, Japanese people view most anime characters as Japanese, and the idea that they're supposed to look white is just a misconception by people here in the West. It's kinda pointless western babbling to try and apply race to the medium of anime and manga tbh.

But I do think that it would probably be harder for anime to be popular in the west if it had more dark-skinned characters, because people can be ridiculously close-minded and don't like media that don't reflect them (though this applies more to white people in the west I guess, since most of us brown and black people are pretty used to not having movies and tv really reflect us).

I think this also ignores the fact that there are in fact a lot of characters who are portrayed with darker shades of skin as well.
 
Nov 22, 2017 3:29 PM

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They are just appealing to their audiences, they have no requirement to do quotas.
 
Nov 22, 2017 3:43 PM

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Well where is the "I don't care" option?

The thing is with such arguments is that they are pretty counter intuitive, I mean doesn't it kinda undermine the whole "Skin Color doesn't matter" argument?

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Ebony> ivory. Dark skinned waifus for life.












These are some fine Ladies indeed.

Nyu said:
They are just appealing to their audiences, they have no requirement to do quotas.

Plus they mostly either take place in Japan or europe (Britain mostly) Where Dark skinned and etc are a Minority, it would be a bit weird if they weren't (unless it has a "plot" reason for it.
and when Anime goes towards Countries with for example dark skinned ppl then that country is mostly dark skinned anyway.

plus Japan is also a bit Xenophobic.
 
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Bourmegar said:
Well where is the "I don't care" option?

The thing is with such arguments is that they are pretty counter intuitive, I mean doesn't it kinda undermine the whole "Skin Color doesn't matter" argument?

DrGeroCreation said:
Ebony> ivory. Dark skinned waifus for life.












These are some fine Ladies indeed.

Nyu said:
They are just appealing to their audiences, they have no requirement to do quotas.

Plus they mostly either take place in Japan or europe (Britain mostly) Where Dark skinned and etc are a Minority, it would be a bit weird if they weren't (unless it has a "plot" reason for it.
and when Anime goes towards Countries with for example dark skinned ppl then that country is mostly dark skinned anyway.

plus Japan is also a bit Xenophobic.


This is the best.



When they do Europe, they shouldn't show dark skinned, but light skinned, when they do Africa, it makes sense to show dark skinned.

Also, Japan isn't xenophobic.
 
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OP who's alt are you again.........
 
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Well, the origin of anime is manga and despite the fact that Japanese arent black, its way easier to draw, because shading isnt needed at all.. It would be far more time consuming to draw colored characters. But yearh, there are some popular shows with dark colored MCs, but another question. How do you wanna have a Japan located setup and explain a high number of colored characters? I guess just this answers your question.
 
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dark skinned anime girls are hot so i like to see more of them
 
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Well, the origin of anime is manga and despite the fact that Japanese arent black, its way easier to draw, because shading isnt needed at all.. It would be far more time consuming to draw colored characters. But yearh, there are some popular shows with dark colored MCs, but another question. How do you wanna have a Japan located setup and explain a high number of colored characters? I guess just this answers your question.
What anime are you watching? Modern anime in general don't use much shading besides shadows, blemishes, lighting effects that are created by the computer. Making a dark skinned character is no more difficult than a light skinned character.
 
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No, cause dark skin is friggin yummy.
Kokoro did nothing wrong.

 
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"Yes, anime needs to expand horizons and include more people of color in their quota"
No offensive to all (this option) voters, but gtfo.
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Nyu said:
Bourmegar said:
Well where is the "I don't care" option?

The thing is with such arguments is that they are pretty counter intuitive, I mean doesn't it kinda undermine the whole "Skin Color doesn't matter" argument?


These are some fine Ladies indeed.


Plus they mostly either take place in Japan or europe (Britain mostly) Where Dark skinned and etc are a Minority, it would be a bit weird if they weren't (unless it has a "plot" reason for it.
and when Anime goes towards Countries with for example dark skinned ppl then that country is mostly dark skinned anyway.

plus Japan is also a bit Xenophobic.


This is the best.



When they do Europe, they shouldn't show dark skinned, but light skinned, when they do Africa, it makes sense to show dark skinned.

Also, Japan isn't xenophobic.

They can Show dark skinned ppl in an europian setting, but then it should be a minority in order for the setting to be acurate unless it takes place in for example: certain residential ereas in Amsterdam (where quite a lot of dark skinned live) and Anime does care a lot about the setting.
 
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Bourmegar said:
Nyu said:


This is the best.



When they do Europe, they shouldn't show dark skinned, but light skinned, when they do Africa, it makes sense to show dark skinned.

Also, Japan isn't xenophobic.

They can Show dark skinned ppl in an europian setting, but then it should be a minority in order for the setting to be acurate unless it takes place in for example: certain residential ereas in Amsterdam (where quite a lot of dark skinned live) and Anime does care a lot about the setting.


Well in that case, they should show light skinned characters in Africa.
 
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I don't care about the skin colour of the characters. I only care when I realise that I want to cosplay one day, but there's like no anime character with my skin colour. Other than that? Can't be bothered.
 
Nov 22, 2017 4:36 PM

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Nyu said:

Well in that case, they should show light skinned characters in Africa.

Of course they should, if it takes place in Northern Africa or South Africa that is.
 
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Well in that case, they should show light skinned characters in Africa.

Of course they should, if it takes place in Northern Africa or South Africa that is.


Well it just makes more sense to show people in their respective lands.
 
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I can see where this thread is going...
on a side note, this is also bait.
 
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Nyu said:
Bourmegar said:

They can Show dark skinned ppl in an europian setting, but then it should be a minority in order for the setting to be acurate unless it takes place in for example: certain residential ereas in Amsterdam (where quite a lot of dark skinned live) and Anime does care a lot about the setting.


Well in that case, they should show light skinned characters in Africa.

As long as they are a minority there also yes.
 
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Nyu said:
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Of course they should, if it takes place in Northern Africa or South Africa that is.


Well it just makes more sense to show people in their respective lands.

They are being portrayed in their respective lands. Or are you conveniently forgetting that most of Northern Africa is made up of light skinned Arabs and white people live in South Africa? Hence making your argument invalid.
But to be honest, I’m not surprised you’re the one saying this.
 
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Minami said:
Nyu said:


Well it just makes more sense to show people in their respective lands.

They are being portrayed in their respective lands. Or are you conveniently forgetting that most of Northern Africa is made up of light skinned Arabs and white people live in South Africa? Hence making your argument invalid.
But to be honest, I’m not surprised you’re the one saying this.


Are you forgetting that Europeans colonised South Africa.
And in Europe, Africans immigrated to Europe.
 
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Nyu said:
Minami said:

They are being portrayed in their respective lands. Or are you conveniently forgetting that most of Northern Africa is made up of light skinned Arabs and white people live in South Africa? Hence making your argument invalid.
But to be honest, I’m not surprised you’re the one saying this.


Are you forgetting that Europeans colonised South Africa.
And in Europe, Africans immigrated to Europe.

So what you’re saying is that Africans (or dark skinned people?) shouldn’t be shown in European settings because they immigrated to Europe? Sorry but how does that make sense. The point is that they’re a minority NOW and therefore there’s nothing wrong with showing them in that setting. Anyways, just correct me if I understood you wrong, in the meantime I will sleep seeing as I already have a little amount of hours to sleep left, before my alarm goes off.

Edited because my sleepy brain wrote majority instead of minority
 
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OP need to add "I don't fucking care" option to the poll.
 
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