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Poll: Does the general state of anime skin color need to be altered?


Nov 24, 2017 10:27 PM

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It doesn't really matter what skin of the Anime characters are.
 
Nov 25, 2017 12:02 AM

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i'm very grateful that a majority of anime characters are light skinned; in fact, if a certain medium didn't always include a token character with which i could identify i would certainly refuse to appreciate any of the other parts of the media.



i find it incredibly distasteful that some works of fiction lack characters that i can identify with based entirely on my skin color. i think this is the most important and relevant quality with which i should identify, as we all know that every character is not the sum of their personality and actions, but only the color of their skin and nothing more.



i'd like to call for more light skinned characters be added to shows with traditionally dark skinned casts to further this. i won't rest until there's a light skinned character in every piece of media that currently exists, regardless of its relevance to the setting, era, or story. this is truly the most important issue of our generation.
 
Nov 25, 2017 12:06 AM
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personally i don't mind both. they're both fine. dark skinned characters are nicer to look at though, in my opinion.
 
Nov 25, 2017 1:07 AM

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Bourmegar said:
Alright Gimme their names, I need them for Research (the all look pretty dam good and a good Character design might tell me that the show is at least decent)

A little OT, but here's the ones I found or already knew of.
in descending order.
Branwen from Queen's Blade
Alex Benedetto from Gangsta
Maria Carnela from Black Jack
Ashe from Amagi Brilliant Park
Pai Thunder from Dangaioh
Akira Yamamoto from Space Battleship Yamato 2199
Atsuko Jackson from Michiko to Hatchin
Mabui from Naruto

i would also recommend Michiko & Choi if you want a couple more darkskinned cuties.
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Nov 25, 2017 2:28 AM

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Ebony> ivory. Dark skinned waifus for life.











char names and shows ploxT_T

isnt the 2nd one from bikini warriors?
 
Nov 25, 2017 3:12 AM

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Not many anime take place outside of Japan that I know of.

Weird. 7 out of my 10 favorite anime series take place outside of Japan. Most of the ones taking place in Japan still have a few none-Japanese characters.
 
Nov 25, 2017 3:20 AM

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Light skin is amazing. Anime doesn't need black people.
 
Nov 25, 2017 3:39 AM
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As an African raised by two white adults, I could care less. Honestly, I prefer light skin as well. Not to mention, anime does have dark-skinned characters.... it's just that most shows are set in Japan where you don't see many black people. Fullmetal Alchemist, Fairy Tail, even Shokugeki no Souma have characters with darker skin. Bringing this up will just result in more arguing.
 
Nov 25, 2017 4:32 AM

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I don't mind them being in any skin color.
 
Nov 25, 2017 4:39 AM

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As an African raised by two white adults, I could care less. Honestly, I prefer light skin as well. Not to mention, anime does have dark-skinned characters.... it's just that most shows are set in Japan where you don't see many black people. Fullmetal Alchemist, Fairy Tail, even Shokugeki no Souma have characters with darker skin. Bringing this up will just result in more arguing.

More pointless arguing to be honest.

Most anime take place in settings where Ppl with a dark skin are a minority or not even there.
Heck everytime a character is from South America (like Chad from Bleach) or Africa (like Marik Ishtar for example) he or she is dark skinned. Anime never did do colorwashing.

So then my question towards others is why they care about it. Skin color dossn't matter, the setting does right?
 
Nov 25, 2017 6:37 AM

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anime could use some more color, though i am less interested in skin color and more interested in the character's personality and how they act and feel
 
Nov 25, 2017 12:56 PM

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Bourmegar said:
GlowingAura said:
As an African raised by two white adults, I could care less. Honestly, I prefer light skin as well. Not to mention, anime does have dark-skinned characters.... it's just that most shows are set in Japan where you don't see many black people. Fullmetal Alchemist, Fairy Tail, even Shokugeki no Souma have characters with darker skin. Bringing this up will just result in more arguing.

More pointless arguing to be honest.

Most anime take place in settings where Ppl with a dark skin are a minority or not even there.
Heck everytime a character is from South America (like Chad from Bleach) or Africa (like Marik Ishtar for example) he or she is dark skinned. Anime never did do colorwashing.

So then my question towards others is why they care about it. Skin color dossn't matter, the setting does right?
>South America

Chad is from Mexico or I should say Mexican descent, thank you very much.
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Nov 25, 2017 1:53 PM

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Is this a serious question? "Are you grateful that majority of anime characters have light skin?" Why would any one be grateful for that? Unless they're a nazi or a racist or both?

I think anime could use a little more diversity and skin colors. Not just dark, but also other races like Arabs, turks, chinese, indians, latinos, etc.
Dark-skinned characters are very appealing.


I find it hypocritical for people to say, no they shouldn't show them because they aren't in Africa etc. I find this risible because last time i checked in anime people have green, yellow, blue, orange, red hair and don't look like Japanese people at all!! Most of them look like europeans. So stop the BS plz! They could show characters with blue or violet skin if they wanted and no one would mention "vraisemblance".

Anyways, there needs to be more diversity in anime. And not just dark-skinned, but all sorts of races. And dark-skinned characters would look really hot tbh






@Nyu "Well in that case, they should show light skinned characters in Africa."
First of all, there are millions of light-skinned people in Africa. Most of north Africa is inhabited by white folks. I live in Africa and i'm white-skinned. Why descriminate like this? Also dark-skinned people don't live only in Africa. There are dark-skinned people everywhere, people in India have a dark-skin too, in Latin America, in the US etc. So i find this argument quite silly tbh :/
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Nov 25, 2017 1:57 PM

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noufa_kisaki said:
Is this a serious question? "Are you grateful that majority of anime characters have light skin?" Why would any one be grateful for that? Unless they're a nazi or a racist or both?

I think anime could use a little more diversity and skin colors. Dark-skinned characters are very appealing.


I find it hypocritical for people to say, no they shouldn't show them because they aren't in Africa etc. I find this risible because last time i checked in anime people have green, yellow, blue, orange, red hair and don't look like Japanese people at all!! Most of them look like europeans. So stop the BS plz! They could show characters with blue or violet skin if they wanted and no one would mention "vraisemblance".

Anyways, there needs to be more diversity in anime. And not just dark-skinned, but all sorts of races. And dark-skinned characters would look really hot tbh






@Nyu "Well in that case, they should show light skinned characters in Africa."
First of all, there are millions of light-skinned people in Africa. Most of north Africa is inhabited by white folks. I live in Africa and i'm white-skinned. Why descriminate like this? Also dark-skinned people don't live only in Africa. There are dark-skinned people everywhere, people in India have a dark-skin too, in Latin America, in the US etc. So i find this argument quite silly tbh :/


Anime doesn't need more diversity, it is spread diverse enough.
 
Nov 25, 2017 1:58 PM

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Bourmegar said:

More pointless arguing to be honest.

Most anime take place in settings where Ppl with a dark skin are a minority or not even there.
Heck everytime a character is from South America (like Chad from Bleach) or Africa (like Marik Ishtar for example) he or she is dark skinned. Anime never did do colorwashing.

So then my question towards others is why they care about it. Skin color dossn't matter, the setting does right?
>South America

Chad is from Mexico or I should say Mexican descent, thank you very much.

Well Mexico is close to it, but thanks for Correcting me on that part.

 
Nov 25, 2017 1:59 PM

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@Nyu That's your opinion. I beg to differ.
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Nov 25, 2017 2:04 PM

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noufa_kisaki said:
@Nyu That's your opinion. I beg to differ.


Well actually it is the opinion of anime studios and the anime fanbase.
 
Nov 25, 2017 2:09 PM

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Nyu said:
noufa_kisaki said:
@Nyu That's your opinion. I beg to differ.


Well actually it is the opinion of anime studios and the anime fanbase.


So the spokesperson for the anime fanbase has spoken!
I don't want to laugh. But this could be said for people who find the opposite to be correct.
So nah i aint buying this. It is still your opinion. Wether you seek to validate it by other people's opinions or not.
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Nov 25, 2017 2:11 PM
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Light skin waiffus rules butttt i like try some choco p.......
 
Nov 25, 2017 2:13 PM

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noufa_kisaki said:
Nyu said:


Well actually it is the opinion of anime studios and the anime fanbase.


So the spokesperson for the anime fanbase has spoken!
I don't want to laugh. But this could be said for people who find the opposite to be correct.
So nah i aint buying this. It is still your opinion. Wether you seek to validate it by other people's opinions or not.


If the anime community wanted more diversity, then we would see that happening.
 
Nov 25, 2017 9:52 PM

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It makes sense that, given that the majority of anime takes place in Japan or some sort of Japan analogue, and most anime is written to be at least slightly familiar to Japanese audiences, most characters tend to be Japanese.

When they do choose to include a foreign character then they're usually American... and if there's one thing you'll learn about the Japanese stereotype of your typical American is that they're all so blonde-haired, blue-eyed, and tall that they would put a Nazi propaganda actor to shame.

Oddly enough, it's also a given that most anime main or even side characters will be born with some odd color of hair. And I could go into detail about how a lot of anime characters actually look more western than Asian in both body composition as well as genetic traits and style, but that's well beyond the scope of this thread.

Suffice it to say that anime tends to be a mix of different looks in order to appeal to Japanese viewers and it's not always grounded in reality.
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noufa_kisaki said:
Nyu said:


Well actually it is the opinion of anime studios and the anime fanbase.


So the spokesperson for the anime fanbase has spoken!
I don't want to laugh. But this could be said for people who find the opposite to be correct.
So nah i aint buying this. It is still your opinion. Wether you seek to validate it by other people's opinions or not.

Well, you know what they say opinions are like…


i can feel the detritus lifting.

 
Nov 26, 2017 6:21 PM

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@nicethings lol that's funny.
Indeed, one has no problem with opiniated people. We all can be like that sometimes. But puerile stubborness and self-assertiveness aren't my cup of tea.

I knew better not to be part of silly arguments. It is a self-inflicted ego trap. u_u Thus, i decided to let it go. *walks away*
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Nov 26, 2017 6:39 PM

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nicethings said:
noufa_kisaki said:


So the spokesperson for the anime fanbase has spoken!
I don't want to laugh. But this could be said for people who find the opposite to be correct.
So nah i aint buying this. It is still your opinion. Wether you seek to validate it by other people's opinions or not.

Well, you know what they say opinions are like…


If you read the conversation, you would know he was arguing that most anime fans support forced diversity and I was pointing out how the anime community doesn't support forced diversity, as if it did, we would see diversity more often in anime.
 
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Nov 26, 2017 7:10 PM

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Yo I'd love to see some more chocolate bois and ladies in my anime. They're so freaking rare and I hate that because I'd like to relate myself to anime characters more.

And while there is nothing wrong with preferring white or light skinned characters, some people prefer deredere over tsundere, or voluptuous bodies over loli, either way, both ends of the spectrum exist to suit people's preferences. So having characters that are on the other end of the skin spectrum, should in no way affect those that prefer light/white characters
 
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My dick isn't racist towards anime characters, so...
 
Nov 26, 2017 7:24 PM

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Yo I'd love to see some more chocolate bois and ladies in my anime. They're so freaking rare and I hate that because I'd like to relate myself to anime characters more.

And while there is nothing wrong with preferring white or light skinned characters, some people prefer deredere over tsundere, or voluptuous bodies over loli, either way, both ends of the spectrum exist to suit people's preferences. So having characters that are on the other end of the skin spectrum, should in no way affect those that prefer light/white characters


Actually increasing diversity will decrease the amount of light skinned characters.
 
Nov 26, 2017 10:22 PM

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Nyu said:
C4NDYCE said:
Yo I'd love to see some more chocolate bois and ladies in my anime. They're so freaking rare and I hate that because I'd like to relate myself to anime characters more.

And while there is nothing wrong with preferring white or light skinned characters, some people prefer deredere over tsundere, or voluptuous bodies over loli, either way, both ends of the spectrum exist to suit people's preferences. So having characters that are on the other end of the skin spectrum, should in no way affect those that prefer light/white characters


Actually increasing diversity will decrease the amount of light skinned characters.


Currently there is already a very little amount of darker toned characters. Take a harem anime for example. 5 girls, one is darker, is that really going to affect anyone? No. Everytime I see an annoying ass tsundere I don't think how they are "decreasing" the amount of any other type of character.
 
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C4NDYCE said:
Nyu said:


Actually increasing diversity will decrease the amount of light skinned characters.


Currently there is already a very little amount of darker toned characters. Take a harem anime for example. 5 girls, one is darker, is that really going to affect anyone? No. Everytime I see an annoying ass tsundere I don't think how they are "decreasing" the amount of any other type of character.


Well if diverse characters were increased, that will take up a character that would of been light skinned and diverse characters take up more resources because of the shading.
 
Nov 26, 2017 11:39 PM

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I mean, I love me some dark skinned/tanned anime girls, probably more than the usual skin color they have, but if I'm "grateful"?? What kind of dumbass question is that??
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Nov 29, 2017 6:22 AM

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Im in anime discussion and not in Current events right?
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Nov 29, 2017 11:34 AM
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Anime was never meant to have boundaries of skin tone. That's all I can say.
 
Nov 29, 2017 1:45 PM

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Bourmegar said:

Alright Gimme their names, I need them for Research (the all look pretty dam good and a good Character design might tell me that the show is at least decent)
User nicethings already covered all their names.

KuroudoAkabane said:
char names and shows ploxT_T

isnt the 2nd one from bikini warriors?


Storm from the X men anime
Dark Elf from Bikini Warriors
Lashiti from Dimension W
Yoruichi from Bleach
Urd from Ah My Goddess
Feb from Sol Bianca

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Oh you already know my dude.
Let's not forget her no BS attitude. ;)
Yeah she has a pretty stern, no nonsense personality which for some people could be seen as harsh but it's well intentioned.

Bourmegar said:

Well Mexico is close to it, but thanks for Correcting me on that part.

Mexico is close to Central America not South America.
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DrGeroCreation said:
Bourmegar said:

Alright Gimme their names, I need them for Research (the all look pretty dam good and a good Character design might tell me that the show is at least decent)
User nicethings already covered all their names.

KuroudoAkabane said:
char names and shows ploxT_T

isnt the 2nd one from bikini warriors?


Storm from the X men anime
Dark Elf from Bikini Warriors
Lashiti from Dimension W
Yoruichi from Bleach
Urd from Ah My Goddess
Feb from Sol Bianca

Oh you already know my dude.
Let's not forget her no BS attitude. ;)
Yeah she has a pretty stern, no nonsense personality which for some people could be seen as harsh but it's well intentioned.

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Well Mexico is close to it, but thanks for Correcting me on that part.

Mexico is close to Central America not South America.
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Nov 29, 2017 1:54 PM

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@KuroudoAkabane Your'e welcome man. Yeah she is pretty hot.



 
Nov 29, 2017 3:13 PM

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Nyu said:
nicethings said:

Well, you know what they say opinions are like…


If you read the conversation, you would know he was arguing that most anime fans support forced diversity and I was pointing out how the anime community doesn't support forced diversity, as if it did, we would see diversity more often in anime.

Most Anime Fans actually don't really care about it indeed.
all we want is to watch, enjoy and Talk about Anime and most of us don't even care about such things as Skin color (we rather care about settings and etc).
Heck there is almost no Racism in anime at all.

How Diverse can't we get?
Just having Different skin colors just to include more ppl is kinda racist when you think about it.

I am not against Diversity, I am against Forced Diversity (and stupidity)
 
Nov 29, 2017 3:28 PM

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I would like more variety to character design but for the sake of good design not making random characters have random skin tones for sake of diversity. I usually prefer light skin though
 
Nov 29, 2017 4:16 PM
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I couldnt care less, if a character is loveable and interesting i dont care about the skin color, as long as he/she doesnt look like a trainwreck i will be fine.
 
Nov 30, 2017 6:43 AM

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Duke_of_York said:
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.

Thoughts?


Thing about Japanese anime is that it's made for Japanese people, who have always prized pale skin for many generations. More pale than they naturally are, they're not paler than Caucasian people. Those who appear to be are either using skin-lightening treatments, makeup, bright lighting, or Photoshop which is common for self-conscious cosplayers and models to appear pearly white.

But even some Japanese people actually prefer tanned skin, as well. It's nothing to do with race, but the bigger reason for preference in tan skin is simply personal preference in aesthetics or a rebellious fashion (such as Gyaru or Ganguro going against the pale-skinned black-hair Yamato Nadeshiko image by using dark skin and bright hair). There is also the "exotic factor" for many people as well.

Also, not all anime is always purely about making characters look like your ideal waifu, maybe certain genres of anime, but not anime as a whole. Even those that are purely fanservice, they aren't just catering to you, they're catering to their target audience as a whole (including people they might have left out before), not just one individual.

There have been anime with dark-skinned and even clearly African-American characters, such as Cowboy Bebop, and this wasn't to appeal to foreigners, it was made to entertain Japanese audience which the anime was made for, as an anime that wasn't trying to appeal to sex organs, but to tell stories using realism/diversity in characters to make the world more open and believable, as they were in the future in space, not fantasy-waifu-land.

In more world-wide international anime/games such as Pokemon, you'll see they are getting more diverse with skin tones than typical anime, since they do know they're aiming for an international appeal, but also to show that the worlds they take place in aren't all "Japan".
Alola for example is based on Hawaii, and is a tropical island, so it makes sense they'd have more medium and dark-skinned characters for this sunny region.

I think it actually would raise popularity to at least have a few characters darker skinned, regardless of race, because it offers more diverse looks in characters. Even in the fantasy fanservice anime, it is known that there are a sizeable amount of Japanese people who like darker-skinned characters. Whether the character is Japanese, Arabian, or anything else. Not all Japanese are light-skinned even, you have naturally tan Japanese people too. My grandparents in Okinawa (part of Japan) are pretty dark-skinned Japanese people that you might look at and wonder if they're south Asian.

Even if you're against it, if you made a game with like 100 girls or 100 guys, then why not? There's a limit to how unique anime characters can look from each other when you've got that many and they're all the same pale tone just with different hair/eye colors.
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Yes, I never did like the tan look, (ie Su from Love Hina) too much.
 
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I'd say indifferent is a better term to describe my view.
I'm not shallow enough to care for skin tone.

As long as the character and/or story is well written, I can't be arsed to complain about something like that.
 
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Lol. Race threads actually exist in anime forums :D

OT: Anime doesn't need forced diversity & I like white girls so...
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Most characters are light-skinned on anime/manga because japanese people are light-skinned. There are dark-skinned characters on anime/manga, most of them foreigners. It is obvious.

Duke_of_York said:
...there is something about ivory-skinned waifus that just get you excited without knowing why and let's face it...ivory>ebony.


Both light/dark-skinned beauties are equally desirable. Cannot understand you, sir!
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Dec 10, 2017 9:44 AM

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Darker color is fine on waifus as long as they don't act like the real life counterpart.
On guys it's way harder to make a dark skinned mc and make it believable, that's why you don't see dark skinned mcs.
 
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Yeah, I am grateful to be honest :) Western PC cucks haven’t invaded anime yet
 
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Darker color is fine on waifus as long as they don't act like the real life counterpart.

Yeah, because all dark skinned girls act the same.

MAL is a hell of a cancerous place...
 
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This thread started a war, didn't it?





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