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26th May '17 8:03:25 PM Az_Tech341
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Mukokuseki (jp: 無国籍) is the use of physical features associated with certain ethnic groups in anime such as round eyes, light skin, height and [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair a variety of hair colors]]. It literally means "stateless" (i.e. "[[TheStateless without nationality]]"), though the term relates to more abstract anime, and in this case, used hyperbolically.

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Mukokuseki (jp: 無国籍) is the use of physical features associated with certain ethnic groups in anime such as round eyes, light skin, height height, and [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair a variety of hair colors]]. It literally means "stateless" (i.e. "[[TheStateless without nationality]]"), though the term relates to more abstract anime, and in this case, used hyperbolically.



A TropeCodifier for this was ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', the cast of which grows quite large over the course of the series. Despite a majority of the characters being 100% Japanese, [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair they have every hair and eye color possible - and even some that aren't.]] A point of contention is that the main character has yellow hair and blue eyes making her look 'white.' Taking into account that her mother has blue hair and her daughter has pink hair it's clear the color isn't meant to indicate any race. In the live action [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon adaptation]], the wild colors were part of the main cast's transformations, but in their civilian personas they had black or brown hair. SM's influence on Japanese pop culture helped to spread the look and it now pervades all mediums (anime, manga, advertising, video games etc).

'''The second''' is the idea that the artists are appropriating features from the exotic "other" (in this case white people) into their character designs either for their own interests or for marketing purposes. To that point, the pervasiveness in Japanese pop-culture of physical features such as fair hair, blue or green eyes, pinkish skin and chiseled facial features which are ''not'' found amongst the homogenous population of Japan arguably suggests such features are considered fashionable, desirable and interesting. This was compounded exponentially over the last 60 years or so by the pervasive Western standards of beauty that infiltrated most cultures, including Japan, via Hollywood and the Euro/American fashion industry. This is overall more common with {{shoujo}} or {{josei}} series, because a lot of the earliest and most classic shoujo, such ''Manga/CandyCandy'' and ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', took place in Europe or America.

On the other end of the spectrum from the ''Sailor Moon'' example, the creator of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Masashi Kishimoto, went on record saying he was happy Naruto [[ShoutOut was designed]] [[Franchise/DragonBall with blond spikey hair]] because after the series went international it made the character more relatable to western audiences. He later stated that for a live action version, they'd need to cast a white American actor to play Naruto (despite him being ethnically Japanese) to ensure a good likeness, so he's sticking with his story.

Regardless of what they look like, assume that the character's race matches the original primary audience unless its heavily implied ([[RealLife through setting]], [[FantasyCounterpartCulture culture, costume]] or WordOfGod) to be otherwise. That's true of all media that doesn't use FacialProfiling Eastern or Western, even Literature when you have to use your own imagination. But it can really be either explanation, or both. Without WordOfGod it can be hard tell, which is why some people unfamiliar with the concept come to the conclusion that Japanese people have rather a skewed sense of self-perception.

Arguably started by Creator/OsamuTezuka, whose art style was heavily influenced by the works of WaltDisney, MaxAndDaveFleischer and other American cartoonists. However Big Anime Eyes do have a somewhat Asian slant to them and aren't as round as Big Disney Eyes and Big Looney Tune Eyes. That's part of the reason you don't confuse Red Hot Riding Hood or the Disney Princesses for anime characters, even Rapunzel.

In part this trope has to do with the [[http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2010/08/30/guest-post-why-do-the-japanese-draw-themselves-as-white/ Default Human Being concept.]] Without obvious ethnic or gendered feature the audience will assume the character default to their culture's idea of the common human. This can be seen in the west with the featureless stickfigure depicting humanity as a whole and indicating white men specifically at once. Just as American animators will give Asian distinct features to indicate they're different from the European default, Japanese animators will often give European descended characters distinctions to make them different from the Japanese default, even if both defaults are functionally identical.

Compare AmbiguouslyBrown (when someone has a noticeably different look from the rest of the main cast, but still no [[FacialProfiling distinct]] [[FantasyCounterPartCulture giveaways]] or [[WordOfGod confirmed ethnicity]]), OnlySixFaces (where there is little difference at all in character designs) and HumansAreWhite ("stateless" of course means skin ranging from pale to peachy). See also ImplausibleHairColor, PeopleOfHairColor.

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A TropeCodifier for this was ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', the cast of which grows quite large over the course of the series. Despite a majority of the characters being 100% Japanese, [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair they have every hair and eye color possible - and even some that aren't.]] aren't]]. A point of contention is that the main character has yellow hair and blue eyes making her look 'white.' 'white'. Taking into account that her mother has blue hair and her daughter has pink hair it's clear the color isn't meant to indicate any race. In the live action [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon adaptation]], the wild colors were part of the main cast's transformations, but but, in their civilian personas personas, they had black or brown hair. SM's influence on Japanese pop culture helped to spread the look and it now pervades all mediums (anime, manga, advertising, video games etc).

'''The second''' is the idea that the artists are appropriating features from the exotic "other" (in this case white people) into their character designs either for their own interests or for marketing purposes. To that point, the pervasiveness in Japanese pop-culture of physical features such as fair hair, blue or green eyes, pinkish skin skin, and chiseled facial features which are ''not'' found amongst the homogenous population of Japan arguably suggests such features are considered fashionable, desirable desirable, and interesting. This was compounded exponentially over the last 60 years or so by the pervasive Western standards of beauty that infiltrated most cultures, including Japan, via Hollywood and the Euro/American fashion industry. This is overall more common with {{shoujo}} or {{josei}} series, because a lot of the earliest and most classic shoujo, such ''Manga/CandyCandy'' and ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', took place in Europe or America.

On the other end of the spectrum from the ''Sailor Moon'' example, the creator of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Masashi Kishimoto, went on record saying he was happy Naruto [[ShoutOut was designed]] [[Franchise/DragonBall with blond spikey hair]] because after the series went international it made the character more relatable to western audiences. He later stated that that, for a live action live-action version, they'd need to cast a white American actor to play Naruto (despite him being ethnically Japanese) to ensure a good likeness, so he's sticking with his story.

Regardless of what they look like, assume that the character's race matches the original primary audience unless its heavily implied ([[RealLife through setting]], [[FantasyCounterpartCulture culture, costume]] costume]], or WordOfGod) to be otherwise. That's true of all media that doesn't use FacialProfiling - Eastern or Western, even Literature when you have to use your own imagination. But it can really be either explanation, or both. Without WordOfGod WordOfGod, it can be hard tell, which is why some people unfamiliar with the concept come to the conclusion that Japanese people have rather a skewed sense of self-perception.

Arguably started by Creator/OsamuTezuka, whose art style was heavily influenced by the works of WaltDisney, MaxAndDaveFleischer MaxAndDaveFleischer, and other American cartoonists. However However, Big Anime Eyes do have a somewhat Asian slant to them and aren't as round as Big Disney Eyes and Big Looney Tune Eyes. That's part of the reason you don't confuse Red Hot Riding Hood or the Disney Princesses for anime characters, even Rapunzel.

In part part, this trope has to do with the [[http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2010/08/30/guest-post-why-do-the-japanese-draw-themselves-as-white/ Default Human Being concept.]] concept]]. Without obvious ethnic or gendered feature feature, the audience will assume the character default to their culture's idea of the common human. This can be seen in the west with the featureless stickfigure stick-figure depicting humanity as a whole and indicating white men specifically at once. Just as American animators will give Asian distinct features to indicate they're different from the European default, Japanese animators will often give European descended characters distinctions to make them different from the Japanese default, even if both defaults are functionally identical.

Compare AmbiguouslyBrown (when someone has a noticeably different look from the rest of the main cast, but still no [[FacialProfiling distinct]] [[FantasyCounterPartCulture giveaways]] or [[WordOfGod confirmed ethnicity]]), OnlySixFaces (where there is little difference at all in character designs) designs), and HumansAreWhite ("stateless" of course means skin ranging from pale to peachy). See also ImplausibleHairColor, ImplausibleHairColor and PeopleOfHairColor.
24th May '17 5:04:44 AM nighttrainfm
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'''Kaiba:''' Well, they're Egyptian, right? Why are they white?\\

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'''Kaiba:''' Well, I mean, they're Egyptian, right? Why are they white?\\



'''Kaiba:''' For that matter, aren't we supposed to be Asian? Why are ''we'' white?\\

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'''Kaiba:''' For And for that matter, aren't we supposed to be Asian? Why are ''we'' white?\\
15th May '17 2:49:17 PM nighttrainfm
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** To make this more confusing, the dub changed several names and gave Bakura [[AccentAdaptation a British accent]] to represent his exaggerated politeness.

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** To make this more confusing, the dub changed several names and gave Bakura [[AccentAdaptation a British accent]] to represent his exaggerated politeness. Jonouchi / Joey, by contrast, got a distinct Brooklyn accent due to being plain-spoken.
15th May '17 2:47:51 PM nighttrainfm
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** To make this more confusing, the dub changed several names and gave Bakura [[AccentAdaptation a British accent]] to represent his exaggerated politeness.
15th May '17 2:44:38 PM nighttrainfm
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* Becomes particularly silly on ''Anime/YuGiOh'', where the Japanese protagonist and his best friend both have blond hair, so the only way to make the British character look visibly different is to give him white hair, but he's still given the name of Ryo Bakura, which is [[SarcasmMode clearly the most British-sounding name of all time]]. In the English-language dub, many of the characters are given Western names (Honda becoming Tristan Taylor, for instance), but the British kid remains Bakura.
** Actually, Ryo Bakura is also a Japanese kid in the original manga and Japanese anime. He just transferred from a different school. No where does the series ever imply that he's anything but Japanese.
** Also the main characters are modern Japanese reincarnations of their near identical ''Ancient Egyptian'' predecessors.
*** Lampshaded in Abridged - when Kaiba and Yami Yugi duel in the Battle City final, they have a hallucination to Ancient Egypt, but a rendering mistake in the animation of the anime left their ancient counterparts pale. Kaiba wonders why, then promptly adds "Aren't we supposed to be Asian? Why are ''we'' white?"

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* Becomes particularly ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** In a downright
silly on ''Anime/YuGiOh'', where the Japanese protagonist and his best friend both have blond hair, so the case, not only way to make the British character look visibly different is to give him white hair, but he's still given the name of Ryo Bakura, which is [[SarcasmMode clearly the most British-sounding name of all time]]. In the English-language dub, many of the characters are given Western names (Honda becoming Tristan Taylor, for instance), but the British kid remains Bakura.
** Actually, Ryo Bakura is also a Japanese kid in the original manga and Japanese anime. He just transferred from a different school. No where does the series ever imply that he's anything but Japanese.
** Also
do the main characters have the requisite bizarre hairstyles (including blonde and ''multi-coloured''), but several of them are the modern Japanese reincarnations of their near identical near-identical ''Ancient Egyptian'' predecessors.
*** ** Lampshaded in ''The Abridged Series'' - when Kaiba and Yami Yugi duel in the Battle City final, they have a hallucination to Ancient Egypt, but a rendering mistake in the animation of the anime left their ancient counterparts pale. Kaiba wonders why, then promptly adds "Aren't "And for that matter, aren't we supposed to be Asian? Why are ''we'' white?"
4th May '17 1:31:37 PM Golondrina
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* Mostly averted in ''Manga/Dgrayman''. The only japanese character Yu Kanda looks clearly japanese with narrow eyes and black straight hair. the chinese Lenalee also has black straight hair but she is draw with wide eyes like the european cast.

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* Mostly averted in ''Manga/Dgrayman''.''Manga/DGrayMan''. The only japanese character Yu Kanda looks clearly japanese with narrow eyes and black straight hair. the The chinese Lenalee also has black straight hair but she is draw with wide eyes like the european cast.
4th May '17 1:18:01 PM Golondrina
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'''The second''' is the idea that the artists are appropriating features from the exotic "other" (in this case Caucasians) into their character designs either for their own interests or for marketing purposes. To that point, the pervasiveness in Japanese pop-culture of physical features such as fair hair, blue or green eyes, pinkish skin and chiseled facial features which are ''not'' found amongst the homogenous population of Japan arguably suggests such features are considered fashionable, desirable and interesting. This was compounded exponentially over the last 60 years or so by the pervasive Western standards of beauty that infiltrated most cultures, including Japan, via Hollywood and the Euro/American fashion industry. This is overall more common with {{shoujo}} or {{josei}} series, because a lot of the earliest and most classic shoujo, such ''Manga/CandyCandy'' and ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', took place in Europe or America.

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'''The second''' is the idea that the artists are appropriating features from the exotic "other" (in this case Caucasians) white people) into their character designs either for their own interests or for marketing purposes. To that point, the pervasiveness in Japanese pop-culture of physical features such as fair hair, blue or green eyes, pinkish skin and chiseled facial features which are ''not'' found amongst the homogenous population of Japan arguably suggests such features are considered fashionable, desirable and interesting. This was compounded exponentially over the last 60 years or so by the pervasive Western standards of beauty that infiltrated most cultures, including Japan, via Hollywood and the Euro/American fashion industry. This is overall more common with {{shoujo}} or {{josei}} series, because a lot of the earliest and most classic shoujo, such ''Manga/CandyCandy'' and ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', took place in Europe or America.



* In ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', the characters from different areas of Japan look believably similar to the real-life skin-tones/hair colors. However, there is [[ImplausibleHairColor orange-haired Chiyo-chan]] (although redheads are known to exist naturally in Japan, they are exceptionally rare, and not without some ''gaijin'' mixing or genetic anomaly.) There's also the eye color of Sakaki, which are supposedly blue (most of the cast's are brown). Significant because blue eyes are a heavily recessive gene (basically recessive to all other eye colors) and very rare outside of caucasian populations.

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* In ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', the characters from different areas of Japan look believably similar to the real-life skin-tones/hair colors. However, there is [[ImplausibleHairColor orange-haired Chiyo-chan]] (although redheads are known to exist naturally in Japan, they are exceptionally rare, and not without some ''gaijin'' mixing or genetic anomaly.) There's also the eye color of Sakaki, which are supposedly blue (most of the cast's are brown). Significant because blue eyes are a heavily recessive gene (basically recessive to all other eye colors) and very rare outside of caucasian white populations.



* Most of Creator/NaokiUrasawa's manga are drawn very realistically. The Caucasian looking people in his work actually are Caucasian (with huge noses though), as many of his manga are set in Europe or other exotic locales. In fact, Urasawa occasionally goes too far in the other direction. ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' 's Eva Heinemann, a German, has a slightly Asian look to her. Just about the only time he plays this trope straight is with Kana from ''20th/21st Century Boys'', who has more of a typical big eyed, fair haired "anime girl" look to her, resembling ''Monster'''s Anna/Nina, but this is probably to emphasize the character's "otherness", as she has supernatural powers.

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* Most of Creator/NaokiUrasawa's manga are drawn very realistically. The Caucasian looking people who look white in his work actually are Caucasian white (with huge noses though), as many of his manga are set in Europe or other exotic locales. In fact, Urasawa occasionally goes too far in the other direction. ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' 's Eva Heinemann, a German, has a slightly Asian look to her. Just about the only time he plays this trope straight is with Kana from ''20th/21st Century Boys'', who has more of a typical big eyed, fair haired "anime girl" look to her, resembling ''Monster'''s Anna/Nina, but this is probably to emphasize the character's "otherness", as she has supernatural powers.



* In both ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'' and ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', the Japanese characters usually look indistinguishable from any Caucasian characters. Oddly enough, the Chinese women seen in ''Sailor V'' all have black hair, in contrast to the diverse hair colors of the rest of the cast. The one exception might be Elza Gray, a minor black character from ''Sailor Moon'', who obviously has much darker skin than the Japanese girls.

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* In both ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'' and ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', the Japanese characters usually look indistinguishable from any Caucasian white characters. Oddly enough, the Chinese women seen in ''Sailor V'' all have black hair, in contrast to the diverse hair colors of the rest of the cast. The one exception might be Elza Gray, a minor black character from ''Sailor Moon'', who obviously has much darker skin than the Japanese girls.



** For years FanWank attempted to explain Quatre by saying he's Berber; more likely it has to do with his mother being Caucasian, blond, and blue-eyed (with FanWank again stepping in to claim she's French). Heero, on the other hand, [[spoiler:is revealed to be half-Russian in the novel ''Frozen Teardrop''.]]

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** For years FanWank attempted to explain Quatre by saying he's Berber; more likely it has to do with his mother being Caucasian, white, blond, and blue-eyed (with FanWank again stepping in to claim she's French). Heero, on the other hand, [[spoiler:is revealed to be half-Russian in the novel ''Frozen Teardrop''.]]



** Light Yagami, the main character in ''Manga/DeathNote'', has a thoroughly Caucasian appearance when compared to the other characters. His mother, father, and sister are all obviously Asian. He is depicted with common European traits, like white skin and light brown hair. Misa is also depicted with blue eyes and dyed blond hair, though she's never described as a white person. In the original manga, [[AdaptationDyeJob her eyes are brown and her hair is dyed]].

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** Light Yagami, the main character in ''Manga/DeathNote'', has a thoroughly Caucasian appearance white appearence when compared to the other characters. His mother, father, and sister are all obviously Asian. He is depicted with common European traits, like white skin and light brown hair. Misa is also depicted with blue eyes and dyed blond hair, though she's never described as a white person. In the original manga, [[AdaptationDyeJob her eyes are brown and her hair is dyed]].



* Pretty much everyone in ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' is recognizably Asian, and the only two light-haired characters explicitly dye their hair. The two American characters who visit in the second season are also distinctly Caucasian.

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* Pretty much everyone in ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' is recognizably Asian, and the only two light-haired characters explicitly dye their hair. The two American characters who visit in the second season are also distinctly Caucasian.white.



* In ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' most characters look more or less as if they could be actually Japanese, depending on the art style of the different artists/animators. Except for Batou and Togusa, who don't look Asian at all. Batou has blonde hair and a very strong Caucasian facial structure. The large round prosthetic eyes don't help with figuring out his race. Most of these can be justified in that most of the cast are heavily modified cyborgs, with Batou and the Major (at least) basically being robots with human brains. They could look like any race at all, and in Motoko's case, the question about her original gender is brought up. She's always been female since birth, but the gender issue is discussed.
** This became a controversy when Creator/ScarlettJohansson was cast as the Major for [[Film/GhostInTheShell2017 the 2017 Hollywood live-action]] of this series as several people insisted that she should be played by a Japanese actress. The publisher and several people who had worked with the franchise, such as Mamoru Oshii, have no problem with the casting. [[spoiler:Then, it's revealed in the movie that the Major is really Japanese only to be forced into a Caucasian artificial body with her memories completely altered]].

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* In ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' most characters look more or less as if they could be actually Japanese, depending on the art style of the different artists/animators. Except for Batou and Togusa, who don't look Asian at all. Batou has blonde hair and a very strong Caucasian white facial structure. The large round prosthetic eyes don't help with figuring out his race. Most of these can be justified in that most of the cast are heavily modified cyborgs, with Batou and the Major (at least) basically being robots with human brains. They could look like any race at all, and in Motoko's case, the question about her original gender is brought up. She's always been female since birth, but the gender issue is discussed.
** This became a controversy when Creator/ScarlettJohansson was cast as the Major for [[Film/GhostInTheShell2017 the 2017 Hollywood live-action]] of this series as several people insisted that she should be played by a Japanese actress. The publisher and several people who had worked with the franchise, such as Mamoru Oshii, have no problem with the casting. [[spoiler:Then, it's revealed in the movie that the Major is really Japanese only to be forced into a Caucasian white artificial body with her memories completely altered]].



* Somewhat averted in ''Manga/SoulEater'', where the predominance of caucasians is justified by Shibusen's being located in America. Concurrent with this, there are several black characters as well.

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* Somewhat averted in ''Manga/SoulEater'', where the predominance of caucasians white people is justified by Shibusen's being located in America. Concurrent with this, there are several black characters as well.



** ''2.0'' starts out in a European/Russian [=NERV=] base under attack; most of the personnel in the base clearly are Caucasian (except for [[spoiler:Kaji]]).

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** ''2.0'' starts out in a European/Russian [=NERV=] base under attack; most of the personnel in the base clearly are Caucasian white (except for [[spoiler:Kaji]]).



* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' is a bit of an unusual aversion--there ''are'' characters with strange hair and features that don't seem to fit under any particular nationality, but [[OurDemonsAreDifferent they're not human at all]]. The characters that have blond hair and blue eyes are all Americans, but there's also Americans seen with brown and black hair. Two German characters have red and brown hair, respectively. There ''is'' a white-haired girl, but she has red eyes and is probably supposed to be an albino (and she ''is'' supposed to be a little strange, as well). On top of this, in the manga a minor character appears obviously Japanese next to the Caucasian characters.

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* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' is a bit of an unusual aversion--there ''are'' characters with strange hair and features that don't seem to fit under any particular nationality, but [[OurDemonsAreDifferent they're not human at all]]. The characters that have blond hair and blue eyes are all Americans, but there's also Americans seen with brown and black hair. Two German characters have red and brown hair, respectively. There ''is'' a white-haired girl, but she has red eyes and is probably supposed to be an albino (and she ''is'' supposed to be a little strange, as well). On top of this, in the manga a minor character appears obviously Japanese next to the Caucasian white characters.



* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' has a truly weird inversion. One of the Moonrace officers looks like he was drawn by a completely different artist than the rest of them, closer to the way Japanese people are drawn in American comic books: small eyes; short, rounded nose; dark hair (in a samurai-esque topknot, even!). His name? Phil Ackerman. There's also Po Ai Zhi ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS or something like that]]), who looks more or less like somebody who would actually be named that. Most of the cast is either Caucasian-looking or AmbiguouslyBrown, though. The funny thing is, there doesn't seem to be anybody with a Japanese-sounding name in the cast. BigBad Gym Gingnham likes to dress up like a Samurai, but he's just a huge weeaboo.

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* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' has a truly weird inversion. One of the Moonrace officers looks like he was drawn by a completely different artist than the rest of them, closer to the way Japanese people are drawn in American comic books: small eyes; short, rounded nose; dark hair (in a samurai-esque topknot, even!). His name? Phil Ackerman. There's also Po Ai Zhi ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS or something like that]]), who looks more or less like somebody who would actually be named that. Most of the cast is either Caucasian-looking white-looking or AmbiguouslyBrown, though. The funny thing is, there doesn't seem to be anybody with a Japanese-sounding name in the cast. BigBad Gym Gingnham likes to dress up like a Samurai, but he's just a huge weeaboo.



* Hachimaki in ''Manga/{{Planetes}}'' looks distinctly, almost stereotypically Japanese, with the yellowish skin, wiry black hair, and slanted eyes. In contrast, Tanabe is also Japanese, but her complexion is indistinguishable from the Caucasian characters; however [[spoiler:she is adopted and her birth parents' ancestry is unknown]].

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* Hachimaki in ''Manga/{{Planetes}}'' looks distinctly, almost stereotypically Japanese, with the yellowish skin, wiry black hair, and slanted eyes. In contrast, Tanabe is also Japanese, but her complexion is indistinguishable from the Caucasian white characters; however [[spoiler:she is adopted and her birth parents' ancestry is unknown]].



* Partially averted in ''Manga/PrincessJellyfish''. Kuranosuke has blue eyes and blond hair, but this is due to him having a blonde, Caucasian mother. It's remarked in-story that he looks absolutely nothing like his half-brother Shū, who is a full-blooded Japanese man with typical Asian facial features and coloring. Everyone else averts it pretty well too.

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* Partially averted in ''Manga/PrincessJellyfish''. Kuranosuke has blue eyes and blond hair, but this is due to him having a blonde, Caucasian white mother. It's remarked in-story that he looks absolutely nothing like his half-brother Shū, who is a full-blooded Japanese man with typical Asian facial features and coloring. Everyone else averts it pretty well too.



** In The ''Compilation of Final Fantasy VII'', the characters seem to span a wide range of races. Cloud, Zack, Tifa, Reno, Elena and Reeve all have mixed Asian/Caucasian features. Yuffie is most obviously completely Asian, as is Tseng (the designers claimed to have enjoyed dressing Yuffie the best, as they were able to use Japanese designs in her clothing). Aerith and Cid are white. Barret and Rude are black. Red XIII is a dog and Cait Sith is a cat.

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** In The ''Compilation of Final Fantasy VII'', the characters seem to span a wide range of races. Cloud, Zack, Tifa, Reno, Elena and Reeve all have mixed Asian/Caucasian Asian/white features. Yuffie is most obviously completely Asian, as is Tseng (the designers claimed to have enjoyed dressing Yuffie the best, as they were able to use Japanese designs in her clothing). Aerith and Cid are white. Barret and Rude are black. Red XIII is a dog and Cait Sith is a cat.



* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' averts this trope well, given the large number of Caucasian characters, but certain characters still play this straight, such as Tsubaki Yayoi (who has red hair and blue eyes), Kokonoe and Konoe Mercury (pink hair and yellow eyes, though both are confirmed to be part-Japanese), Hazama[=/=]Yuuki Terumi (green hair and yellow eyes), and Amane Nishiki (blue eyes and purple hair).

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* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' averts this trope well, given the large number of Caucasian white characters, but certain characters still play this straight, such as Tsubaki Yayoi (who has red hair and blue eyes), Kokonoe and Konoe Mercury (pink hair and yellow eyes, though both are confirmed to be part-Japanese), Hazama[=/=]Yuuki Terumi (green hair and yellow eyes), and Amane Nishiki (blue eyes and purple hair).



* CanonForeigner You Ji from ''VideoGame/BladestormTheHundredYearsWar'' completely (and pleasantly) averts the {{Mukokuseki}} principle -- his look is unambiguously and realistically East Asian, amongst a cast of caucasian English and French characters. It's arguably a double aversion in You Ji's case, as Bladestorm originates from the Koei stable, who are ''notorious'' for employing {{Mukokuseki}} principles across their hero-series ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'', where auburn/red/light-brown/blond haired, green & blue-eyed asians abound in ancient China....

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* CanonForeigner You Ji from ''VideoGame/BladestormTheHundredYearsWar'' completely (and pleasantly) averts the {{Mukokuseki}} principle -- his look is unambiguously and realistically East Asian, amongst a cast of caucasian white English and French characters. It's arguably a double aversion in You Ji's case, as Bladestorm originates from the Koei stable, who are ''notorious'' for employing {{Mukokuseki}} principles across their hero-series ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'', where auburn/red/light-brown/blond haired, green & blue-eyed asians abound in ancient China....



** It's not just the blonde hair (and incidently, Xiaoqiao with honey blonde hair and Zhurong with ''platinum'' blonde were around in ''5''), it's also the unambiguously western facial features. Sure, some characters do look realistically asian, but there are an equal amount who, like [[http://koeiwarriors.co.uk/artworks/dw5a-yueying.jpg Yueying]], have the chiseled facial features of caucasians.

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** It's not just the blonde hair (and incidently, Xiaoqiao with honey blonde hair and Zhurong with ''platinum'' blonde were around in ''5''), it's also the unambiguously western facial features. Sure, some characters do look realistically asian, but there are an equal amount who, like [[http://koeiwarriors.co.uk/artworks/dw5a-yueying.jpg Yueying]], have the chiseled facial features of caucasians.white people.



* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' would be a rare Western media example. The "playable" human characters are rendered with completely white skin, while actual Caucasians (like Andrew Hussie's AuthorAvatar and ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' authour Ryan North) are rendered with not-quite-flesh-tone skin that's more orange than anything. WordOfGod has specified that the blank white characters [[http://mspandrew.tumblr.com/post/15937434515/predictably are supposed to be a-racial]], so it's left up to the reader to decide what race they are.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' would be a rare Western media example. The "playable" human characters are rendered with completely white skin, while actual Caucasians white people (like Andrew Hussie's AuthorAvatar and ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' authour Ryan North) are rendered with not-quite-flesh-tone skin that's more orange than anything. WordOfGod has specified that the blank white characters [[http://mspandrew.tumblr.com/post/15937434515/predictably are supposed to be a-racial]], so it's left up to the reader to decide what race they are.



** Another a-racial character actually hallucinates being explicitly Caucasian during a MushroomSamba, although the LampshadeHanging of this in which another character is horrified by the change [[OrwellianRetcon was unhappened]] due to some fans [[FanDumb using it as a means to be racist]], [[WordOfGod the author himself]] was not at all cool with that.

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** Another a-racial character actually hallucinates being explicitly Caucasian white during a MushroomSamba, although the LampshadeHanging of this in which another character is horrified by the change [[OrwellianRetcon was unhappened]] due to some fans [[FanDumb using it as a means to be racist]], [[WordOfGod the author himself]] was not at all cool with that.



* An old Website/YouTube video, entitled "Are anime characters Japanese or Caucasian", argued that large eyes and pale skin are not necessarily Caucasian traits. Though the video has since been removed, some of the responses remain.

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* An old Website/YouTube video, entitled "Are anime characters Japanese or Caucasian", white", argued that large eyes and pale skin are not necessarily Caucasian traits.traits exclusively of white people. Though the video has since been removed, some of the responses remain.
30th Apr '17 1:22:06 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' takes place in a European, or American, setting. This trope is usually subverted. A majority of characters are white, and when characters of other races appear it's apparent. However, a few characters are AmbiguouslyBrown. With the addition of ''Tale of Two Towns'', we finally have a town full of vaguely Asian-looking characters. The other eponymous town, however, is a typical HM town.

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* ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' takes place in a European, or American, setting. This trope is usually subverted. A majority of characters are white, and when characters of other races appear it's apparent. However, a few characters are AmbiguouslyBrown. With the addition of ''Tale of Two Towns'', we finally have a town full of vaguely Asian-looking characters. The other eponymous town, however, is a typical HM town.
29th Apr '17 1:41:00 PM nombretomado
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28th Apr '17 12:18:07 PM Smeagol17
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Compare AmbiguouslyBrown (when someone has a noticeably different look from the rest of the main cast, but still no [[FacialProfiling distinct]] [[FantasyCounterPartCulture giveaways]] or [[WordOfGod confirmed ethnicity]]), OnlySixFaces (where there is little difference at all in character designs) and HumansAreWhite ("stateless" of course means skin ranging from pale to peachy). See also ImprobableHairColor, PeopleOfHairColor.

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Compare AmbiguouslyBrown (when someone has a noticeably different look from the rest of the main cast, but still no [[FacialProfiling distinct]] [[FantasyCounterPartCulture giveaways]] or [[WordOfGod confirmed ethnicity]]), OnlySixFaces (where there is little difference at all in character designs) and HumansAreWhite ("stateless" of course means skin ranging from pale to peachy). See also ImprobableHairColor, ImplausibleHairColor, PeopleOfHairColor.
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