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Playing With: Mukokuseki
Basic Trope: Characters in an Anime or Manga series are stated to be Japanese, but don't look like Japanese people at all.
  • Straight: Sakura lives in Japan, but she has blonde hair and blue eyes.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Sakura (and all her friends and neighbors) are part of an Amazing Technicolor Population, with hair, eye, and skin colors not found in nature at all.
    • Sakura is a Stick Figure, along with all the other characters.
  • Downplayed: Sakura lives in Japan but has red hair which is rare but possible without any other heritage.
  • Justified:
    • Sakura is only half Japanese.
    • Sakura is a foreigner, but has been living in Japan for a long time.
    • Sakura is an albino, explaining how she has blonde hair and blue eyes.
  • Inverted: Alice is stated to be European, but she has the black hair and almond eyes of an East Asian person.
  • Subverted: Sakura is stated to be an American student studying abroad in Japan, going by a nickname.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But she hangs around with other characters who follow a similar Phenotype Stereotype, and none of them are stated to be foreigners; the fact that she is tends to be forgotten, even by the writers.
    • But her eyes are blue or green, not something typically found in that population.
  • Parodied: Sakura is obviously one of the Starfish Aliens, and is still stated to be Japanese.
  • Zig Zagged: Sakura has blue eyes and blonde hair, but is stated to be Japanese. However, later you find out that her real father was foreign, but his father was Japanese. Eventually, after going through a long, convoluted family tree, the viewer finds out that she is actually African. South African.
  • Averted: Sakura (and all other Japanese characters in the series) are drawn in a much more realistic style.
  • Enforced: "We need to make a character who stands out more."
  • Lampshaded: "You don't look Japanese at all!"
  • Invoked:
    • Sakura wants to look like all the American women she's seeing in the magazines she reads, and contemplates changing her hair and eye color.
    • With Designer Babies and fashion-ability of exotic looks parents choose to add more variety to the appearance of their children.
  • Exploited: Sakura is an American and uses this trope to disguise herself.
  • Defied: Sakura then decides that look just isn't her, and decides against dyeing her hair and wearing blue contacts.
  • Discussed: "I don't think Sakura's from around here. I mean, she's blonde!"
  • Conversed: "Lots of Japanese Anime characters don't look Japanese.
  • Played For Laughs: Sakura is an obsessive Americanophile, parodying the Occidental Otaku stereotype.
  • Played For Drama: Racial tensions are explored in this particular series.

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