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  • Works by Toei Animation are rife with this trope, for reasons that nobody can discern.
  • In both Ai no Kusabi OVA adaptations, Riki has brown eyes instead of his distinct black eyes from the novel.
  • The OVA of Angel Sanctuary gave Kurai periwinkle hair, while it is silver in the manga.
  • Development of the Armored Trooper VOTOMS anime predated the childrens' manga tie-in by Minoru Nonaka, who inexplicably changed some characters' color schemes (and overall appearances) in his adaptation:
    • Fyana went from having brown hair and eyes to her hair being jet black and her eyes being green.
    • Vanilla Vartla, along with having his skin dramatically lightened, has his hair changed from blond to a deep brown or orange, with it inked as a solid black in the interior artwork.
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    • Ru Shako's hair goes from gray to black, while his skin is also lightened several shades.
    • Pol Potaria is a brunet in the anime, but a blond in Nonaka's version, while his green jumpsuit is changed to be blue.
  • Tobio's hair in Astro Boy is usually black, much like his Replacement Goldfish Astro. In the 2003 remake Tobio's hair is brown.
  • Attack on Titan:
    • Both Eren Yeager's windows and curtains. Eren has dark brown hair and vibrant green eyes in the anime which is a clue to him being the Rogue Titan, but jet-black hair and steely grey eyes in the manga.
    • Similar to that, manga illustrations gave Petra Ral light-blond hair and blue eyes. The anime however, gave her orange hair and ginger eyes. This is likely to differentiate her from the other blond haired blue-eyed characters in the series.
  • Examples abound in the first four seasons of the animated adaptation of Axis Powers Hetalia, though the manga itself is also rife with Hair Color Dissonance:
    • In the manga, a few characters have darker skin tones than others (Spain and Romano have olive complexions, for example, while Seychelles and Egypt have light brown skin). The first anime gave everyone the same pale skin tone...except Cuba, for some reason.
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    • North Italy's hair is brown in the manga, but the anime gives him auburn hair that sometimes looks like a saturated red. His eyes also went from brown to gold.
    • South Italy/Italy Romano's eyes are usually green or hazel in manga, but they're gold like his brother's in the anime. His hair was made a darker brown as well.
    • Canada's hair is a dirty blond in the anime, whereas in the manga he is shown with yellow-orange hair. His eyes also went from purple to blue, possibly to make him look more like America.
    • England's hair went from an ash blond shade to saturated yellow.
    • France's dark blond hair was changed to the same yellow as England's.
    • Sweden's hair was colored light brown in the first season, although later seasons changed his hair to the saturated yellow of most European characters instead of the platinum blond it is in the manga. His eyes also changed from a greenish blue hue to a plain blue.
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    • Finland's eyes are purple in the manga, but were changed to brown in the anime. His hair went from the platinum blond he has in the manga to a saturated yellow.
    • Latvia had purple eyes in the manga and blue eyes in the anime. The anime also made his medium blond hair darker.
    • Estonia's hair was made a darker blond in the anime, and his eyes went from a blue-green to the same shade of blue as Latvia's.
    • Lithuania's eyes went from green to blue, and his hair was made much a much lighter brown than it usually is in manga illustrations.
    • Belarus had dirty blond hair instead of the platinum blond hair she has in the manga.
    • China's black hair was changed to ash brown in the anime.
    • Korea also has black hair in the manga, but the unused anime design showed him with chestnut brown hair.
    • Germania's eyes changed from the same blue-green as Sweden's eyes to plain blue.
    • The Netherlands got the same bright yellow hair of the other European characters instead of the light blond he has in the manga.
    • Poland has light blond hair in the manga, but got the same saturated yellow of a lot of European nations in the anime.
    • The anime's fifth season, The Beautiful World, shifted the above characters' color schemes to be manga accurate for the most part. i.e, it makes Seychelles darker-skinned.
    • Russia's hair varies in the manga between a platinum blond and a dark blond, but the anime gave him pale beige, almost silver-white hair instead. His Scarf Of Asskicking was changed to light pink instead of the tan it is in the manga.
    • Kugelmugel has white hair in manga illustrations, while his anime appearance gave him platinum blond hair.
    • Iceland has purple eyes in the manga, but was given blue eyes during the first four seasons of the anime. He was given purple eyes in the fifth season and beyond, but his hair became platinum blond like the other Nordics' hair instead of the silver hair he has in the manga.
  • Hitagi Senjougahara from Bakemonogatari had brown hair in the original light novel but in the anime it's purple. Except when it's shown as brown for some reason.
  • The title character of Birdy the Mighty has white and pink hair throughout her incarnations, but how it's colored varies: the original manga and OVA both have it with the right side is white and the left side pink; the remake manga makes it where the her bangs are pink, but the rest is white; and Decode makes it where her bangs and the bottom of her mane are pink, but the rest is white.
  • Ciel Phantomhive of Black Butler has dark grey or possibly black hair in the manga, which is rendered as kinda blue-ish in a few of the illustrations. The anime ran with it and gave him deep blue hair, incidentally making his Curtains Match the Window.
  • Bleach:
    • Ichigo's reiatsu is yellow in the manga but blue in the anime, his Bankai reiatsu is jet-black in the manga but given a blue/red outline in the anime, and the stripes on his Hollow mask are red in the manga, but changed to reddish-black in the anime.
    • Rangiku Matsumoto went from bright blonde in the manga to strawberry-blonde in the anime. Oddly, she gets her original hair color back for one filler episode, 304.
    • Nelliel's hair is green in the manga, but changed to teal in the anime.
    • Harribel Tier is tan in the anime. But her complexion was noticeably darker in the manga, being closer to Yoruichi's skin tone, if not slightly darker.
    • Gin's eyes were made red by the anime, and gold by the video games. Once the manga revealed they were actually Icy Blue Eyes, the anime changed them to match the manga.
    • Yoruichi and Mila Rose both have jet-black hair in the manga. Their anime counterparts have purple and dark brown hair, respectively.
    • Orihime has grey-brown eyes in the manga, while in the anime they are just grey.
    • Yumichika's feathers consist of one pair of solid red feathers and one pair of solid yellow feathers in the anime. In the manga, the feathers are actually multihued and iridescent, appropriate for a metaphorical "peacock". Also, his zanpakutou is purple in the anime but official artwork by Kubo reveals his zanpakutou is actually blue (albeith a shade of blue that leans towards the purple end of the spectrum).
    • In the manga, Byakuya's Senbonzakura forms are all white. However, the anime changes this to pink for all forms, except for Hakuteikan which is left white.
    • The anime gave Ryuuken dark brown hair in Uryuu's flashbacks, making his white hair age-related. However, in the manga, Ryuuken's had white hair since at least early childhood.
  • Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo: Softon's ice-cream swirl-esque head is brown in the manga (denoting it as poop, hence the jokes), and pink in the anime (denoting it as ice cream, subbing out the "poop jokes" for the sake of censorship). Beauty's hair is also a deeper shade of pink in the anime than in the manga.
  • In the adaptation of Brave10, Saizo's eyes go from dark blue to a much greener hue and Rokuro's blood red eyes become purple.
  • In Bubblegum Crisis 2040, Nene went from a redhead to a blonde, Sylvia went from a Brunette, to having white Hair, Linna, Mackie, and Mason went from black to brown and Daley went from a Redhead to a brunette.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura:
    • Sakura has blonde hair (sometimes with reddish tones) in the manga, but the anime gave her brown hair instead (which people sometimes interpret as "auburn" for whatever strange reason). Syaoran is also given brown hair, but this is more excusable since one color card in the original manga arc depicts him with brown hair (although in the artbooks, his hair is always blond as well). Tomoyo's eyes are purple in the manga and blue in the anime, but they switch to dark brown on the Clamp in Wonderland 2 music video.
    • Sakura's mother, Nadeshiko, has light brown hair in the anime; one color drawing in the manga has her with dark violet hair.
    • In the manga, Eriol’s robes are black, and the rim on the collar of the cape and the ends of the sleeves is red, but in the anime, the robes are dark blue, and the rims are light blue.
  • Chii from Chobits has been shown with white, gray, and various shades of blonde in the manga, and her eyes were amber colored. The anime gave her yellow hair and brown eyes.
  • The original Chrome Shelled Regios light novels say Leerin has blonde hair, compared to her auburn-red hair in the anime. Curiously, the cover art for said novels depict her exactly as she appears in the anime.
  • In the live-action Cromartie High School film, Hayashida's trademark purple mohawk is replaced with a full head of black hair. Curiously, Maeda keeps his blond hair.
  • Honey Kisaragi is blonde in the original Cutey Honey manga and most of the adaptations, but has black hair in the live-action Cutie Honey: Tears film. She similarly had darker hair in Cutey Honey The Live.
  • Cyborg 009 has had many examples of this trope throughout its different adaptations:
    • 009's hair was initially undecided in color illustrations by Ishinomori, who vacillated between depicting it as blond and as a light reddish-brown. Officially, it's stated to be "chestnut brown", and appears that way in the 1980 "Legend of the Super Galaxy" film and in the 2001 TV series. In the mid-1960s films by Toei, his hair was depicted as jet black and he lost his Peek-a-Bangs (which he gained back in the subsequent 1968 series). The 1979 series by Toei gave him blond hair, while the 2012 film 009 RE: CYBORG gave his hair more of a gingery orange shade. The 1960s films also gave 009 a white uniform and red scarf, as opposed to a red uniform and yellow scarf.
    • 001's hair color varied between being silver and blond in Ishinomori's color artwork, while the 1960s films and "Legend of the Super Galaxy" gave him brown hair. All other adaptations have depicted his hair silver, although the 2001 series also gives it a slight Hair Color Dissonance and sometimes depicts it as a light teal.
    • 002 has reddish-orange hair in Ishinomori's colored artwork and in both the 1979 series, "Legend of the Super Galaxy", and the 2001 series. However, the 1960s films give him brown hair, and 009 RE: CYBORG and the recent American comic book adaptation depict him as a blond (as well as giving his appearance a complete overhaul). His eyes are also blue in the 1979 series, while the 2001 series depicts them as brown. The two 1960s films also give him a lavender uniform, as opposed to red, and removed his scarf.
    • 003 is generally a blonde in the manga artwork, while the early Toei films gave her dark brown hair, "Legend of the Super Galaxy" gave her light brown hair, and 009 RE: CYBORG changed it to be a light orange shade. While her uniform is red in every other adaptation, the two Toei films depicted her uniform as a bright magenta with blue accents.
    • 004 is nearly always silver-haired, with the exception of the two Toei films that gave him dark brown hair (and changed his uniform from red to lavender).
    • 008 had black hair in the manga artwork and the early anime adaptations, but was changed to be a Dark-Skinned Blond in the 2001 series and the American comic adaptation.
  • Death Note:
    • In the live-action Death Note movies, Misa Amane has the brown hair natural to her actress, instead of the blonde she had in the anime and manga (though it has been shown dyes hair blonde). Other characters were given relatively normal Japanese hair, but hers stood out the most. Also in the anime Misa gets symbolic light blue hair in one episode when everyone goes into "thinking mode", and a brief shot in the first opening shows her with deep blue hair and golden eyes.
    • The Shinigami eyes' color scheme changed between adaptations. In manga color artwork, they're shown to consist of pale yellow sclerae, golden irises, and red pupils. In the live-action films, the users' irises simply turn gold and demonic-looking. In the anime, their irises glow red.
    • Matt was never given a canon hair color in Obata's artwork, but his hair was an odd brownish-green in the anime. Doujinshi and fanfic often have Matt's hair be a lovely shade of auburn or maroon or pink. The second DS game gave him blue hair, while trading card artwork depicts his hair as an emerald green color.
    • L has black hair which sometimes flashes blue for symbolic purposes in the anime. But he appears to have blond hair on the poster which is the page image.
    • Mello had hair that ranged from light to golden blond in manga illustrations, while the anime gave him more of a darker shade. His eyes also changed from black to blue, and his black vest became brown. Yet in the first color image of Mello, Obata had given him white hair, as he initially intended for L's successors to resemble a pair of twins.
    • Depending on the anime episode Light's hair appears to be dark brown, light brown, or auburn, and like how L's hair flashes blue Light's hair sometimes flashes a bright candy red, again for purely symbolic purposes. On the manga cover art Light's hair changes from brown to red to blonde.
    • Mikami who normally has black hair has blonde hair on one of the covers of the manga. Also, like Light and L, Mikami gets a symbolic "thinking mode" hair dye job in the anime that turns his hair purple. Others get the symbolic thinking mode hair too: Near's white hair turns teal. Matsuda, Aizawa, Namikawa, and Naomi all have black hair but they get the symbolic thinking mode hair dye too—Matsuda's turns yellow, Aizawa is green, Namikawa is purple, and Naomi is dark blue.
  • D.Gray-Man:
    • Hoshino's art-style can vary. But straight examples. In the manga Cross and Lavi are depicted with bright red, almost orange, hair. In the anime, both of them have burgundy hair. Lavi's hair does seem to be corrected in the upcoming 2016 anime.
    • Similar to that, Yu Kanda has black hair in the manga. The first anime gave him blue hair, while in Hallow, his hair was a black-ish blue-ish color.
  • Ai Haibara of Detective Conan has very light strawberry blonde hair in the manga and light brown or auburn hair in the anime. Shinichi Kudo's mother also goes from blonde to brunette, as does Ran's friend Sonoko.
  • In Devil Hunter Yohko's first illustrations (and manga) Yohko is portrayed with black (or very dark brown) hair and green eyes; the anime changes them both to a dull brown.(Again, ugh) Haruka had lavender/pink hair with a blue bow and white outfit and the anime gives her dark green hair, a pink bow, and a red outfit. Azusa's colors are completely changed as well.
  • Canon Immigrant Ryo Akiyama of the Digimon franchise's first appearances in color, in the Anode and Cathode Tamer games for the Wonderswan and in Digimon Adventure 02, have him with brown eyes. By the time he reaches Digimon Tamers, his later games, and the rerelease of his first games, his eyes are blue.
  • In the Dr. Slump manga, the Gatchans had orange hair. Their hair is bright green in the '80s anime adaptation, while blond in the '90s series. The second series changed up other characters' colors as well:
    • Arale has purple hair in both the manga and first anime, but was given brown hair.
    • Midori went from being a curly blonde haired woman in the manga and original anime, to having straight brown hair.
    • Akane's hair shifts between being a dark gold and a light orange shade in the first anime, while she has dark auburn hair in the later series. Her sister Aoi also went from having deep red hair, to it being brown.
    • In the recent full-color rerelease of the Dragon Ball manga, the chapters featuring the Penguin Village case give a few different color schemes. The Gatchans become blond like in the second anime, while Arale's hair becomes a lighter purple (almost magenta), and Akane also becomes a blonde. Meanwhile, Midori takes on Akane's former orangey hair color.
  • In Doraemon, Shizuka dyes her hair brown in the 1973 and 1979 anime adaptation, she later dyed her hair black in the 2005 adaptation.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • In the original manga, Bulma, her father, and her two children all have purple hair (although Bulma did also appear in some color illustrations with blue-green hair). In the anime, Bulma's father and son still have purple hair, but Bulma and her daughter have teal hair, which is further changed to light blue in Dragon Ball Super. Weirdly, the 10th anniversary movie gives Bulma back her purple hair, but has Goku wearing his anime-only Dragon Ball GT clothes. Bulma is also shown to have violet eyes in some of Toriyama's color illustrations, while the anime goes with blue.
      • Bulma's Kid from the Future, Trunks, has the opposite happen to him. In Dragon Ball Z (and the full-color release of the manga) he has lavender hair, but when he returns in Dragon Ball Super it's the same blue color as Bulma's for no discernible reason. Bizarrely, the cover of volume 14 of the Viz translation of Z (that is, Vol. 30 of Dragon Ball) depicted him as having red hair
    • Dragonball Evolution gives Bulma blonde hair with blue streaks and makes Yamcha blonde. Bulma was to initially have her blue hair (and also was considered to have pink hair), but the director and her actress hated how the wig looked and it was discarded after a costume test.
    • The manga has Karin colored white, brown, or blue. The anime keeps him white.
    • When Vegeta and Nappa appear for the first time in Dragon Ball Z they are shown in completely different color. Nappa has brown armor instead of yellow, but Vegeta had red/brown hair and orange and green armor. This was actually an accident because the manga hadn't yet shown either character in color; their colors are corrected later on, and Vegeta's colors are fixed during his first appearance in Dragon Ball Kai. Nappa was ignored for some reason, despite being easier to fix.
    • Kaioshin and Kibito switched skin colors when transitioning from manga to anime. Their costumes are also completely different colors.
    • Piccolo's non-green skin patches are yellow in the manga and a pinkish color in the anime.
    • The Turtle School gis that Goku, Kulilin and Yamcha wear are a pale yellow-orange color with a blue belt in the manga, red with a black belt in the first anime, and dark orange with a dark blue belt in Z; the color of the gi's belt is also reflected in the armbands and boots worm by the Turtle School's students.
    • Cell is a dark green color in the manga (matching his previous two forms) and a bright neon green in the anime.
    • Most of the auras of the manga, even those of Super Saiyans, are white or a pale blue (if you are to believe the Kanzenban cover art).
    • Kaioken is a darkish red/magenta color in the anime, but it's pure red in the manga. This is fixed for a few episodes in Kai, but it's back to being the dark red/magenta color when they got to Namek.
    • Uub has a green sash, white belt, and orange pants in the manga, but it's all brown in the anime.
    • Pilaf's robots at the Red Ribbon arc's end are different colors in the anime (Blue for Pilaf, pink for Mai and green for Shuu) but they're all orange in the manga.
    • Interestingly, many of the "original manga colors" can be chosen as Palette Swaps in the Budokai Tenkaichi games.
    • The full-color re-release of the manga alternates between showing young Goku's first gi as either a pale orange or deep blue.
    • Minor character Ranfan (who appears in the first tournament) is a redhead in the manga, but has violet hair in the anime. Her clothing color scheme also changed from her wearing a pink top and gray pants, to a navy blue top and green pants.
  • Elfen Lied:
    • In the manga Nana and Mariko have purple and blonde hair, respectively. In the anime, their hair is pink.
    • A subtle example, but Lucy's hair was very pink in the manga, while it was a more reddish in the anime.
  • The Electric Tale of Pikachu featured vastly different character designs from the Pokémon anime, however they also received redesigns part way to make them more similar to their anime counterparts. Misty was a Hotter and Sexier brunette for the first chapters but was toned down eventually and made into a redhead.
  • Several characters' hair colors in Excel Saga changed when it was turned into an anime. Excel's hair changed from blonde to orange, Hyatt's went from brown to dark blue, Il Palazzo's went from pale green to pale violet, and Dr. Kabapu's went from green to blond.
  • In Toei's anime versions of Fist of the North Star (both the 1983 TV series and the 1986 theatrical film), many of the characters have their hair colors changed from the manga; the later anime versions by North Stars Pictures reverted everyone back to their manga colors.
    • Yuria's hair is changed from black to salmon (violet during the Shin arc and brown in flashbacks)
    • Rin's hair is changed from brown to dark red in the TV series and pink in the movie
    • Bat's hair is changed from dark blond to magenta
    • Raoh & Kaioh's hair is changed from blond/silver to black and purple (respectively)
    • Jagi's hair is changed from black to blonde. The gold faceplate on his helmet was also changed to red.
    • Amiba's hair is changed from black to blonde (before he dyed his hair white)
      • This trope is justified with Amiba, who dyed his hair white because Toki (the man he is supposed to be impersonating) lost the melanin in his brown hair as a result of intense radiation exposure (this fact was only revealed in the manga after the Amiba arc was over).
    • Rei's hair is changed from black to light teal.
    • Shin was originally drawn with blue hair and a yellow outfit on the cover of Vol. 2 of the original tankobon edition and later on in a rare sticker that was included in a Shonen Jump issue. It was changed to blond hair in the anime. Unlike the other examples, Shin's blond hair became his defacto look in all subsequent Hokuto no Ken media, to the point that even Hara drew him with blond hair for the new cover artworks that he made for the 30th anniversary "ultimate edition".
    • Most of the video game adaptations tend to stick with the manga colors for the characters. Even Amiba has his manga colors in the Dynasty Warriors spinoff Hokuto Musou.
    • An exception was made with Yuria and Mamiya, who both use their anime hair colors in Hokuto Musou (purple and red respectively, although Yuria's hair was only violet during the Southern Cross arc).
  • The three Mortar Headds used by Juba & his goons at the end of The Five Star Stories film had their paintjobs inexplicably changed in the anime movie based on the manga. In colour illustrations, the Hellmine was depicted as white with blue highlights, while the film version is dark pink (this may be because the white version looks extremely similar to Zeta Gundam's Qubeley, which is not surprising, considering they're both designed by Mamoru Nagano). The Barunja & Devoncha, meanwhile, went from gunmetal grey to two different, similarly loud colour schemes, probably because they thought the originals looked too boring.
  • Fruits Basket: Almost everyone had some change made: Tohru went from brown eyes to blue eyes, Yuki went from silver hair and eyes to dark gray hair and dark purple eyes, Kyo went from orange eyes to red eyes, Kagura went from dark brown eyes to grey eyes, Momiji's and Hiro's eyes switched to a slightly darker shade of brown, Haru's eyes went from grey to dark brown, Ayame's eyes went from light grey to yellow-green, and Kisa went from yellow-orange hair and eyes to strawberry-blondish-orange-ish hair and dark brown eyes.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Al and Hohenheim have dark blond (almost brown) hair in the 2003 anime adaptation instead of gold hair. Al's eyes are also brown instead of the gold they are in the manga.
    • In the 2003 anime, Kimblee has gold eyes. In the manga and Brotherhood, they are blue, and it's actually a plot point in Scar's backstory from the war: it was his recollection of the blue-eyed Amestrians, and Kimblee in particular, that caused him to lash out in his delirium and kill Winry's parents even though they were serving as neutral medics.
    • Envy's hair is shown to be black in the manga but is green in the first anime. In Brotherhood it is almost black, but appears to have a greenish tint.
    • In the 2003 anime, Al's breach cloth is light violet. But the the manga and Brotherhood, his cloth is white.
    • Winry's bandana is red in the first anime and green in the manga and Brotherhood. She gets a green bandana in the very last episodes of the first anime though.
    • In the manga and Brotherhood, all of the Ishvalans have white hair and red eyes. In the 2003 anime, almost all of the Ishvalans have brown or black hair, with the exception of Scar and the elders.
    • Winry's parents both had blond hair in the manga and Brotherhood. In the 2003 anime, Winry's mom was a brunette and her dad's hair was a darker brown.
    • The "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue of the Brotherhood anime shows Roy with a mustache, while in the manga he lacked one.
    • The epilogue has edited designs for Edward's and Winry's daughter. She is older looking in the anime and has her hair in Girlish Pigtails instead of just having fluff.
    • Winry and Gracia Hughes are blonde in the manga and both anime adaptations, but brunette in the 2017 live-action movie. Also in the movie, Shou Tucker has wavy black hair rather than straight receding brown hair.
  • In the Full Metal Panic! manga, Sōsuke is usually depicted as having purple hair. For the anime, this was changed to a more typical black. Ironically, Kaname's black hair in the original books was made blue.
  • In Full Moon o Sagashite, Mitsuki has black hair and gold/blue eyes in the manga but the anime changed them both to dark brown. Her mother and grandmother went from blonde to brunettes, Takuto's hair went from black to grey, Madoka went from purple to dark red, and Aoi went from green-haired to black-haired. Meroko's shinigami outfit also changed from black to red but this change was chosen by Arina herself. Only Takuto, Meroko, and Izumi were able to keep their original eye colors. Everyone else's were changed.
  • In the adaptation of Fushigi Yuugi from a manga to anime, many of the characters' hair and eye colours changed from realistic to... well, not. In the colour arts the characters generally either had dark brown hair (shaded in the manga) or ginger (not shaded) with the odd blond thrown in for good measure. They also all, apart from Nakago, had dark eyes. In the anime, these were changed to various shades of blue, red, brown, purple and green. They generally had matching eyes too.
    • In fact, it's easier to list the characters whose hair/eyes haven't changed than those on which it has!
  • Ga-Rei -Zero- takes a lot of artistic license with Kagura: the original Ga-Rei manga depicts her with blue-black hair and dark-brown eyes, Zero gives her short brown hair and clear blue eyes. The difference is immediately noticeable, especially when the anime uses certain scenes from the manga.
  • Neko Musume from GeGeGe no Kitarō has changed colors at least three times. She was originally depicted with black hair, then switched to a dark brown in the 80s, a purple in the 90s, and was a redhead in the 2007 version.
  • The Major/Motoko Kusanagi's hair color changes depending on which iteration of Ghost in the Shell we're talking about. It's blue on the manga covers (though colored art sometimes has it as black or purple), black in the anime movies, purple in Stand Alone Complex, blue in Arise and black again in the live-action movie. Her eye color is also variable, with her having blue eyes in the anime movies and Arise, and red eyes in the manga and Stand Alone Complex.
  • Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin:
    • Hakuro was black with white markings in the manga, but was changed into light brown with white markings in the anime. Officially, at least – he's somewhat infamous for being frequently colored incorrectly, including being completely blue in one scene.
    • Tesshin aka Chibi was different shades of brown in the aforementioned anime, but colored images from the manga as well as the anime of the sequel revealed him to be gray and white in color.
    • Riki was red and white in the manga, but was colored brown and tan in the anime.
    • Retsuga was originally colored brown and white. Years later, another colored image of him was made, and this time he was blue and white.
  • In the Gravitation manga, Shuichi's hair is black (except for when he temporarily dyes it blond in later volumes), and it's safe to assume that his eyes are a normal black or brown. The OVA gives him dark red-brown hair and green eyes, and the later anime adaptation tops it by giving him bright pink hair and purple eyes more representative of his hyper personality.
    • Some of the covers for the manga volumes however, give him various different hair colors, including pink and violet.
  • In the Gungrave anime, Brandon has grey/silver hair after being exposed to necrolyzation. In the games he's depicted as having black hair even after his revival, along with a darker skin tone. Both versions have yellow/amber eyes though.
  • For whatever reason, Angelica from Gunslinger Girl has brown hair and green eyes in Teatrino. While it does help make her look more different from Claes, her manga version has black hair and dark eyes like the BONE's version. Teatrino is supposedly a sequel to the first series however the random change to Angelica (both her coloring and the fact she is alive) along with other changes imply it's a Truer to the Text reboot.
  • In the light novels of Haruhi Suzumiya, Haruhi's hair is black, Yuki's is gray, and Mikuru is a brunette. In the anime, Yuki's hair is grayish-purple, and Mikuru is a redhead. Both ofthese are close enough to the ones they are supposed to have that it could be seen as a simple stylistic choice. Haruhi's hair, however, just full on changed from black to dark brown.
  • Hellsing:
    • Seras Victoria received this treatment for the TV series. On the cover of volume two of the manga, she is shown with blonde hair, a yellow-ish uniform, and blue eyes. In the anime, she has strawberry-blonde hair, a blue uniform, and red eyes after she was turned. However, the Ultimate OVA series uses the manga coloration, save for the uniform being a darker yellow-brown shade. Made even more confusing in that the original serialized covers couldn't decide on her coloring at all, and would alternate randomly.
    • Maxwell and Pip have blond hair in the manga, but it was changed to silver and brown respectively in the anime.
    • Doc and Major have metallic silver hair and clothing in the manga, but have white outfits and blonde hair in Ultimate.
    • Rip Van's eye color went from red to piercing blue.
    • Integra's hair is closer to being white-blonde in the TV series.
    • Anderson's hair is silver in the manga, but blond in the anime and OVA.
  • Tons in InuYasha. For example, Sesshomaru's kimono has a pale purple pattern in the manga, which the anime changes to red. A similar change happened to Kagura's kimono.
    • They also changed Kagome's eyes from green to brown.
  • Kagerou Project:
    • In the light novels Ayano's hair is said on multiple occasions to be black, but in the anime it's a medium brown color.
    • Momo's eyes are also changed from orange to black, possibly to give her more resemblance to her brother.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War:
    • Fujiwara and her sisters had silver hair in the manga. The anime gave it a noticablly pinkish tint.
    • In the case of a literal dye-job, Tsubasa dyed his hair grey after summer break in the manga and brown in the anime.
  • In Kaiketsu Zorro, unlike several other versions of Zorro, this one has blond hair.
  • Tomoe, from Kamisama Kiss, is depicted as having Supernatural Gold Eyes in the manga, but in the anime has Purple Eyes.
  • In Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, Maron has light brown hair in the manga but darker brown in the anime and Chiaki goes from light blue hair to a darker shade. (Arina has also drawn him with blond hair for some manga images but it seems his true color is light blue.)
  • Touko Aozaki of Kara no Kyoukai originally had short blue hair in the novels, but when the series was adapted to film, her hair was changed to red and long to make her resemble her sister Aoko, and subsequent artwork has always shown Touko with red hair. Her original character design was then used for Natalia Kaminski in Fate/Zero as a Mythology Gag.
  • In The King of Fighters: Destiny, Terry Bogard's hair goes from blonde to strawberry blonde, turning him from Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold into a Fiery Redhead.
  • In the Kinnikuman anime, Robin Mask goes from silver to blue, Ashuraman from blue to a normal skintone, etc. A other example is the Kinnikuman Great disguise, which is dark red in the manga, but black in the anime, giving the wearer a distinct Kentucky Minstrel look, which is probably why the Ultimate Muscle anime went with the manga colours (though amusingly, Robin's son Kevin uses Robin's old anime colours).
    • Robin Mask also wore dark blue tights under his armor in the anime, making his skin appear blue. Kinnikuman almost always wore red trunks and boots in the anime, while in the manga they were usually white. Brocken Jr. had whitish skin and a dark green/black outfit in the anime but normal skin and green in the manga. A majority of the characters had different outfit and/or skin coloring in the anime.
  • Not a complete adaptation dye job, but the Kodomo No Jikan mangaka can't seem to make up her mind on the hair colors of Rin and Mimi. Both have had orange-red, sandy brown, strawberry blonde, and light blonde as a hair color at some point. The anime manages to settle on blonde for Rin, but Mimi's hair still fluxes from light brown to orange-brown to some sort of pinkish brown.
    • Houin-sensei changed from blonde in the manga to a redhead in the anime.
    • In later colored manga chapters, Houin-sensei's hair is a more orange color, between the original and anime colouration.
  • Manami and Hatori from Life both have blonde hair, which isn't exactly common for Japanese girls (though there are implications that their hair is dyed). The Dorama gives both of them dark brown hair.
  • In the second anime adaptation of Little Women, from 1981, only Beth kept her brown hair. The brown-haired Meg was given black hair, whereas the auburn-haired Jo and the blonde Amy pretty much swapped hair colors. The third and better known adaptation gave the girls their original color palettes back.
  • Misao from Lucky Star has black hair in the manga, compared to her more iconic brown haired appearance in the anime.
  • Lupin III's
    • Lupin's jacket color is famously inconsistent. It's red in the original manga, second TV series, and most films and television specials, but green in the first and fourth series and a few OVAs, pink in the third series and blue in the fifth series. This becomes a plot point in Lupin III: Green vs. Red.
    • Fujiko Mine has famously inconsistent hair. It's most commonly colored brown, but changes in color and style depending on the installment. For instance, her hair is colored blond in the iconic Castle of Cagliostro movie.
  • Fuu Hououji, one of the Power Trio from Magic Knight Rayearth, has blonde hair in the original manga. All the adaptations (anime, OVA, and video game) give her light brown hair instead.
  • In the first season of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Precia Testarossa's hair was a sort of violet-tinted grey. In several pieces of official movie art but not the movie itself, it's very much pure, dark violet.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! has to be the king of this trope. The manga, the first two anime series, and the early OVAs (unlicensed in the US) all use different hair colours. Given the size of the cast and the fact that a significant portion of them change each time, listing all the changes is not feasible here. In fact, we had to give this series its own trope page!
  • Medaka Box seems to be going in this direction, at least for the more minor characters - in the very first episode, Moji's hair went from being brown to bright blue.
  • In the Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch anime, transformed Rina has medium-green hair, and Seira and reformed Sara always have orange. In the manga, mermaid Rina's hair is practically neon, and the orange ladies have dusty brown hair as humans.
  • Miracle Girls:
    • In the manga, Toni and Mika have dirty/sandy blond hair while in the anime they have brown hair.
    • Chris has pink hair in the manga but brown in the anime.
  • All of the female dragons in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid were given Multicolored Hair in the anime (though the main colors still line up with their manga counterparts).
  • Naruto:
    • A clothing example can be found in with Tenten, whose one shirt was blue in the manga but pink in the anime.
    • Kiba sported a red jacket in the early manga but it was later shown to be grey like in the anime.
    • In a non-human example, the Three-Tailed Beast went from sea green to gray in the anime.
    • When Gaara is first introduced in the manga, his hair looks and is described as being brown, but it later changes to red.
    • Konan has grayish blue eyes with a gold tint in the manga, but her hologram in the Shippuden anime has deep amber eyes.
    • In part 1 of the manga, on the coloured manga covers, Sakura wore several different shorts in the manga varying in both color and length. The anime had her constantly wear the same black slightly-above-the-knees shorts all the time. She also sometimes wears green nail-polish and eye-liner. She never wears makeup in the anime.
    • The Rinnegan suffered this for a long time in the anime, though this was due to a lack of colored manga pages for it rather than any sort of intentional choice. Once it was shown in the manga all anime appearances after that were changed to match it. The lack of colored manga pages for the Rinnegan also meant it took a very long time before it was clear that it looked different from Kurenai's unusual but non-powered eyes.
    • A partial example is the Rasengan: Word of God is that he's never decided upon one color for it to be (artbooks and colored covers have shown it to be red and yellow) but in the anime the basic one's color is a bright, glowing blue and the Rasenshuriken is bright glowing white.
      • Naruto's chakra has been described as orange and a lot of colored art shows Rasengan as orange under most circumstances (it changes red but that's due to the technique he's using).
      • Relatively early in the manga, when he first began to train with Jiraiya, when describing his own chakra Naruto stated that he felt that it was Yellow, or at least that was the colour he associated with it. This was changed to blue in the anime. However, when describing the Kyuubi's chakra, he stated that it felt red, which was shown consistently in both manga and anime.
    • Kushina's maternity dress and overall color scheme is drastically different than the manga version. Although, it was understandable as it was in a similar case with the Rinnegan. No manga colors. Kushina's hair in the manga is bright red. The anime darkens it. Her dress is green with a white shirt. The anime changes it completely to a white dress and blue shirt. Although, why the anime changed it that way when it was obvious that Kushina's shirt was left white and the manga gives her dress a completely black shade (meaning it should have a darker color) will never be known...
    • Sakon was given deep blue hair in one early color illustration by Kishimoto, but has greyish hair in the anime and other illustrations.
    • Ino's hair was yellow blonde in the manga, but platinum blonde in the anime. She also has green eyes in the manga, but blue eyes in the anime. The manga has shown her with blue eyes a few times; however usually she is green eyed.
    • In the manga, everyone in the Hyuga clan has large pupil-less white eyesnote , which are depicted as pale lavender in the anime.
    • Hinata's hair color is inconsistent. The official Viz translation of Chapter 39 describes her as a brunette. Kishimoto's official artwork depicts her with indigo hair. The databooks describe her as having raven-black hair. The original anime and Shippuden depict her with dark blue hair. The canon movie The Last: Naruto the Movie, its sequel Boruto: Naruto the Movie, and the Boruto anime depict her with midnight blue hair, but, depending on the lighting, it can also look raven-black.
    • When Boruto first appeared at the end of The Last, he was given pale lavender eyes, which easily pinned him as Hinata's son. The manga's colored art portrays him with Naruto's Innocent Blue Eyes. When he received his own movie and anime, they fixed his eye color to fit the manga.
    • The Gold & Silver Brothers also have a different color scheme. In the manga, their skin is dark, and slightly grayish. And they have silver markings on they're noses. In the anime, they are fair-skinned, and the marks on their noses are the same color as their skin, making it look like outlines.
  • In the Natsume's Book of Friends manga, Natsume Takashi has white hair and silver eyes. The anime changes both of these to gold.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • The exact colour of most of the character's hair and eye colours seems to differ in the official artwork & side material compared to the series itself. For example, Asuka is always drawn with auburn hair in the show itself, while in most official anime art and Sadamoto illustrations she's drawn with bright orange hair, or in rare instances of the latter, even blonde hair. Shinji has brown hair and blue eyes in the show, but in the Sadamoto manga, he has black hair and brown eyes. Rei's hair is always light blue, but it differs in shades, particularly in the anime art. Misato's hair is the least defined, going from very dark purple (probably as a stand-in for black), to full-on black, to medium-purple and back again. (At least one piece of official anime art shows her hair as dark blue.)
    • In Rebuild of Evangelion, Asuka's hair colour is totally changed from auburn to medium-brown. (This hasn't stopped fan artists from drawing her with the auburn hair from the original, though.)
  • One Piece:
    • Bartholomew Kuma was originally introduced in the manga wearing an orange outfit. In the anime, he wears black. The next time Kuma showed up in a color page in the manga, the color of his outfit had been changed to be closer to the anime version.
    • Doflamingo was initially depicted with a darker red and black clothing scheme in the anime, but later it was changed to the manga's orange and white coloring.
    • Crocodile's new outfit in the anime is depicted as consisting of a brown suit, indigo scarf, and a dark green overcoat, while in the manga his scarf is green and both his suit and overcoat appear to be black.
    • A less noticeable example in the anime involves characters' eye colors, as Oda very rarely, if ever, colors them in. Some examples include Robin having blue eyes in the anime (brown in the manga), Mihawk having yellow eyes to reinforce the Animal Theme Naming, Law having Gray Eyes (instead of yellow), and Hancock having navy blue ones.
  • Ouran High School Host Club:
    • The anime changed Tamaki's light brown hair to blond, probably to emphasize his French heritage. The manga later followed suit.
    • The twins' hair also changed from brown to light red.
  • Sasame of Prétear is blond in the manga, but has white hair in the anime. Since in the anime he ends up betraying the Knights and siding with the Dark Magical Girl, they might have changed his hair to fit the White Hair, Black Heart trope. Interestingly, his eye color also went from brown to purple, which may have to do with the above spoiler as well. A lesser instance is Hayate's hair going from black to dark blue (coupled with hairstyle change); the new color probably could still count as "stylized black", but then there's a much obviously black-haired character (Mikage) present in the show...
  • The anime for The Prince of Tennis has a couple cases of this, notably Atobe Keigo. He was (stereotypically?) blond-haired and blue-eyed in the manga, made to draw attention to the fact he was raised in England. This was changed to inexplicable purple hair and grey eyes in the anime.
  • The anime Princess Princess has a bad case of this. In the anime the originally black-haired main character Tooru has blue hair, brown-haired Mikoto and Akira have respectively pink and green hair. The only character in the main quartet untouched is the blond-haired Yujiro.
  • In Psychic Detective Yakumo, in both manga adaptations and the novels, Haruka has matching brown hair and eyes. In the anime adaptation, she has pink hair and light purple eyes. Her hairstyle also varies between adaptations.
  • In Ranma ½, female Ranma has red hair in the anime, but there once was an enormous Internet Backdraft over whether or not this applied to the mostly black-and-white manga. Fanciful multicolored-covers and art work aside, fans in favor of the idea rationalized that since curses copy their original victims, it was reasonable that Ranma's curse had just involved a redheadnote . Fans against the idea rationalized it occurred for the same reason other Takahashi characters got palette changes: to simply to make both versions of Ranma immediately distinguishable to the viewing audience.
    • Traditionally, the Yin Yang is represented not as White and Black, but RED and Black. Yang, the Black, is the masculine, while Yin, the Red, is the Feminine. This was probably one reason why Red was chosen over any color for female Ranma.
    • The other girls also had a case of this. Akane's hair was portrayed as merely black or brown in color art, while the anime gave her dark blue hair. Likewise, Shampoo and Ukyou's hair were both originally just a straight black on the covers. Though this eventually shifted with some cover artwork, all hair within the manga was portrayed as a straight black throughout.
      • In the first anime opening, Shampoo was shown with deep green hair and blue eyes. When she actually appeared in the anime however, her hair alternated between being blue and violet, while her eyes were red. Later OVAs would settle on her hair being violet.
      • While the anime settled on giving Ukyou dark brown hair, the colorists were unable to settle on blue or brown for her eyes. The 2008 Shonen Sunday OVA complicates this further by giving her green eyes.
    • Kodachi Kuno was initially shown to have teal hair and eyes in the first opening sequence. When she actually appeared, her hair was changed to be black and her eyes were gray.
      • Her leotard was also depicted as black in the manga, but was green in the TV series, and purple in the OVA series. The aforementioned opening sequence had it colored orange in one shot, while a pale blue in all other scenes.
    • Hinako Ninomiya was given black hair and brown eyes in the manga, though her hair was sometimes colored blue in other illustrations. Her anime counterpart has brown hair and blue eyes.
  • In the ReLIFE manga, males and females wear the same gray sweaters as part of their uniform. The anime adaptation changes the girls' to a pale yellow.
  • In Revolutionary Girl Utena, Utena started in the manga as a blonde, but was given pink hair in the anime and later manga volume covers and illustrations. Utena's eyes also vary between being brown or blue in the illustrations of her as a blonde, while the anime and later illustrations settle on blue eyes to go with her pink hair.
    • A few other characters had some different colors as well, albeit not as extreme. Touga's hair was black (aside from his front locks, which were colored red), as well as Anthy and Akio's (though Anthy sometimes seemed to have brown hair). Juri also appeared as a blonde, and the blue-haired Miki began as a brunet before Chiho Saito promptly tweaked his colors to match the anime. Meanwhile, in the movie adaptation, Miki's sister Kozue's hair becomes a light teal, whereas in the anime, it was indigo. Finally Kanae's hair in concept art is a dinghy yellow-green color, while in the anime itself, it often is rendered as a very light blonde.
      • Anthy also originally had brown eyes in the manga, but they became green in the anime. Miki and Juri had brown eyes in Saito's early color illustrations, while both have blue eyes in the anime and later illustrations.
    • The manga makes it a point to state that Utena's school uniform is pink (though she insists it's "rose"), which it does appear as in early color illustrations. She later receives a black uniform, after the original is damaged in battle. In the anime, her uniform is always a black/navy color.
    • Anthy's Rose Bride dress was white in the original manga color illustrations, but Saito would also later change it (to red) to match with the anime color choices.
    • There was even an Omake that Saito made in the manga where she's afraid when Ikuhara approached her seriously. She thought that he was going to say the anime wasn't going to be made after all, but he was just asking her about colors (He picked the color she didn't choose anyway.)
    • Some of the hair colors were changed in the Takarazuka adaptation. Most notably, Utena and Anthy both had black hair.
  • Rokujyouma no Shinryakusha!? has a rather odd case. In the light novels, Sanae’s hair color changed after Volume 1 (from purple to orange) and the other characters have a lighter shade (compare Koutarou's design from the Volume 1 cover to the latest one). The anime, however, follows Volume 1’s design.
  • In the Run With The Wind novel (as well as manga and movie adaptations), Hanako has long black hair. In the anime adaptation, she has short brown hair.
  • Sailor Moon is quite puzzling in this respect:
    • Almost no one has just one hair color in the manga and accompanying artbooks, merely a most frequently depicted hue. Usagi has blonde, silver-white and occasionally even pink hair. Chibiusa is most often pink, but rarely silver-white. Rei switches from purple to black to the occasional red. Ami is always blue, but it differs in shades (and is heavily implied to be a stylized black). Makoto switches from pink/strawberry red to brown and the occasional green (and in one piece where each girl has brown or blonde hair, blonde). Haruka switches from white to dirty blonde. Michiru is usually green or blue or something in between. Luna is either black, blue, or purple (likewise, Diana switches from light purple to gray). Mamoru goes from dark green to dark blue to dark purple to black, and rarely lavender. Ikuko goes from pink to light brown (in color illustrations for the first chapter) to purple and blue. Hotaru is black or purple ranging from a medium shade to almost black, and rarely brown.
    • In the manga, Usagi/Sailor Moon's hair is most often pale blonde and changes to silver-white as her past incarnation Princess Serenity and future self Neo-Queen Serenity. (Naoko Takeuchi had wanted Moon silver-haired in all forms, to be distinct from blonde Sailor Venus, but after her editor nixed the idea, Takeuchi used the silver/white for Moon's Serenity forms) In The '90s anime, it's always golden blonde.
    • Haruka/Sailor Uranus' hair in the manga is most often white-blonde, but dark, sandy blonde in the nineties anime.
    • Makoto/Sailor Jupiter had pink/strawberry red hair in early manga art, but in both the nineties anime, (and, recursively, latter manga art) it's brown.
    • [https://www.reddit.com/r/sailormoon/comments/4fx2ck/blue_or_green_mercurys_hair/ Infamously, Ami's hair often switched from blue and green in the anime.]
    • Usagi's brother Shingo and the school nerd Umino are either blond or brown-haired in Takeuchi's art, with the nineties anime settling on the latter hair color for both. Motoki's girlfriend Reika is either blonde or pink/strawberry red-haired in the manga, but has dark auburn hair in the nineties anime.
    • Chibiusa's school friend Momoko is an intercontinuity example. Manga illustrations show her with pinkish or purple hair. In early 90's anime appearances, her hair was brown, but in the fourth season it became purple with no explanation, yet didn't match the manga. Her eyes also changed from a light blue to bright purple.
  • In Continuity Reboot anime Sailor Moon Crystal:
    • Generally downplayed, as secondary and tertiary characters have had their hair and eye colors mildly to moderately desaturated as compared to the 90's anime, (and sometimes Naoko Takeuchi's colorized manga and artbook art) in keeping with the series tendency towards a pastel, watercolor-influenced palette.
    • A straighter example occurs in the Title Sequence with Queen Serenity, who no longer has her typical Mystical White Hair, but is blonde like her daughter, (the reincarnated title character) exaggerating their already Strong Family Resemblance.
      • This turned out to be a mistake and Queen Serenity was inexplicably shown with her usual white-silvery hair in the Opening Episode 6 onward and when she was seen in the episode themselves.
    • While she hasn't officially appeared in the reboot anime yet, Princess Serenity retains the blond hair she had in the old anime, despite it being silver-white in the manga, as shown in the anime's Ending Gekkou (despite not seeing the face) and the full Sailor Moon MV of the opening song.
  • In 2003 tokusatsu Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, rather than the manga and anime's static mukokuseki rainbow of odd colors, most protagonist's hair colors are tied to the process of transformation itself.
    • Everyone except Mars has a hair color change from normal black as civilians to the vibrant hair colors from The '90s Sailor Moon anime (depicted using wigs) when they transform to their Magical Girl identities. Mars simply has longer hair, but it's still black.
    • Usagi/Sailor Moon has recursive shifts, (in lieu of the manga's switch from blonde to silver white) It's naturally black as Usagi, golden blonde as Sailor Moon, black again as Princess Serenity, and golden blonde again as Princess Sailor Moon.
    • PGSM also changed the hair color of most of the Dark Generals from the manga: Kunzite went from white to black, Nephrite from brown to red, Zoisite from blond to white. Jadeite is the only one who retained the same look.
    • Canon Foreigner Sailor Luna's appearance also differs in execution from Naoko Takeuchi's series' specificoriginal concept art While most of the basics carried over, the costume designer opted to give Luna bright blue hair to match the in-series blue Luna plushie instead of the deep purple/black Takeuchi depicted. Her petticoat was also brightened from deep purple to magenta.
  • Saint Seiya:
    • Almost all the Gold Saints were blond-haired in the manga. For the sake of variety, the anime changed most of them, albeit half of them got blue hair for some reason, thus not helping any. Thanks, Toei.
    • Some of the main characters. Everybody had normal hair colors in the manga, but some of them got crazy 80's rainbow-hair when the anime adaption came. The most dramatic were brothers Pheonix Ikki and Andromeda Shun, both of whom had brown hair in the manga. In the anime, Ikki's hair is deep blue and Shun's is kelly green. One could say that their overall color change may be based on a famous pair of brothers. Looking at the latter duo nowadays, this may be true.
  • Saiyuki has numerous examples, partially caused by the Gensoumaden anime series starting relatively early in the manga run, with the character designs still being worked on:
    • Gojyo's hair and eyes are supposed to be the color of blood (a sign of him being a Half-Human Hybrid), but the Gensoumaden anime made it lighter and closer to magenta, despite it still being described as "blood-red" in the dialogue. Later adaptations corrected it to a more fitting shade of red.
    • Gojyo's past incarnation Kenren has the same magenta hair color in Gensoumaden, which make no sense plot-wise, but is convenient for the viewer. The Gaiden OVA properly inherits the manga's black.
    • Hakkai's eyes are usually shown as green in the colored manga illustrations; this was carried over to the Gensoumaden anime series, but the later Reload/Gunlock anime and the Burial OVA show them as dark blueish-gray. This change apparently went recursive, as some of Minekura's more recent images use the same blueish color instead of green.
      • Hakkai's vine-like youkai markings alternate between various shades of green (manga), dark red (Reload anime) and near-black (Burial OVA).
    • Yaone has black hair and matching eyes in the manga. Gensoumaden anime changed her hair to bright purple and her eyes to amber (although the Reload anime then corrected both to dark blue which probably counts as stylized black).
    • Lirin went from being blonde with purple eyes in the manga to being a green-eyed redhead in Gensoumaden. (Again, the change was reversed in the Reload/Gunlock anime.)
    • Zakuro is blond in the manga, but became purple-haired in the anime.
    • Gyokumen Koushu's hair color in the manga is closer to silver-gray; the anime adaptations pushed it to the two opposite extremes, with it being colored either teal (Gensoumaden) or purple (Reload).
    • Koumyou Sanzo is supposed to be blond, as shown in the manga and later OVA series, but in Gensoumaden his hair is light brown.
  • School-Live! has a few:
    • Taroumaru has the same colors in the anime adaptation but his fur markings are different.
    • Yuuri's hair is a darker shade of brown in the manga.
    • Yuki's eyes aren't as bright of a pink in the manga. They also have a brownish colour to them in the manga.
    • Miki has purplish blue eyes in the manga instead of Icy Blue Eyes like in the anime adaptation.
  • School Rumble's manga makes it clear that the majority of the cast have natural, traditional black hair, yet the anime adaptation decided to give every other character different shades CLOSE to black, ranging from dark green (Karen) to blue (Mikoto).
  • In the original Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, Jun had hair that shifted from being a deep green to a more blackish or brownish color at times, to where some fans assumed that it was simply meant to be so black that it only SEEMED green. In the sequels and later official artwork, it was brightened to an emerald shade. The OVA version made in the '90s opted to give her mousy brown hair, while in the animated NTT ads, it was practically chartreuse.
    • The concept art for the OVA version also shows that they initially considered giving her blue hair before settling on the brown, along with blue eyes.
    • Joe's hair has varied between being a dark, dirty blond/light brown shade, medium brown, auburn, and a very deep brown through the series and related materials.
    • Ryu had dark brown hair in the original anime series, but the '90s OVA gave him two-toned dyed hair, with it being purple on top and blond on the sides.
    • In the 2013 live-action film by Nikkatsu, Jun's hair is short and brown, while Ken and Joe have the dark hair natural to their actors. Ryu meanwhile, displays dyed red hair.
    • Berg Katse/Berg Katze had dark blond hair in the original series, but somewhat lighter blond hair in the OVA. But his counterpart in Gatchaman Crowds has dark PINK hair.
  • Saburo from Sgt. Frog made his TV debut as a minor character in Seven of Seven. As DJ 623 (Mutsumi), his hair is bright blue, but in the Sgt. Frog anime, his hair is whitish-grey.
  • In the A Silent Voice animated film, Shouko's hair has a reddish tone. Official art does portray her with that color however it's an artistic interpretation. Her canon color is brown.
  • Kiddy Phenil of Silent Möbius has green hair in the manga and movies, but turns into a redhead for the TV series.
  • Zelgadis Graywords of the Slayers anime has light blue skin (as he is a chimera), lilac-colored hair, and navy blue eyes; in the original novels that the show was adapted from, his skin is said to be more blue-green, his hair is silvery, and his eyes are purple. The Non-Serial Movie Slayers Premium featured the novel-designed version of him. There is also a small bridge of stone that is stuck between his left eyelids in his novel design that isn't seen in the anime. Interestingly, he's an odd case of Art Evolution where current art of him matches his anime design.
    • Lina the protagonist began as a brunette in the Light Novel series; for the older anime series and later books, it became a coppery color, and currently, it's a very bright red.
    • Xellos the demonic priest and Princess Amelia have black hair in the novels with stylized purple highlights, while anime adaptations make their hair straight-up purple.
  • Snow White with the Red Hair: all of the Hair Color Dissonance from the anime is strictly from the anime, the only unusual hair colors in the manga are Shirayuki's oft commented on red and Mitsuhide's prematurely greying hair. On that note Mitsuhide has green hair in the anime for some reason and Zen's pale blonde hair is changed out for white which he was apparently born with in the anime.
  • In the original Soul Eater manga, Liz is a blonde. In the anime adaptation, her hair is changed to a light brown.
  • Soul Hunter: The 2018 anime do this to some of the characters:
    • Dakki's Rapunzel Hair are a light brown in the manga cover, a slightly darker orangish-brown in the 1999 anime, but are pink the Artbook. The 2018 anime go with the later color. Same goes for her hair, brown in the manga and the 1999 version, blue in the artbook and 2018 anime
    • Likewise, Ryuukitsu Koushu have black hair in the manga, with volume 14 cover showing her eyes as blue, but she have blue hair, and nearly purple eyes in the artbook and 2018 anime.
    • Bukichi is depicted with blue eyes in the Artbook, but red eyes in the 2018 anime.
    • Outenkun skin is blue in the volume 13 cover, but otherwise grey.
  • In the Super Robot Wars Original Generation anime, several characters (Bian Zoldark especially) got more realistic hair colors (black instead of blue in his case), and Tenzan Nakajima's hair was muted from bright green to a neutral brown. In the OVA, the colors went back to normal, even Bian's is blue in a flashback.
    • Bian is an odd case anyway, as even the games can't agree on what his hair colour is. The NES Super Robot Wars 2 had him as a redhead, changed to black in Complete Box (a PSX remake of SRW 2, 3, and EX), then to blue in the GBA Original Generation games and Alpha 3. Then they changed it back to black for Divine Wars and the PS2 remake Original Generations.
    • Another one from The Inspectors: Ratsel's shades were hexagonal in the anime compared to the oblong ones in the games.
  • In the anime of Sunday Without God, Ai's hair is a darker shade of gold than in the original novels, and Alice's eyes are purple instead of red, likely to contrast with Dee's purple hair and red eyes.
  • Everyone in the Sweet Blue Flowers manga has either brown eyes or black eyes that are a stylized version of brown. The anime diversifys the designs a bit more, such as Fumi's eyes being hazel and Kyoko's eyes being blue.
  • The summary episode of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has concept art that depicts Nia with strawberry blonde hair.
  • Tenjho Tenge's Aya had her hair go from being very dark brown in the manga, to a light ginger-blonde in the anime.
    • Emi Isuzu started out with deep red hair and eyes in the manga, but has bright pink hair and eyes in the anime.
  • Tokyo Mew Mew:
    • Tokyo Mew Mew is a complicated case. In the original manga, the girls' hair always matches their "signature color", transformed or not. In the anime, the colors were changed slightly towards the darker and less outrageous shades for the girls' regular forms, changing to their much brighter "signature colors" as they transform into their Mew Mew forms. The most noticeable case is Ichigo: pink-haired in both forms in the manga, but has dark red hair and brown eyes in her regular form in the anime, which only changes to pink when she becomes Mew Ichigo. Go figure.
    • Aoyama's original design had blue hair and eyes, but his anime design has black hair and dark brown eyes.
  • Milly from Trigun was originally a blonde ditz in the manga, but was changed to a brunette in the anime. She's still a ditz though. Later illustrations for the manga, such as the Omnibus covers, changed the shade of her hair to honey blond as a sort of compromise.
    • In the anime Legato has blue hair and gold eyes and in the manga has deep purple hair and bronze colored eyes.
    • There's a variation for Vash—in the manga, his hair starts to turn black as his power drains. This is absent from the anime.
  • In Urusei Yatsura, Lum's hair was rainbow-colored in the manga. The anime made it green, and later OVAs lightened it to a bright teal. Heavily subject to Adaptation Displacement.
    • Lum also originally had gold eyes in the manga, but the anime (and later Takahashi art) changed them to be blue.
    • Her former fiance Rei had rainbow-colored hair in some early manga artwork, but it's dark green in the anime.
    • Ten has green hair in the anime and most art, but it appears blond or a much lighter green in some other early manga illustrations.
    • Actually, the official description for the Onis' hair color in the manga is iridescent, i.e. the color changes depending on the angle you look at it. Obviously, the animation technology of the era would make this difficult, if not outright possible, to animate, so they settled on green.
    • All four of "Lum's Stormtroopers" had black hair on the artwork for the second volume on the manga. In the anime, Chibi wound up having light brown hair while the other three were given dark brown.
    • Shinobu's hair shifts between being a fiery red or brown in the manga color images, while the anime settled on giving her dark brown.
  • In the Video Girl Ai manga, Ai's hair is blond (as seen in the covers). In the OVA, they changed it to grey. And not grey like silver, grey like lead.
  • Wandering Son:
    • Everyone has either black eyes or brown eyes in the manga, but the anime changed them and outright gives some unnatural tones. For example: Takatsuki's black eyes (which are meant to be stylized dark brown) are a light golden brown, the Nitori's siblings mother goes from having black eyes to blue, Makoto went from having brown eyes to black eyes, Yuki's eyes are brown in the manga but red in the anime, and Saori goes from having black eyes to brown (though admittedly she had brown eyes pre-Art Evolution in the manga).
    • Almost all coloured artwork for the manga depicts the school uniforms in bright, pastel colours. It's possible that the colours are just artistic liberties though (the manga's shading does suggest the gakuran are dark). The anime went with a standard black gakuran and a blue-and-brown female uniform.
  • In the Wedding Peach manga, Yuri (Angel Lily) had blonde/dirty blonde hair, but it was changed to brown in the anime. Hinaguki (Angel Daisy) also seemed to have blonde hair, which became green in the anime. Potamos's blonde hair was changed to purple, too.
  • The Ame-Warashi has blue hair in the ×××HOLiC manga, but it was changed into red for the anime. Particularly disconcerting since she's the spirit of the rain and all. On a subtler note, Watanuki and Domeki have the exact same skin tone in the manga, but the anime made them much paler and darker respectively.
  • Your Lie in April:
    • Tsubaki is shown to have bluish hair on the cover of volume 3 of the manga, while the anime gives her brown hair.
    • Kousei says his eyes are brown early in chapter 1 (and in the first episode of the anime), but all of the covers and the anime depict his eyes as blue.
  • Seto Kaiba of Yu-Gi-Oh! fame had green hair in the Toei anime, which was then changed to brown for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters as it was in the manga. His eyes also changed from yellow to blue. Perhaps as an homage to this, the anime's Filler Villain, Noah, looks very much like a younger version of Kaiba's old design.
    • Likewise, Anzu's/Tea's eyes change from brown (first series anime) to blue (second series anime).
    • Bakura has white hair and blue eyes in the manga, but the Toei anime gave him blue hair and green eyes, and the succeeding anime gave him brown eyes.
    • The red parts of Yugi's hair and his eyes in the manga are more of a magenta color in the second series anime. Though Yugi's eye color sometimes changes in the colored manga illustrations, it's red most of the time.
    • The Black Magician wore a dark blue, somewhat blackish suit in the manga, had pale skin, and yellow hair, but his suit and hair were changed to purple in the second series anime, for some odd reason. The Toei movie gets the manga color scheme somewhat right. Likewise, the second series anime makes the Blue-Eyes White Dragon BLUE when it's supposed to be white, and another rare moment where the Toei anime actually gets the color right.
    • Inverted in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction video game, where Pegasus retains his blue eyes from the manga, despite the game being based on the anime, where his eyes were amber.
  • YuYu Hakusho:
    • Kurama had dark hair in the manga (usually a stylized black with blue highlights, sometimes a blatant violet), but bright red hair in the anime.
    • Genkai originally had strawberry-blonde hair in colored illustrations, while the anime gave her pink hair. Yusuke and his mother's hair also shifted between being black and brown in the original manga, while Kuwabara's hair changed from black to brown to an orange-ish shade (while orange-red in the anime). Botan's hair was alternatively blonde or blue in the manga, but the anime settled on the latter.
    • Sensui's eyes were originally brown in the manga, but they were turned blue for the anime. Seeing as Sensui's character fits in with all three blue-eyed subtropes at once, this could be seen as a change for the better.
  • The color of Zatch's/Gash's mantle in the manga version of Zatch Bell! is green or sometimes yellow. In the anime, it's always blue.

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