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Why Do Black People In Anime Have White Hair | Short Pause

Have you ever seen a black person in an anime or manga? There aren't many. Chances are, if you have seen one, they had white hair. With no signs of aging — just a penchant for unusual hairstyles — doesn't it make you wonder, "Why do so many have white hair?"

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generalwinter2302d ago

Now that you say that, I did wonder why...

DragoonsScaleLegends2302d ago (Edited 2302d ago )

I mean the same thing can be said about the white people in most anime. Why do characters have blue, green, and purple hair? It just makes the characters look cooler in my opinion. Of course black characters are normally rare in manga since most manga are about Japanese people.

Sentient5452302d ago (Edited 2302d ago )

I suspect it has to do with the ganguro fashion trend of the past. Young Japanese girls tanned their skin and bleached their hair in an attempt to rebel against the classic Japanese ideal of beauty (pale skin, black hair). Though the trend has largely died out I assume the design remains cemented in Japanese popular culture as a visual identity for pseudo-foreign characters. The contrast is also quite visually pleasing so it works well from a compositional perspective.

DJrantz2301d ago

I believe your right. Not just black people have been depicted this way. Ansem from the first kingdom hearts is 1 example.

kingPoS2302d ago

It's all about the contrast. Looks more exotic that way, just as much as a naturally blond black guy or girl would. Then again Xmen's 'Storm' always did look something a drow, oozing all that exotic appeal.

iNFAMOUZ12302d ago

cause blacks and whites have joined forces, and this is just that symbol

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