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Anime Hair Colors: Do They Carry Any Significant Meaning In Japanese Culture?

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Producer’s note: Someone on Quora asked: Why do Japanese have blue eyes and blond hair in anime? Here is one of the best answers that’s been pulled from the thread.


Keep in mind that anime follows a complex visual language, where seemingly innocuous elements carry deeper meaning. And hair color is among the first and foremost, especially when dealing withfemale characters.

Meaning, in most cases, the color of an anime character’s hair does not reflect some natural hair color or a racial stereotype – instead, it is supposed to be a hint towards their personality and their role in the plot.

I guess it’s high time for a crash course in anime hair color symbolism…take a seat.

Yellow hair:

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The most widespread meaning is simply “someone special”. This holds especially true for shoujo (for girls) manga/anime titles, where you can pretty safely bet…

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2 comments on “Anime Hair Colors: Do They Carry Any Significant Meaning In Japanese Culture?

  1. I’m really interested in learning about this. Could you check the link to read the complete post, I think it’s broken 😦

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