Anime and manga are both originate from Japan, so it is quite evident that the anime industry and culture take a uniquely Japanese perspective on plot, characters, and personalities. Japanese culture, in general, is very curious about foreigners (primarily European and American people) and features foreigner characters in manga and anime, because of their unusual backgrounds, and inadequate way of speaking Japanese. Also, these characters have blue or green eyes, and blond or red hair, which aligns well with their personalities.
Some of these characters have a completely foreign background, where somewhere among their ancestors, Japanese roots tie them to the culture and explain their knowledge of customs and way of living in the country. Others are half-Japanese characters, who got raised abroad and after years of living in grand European cities, like Paris, Munich, and London, or in the Big Apple, they return to Japan. Non-Japanese characters are most of the time German or American and usually pictured as white, but in some cases, black characters make their way into anime and manga as well. Also, characters for French and Russian origin are quite frequently making an appearance, especially with military and crime-related backgrounds.
Charapedia got curious about which characters are the most popular in this category and asked their more than 10,000 member Japanese fanbase to vote for their favorite foreign anime and manga characters. A bit more than 53% of the voters were male, and 69.5% of them were from the teenager and under 30’s age group.
Now without further ado, check out which were the ten most fascinating foreigner anime characters according to Japanese fans!
10. Alexandra Garcia (Kuroko no Basket)
9. Ciel Phantomhive (Black Butler)
8. Jodie Starling (Detective Conan)
7. Yuri Plisetsky (Yuri!!! on Ice)
6. Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade (Monogatari)