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What's your anime hair colour?
Chromatic colours that liven the screen!
Every hardcore anime fan would have noticed the use of vibrant hair colours for the various characters in a show. Sometimes a single anime series could even feature more shades of dye colours than a rainbow!
But is it really just a matter of dazzling up the screen with an array of colours or are these distinct hues associated with different characteristics?
We take a shot at deducing what the different anime hair colours might represent in a character. (We're taking a blind stab here, so take this with a pinch of salt.)
Black is the new black
These raven-haired heroes and heroines are making a come-back as protagonists and main characters of the latest mangas. Long gone is the stereotype that black belongs to the boring, traditional and cautious stock character. Now, brunettes are associated with calm and collected individuals.
This package usually includes a razor sharp intellect and an equally razor sharp tongue. They tend to also lean a little towards the broody and sullen side.
Check out some of our favourite brooding brunettes!
Uchiha Sasuke/Itachi/Re-L Mayer/Mio Akiyama
Umi/lelouch lamperouge/Ogami Rei/Nico Robin
takashi morinozuka/Hagi/Vincent valentine/Megumi Takani
Have some cool characters to add to the list? Tell us your all time favorite brunettes!
Hair as dark as their personalities
Here are some things that the colour BLACK represents : Death, Destruction, Evil, Bad Omen, Illness, Tainted, Depression. 0_0
Pure, angelic, God-like or plainly due to old age? White hair is used for almost all kinds of characters that you can't simply categorize it into a specific personality type. Just take the colossal difference between rowdy Inuyasha and his elegant kyodai (brother) Sesshomaru for example, two siblings with the same hair colours yet their personalities are poles apart.
We can only guess that white hair, in regards to Japanese anime, could represent a deity figure or a superior being (Probably holding back some incredible power or secret). One can easily spot many demons, wizards or magical creatures with flowing white tresses in mangas and animes.
Another notable trend is that white-haired characters are always the balance for black haired characters. Maybe it's the personification of Yin and Yang that intrigues the readers or the striking contrast when these characters interact, either way I'm sure mangakas would chance at the opportunity to create some fun dialogue between the black and white characters.
The Yin and Yang Effect
This scene look familiar?
Cutest Black and White Pairing?
It's true that opposites attract with these odd couples!
Vote for the couple with the best on-screen chemistry!
The Grey Area
What's the difference between grey, silver and white? We can spend a decade debating about the exact shade of a character's hair colour, but the bottom line is simply this - there are just too many similarities between them that we can only sit back and speculate on why a character was given a silver mane instead of grey or white...I guess some mysteries in life are best unsolved ;p
One thing's for sure, Ash-haired characters (no matter the shade) certainly give off an aura of mystery and superiority and command a significant amount of authority and power in most mangas and animes.
PS: Most girls go gaga for this look: mysterious, white haired, tall, lean, and bespectacled guy (Usually a genius)
Blondes have more fun?
We racked our brains to find a blonde anime character that doesn't have an outgoing personality... so far the list has been pretty short (or maybe our mental anime encyclopaedia is not as extensive as we'd thought). Yes there are the occasional introverted blondes whose names are at our fingertips like the ever- enigmatic Saber from Fate Stay Night, Chobits' shy Chii , Claymore's strong and silent Clare and To Love-ru's emotionless Yami, but most of the time blondes are a chatty and bubbly bunch!
You can see them jumping on set with their (usually blue) eyes brimming with confidence and making a hell lot of noise, they are also the ones who bring laughter and fun unto the set with their light-hearted and warm personalities.
The first thing that comes to mind about brown hair? - They got bored of using Black.
Brown haired characters are usually a spin-off from the more favoured ebony hair; so naturally, some traits of the brunettes do rub off on these characters. However, just as their hair colours are less intense then black; brownies also have a less dark or grim nature than the blackies. If the chocolate haired is made the main character, they would most likely be a well-balanced individual that isn't too chatty or too quiet.
They would be relatively intelligent and quick-witted and have a happy-go-lucky attitude to life, which makes them more relatable to the mainstream crowd and even more genuine as a real person (as opposed to an anime character). They usually make as reliable friends too and are the glue that holds the group together.
If they were playing supporting characters, they would probably be the wallflowers that audiences don't take much interest in.
So in a nutshell, we reckon that Brown hair in the anime world represents a down-to-earth, likable character whose personality balances in the middle and does not have an extreme or distinct personality trait.
What does the colour red remind you of? Fire, sparks, blood, Heat, Sexy, love, passion ... yep that pretty much sums up our impression of Red heads. If you watch enough anime, you'll notice that red-heads are quite hot-headed and always up for a challenge. Some may have an evil side to them but they make up for it by being drop dead gorgeous.
Slam Dunk's Hanamichi Sakuragi - possibly the most fired-up redhead in anime history
TRUE OR FALSE? - Red hair rocks!
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Pretty in Pink
There's something about pink-haired girls that make you want to go 'awwww' at everything they say and do. Sweet marshmallow-haired girls are the epitome of vulnerability and innocence and these heroines are usually very refreshing characters. They also seem somewhat celestial with their baby-pink locks. Pink mainly represents femininity (this does not apply to all males!) and kindness so some mangakas like to give it a twist by creating a pink head with an unexpectedly uncouth character. E.g Sakura (Naruto) and Natsu (Fairy Tail)
Voted cutest pink haired with cat ears ! Lucy - Elfen Lied
How many characters can you name from these bevy of babes?
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Into the Blue
A deep intense Prussian is an amazing dye colour for hair (even in real life!) It's a popular hair colour for really icy cold and emotionless characters. An aqua blue shade or azure colour could mean a few things.
1) They have a shy personality trait
2) They are dependable people
3) They are all-rounders who are perfect at everything
Strikingly marine-coloured hair characters mostly have an eccentric or odd personality while some Alien characters have blue hair to show that they are out of this world.
Tinge of Green
Okay this is probably a wild guess (then again we see this in many animes) the green haired characters are the oh-so-cool, laid back guys who tend to shoot a sarcastic word or two every once in a while. Of course this doesn't apply to all of them - sometimes the artist just wants to use a striking colour like green to spice up the screen.