Forum - View topic
INTEREST: Russian Anime Characters Show Off Their Silver Hair


Goto page 1, 2  Next

Note: this is the discussion thread for this article

Anime News Network Forum Index -> Site-related -> Talkback
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Yuvelir



Joined: 06 Jan 2015
Posts: 1353
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:16 pm Reply with quote
Silver hair? I know that Love Live is popular and maybe they state in in the series, but Eli has anything but.
I have another silver-haired Russian to name, though: Yulia Valkova from Girlfriend(Beta)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Fronzel



Joined: 11 Sep 2003
Posts: 1906
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:34 pm Reply with quote
I think it's Eastern Europeans in general who tend to be depicted with silver hair, although maybe the caricature is just running together into an indistinguishable blob.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Mikasa_su_casa



Joined: 01 Jul 2016
Posts: 120
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:01 pm Reply with quote
At least the blonde hair makes sense. You know what I want to know?

What's the deal with Russians and coonskin caps?

I've seen this hat on Russians in Sakura Wars and Darker than Black.
But I'm pretty sure this is a very American hat...


Edit: found a better picture of what I'm talking about.


Last edited by Mikasa_su_casa on Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:05 pm; edited 2 times in total
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
switchgear1131



Joined: 14 Mar 2013
Posts: 218
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:46 pm Reply with quote
Mikasa_su_casa wrote:
At least the blonde hair makes sense. You know what I want to know?

What's the deal with Russians and coonskin caps?

I've seen this hat on Russians in Sakura Wars and Darker than Black.
But I'm pretty sure this is a very American hat...



Silver hair and the coonskin just go with cold countries it seems, just look at Illyasviel von Einzbern
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Kougeru



Joined: 13 May 2008
Posts: 5344
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:49 pm Reply with quote


Kudryavka is KEY's example. Looks more silver in some scenes.

Also, Eli is totally blonde.

I just rewatched AnoHana and must've missed when they said where her mom was from. Makes sense though.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message AIM Address My Anime My Manga
Kikaioh



Joined: 01 Jun 2009
Posts: 1204
Location: Antarctica
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:51 pm Reply with quote
I think the Russian hats are called "Ushankas".
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Ashen Phoenix



Joined: 21 Jun 2006
Posts: 2745
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:10 pm Reply with quote
Quote:
Russian anime characters are often depicted with whitish, grayish, or golden hair.

I missed it after skimming the title of the article, but they did mention more than just silver hair for Russian stereotypical characters in anime.

Aside from Russians=silver/white/blonde hair, and Americans=blonde+blue eyes, I'm curious what other phenotype stereotypes fans have witnessed more than once in their anime-viewing experience.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message My Anime My Manga
7jaws7



Joined: 17 Aug 2013
Posts: 691
Location: New York State
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:15 pm Reply with quote
Sanya from Strike Witches
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Tenchi



Joined: 03 Jan 2002
Posts: 4366
Location: Ottawa... now I'm an ex-Anglo Montrealer.
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:29 pm Reply with quote
A golden hair example would be the Nekozawa siblings, Ouran High School Occult Club president Umihito and his little sister Kirizima from Ouran High School Host Club, who are supposedly descended from the Tokarev Dynasty line in Russia.

It's never been confirmed but Tsumugi "Mugi" Kotobuki on K-On! may be part-Russian (or some other northern European ethnicity, Finnish is another possibility), since she's portrayed as blonde and often wears a Ushanka-style winter hat in winter.

There is a small Russian city that was briefly a Japanese city, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on Sakhalin Island. It was originally a small Russian settlement called Vladimirovka from 1882 to 1905, when the Japanese took over southern Sakhalin, which became Karafuto prefecture and Vladimirovka became Toyohara during the occupation until just after the Second World War, when Karafuto became part of the Soviet Sakhalin Oblast and Toyohara became Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Most obvious signs of the Japanese occupation are gone, with the exceptions of the Sakhalin Art Museum, at one time a Japan Colonial Bank, and the Sakhalin Regional Museum, formerly the Karafuto Museum, designed by architect Yoshio Kaizuka in the "Emperor's Crown" style and opened in 1937.


Last edited by Tenchi on Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:13 pm; edited 1 time in total
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website My Anime My Manga
diamoundheadx



Joined: 30 Sep 2016
Posts: 188
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:11 pm Reply with quote
7jaws7 wrote:
Sanya from Strike Witches


yeah this guy or gal knows what i'm talking about
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
gilnokoibito



Joined: 17 Aug 2010
Posts: 103
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:40 pm Reply with quote
If we're including blondes then Mika from Seraph of the End should be included! He's half Russian/half Japanese.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Mikasa_su_casa



Joined: 01 Jul 2016
Posts: 120
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:47 pm Reply with quote
switchgear1131 wrote:

Silver hair and the coonskin just go with cold countries it seems, just look at Illyasviel von Einzbern

Well, while googling around to find out what a fur hat without a tail is called, I found apparently Russian-made fox fur hats with tails on ali express.

So I guess Russians do wear hats with tails. Or at least export them.
It's surprising because I've never seen this kind of a hat on someone who wasn't an American pioneer.

Kikaioh wrote:
I think the Russian hats are called "Ushankas".

Yes, I always think of those when I think of "hats a Russian should wear"
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
WANNFH



Joined: 13 Mar 2011
Posts: 1049
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:47 pm Reply with quote
Well, can we count Hibiki/Verniy from Kantai Collection as sample?
Except that she isn't really Russian, but have the traits and uses the russian words because of the her original model ship was the reparation to USSR after the World War II.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Ambimunch



Joined: 30 Aug 2012
Posts: 2012
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:24 pm Reply with quote
Also Natalia Kaminski from Fate/Zero (Kiritsugu's teacher/guardian).


What can I say, Russians are badass, and white hair is also badass <3
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Ashen Phoenix



Joined: 21 Jun 2006
Posts: 2745
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:04 am Reply with quote
@Tenchi: That was a fascinating history lesson. I mean that sincerely. Thank you! I didn't know any of that!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message My Anime My Manga
Display posts from previous:   
Reply to topic    Anime News Network Forum Index -> Site-related -> Talkback All times are GMT - 5 Hours
Goto page 1, 2  Next
Page 1 of 2

 


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group