Ethnicity in Dragon Ball

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It's always been rather ambiguous with how characters are depicted in anime/manga, but some are meant to represent westerners while others are meant to represent eastern characters. Confusingly they may appear the same with only minor differences in hair color or eye color to denote their race.

Dragon Ball sometimes flies in the face of this because blonde haired and blue eyed characters are actually Asian, i.e. # 18.

Being the hero and coming from the pen of a Japanese writer, Goku, even though he is an alien, is most probably Japanese in appearance. This would most likely translate into other Saiyan characters having the same or similar appearances.

What about characters that aren't humanoid in appearance at all? Freeza? Cell? The multitude of species we saw in the ToP? This affects me personally because is Sorrel an Asian looking rabbit? I.....have no idea. :LOL:

What are your thoughts on the depiction of race and/or ethnicity in Dragon Ball?
 
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In other anime/manga, I notice that Westerners are often depicted as blonde hair/blue eyes...and their wardrobe is many times quite ridiculous (usually with the high-class people). They also sometimes talk with slang or a specific dialect from there they come from.

In Dragon Ball, there are definitely a lot of stereotypes portrayed. However, in that universe, there is no Japan, Americas, Europe, etc. Just seems to be cities, some small villages, and then a whole lot of nature. So you might see a village like Nam's, where everyone looks the same. However, yes, I would say that the Saiyans and most humans would look Japanese. As far as Frieza, Cell, etc...I think they just look like whatever their race is.
 
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In other anime/manga, I notice that Westerners are often depicted as blonde hair/blue eyes...and their wardrobe is many times quite ridiculous (usually with the high-class people). They also sometimes talk with slang or a specific dialect from there they come from.

In Dragon Ball, there are definitely a lot of stereotypes portrayed. However, in that universe, there is no Japan, Americas, Europe, etc. Just seems to be cities, some small villages, and then a whole lot of nature. So you might see a village like Nam's, where everyone looks the same. However, yes, I would say that the Saiyans and most humans would look Japanese. As far as Frieza, Cell, etc...I think they just look like whatever their race is.
I brought up Freeza because especially in his final form his eye shape tends to be let's say more "eastern" in shape. The aliens and monsters in the world probably bear little in resemblance to any race we would know here on Earth.

LividJay made it official then, my OCs, Shihori and Kuroba are Hafu children. :ROFLMAO:
 
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I always wondered this about DB because there is no clear indication of people being Japanese or not. I mean to me, that is a good thing. Focus more on the characters and the story and less on their skin, hair, eye color. I also still don't think Doctor Brief is from earth and he is a Tuffle himself. This is why he and Bulma are so intelligent and why Bulma was easily able to replicate Vegeta's space pod and scouter. The tech was stolen from the Tuffles by the Saiyans after all.
 

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I always wondered this about DB because there is no clear indication of people being Japanese or not. I mean to me, that is a good thing. Focus more on the characters and the story and less on their skin, hair, eye color. I also still don't think Doctor Brief is from earth and he is a Tuffle himself. This is why he and Bulma are so intelligent and why Bulma was easily able to replicate Vegeta's space pod and scouter. The tech was stolen from the Tuffles by the Saiyans after all.
Diabolical conspiracy theory!
 
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In my opinion, there is no such thing as westerners, asians, there are just people mixed in, since the Earth that Dragon Ball happens on does haven't the same geography as the world we know. All the land masses and their geological placement is different in that universe.
 

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There are black people in Dragon Ball like Staff Officer Black, but there are also black people in Naruto, Bleach, and even One Piece (if you count Usopp).

What I find really weird is the amount of animal humans in Dragon Ball, though. I mean a talking dog rules the world... LOL.
 
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There are black people in Dragon Ball like Staff Officer Black, but there are also black people in Naruto, Bleach, and even One Piece (if you count Usopp).

What I find really weird is the amount of animal humans in Dragon Ball, though. I mean a talking dog rules the world... LOL.
I'm not going to say it's canon or anything, but DBZ: Kakarot gave the explanation that Beastmen are the product of people experimenting with a drug that turned them into anthromorphs.
 
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I don't consider anything in the video games to even be secondary canon, LOL.
 

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