it’s really hilarious (and infuriating) how many anime fans assume that anime characters are white by default, when oftentimes white characters in anime look VERY different than japanese characters. there are some exceptions, of course, like in the occasional anime and manga that take place in somewhere other than japan, with non-japanese characters (attack on titan, black butler, d. gray man i think, gangsta, etc). but like, look at the americans in GITS, for example. THEY LOOK DIFFERENT. light skin =/= whiteness, and even in fantasy settings where japan and other real countries don’t exist, the characters are often coded as japanese anyway. besides, claiming the average anime character is white because they’re light skinned, or claiming that they are de-contextualized of any ethnicity because it’s a fantasy setting, implies that japanese writers/artists would rather tell stories about white people than about their own people. fans who insist upon anime characters’ whiteness are projecting their own eurocentric views upon works of fiction created by poc by assuming that those poc would rather tell white peoples’ stories.