In our last look at hair color and character personality archetypes, we look at brown. Brown is pretty much the color of normal. Brown haired characters tend to be stable, consistent, and predictable. They tend to be the most likeable of the archetypes.
Brown haired characters are fine with just being themselves and accept their place in life. They are as earthy as their follicles. However, browns can mix traits of other archetypes. They run from honey-brown (which mixes brown with traits from yellow) to ruddy brown (which mixes brown with traits from redheads). As browns darken, they start to pick up traits from the black archetype.
Fuu from Samurai Champloo is an example of a brown. Fuu is likeable and consistent. She is always after food and landing into trouble. Compared to her companions Jin and Mugen, she is stable and generally fine with herself. Although, in the series she does ...
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Black embraces all colors. Characters with this hair color can feature the characteristics of any of the other types (except, perhaps, white). Black has several characteristics of its own. Black hair is associated with power and accomplishment. Often, black haired characters will have latent powers or hidden natures. Men wear blacks suits to work and weddings to denote their power or accomplishments.
Black has some sexual connotations. As a color it feels mysterious and dangerous, which can be exciting and seductive.
Black hair is also very common hair color in both anime and reality. It is probably the most flexible of all colors since there are few hard characteristics that define it. Audiences have few expectations when it comes to this hair color archetype. Black hair sometimes has natural blue highlights. Because of this, many anime characters use dark blue colors instead of pure black.
Kagome Higurashi from Inuyasha is a classic example. ...
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Pink is the most complex hair color. Pink comes in 2 main shades: light and mauve. Pink is actually related to purple, blue and also draws shades of red and white.
Pink is about promise. These characters are lively and have the potential for greatness. Pink is often a color for cute and young characters. They have a full life ahead of them.
Light pink can have some elements of red and white characters, but it also has some of blue’s dignity and knowledge. They inherit the innocence and purity of Whites.
A good example of Light Pink is Euphemia li Britannia from Code Geass.
Euphie is a kindhearted pacifist who is full of life. As the Third Princess of the Holy Britannian Empire, she has more access to greatness and leaving a lasting impact than most people. In the series, she wants people to live with dignity and confidence. Her main goal ...
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Yaoi, also known as Boy’s Love or 801, is an offshoot of shojo manga. Shojo is categorized by the primary audience: women and girls. Yaoi is focused on male homosexual relationships; however, it isn’t targeted toward a homosexual audience. That type of manga is called bara.
Yaoi is different from more traditional shojo storylines since it is focused on boys seeking love with each other as opposed to a girl seeking that of a boy. Yaoi stories deal with sexuality and violent emotions such as strong loneliness. Yaoi first appeared in the 1970s and sharply contrasted from the typical shojo focus on emotions and personal development. Yaoi is an acronym, by the way. It stands for: yama nashi, ochi nashi, imi nashi (no climax, no point, and no meaning). The acronym sounds sexual but actually refers to the story structures used in the sub-genre. It was said to be first used ...
Kamaitachi, by Toriyama Sekien.
Night has fallen. You’ve had a hard day at work, and you’re walking home, cutting across a grassy field to save time. All of a sudden, a huge gust of wind knocks you to the ground. When you stand, you happen to look down and notice that your pants have been sliced open at the calf, and a closer look shows an inch long slit in your skin. There is no blood, and no pain. Yet, anyway. The pain will set in later, and you’ll suffer for days as the wound will take a long time to heal.
So what in the world just happened? Well my friend, you have just run afoul of the kamaitachi, or the sickle weasel. The critters are yokai that hang around the Koshin’etsu region for the most part. They are said to resemble weasels, with sharp, sickle like claws. Accounts of ...
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A new semester beings at Yokai Academy! Rosario + Vampire Season 2 starts over from the beginning with Tsukune meeting a new vampire (The driver of many of the season’s conflicts) the same way he met Moko in the first season. The story for season 2 is almost a completely fresh start. There are a few references to events in the previous season. It keeps the monster-of-the-week format, but the monsters are much weaker than those that ended the first season.
The characters are their old selves. Moka is still shy and, in her “true” form, overpowered. Kurumu still forces Tsukune to motorboat her bust every episode while Yukari frets over her small chest. Mizore returns with even more stalking and skulking. In this season, the four continue vying for Tsukune’s love even more overtly. Even their mothers get into the act! The ante is ramped up to the point where ...