Anime body proportions is one of the stupidest arguments you see on social networks. Usually when there’s controversy.
In fact body proportions in
Some self righteous, holier than thou westerners complain how:
- How she is designed
- Complain about an
animegirl’s big tiddies
- Anime fan service
- Characters who show a little skin
And completely throw context out of the window, not caring to understand the facts, logic, or look at things rationally.
In a way, critics look at
Ignoring exceptions like Ilulu from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, who’s blatantly drawn unrealistically, the average
Including the exhausting critics who take every opportunity to point the finger as if
Let’s talk about it.
1. Kids to 13+ year olds
Renge for example (the smallest character) is a 7 year old kid. Most kids obviously don’t have purple hair and fancy hair
Hotaru on the left is about 11 years old. Again, ignoring exceptions average 11 year olds in
Natsume with orange hair is about 13, with Komari on the far right, despite being small, is 14 years old.
Focusing on Japanese society, how they look is on point and not at all unrealistic or foolish.
The trend follows even when the art style changes a little. In this
Even going outside of Japan and how Japanese would look, this is believable. Ignoring the focus on being “cute” that is.
Still in the realms of reality.
2. Teenagers (15-19 years old)
In this range, just like in real life, things can differ. But it’s still on the side of realism.
These characters in the image are 16+ years of age. Not hard to believe as a standard, especially if you go by East Asian standards in particular.
They are of a smaller height after all, and girls aren’t typically tall as an average.
Then there’s the group of
But not all are.
In this case, all the Nakano sisters (quintuplets) are as realistic as it gets, aside from the fact it’s animated and they have unrealistic hair colors.
Walking around a college campus (if you’re in college) makes this point loud and clear. Even here in the west, never mind Japan or East Asia.
And that extends into the 18-19+ age range, and how the body proportions are in relation to it.
People may complain about fan service, but this fact of how they’re proportioned realistically is undeniable.
That’s regardless of how you feel about it (or critics who stir up controversy all the time).
And finally you have other variations like the girls in Seitokai Yakuindomo.
They’re in the 17+ range of age, and no one would see this and convince themselves that it’s unrealistic in any way.
It’s very real, I think it just makes some girls in real life insecure when they see certain characters.
3. 20+ years old and beyond
Rin Toyama from NEW Game is 25 years old. Despite the
When it comes to
As you continue to look at characters over 20+ years old, there’s obvious variations, but still a lot of realism and relatability.
Umiko is a tad more stacked than Kobayashi, but similar (and realistic) body types overall.
It’s closer to reality, as its the average across the board.
Even in more obscure
Not including the obvious random hair styles and what not.
Both characters (above), including Ichika Saotome to the left are 25 years old.
And then there’s Ko Yagami (New Game) and Kokoro Amatsu (ReLife).
Both are slice of life
Not every or most
4. Kids, teens & adults
There are variations to that of course depending on the designer or
Even though many teenagers are drawn unrealistically in Shonen (muscular, etc) generally speaking the average
So it’s not just female characters, controversy aside.
Anime Body Proportion exceptions:
Loli, Chibi, or Moe Characters
Konata Izumi with blue hair is apparently 17-18 years old. But the drawings don’t imply that at all.
Kagami Hiiragi, to the right of Konata, is also in the same age range as well.
This is a running theme in Lucky Star’s art style and designs.
It’s not about realism, at least not from a design point of view. But more about their lives and what they get up to.
K-On, another slice of life by Kyoto Animation is the definition of “Moe”.
While Moe isn’t as extreme as the other exceptions with body proportions, it’s still relevant.
Only certain aspects of their designs can be considered realistic, while others aren’t.
It’s almost a balance of both worlds.
All the girls in the above image are 18 years old by the end of the series.
And if we go to characters like Ilulu from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, we can clearly see it’s an exaggerated design.
Not only is it exaggerated as far as her height and insanely massive tiddies, but also when judging her real age.
Ilulu is pretty much a “Loli”.
The simple definition means little girl, but the extended definition is an
This is a common theme and a running trope (or joke) in
Even a character like Shana from
She appears to be at least a teenager, but she’s many times older than she looks because she’s a flame haze. A type of warrior who’s immortal.
Once you become a flame haze in this
In the cases of Loli’s, Chibi or Moe characters, realism is hardly the focus as far as designs and proportions.
It’s more about portraying an image of youth, something
Real life comparisons
As we see with this girl, there’s a real life comparison for the design. And this is despite the fact Uzaki Chan is from an ECCHI
Ecchi tend to have the most unrealistic designs going, and there’s still real life comparisons to be made.
The unrealistic argument holds no weight in the grand scheme of things.
It’s the same thing here with the direct comparisons. It’s really not unrealistic at all.
Now of course these are only anecdotal, so they’re not helpful in the bigger picture of things, but for what its worth it makes a point.
It’s just 1000’s and 1000’s of people aren’t out here making direct comparisons to
There’s no sense in it anyway. But 100’s of cosplayers do make a statement without meaning to though.
That said, as a rule the drawings and art is realistic, relatable, and true to life. With some exceptions when it comes to male or female characters of certain ages.