Back in 2010 blogger julian abagond asserted the japanese see anime characters as being japanese it is americans who think they are white largely i agree with this when japanese see anime characters they think they are japaneseeven if they have purple hair or blond hairor they dont even think about it that deeply.
Span classnews_dtoct 16 2011spannbsp018332partly yes partly no so no person can look like a living breathing anime character but an anime character can still resemble real people argument 06 anime characters arent real i always believed the anime characters are supposed to be real like liveaction characters have real actors.
Anime evolved with this feature in mind and as other people have pointed out audiences will always try to associate with characters in media whether that be books anime film etc so what may look europeanamerican to you may look equally asian to those residing there because of the general design of the characters.
Span classnews_dtaug 15 2017spannbsp018332do anime characters look white to japanese people interview it is an ageold question if anime characters are white but have you asked japanese people about it asian boss duration.
The other must be marked he contests if there are no stereotyped markings of otherness then white is assumed however in japan white is not the default japanese is thus there is no need for them to look asian because no matter how ridiculous the characters look everyone will assume they are japanese the same thing is true in.
People think the look white because of the large eyes not realizing that its just an aesthetic and isnt even meant to be realistic and nonasian features like blonde hair and blue eyes not to mention there are certain anime characters with body types that are not common among average japanese since the average japanese person is slim.