Representation of Chinese Characters in Anime

First, I’ll give some examples.

1. Tao Ren from Shaman King (Chinese)


VS. Yoh from Shaman King (Japanese)


2. Shampoo from Ranma 1/2 (Chinese)


VS. Akane Tendo from Ranma 1/2 (Japanese)


3. Chinese Team from Beyblade Metal Masters


VS. Jingka from Beyblade Metal Masters (Japanese)


As you can see, the Chinese characters in these anime are wearing traditional clothing like qipao and the girls have buns in their hair. These anime take place in the modern day so not everyone is dressed in traditional clothing. Meanwhile, the Japanese protagonists are wearing headphones and are wearing modern clothing.

When I went to China, I did not see anyone wear a qipao. What are everyone’s thoughts about the Chinese characters looking distinct from everyone else, even though the setting does not take place during a traditional era? It seems to me that the Chinese character designs are stereotyped.


The King’s Avatar is a Chinese show that portrays a realistic representation of how Chinese characters should look in a modern day setting (in terms of clothing). It features Chinese people in China.