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WTF Wednesday: Ganguro Girls Gone Wild

Someone help! All the popular anime girls have gone ganguro!


         
Shinji is going to be all over that. 
Shinji is going to be all over that. 

Ganguro (ガングロ; "Black Face") is an alternative fashion trend of blonde or orange hair and tanned skin among young Japanese women that peaked in popularity around the year 2000, but remains evident today. The Shibuya and Ikebukuro districts of Tokyo are the center of ganguro fashion. (Via Wikipedia)

 Ganguro spotted in the wild.
 Ganguro spotted in the wild.
Yes, ganguro might of peaked around the year 2000, but right now it seems like anime characters are starting to doll themselves up in this subculture as well. I do not know why anyone would wake up one day and decide that they are going to make Rei into ganguro slut. It probably has something to do with the reason most girls do it in the first place, revenge. Revenge against the more traditional Japanese society that was shoved on them as children. Ganguro is independence, the freedom to do whatever you want. In conclusion, if you are going to draw something today, why not draw your favorite anime character as a ganguro, it’s the right thing to do.  
 


metalsnakezeroon April 21, 2010 at 1:07 p.m.
This is really creeping me out.
JJOR64on April 21, 2010 at 1:15 p.m.
@metalsnakezero said:
" This is really creeping me out. "
Same here.  Personally, I think ganguro's are usually ugly.  If you have a tan, please don't put on a ton of make up.  You end up looking like a clown.
GodLen staff on April 21, 2010 at 1:15 p.m.
@metalsnakezero: 
  BOOO!!
 BOOO!!
cfatalison April 21, 2010 at 1:18 p.m.
@GodLen: the miku one looks okay
GodLen staff on April 21, 2010 at 1:31 p.m.
@JJOR64: Call me weird, but I like girls who wear lots of makeup for some reason. But I also like girls who wear none as well.
MoonStormon April 21, 2010 at 2:03 p.m.
I think most would look better with some makeup but not the crazy white eye liners. like the Miku or this one... 
crusader8463on April 21, 2010 at 2:09 p.m.
I love pale skin on ladies and have always disliked the dark skin/tan look on girls because it always looks weird to me; especially this crazy fad. I think I saw one girl that made it look good before, but that's about it.
Kelleth moderator on April 21, 2010 at 2:23 p.m.
I like both ladies with pale and dark skin but an unatural tan? no if i want a dark skinned girl i`d date a girl with African or Hindu heritage or something but not tan. :P
Dark_Psych0on April 21, 2010 at 2:28 p.m.
I saw a thread on /a/ that was this exact thing. Now what are the odds that there would be an article on anime vice with the exact same images? somebody has been on /a/ today...
Kelleth moderator on April 21, 2010 at 6:03 p.m.
@Dark_Psych0: if its on /J/ the odds are very big because they are the same people >_>
ShadowKnight508 moderator on April 21, 2010 at 6:04 p.m.
@metalsnakezero said:
" This is really creeping me out. "
Agreed...some of this is just so strange to look at lol n_n
constanzadellarosaon April 21, 2010 at 6:53 p.m.
That look is so not natural, even in a drawing.  The 'less is more' rule certainly applies here...
Charagonon April 21, 2010 at 8:14 p.m.
Yeah, never been a big fan of tanned girls. Probably because I'm immune to tanning myself. My skin skips 'brown' and goes straight to 'burn'.
YotaruVegetaon April 21, 2010 at 9:03 p.m.
It's just bizarre. As a black guy, it's really odd to me. Not offensive, because intentions and the people behind them is what I consider in matters of controversy. 
 
 I think anyone slopping stuff on their face and going on around like that is odd. That takes some courage. Maybe it's like the goth or the old-school rock enthusiast look? The only thing that stands out to me in society now is a young guy who wears tight pants.
 
BTW, are all these characters straight up ganguro or are some of them actually just darker skinned characters? Some are more obvious than others. I'm blanking on her name, but the female lead from berserk was naturally darker skinned. Well, she was not from a society with Ganguro in is anyway.
Stigsanon April 21, 2010 at 9:18 p.m.
Please excuse me while i go vomit in the corner from the ganguro stylings.  Sorry, can't say that I'm a fan.
Papasanon April 21, 2010 at 9:28 p.m.

I heard on a British show called "Japanorama" that the original Yamanba Ganguro were trying to copy a comedy show character named Adamo-Chan... 
 
A Youtube of the show, a little bit NSFW, is HERE 
 
Thought it would be fun for Y'all.
REDRUNon April 21, 2010 at 10:38 p.m.
@GodLen:  Hey thanks for writing up this article. It explains a lot when you see it in some animes like in a couple scenes in Gantz and other cameos in series.
 
@Papasan said:
"
I heard on a British show called "Japanorama" that the original Yamanba Ganguro were trying to copy a comedy show character named Adamo-Chan... 
 
A Youtube of the show, a little bit NSFW, is HERE  Thought it would be fun for Y'all. "
Thanks for the link, it was very enlightening... well the opposite. :)
YotaruVegetaon April 22, 2010 at 4:26 a.m.
@Papasan: Ohhh, that's why it's NSFW! I was wondering how edgy a youtube video could get sexually, because they forbid nudity. Wow, so they did Aboriginal blackface in the 80s. Again, the word bizarre is so fitting.
 
Ganguro is just kinda ugly. Why not go to a tanning booth, at least? If you're such a rebel, take it to the next level. I surely don't mind women with a tan like others here may. Slapping on this makeup just looks silly. 
 
BTW, Durarara has a few ganguro girls in it, if you haven't seen it yet. So far, I have not really seen a ganguro girl in a positive light in anime yet. I know there is actually an anime which revolves around this look. I forget the name
Halberdierv2on April 22, 2010 at 9:49 a.m.
yeesh, im black (well, half black), and i find that creepy.
BobCaton April 22, 2010 at 10:27 a.m.
Looks like someone forgot about     :)

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