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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.  
 


Liminalityon April 22, 2010 at 11:25 a.m.
KILL IT WITH FIRE!
John_Martoneon April 22, 2010 at 11:55 a.m.
@GodLen said:
" @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. "
So, what you're trying to say is that you just like girls.
GodLen staff on April 22, 2010 at 2:45 p.m.
@John_Martone: you calling me gay?
Renkon April 22, 2010 at 3:29 p.m.
Real life Ganguro girls are just plain creepy and, honestly, any girl doing that to herself needs to be taken out of the genepool =P Anime/manga characters drawn to look like Ganguro girls, on the other hand, can actually be kind of cute if not drawn completely over the top.
CryingGypsyon Nov. 2, 2010 at 10:13 p.m.
Does anyone know what anime this girl is from??
 

sickVisionz moderator on Nov. 3, 2010 at 10:47 a.m.
This trend has always come off as... 
 
1... kinda cute that they want to be black so bad that they'll basically ruin their skin to do it 
2... kinda disturbing that they want to be black so bad that they'll basically ruin their skin to do it
SamJaz is online on Nov. 3, 2010 at 10:55 a.m.
@BobCat:  No, she's actually foreign. She doesn't count.
 
What about that girl in Nyankyo or something, who was actually pretty hot after she decided not to bother with all the make-up around the third episode in.
Noctisdreamson Aug. 24, 2011 at 6:01 p.m.
Take away some of the excess make up and these pics will look great.  
 
I especially heart tanned/black anime characters <3
Bigheart711on Aug. 24, 2011 at 7:03 p.m.
I like Ganguro Kogals, but not as much as Ganjiro Kogals.
sotyfan16on Aug. 25, 2011 at 12:31 a.m.
I really like tan girls, especially in anime. I can very much go without the stand-out make-up though. But the girls in the OP are really dark. If an anime girl is tan I prefer these:
 
 

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Yoruichi Shihouin model
Yoruichi Shihouin model

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Ganguro is a fashion trend where young girls have deep tans, bleached out hair, and heavy make up.

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