Anime With Characters That Look The Same

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Recently, there was an online poll in Japan that asked folks which anime featured characters that all looked too similar.

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According to Goo Research (via Excite News), over five thousand votes were cast. Here are the top ten choices of anime with a spitting-image cast:

10. Sword Art Online - 119 votes

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9. Clannad - 124 votes

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8. Love Live! - 139 votes

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7. Attack on Titan - 187 votes

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6. Sazae-san - 279 votes

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5. Touch - 378 votes

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4. Captain Tsubasa - 381 votes

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3. YuruYuri - 403 votes

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2. Mr. Osomatsu - 542 votes

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1. K-On! - 564 votes

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The reason many of these characters look the same (save for their hairdos and hair color) is because certain studios like Kyoto Animation have house styles.

Sometimes, there are different reasons for the similarities. Mr. Osomatsu, for example, isn’t only a gag animation, (and the similarity is part of the gag!), but these characters are sextuplets. 

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

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The only thing similar about the Attack on Titan characters is that they wear the same jacket. Is that really so confusing? I thought it actually has one of the most diverse looking casts, because the caucasians have different hair and eye colors and face shapes, there is a clearly Japanese girl, and then you have this guy, who has an instantly recognizable face:

How the hell did Attack on Titan get more votes than Clannad, where all the characters look like they were born in the same litter of puppies?