I recall that someone explained why it is that Japanese people in anime don’t look particularly Japanese, but I don’t recall the explanation (which implies that it didn’t particularly resonate for me).
I should mention that my feeling also doesn’t apply to all anime. Characters from the works of Hayao Miyzaki appear distinctly Japanese (in terms of how they’re drawn).
Which is one of the reasons I enjoyed Gantz: 0: all the characters looked Japanese (which makes sense when something takes place in Japan).
I was bothered as much as anyone else by Scarlett Johansson’s casting as the Major in Ghost in the Shell though less because she was playing a Japanese character–since as I explained earlier, the Major never looked Japanese to me–more than I knew she was despite that fact and therefore should be played by a Japanese person.
Though having seen the trailer for Full Metal Alchemist–filmed with an entirely Japanese cast–it looks a bit…off, especially compared to the episodes of the anime I have seen.
It’s sort of weird, but it reminds me of someone’s interpretation of Full Metal Alchemist–which it obviously is–but I mean in a more deeper, essential sense of who these characters are.
It’s like it were being made especially for the Japanese market–which in a sense it is–after the Hollywood version.
If that makes any sense.