There are a number of SE sites which have some relevant to the topic of the site icons, symbols and graphics in the header or the repeating background pattern. I'm not exactly sure how much our designers are in on the anime topic, but just to give them some ideas, I'd like to compile a list of things that our community thinks are, if not stereotypically representative, then at least noteworthy, and should be included or used as a reference for symbols in our site's theme.

Movies&TV has posterized iconic imagery from well known movies, so I guess it's not out of the question to have basically the same type of deal here, but in a different style of execution. Like a background pattern of iconic imagery, as I'm suggesting.

Some anime don't have a recognizable symbol, but rather a character's silhouette, like in case of Mushishi, so I doubt it would be easy to find something from them to fit into 40 pixels or less.

Here are my lists, but please post your own answer if you have something to add:

Some of the more iconic imagery:

Our chat room in-jokes:

Generic anime/Japan themed things:

  • a schoolgirl biting a toast running late to school
  • Sakura petals
  • sushi roll
  • rice triangle
  • bento box with chopsticks on top
  • cicadas definitely
  • samurais, ronins and ninjas, which are also prominent in many anime, and so are their katanas, headbands and throwing knives, stars, shurikens, kunais
  • daruma doll
  • kotatsu
  • vending machines with countless varieties of tea, black coffee and unusually flavored drinks
  • shaved ice
  • teru-teru boozu doll ("rain pls stop" charm)
  • watermelon being smashed with a stick (a popular and tasty summer entertainment as we've been led to believe, from the countless beach episodes)
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    I kind of have this gut feeling, given this, that perhaps it should be limited to original artwork and public domain imagery, at minimum to reduce potential complications in the long run. Plus original user-submitted artwork would give it a cool community vibe.
    – Jason C
    Commented May 31, 2017 at 17:37
  • @JasonC I'm pretty sure it's okay to do a mashup of intellectual property imagery in this manner, as the Movies.SE has had their header film strip with all the iconic characters and scenes for such a long time without any problems.
    – Hakase
    Commented May 31, 2017 at 19:58
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    @JasonC additionally, I've tried calling for the community to post their own artwork for years, and there was basically no response.
    – Hakase
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 22:01
  • there countless japan theme things that are pretty iconic. like their trains/train stations, quaint shophouses, summer cicadas, clogs, samurai/ninjas....
    – Tyhja
    Commented Jun 5, 2017 at 11:02
  • @Tyhja just add your answer, it's good info
    – Hakase
    Commented Jun 5, 2017 at 11:03
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    As well as Sakamoto, there's the cute little bird from Nichijou too
    – Matt
    Commented Jun 6, 2017 at 19:30
  • I guess we're doing comments instead of answers! btw hop into chat someteims
    – Hakase
    Commented Jun 6, 2017 at 19:37
  • I vote for some Ohmu from Nausicaa and the bike from Akira. Commented Jun 6, 2017 at 19:50
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    we also have this logo
    – Darjeeling
    Commented Jun 7, 2017 at 11:47
  • also, the list lack of shoujo demographic, probably we can use something from sailormoon or cardcaptor sakura
    – Darjeeling
    Commented Jun 7, 2017 at 11:55
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    for FMA, they also have homunculus logo. It seems more recognizable in small size
    – Darjeeling
    Commented Jun 7, 2017 at 12:06
  • @Darjeeling you'll have to give specific examples from shoujo genre coz maybe I haven't been paying attention but I don't know any recognizable symbols from there
    – Hakase
    Commented Jun 7, 2017 at 19:01
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    not really sure about Sailor Moon but Cardcaptor Sakura have these wands/keys
    – Darjeeling
    Commented Jun 9, 2017 at 6:57


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