Spoken Japanese has a number of dialects that vary regionally throughout the country. From my (moderately limited) Japanese language experience, most of what is spoken in anime is Tokyo-ben (aka Standard Japanese). I'm not great at telling the difference between dialects, however, so I was wondering, are non-Tokyo accents/dialects common in anime, or used at all? In shows like Yuri!!! on Ice, which is set in Kyushu, is a Kyushu accent being used or a Tokyo one? Do shows set in Kyoto use a Kyoto accent, or is everything standardized to a Tokyo-ben?

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    I'd say quite common: tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/KansaiRegionalAccent and tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TohokuRegionalAccent. Just look at the many examples shown there. – Gao Sep 10 '17 at 5:36
  • Maybe not as common as the Tokyo dialect but yes! There are some animes set outside of Tokyo where they speak a different dialect like Barakamon, Kimi no Nawa, and Dive – kat Oct 17 '17 at 9:03
  • I totally agree with the two comments above. Kansai dialect is very common in anime. Examples familiar to me would be Ikeda Chitose from Yuru Yuri and Kuroi Nanako from Lucky Star. Other types of dialects are less common but can be seen, like Mitsuha from Kimi no Na wa, but I am not exactly sure which regional dialect she speaks. Here is a list of dialect-speaking anime characters (in Japanese), which you can go through and get the idea. – user23823 Nov 30 '17 at 6:25
  • When it comes to the whole anime rather than a single character, I would say that being set in somewhere often does not imply an overall usage of that region's dialect, and all-dialect animes are extremely rare. – user23823 Nov 30 '17 at 6:48
  • I have to disagree with the other commenters. While it is correct, that there are lots of shows that fit, it's not enough to say "common". Since there are over twelve thousand anime and you'd be hard pressed to even come up with a mere hundred that include non-Tokyo dialects in any noticeable capacity. To be "common" there would need to be at least 4.000, imho. – Ocean Dec 12 '18 at 22:17

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