I measured some pics of anime characters, came up with these as a nice example of anime proportions, and drew this guy to exemplify the measurements. Compared to a 7-head realistic male, this anime male has a more compact torso and longer limbs relative to his height, creating a graceful athletic appearance. I think the tradition of using heads it a bit misleading though, when I was measuring examples I found that two might have almost the exact same body but one's head was noticeably bigger than the other. This character has a largeish head, using a smaller one would have resulted in a figure 10 heads tall. I picked the larger head because it gives the artist a slightly bigger canvas for showing emotions.
This was created specifically for Comangled Productions currently-in-design-phase SF Academy manga project, of which I am the team leader. ^_^