Japanese culture penetrated our curiosity because of the following characters that can be said as the east’s answers to the western superheroes that we adore so much. Which among the ones listed below can you relate to you the most?
Appearing as a smart but stubborn kid, he is the youngest of his kind (as an alchemist) in his hometown. Teaming up with his brother in search for the means of restoring their damaged biological bodies, he proved to his older peers as well as to the entire world, that even youngsters can be the best and the deadliest, if they would only will it so.
Appears in: Full Metal Alchemist
Created by: Himuro Arakawa
He stands as Earth’s messiah on numerous occasions but guess what? Such a title doesn’t go to his head. For him, he’s just a typical guy who loves to compete in a variety of fighting methods without caring much about whether he is the strongest or not. He ends up being the most powerful though, at the envy of many warriors on Earth, as well as on other worlds of the cosmos.
Appears in: Dragon Ball Z
Created by: Akira Toriyama
Bravery is one trait that an anime warrior must have, but initially, such a trait is greatly lacking in this lad’s character. Upon seeing the gigantic titans that his people have been battling for generations, he trembles in great fear. As he builds himself up though, he discovered he has an amazing ability all along – transforming himself into the kind of monster that the people needs, so he can beat the tyrannical monsters themselves.
Appears in: Attack on Titan
Created by: Hajime Isayama
Monkey D. Luffy
He is a pirate. But unlike most of his peers who does pirating for the sake of tangible profit, he does his thing for the sake of pure adventure. Like most make-believe warriors in both print and motion media, he dreams of being the best and the strongest, while not forgetting the fact that friendship is the strongest force that can beat any enemy who might cross his, and his crew’s path.
Appears in: One Piece
Created by: Eiichiro Oda
It’s great to be cool, but for Spike however, it’s better if he does the opposite. He is an exceptional fighter, but smokes a lot; an efficient ally, but bullies people… including the ones he truly like. Unquestionably, he is a very flawed character, but that makes him even more appealing to the viewers, inasmuch as he is greatly needed in the planetary system where he does his non-conventional crime-busting methods.
Appears in: Cowboy Bebop
Created by: Hajime Yatate, Toshihiro Kawamoto
Lead characters must be nice people by default. That’s the common notion, until you meet this high-school delinquent who was never good at anything, except in doing rumbles and in getting rejected by girls. Unknown to himself though, he is a naturally gifted athlete which made him achieve great heights of success in ways that even the most gifted sportsmen would find astonishing.
Appears in: Slum Dunk
Created by: Takehiko Inoue
While most writers struggle to make their characters deeply complex, the writer of this one has a diverse goal – to keep this young ninja in the boundaries of simplicity and stupidity. In spite of that characterization though, Naruto is still a very interesting character as he is well-loved by countless fans all over the world, which fall in a great range of age brackets.
Appears in: Naruto
Created by: Masashi Kishimoto
The baddest boys often turn up to be the greatest lovers, and Kenshin is the perfect proof of such a statement. This love is not only on the erotic side though, for he is someone who would sacrifice everything in him, just to keep the ones he loves safe. A former assassin who turned over a new leaf, he can be the best protector you’ll have, but could be the fiercest foe you can clash against, if you have no regard for the lives of others.
Appears in: Samurai X
Created by: Nobuhiro Watsuki
He is characterized as an archetypal “ababdoned boy” – a cliche storytelling element, but one that catapulted him into critical notice within the anime realm. Hideaki Anno, the show director described Shinji, as a boy who “shrinks from human contact”, and has “convinced himself that he is a completely unnecessary person. Other critics declare him as one of the most nuanced, and relatable characters in anime history.
Appears in: Neon Genesis Evangelion
Created by: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
There are times when the laws made by men fail to grant absolute justice. And in such times, this young man established his own brand of law enforcement- killing any criminal at will, by simply writing a name on a mysterious notebook. Though his noble goals eventually corrupted him and brought him a great downfall, it can’t be denied that people like you and me, sometimes dream of having his deadly talent.
Appears in: Death Note
Created by: Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata
Who among them should be ranked as No. 1?