Remembering some of the most popular characters in anime history
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When thinking of anime, we tend to associate various shows with the characters who are in it. Likewise, when you think of a movie, you think of the actors involved or the characters they played. Anime culture is huge too, though, which is why so many fans of it simply adore the various characters they encounter. Sports fans have their favourite athletes, lovers of anime have their favourite characters. It’s that simple.
There have been so many memorable characters over the years, as the anime genre has surged in terms of its popularity. Anime fans are extremely loyal to the genre too, with dedicated and loyal fans comparing theories and sharing opinions on various releases all the time. Likewise, poker players might discuss winning combinations for joker poker, or soccer fans have a view on who the best player in the world is, anime adorers, discuss similar topics relating to their favourite genre too. Even so, not every character has been a welcome addition to shows over the years, with some appealing to fans more than others.
We’re here to celebrate the cream of the crop, though. So, without further ado, here’s a look back at some of the most popular characters in anime history.
Edward Elric – Fullmetal Alchemist
If you’ve seen Fullmetal Alchemist, then you’ll be fully aware of who Edward Elric is. A true protagonist, Edward Elric’s passion and grit won many fans over during his trials and tribulations in what is an anime favourite for so many. The failed alchemy experiment which left him with one arm and his brother’s trapped soul was drama at its best as he embarked on a truly epic journey. Fans of the show were certainly praying Edward Elric would be on the receiving end of a happy ending, as what turned out to be a rollercoaster ride full of a range of emotions left fans wanting more and more.
L Lawliet – Death Note
Death Note recorded massive success, which is why seeing a character such as L Lawliet on the list should come as no surprise whatsoever. The world’s greatest detective had a personality to remember, a level of intelligence like no other character we’ve seen before, and a true addiction to sweet treats that left viewers laughing every time he reached for some. L also had a strange aura and lacked social skills, which led to further intrigue around his character too.
Lelouch Lamperouge – Code Geass
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Many die-hard anime fans won’t be surprised to see Lelouch Lamperouge make the list and it’s entirely understandable as to why. Not only was Code Geass a huge success, but the character of Lelouch Lamperouge left a lasting impression on its viewers. After his mother was killed and his sister became crippled, this story of revenge and redemption let viewers in on a riveting journey as Lelouch Lamperouge and C.C. make use of his new-found power of Geass and lead the Order of the Black Knights. Things certainly take a dramatic turn from that point onwards, which is why Lelouch Lamperouge is a character who is impossible to forget.
Levi Ackerman – Attack On Titan
The Captain of the Scouting Legion division and the Special Operations Squad, humanity’s strongest soldier, Levi Ackerman, is a character who earned huge amounts of respect from viewers of Attack On Titan. Always looking out for his team and the mission they’re on, Ackerman is the leader of all leaders and a fearsome fighter. Never underestimate Levi Ackerman.
Other memorable characters are Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece), Rintarou Okabe (Steings;Gate) and Roronoa Zoro (One Piece).