10 anime characters who love animals more than people
Everyone knows that sometimes dealing with others can be a bit too much. On days when other human beings are feeling particularly awful, having a pet can be a godsend. Animals have distinct personalities and yet seldom judge us for our faults. Sometimes spending time with an animal is downright therapeutic.
Considering Japan’s love for mascots and all things kawaii, it’s no surprise that some anime characters also prefer animals to humans. While each character’s favorite animal might be surprising, it’s not hard to see why characters in dire scenarios depend on animals.
Spoiler warning: While most of this list doesn’t spoil anything, there is one significant spoiler regarding the series. Strange taxi. Proceed with caution.
ten Alphonse Elric would be a cat collector, if he had the chance (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Alphonse Elric is often considered the more reserved of the two Elric brothers. Al is calm when his brother loses his temper, kind when Ed can be gruff and patient when Ed can’t wait. Even so, Al is a deeply nuanced character in his own right and inclined to stand up for others with fierce compassion. Perhaps this is why he is also inclined to adopt stray kittens whenever he encounters them, hiding them in his armor.
Al’s admiration for cats is so famous that his Nendoroid figure includes not one, but of them kittens so that he can pose with. Al loves people, but maybe he loves cats even more.
9 Sosuke can’t deal with people, but animals are bearable (Full Metal Panic!)
Sosuke Sagara from Full metal panic! certainly has its reasons for being wary of humanity. Raised as a war orphan on the battlefield, Sousuke got used to seeing people hurt each other, and by the time he was asked to fit into mundane society, he had almost forgotten how to lower his defenses.
Unless he negotiates with military personnel in familiar surroundings, he finds it difficult to socialize with people and does better with animals. In the light novels, Sousuke chooses to adopt a pet cat.
8 Trowa Barton grew up in the wild (Gundam Wing)
Trowa Barton is a character who remains alone throughout Wing of Gundam, and his background can have a lot to do with it. Abandoned in his youth, he lived alone in nature before a band of mercenaries welcomed him.
While Trowa Barton is generally calm with others, he demonstrates his ability to communicate with animals, calming a lion simply by looking at it and patiently waiting.
7 Kenji Harima lived among hermit animals (School Rumble)
School rumble is a bizarre comedy, of course, and every member of its cast has a quirk or two. In Harima Kenji’s case, her ability to communicate with animals demonstrates an established aspect of her character. Harima sets off into the wilderness to face her broken heart to befriend dozens of wild animals. For a long time afterwards, they follow him everywhere for a comedic effect.
6 Natsume finds out that Yokai can be adorable (Natsume’s Book of Friends)
In the early seasons of Natsume’s Book of Friends, Natsume does not consider yokai to be friends. He is wary of spirits he can see, but just as suspicious of others, as he has learned the hard way never to reveal his abilities in front of his human peers.
The genius of Natsume Yuujinchou lies in how Natsume’s interactions with the yokai gradually allow him to open up to people as well. Deeply empathetic and ready to help even the scariest monsters, Natsume has a soft spot for any outsider. His compassion for yokai is the heart of the show – and what finally allows him to come to terms with himself.
5 Megumi may be gruff, but he loves his beasts (Jujutsu Kaisen)
Megumi is generally a stoic character when his friends don’t disarm him. He would rather face the dangers alone than put someone else in danger. Again, Megumi is rarely alone, as he is usually accompanied by his shikigami, spiritual creatures of the Jujutsu kaisen universe. Megumi can summon two divine dogs, a monstrous owl spirit named Nue, and other creatures at will, and these animals are more than just tools for him. When they are in danger, Megumi tries to protect them, and when they fall he is devastated.
4 Inosuke’s animal parentage is apparent (Demon Slayer)
Even if Inosuke wasn’t running wearing his mother’s taxidermy head as a mask, it would be pretty obvious to others that he was raised by wild boars. Inosuke is brash and loud and shoots directly at his targets without hesitation. His real lack of human skills is well documented throughout Demon slayer.
Fortunately, while Inosuke doesn’t always know how to behave around human beings, he is not a lost cause and his wild boar family raised him to be tenacious, strong and ultimately a loyal friend. .
3 San prefers wolves to humans (Princess Mononoke)
San is known to be in tune with animals, but that’s only because her parents were the opposite. San’s parents were killed by the wolf goddess Moro as punishment for damaging the forest, and subsequently Moro took San and raised the girl as his own.
Given this, it’s no surprise that San inherited some prejudice against human beings. San knows animals deserve as much respect as people, and she will die to protect the sanctity of her home.
2 Kiba and Akamaru are a perfect match (Naruto)
As a rule, members of the Inuzuka clan are dogs. Specifically, the clan members use magical beasts called ninken as combat partners and life companions, and their loyalty to these dogs is limitless.
In the case of Kiba and Akamaru, the friendship runs particularly deep. Since Akamaru was raised from a young age, the two have rarely been separated since. They seem to have rubbed off on each other on a personality level as well: Kiba is impulsive and easily agitated, and Akamaru is fiercely protective.
1 Odakawa would rather see people as animals (Odd Taxi)
Strange taxi has already acquired the status of a modern cult-classic. Both surreal and dark, the show features a cast of animal characters living in Tokyo. The plot centers on a Morse taxi driver, Odakawa, who finds himself embroiled in several ploys from his driver’s seat. While all of the characters are drawn as colorful animals, the story touches on intense topics like kidnapping, domestic violence, police corruption, and even murder.
At some point, the public learns that this is not some Zootopia-esque animal world at all. It’s only that Odakawa’s brain chooses to see animals instead of humans. Traumatized by human beings as a child, Odakawa imagines people as animals for years after the car crash that killed his parents. Audiences see the world as Odakawa, and it’s clear that animals are easier for them to deal with.
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