Anime Popularity Overseas and in Japan: What Makes an Anime Popular?

There are hundreds, if not thousands of anime series out there. With so many titles, it’s really easy for some to be overshadowed in different areas. Let’s take a look at popularity differences in Japan and overseas!

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Anime is a very successful source of entertainment. It has tons of fans in both Japan and overseas. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that quite a few anime fans live on the other side of the ocean. We may think we’ve seen it all, but there are plenty of anime series that are virtually unheard of overseas, and at the same time, are almost all anyone is talking about in Japan! I know, I know, it’s a big shocker isn’t it? Let’s take a look at some of the series that are almost non-existent overseas, and why that might be.


Popular in Japan


Sazae-San

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Ever heard of Sazae-San? Maybe? No? Sazae-San, what the heck are you talking about? Well, Sazae-San is a show exploring the daily life of Sazae, a young woman living with her husband, children, siblings, and parents. It has been airing since 1969. You could classify it as a member of the ‘slice of life’ genre. But wait! There are tons of slice of life anime out there that are amazingly popular overseas, like Clannad. What makes this Sazae-San show so different? Well, Sazae-San is one of those shows that explores ‘daily misadventures’ like getting lost at the mall, shopping, your car breaking down, whatever. It doesn’t have as deep a plot, or characters development and back story as Clannad. People in Japan love this series, because it is a perfect, family friendly, show. It does not contain violence, swearing, or sexual content. However, this doesn’t seem to attract audiences who live in other countries. Why? Because all countries across the ocean already have their own examples of family friendly, slice of life shows. Unfortunately, this makes Sazae-San seem boring to most overseas viewers. At the same time, it is a nostalgia classic for viewers in Japan.


Doraemon

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Doraemon is another show that ran into the same fate as Sazae-San. Including comedy, adventure, and time travel, Doraemon is another show aimed at children and families. It didn’t have a fighting chance overseas. It was weighted down compared to all the similar shows that children and families overseas already had access to. Just take a look at SpongeBob SquarePants. However, fate also had a role in the unpopularity of Doraemon. The show has not been preserved well, and after an accidental fire, very little footage of the original series still remains. Now, even in Japan, it is almost impossible for viewers to access full episodes with uninterrupted audio and visuals. Although, newer more recent versions have been made, they have still not been deemed popular overseas for previous reasons.


Detective Conan and Urusei Yatsura

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Case Closed (Detective Conan) and Urusei Yatsura are two anime series that are a bit of a step up in popularity from Sazae-San and Doraemon. In fact, I am positive that some of you have watched, or at least heard of, these titles. Unlike the last two shows, these anime series contain deeper themes, more ‘intense’ moments, consistent plots, developing characters and even some sexual content. Yet, these shows are not all that popular overseas. Why? Well, part of it is the era when they first premiered. Both shows were stuck in the shadow of other series. Urusei Yatsura came out in the 80’s, a time when everyone was distracted by Dragonball, and Dragonball Z (especially in the West.) Not to mention, everyone was super excited about the rising director, Hayao Miyazaki. Detective Conan came out around the same time as Neon Genesis Evangelion. It just didn’t stand a chance. Not to mention, by this point, the anime industry had not yet become steadfast in other locations other than Japan. The people who were watching anime were too busy with shows like Evangelion. If Detective Conan and Urusei Yatsura had come out in different times, and gotten a little more exposure, there is a small chance that they would’ve had a larger fan base overseas.

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Popular Overseas


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With all that being said, there are some scenarios where certain anime are more popular overseas than in Japan. You should all know about Cowboy Bebop. Cowboy Bebop is one of the most popular and influential anime series ever. Some people even consider it to be a crime to have not seen it! It is one of those shows that is worth watching, even for non anime fans. You’d think it would be just as popular, if not even more popular, in Japan. Well, think again. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely has lots of hype in Japan. People do love it. It is an extremely successful series, throughout the entire world. It sold immensely in Japan, but now people just kind of have this ‘been there, done that’ sort of attitude towards it. Although it is still a huge inspiration behind most anime series to this date, people in Japan are just ‘moving on’ from it.

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The long running shounen series, One Piece, is the exact opposite. Let’s be honest, all members of the anime community have at least heard the name One Piece. People love it, and it is considered one of the best, if not the best, long running series out there. People overseas love it, but the hype is nothing compared to praise it is given in Japan. In America casual greetings include sayings like: “Hi, how are you today? The weather sure is nice, wouldn’t you agree?”. In Japan, this also applies, but it’s also like: “Hey, have you seen the new episode of One Piece, or read the latest manga chapter? What episode of One Piece are you on?” Okay, okay, that was an exaggeration. But honestly, Japan loves One Piece much, much more then places overseas in comparison. So if you’re a One Piece fan, I highly recommend you spend some time in Japan.


Competition


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Businesses are always competing with each other, and the anime industry is no different. Different series are always competing with each other for the attention of the target audience. Countries overseas (especially the West,) already have their classics, like ‘The Simpsons’ or ‘Modern Family’ so when it comes to target audiences, the anime industry is trying to sell shows like Clannad, Elfen Lied, Your Lie in April and Attack on Titan. Or, the shows that people overseas don’t already have. Those are the anime series most people across the ocean want to watch. That means shows like Sazae-San aren’t able to hold their own overseas They become beloved in Japan, but unheard of anywhere else. Anime has been able to weave itself into pop culture, as with Cowboy Bebop, or Attack on Titan. Countries overseas doesn’t need shows like Sazae-San when they already have shows like ‘The Partridge Family.’


Exposure


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Anime is still growing overseas and not many people have had a very rich exposure to it. The ‘hard core’ fans watch shows like Evangelion. But, some people who live somewhere other then Japan are not as lucky to be exposed to the same kind of series. Everyone overseas (especially in North America) knows what Pokémon is, and from there, they are introduced to different mainstream shows like, Dragonball Z, One Piece, Naruto, Fairy Tail, or even just Death Note. Therefore, they aren’t able to have a deep and rich experience as an anime fan. This is not a bad thing. These shows are great. It is just a shame because other shows, like Detective Conan, are not receiving all of the credit and recognition they deserve. This is another reason why some anime series are so unnoticed overseas.

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There are so many incredible anime series out there, making it impossible to watch them all. This means that different respective shows are going to be more popular than others. This is simply a fact. However, that doesn’t stop us from getting introduced to more and more anime series! Do research, listen to others opinions, make recommendations. Help the anime community grow. It will only further your knowledge and experience as an anime fan. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover an amazing, unheard of series, show it to your friends, and have bragging rights for being the first to find it… one of the best feelings in the world!

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Top 13 Best Naruto Games of All Time

The popularity of the Naruto franchise has created a whirlwind of Naruto game titles for different gaming systems. The continuous release of these Naruto games just goes to show how strong the fan base is and how popular the games are. Here’s a collection of 13 of the best Naruto games available.


Why are Naruto games so popular worldwide?


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Aside from the Dragon Ball series, Naruto and Naruto: Shippuuden seem to be the anime to beat when it comes to the number of video games released in recent years. The main appeal is being able to play as some of the most iconic characters from the story and a lot of the latest Naruto games do justice in representing the different arcs of Naruto’s story. Anime fighting games are also generally accepted and are one of the more popular genres of anime games in the mainstream market. Admittedly, it’s not hard to enjoy these types of games when you’re throwing out the most powerful techniques and special moves against one another.

Releases have slowed down somewhat in the last few years but they certainly do remain consistent. Here are some of the best Naruto games out there in the order of their original release dates.


Naruto: Clash of Ninja (2003)

Available for GameCube


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Nintendo’s GameCube was a remarkably powerful console. It was only fitting that Japanese arcade and fighting game developer, Eighting, tap into its capabilities. What is particularly impressive are the cel-shaded graphics which represent the source material incredibly well. Naruto has always been a visually vibrant manga and anime, and this is one of those Naruto games that doesn’t disappoint in this regard.

This may be a 2003 release, but it still holds up well today. The fighting moves of Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchica, Sakura Haruno, Kakashi Hatake and Rock Lee are replicated almost perfectly. The only downside is the limit of 10 playable characters. Considering how vast the Naruto universe is, this is a minor disappointment.

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Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2 (2003)

Available for GameCube


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A cool thing about Naruto games is that they are often improved with subsequent sequels. Eighting didn’t rest one bit before releasing a sequel to their Naruto game the very same year. This sequel is very similar to the first Naruto game, but with an upgraded roster of 22 playable characters.

If you could only choose one of the Naruto games from the Clash of Ninja series, I’d definitely recommend this one. It’s just a more refined and well-rounded package.

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Naruto Shippuden: Naruto vs Sasuke (2008)

Available for Nintendo DS


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Boys will boys, especially when it comes to these two stubborn ninjas. The Naruto Shippuden: Naruto vs. Sasuke game is from the Ninja Council series and focuses on the friendship and unbreakable bond of… well, yeah, Naruto and Sasuke. The gameplay of this Naruto game is similar to the prier releases from the series with a few minor updates. The sprites for the characters in this Naruto game, for instance, have been miniaturized, making it easier to see all the characters battling on the screen. Recently, there are very few Naruto games released with these old-fashioned sprites, so this type of gamestyle is pretty refreshing.

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Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm (2008)

Available for PS3


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Sony’s Playstation 3 was fortunate enough to receive an exclusive Naruto title. Ultimate Ninja Storm was created by CyberConnect2, a phenomenally good developer. They’re responsible for some incredibly cool games such as the .hack RPGs and Silent Bomber on the first PlayStation.

The added horsepower of the PS3 and CyberConnect2’s development skills would break Naruto out of the fighting game paradigm, at least to a certain extent. There is now a sizable free roaming environment to explore, very similar to what one would expect in most modern day JRPGs. There are plenty of side-missions to complete which add much to the longevity of the game.

Fighting is still a core element, with some epic boss-battles and amazing cel-shaded graphics that surpass the visual fidelity of all previous Naruto games.

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Naruto Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3

Available for Wii


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While the Naruto: Clash of Ninja series enjoyed various iterations, they only showcased minor improvements. In some cases, the character count would even be reduced as in Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution on the Wii, which only had 20 characters. Obviously, many Naruto game fans were let down by this.

Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 doesn’t only rectify this issue, but boasts a whopping 40 characters. Not only that, but the US version was localized in a relative short space of time. Western fans of Naruto games didn’t have to wait approximately 3 years, as was typical with the GameCube titles at that time.

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2

Available for PS3 & Xbox 360


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Once again, players can explore every nook and cranny of Konoha village. This time Xbox 360 owners were not left out, with a near identical version of the Naruto game made available for Microsoft’s console.

Everything from the first Ultimate Ninja Storm is available here, including 42 playable characters and an online component. Naturally, this increases replay value tenfold. If anything, this is possibly one of the more compelling games based on the Naruto franchise.

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Naruto Powerful Shippuden (2013)

Available for Nintendo 3DS


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All the other Naruto games that have been covered were mainly developed for consoles. Fortunately, handheld gamers are not left out in the cold. Namco Bandai saw fit to release a unique Naruto game for the Nintendo 3DS featuring over 100 story missions with you being able to customize a 4-man team to take on those missions.

Naruto Powerful Shippuden is a side-series the focuses on Naruto Uzumaki and Rock Lee as the two main characters. Furthermore, they’re now in super deformed forms which makes them even more cutesy and comical. The game employs a 2D side-scrolling viewpoint and, the play style shares a few similarities to Nintendo’s own ‘Super Smash Bros.’ series.

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (2013)

Available for Nintendo DS


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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is probably one of the most popular Naruto games available. Its fandom comes not only from its beautiful graphics and outstanding combat system, but also from its complex storyline that you can experience in Adventure Mode. This Naruto game has adapted tons of epic battle scenes and emotional moments from the series, and also features a few exclusive scenes that are a must watch for any hardcore Naruto fan!

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst

Available for PS3, Xbox 360, Windows


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There seems to be a noticeable trend with the Naruto games. They are developed for more platforms as the series matures. PC gamers are finally treated to a Naruto title for Windows. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly common for Japanese developers to support the PC in recent years, a very smart move.

Without a shadow of a doubt, this is one of the most feature-rich Naruto games in existence. Almost all the DLC from Naruto Shippuden: Utlimate Ninja Storm 3 is included. And the playable character count has increased to an incredibly generous 81, including 7 support characters. There are just not enough hours in the day for even the more hardcore Naruto fan to fully enjoy so much content.

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Naruto Online (2013)

Available for PC


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It was only a matter of time before we would see Naruto trying to enter the competitive market of Massive Multiplayer Online games (MMO). There have been a lot of iterations in the past but the latest try at bringing Naruto to PC would be Naruto Online. What people will probably like about this is that it is a web-based game so there’s no need to purchase any expensive PC parts or software. One problem however that you might encounter is language barriers as this Naruto game still has a long way to go for good translations.

The game itself tries to also go through the main story line of Naruto, and you’ll find yourself assembling a team of different ninja to fight with. Game mechanics are similar to many turn-based JRPGs.

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution (2014)

Available for Playstation 3, XBox 360, PC


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The Ultimate Ninja Storm series is probably the most accurate and most recommended series of Naruto games if you really want to immerse yourself in the ninja world. The latest iteration was just released last year and features a staggering 100 ninja line-up from the different eras in the anime. Playable characters include Madara Uchiha, Obito Uchiha, Naruto (Tailed-Beast mode), Kushina Uzumaki and many more. Bandai Namco does a great job of maintaining the feel of the previous installments with the addition of more features to make the game worth the investment.

This Naruto game has a lot of fan service and now features specials and techniques with two or more ninjas allowing coordinated attacks or just free-for-all mayhem. Probably the most appealing of all the features, especially for anime fans, is the addition of some untold stories within the game. You’ll be able to witness firsthand the creation of Akatsuki and the mysterious past of Itachi Uchiha. This Naruto game will probably keep you entertained for years to come!

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J-Stars Victory VS+ (2014)

Available for Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Playstation Vita


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J-Stars aims to answer the question of who’ll win during a fight between Naruto and Kurosaki Ichigo. J-Stars started out as a fan tribute game putting together a few of the biggest and most iconic anime characters in history. In VS + that roster even expanded to around 54 characters from a wide variety of series. You’ll find characters from Hunter X Hunter, Bleach, Yuu Yuu Hakusho, One Piece, Gintama, Toriko, Rurouni Kenshin, and of course Naruto (to name a few).

Fights feature destructible 3D environments as well as the possibility of having multiple characters in your team brawl against a star-studded roster. If you’re the type who follows a lot of anime, or if you want to watch Naruto and Sasuke fight against different heroes and villains from different universes, then you may like to give this Naruto game a try!

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Naruto Mobile (2015)

Available for Mobile Devices


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The juggernaut that is Tencent Games has recently released a Naruto game exclusively for the Chinese mobile market. Immediately apparent are the smoking hot visuals. These look almost identical to the console versions, which is very impressive for a mobile game. However, this is played from a 2D side view and touch controls have been carefully implemented.

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What does the future hold for Naruto games?


Tragically, the Naruto anime series has come to an end, but its legend lives on with this countless array of Naruto games! Hopefully we get even better Naruto games in the next few years!

Top 15 Funny Naruto Memes

Naruto is filled with a variety of themes such as action, comedy, romance and a bunch of other ninja stuff. That diversity makes it the perfect inspiration for memes! Below is a collection of 15 of the funniest Naruto memes available for you to enjoy!

The third best-selling series in the history of manga and a world renowned anime classic, Naruto is known for its variety of fun and interesting ninjas, as well as their unique techniques. The franchise has gained a massive amount of followers, who all happen to love the series so much that they can’t help but express their passionate feelings all over the internet… in the form of Naruto memes, of course.


The “kidnapper” Itachi


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Kidnapping someone like a boss!


Some reverse psychology


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Sasuke’s got to do what he has to do.


Tobi theories everywhere


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Insert Tobi is Obito/ Madara/ Danzo/ Kabuto/ Rin / Itachi/ Orochimaru / Kaguya / Zetsu theories here.


Itachi’s sad life story


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Sucks to be Itachi… somebody give this guy a cookie!


Fillers everywhere


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Aside from its action packed story, the Naruto series is also filled with a lot of filler arcs… and by a lot, I mean around 70% of the series.


Shot to the heart!


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Probably the reason why Kakashi is still single.


The person that Naruto loves the most is none other than…


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We all know Naruto loves his ramen the most!


Sasukeeee


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The answer is plain and simple: because the series would end earlier if he did!


Flashbacks every now and then


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And aside from the many filler arcs in the series, Naruto is also known for having a lot of flashbacks. And it keeps on happening over and over again, often with the same flashback scenes.


Wonder what Tobi sees while wearing his mask?


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He definitely needs another mask!


Orochimaru being Orochimaru


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We gotta give it to this guy!


What is under the mask?


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Only these lucky people know.. Even the ramen guy Teuchi is blushing!


Energy-saving mode


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Not that Shikamaru is lazy, he just likes to save his energy!


Orochimaru: So call me maybe


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Works every time!


Do you wanna build a sandcastle?


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Somebody bring this guy to the beach!


I hope you enjoyed these funny Naruto memes!

If you enjoy memes in general, please be sure to check out the Top 15 One Punch Man Memes and 15 Funny Attack on Titan Memes articles as well!

Top 25 Best Action Anime of All Time

Anime with heart-pumping action, nail-biting suspense, busty and trigger-happy female characters, not to mention wonderfully psychotic villains? Yes, please! You can find all that and more in the action genre. Let’s take a look at 25 of the best action anime that you are sure to love.

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Who doesn’t love a good action anime? With their violence, heart-pumping battle scenes, bad-ass weaponry, trigger happy psychopaths, and unique storylines, action anime series set us up for hours of entertainment. Here, in no particular order, are twenty-five action series known for being the best that anime has to offer.

All ranking information was taken on the date of publication.


Fairy Tail

MAL Rated 8.32, Ranked #193 | Aired Fall 2009 | Produced by A-1 Pictures and Satelight


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Fairy Tail is a 175 action/fantasy series that packs one hell of a powerful punch. With a plethora of fun characters and epic duels featuring all sorts of magic, Fairy Tail is a great series if you are looking for some good popcorn material! This long-form shounen anime has pleased fans for years.

Fairy Tail is the name of the anime as well as the mage guild that Natsu Dragneel and Lucy Heartfilia among others belong to. Watch as they accomplish missions in order to help others as well as raise the rank of their former top guild! Friendship and honor are central themes to this funny and heart-warming action series.


One Piece

MAL Rated 8.61, Ranked #61 | Aired Fall 1999 | Produced by Toei Animation


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A swashbuckling adventure featuring duels with supernatural powers, fun characters, voyages and tons of pirates, One Piece is one of the most popular anime series out there. It will certainly fulfill any action craving you have.

In a world covered by ocean water, Luffy is on a quest to find the One Piece, the lost treasure of the former King of Pirates. He’s not alone, of course. Every pirate in the world is searching for it! On Luffy’s search, he’ll gather a crew of ragtag teammates, each of which have their own dreams and goals!


Naruto / Naruto: Shippuuden

MAL Rated 7.79, Ranked #847 | Aired Fall 2002 | Produced by Studio Pierrot


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The long-running shounen series Naruto definitely deserves a spot on this list. Following the many adventures and misadventures of Naruto, a knuckle-headed ninja, and his ninja pals, viewers of this series are in for a fun viewing experience.

Problem student Naruto was never popular or talented as a ninja. That is, until he discovers the hidden power of the Nine-Tailed Fox sealed within him. Even though Naruto’s physical strength is due to the Fox, his true strong point is his bright personality and determination to be friends with everyone. Will he achieve his dream of becoming the leader of the Fire Village of ninjas? And can he protect his friends from the countless evils that threaten to destroy all he has? Find out in what is arguably the most famous anime internationally (besides Pokemon, of course).


Dragon Ball Z

MAL Rated 8.32, Ranked #192 | Aired Spring 1989 | Produced by Toei Animation


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Want to watch a show with an ’80s vibe? Look no further! Dragonball Z is all the right kinds of cheese, featuring amazing fights, power ups, and… SUPER SAIYANS!

Son Gokuu is a character inspired by the Monkey King of classic Chinese literature. The similarities between Dragon Ball Z and Journey to the West end there, however. Son Gokuu is an alien, the last of the Saiyans. Now he lives on Earth, and must protect his new home planet from the various dangers that befall it, ranging from other aliens to even gods!


Hunter x Hunter 2011

MAL Rated 9.15, Ranked #5 | Aired Fall 2011 | Produced by Madhouse


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Hunter x Hunter has action, great characters and even scenes that will pull at your heartstrings. Each episode will have you laughing, crying, or biting your nails during great action scenes!

Gon was raised by his aunt, and believed he was an orphan for so long. One day, he comes across a Hunter, a sort of freelance adventurer, who tells Gon that not only was Ging, his father, alive, but he was a world-famous Hunter. Determined to find his dad, Gon decides to take the Hunter examination and travel the world.


Samurai Champloo

MAL Rated 8.50, Ranked #101 | Aired Spring 2004 | Produced by Manglobe


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Time for some good, old fashioned samurai swordsmanship with Samurai Champloo! When two very skilled, yet diametrically opposed samurais cross paths, circumstances force them to embark on a quest together. Let’s just say that if you are looking for a series about the power of love and friendship… then this series is probably not for you.

Mugen, Jin, and Fuu are a bit of an unexpected team. Mugen and Jin cross swords the first time they meet. Fuu is the young waitress of a teashop with a mysterious request for the two violent vagabonds: find the samurai who smells of sunflowers. They’ll travel Japan in search of this mysterious person, leaving a lot of bodies in their wake.


Soul Eater

MAL Rated 8.12, Ranked #389 | Aired Spring 2008 | Produced by Bones


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No other series has been able to incorporate awesome characters, music, story, battles and a Halloween-like, yet cheery premise as well as Soul Eater. Admit it, after watching this series everyone was stuck sitting in front of their couch wishing they could wield a scythe with the same precision and accuracy as Maka Albarn. Soul Eater helped define a genre of action anime; it is a classic all anime fans should take the time to watch.

Death City, Nevada is home to a school of weapon wielders and weapons, Death Academy. The human weapon and wielder partners learn here how to synchronize, and accomplish various missions for the Death God. In order to transform the weapon partners into Death Scythes worthy of being wielded by the Death God himself, the teams must hunt down 99 bad humans and one witch in that exact order for their souls. Will Maka and Soul succeed, or will they be bested by their teammates or enemies?


Fullmetal Alchemist

MAL Rated 8.36, Ranked #174 | Aired Fall 2003 | Produced by Bones


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Fullmetal Alchemist not only has tons of amazing action scenes, but also contains fun, memorable characters, tear-jerking scenes and beautiful music. This is a must watch anime series for anime fans alike.

Set in a land where alchemy is considered a highly skilled profession, Fullmetal tells the story of two brothers who live every day repaying for their childhood mistake. They forgot the greatest rule in alchemy: equivalent exchange. In the aftermath of their botched attempt at reviving their dead mother, Ed lost an arm and a leg, and Al lost his entire body. They hear that a mysterious stone named the Philospher’s Stone can solve all their problems, and so begins their adventure in an attempt to restore what was lost.


Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)

MAL Rated 8.85, Ranked #21 | Aired Fall 2006 | Produced by Sunrise


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Code Geass is an amazing series that incorporates supernatural ability, action, and moral messages. It is a mecha/action anime series done right.

In this alternate future, the world is ruled by three factions: the Holy Britannian Empire, the Chinese Federation, and the European Union. Lelouch, prince of the Brittannian Empire, made a vow to his childhood friend Suzaku to bring down the Empire, only to find that as adolescents they end up on opposite sides.


Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (Gurren Lagann)

MAL Rated 8.81, Ranked #25 | Aired Spring 2007 | Produced by Gainax


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Gurren Lagann is an anime featuring epic battles, controversial characters, humor, and… busty female leads? Yes, please! Gurren Lagann is probably one of the more entertaining on this list, and is not something you should miss.

Digging is the only way of life Simon knows-humans have been forced underground by the tyrant King Lordgenome, who guns down any who dare poke their heads to the surface. Simon spends the first 14 years of his life going further and further underground until a red-haired girl named Yoko crashes down, fighting several enemy Gunmen. Seeing the sky for the first time, Simon is determined to never again hide away, and fights for the right to live under the sun.


Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan

MAL Rated 8.44, Ranked #128 | Aired Winter 1996 | Produced by Studio Deen and Studio Gallop


Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan

It shouldn’t be much of a surprise by now that there are plenty of anime series featuring assassins, samurais, and martial artists. Some of these series are hit and miss, but not Rurouni Kenshin. This is an extremely entertaining series that every action anime fan should watch.

Kenshin Himura is determined never to kill again, despite being a wandering samurai. He wields an unsharpened blade so that he may fight without death. Discover his dark past and watch his path to atonement in this hit period action series!


Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

MAL Rated 8.64, Ranked #55 | Aired Spring 2013 | Produced by Production I.G and Wit Studio


Attack on Titan, Shingeki no Koyjin

Attack on Titan took the anime community by storm. It definitely deserves credit for being one of the best anime series within the past five years. Amazing battle equipment, badass soldiers, cliff-hangers, and some pretty epic sparring matches, this is a truly superb action series.

In a world terrorized by giant man-eating humanoids known as titans, mankind hides behind gargantuan walls in constant fear. The only way they have to fight back against the Titans is the military. Eren Yeager, who witnessed the death of his family and friends as a child, is determined to fight back in the only way he can: by joining the service! Little did he know: the story behind the Titans are much more convoluted than they appear.


Noir

MAL Rated 7.44, Ranked #1722 | Aired Spring 2001 | Produced by Bee Train and Victor Entertainment


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This anime series centers around a young woman who just happens to be a professional assassin. Noir seems like a pretty straight forward series doesn’t it? That is where you are wrong. The series actually has a deeper, more complicated plot. When given the time, Noir proves to be a show that is both interesting and action-packed. What more could you possibly ask for?

The assassin duo of Mireille Bouquet and amnesiac Yuumura Kirika are known to the public as Noir. Together, they try to uncover Kirika’s past, and discover why it has so many connections with Mireille’s. This is all complicated, however, by the shady organization named Les Soldats…


Cowboy Bebop

MAL Rated 8.83, Ranked #22 | Aired Spring 1998 | Produced by Sunrise


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Cowboy Bebop is known as one of the greatest anime series of all time. It excels in absolutely every area imaginable, and the action is no exception. The fight scenes can range from badass to comical to stomach-dropping. If you have not watched Cowboy Bebop, then you are depriving yourself of one of the best experiences out there.

In 2071, humans have moved off the now unfit-for-life planet Earth and onto the other non-gaseous planets of the Solar System. The ragtag crew of the spaceship Bebop travel the stars on various missions!


Baccano!

MAL Rated 8.58, Ranked #67 | Aired Summer 2007 | Produced by Brains Base


Baccano!

Baccano! is a grossly underrated action anime that fits right in with all of the other great series on this list! Fully equipped with an outstanding set of characters, storyline, action theme and overall jazzy style, Baccano! is a great choice if you are looking for a good, old-style action anime series.

This is a tale of eternal life gone awry: a group of alchemists is given the elixir of eternal life by a demon, and most of them agree to let the secret die with them so that no one becomes immortal. All but one member, that is. This alchemist goes on to recreate this elixir, which subsequently falls into the wrong hands. The path of wreckage left by this immortality elixir is international.


Claymore

MAL Rated 7.95, Ranked #584 | Aired Spring 2007 | Produced by Madhouse


claymore

Claymore is another fantasy/action anime, but unlike Fairy Tail, it is filled with intensity, demons, sword fighting, and, well… lots of death!

In a land infested by man-eating yoma, only half-yoma half-human hybrid warriors can defend the humans. Feared by all due to their half-yoma nature and distinctive appearance, the all-woman army known as the Organization, but more often called Claymores, or Silver-eyed Witches, travel across the land to sniff out the yoma who often pose as regular humans.
Clare is the weakest of all the Claymores, possessing only 1/4th yoma blood, as opposed to the usual 1/2. She rescues a young human male, and takes him on her travels.


Deadman Wonderland

MAL Rated 7.56, Ranked #1329 | Aired Spring 2011 | Produced by Manglobe


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If you’re looking for an action anime with over-the-top graphics, a beyond entertaining plot, and psychotic, messed up characters, Deadman Wonderland is the series for you. Trust me when I tell you, it will leave you wanting more.

Ganta is on death row in Japan’s private half-prison half-theme park, Deadman Wonderland. In order to receive the antidote to the poison injected into him via his collar, he must perform various tasks to entertain the park-goers. The problem is, he isn’t even guilty!


Guilty Crown

MAL Rated 7.88, Ranked #697 | Aired Fall 2011 | Produced by Production I.G


guilty crown

In Guilty Crown, after a tragic outbreak of a disease known as the “Apocalypse Virus”, one boy has obtained special powers and hopes to help restore Japan to the way it once was before it was taken over by an organization known as GHQ. This action anime is filled with thrilling scenes that will literally take your breath away!


Fate/stay night

MAL Rated 7.62, Ranked #1182 | Aired Winter 2006 | Produced by Studio Deen


fate/stay night saber

Another fantasy/action anime, you say? Alright then! Fate/stay night is one of those highly addictive, highly entertaining anime series that you just can’t get enough of. Probably one of the best aspects of the entire show is the action! The battle scenes are some of the most epic in the history of anime; the execution of them, as well as the outstanding animation, is unmatched.


Berserk

MAL Rated 8.35, Ranked #178 | Aired Fall 1997 | Produced by Oriental Light and Magic


berserk

Berserk is an anime classic that you can’t really avoid seeing, action anime fan or not. With epic sword fights, compelling characters, and glorious ’90s gore, Berserk is one of the best action anime ever.


Black Lagoon

MAL Rated 8.20, Ranked #293 | Aired Spring 2006 | Produced by Madhouse


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Ah, Black Lagoon. A show featuring modern day pirates, Black Lagoon is another one of the best action anime series available. With outrageous, yet amazing action scenes, foul, yet entertaining language, and kick-ass characters, Black Lagoon is one heck of a thrill ride! Of course, I have to mention Revy, the trigger-happy femme fatale, who truly ties the entire series together.


Stranger: Mukou Hadan (Sword of the Stranger)

MAL Rated 8.44, Ranked #129 | Aired Fall 2007 | Produced by Bones


Stranger: Mukou Hadan

As the only movie on this list, Sword of the Stranger is certainly able to hold its own! With all of the positive feedback it’s received, this 1 hour and 40 minute film is sure to satisfy your action cravings. Young Kotaro is on the run from Ming Dynasty Chinese warriors who are hell-bent on taking his life. But why?


Psycho-Pass

MAL Rated 8.55, Ranked #82 | Aired Fall 2012 | Produced by Production I.G


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Psycho-Pass takes place in a future where the government is literally inside your head! You had better not even think about committing a crime. With an interesting setting, characters and weaponry, this action anime is not to be missed.

New Inspector Akane Tsunemori works with Enforcers, those who have been determined through psychologic evaluation to be latent criminals. They are mistrusted and feared in this world, where “mental stability” determines everything. But just how effective is this method of determining sanity, and does sanity equal morality?


Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

MAL Rated 8.19, Ranked #311 | Aired Spring 2009 | Produced by Bee Train and Genco


phantom: requiem for the phantom

Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom is a great anime series for anyone seeking out a total thrill ride. Filled with gunshots, assassinations, and violence, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom is the perfect action series.


One Punch Man

MAL Rated 9.07, Ranked #10 | Aired Fall 2015 | Produced by Madhouse


One Punch Man battle action

This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning One Punch Man! This very recent comedy/action anime series is one of the highlights of the past anime season. Fans of the action genre should definitely give One Punch Man a shot… or at least one punch!

Saitama became determined to be a superhero after experiencing the thrill of fighting an evil baddy. He puts himself on a training regimen, only to lost all of his hair and accidentally become the strongest human who ever walked the Earth. It’s actually a problem-he doesn’t get to experience any heart-pounding fights, as any conflict with Saitama ends with a very standard punch.

Top 15 Anime Filler Episodes Worth Watching

Anime filler episodes can make you laugh, cry, fall in love, feel angry, or impact you in some other way. Although they are not connected to the main storyline, these bonus episodes will engulf you in an ocean of different emotions. Come check out this list of 15 of the best anime filler episodes!


Do you usually watch anime filler?


There are anime filler scenes that are funny, heartwarming and informative, and then there are those that have absolutely nothing to offer at all. Some can make you wish you never bothered watching them and some can make you long for more. Here are some of the most outstanding anime fillers in existence!
Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here are happy and Erza from Fairy Tail!


Naruto

Episode 101 – “Gotta See! Gotta Know! Kakashi-Sensei’s True Face!”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here is Kakashi-Sensei's famous Naruto anime filler!

This has got to be one of the best anime filler episodes of all time. Everyone who has watched the series is sure to have asked this question at least once: What exactly is Kakashi hiding behind that mask? In this funny anime filler, his curious pupils find “creative” ways to get their answer. Whether they were successful or not, you’re going to have to watch it for yourself to find out!


Kyoukai no Kanata (Beyond the Boundary)

Episode 6 – “Shocking Pink”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here are Mirai, Akihito, Mitsuki, Hiroomi from Kyoukai no Kanata!

These idol wannabes are really desperate to get their revenge on the youmu that drenched them with potent stench. The only way to get near them is to distract them with a song and some killer dance moves, of course.


Fairy Tail

Episode 19 – “Changeling”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here is the cute protagonist Natsu from Fairy Tail!

This is one of the best anime filler episodes worth watching mainly because, well, it’s hilarious. The title of the episode, “Changeling”, is actually a spell that switched the bodies of Grey and Lucy, Happy and Erza, and Natsu and Loke. Happy isn’t just happy, he’s also extremely lucky!


Full Metal Alchemist

Episode 4 – “A Forger’s Love”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here are Alphonse and Edward from Full Metal Alchemist!

The brothers meet the forger who has lingering affection towards the only woman he ever loved. Everyone thought she died, but she returned 20 years later, no longer young and beautiful. The forger could not accept the truth even on the verge of death. This is one of the anime filler episodes that will make you sad and mad, all at once.


Hunter X Hunter

Episode 13 – “Letter from Gon”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here's Gon's letter in a famous Hunter x Hunter anime filler!

Gon’s aunt received a letter recounting Gon’s great adventures as well as his wonderful friends. He told his aunt that he is prepared to face the obstacles because he wants to become a hunter just like his father.


Cardcaptor Sakura

Episode 40 – “Sakura and the Sakura from the Dream”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here are Sakura, Shaoran, Meiling, Tomoyo from Cardcaptor Sakura!

In this episode, a Clow card trapped Sakura in a dream. Luckily Shaoran spotted it and immediately pinned it with his magical sword. Sakura practically turned into a Sleeping Beauty (minus the enchanted kiss). Most anime filler scenes of Cardcaptor Sakura are about the Clow cards that were not included in the original manga.


Inuyasha

Episode 6 – “The Suspicious Faith Healer and the Black Kirara”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here's Kirara from Inuyasha!

This episode proved once again that good always triumphs over evil. The suspicious faith healer successfully deceived most of the villagers, but the black kirara stopped him. Of course Inuyasha and the gang gave a helping hand.


Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS (Sailor Moon SuperS)

Episode 137- “Forest of Illusion! Invitation of a Beautiful Fairy”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here is Fisheye from Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS!

Chibiusa became friends with Kitakata, an artist with a sheer fascination for fairies. Fish Eye developed an obsession to Kitakata, and he decided to turn himself into a gorgeous fairy to seduce the artist.


Beelzebub

Episode 11 – “There Was Something Money Couldn’t Buy”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here are Oga and Beel from Beelzebub!

In this anime filler episode, Himekawa tried his best to carry out his revenge against Oga, although he ended up just spending all his money for nothing. When hunger finally struck him, Kanzaki gave him a yogurt drink. It made him realize that no amount of money could buy the kindness that was extended to him.


Dragon Ball Z

Episode 288 – “You’re Late, Goku! Everyone Party!!”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here's Goku from Dragon Ball Z!

Well, this episode is all about having a fun day with friends and family. Goku might always be late, but he’s definitely the star of the show!


Tennis no Ouji-sama (Prince of Tennis)

Episode 40 – “A Duel in the Rain”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here's Ryoma Echizen from Tennis no Ouji-sama or Prince of Tennis!

The cute expression of wet and injured Ryoma melted hearts of fans worldwide. This is just one of the many anime filler episodes of the popular Prince of Tennis series.


Detective Conan (Meitantei Conan)

Episode 795 – “The Secret of the Missing Young Lady”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here are Jun and Yuri from Detective Conan!

What happened to the young lady? Someone saw her being carried away to the backseat of the car while unconscious? Here comes Conan to the rescue!


Bleach

Episode 339 – “Protect Ichigo! The Bonds of Friends!”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here are Ichigo and Yushima from Bleach!

In this anime filler episode, Ichigo is neither a Shinigami, nor a full Hollow. His enemy, Yushima, is about to slay him when his friends come to his rescue.


Claymore

Episode 25 – “For Whose Sake”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here is Clare from Claymore!

A battle between Clare and Priscilla takes place in the core of the active volcano. Clare, in her partially awakened form, is still no match for Priscilla and she is aware of it. Clare is willing to risk it all, and for whose sake?


Tsubasa Chronicle

Episode 30 – “Sorrowful Miracle”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here are Syaoran and Sakura from Tsubasa Chronicle!

Life is too precious to waste and everyone should be grateful to be alive. A life lost is impossible to regain.


And there you have it – 15 of the greatest anime filler episodes available! We hope you enjoyed them!

Top 20 Funny Anime Memes of All Time

Memes are one of the best ways to have a quick giggle (or laugh hysterically) when browsing the Internet. Here are a mix of new and old anime memes!


Anime memes: Sit back, relax, and get ready to laugh!


Anime LaughAh, memes. The quickest way to bring a smile to your face while browsing the internet. Their photos and added quotes are frequently very relatable and hilarious to stumble upon, which is why so many of them are produced every single year. And by many, we mean thousands. Even if you haven’t seen all of the anime that are present on the list, the mere fact that you are part of the anime community is enough for you to understand the gist of the jokes. They are free for anyone to make and laugh at, but as is the case with most creative expressions, there is always a top list of the best ones of the year.


Here is our choice for 20 of the best anime memes!


Getting rid of unwanted company


Accel World: Kuroyukihime meme

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Accel World’s Kuroyukihime speaks for many of us who understand that sometimes words just don’t work over the Internet. Way too many people feel that they have the right to hurt others online with their comments, so it would certainly come useful if at times a kawaii fist could knock some sense into them.


It’s a serious story, I swear!


Shingeki no Kyojin meme

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If you’ve seen Shingeki no Kyojin then you know how dark and creepy the story is. However, there are moments when people walk in on your watching anime at the worst possible moment! This meme shows the awkward moments when your anime just happens to have an ecchi scene!


Get some perspective!


Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal: Usagi Tsukino, Mamoru Chiba meme

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The Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal series has been magical, in its own way, but leave it to Usagi Tsukino, the cat whisperer, to spend time and power on a very vague idea. As this meme points out, it really is hilarious that she would go on such a risky mission because of a few words from a cute cat. But it’s ok Usagi-chan, we know you got there in the end.


Getting rid of bad clouds


Kuroshitsuji: Sebastian Michaelis mem

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Leave it to Kuroshitsuji to speak words of wisdom in dark times. When there are negative people around you who want to suck your energy away, think of Sebastian Michaelis and whoosh them away! Seriously, do it. Life will be easier.


Once you’re hooked…


Free!: Haruka Nanase, Nagisa Hazuki meme

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When you’re hooked on a certain anime, or anime in general, it becomes exceptionally difficult to get back to your normal daily routine and get stuff done after you’ve finished a binge. Free! was one of the most popular anime of 2015, so what better way to show how stressful it is to balance between real life and the 2D one than this GIF?


Creepy confessions


Tokyo Ghoul meme

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It’s tempting to copy the Tokyo Ghoul style cracking of your own bones in times of rage, but although it may look ‘cool’ on some levels, try not to do this, because it’s not actually good for you. Still, it does look like you are about to do some serious damage.


All According to Plan


Death Note: Light "Kira, God of the New World" Yagami meme

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Nothing happens by accident when it comes to Death Note. Even when unexpected twists happen, ni the end, it’s all according to plan! This meme comes from the infamous silly fansubs “just according to keikaku” (note: keikaku means plan).


Nyooooooo!


Pokemon: Pikachu meme

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On a lighter note, when your favourite snack is suddenly gone, no other Pokemon can explain the despair as well as Pikachu!


Seriously, why?


One Piece: Sanji meme

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Cigarettes are often used to represent badass characters, but c’mon, make it realistic and have him cough a little!


One word to rule them all.


One Punch Man: Saitama meme

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One Punch Man is such good meme fodder. No other face explains “I am so done with this” better than One Punch Man, Saitama.


“Can you not?!”


Free!: Haruka Nanase meme

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Free!‘s Haruka Nanase: “Can you move? You’re blocking the beauty of the ocean.”


Naughty.


Fairy Tail: Natsu Dragneel, Lucy Heartfilia meme

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Well, certainly not the worst way to go in Fairy Tail. Anime memes often point out the excellent plot in shounen.


Me IRL


Lucky☆Star: Konata Izumi meme

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This meme is all of us: a day in the life of a passionate anime fan, as portrayed by Lucky☆Star‘s Konata Izumi.


The phrase that wouldn’t go away.


Cardcaptor Sakura: Sakura Kinomoto meme

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Cardcaptor Sakura is very cute, and she is the most frequent portrait accompanying this phrase. The “Senpai noticed me!” meme may well be the most used anime phrase ever.


Noooo!


Noragami: Yato, Yukine, Hiyori Iki meme

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This meme speaks the truth: Never. EVER. reveal spoilers! It shocks fans just as much as it shocks Noragami‘s Yato!!!


Ugh.


Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Minako Aino meme

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The irony of life as presented by Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon‘s Minako Aino.


This is why we look forward to holidays.


Naruto: Shippuuden: Naruto Uzumaki meme

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Tell it how it is, Naruto!!!


Push it to the limits!


Dragon Ball Z: Vegeta meme over 9000

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This Dragon Ball Z meme never gets old! It’s one of the best ways to express high tension.


Get deeper.


anime meme iceberg meme

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There’s always so much more and yet so little time in the anime!


And as a final goodbye and wishing you a wonderful New Year!


Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru: Itsuki Inubouzaki meme

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A slightly misspelled show of support from Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru‘s Itsuki Inubouzaki!

Have a wonderful 2016!

Top 15 Best Abridged Anime: A Bridge To Laughter

A collection of 15 animes that fans have been gathered, created, and edited by anime fans for anime fans. NSFW Warning: many of these anime abridged series contain crude humor.


What is an abridged anime?


Abridging something means to shorten it, cutting out the less important bits to summarize the main plotlines. This was a popular practice for many older novels, like The Count of Monte Cristo. It was not originally meant to be used for comedic purposes, however. Abridged parodies arguably started in 1987 with the play “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)”, and the first anime abridged series started in 2006 when LittleKuriboh of Team Four Star had an idea. If others were doing these shorter, funnier versions of TV shows, plays, etc., why not do it with Yu☆Gi☆Oh! as well?
After its release, the abridged madness began, and the concept caught on like wildfire. From just one abridged series in 2006, it has grown into a recognized genre in itself with hundreds of variations on hundreds of anime. Ranging from quick and clever to downright dirty, here are some of abridged series that are worth a look. There are actually very few abridged series that require previous knowledge of the anime to enjoy; however it is encouraged to understand all the humor as there are some references and “inside jokes” within the original series. None of these are safe for work, which means if you have children, please tell them to go outside.


Come check out 15 of the best abridged anime!


Rail Whores!


Rail Whores
This one shot abridged series parodies Nihon Kokuyuu Tetsudou Kouantai (Rail Wars). The creator even states within the description on YouTube, “I have no idea what this anime is about,” as the creator makes various references to pop culture.


Mysterious Girlfriend X Abridged


Mysterious Girlfriend X
The original ecchi anime makes fun of Nazo no Kanojo X (Mysterious Girlfriend X) about two young people’s interesting relationship. The creator, MGXAbridged, sticks mostly to the anime’s main plot and delivers all the humor through the unique gender-bending talents of the voice actors.


Sailor Moon Abridged


Sailor Moon Abridged
The creators were inspired to poke fun at Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon through their editing choices and great exaggerations of the Sailor Scouts contribute to this comedy, especially with their transition scenes.


Null Metal Alchemist


NullMetal Alchemist
Called Null Metal Alchemist on YouTube, this abridged series parodies Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (Fullmetal Alchemist) and is a worthy watch for anyone, even more so for fellow FMA followers.


Attack on Titan Abridged


Attack on Titan Abridged

This abridged series of Shingeki no Kyojin by Team Four Star has been the one with the most views out of the variations available. At time of research there was only one episode and is on indeterminable hiatus. A shame, because its production value and humor are of titanic proportions!


Pokémon ‘Bridged


Pokemon ‘Bridged
From the pages of people’s youth, if anyone remembers a thing about the original Pokemon, it does not mean much now with this abridged series of Pokémon.


Seven Deadly Schmucks!


Seven Deadly Schmucks

Based off Nanastu no Taizai (Seven Deadly Sins), this abridged series features over-the-top voice acting and on-point editing for this new-comer anime.


Hellsing Abridged


Hellsing Abridged

This is another abridged series inspired by Hellsing Ultimate by Team Four Star. The copious amounts of creative insults and cursing accompany the equally copious amounts of violence. It makes itself such a treat to watch.


Sword Art Online Abridged


Sword Art Online (SAO) Abridged

This abridged series turns Kirito of the original Sword Art Online into someone with a complete disregard for others, which inspires rather comical situations and interactions with the other players, even more so with Asuna.


Naruto Abridged and The Naruto Abridged Comedy Spoof Series


Naruto Abridged
The Naruto Abridged Comedy Spoof Series
There are two different versions of this Naruto Abridged series: the older one (uploaded in 2006) titled “Naruto Abridged” and the younger one (uploaded in 2009) titled “Naruto Spoof” created by LittleKuriboh of Team 4 Star. Both are hilarious, but notable in the first one is a lengthy reference to Pokemon.


Akame ga Kill! Abridged!


Akame ga Kill Abridged

This abridged series of Akame ga Kiru! (Akame ga Kill!) explores the dark fantasy in a new light featuring random antics, a creative way of announcing the disclaimer, and some interesting innuendo (if you want to call it that).


Tokyo Ghoul Abridged


Tokyo Ghoul Abridged

Like Hellsing Ultimate Abridged, this abridged series is full of colorful language and equally colorful character interpretations. A great one for those Tokyo Ghoul followers.


None Piece


None Piece

Also a member of Team Four Star, PurpleEyesWTF created the One Piece parody, called None Piece. It’s quick, so it is quite possible to miss something.


Dragon Ball Z Abridged


Dragon Ball Z Abridged

One of Team Four Star’s earliest hits to the abridged series scene, this Dragon Ball Z parody has lasted throughout the years – and for good reason. With its large following, fans keep asking for more.


YGOTAS (Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Serious)


Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged

The progenitor of abridged series in general and the beginning of it all. What inspired the LittleKuriboh to do the abridged series was simply the premise of Yu-Gi-Oh! itself: grown adults playing a children’s card game with unreal consequences to their actions. He thought that alone makes the show fair game to be poked at.

15 Best Anime Games of All Time: Writer’s Picks

There have been some fantastic anime games over the years! Great anime games not only correctly portray the characters and the setting of their source anime, but are also exciting to play! Here are 15 of the best anime games in existence that anime fans and gamers alike should check out!


Bayonetta

Based on Bayonetta: Bloody Fate | Released on October 29, 2009 | Available for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U


Bayonetta is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

A fantastic anime game that gives you the powers of the Umbra Witch Bayonetta as she defeats angels, upgrades her powers, and goes through very well-developed scenery and scary environments. The actual play is very smooth, well-paced, and makes it easy to control the movements of the character. Nothing has been censored in the nudity and death area either, so although it may be a little strong for some players, for others, it will be a fantastic play of the original animated film. This is one of those classic anime games that you should play at least once in your lifetime.


DmC: Devil May Cry

Based on Devil May Cry | Released on January 15, 2013 | Available for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One


DmC: Devil May Cry is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Devil May Cry!

Fans of the famous Devil May Cry series were not disappointed when the anime game adaptation came out in the full glory of the original story! The game has been further developed with new settings and fantastic battle play. Additionally, the fact that Dante was born from a demon and an angel has been further used in the game by giving him the ability to call powers from both sides. The M-rated label on the game gives additional relief to fans who were worried that the game might turn out to be a ‘softer’ version of the original anime (something that happens a lot with anime games), which luckily hasn’t been the case.


Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3

Followed by Persona 3 the Movie 1: Spring of Birth | Released on July 13, 2006 | Available for PS2, PSP


Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Persona 3 the Movie 1: Spring of Birth!

The Persona 3 anime game was later developed into the Persona 3 the Movie 1: Spring of Birth movie. Why? Because it is one of the most awesome anime games ever! As you take control of the lead character, 17 year-old Makoto “Minato Arisato” Yuuki, you fight your way against the Shadow enemy to save those who suffer from their attacks. Battle through the difficulty of everyday school life, managing the dorm, and oh yes, fighting the evil Shadows!


Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3

Based on Dragon Ball Z | Released on November 16, 2004 | Available for PS2


Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3 is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Dragon Ball Z

A jam-packed, high action anime game that combines the characters from Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, and DBZ movies into a new fighting tournament. Choose your favourite character, fight your way through points, levels and power-ups, and remind yourself once again why Dragon Ball Z is so well-known! Once you are happy with your character, you can share them online with others and broaden your fighting range even more.


Naruto: Rise of a Ninja

Based on Naruto | Released on October 30, 2007 | Available for Xbox 360


Naruto: Rise of a Ninja is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Naruto

A great time to follow up on a great series! Take Naruto through all the adventures and trials that he has had to face in the anime, and enjoy the wonderful story along the way. The game includes all the famous characters that have left a mark on the original anime, has awesome fighting music, and very powerful replicas of the original jutsus. Out of all the Naruto anime games, this has got to be one of the most popular!


Bleach: Dark Souls

Based on Bleach | Released on February 15, 2007 | Available for Nintendo DS


Bleach: Dark Souls is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Bleach

One heck of a fighter game based on the original series! Play free-for-all, one-on-one, or tag matches and go “Ban-KAI!” as you fight with both the good guys and villains. Upgrade your favourite character to the max, switch between other characters and enjoy the fight scenes and battle music!


Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Based on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex | Released on March 4, 2004 | Available for PSP, PS2


Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Section 9 must take out all terrorists as you choose between Motoko “Major” Kusanagi, Batou, Togusa or Saito. Complete missions, get new weapons, and play with up to 4 players in one of the most exciting anime games ever!


Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn

Based on Mobile Suit Gundam 00 | Released on August 28, 2007 | Available for PS2, PS3, Xbox 360


Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Mobile Suit Gundam 00

Pilot the Mobile Suits through many of the original scenarios and defeat enemies as you upgrade your weapons and Mobile Suits throughout the game. As an additional bonus, you can also operate new Mobile Suits that you can unlock throughout the game. A fantastic take on the original series and one that is full of action and adventure.


Tales of Phantasia

Followed by Tales of Phantasia The Animation | Released on December 15, 1995 | Available for Super Famicom, PSP, Game Boy Advance, iOS


Tales of Phantasia is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Tales of Phantasia The Animation

Uncover the past of your world and try to mend all the wrongs as you play the character of Cless Alvein as well as additional characters from the story. Switch between characters, create chain attacks and share your progress with others in this lovely RPG anime game.


One Piece: Grand Battle!

Based on One Piece | Released on March 17, 2005 | Available for PS2, Game Cube


One Piece: Grand Battle! is one of the greatest anime games and is based on One Piece

This anime game is a great portrayal of the world-famous anime One Piece that still tops all the charts in Japan! 16 characters and 6 game play modes are more than enough to experience the thrill of being a pirate! One piece anime games all tend to have good sales, but this title has some of the best reviews.


Afro Samurai

Based on Afro Samurai | Released on January 27, 2009 | Available for PS3, Xbox 360


Afro Samurai is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Afro Samurai

Live the life of Afro Samurai as you slash your way through enemies as you avenge your father and become the best! A hip hop style to a traditional Japanese warrior with new backgrounds and great music.


Pokemon White Version 2

Followed by Pokemon XY | Released on June 23, 2012 | Available for Nintendo DS


Pokemon White Version 2 is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Pokemon

The Pokemon anime games are a plenty, but this one has received special praise for its new adventure and cool expanded repackaging. There may be many Pokemon anime games to choose from, but this one would give you quite the thrill if you are new to the franchise.


Yu-Gi-Oh! The Eternal Duelist Soul

Based on Yu☆Gi☆Oh! | Released on July 5, 2001 | Available for Nintendo Game Boy Advance


Yu-Gi-Oh! The Eternal Duelist Sou is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Yu☆Gi☆Oh!

Hailed as the best representation of the official card game, this anime game will take you through the world of Yu☆Gi☆Oh! and all the duels that the anime was so famous for! Collect cards, level up, and defeat enemies through skill and tactic!


Battle Stadium D.O.N.

Based on Dragon Ball Z, One Piece and Naruto | Released on July 20, 2006 | Available for Nintendo GameCube, PS2


Battle Stadium D.O.N. is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, One Piece

If one awesome anime game isn’t enough for you, then what about combining the Japan’s Top 3 into one massive fighting anime game! Choose your favourite character from the three series and guide them through the game as you kick butt, power up and change your character’s form by gaining more energy!


Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth

Based on Digimon Adventure | Released on March 12, 2015 | Available for PS4, Play Station Vita


Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Digimon Adventure

Hold tight to your Digimon Adventure companions as you fight against the hackers who are causing havoc in the world. A wonderful adventure game based on the original series with additional scenarios, levels and a great story-line!

5 Types of Anime that Every Anime Lover should Know by Heart

Long time anime fans know the different types of anime by heart, sure, but how about newer fans? Anime types are very difficult to research on your own. This article is especially dedicated to those newbies who want to know more about them to delve deeper into the complex medium.

Shounen, shoujo, seinen, josei, and kodomomuke (kids) – these are the five basic types of anime. Think of them as labels, each with a specific demographic or target audience. You may be familiar with your favorite anime type, but what about the rest?


Shounen Anime


Ehren, Colosus, types of anime, Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

Shounen literally means “few years” when translated in English, and typically refers to young boys in their adolescent years. Shounen anime target adolescent male viewers and the usual story lines tackle the interests of most males around that age.

A lot of shounen anime have at least one young male as a hero. However, there are also contemporary shounen anime with female protagonists who are often beautiful. There’s adventure, high-action, fighting, and sometimes super powers. There could be an element of drama or comedy, or both.

Some of the most popular shounen anime include:

Bleach
One Piece
Fairy Tail
Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Gintama
Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Naruto


Seinen Anime


Saitama, Genos, types of anime, One Punch Man

Seinen means “young man or men” in English, and it is not indicative of sexual content. Seinen anime target adult male viewers and have the same story lines as shounen anime, although the plot is usually more violent and/or psychological in nature. There are also some comical stories that businessmen in their ’40s would appreciate.

Seinen is one of the types of anime that cater to a more mature audience. Some seinen anime might include scenes that are inappropriate for younger viewers.

Some of the most popular seinen anime include:

One Punch Man
Steins;Gate
Elfen Lied
Tokyo Ghoul
Black Bullet
Mushishi
Boku dake ga Inai Machi


Shoujo Anime


Zen, Shirayuki, types of anime, Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red HAair)

Shoujo is translated as “young girl” and is the counterpart of shounen. Shoujo anime target adolescent female viewers and the main story usually focuses on interpersonal relationships and romance. Shoujo anime tend to be dramatic, but there are also some that include shounen anime elements like action, adventure, and comedy.

The main protagonist of a shoujo anime is usually female, although there are some shoujo stories where the main character is a male.

Some of the most popular shoujo anime include:

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair)
Ouran Koukou Host Club
Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster)
Kimi ni Todoke


Josei Anime


Chihaya, Arata, Taichi, types of anime, Chihayafuru

Josei means “woman” when translated in English. In anime or manga, it is the counterpart of seinen. Josei anime target adult female viewers and the main story usually tackles romance with a more realistic feel to it than shoujo anime. Josei commonly features adult women and may contain scenes that are erotic in nature. Some Josei anime cover dark subjects like infidelity and abuse.

Among the types of anime, the stories of Josei anime are mostly based on normal everyday life, so don’t be surprised if they include heavy dramatic scenes.

Some of the most popular josei anime include:

Usagi Drop
Chihayafuru
Nodame Cantabile
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
Hachimitsu to Clover (Honey and Clover)
Paradise Kiss


Kodomomuke Anime


The Gang of Youkai Watch, types of anime, Youkai Watch

Kodomomuke literally means “directed at children”. Among the different types of anime, kodomomuke is the only one that is suitable for very young viewers. The plots of kodomomuke anime are simple, yet imaginative, and usually have some sort of moral message. The main characters are not always children, and they are often cute and lovable.

Kodomomuke anime also teach children how to behave properly, be considerate of others, and stay on the right path in life.

Some of the most popular kodomomuke anime include:

Digimon Adventure
Youkai Watch
Pokemon
Doraemon (2005)
Chi’s Sweet Home: Atarashii Ouchi
Tottoko Hamtarou (Hamtaro)
Yume-iro Pâtissière


And there you have it – the five basic types of anime! We hope this knowledge helps you in your further exploration of the world of anime!

Top Naruto Cosplay Collection

The Naruto saga may have come to an end, but its legacy lives on in the hearts of Naruto fans worldwide. Naruto, Sasuke, Kakashi and other iconic characters come to life in this collection of beautiful Naruto cosplay photos – created by fans, for fans! Enjoy this epic revival of our beloved shinobi!


Do you love Naruto Shippuuden? What about cosplay? We’ll give you both!


Naruto Shippuden Naruto Cosplay Deidara

Refer to S.K. Cosplay (Deidara cosplayer) below.

Naruto and Naruto Shippuuden are two of the most famous and longest running anime series in existence. With a diverse cast of complex characters alongside an epic storyline, the Naruto saga has tugged at the hearts of millions of fans worldwide. Some of those fans chose to show their devotion to the series with some awesome portrayals of their favorite characters. Come check out some of the best Naruto cosplay photos ever!

Naruto Shippuden Naruto Cosplay Deidara


Kakashi Hatake Cosplay


Naruto Shippuden cosplay Kakashi sensei

Don’t let his lighthearted and slightly ecchi nature fool you… This shinobi is one of the strongest in the Naruto universe!


Aleh Cosplay – Facebook Page (Chile)


Naruto Shippuden cosplay Kakashi

Photographed by Saiba & Itamas Photography
 
Why I cosplay Kakashi:

“I’ve made many costumes for a variety of different characters, but I mainly cosplay for Kakashi Hatake – my favorite character from Naruto – because I like his personality, way of life and different techniques (Sharingan is one of his greatest). Kakashi is a great role model to follow and I am truly proud to say that I am a Kakashi cosplayer.”


Zac Myatt (AGOM Cosplay) – Facebook Page (USA)


Naruto Shippuden Naruto Cosplay Kakashi sensei

Photographed by A Glimpse of Me Studios
 
Why I cosplay Kakashi:

“I like to cosplay Kakashi because I enjoy both the elements of mystery and humor that are in his character. I also find it amusing that my identity is essentially hidden, so everyone knows me as just Kakashi when I’m cosplaying him.”


Temari Cosplay


Naruto Shippuden Naruto cosplay Temari


Miyano Yuu (宮乃 友) – Twitter Page: @miyano426


Naruto Shippuden Naruto cosplay Temari


Deidara Cosplay


Naruto Shippuden Naruto Cosplay Deidara

One of the most charming (and most narcissistic) characters in the series, Deidara is loved and hated by Naruto fans worldwide!


S.K. Cosplay – Facebook Page


Naruto Shippuden cosplay Deidara

Photographed by Obscura Vista

Why I cosplay Deidara:

“I really loved the character because of his attitude, and cosplaying Deidara was fun because most of the characters I’ve cosplayed are more reserved. But when my friends decided to all cosplay Akatsuki, it became an amazing way to bond with them, and I had my best convention experience ever.”


Tenten Cosplay


Naruto Shippuden Naruto Cosplay

The feisty kunoichi of Konogakure, Tenten may be harsh, but she will risk her life to protect the village and her friends.


Mochi-Sews – Facebook Page (USA)


Naruto Shippuden cosplay Ten Ten

Photographed by a family member

Why I cosplay Tenten:

“I LOVE Tenten. It’s ridiculous how much of a character with such little screen time I’ve come to love and identify with. I understand her struggle to find her talents and to accept her weaknesses and turn them into strengths. I love her character and her team. I want to cosplay all of her designs because I just love and obsess over her so much. That’s really it, I love her and her design from the last film which I think is the most beautiful.”


Gaara Cosplay


Naruto Shippuden Naruto Cosplay

Why can’t we be friends? Why can’t we be friends? Why can’t we be friends?


Rydia – Website (Spain)


Naruto Shippuden cosplay Gaara

Photographed by Mery Rodriguez

Why I cosplay Gaara:

“I’ve loved Gaara since the beginning of the series and I decided to cosplay a scene of from when he obtained his “love” mark on his forehead as a little kid.”


Naruto Uzumaki Cosplay


Naruto Shippuden cosplay Naruto

What would a Naruto cosplay collection be without this adorable troublemaker? He’s the main protagonist dattebayo!


Ztorm (USA)


Naruto Shippuden Naruto cosplay Naruto Uzumaki

Photographed by O’Brien Howard Photography

Why I cosplay Naruto:

“I cosplay Naruto because he’s an inspiration to me. He never gives up, and never goes back on his word. He’s so persistent, so optimistic, and I love that about him. I cosplay him because I connect with him, and I want to be more like him.”


Sasuke Uchiha Cosplay


Naruto Shippuden cosplay Sasuke

Sasuke is everyone’s favorite lost cause. Naruto, as well as fans worldwide, just can’t give up on this stubborn cutie.


Nodoka – Facebook Page (France)


Naruto Shippuden cosplay Sasuke

Photographed by Sora-Kun Photographie
 
Why I cosplay Sasuke:

“Sasuke is certainly my favorite male character <3 He has the same temperament as me for many things. You either love him or hate him. He can be quite naughty at times, but he’s also super sexy : ) I am honored to be recognized for doing a cosplay for such a great character.”


Minato Namikaze Cosplay


Naruto Shippuden Naruto Cosplay Minato

The legendary fourth Hokage of Konohagakure, Minato is strong, brave and handsome!


Aleh Cosplay – Facebook Page (Chile)


Naruto Shippuden Naruto Cosplay Minato

Photographed by Saiba & Itamas Photography