Anime is an abbreviated pronunciation of Animation in Japan. Outside Japan, anime refers specifically to animation from Japan.
Japanese anime accounts for about 60 percent of the world’s animated television shows. Created in 1969, Sazae-san is the longest-running anime.
Popular anime like Sword Art Online, Tokyo Ghoul, and Death Note are banned in China.
List Of 20 Celebrities That Like Anime:
#1 Keanu Reeves
In 2019, American writer Heather Anne Campbell tweeted:
“Keanu and I were often the only two customers at Animate, when it existed on Melrose. That’s my Keanu story. He likes anime.”
#2 Elon Musk
On April 19, 2019, Elon changed his icon to a picture of Edward Elric, a fictional character of the popular anime series “Fullmetal Alchemist.”
#3 Bill Burr
Bill Burr said that he likes One Punch Man, a 2009 Japanese superhero webcomic created by the artist One.
“One Punch Man” has a manga adaptation illustrated by Yusuke Murata.
#4 Ronda Rousey
In a 2013 interview, Rousey talked about her long-time obsession with Dragon Ball Z, a Japanese anime TV series produced by Toei Animation. She said:
“Vegeta. For sure. Goku is such a f#####g goody goody that he’d be fun to be friends with but I’d get annoyed hanging out with him after 2 weeks, let alone after a whole year.”
Ronda went on to say:
“I’d imagine that Vegeta and I would have many an interesting debate.”
Rousey is married to mixed martial artist Travis Browne.
#5 Ariana Grande
In 2018, Grande has shared her love for Anime with her followers, including several posts about Chihiro, the main character in Spirited Away, a 2001 Japanese animated coming-of-age fantasy film.
“Chihiro’s growth into a capable individual is a core factor to the movement of Spirited Away’s plot.”
Ariana later added:
“During her adventure in the Spirit World, she matures from an easily-scared girl with a child-like personality to match her age to a hard-working, responsible and brave young girl who has learned to put her fears aside for those she cares for.”
Grande also revealed on her Instagram account a new massive tattoo that is dedicated to the character Chihiro.
#6 Avril Lavigne
According to MTV, the singer is a big fan of anime and manga.
She also wrote two songs for One Piece Film: Z, a 2012 Japanese anime fantasy action-adventure film that is based on the shōnen manga series One Piece by Eiichiro Oda. One Piece Film: Z was directed by Tatsuya Nagamine.
#7 John Boyega
Boyega said for ComicBook:
“Anime, I think because of its long-form format, so, it lasts for ages… you take something like Naruto for example.”
“You literally watch a character grow up day by day, and then there are filler episodes that give you, kind of like, clarity on the world surrounding the leads, or the several different leads in the anime.”
He also listed his top 5 animes:
- Bleach (based on Tite Kubo‘s manga);
- Hunter x Hunter;
- Seven Deadly Sins;
- Attack On Titan (based on Hajime Isayama‘s manga).
The Barbadian singer is a fan of Hunter x Hunter, a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi.
#9 Quentin Tarantino
Tarantino once said:
“I want to have the fun of doing anime and I love anime, but I can’t do storyboards because I can’t really draw and that’s what they live and die on.”
#10 Robin Williams
Zelda Rae Williams, the daughter of actor Robin Williams, tweeted in 2015:
“My dad was a figurine hoarder, full stop. There are multiple storage lockers full that we’ve got to go thru, mostly blind as they’re unboxed/handpainted & unlabeled?”
Zelda Rae continued:
“Pretty sure this is Knute though, so I guess that’s one identified. Might ask y’all for help in the future.”
#11 Megan Fox
“That could feasibly be made into a live-action movie.”
“I don’t know how many Americans were into that. I was into that, but I don’t know how huge it was here.”
#12 Zac Efron
Efron loves watching anime. His favorites are Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, Death Note, and Bleach.
#13 Michael B. Jordan
Jordan starred in Gen: Lock, an American animated web series produced by Rooster Teeth and created by Gray Haddock.
His favorite anime series are:
- Gundam: Wing Endless Waltz;
- Gundam Wing;
- Attack on Titan;
- Dragon Ball Z;
- Naruto: Shippuden.
#14 Samuel L. Jackson
In the past, Jackson said that he likes anime and hentai. In addition, Samuel voiced Afro Samurai, a Japanese seinen dōjinshi manga series illustrated by manga artist Takashi Okazaki.
The American actor said in an interview:
“I’ve been trolling the comic book world forever. And through doing that, I got turned on to things like Ninja Scroll.”
#15 Christian Bale
Bale used his “Batman voice” in “Howl’s Moving Castle,” a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
#16 Frank Ocean
In 2019, American singer Frank Ocean dropped his interstellar music video for ”More.” It was directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, the king of contemporary anime.
#17 Jamie Lee Curtis
In 2017, Curtis attended the red carpet for One Piece Film: Gold, a 2016 Japanese animated fantasy action-adventure film produced by Toei Animation and directed by Hiroaki Miyamoto.
#18 Pharrell Williams
In 2014, Williams released the music video ”It Girl” which was made of sparkles, videogames, and anime.
Pharrell remixed the theme song to Murakami’s film Jellyfish Eyes, a 2013 Japanese fantasy film. Jellyfish Eyes was the debut film of Takashi Murakami.
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#19 John Cena
Cena has mentioned his favorite anime movie – Fist of the North Star, a Japanese manga series illustrated by Tetsuo Hara and written by Buronson (real name Yoshiyuki Okamura).
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#20 Kanye West
According to The Fader, West is a fan of Akira – a 1988 Japanese animated post-apocalyptic cyberpunk film based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1982 manga of the same name. Akira was written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto.
“This movie is my biggest creative inspiration.”
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