One of the biggest reason for shows, or anything really, to be popular or liked is the relatability some viewers may have to a particular character in a show. Let’s face it, some people think they are Sam and Dean in Supernatural some days. But in anime, who is the most relatable to you, the viewer? Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint one, so rather than just talk about one I find myself similar to, I think it’d be more fun to talk about a couple anime characters that seem a little like me.
The first among these characters is Gray Fullbuster from Fairy Tail. No, I don’t run around taking my clothes off like Gray, the thought is slightly horrifying to be honest. No, the way I find myself similar to Gray is purely due to his affinity for the cold. Gray’s magic of choice is ice-make magic. He’s more comfortable in the cold than anyone else which is something I’ve been called crazy for multiple times. Colder weather has never been a bother to me in the slightest. And given the option, in games I typically opt in for the ice spells. Maybe if life were an anime, I’d be like Gray, except I’d never have the habit of not realizing I took my clothes off. Keep it classy Gray, please.
The next anime character here that seems relatable to me is Kakashi Hatake from Naruto and Naruto Shippuden. It’s slightly ironic that this character is a top pick for me, seeing as last fall I did an article talking about why Kakashi is my favorite anime character to date.
The primary reason I believe there’s some similarity between myself and Kakashi is due to his wide range of abilities. He doesn’t just use one type of ninjutsu or combat style, he uses an incredibly wide range of abilities. From Shadow Clone Jutsu, to Summoning Jutsu, Chidori, and even the Rasengan, he can use nearly any ability he sees in battle. In reality, I’m not a one hobby person. There’s a little of everything here, primarily in games, anime, and comics. But there’s other things, such as photography, videos, and I’ve scraped a few others hobbies together from time to time. It’s hard to choose just one of anything, so why not try it all, right?
You can also click the image above to see why he’s my favorite anime character.
To be honest, there are a few other reasons, but they are a bit personal. Mostly based on the fact that Kakashi is the sensei to Team 7, Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke, and is led into leadership roles. Kakashi is a real roundabout character that seems to have an incredible story behind everything he does and is capable of. Gray also has other key features that make him a likable and relatable character, such as caring for his friends deeply and fierce competitiveness with his best friend.
A little competition is healthy, right?
Relatable characters always stand out in a show. You know exactly who they are and most likely know their story the best compared to others on screen. It’s also possible that you know the little facts about them that casual fans forget and never realize until your true fandom comes out in conversation. Having a character you can see yourself as makes the show more immersive to the viewer and makes it more of an experience than just another thing on TV.