I grew up watching anime since I was a child; in Malaysia, anime was more frequent on TV than American cartoons; series such as Captain Tsubasa, Saint Seiya, Dragon Ball, and Rurouni Kenshin. I still watch them now, even though I’m working in a company that specialises in web design in Malaysia. This list includes the characters I appreciate the best, both villains and heroes who leave an impression.
- Kaneki Ken (Tokyo Ghoul)
Kaneki would have ranked higher on the list if it had been a manga-only tier list. Nonetheless, the anime’s first and second seasons provided enough material for this badass ghoul. Kaneki’s hair turning white was the defining moment that catapulted him into the hall of fame, as it became clear that he would take nothing from anyone from then on. His fight with Jason was perhaps my favourite, and it alone cemented his place at the bottom of this list.
- Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z)
The battle-hardened Saiyan Prince known as Vegeta is the yang to Goku’s yin. Vegeta’s transformation from a planet-destroying member of the Frieza Force to a proud warrior who always looks to protect his dear ones and the planet he previously tried to break apart has been incredible to watch. The man is constantly grumpy and rarely smiles, yet I can’t help but admire him as he pushes his might to its fullest and fights a natural adversary in Goku.
- Tsunade (Naruto)
Lady Tsunade has unquestionably earned a place in Naruto’s pantheon of the manga/most anime’s adored characters. During her time as the Fifth Hokage, her leadership skills constantly inspired us, and one of her finest moments was witnessing her fend off Orochimaru while also protecting Naruto. Tsunade is our favourite since she has a knack for putting her hands on bad guys and then utilising those same hands to heal her teammates in one fell swoop.
- Sukehiro Yami (Black Clover)
When it comes to samurai characters, they’re usually tall, slender, mysterious, and opinionated. Yami didn’t get the memo and now resembles a slightly deflated Baki. His attitude and strength, on the other hand, are significantly greater and far more badass. In battle, the dude never seems to be concerned, as he always knows that if given enough time to ramp up, he can push past his boundaries and stare down any foe. When he does go all out, it’s simply breathtaking. The combination of his dark shadow-based magic and his katana is incredible.
- Mikasa Ackerman (Shingeki no Kyojin)
Mikasa Ackerman had a difficult childhood. She developed into a strong member of the Survey Corps with Eren’s help and finally obtained a well-deserved promotion to an officer. Mikasa is a fearless fighter who tries everything she can to protect her loved ones from harm. Her persistent acts of heroism with Eren and the rest of the Survey Corps have won her a special place in our hearts.
- Ryoumen Sukuna (Jujutsu Kaisen)
The “demon inside the protagonist” concept has been used a lot in shounen. No one, however, has ever been cooler than Sukuna. This is because Sukuna was horrifying, demonstrating several times how little he cared about his host’s life. To get his way, he used some dubious methods. He also has a big ego, which leads to some incredibly awesome situations in which he practically smites someone while sitting on his throne of bones.