Even though Japan is a country with little ethnic diversity, anime always uses characters of black color or dark skin. In this article we are going to see the main characters of black anime men and women, female or male.
The Japanese love black people, many end up thinking that prejudice in Japan is because of the color of the skin, but it is quite likely that a black person is better treated than mestizo Japanese themselves.
It doesn't matter if the person is black, white, blonde or with curly hair, as it is different from the Japanese standard, it will definitely attract a certain kind of attention, and this also happens in anime.
They are usually represented with an extroverted and lively character, unlike the Japanese who are generally shy and introverted.
Many dark-skinned characters appear frequently in anime, some appear as if they were Japanese, without subtlying as someone of mixed race or Afro descent.
It is worth noting that the final list of this article can include dark characters, mestizos, Indians, tans and others, any character with dark skin.
Michiko Malandro and Afro Samurai – Black Protagonists
Michiko is a protagonist of anime Michiko and Hatchin which makes reference to Brazil. An Afro-Latin with a design based on the famous R&B singer Aaliyah.
One of the few black protagonists in anime, she is smart, beautiful, able to deal with any problem as police and bounty hunters.
Now Afro Samurai is an anime where the name says it all, he is considered the second best swordsman in the whole world, his anime is very successful. This reminded me of an article where he talks about black samurai in Japan.
Black Characters in Hunter vs. Hunter
In the Anime Hunter x Hunter we find two black characters that stand out among the rest, the girl Canary who is an apprentice butler at the Zoldyck mansion, and the dog tamer Squala in the arc of the Phantom Troupe.
Both characters gained the charisma and empathy of fans even with a short appearance. Perhaps because of his designer and background in history, and Squala is the protagonist of the little romance present in the anime.
Canary's hair also drew a lot of attention, her appearance and personality is quite charismatic. I don't know why I decided to highlight these two characters from Hunter X Hunter, maybe it's because I'm watching it for the fourth time as I write this article.
Black Female Anime Characters
We've already mentioned two female characters in this article (Michiko and Canary), but there are many others worth mentioning in this list. Below is a list of the main black female characters in anime:
Yoruichi Shihouin – One of the most outstanding black characters in anime, a very strong and charismatic character that can be found watching the great shounen Bleach.
Edward – One of the protagonists of Cowboy Bebop, a skilled and very intelligent girl prodigy, hacker and technology lover.
Krone – One of the mothers who look after the children at Neverland's Yakusoku Orphanage, despite her strong looks and intimidating personality, is a good character.
Kaolla SU – An Indian-looking foreign character from the Love Hina anime. His personality and energy is quite visible, showing that Japanese people consider foreigners to be energetic people.
Below are some other popular black female characters:
- Ikumi Mito – Shokugeki no Souma;
- Abigail Jones – Great Pretender;
- Aoi Asahina – Dangaronpa;
- Sakura Oogami – Highschool of the Dead;
- Rakshata Chawla – Code Geass;
- Karako Koshio – Deadman Wonderland;
- Hayase Nagatoro – Nagatoro;
- Muru Muru – Mirai Nikki;
- Urd – Ah! Megami-sama;
- Paninya – Fullmetal Alchemist;
Black Male Anime Characters
We've already mentioned the male characters Squala and Afro Samurai, now let's highlight the popular black male characters in anime:
scar – One of the favorite antagonists of Fullmetal Alchemist, his story is quite sad with a background that epic approaches prejudice and war in the alchemist world.
Hattori Heiji – Popular character from Detective Conan, despite being a Japanese from Kansai, he has a dark skin that he says is inherited from his grandfather.
Agile – One of the characters from Sword Art Online, his real name is Andrew Gilbert Mills showing himself to be an African American foreigner in Japan who has his own Bar.
Note: A common trait I've found among many black male characters in anime is that they usually have a rounded face and are usually bald or have little hair.
Below is a list of other black male characters from the anime:
- Lord Genome – Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann;
- Ren Akatsuki – Fairy Tail;
- Yasutora Sado – Bleach;
- Killer B – Boruto; Simon Brezhnev – Durarara!!
- Dutch – Black Lagoon;
- Phil – Yakusoku no Neverland;
List of Black Characters in Anime
Finally, let's leave a list of Black characters from the most loved anime:
- Yoruichi Shihouin – Bleach,
- Killer Bee – Naruto Shippuden
- Afro Samurai – Afro Samurai
- Canary – Hunter x Hunter
- A (Fourth Raikage) – Naruto Shippuden
- Darui – Naruto Shippuden
- Huey Freeman
- Muhammad Avdol
- Tier Halibel – Bleach
- Michiko – Michiko to Hatchin
- Riley Freeman – The Boondocks
- Karui – Naruto Shippuden
- Omoi – Naruto Shippuden
- Kaname Tōsen
- Agil – Sword Art Online
- Sid Barrett – Soul Eater
- Dutch – Black Lagoon
- Sol Marron – Blac
- Ay (Thrid Raikage)
- Rock Lock (Ken Takagi) – My Hero Academia
- Kilik Rung
- Ishizu Ishtar – Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters
- Uub – Dragon Ball GT
- Villetta Nu – Code Geass
- Simon Brezhnev – Durarara!!
- Ninja Ninja – Afro Samurai, Afro Samurai: Resurrection
- Ogun Montgomery – Fire Force
- Daz Bones – One Piece – Alabasta Arc
- Marik Ishtar – Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!
- Carole Stanley – Carole & Tuesday
- Atsuko Jackson – Michiko to Hatchin
- Sister Krone – The Promised Neverland
- Iris – Pokémon
- Miyuki Ayukawa
- King Bakura – Yu-Gi-Oh!
- Tiona Hiryute – DanMachi
- Love Aikawa – Bleach
- Philly the Kid – Canon Busters
- Karako Koshio – Deadman Wonderland
- Sandaime Muramasa
- Alex Benedetto
- Abengane – Hunter x Hunter
- Bob Makihara – Tenjho Tenge
- Young Blak – Blokhedz Mission G Animated Web Series
- Lenora – Pokémon
- Onyankopon – Attack on Titan
- Charon – Fire Force
- Urd – Oh My Goddess!
- Mana – Yu-Gi-Oh!
- Angie Yonaga – Danganronpa
- Edelgard – How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
- April – Darker Than Black
- Kirche Augusta Frederica von Anhalt Zerbst – Zero no Tsukaima
- Jerso – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- Amalia Sheran Sharm
- Kaz Kaan
- Jackie Tristan – Bleach
- Bear Walken – Gungrave
- James Ironside
- Garterbelt – Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
- Anthy Himemiya – Revolutionary Girl Utena
- Musa Karama – Run With The Wind
- Kuro von einzbern – FATE SERIES
- Mahad – Yu-Gi-Oh!
- Satoshi Batista – Michiko to Hatchin
- Domino Walker – Cowboy Bebop
- Abdul Hakim
- Claudia Grant – Robotech
- Tom Tanaka
- Phil – Digimon Adventure
- Brock – Pokémon
- Chocolove McDaniel
- Akagi Takenori – Slam Dunk
- Archer emiya shirou – FATE SERIES
- Akio Ohtori – Revolutionary Girl Utena
- Enrico Pucci
- Robert Jebediah Freeman – The Boondocks
- Jan Valentine – Hellsing
- Squala (Hunter x Hunter)
- Nathan Seymour – Tiger & Bunny, Tiger & Bunny
- Tiziano (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure)
- nagatoro chan
- Abigail Jones
- Davi – Michiko to Hatchin
- Louis Machungo