We all love animals and some of the best shows and movies from our childhood feature animal characters. Some of them do not have a major role in the anime but offer comedic relief and some of them are extremely important to the story or even play the main protagonists. No matter their roles, these anime animals are memorable and contribute to the success of the anime.
Here is the list of our best anime animals in anime series :
Ein (COWBOY BEBOP)
Panda (JUJUTSU KAISEN)
Totoro (MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO)
Tony Tony Chopper (ONE PIECE)
Shenron (DRAGON BALL)
15. P-Chan (RANMA 1/2)
P-Chan is one of the funniest anime animals that exist. He is one of the main characters in the Ranma ½ series and is actually Ryoga Hibiki, eternal rival and friend of Ranma. He can change into a cute little piglet, the subject of our article. Though he becomes cute and innocent, his personality still remains in the piglet form. Ryoga’s most notable characteristic is that he has no sense of direction.
14. Ein (COWBOY BEBOP)
Ein is a dog from the Cowboy Bebop franchise, a great anime recommendation for anyone and has a movie(Cowboy Bebop The Movie) which is equally considered one of the best movies on Netflix.
A Pembroke Welsh Corgi was modified in the laboratory; however, what exactly was done to him was not widely known. Ein became part of the Bebop crew and a good friend of Edward. His name is probably a diminutive of Einstein, due to the great intelligence he possesses. He is also nicknamed “data dog” by the scientists who designed him, and he often shows that he knows what is going on around him.
During the series, he performs great skills such as answering a phone call, driving a car, and hacking a computer database by using his mind. Despite his intelligence, he is unable to speak but still manages to communicate. Ein is arguably one of the most notable anime animals.
13. Appa (AVATAR)
Appa is the famous flying bison and the pet of Aang, the avatar. He manages to fly despite his weight and the potential loads on his back, making him the first mode of transportation used by Team Avatar. Thanks to his air bending, Appa can create powerful gusts of air with a flick of his tail. Being a bison, he has a lot of strength and stamina. His strength is so great that Appa simultaneously lifted two Fire Nation Tundra Tanks by the horn, flipping them over.
On the personality side, he has shown an ability to understand human language on several occasions. He is very endearing, loyal and dedicated to his team.
12. Hachibi (NARUTO)
He is one of the funniest anime animals. Hachibi is the Eight-Tailed beast sealed within Killer Bee’s body. He looks like a big bull with four horns and eight octopus tentacles representing the eight tails. He is violent by nature and is extremely powerful but his rage was contained by his host with whom he has an excellent relationship. Hachibi sometimes jokes with Killer Bee, advises him and even lends him his powers during fights as it can be seen against Tobi, the Akatsuki member.
Killer Bee is the current Raikage from the village of Kumogakure. He meets with Naruto in episode 244 and equally appears in some Naruto Movies. Killer B is a major supporting character in part II of the anime and manga series Naruto. Unlike the previous Eight-Tails jinchurikis, he was able to become friends with the beast and used its power. His major role is to protect the village and he equally aspires to be a famous rapper
11. Happy (FAIRYTALE)
It is a small blue cat with a white belly, it is an Exceed, which is a breed of a winged cat having the ability to fly and speak. He has pink pads, white wings, and two light blue patches on his cheeks. Happy loves fish: he always keeps one in his green bag. He likes to go to the girls’ public bathtub, and when the girls ask him what he’s doing there, he justifies himself by saying he’s just a cat.
He is in love with Carla, an Exceed like him and with whom he always tries to flirt by offering fish but never succeeds.
10. Akamaru (NARUTO)
Akamaru is a ninja dog from the Inuzuka clan of the Hidden Village of Konoha. In the first part of the anime, Akamaru was a puppy with little white fur. Every time Akamaru ingests an energy pill his fur turns red and he becomes wilder, which is why he was named Akamaru (little red ball).
Young Akamaru after an energy pill ingestion
In Part II, Akamaru has grown tall enough for Kiba to ride on his back.
Akamaru has an extraordinary sense of smell, as well as the ability to communicate with Kiba, his master, which makes him a powerful ally in gathering and sharing information. Since Akamaru lacks chakra, he is more suited for purely physical attacks even though Kiba performs many of his Jutsu in combination with him.
9. Retsuko (AGGRETSUKO)
She is a red panda and is the main protagonist of the series, Aggretsuko. She is an office lady working in the accounting department and whose life at work is usually frustrating. Often being the only person to work overtime, she is frequently angry. To release her anger, she sings death metal at the local karaoke club at night.
She is kind and slightly rigid, although, when drunk, she loses all mental filters and speaks her mind. The series features the evolution of Retsuko’s friends and her superiors. She evolves in her hobbies, each season presents us with a particular activity.
8. Panda (JUJUTSU KAISEN)
Panda is the new darling of anime animals in the Jujutsu Kaisen Universe. He is a Grade 2 wizard with a natural affinity for jujutsu. Panda is able to exorcise curses based solely on his physical abilities. He is very smart, powerful and able to think one step ahead of his opponents in a fight. The only way to take him down is to destroy the cursed energy cores that act as his heart. Additionally, his body is extremely tough and can be strengthened by using jujutsu protection.
As a cursed corpse, Panda naturally possesses a high degree of cursed energy. With training, Panda learned to strengthen his physical body to balance his attack and defence. His jujutsu protection can envelop his body in cursed energy in a flash, capable of defending against techniques most wizards would have to evade.
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He is a very tall toad, which towers above the trees and is taller than most buildings. He is so large that he is comparable in size to the gigantic-tailed beasts in the anime. Gamabunta is a grumpy toad and doesn’t like taking orders from anyone unless the master is very talented, and powerful and earns his respect. He is quite confident of his abilities as a fighter but he is also well aware of his limitations and perceptive of the power of his enemies, as seen during his reluctance to take on the tailed beasts (Kyūbi and Ichibi). In all of his battles, Gamabunta has proven to be a powerful fighter, even if his summoner is not at his side making him one of the most famous anime animals in the series.
His strength could be seen when he appeared on the battlefield with Naruto to face Pain. Gamabunta silenced the big dog summoned by Chikushōdō after he just landed on him. He also served to kill Chikushodo by swallowing Naruto and this one, to allow Naruto to kill her without the intervention of the other Pains. Pain(Nagato) had one of the greatest life quotes in the Naruto Franchise. His words capture many fans and help them to see life from another point of View. Pain and Itachi’s quotes were indeed the greatest ones in the entire franchise
Totoro’s name is derived from Neighborhood troll in Tokorozawa. His appearance is based on the Horned owl, and his name when creating the anime was Miminzuku, derived from Mimizuku, the Japanese name of the Horned owl.
Totoro is a large furry creature with grey fur and a beige belly with grey arrows on his chest. Moreover, its silhouette vaguely resembles that of an owl and appears as the mascot of Studio Ghibli Park.
5. Tony Tony Chopper (ONE PIECE)
Tony Tony Chopper is the cute reindeer from the popular anime series ‘One Piece’. He is the doctor of the Straw Hat Pirates and one of the Senior Officers of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet. Despite his cute appearance, he is skilled. Chopper ate the Hito Hito no Mi, allowing him to transform into half-human, half-reindeer but most of the time he uses his hybrid form.
Chopper dreams of discovering the panacea recipe: a medicine that can cure all diseases. His past experiences and his training make him a complete doctor capable of adapting to all situations. He is also useful in combat as he developed a pill, the Rumble Ball, which offers him several transformations adapted to his situation. Many fans of the anime do not find him very important in the crew, but he is one of the most famous anime animals and is loved by the public due to his endearing and protective side towards his teammates.
4. Shenron (DRAGON BALL)
Dragon Ball is one of the best series of all time, made famous thanks to its crystal balls which allow the summoning of the mythical dragon Shenron. Shenron can be summoned when the Earth Dragon Balls are gathered. He can then grant any wish. It has two horns, sharp teeth, green scales, red eyes, and a long snake-like body. Unlike dragons from Western cultures, Shenron does not have wings, which does not prevent him from flying.
3. Sadaharu (GINTAMA)
He is a big dog with white fur and dark blue eyes that has a red collar. Throughout the series, he is seen wearing various disguises and has been shown in different styles for gags. He is Kagura’s pet, who often travels by riding on his back to go faster. Sadaharu has an atypical personality, he tends to bite people’s heads, especially Gintoki‘s own and enjoys doing nothing too.
2. Pikachu (POKEMON)
Who does not recognize our dear Pikachu, the mouse pokemon, one of the cutest anime animals? He is the evolution of Pichu and is Sacha’s faithful companion in the animated series. He has a black lightning bolt on his back, a lightning bolt tail, and red cheekbones. Its main characteristic is to make its opponents suffer from electric attacks.
Unlike other pokemon, Pikachu does not want to get into its Pokeball first because it considers its trainer, Sacha, to be a bad trainer and not experienced enough to exploit its full potential. Next, Pikachu craves freedom. When Sasha opens Pikachu’s Pokeball for the first time, we can see that it comes out, letting out lightning attacks. We can therefore deduce that Pikachu was already trying to escape from his Pokeball, especially since he looks very happy when he lives in the open air!
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Kurama, also known as Kyûbi, is a legend when it comes to anime animals. He is the tailed beast locked in Naruto Uzumaki’s body. He is a gigantic fox with orange fur and bloodshot red eyes. According to legend, Kyūbi is able to raise tidal waves and destroy mountains with just a flick of its tail. He is therefore known for his great power. Kurama is very smart and can formulate strategies in the midst of battle. Kurama also displayed remarkable leadership skills, being able to calmly and effectively direct his allies on how best to stand during a battle.
Throughout the anime, Kurama was targeted by Akatsuki members for their evil schemes but never had the chance to grab him. Kurama played a major role with Naruto during the Great Ninja War.