20 Celebrities Who Are Huge Fans Of Anime And Their Favorite Character
It's amazing that leading stars like Michael B. Jordan, Robin Williams, and Keanu Reeves are into Anime. Take Michael B. Jordan, for example. He never hesitates to express his love and support for anime. His favorite anime is Naruto: Shippuden which inspired him to launch a collection, for collaboration with Coach. The actor even styled his Black Panther villain after Vegeta, from Dragon Ball Z.
Anime fandom has grown worldwide over the past 30 years which means the childhood, adult life, and creativity of millions are related to anime. Many celebrities are huge fans of anime and are still into it. Scroll down to check them out!
#1 Michael B. Jordan
Source: Naruto: Shippûden / flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0Michael B. Jordan is deeply into anime. He said that anime was a big part of his childhood, adult life, and creativity.
His favorite anime is Naruto: Shippuden, which inspired him to cooperate with Coach to launch a collection. Noticeably, he produced and starred in gen:LOCK on Rooster Teeth. The actor even styled his Black Panther villain after Vegeta, from Dragon Ball Z.
#2 Ariana Grande
Source: Wikimedia Commons / Toho Co., Ltd.Ariana Grande has had a huge love for Chihiro from Spirited Away. She unveiled the line drawing of her favorite character on August 28, 2018.
The singer played a lot of Pokémon: Let's Go Eevee! over her break. She even played the game for a whopping 15 hours on her last day before getting back to work.
#3 Keanu Reeves
Source: Wikimedia Commons / SunriseKeanu Reeves has had a special interest in Spike Spiegel, the main protagonist of the anime series Cowboy Bebop. He was trying to get an American film adaptation of Cowboy Bebop but it never came to fruition. It would cost half a billion dollars to put it on the big screen. The project has since been abandoned.
#4 Robin Williams
Source: Wikimedia Commons / GainaxYou didn't know that anime was one of several nerdy obsessions of Robin Williams. In a 2013 Reddit AMA, the late actor revealed he was a fan of Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop, and Blood: The Last Vampire.
#5 Bill Nighy
Source: Warner Bros. / Warner Bros.Nighy has been deeply embedded in the Pokéfandom since he played anthropologist and entrepreneur Howard Clifford in the 2019 live-action Pokémon film, Detective Pikachu. To prepare for his character, the English actor bought the notably verified Pokédex. Nighy now owns an extensive collection of old-school Pokémon art and his favorite character is ancient Mew.
#6 Kanye West
Source: Wikimedia Commons / Toho StudiosKanye West has been a part of anime fandom for years. His favorite anime is Akira which influenced much of the set design and action in his music video for "Stronger."
#7 Zac Efron
Source: Wikimedia Commons / Viz MediaZac Efron is a member of the Death Note fandom. In fact, the actor was in talks to play a role in a possible American movie adaptation of the anime, but it didn't work.
#8 Pharrell Williams
Source: Wikimedia Commons / OLM Inc.Pharrell Williams has a huge love for anime and is a fan of Pokémon. His anime fandom has had a significant impact on his musical career as he hired acclaimed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami to produce the music video for his song "It Girl."
#9 Megan Fox
Source: Wikimedia Commons / Toei AnimationMegan Fox is deeply into Sailor Moon. In an interview with Seventeen, the actress revealed her lifelong love of graphic novels, manga, and anime such as Inuyasha and Cowboy Bebop.
#10 Elon Musk
Source: Wikimedia Commons / Toho Co., Ltd.Elon Musk is also a fan of Anime. Just after midnight on October 14, 2018, the billionaire tweeted that he loved the anime Your Name and attached the trailer. An hour and a half later, he continued "it's time to create a mecha." It refers to the giant fighting robots in popular anime shows and films.
#11 Ronda Rousey
Source: WWE / Toei AnimationFormer UFC champion Ronda Rousey likes playing Pokémon: Let's Go Eevee! over her break. She has revealed that she is a big Pokémon fan and loves Dragon Ball Z as well. She had a "cartoon crush" on Vegeta and noticeably, dressed up as Pikachu for an ESPN promo.
#12 Samuel L. Jackson
Source: Wikimedia Commons / Madhouse AnimationComic books and anime are two of the nerdy obsessions of Samuel L. Jackson. He loves old-school classics like Ninja Scroll and Black Lagoon.
#13 Snoop Dogg
Source: NBC / PierrotSnoop Dogg is into mad rhymes and weed, and Naruto, too. There are also some photos of him reading manga on a flight.
#14 Hayley Williams
Source: Twitter / Production I.G.Hayley Williams is deeply into anime. She loves watching Digimon, Death Note, and Blood: The Last Vampire. The Paramore lead singer even cosplayed on stage as a character from Blood: The Last Vampire while on tour.
#15 Hayley Williams
Source: Hidden Jams Music / Toei AnimationAvril Lavigne has a love for Straw Hat Pirates, the protagonists of the One Piece series. The singer and songwriter even contributed two cover songs for the One Piece Film Z movie.
#16 Chris Brown
Source: Wikimedia Commons / Tezuka ProductionsChris Brown loves One Piece, Dragon Ball Z, and Astro Boy and he got a picture of Astro Boy tattooed on his legs.
Source: Wikimedia Commons / Toei AnimatioRZA has expressed his love for anime both in interviews and in his book, The Tao of Wu. The rapper and filmmaker also provided the soundtrack for the Afro Samurai anime series.
#18 Quentin Tarantino
Source: Wikimedia Commons / Production I.G.Quentin Tarantino is such a big fan of Ghost in the Shell and Blood: The Last Vampire. The acclaimed film director revealed that he personally requested that Production I.G., the animation studio behind both of the aforementioned shows, create the animated sequences in Tarantino's Kill Bill.
#19 Tobey Maguire
Source: Wikimedia Commons / Harmony Gold USATobey Maguire revealed in interviews that he's a huge fan of Robotech and the original Macross series. In 2007, his production company acquired the film rights for Robotech in which Maguire play himself as the lead. But sadly, he lost the rights to Sony in 2015.