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Top 20 Most Iconic Black Anime Characters

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Top 20 Most Iconic Black Anime Characters

Written by: Camille Rahat via https://blackgirlnerds.com

When I think of strong anime leads, a few prominent characters come to mind who just so happen to be Black.

Anime evolved along the years, showing more diversity in their cast and giving the spotlight to characters with darker skin and various hair textures — everything from dreadlocks, braids, afros, and curls.

Black anime characters have continued to add these complex and dynamic roles in their series. They’re not only taking center leads in shows, but also influencing more Black kids, teens, and adults worldwide to watch anime and to partake in anime conventions. Being an avid anime binger, I thought I’d share some of my top 20 most iconic Black anime characters.

The numbers are based on no particular ranking.

20. Afro Samurai

In the Afro Samurai Movie, Afro is the first character that comes to mind when I think of a kickass Black anime lead. He and his counterpart Ninja Ninja, voiced by Samuel L Jackson, go on a journey of revenge against samurais who stand no comparison against Afro’s sword.

19. Jet Black

Cowboy Bebop “You got to listen to your dreams, that’s how you find your dream girl.” Jet is captain of the Bebop and an all-around charismatic character. He’s an ex cop turned bounty hunter. Jet is known for his big build and robotic prosthetic left arm. He’s among the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy, but around Spike, Ed, and Faye he’s a chill …

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