Sailor Moon and Yuyu Hakusho were some of my favorite anime episodes as a child, but I always dreamed of seeing a Black woman in some of these shows who looked like myself. Seeing oneself mirrored and represented in the things you enjoy is a fundamental human instinct.
However, when it comes to accurately portraying other ethnic groups, anime falls short. Especially when it comes to characters of African descent. Any time an anime features a Black character, much less a Black woman, I rejoice if they don’t represent a racist stereotype. To expect anything more than that would be asking for too much.
I’m glad to report that since I was a child, the number of Black anime characters has increased dramatically. I’m a huge fan of the increase in the number of black female characters in anime. Even if there aren’t many of them, I still feel pleased whenever I see even a peek of a Black lady character in an anime that I like.
Compared to when I was a child, I no longer have to settle for a few fleeting views. There are a number of successful anime series featuring Black female protagonists like Carole & Tuesday and Michiko to Hatchin. The majority of the characters in Cannon Busters are Black, an anime produced and made entirely by people of color. As a result, I’m encouraged by the prospect of greater diversity in the world of anime.
For this reason, I’ve compiled a list of Black women in anime that I’ve been happy to claim over the years in honor of Black History Month.
1. Coffee – Cowboy Bebop
Because fetishization is real and unpleasant, on the other hand, I have some reservations with her being named after coffee. But she’s still mine. Coffee’s appearance in Cowboy Bebop is brief, but she leaves a lasting impression. Her 70s Blaxsploitation look and demeanor are what I find most endearing about her.
2. Sister Krone – The Promised Neverland
As a result of the stereotyping of Sister Krone’s Black features in various instances, I have mixed views towards her character. Putting that aside, she’s still likable and relatable to me. She’s done anything and everything to ensure her own survival. At first glance, she appears to be just another enemy, yet her character development is one of the most interesting in the series.
3. Atsuko Jackson – Michiko to Hatchin
Atsuko is nothing short of a badass, and that’s the only way I can describe her. In my opinion, her convoluted relationship with the protagonist, Michiko, is one of the most intriguing aspects of the story. The fact that she is of Afro-Brazilian descent is another something I appreciate since it helps to represent the experiences of people of African descent.
4. Michiko Malandro – Michiko to Hatchin
Michiko is a character from Michiko to Hatchin who is also of Afro-Latino descent. With her looks and moves, she’s a tough cookie who won’t take no for an answer. What I admire most about her is that, despite her stern exterior, she has a kind heart.
5. Miyuki Ayukawa – Basquash!
When it comes to looks and intelligence, Miyuki is the complete deal. On the show, she’s an important character, and she makes a significant impact on the mechs’ advancements (giant robots). In addition to the fact that she is a Black engineer, I appreciate the fact that artists have given her locs.
6. S.A.M. – Cannon Busters
One of the primary characters in Netflix’s new Cannon Busters anime series is S.A.M. short for Special Associate Model, an adorable tiny android. The sweet-faced girl who seeks to befriend everyone and everything has a secret strength that is more than enough to shake everything up.
7. Yoruichi Shihouin – Bleach
Yoruichi fromBleach is a must-have on any list of black ladies in anime. She was born into a wealthy noble family, but she doesn’t act like one. The fact that she can kick butt in multiple fights proves that she’s a formidable fighter with all of the above qualities. I particularly admire her laid-back demeanor and her ability to transform into a vicious warrior at a moment’s notice.
8. Carole – Carole & Tuesday
Carole’s life hasn’t always been easy, but that hasn’t kept her down. She’s one half of the musical duet Carole & Tuesday and the show’s namesake. What I like most about Carole is her desire to make her aspirations come true, despite her stylish appearance, hard work ethic, and musical talent.
9. Canary – HunterXHunter
Finally, we have Canary from Hunter x Hunter. Young Canary is both an assassin’s bodyguard and personal servant to the Zoldyck family, a notorious and feared crime syndicate. As a fighter, she’s got impressive skills, but she also has a kind and kind nature. I admire her fierce loyalty to those she cares about, even if it means defying orders in order to do so.
They are all dear to my heart as a Black girl who is a huge anime fan. There are currently more Black female anime characters than ever before, and this trend looks set to continue. Assuming the trend continues, I have some optimism that representation will continue to improve in the future.
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