Guest Post by Louis Toms (owner of Carolina Comic Geek, a Pinterest board which catalogs birthdays of anime, cartoon, comic, and manga characters).
This is our first of a two-part part series featuring your favorite anime characters with a birthday in August.
There are various factors drawing fans to a particular anime series. These may be the art style, genre, music, and/or storytelling. However, character development probably tops the chart of reasons why most fans follow anime. The trove of diverse characters makes it difficult in creating a list of ten amazing entries. A lot of time and care went into assembling this month’s post. The result is an evenly balanced catalog of anime personalities who, according to their creators, have a birthday in August.
As you review the post, please feel free to let me know if I overlooked one of your favorite anime or manga characters. Leave a comment below and let me know your picks.
10. Tadaomi Karasuma
- Birthday: August 15
- First Anime Appearance: Assassination Classroom Ep. 1 “Assassination Time” (2015)
Codename ‘Da Densest’, Tadaomi Karasuma is a special agent for Japan’s Ministry of Defense. He instructs and watches over students in Kunugigaoka Junior High School’s Class 3-E in their efforts to assassinate Korosensei.
Before coming into the Ministry of Defense’s employ, Tadaomi was an elite airman in the Japanese Air Force. His physical strength and professionalism gained him the respect of his fellow airmen. Tadaomi’s qualities and teaching ability made him the perfect candidate for Class 3-E’s mission. Married to Irina Jelavić, he is a bit dense when it comes to matters of love.
Initially, Tadaomi Karasuma comes off as someone whose focus is on the government’s mission and less on the personal growth of his students. His perspective changes over the series to become someone who genuinely wants his young charges to be successful. His narrative draws fan interest, which becomes the basis for why Tadaomi Karasuma has longevity on polls ranking favorite anime characters.
9. Sanae Dekomori
- Birthday: August 8
- First Anime Appearance: Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ep. 3 “The Hectic… Twintail” (2012)
The agent of the eye of the wicked lord, Sanae Dekomori is a high school girl and one of the anime’s notable supporting characters. She is academically gifted and a founding member of the school’s Far Eastern Magic Napping Society of Summer club.
This petite ‘magical warrior’ sports long blonde twin-tails tied at their ends by bags of candy. A chūnibyō at heart, Sanae deploys her twin-tails or the Mighty Mjolnir Maul to attack ‘Fake Mori Summer.’ Yuuta Togashi, the series male protagonist, often refers to her as ‘Mischievous Dimwit.’ She also shows a tendency to refer to herself in the third person. Despite her mannerisms, Dekomori is a caring person and cares for her friend’s well-being.
Sanae Dekomori plays the perfect foil to Yuuta Togashi and Shinka Nibutani. Her character serves to demonstrate that being a responsible person does not mean giving up on your true self. Dekomori’s comedic charm is reason enough to become a fan favorite for August.
- Birthday: August 6
- First Anime Appearance: Nanatsu no Taizai Ep. 1 “The Seven Deadly Sins” (2014)
Meliodas’ traveling companion, Hork or Hawk is a talking pig-like creature from Purgatory. ‘Captain Leftovers’ is the first animal to grace our series.
His story begins with the Demon King sending him to the Living World to spy on Meliodas. He meets up with Meliodas and after a brief argument, the pair decides to open a restaurant. Hawk works at ‘The Boar Hat’ tavern by cleaning up food leftovers. His special ability is using the power of Transpork. This skill allows Hawk to absorb any eaten magical power.
Hawk is a popular character within the Seven Deadly Sins anime. Energetic and carefree, this demon-pig serves as the series heart and soul. His contribution to the story and character interaction has made Hawk a favorite among fans.
7. Himiko Toga
- Birthday: August 7
- First Anime Appearance: Boku no Hīrō Akademia Ep. 31 “The Aftermath of Hero Killer: Stain” (2017)
An archetypal yandere, Himiko Toga is the only living female member of the League of Villains and the series primary antagonist. Her cheerful exterior masks a deeper psychopathic yearning to inflict pain upon others.
How the Creepy Demon Child arrived at being a serial killer is a bit of a mystery. There is nothing known about her family or place of birth. Himiko’s criminal behavior becomes more effective through the use of her Transformation Quirk. This ability allows her to transform into a lookalike of another person, including the ability to copy their voices. She augments this trait by using combat knives and a blood-sucking machine to dispatch opponents.
Himiko Toga is a popular villain within the My Hero Academia universe, which is surprising given her brutality within the story. The ability to draw fans into liking a despicable villain serves as a credit to the series writer Yōsuke Kuroda to stay true to Kohei Hirikoshi’s vision.
- Birthday: August 1
- First Anime Appearance: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Ep. 1 “This Self Proclaimed Goddess and Reincarnation in Another World!” (2016)
The goddess of water, Aqua is one of the three main characters within the KonoSuba narrative. She is responsible for convincing Japanese people to reincarnate into the Fantasy World. Satou Kazuma tricks her into becoming his regrettable, travel companion.
A bit of a pampered princess, Aqua is one of the least effective of Kazuma’s adventuring party. He often refers to as the Useless Goddess. Her self-centered approach to life is evident when she attempts to appease her followers by performing great feats but efforts go poorly due to an inflated ego. Aqua and Kazuma often argue and point out each other’s flaws but the pair actually care for one another.
The success of KonoSuba rests on the interactions of the series quartet. Along with the series popularity, the Goddess of Debt has also become well-liked. Fans need only look at her guest appearance in Weathering with You to understand Aqua’s status as a favorite.
5. Kyoka Jiro
- Birthday: August 1
- First Anime Appearance: Boku no Hīrō Akademia Ep. 5 “What I Can Do for Now” (2016)
A talented musician, Kayoka Jiro is a petite, emotionally complex girl in Class 1-A at U.A. High School. She is the only hero-in-training whose champion name, Hearing Hero: Earphone Jack, is the same as her quirk.
Her Earphone Jack Quirk employs the sound of her heartbeat to create a violent tremor attack. She can use this quirk to surveil her surroundings. Her abilities resulted in a seventeenth place outcome on the Quirk Apprehension Test. In her free time, Kyoka is a rock singer and musician. A bassist, she is a skilled instrumentalist and her singing is described as ‘husky, but heavenly.’
Kayoka Jiro is one of the first Boku no Hīrō Akademia characters developed by Kohei Horikoshi. He drew inspiration while traveling home and listening to music through headphones. His imaginative take on hero design has given us one of U.A. High School’s best support characters in Kayoka Jiro.
4. Faye Valentine
- Birthday: 14 August 1994
- First Anime Appearance: Cowboy Bebop Ep. 3 “Honky Tonk Women” (1998)
Wanted for grand theft, Faye Valentine lives in a sanctuary among Bebop’s rascals. The ‘Queen of Hearts’ is a cunning but arrogant bounty hunter who loves leisure over the grind.
Seventy-seven years old, her youthful appearance is a product of being in cryogenic sleep. She revives fifty-four years later to discover a universe turned on its head. Her strange new environment causes her to use her charms to exploit others. Her selfish lifestyle begins to unravel after she reviews a Beta tape of her childhood. Faye comes to view the Bebop crew as a surrogate family.
Faye Valentine is an homage to the classic noir movie femme Fatales. She is intelligent, mysterious, and sexy, with hints of vulnerability. Faye uses her assets to navigate and overcome a world dominated by powerful people. Her narrative arc is why fans recognize the ‘Queen of Hearts’ as a great supporting character in the Cowboy Bebop universe.
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3. Taiga Kagami
- Birthday: August 2
- First Anime Appearance: Kuroko no Basuke Ep. 1 “I am Kuroko” (2012)
A first-year student, Taiga Kagami plays for Seirin High’s basketball team. His imposing stature combined with raw athletic talents has catapulted him to the team’s ace and power forward.
Born in Japan, Taiga spent his formative years in the United States. The cultural transition was isolating until his introduction to the game of street basketball. He would become a monster on the court under the coaching of retired WNBA player Alexandra Garcia. Returning to Japan, Taiga’s talents have people referring to him as “The Miracle who did not become one of the Miracles.”
Although a bit shōnen trope-ish, Taiga Kagami’s arc is about personal growth on and off the court. This compelling journey is the reason why so many fans continue to rank Taiga as a favorite anime sports personality.
- Birthday: August 2
- First Anime Appearance: Naruto Ep. 83 “Jiraiya: Naruto’s Potential Disaster!” (2004)
An ancestor of the Senju and Uzumaki clans, Tsunade is one of the Legendary Three Ninja from Konohagakure. She is a powerful kunoichi (female ninja) and skilled medical-nin, whose skills are invaluable as Konoha’s Fifth Fire Shadow or Fifth Hokage.
Tsunade is the granddaughter of Konoha’s First Hokage, Hashirama Senju. As his first grandchild, Hashirama overlooked the young girl’s nonconformist approach at life and love of gambling. These scruples would continue into Tsunade’s adult life. Her life force and physical energy are strong enough to heal legions of shinobi, which was useful in the battle against Obito Uchiha.
Naruto is an expansive shōnen environment with over two hundred great characters. The ability to rise to the surface of this massive field of awesome personalities is pretty remarkable. Tsunade’s well-earned distinction as fan-favorite is why she beats out most anime characters identified with a birthday in August.
- Birthday: August 10
- First Anime Appearance: Noragami Ep. 1 “A Housecat, A Stray God, and a Tail” (2014)
Over 1000 years old, Yato or Yaboku is a minor calamity god and one of series three protagonists. His mission in life is to rebrand himself so others may worship him.
Yato and his sister grew up in the care of their manipulative father, Fujisaki Kouto. The father’s devious nature caused the young lad to believe that murdering others and causing mayhem was a game.
He would come, with Sakura’s assistance, to view humanity and the world as beautiful. Alongside Hiyori Iki and Yukine, Yato sets out to challenge himself and society’s perceptions. His ultimate goal is to have society forgive him of past misdeeds.
The story of Noragami is very much an exploration into the philosophical understanding of true self. The anime presents this theme quite well in Yato’s journey of self-discovery. This is something we all struggle with within our daily interactions. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that anime fans pick Yato as one of their favorite characters with a birthday in August.