Top 5 Chinese Anime Characters
As I’m a Chinese myself as most of you would have already known, I’m always happy to see Chinese characters emerge into the world of anime. Here is my top 5 list of my favorite Chinese anime characters.
1. Revy (Black Lagoon)
Being hailed as arguably the “most American” anime of all time, it’s easy to forget sometimes that the show starred a Chinese-American protagonist who goes by the name of Rebecca Lee, or more commonly known as Revy. Engaging in countless gunfights with a pair of customized handguns and a cigarette in her mouth, she is the epitome of badassery. And in a show which is pretty much the “Michael Bay anime”, she is the perfect protagonist.
2. Kagura (Gintama)
Gintama has a lot of great, quirky characters and to be honest, Kagura is just one fun character among the myriad of super entertaining characters. Of course, her antics and wackiness is definitely up to par with the entire cast of crazy characters, and definitely contribute to Gintama’s overall enjoyment. Being part of the main Yorozuya trio, she is also heavily involved in quite a few of the show’s best arcs. Being voiced by Rie Kugimiya as well is the icing on the cake.
3. Lenalee Lee (D.Gray Man)
Lenalee Lee is an interesting pick. She is not the perfect character by any means, and possessed more flaws than strengths. Often times however, flawed characters are the ones that are the most intriguing. Lenalee Lee struck the perfect boundary of being an excellently humanized character in a shounen show, while not being overly weak or wimpy you could have sworn she would do better in a shoujo show. Furthermore she is a steadily developing character along the course of the show, and all these contribute as to why Lenalee Lee is just such a great character. Oh, and twintails.
4. Ling Yao / Greed (Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
If we are talking the Brotherhood version of Full Metal Alchemist, you really can’t not mention Ling Yao without mentioning Greed, as both technically became the same character. Normally carefree, Ling is a character whose greed and obsession with kingship allowed his own body to get taken over by Greed. Greed himself is a surprisingly dynamic character and one of the many things I enjoy in this show is actually his relationship with Ling. It was just such an unique way to explore not one, but two characters in the way Brotherhood did.
5. Hei (Darker Than Black)
A polite student at day and a stoic badass at night, Hei is another character in this list that I’m reminded more of his badassery than anything else. Wearing a mask, dark trench coat and equipped with wires and electricity abilities, I swear I’m almost watching a Chinese Batman at work — everything involving him is really the best highlight of the show, and yes, that includes him stuffing down heaps of food in a family restaurant.