Where to Start: Popular Anime For First Time Watchers


Light Yagami, Ciel Phantomhive, Naruto Uzumaki, and Motoko Kusanagi are some of the most popular characters in anime.


Light Yagami is the protagonist of Death Note. Light finds a powerful book which can kill any person whose name is written in the book.


Ciel Phantomhive (from Black Butler) is an orphan and head of his family’s estate. He is tasked with solving crime in London’s underworld. Ciel is bound to a contract he made with a devil, Sebastian Michaelis, who takes on the appearance of a butler. Sebastian will help Ciel find the people responsible for his family’s death, and in exchange, Sebastian will take Ciel’s soul.


Naruto Uzumaki, from the anime “Naruto” is a ninja who aspires to be the best and most respected in his village.  Naruto quotes are some of the most beloved among anime fans, and give tons of people joy.  It’s also one of the absolute best ninja anime.


Major Motoko Kusanagi is from Ghost in the Shell. She is a human-cyborg hybrid and leads the elite task force Section 9, who are devoted to stopping Japan’s most dangerous criminals.



Among popular female characters are: Kyohei Tachibana, Winry Rockbell, and Alice.


Kyohei Tachibana is the lead from Burst Angel. Set in the near future, it follows Kyohei, who gets involved with four mercenaries: Jo, Meg, Sei, and Amy.


Winry is a young mechanic from the series Full Metal Alchemist. She specializes in mechanical repair and creating prostheses.


Alice is from Pandora Hearts. She is referred to as Alice or the Bloodstained Black Rabbit. The story is loosely based on Alice in Wonderland.