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These 20 Animes Have Some Of The Best Black Characters To Date, See If You Agree

From Michiko and Hatchin to Afro Samurai, there is a wide range of animes with great Black characters that it's almost too hard to pick just 20.

Anime has come a long way from its original non-diverse era. Nowadays, there have been more and more Black characters being introduced, even as protagonists. It is a sign of the art evolving, but also the addition of creators like LeSean Thomas, Takashi Okazaki, Shinichirō Watanabe, and Aaron McGruder, among others, who have made an effort to include more Black characters and their stories.

1. Carole and Tuesday

Carole and Tuesday performing together

2. Fire Force

3. Afro Samurai

Afro surrounded by fire and ready to do battle

4. Naruto Shippuden

5. Michiko and Hatchin

6. The Boondocks

Huey Riley and Grandad looking down at something shocked

7. Boruto

Cho-cho prepping an attack

8. Bleach

9. Sword Art Online

Agil looking intensely at someone while in game

10. Yasuke

Yasuke in his samurai armor bloodied in battle

11. Hunter X Hunter

Canary jumping through the air knocking out multiple hunters

12. Dragon Ball Z

A damaged Piccolo standing in front of Gohan after getting hit by something

This was a way for animation studios to start straying away from Black caricatures but felt that Black characters weren't marketable yet. Piccolo has grown to be one of the franchise's most beloved characters and has seen an arc matched only by Goku and Vegeta.

13. Soul Eater

Kilik standing with Fire and Thunder about to battle

14. Cowboy Bebop

Coffee standing confidently with a smirk on her face ready to take something on

15. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

Muhammad standing with Joseph staring intensely at someone

16. One Piece

Kuzan in the middle of battle with ice around his face and body

This is never really touched on in the series, but their depictions seem to be that they could be bi-racial. Whatever the case, these two characters are essential to the story of One Piece, being that Usopp is one the mighty pirates from the Straw Hat Crew and Kuzan, the former marine turned Black Beard pirate, has been one of the more formidable antagonists that Luffy and the Straw Hat Crew have faced.

17. Cannon Busters

SAM speaking to Philly

18. Cyber Punk: Edgerunners

Maine with his arm around Dorio with a bloody nose

19. Neo Yokio

Kaz sitting on a bench sulking about something

20. Basquash!

Miyuki wearing her sunglasses and jacket smiling at someone

What are some of your favorite anime with Black characters? What anime or characters did I miss? Let me know in the comments below!

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