17 Fun Facts You Never Knew About Your Favorite Anime

    So many gems behind these animated classics.

    1. Sean Schemmel passed out while recording Goku's Super Saiyan level 4 transformation for Dragon Ball GT.

    2. Yoshihiro Togashi, the creator of Hunter X Hunter, is married to the creator of Sailor Moon, Naoko Takeuchi.

    3. Shinichiro Watanabe initially thought Mugen from Samurai Champloo was going to be a "rapper samurai."

    4. The opening sequence for Archer is heavily inspired by the opening for Cowboy Bebop.

    5. Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky bought the rights to Perfect Blue, just to recreate the iconic bathtub scene for his film Requiem for a Dream.

    6. B-movies inspired Hiromu Arakawa to write Fullmetal Alchemist. She wants readers to criticize the series by saying to themselves, "What kind of alchemy is that?"

    7. Porco Rosso was originally a short film that could only be seen on Japan Airlines. Miyazaki expanded the short into a feature-length film.

    8. The creator of Naruto, Masashi Kishimoto believes the Sound Village is better than the Sand Village.

    9. One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda only reveals the ending of an episode to his editor.

    10. Makashima Shogo in Psycho-Pass is based on the Joker in The Dark Knight.

    11. Kanye West's music video for "Stronger" is based on the movie Akira.

    12. Atsushi Ōkubo's favorite characters from Soul Eater are Shinigami-sama, Excalibur, and Mosquito because "they are rather easy to draw."

    13. Vegeta's english voice actor, Christopher Sabat believes Vegeta is the best character on Dragon Ball Z, he said, "Vegeta is a much more rounded, better character than Goku ever could be."

    14. The first Pokémon ever designed were Rhydon, Clefairy, and Lapras.

    15. Hajime Isayama created Attack On Titan with the ending already decided under the assumption that his editor wouldn't let the series be published.

    16. Quentin Tarantino was first approached to write the English translation of the script for Princess Mononoke. Tarantino recommended horror novelist Neil Gaiman.

    17. Ghost in the Shell inspired the Wachowski sisters to create The Matrix trilogy. When they pitched their idea to producer Joel Silver, they played him a DVD of the anime film and said, "We wanna do that for real."