Heyyo minna! It’s Ryuji Tatsuya with yet another anime rant! So lately I have come across a few anime series where the characters’ faces seem to be awfully similar to that of other anime characters in the past. When I did my research about that, I realized that there are quite a few characters like that. That’s why today, I decided to make a list of some of the characters who were caught under my supervision. So without any further delay, let’s get right into it!
- Tendou (Haikyuu) and Hisoka (Hunter x Hunter)
I remember my reaction when I was watching the third season of Haikyuu. The moment Tendou made his appearance in the series I remembered yelling “HOLY SHIT! IT’S HISOKA!!” in the middle of the episode (Even though I haven’t seen HXH, I was kinda familiar with the character Hisoka). Well, the odd stares I got from my family is a different story, but it turns out that I wasn’t really wrong and many other people also noticed and pointed that out.
- Haru (My Little Monster) and Houtarou (Hyouka)
Ok I admit that this is a no brainer, because it’s almost everywhere on the internet; but still, I think these two characters literally are brothers separated at birth (Stolen Old meme lel). Even though their behaviours are COMPLETELY different from each other, I guess it isn’t considered cheating if I include them here, ne?
- Manabe (Kotoura san) and Kyon (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
These characters are the reason I decided to write this post (Even though the idea of doing so was in my mind for more than a month now). No matter how you look at it, these two are literally a xerox of each other (Except the fact that Manabe has a childish af portrayal with low budget character sketch while Kyon had a kinda better and more serious portrayal) Also, nevermind the change in attitude of the two characters.
- Izumi (Parasyte the maxim) and Yuri (Yuri on ice)
First things first, I have not watched Yuri on Ice yet and I certainly don’t think I will be watching it any time sooner (Calm down LGBT community), but thanks to the immense hype it got in 2016, there was no way that I would have missed the uncanny similarity between these two characters. In my opinion, I would say Izumi is like the older brother who is juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuust a little smarter than his little brother, Yuri. Still, I will have to agree that the cooler side of Yuri was way better than that of Izumi.
- Yu (Charlotte) and Takumi (Battery)
I just finished watching Battery and that’s why the great similarity between these two facial characters is vivid clear on my mind. All the while I watched Battery, I was calling Takumi ‘The Yu Otosaka of a poor budget anime’; I still don’t think it was wrong of me to do so. The thing that kinda irritated was the fact that even though Yu had a great character development by the end of the series, Takumi was still the same old arrogant freak who knew nothing except being all high and mighty (At least try to be a little bit positive like Yu, ya faulty Xerox character!).
- Mio (K-On!) and Tamako (Tamako Market)
Close your eyes and imagine Mio Akiyama. Now slowly imagine her in a little younger version, maybe like in middle school. Now give her a twin tail and little bit cheerful personality; TADA! You have created Tamako! To be honest, even though Tamako is 99% similar to Mio, in case of character sketch, she is still way too far to reach her class. ALL HAIL GODDESS MIO!!
- Akame (Akame ga Kill) and Shino (Seitokai Yakuindomo)
While Akame spilled blood by killing every enemy of the Night Raid, Shino, on the other hand, spread laughs by cracking outright sexual jokes every minute. I haven’t completed Akame ga kill (Because f**k bad endings, f**k action and f**k my life), I don’t think I would love her as much as I love Shino (For being a perverted comedian myself, I admire you a lot!). It’s just as the old saying goes, “Spread laughter, not hatred” (Now don’t ask me who said that………. Or if that is even a real thing).
- Elze (Issekai wa smartphone no tomo ni) and Kyou (Clannad)
While the former series is just a big compilation of almost all the fantasy and magical anime clichés possible, Elze and her younger sister (Forgot her name XD) are maybe a rip off of the Clannad sisters. Elze and Kyou’s personality, affection towards their sister as well as the hairband’s position are really really similar to each other. I’m calling first dibs on Elze being a failed copy of Kyou.
- Haruhara (FLCL) and Yano (Kimi ni Todoke)
In one of the videos of The Anime Man, I came across this character called Haruhara. While I have no idea how her personality might be like, I remember thinking to myself that maybe he did some kind of mistake, as instead of Haruhara, the name should be Yano (Later I found out that it wasn’t my mistake at all). If you guys know about this character then be sure to tell me about her, but for now, I guess I’ll be calling her Yano-chan v2.
And with that, this list comes to an end. Have you came across any of these characters? Did you also find them similar? Are there any more characters that cross your mind? Be sure to tell me in the comments below. Thanks for reading!