This being the week of Independence Day here in the U.S., I thought it might be a good time to talk about my favorite anime characters that happen to be Americans. The anime industry has a sordid past when it comes to portraying Americans. Sometimes showing Americans to be fat and slovenly, sometimes even embracing borderline racist stereotypes. Occasionally though, anime provides us with top quality ‘Murican goodness. And these are my seven favorite American anime characters.
7. Patricia “Patty” Martin (Lucky☆Star)
A transfer student from the US, Patty is a good example of how a lot of Japanese people view the typical American. She’s energetic, bubbly, and eager, not to mention she comes complete with blonde hair and blue eyes (a common anime trope for drawing foreigners).
The quintessential American otaku, Patty learned all of her Japanese through anime and manga (kinda like me), and she has a burning love for yaoi.
She’s living the American otaku’s dream, really.
6. Duo Maxwell (Mobile Suit Gundam Wing)
I’ll be honest, I have no great love for the Gundam franchise, and Wing is the only Gundam series I’ve seen from beginning to end. But that doesn’t stop me from loving Duo.
The American pilot of the Gundam Deathscythe, Duo Maxwell just oozes an aura of calm, cool, and collected nearly all the time. His jolly nature seems to win over everyone, even the antisocial Heero.
Plus, he kicks ass in a mech. So don’t make him too mad.
5. America (Hetalia franchise)
The literal personification of America (and by extension, Americans), Hetalia’s version is just like every red-blooded American you’ve ever known. Right?
He’s boisterous and cheery, almost to the point of hyperactive. He also has a habit of being nosy and having knee-jerk reactions, which explains why many other countries get so annoyed with him from time to time. America’s love of fast food, however, is spot on.
Fun fact: Creator Hidekaz Himaruya has said that the “F.” in America’s human name (Alfred F. Jones) may stand for “Franklin”… or “Fuck.”
4. Kurisu Makise (Steins;Gate)
Technically incorrect. Although Kurisu is of Japanese descent, she was both raised and educated in America. She also holds an American passport. That makes her American enough for me.
The somber tsundere of the Future Gadget Lab, Kurisu is one of the central plot drivers in Steins;Gate. Her initially combative banter with Okabe proves that her wit is just as useful as her looks. And her constant attempts to hide her inner otaku are certainly endearing.
3 & 2. Isaac Dian and Miria Harvent (Baccano! and Durarara!!)
The bumbling thieves in love from Baccano!, Isaac and Miria form part of the backbone of the stories being told throughout the show. Their happy-go-lucky personalities completely mask the fact that they are both practiced criminals. And they will steal almost anything, from a single door to an entire family’s fortune. Just don’t expect either one of them to be able to explain exactly how they did it. They are a bit clueless, after all.
A bit cheating, I know, but I felt obligated to include Isaac and Miria as a set, seeing as they are constantly together on screen. And it’s safe to say that Baccano! certainly wouldn’t be the same without them.
Also, their cameo in Durarara!! is pretty good.
1. Revy (Black Lagoon)
The maniac from Manhattan, Revy is essentially the muscle for the Lagoon Company. She’s merciless, sadistic, and she kills without a second thought. And she’s got a mouth that could give Gordon Ramsey a run for his money.
Revy’s ambidextrous skill with her pistols earned her the well-deserved nickname “Two Hand.” And, despite her hotheaded nature, Revy seems to get out of just about any situation alive… mostly.
She constantly lives on the edge and relies almost exclusively on her own resourcefulness and skills to see her through. Revy is truly the embodiment of the “American Dream.”
Happy Independence Day, my American kouhai!