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15 Awesome Anime Characters Who Write For A Living 

Anna Lindwasser
Updated May 21, 2019 141 votes 44 voters 1.6k views 15 items

Anime characters can have any job from cashier to ghost hunter - and sometimes those jobs can make for pretty good stories. Anime characters who are writers don't appear as frequently as other professionals, but they're worth paying attention to - especially if you're a writer. 

A surprisingly large number of these anime writers also fit the "pervert" archetype. Characters like Jiraiya from Naruto, Shigure Sohma from Fruits Basket, and Hanasaki Horie from Ao-chan Can't Study, use their lustful feelings as the creative fuel they need to help them write erotica. Other characters, like Subaru Mikazuki from My Roommate is a Cat and Izumi Takanashi from Working!! fit the hikkikomori archetype - they spend all day in their rooms writing and not interacting with others. Still, others venture outside of the creative writing field to focus on journalism, calligraphy, and more. 

Which anime writer is your favorite? Vote them up to let the world know whose work you'd read if you could.

Shigure Sohma - Fruits Basket
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Photo:  TMS Entertainment

As a member of the Zodiac - a person who transforms into an animal when embraced by the opposite sex - Shigure Sohma needed a job that would keep him close to home and wouldn't expose his secret. He decided to become a writer, specializing in both serious works and titillating romance titles. 

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Violet Evergarden - Violet Evergarden
Violet Evergarden - ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Awesome Anime Characters Who Write For A Living
Photo: Kyoto Animation

After Violet Evergarden left her original job as a child soldier, her major told her that he loved her. She didn't understand what this meant, and took a job as an Auto Memories Doll to try and find answers. As a Doll, Violet is supposed to write letters on behalf of clients. Sometimes, these letters are formal and businesslike, but at other times her job is to express the contents of her client's hearts. For someone who doesn't know much about emotions, this is no easy task, but Violet is dedicated to mastering it.

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Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15 Awesome Anime Characters Who Write For A Living
Photo:  Studio Pierrot

Not only is Jiraiya one of the greatest ninja in Konoha history, he's also one of its most renowned authors. Though he's best known for his erotic Icha Icha series, he's also written some serious books, including a few featuring a protagonist named Naruto, who served as the inspiration for Naruto Uzumaki's first name. 

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Subaru Mikazuki - My Roommate Is A Cat
Subaru Mikazuki - My Roo... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15 Awesome Anime Characters Who Write For A Living
Photo:  Zero-G

Subaru Mikazuki is a mystery writer who is so afraid of human contact that he even avoids meeting his fans. One day, he begrudingly takes in a stray cat named Haru. At first, Haru inspires the cat detective who is the main character of his series, but as time passes, she brings him into contact with more and more people, broadening his world and improving his writing.

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