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13 Anime Characters Who Lost A Ton Of Weight

Updated January 22, 2020 5.3k votes 1.3k voters 52.1k views13 items

Most anime characters are on the thin side, but not all of them have always been that way. Some are anime characters who lost weight, whether by hard work, happenstance, or magic.

Some cases are totally unrealistic: there's no way anyone could possibly lose the amount of weight Kae Serinuma does in a week without surgical intervention, and Alvida's fat-removing Smooth-Smooth Fruit isn't something that exists in real life. But some characters, like Masamune Makabe and Yuri Katsuki lose weight through more tried and true methods: diet and exercise. Sometimes, it's a cause for celebration: the character lost weight in a healthy way, focusing on strength rather than appearance. But other times, the character is motivated by something darker, like when Prompto Argentum thinks that Noctis couldn't possibly want to be friends with a fat person and refuses to face him until he drops the weight. 

No matter what their situation, these characters all make major changes to their physques. Which ones do you think have the most interesting stories?

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    Fat Gum - 'My Hero Academia'

    In order to use his quirk, Fat Absorbtion, Fat Gum has to maintain a high body weight. That's why he's often seen eating whole trays of takoyaki. Fat Absorbtion allows him to sink his enemies into the folds of his fat, as well as to repel their attacks and launch them right back at them. Doing the latter rapidly depletes his fat reserves, leading to a much slimmer appearance. However, Fat Gum's weight will go back to normal not too long after this occurs. 

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    Isami Aldini - 'Food Wars'

    Isami Aldini is a student at Tōtsuki Culinary Academy along with his twin brother Takumi. He goes through a yearly transformation in which he drops a ton of weight every summer when the heat gets to him, and packs on the pounds in the winter time. The first time his classmates see him in skinny mode, they're understandably shocked. That kind of rapid cycling is super unhealthy in real life, but in Food Wars it's less of a serious thing and more of a visual gag.

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    Kae Serinuma - 'Kiss Him, Not Me!'

    Kae Serinuma couldn't care less what she weighs - she's too busy obsessing over yaoi to pay attention to things like that. After her favorite anime character passes away, she gets so upset that she locks herself in her room and refuses to eat for about a week. This somehow not only results in massive weight loss, it also makes her hair glossier and her eyes sparklier. Because that's totally what happens when you don't eat for a week.

    Kae's new look earns her the attention of a cadre of boys, but she couldn't be less interested. She doesn't want to date anyone - she's more interested in boys dating each other. Despite this, she doesn't want to hurt the boys' feelings and tries her best to take their requests seriously.

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    Yuri Katsuki - 'Yuri!!! on ICE'

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    After screwing up a figure skating competition, Yuri Katsuki falls into a deep depression, causing him to stop exercising and start binge eating. This results in some serious weight gain. After his idol, a fellow professional skater named Victor Nikiforov, sees a video of Yuri skating, he decides to help him prepare for the next competition - but the first step is getting Yuri back in shape with a strict regimen of diet and exercise.

    Victor isn't always kind to Yuri throughout the process - it isn't uncommon to hear him openly mocking Yuri's weight in the first few episodes. It's not cool, but given the huge amount of pressure and shaming that exists in the world of figure skating, it's not unrealistic, either.

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