Anime heroes (and heroines) are the characters who keep an anime going – without them, there would be no story. Because they're so important to the overall experience, some anime fans find themselves wondering – which anime hero are they most like?
One great way to determine which hero you vibe with the most is by checking your star sign. Your zodiac sign lets you know what makes you flawed and what makes you fabulous, and the same applies to anime heroes. Are you a light-hearted, charming person who happens to be hiding a dark past? Then you're a lot like Yato of Noragami, a Gemini whose breezy exterior hides his past as a god of war. Or are you an ambitious, long-term planner like L from Death Note, a brilliant detective who is also a Capricorn?
Your sign is a great way to learn more about yourself and about your favorite anime heroes. If you identify more with anime villains, however, then the stars will tell you something a little bit different. We can't all be heroes, but these ones sure stand out.
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The first sign of the zodiac is also the most obviously heroic. Aries are unstoppable forces of energy who will do whatever it takes to achieve their goals, no matter how steep the odds against them may be. Ryuko Matoi is determined to defeat the despotic leader of her school, Satsuki Kiryuin. However, when she finds out that Satsuki is not her true enemy, she's more than happy to join forces with her, no matter how dangerous Ragyo – a woman who literally wants to destroy the world – might be.
In order to accomplish her feats of heroism, Ryuko also makes use of a few "negative" Aries traits. She can be more than reckless, taking risks that others would balk at. While everything works out for her in the end, throwing herself headlong into battle with no plan could have panned out quite differently – but, for the impulsive Aries, there's no other way to do things.
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Saitama is a powerful hero who can defeat anyone with a single punch, but all he really cares about are his creature comforts. An ideal night for him involves staying at home, cooking a meal he bought at a heavily discounted price, and watching TV – activities cherished by Tauruses everywhere.
But laziness and cheapness aren't the only traits linking him to the sign of the Bull. Saitama is also extraordinarily patient and organized, dedicating himself to a rigorous workout of 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats, and 10 kilometers of running every day. When he's actually motivated, Saitama can do anything he wants.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20): YatoPhoto: Noragami / Studio Bones
Yato is a smalltime god who is trying to gather enough cash to buy himself a shrine and get some devoted followers. He's also a total Gemini. This sign is ruled by Mercury, the planet representing communication. Yato is an expert communicator, forging relationships with gods all over the pantheon and humans too. He can be a charming, fascinating friend who is always coming up with original ideas.
Geminis are also known for being two-faced, and Yato has a face he'd rather not show anyone. In a former life, he was the God of Calamity and racked up a terrifyingly high kill count. He's trying to put those days behind him, but not everyone in his life is so keen to move on.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22): Tohru HondaPhoto: Fruits Basket / Studio Deen
Cancers are natural caretakers who excel at helping others, which is why Tohru Honda, a young woman who finds herself healing the emotional wounds of the enigmatic Sohma family, is a perfect fit for the fourth zodiac sign. You can always find Tohru cooking delicious meals for her household, talking a friend through a crisis, or otherwise lending a helping hand.
Sadly, that helpful Cancer energy also has its downside. Tohru can be so dedicated to other people's needs that she not only forgets to check whether others want her help, but she also forgets to take care of her own needs. Part of what the Sohma family does for Tohru is forcing her to take care of herself – something every Cancer's friends should keep in mind.