It's time for some Black girl magic! While there aren't nearly as many Black anime girls and women as one would hope, there are still a lot that are worth celebrating.
Black women and girls show up in all kinds of anime, from kids shows like Pokémon to adult shows like Cowboy Bebop. Though rarely the main characters, they can serve very important roles. Canary from Hunter x Hunter is the Zoldyck Family's apprentice butler and guard who ends up helping Gon rescue Killua from his family. Meanwhile, Gotei 13's former second division captain Yoruichi Shihouin is one of the strongest female characters in Bleach. Other great representations of Black women in anime include Michiko Malandro and Atsuko Jackson from Michiko & Hatchin. Both are Afro-Latinas who grew up in a fictionalized version of Brazil.
Hopefully, as anime continues to be a global phenomenon, more Black female anime characters will appear.
- Photo: Bleach / Studio Pierrot
Michiko Malandro - 'Michiko & Hatchin'Photo: Michiko & Hatchin / Manglobe
Miyuki Ayukawa - 'Basquash!'Photo: Basquash! / Satelight
Canary - 'Hunter x Hunter'Photo: Hunter x Hunter / Madhouse
Carole - 'Carole & Tuesday'Photo: Carole & Tuesday / Bones
Iris - 'Pokémon Journeys'Photo: Pokémon Journeys: The Series / OLM