Money makes the world go 'round, but anime often fails to address its characters' financial situations. Anyone who's ever been broke knows exactly how much money impacts every facet of a person's life. Escapism can be fun, but it's also nice to see characters dealing with real world issues. While some heroes can gallivant around the world without worrying about where their next meal is coming from (how does Ash Ketchum afford all those Poké Balls, anyway?), there are tons of anime characters with no money who still manage to make it work in a realistic fashion.
Some broke anime characters spend every waking moment in pursuit of their next big payday. Others accept their situations, and try to find cost-free paths to happiness. While a few shows have some seriously weird messages about poverty and classism, others provide a nuanced window into a real-world issue.