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Hey, It’s Us! Anime Characters Who Are Also Anime Fans

These anime series feature anime fans in the cast!

Getting repped in anime is fun, whether it’s someone with our personality or with our hobbies. Of course, there’s the big hobby we all have in common: watching anime. And there are plenty of anime fans running around in our favorite shows!

Here are a handful of our favorite fellow otaku. Who are some of your favorites?


Konata Izumi, Lucky Star

Konata Izumi, fangirl prime

If we don’t start with Girl A herself, we shouldn’t even be here. One of anime’s biggest anime fans, Kona definitely feels like one of us. She’s into classic series, karaoke, tokusatsu… heck, she’s got some interesting dating sim tastes, too. A lot of this is thanks to her dad, who raised her on a steady diet of his own interests.

That means we get to see Kona cosplaying, hunting for cool anime merch, and fantasizing about robots. Just like us. And her friends are running out of patience for it… again, just like us.


Gai Daidoji – Martian Successor Nadesico

Gai Daidoji

What would be the coolest job for giant robot anime fans? Robot pilot, of course! Gai Daidoji is living the dream in Martian Successor Nadesico. This hardcore mecha lover looks like he came out of a Go Nagai series himself. It’s no wonder his favorite show is Gekiganger III: a fairly on-the-nose pastiche of classic 70s mecha shows. And his fandom is so infectious, series protagonist Akito picks up on it, too.

Of course, as a fan of these shows, he knows the dangers that come with the job. So he should be fine out there, right? Of course right. No further questions.


Kae Serinuma – Kiss Him, Not Me

Kae Serinuma

As anime fans, we take our stories seriously. If something happens to our fave, it is devastating. Though possibly not as devastating as it is for the star of Kiss Him, Not Me… who, after watching her favorite character die, goes on the very inadvisable week-long crash grief diet and emerges weirdly attractive. While the weight loss aspect is not what will happen, we can still attest to wanting to hole up in our rooms for a week when something happens to the best boy.

Of course, suddenly everyone is noticing Kae now. While she’s still focused on 2D boys, 3D boys are focusing on her. And she’s not entirely sure what to do about this. After all, she’s so invested in her ships that she’s not sure how to handle being part of one.

Who are your favorite anime fans in the world of anime?


Kara Dennison

Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and presenter with bylines at Crunchyroll, Sci-Fi Magazine, Sartorial Geek, and many others. She is a contributor to the celebrated Black Archive line, with many other books, short stories, and critical works to her name.