Otaku USA Magazine
Japanese Fans Rank Anime’s Most Outrageous Anthropomorphisms

Anthropomorphism is, to quote Webster, “an interpretation of what is not human or personal in terms of human or personal characteristics.”

In other words, giving something distinctly inhuman human form.

There are plenty of anime and manga that’ve done this over the years, but which wacky anthropomorphisms have left the biggest impression on Japanese fans?

Ranking site Goo asked its readers just that, and here are the results:

10. Miracle Train: Welcome to the Chuo Line
Tokyo’s Chuo Line trains

9. Squid Girl

Miracle Train: Welcome to the Chuo Line

8. Aohara Tetsudo

7. Miracle Train: Welcome to the Oedo Line
Tokyo’s Oedo Line trains

6. Love Kome: We Love Rice

5. Hataraku Saibo (Working Cells)
Cells and bactera

4. Kemono Friends

3. Kantei Collection (KanColle)

2. Hetalia

1. Touken Ranbu

There you have it. I maintain that Love Kome, the show about rice as men, is the most ridiculous anime anthropomorphism I’ve ever heard, but the fans ranked it at a fairly benign #6.

OUSAers: any other picks?

Touken Ranbu

Source: Goo

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.