9 Anime Characters Who Inspire Us To Be Dreamers
Everyone has a dream or goal that they wish to accomplish. And anime characters are no different.
9 Anime characters who inspire us to fight for our dreams (featuring from the ‘Be Dreamers’ mini saga):
1. Yoichi Isagi and his dream of becoming the Best Striker in the world (Blue Lock)
Blue Lock highlights the following concepts:
- Befriending the egoist inside of you
- Put your dream on the line
- Developing your special weapon
Yoichi Isagi is the first character to join the Blue Lock program to become the best striker in the world. But there’s a catch, if he gets eliminated then he is done playing soccer, period. He is done dreaming.
Laying everything on the line knowing that if you screw it up, your dream will die but still taking that risk is a feat only egoists like Isagi can commit.
2. Shoyo Hinata and his dream of being a Giant on the Court despite his Short appearance (Haikyuu)
Shoyo Hinata is a little short compared to your usual anime characters and to make matters worse he plays volleyball where a player’s height is of great essence.
Hinata isn’t among those who give up on their dreams because they lack the physical attributes to succeed. He is someone who turns that weakness into an unforeseen strength by becoming the biggest decoy on the court.
When his school didn’t have a boy’s volleyball team instead of giving up he practised with the girl’s team.
When he didn’t have a team to be able to participate in volleyball competitions he convinced his friends to join him so he can have enough members to take part in the competition.
Hinata enlightens us that life doesn’t always present you with opportunities to succeed but rather you must create opportunities for yourself to succeed.
3. Komi and her dream of making 100 Friends (Komi Can’t Communicate)
Komi Can’t Communicate is a high school slice-of-life, comedy-drama that features a girl named Komi (also known as the Goddess of her school because of her overwhelming beauty) who struggles to communicate with others i.e she has extreme social anxiety and how she goes about tackling that issue.
Komi dreams of making 100 friends, well aware of the fact that she suffers from social phobia.
Komi can’t even utter the two letter word ‘Hi’ to any of her classmates. She knows that it’s an impossible mountain to climb for her but still chooses to fight for her dream.
Sometimes in life just being courageous enough to dream something that is mentally and physically impossible for you to achieve says a lot about the kind of person you are.
4. Chizuru Ichinose and her dream of making it as a big shot actor for her grandma to watch her on screen (Rent A Girlfriend)
Chizuru promised her grandma that she would become an actress one day cause she wants her grandma to see her perform on the big screen. That’s her dream.
She is a college student, works as a rental girlfriend to pay for her acting classes, takes care of her sick grandma who has been hospitalised and takes part in acting gigs.
She lives such a hectic life just for one thing which is to make that dream of hers a reality.
5. Soma Yukihira and his dream of becoming the best Chef (Food Wars)
Soma Yukihira wishes to become a full time chef in his father Joichiros’s family restaurant. But before he gets to do that, he needs to attend an elite culinary school where he must engage in battle with his fellow peers in food wars to hone his culinary skills.
Food wars are intense, competitive and thrilling where students are put under intense pressure.
The ‘ecchi’ scenes used in the anime to exaggerate how good the food taste are mind boggling.
Food wars is like a breath of fresh air among all the other generic Shonen anime out there.
6. Arata Kaizaki and his dream of revamping his life by reliving the last year of high school (Relife)
Arata Kaizaki is a little different to the usual “follow/fight for your dreams” anime characters.
Instead of showing characters who give it their all to make their dreams come true, Relife shows the darker side of life depicting what happens when you give up.
Though Arata is a hopeless NEET he still sets a good example for how you should make the best use of a second chance at life.
7. Eren Yeager and his dream of seeing what’s it like Outside the walls (Attack On Titan)
Eren and his friends have had their whole lives confined within the humongous walls. He dreams of seeing what’s it like outside the wall.
But this dream of his comes with a price at the expense of his comrades. He has slayed countless titans on the way while the loss of his comrades kept weighing him down to reach the promised land.
But to his surprise, the outside world didn’t turn out the way he envisioned it.
8. Inui Kazuomi and his dream of becoming a movie director (Love Me, Love Me Not)
It’s been Inui’s dream to become a movie director since elementary school and now he has the chance to pursue it.
But he doesn’t want it at the expense of losing the girl he likes. He doesn’t want to give up on his dream either.
He shows us that love and dream can go hand in hand. You don’t have to choose between the two. You are not greedy for wanting both.
9. Miho and Shota and their dream of acing their college entrance exams (Cross Road)
Cross Road features two high school students Miho and Shota as they prepare for their college entrance exams.
Miho has access to zero cram school on her island while Shota juggles a part time job in Tokyo while studying for his entrance exam.
In the end, both of them do make it despite the many roadblocks that came their way.
Cross Road leaves the audience with a beautiful message that when you are fighting for dreams all alone, just keep in mind that there’s someone out there who is also working just as hard for the same goal. So don’t think you are alone.
- Izuku Midoriya
- Rock Lee
“Get a dream, hold on to it
And shoot for the sky”
by the American Dream Dusty Rhodes