Symbols and signs are powerful representations of actual subjects, events, people and even ANIME.
Over the years since Japan started producing world-class animation, certain symbolisms have become extremely popular, to the point that they can already be considered trademarks of Japan’s anime industry as a whole.
Today, we’ve compiled 5 of the symbols that are on top of their league in terms of popularity and relevance to the anime and manga series they represent.
— ONE PIECE.com(ワンピース) (@OPcom_info) August 14, 2017
Anime: One Piece
Creator: Eiichiro Oda
Specifically known as the Straw Hat Pirates flag, this Jolly Roger image wearing Luffy’s trademark straw hat is one of the most popular symbolisms in the history of Japanese animation.
Considering the worldwide fanbase of this anime and manga, as evident on a recently received Guinness World Record award for: “The most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author”, it’s easy to see why this symbol can’t be dismissed as a typical white bone on a black background logo.
When you see it, you’ll know it’s Monkey D Luffy!
— 【公式】NARUTO疾風乱舞 (@narucole_jp) September 5, 2017
Creator: Masashi Kishimoto
Home of the finest shinobis, Konohagakure has undeniably made name when it comes to the top places in the whole of anime kingdom, and that can be numbered among the most unforgettable ones. Aside from the fact that the main character of the series, Naruto, comes from this village, it’s also where we got to meet few of the most significant characters in the entire anime. For instance,
Sasuke and Itachi Uchiha
Genius Jonin (and later 6th Hokage), Hatake Kakashi-sensei
Legendary Sannin (Jiraiya, Tsunade and Orochimaru)
..and a whole lot more.
— コードギアスプロジェクト (@GEASSPROJECT) May 19, 2017
Anime: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Creator: Ichiro Okouchi
The idea of mind control is nothing new. It’s among the most favorite and common superpower we’ve heard about from various supernatural stories in both movies and books. But it’s a whole new thing when you start mixing this special ability with a complicated family feud-slash-politically shrouded story, as what our protagonist/villain Lelouch has gotten himself into.
Best thing is, Lelouch is no ordinary guy. He’s a Britannian prince in line for the crown. He’s smart, cunning, idealistic, handsome I should say, and well…..a born tactician. I don’t know about you, but for me, a character with this background is already formidable.
So you can just imagine how Geass and its ability to manipulate another person to say and do anything that Lelouch wants could be deadly.
And deadly it was…
— 4/19発売 ｢デスノート LNW｣公式 (@Deathnote_2016) April 18, 2017
Anime: Death Note
Creator: Tsugumi Ohba
Ever watched Death Note? No? Well if you have, then you would have to admit that if L Lawliet was real, the world’s most wanted criminals wouldn’t have an easy way out of the crimes they committed. On a second note, we might even see significant decline in major crimes committed on a daily basis.
But that is, of course, if L was real. Which he isn’t.
Anyway, this cloister black ‘L’ letter has long been a popular sign for our sweet loving, smart detective. I’d even go as far as saying that it’s the most popular symbolism of Death Note. When fans see it, they know it’s L. And of course, they automatically associate it with the anime series.
— アニメ「進撃の巨人」公式アカウント (@anime_shingeki) 2016年9月5日
Anime: Attack on Titan
Creator: Hajime Isayama
Scouting Legion, Scout Regiment, Recon Corps…..call it whatever you want. But as long as they have this white and blue ‘Wings of Freedom’ logo placed on their military gears, you’ll know you’re facing the elite group of warriors, primarily in charge of direct combat against the deadly Titans.
In terms of aesthetics, this symbol may look pale compared to the more elegant red rose highlight of the Garrison Brigade, and the regal appeal of the Military Police. But given the focus of the entire anime (which involves the Survey Corps), the fascinating characters and action-packed battle scenes, involving the members of this brigade, it’s easy to see why this symbol speaks of a major force of the story – something which all of those who watched Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin), will not miss.
Solid anime fan? What other symbols do you think deserve to be on this list? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments!