Best Anime Quotes of All Time
A good anime has certain qualities that make it unique, whether it be a different plot point, characters, fight scenes, romance etc. However what makes an anime GREAT are the quotes. Every single famous anime has a couple of lines that make it unique and sums the anime up. Whether it's Pokemon's slogan "Catch'em all!" or even Sailor Moons theme song "Fighting evil by moonlight...", quotes are what stick to people. And if the quotes are memorable, they elevate the anime to a whole new level. Unlike what a few believe, watching an anime series is not a waste of time. It's entertainment. Aside from the fun and excitement that comes with every action, most anime series, if not all, incorporate life lessons. The people behind them usually express the true meaning of friendship, love, justice, hope, respect, peace, and other good values. Here are 13 of some of the best anime quotes!
"The world isn't perfect. But it's there for us, doing the best it can....that's what makes it so damn beautiful."
~ Roy Mustang (Full Metal Alchemist)
Roy Mustang is a character from Full Metal Alchemist who isn't afraid to speak his mind. In this quote, he talks about how imperfect the world can be. Ironically, alchemy can make it perfect via equivalent exchange. But in the end, Roy says that the world being imperfect is 'perfect.' There is no such thing as perfection. Because once there is perfection, where do you go?
"To know sorrow is not terrifying. What is terrifying is to know you can't go back to happiness you could have."
~ Matsumoto Rangiku (Bleach)
Rangiku is one of the vice-captains in Bleach. Rangiku has a hard life growing up in Soul Society, making her who she is today. Because of her past experiences, she is saying that sorrow isn't scary, but its the idea that you can't go back to that feeling of happiness is the scariest part.
"We are all like fireworks: we climb, we shine and always go our separate ways and become further apart. But even when that time comes, let's not disappear like a firework and continue to shine.. forever."
~ Hitsugaya Toshiro (Bleach)
Hitsugaya is the captain of Rangiku and one of the captains in Bleach. Known as one of the youngest captains ever, he is known for his strategies, brain and being as cold as ice. Speaking, Hitsugaya reiterates that even though they may grow and travel further apart, they should not disappear like fireworks.
"Those who stand at the top determine what's wrong and what's right! This very place is neutral ground! Justice will prevail, you say? But of course it will! Whoever wins this war becomes justice!"
~ Don Quixote Doflamingo (One Piece)
Don Quixote Doflamingo is one of the pirates from One Piece. He ironically states that justice is not true justice, rather its seen as 'justice' from one point of view. There is no neutrality with justice as justice is the winners view.
"Fear is not evil. It tells you what weakness is. And once you know your weakness, you can become stronger as well as kinder."
~Gildarts Clive (Fairy Tail)
Gildharts is one of the Fairytail's S-class wizards. Speaking to someone who is scared, he tells them that fear is not evil; rather a tool to help you overcome any obstacle you may have.
"Whatever you lose, you'll find it again. But what you throw away you'll never get back."
~ Kenshin Himura (Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan)
Kenshin is a legendary swordsman in feudal Japan. Kenshin talks about how if you misplace or forget something, whether it be a person, place, idea or thing you will find it. But that's different from throwing it away. Throwing it away means you did not want it anymore; thus, you will never find it again.
"Fear is freedom! Subjugation is liberation! Contradiction is truth! Those are the facts of this world! And you will all surrender to them, you pigs in human clothing!"
~ Satsuki Kiryuuin (Kill la Kill)
Satsuki in this speech contradicts everything most people stand for. However, it makes sense. Being afraid means being free to be able to have the ability to be afraid. Contradicting something means finding the truth, if there is a contradiction.
"I am the hope of the universe. I am the answer to all living things that cry out for peace. I am protector of the innocent. I am the light in the darkness. I am truth. Ally to good! Nightmare to you!"
~ Son Goku (Dragon Ball Z)
Goku is in one of the most famous anime characters ever. Goku is one of the main characters from Dragon Ball. He speaks to his enemies about how he is the defender of all things good. He is the gatekeeper. Rather than destroy the world like many bad guys, he wants to keep it at peace and save humanity.
"Religion, ideology, resources, land, spite, love or just because… No matter how pathetic the reason, it’s enough to start war. War will never cease to exist… reasons can be thought up after the fact… Human nature pursues strife."
~ Paine (Naruto Shippuden)
Paine is one of the main villans in Naruto Shippuden. In this conversation, Paine tells Naruto that humans will always start wars and fight. It's human nature to find conflict. Thus, anything can lead to a war as long as war is the end result.
"People, who can’t throw something important away, can never hope to change anything."
~ Armin Arlert (Shingeki no Kyojin / Attack on Titan)
Sometimes if you love something so much, you will have to let it go. Armin is saying that if you hold onto something when it doesn't help you, it will only hurt you. Sometimes change is necessary for growth in a person.
“I want you to be happy. I want you to laugh a lot. I don’t know what exactly I’ll be able to do for you, but I’ll always be by your side.”
~ Kagome (InuYasha)
Kagome is the main heroine of Inuyasha. In this monologue, Kagome is telling Inuyasha her true feelings. She wants only the best for him. She doesn't know how to make this happen after all the events they had been though, but she will not leave his side.
“Thinking you’re no-good and worthless is the worst thing you can do”
~ Nobito (Doraemon)
Nobito is the main character of Doraemon. A bullied clumsy kid, future Nobito sends a robot named Doraemon to past kid Nobito to make his childhood more pleasant. When Doraemon starts malfunctioning, Nobito tells Doraemon that putting yourself down is always the worst. You should never think you are useless. Cheer up and work again.
“Don’t give up, there’s no shame in falling down! True shame is to not stand up again!”
~ Shintaro Midorima (Kuroko No Basket)
Shintaro is telling the cast that the problem isn't failing, but not even trying. Not even trying is worse because you have already given up. At least if you tried, you can say you had put in the effort.