What is up my pandas?! Today I am bringing you an awesome collab post with the one and only Aniwriter (aka The Weeb Commie over on Twitter). Yes, I am finally taking the time to write out this post because it is long overdue…like most of my post these days XD
In light of Chinese New Year being last week I knew I wanted to make a blog post incorporating this topic somehow. That’s when I came up with the idea of picking out anime characters that matched the Chinese Zodiac calendar. If you are unfamiliar with the Chinese Zodiac calendar it is known as Sheng Xiao. It is based on a twelve-year cycle, each year in that cycle related to an animal sign. These signs in order are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. It is calculated according to Chinese lunar calendar. But I also wanted to do the traditional Zodiac calendar as well! So then I thought “well why don’t you turn this into a collab post Ayano?”
And HERE WE ARE! The Aniwriter has decided to join me on this journey and gave me his take on anime characters as the traditional Zodiac signs. The Zodiac calendar, better known as Astrological signs, are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. In Western astrology, astrological signs are the twelve 30° sectors of the ecliptic, starting at the vernal equinox (one of the intersections of the ecliptic with the celestial equator), also known as the First Point of Aries. Each sector is named for a constellation it passes through (per my lovely friends over on Wikipedia).
So now that everyone is caught up on what each calendar contains lets get to the anime characters! (Note: These characters were selected on the basis of matching the signs description/traits. These characters could match with being born in the time frame/year, but that was left up discretion).
We will start off with Aquarius and the year of the Horse since I am both of these!
Aniwriter’s choice for Aquarius: Rei from March Comes in Like a Lion
Reasoning: Look, I’m always going to be biased towards Rei as a character, but this time it actually makes sense. The Aquarius sign is one that represents both social distance and a need for intellectual contact, and in that way, Rei is a perfect choice. Rei spends a lot of time by himself reflecting on the events of his past but is also secretly always looking forward to his next game of Shogi and to getting to see the Kawamoto sisters. He also loves talking about Shogi, and is always practicing and looking for new strategies and mentors like Shimada. Aloofness is also a common trait among Aquarius’, and Rei is definitely that. A lot of the time Rei is to involved in himself to realize the people who care about him. An Aquarius representative, to be sure.
Ayano’s choice for the Horse: Hotaru from Dagashi Kashi
Reasoning: How the hell could I not pick this goofball? Hotaru is like my inner spirit animal. They say people who are born in the year of the Horse are often energetic, animated, and active. They love to take center stage and can delight anyone they are put in-front of. You can also say that people who are born in the year of the Horse have a deft sense of humor, so they are masters of repartee. I feel like this fits Hotaru to a T. She’s wacky, outlandish, funny, and a integral part of Dagashi Kashi. She is definitely the best part of the show. Sometime’s people who are born in the year of the horse can be a little self-centered, which Hotaru is from time to time, but they can also be empathetic to other people’s problems. Hotaru was the very first character that popped into my head for the year of the horse so you know I had to pick her!
Aniwriter’s choice for Pisces: Kumiko from Sound! Euphonium
Reasoning: Kumiko being my Pisces choice should not be much of a surprise. One of the main strengths of a Pisces is their musicality, and in that realm, Kumiko is indeed talented. Another predominant characteristic of a Pisces is their emotionalism, given that they are a water sign. Throughout the series, Kumiko is lending an ear to many of her newfound friends, trying to understand and help them, and potentially even to some that could be considered more than friends. It might also be worth noting that Pisces are described as “incorrigible romantics,” which, when it comes to her relationship with Reina this makes a lot of sense.
Ayano’s choice for the Snake: Natsume from Brother’s Conflict
Reasoning: I’m gonna have to go with Natsume from Brother’s Conflict on this one. Mainly because the traits for people who are born in the year of the Snake are intelligent, wise, and private. Natsume is a little bit older than the rest of the boys in Brother’s Conflict and I felt like he kept to himself most of the series. He was a hard worker and gained much success at his company. Snakes are always determined to accomplish their goals and hate to fail. Snakes are also good at communication but say little. Natsume just feels like the right choice for the year of the Snake. I felt like Natsume did act on his own accord throughout the series, but was still reticent when it came to him opening up about himself.
Aniwriter’s choice for Aries: Hinata from Haikyuu!
Reasoning: The traits of an Aries could honestly describe most Shonen protagonists. “Courageous, determined, confident, enthusiastic, passionate.” However, what sets apart Hinata as an Aries representative is there strength in sports specifically. Hinata, like most Aries, are always brave and is “rarely afraid of trial and risk.” This is shown to be true in the show when he and Kageyama are working to perfect their spike. During this time, Hinata rarely thinks about the possibility of failure and is only looking forward to when he succeeds. Aries are also not particularly fond of inactivity, which might be why Hinata loves sports so much in the first place.
Ayano’s choice for the Goat: Yoshino from Date A Live
Reasoning: Gaaahhh…Yoshino is such a precious little cinnamon roll. If she isn’t the perfect description of a person being born in the year of the Goat…then I must be an idiot for choosing her. People who are born in the year of the Goat are generally believed to be gentle, mild in nature, shy, and amicable. They tend to have delicate thoughts, strong creativity, and perseverance. While Yoshino has trouble communicating in the first season, once she is sealed by Shido, she begins to improve her communication and integrates herself into society. Yoshino also has her rabbit puppet Yoshinon talk for her when she can’t communicate directly, but later on in the story she communicates with Shido without having to rely on Yoshinon. I always felt like Yoshino made the most improvement throughout the series. While Yoshino looked gentle on the surface, when it came to battling she was pretty tough on the inside.
Aniwriter’s choice for Taurus: Kohei from Sweetness and Lightning
Reasoning: Throughout the events of Sweetness and Lightning, Kouhei has to deal with a lot of struggles, the main one being that he has to raise Tsumugi after the death of his wife. However, his stubbornness and refusal to give up as a parent is what makes him such a good Taurus representative. Taurus are “reliable, stable, responsible, devoted, practical.” Taurus are also big fans of cooking and working with their hands, so it makes sense that Kouhei would be attracted to cooking as a way of connecting with his daughter. Now, what do Taurus not like? “Sudden changes” and “complications,” which, unfortunately, when it comes to Tsumugi happens a lot throughout the series and this causes him a lot of stress.
Ayano’s choice for the Ox: Bort from Land of the Lustrous
Reasoning: When I was thinking about the characteristics for the Ox I really had to rack my brain for someone that was fitting enough. The traits for people born in the year of the ox are diligent, dependable, strong, and determined. That’s when I thought of Bort from Land of the Lustrous. Ox’s have a strong desire to make progress, and they achieve their goals through consistent effort. They are also persistent in doing things according to their own ideals and capabilities. Bort is definitely one of these people. Not only because Bort has the psychical strength, but also because ox’s are weakest in their communication skills. Bort tends to just stare other people down (mostly Phos) when it comes to communicating. Bort isn’t much of a talker in the series, but we know how faithful Bort is to Diamond. Faithfulness is another key ingredient in the Ox’s traits.
Aniwriter’s choice for Gemini: Retsuko from Aggretsuko!!
Reasoning: Gemini is unique among the astrological signs, as it actually represents someone with two distinct personalities. One usually calm and the other extremely aggressive and serious. If there was ever a character with that kind of personality, it would be Aggretsuko. Calm, ladylike worker by day and dedicated metalhead by night…Retsuko is indeed the ultimate Gemini.
Ayano’s choice for the Rooster: Kabakura from Love is Hard for an Otaku
Reasoning: I would like to think of Kabakura as a Rooster…and no it isn’t because his hair color matches that of a Rooster. It is mainly due to the traits presented in the year of the Rooster. People who are born in the year of the Rooster are seen as frank, open, honest, and loyal individuals. We all know how open and honest Kabakura is with Hanako throughout the series. In fact…he MIGHT be too honest if I do say so myself. Sometimes he has diarrhea of the mouth XD Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others, whether at a party or just a social gathering. They enjoy the spotlight and will exhibit their charm on any occasion, which Kabakura exudes most of the time when the group meets up for dates in the series. Their behavior of continually seeking the unwavering attention of others annoys people around them at times…which Kabakura also does throughout the series! Lololz…yeah Kabakura is definitely a Rooster in my book.
Aniwriter’s choice for Cancer: Akari from March Comes in Like a Lion
Reasoning: I tried to avoid having multiple characters from the same series on this list, but I couldn’t help it because Akari is absolutely the most Cancer character I could think of. Why you might ask? Well, for starters, Cancers are very much into “home-based hobbies,” and also “care deeply about matters of family and their home.” After the death of their mother, Akari was forced to take care of Hinata and Momo basically by herself. A trait I initially thought was weird for cancer but in relation to Akari makes a lot of sense is that Cancers are actually fairly pessimistic. Akari, for as much of a brave face as she puts on, still has to budget every month, is constantly worried about her sisters, and the bad things that could happen to them. This is especially prominent during the first arc of the second season.
Ayano’s choice for the Rat: Neko from Project K
Reasoning: You know…Neko might not seem like the brightest crayon in the box on the surface, but this girl is pretty clever when it comes down to it. People who are born in the year of the Rat have a strong intuition and are quick to respond. They also can adapt to any environment with ease. They have rich imaginations and sharp observation skills, which can allow them to take advantage of various opportunities. We see Neko do this many times with her powers throughout the series of Project K. Neko is strong-willed, confident in her abilities, and she takes pride in using her powers to help others and combat against enemies. The ladies that belong to the year of the Rat are pretty, smart, and lovely…and we all know how lovely/pretty Neko is 😉
Aniwriter’s choice for Leo: Natsu from Fairy Tail
Reasoning: Natsu is many things as a character–reckless, impatient, often times an idiot. One other thing he is for sure is a Leo. Leos are often known for having a “King of the Jungle” personality, seeing something they want and not stopping until they get it. For Natsu, that goal is getting stronger so that he can protect his fellow Fairy Tail wizards. Leos are also described as “dramatic, creative, self-confident, dominant and extremely difficult to resist…” on top of that, Leo is a fire symbol. An element that Natsu is quite familiar with.
Ayano’s choice for the Tiger: Rin from Blue Exorcist
Reasoning: I like how Weeb and I both picked characters that wield fire powers for our choices. But Rin is so a Tiger when it comes down to it! Tigers are known for being brave, competitive, confident but also unpredictable, stubborn, and impetuous. With the stubbornness in their personalities Tigers work actively and express themselves boldly, doing things in a high-handed manner. They are authoritative and never go back on what they have said. With confidence and indomitable fortitude, they can be competent leaders. They will not make preparations for anything, but can handle anything that comes along. I mean…Rin is all of this and a bag of chips. He’s reckless and hard-headed, but can be very charming when he wants to be. While Rin isn’t liked by everyone most of the time during the series, in the end his friends are eventually swayed to his side, making him well-liked by others.
Aniwriter’s choice for Virgo: Hikigaya from Oregairu
Reasoning: It is not hard to see why Hachiman is Virgo. Virgos are “analytical” and “practical,” and Hachiman is the type of person who always does what is easiest and most efficient. Hachiman is also someone who sees himself as an outside obeserver, recording details and making predictions about what will happen in certain social situations, often coming out right. This makes sense because “Virgos are always paying attention to the smallest details and their deep sense of humanity makes them one of the most careful signs of the zodiac.” Something that Virgos also dislike is “asking for help.” For Hachiman, asking for help, at least initially, seems tantamount to giving up. So, yeah, definitely a Virgo.
Ayano’s choice for the Dog: Kazuma from Noragami
Reasoning: Kazuma is the very definition of the word “loyal.” Just look at this relationship with Bishamon in Noragami. Kazuma is calm, serious, and a sensible person, but can be comical at times. Dogs are loyal and honest, amiable and kind, cautious and prudent. Due to having a strong sense of loyalty and sincerity, Dogs will do everything for the person who they think is most important. Namely, Kazuma would do anything for Bishamon if it came down to it.
Aniwriter’s choice for Libra: Death the Kid from Soul Eater
Reasoning: It did not take much time after reading the description for Libra to realize who was the perfect person to represent it. If there is one characteristic that Death the Kid is especially famous for, it is his love of symmetry and balance. As Libras are often described, “These individuals are fascinated by balance and symmetry.” Not only that Libras are also “cooperative, diplomatic, and fair-minded,” all things Death the Kid embodies fairly well. Libras are also known to hold a grudge, and for Kid that makes sense. He often is infuriated when people insult him, but will only show it later after they have left the room. Much like Libras, Death the Kid is also a fan of intellectual conversation and a good book.
Ayano’s choice for the Pig: Iida from My Hero Academia
Reasoning: It is said that people who are born in the year of the Pig are diligent, compassionate, and generous. They have great concentration: once they set a goal, they will devote all their energy to achieving it. Though Pigs rarely seek help from others, they will not refuse to give others a hand. Pigs never suspect trickery, so they are easily fooled. I feel like this is low-key Iida from My Hero Academia. While Iida is at the top of his class, I feel like he rushes into things from time to time. You ultimately see this when he tries to get vengeance for his brother against Stain. To me personally, I think Iida would be gullible if he didn’t rely so much on his friends. Like he’s smart but also not smart at the same time. I can’t fault him for trying though! I’ll give him that.
Aniwriter’s choice for Scorpio: Shikamaru from Naruto
Reasoning: If there is one thing that people have told me about Scorpios, especially because I am one, its that I can often come off as distance, cold or even calculating. For Shikamaru, this makes sense. Scorpios are also often described as “great leader(s), always aware of the situation and also features prominently in resourcefulness.” Again for Shikamaru, this is pretty on the nose. We see in early Naruto that for what he lacks in physical strength he often makes up for in his quick-wittedness and strategy. This is evident during his fight with Tamari, as he uses both the extending shadow of the tree he is hiding in, as well the hole in the ground made during Naruto and Neji’s earlier fight. Seems like a Scorpio to me.
Ayano’s choice for the Dragon: Hak from Yona of the Dawn
Reasoning: When I think of the words “confident,” “ambition,” “dominance,” and “courage” I think of Hak from Yona of the Dawn. Hak just has this unwavering strength in everything that he does, especially when it comes to protecting Yona. There is no doubt in my mind that Hak is a Dragon. Dragons are not afraid of challenges, and willingly take risks. Dragons are sometimes regarded as aggressive, which Hak’s fighting technique is, but we all know how much of a softie he is when Yona is around. The Chinese dragon is the most vital and powerful beast in the Chinese zodiac, although Dragons have an infamous reputation for being a hothead and possessing a sharp tongue. Hak isn’t so much a “hothead” but he does have a motor mouth throughout the series 😛
Aniwriter’s choice for Sagittarius: Akiho from Robotics;Notes
Reasoning: Akiho, one of the main characters of Robotics;Notes, is known throughout the series as having a never give up attitude, which is what makes her a great Sagittarius. Sagittarius’ are known for being “idealistic,” but are also known for disliking “details.” This is especially true for Akiho because it isn’t until her and Kai seriously decide to build Gunbarrel that their work on the giant robot actually gets done. Sagittarius’ are also “optimistic” and “enthusiastic,” which is true of Akiho, except when it comes to her sister.
Ayano’s choice for the Rabbit: Usagi from Sailor Moon
Reasoning: This choice should be pretty self explanatory. The word “usagi” is the Japanese word for rabbit. It is only fitting to have Usagi from Sailor Moon as the choice for the Rabbit. Rabbits tend to be gentle, quiet, elegant, and alert as well as quick, skillful, kind, patient, and very responsible. However, they might be superficial, stubborn, melancholy, and overly-discreet. Ladies that are born in the year of the Rabbit apart from having a pretty and demure appearance, have a pure heart. I believe that Usagi is the purest of hearts. Rabbits when encountering tough difficulties, they are never discouraged but instead remain persistent in their endeavors to find solutions. This means they eventually achieve enviable success. While Usagi might be a clumsy crybaby, she is faithful to Mamoru and her friends. Usagi is also very determined to change the hearts of her enemies because she believes deep down everyone is good.
Aniwriter’s choice for Capricorn: Ryuunosuke from Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Reasoning: Ryuunosuke is a character that most probably do not think about, but he definitely seems very much like a Capricorn. This is because Capricorns are described as “Responsible, disciplined, self-control, and good managers.” This is especially true of Ryuunosuke because despite being introverted to the point of only showing up a third of the way into the show, he still has a lot of skills when it comes to programming, and often gives Sorata a lot of helpful advice on game design. Another thing that is both true of Ryuunosuke and Capricorns is that “they are masters of self-control and have the ability to lead the way, make solid and realistic plans.” Ryuunosuke is always in control of his life and, for the most part, knows what is going.
Ayano’s choice for the Monkey: Yahiko from The Morose Mononokean
Reasoning: Yahiko is totally a mischief maker! He loves playing practical jokes on Ashiya and is a very naughty yokai. People born in a year of the Monkey have magnetic personalities and are witty and intelligent. Personality traits include mischievousness, curiosity, and cleverness. Monkeys are masters of practical jokes, because they like playing most of the time. Although they don’t have bad intentions, their pranks sometimes hurt other people’s feelings. Monkeys are fast learners and crafty opportunists. They have many interests and need partners who are capable of stimulating them. While some like the eccentric nature of Monkeys, others don’t trust their sly, restless, and inquisitive nature. Yahiko may act like a child in the series, but I know he knows what he’s doing. Sometimes I think he likes being a little trouble maker.
Whew! That was a lot of characters to go through…but it was so worth it! I had so much fun picking out which character would fit under each Zodiac sign. Thank you to The Aniwriter for joining me on this collab (and I’m sorry it took me a little while to get this post out). I am open to collabing with anyone in the future! You can always let me know over on Twitter. My DM’s will welcome you with open arms ❤ Which character choice was your favorite? What is your Astrological and Chinese Zodiac sign? Do you think our choices matched up with the descriptive traits? Let me know all of your thoughts, comments, and ideas down below in the comments section. I’ll see you all in my next post!
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