Anime is mainstream now, and it is stunning to watch. People from all walks of life and backgrounds enjoy Japanese animated programs, obsessing over their favorite series, cosplaying their favorite characters, and engaging with other avid fans. Celebs are anime fanatics, too, and some of the biggest stars in entertainment don’t just like the medium — they absolutely love it. Major stars like Megan Thee Stallion and Michel B. Jordan wear their love for anime on their sleeves, and it’s a beautiful thing.
Megan Thee Station is a super fan.
Megan Thee Stallion, who just dropped her new single “Cobra,” is not only one of the most prominent artists in the world, topping the charts and selling out shows, but she is also a diehard anime fan, always repping, cosplaying and dropping anime references in her music and visuals.
Megan’s love of anime began when she discovered Inuyasha on Adult Swim, which sparked her interest and gave her her first anime crush. On her social media, she has channeled characters like Yumeko from Kakegurui and Sukuna from Jujutsu Kaisen. Megan even cosplayed as Todoroki from My Hero Academia for Paper magazine.
Yumeko Thee Stallion ❤️ pic.twitter.com/mRPZaCzJkr
— TINA SNOW (@theestallion) October 29, 2020
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Megan dressed up as Mirko from My Hero Academia for Halloween in 2022, stunning anime fans. One of the manga assistants who works on My Hero Academia used Megan’s stances as inspiration for some drawings of the character.
— TINA SNOW (@theestallion) November 1, 2022
She has been interviewed by Crunchyroll, an on-demand streaming service focused on anime, and she always lets us know what she is currently watching in her interviews.
Frank Ocean, Michael B. Jordan, Winston Duke and more love anime.
There are plenty of artists who love anime, like Frank Ocean, who dropped a Majin Buu reference on “Pink Matter,“ and Lupe Fiasco, who referenced Lupin the Third on “Touch the Sky.” Samuel L. Jackson also loves anime and has lent his voice to his own anime, Afro Samurai, which features music from RZA.
Winston Duke, star of Black Panther and Us, has made his favorite anime known, taking to Twitter to announce that Demon Slayer is his number one, followed by My Hero Academia as a close second.
Favorite is “Demon Slayer”!!!! hands down
Followed by “My Hero Academia “ https://t.co/JbVQHSu5dd
— Winston Duke (@Winston_Duke) November 19, 2022
Duke’s Black Panther co-star Michael B. Jordan is also a huge anime fan, with Naruto being one of his favorite anime series of all time. Jordan made his directorial debut with Creed III, which has some heavy anime inspiration throughout the film. The Adonis and Damian dynamic reflects the Naruto and Sasuke rivalry that defines Naruto, and some of the boxing action is inspired by the boxing anime Hajime No Ippo and the classic battle series Dragon Ball Z. Jordan is yet another prominent star who is not only entertained by anime but also uses it to inspire his work on a global stage.