Animals in anime take several shapes from the fantastic and mythical to the prehistoric and alien. Many of these creatures are based on real animals and resemble their earthly counterparts to a huge degree while the others are too exotic and bizarre to place. Often, these animals take the role of an obstacle for the hero to be crossed – a metaphorical (and sometimes real) dragon to be slain, but there are also animals who serve as friends.
They occupy a role on the hero’s team, often as companions and even assist the protagonists in their battle. Sometimes, they provide necessary comic relief or simply exist to provide the “cute” (‘kawaii’) factor. While cats and dogs are the most common animal companions of anime, we have curated a list of animals that include other beings too, ranked by their importance in the story and lovability.
Pikachu, Happy, and 8 other talking animals in anime
10. Puar in Dragon Ball
Yamcha’s closest buddy and companion is a cat named Puar who can change its shape. His skills have occasionally helped the series’ heroes in the past although he is, however, much less useful as the series goes on. He has a high-pitched voice like many other animal friends in anime.
He largely serves as a pleasant and entertaining companion with little to no bearing on the plot. His removal from the series wouldn’t have any impact. They’re entertaining, and viewers have always been fascinated by their ability to change their shape. He is at the bottom of the list as a result.
9. Hawk in The Seven Deadly Sins
The words “star boar” are engraved on Hawk’s left earring, a huge pink pig. His legs are very short, and his physique is well-rounded. His distinctive feature is a birthmark on his rump that resembles a clover. He has a body and face that are typical of a Gloucestershire Old Spots Pig.
He is Meliodas’ charming and helpful close friend, and after a hard night of serving customers, he always helps clean up the bar. But even though he merely has a piglike appearance, he actually conceals a few mysteries. He is also one of the few pigs in anime that is more than just a farm animal, having taken part in several battles.
8. Luna in Sailor Moon
Sailor Moon’s Luna is Queen Serenity’s counsellor. Luna, a cat, watches over Usagi Tsukino until she remembers who she once was. She also frequently rescues the Sailor Scouts from difficult situations. Although Luna has a tendency to be overly maternal, she merely watches over Usagi as she begins to realise her full potential out of love and responsibility.
Luna is the one who transforms Usagi into Sailor Moon, but she is also the one who finds all the other Sailor Scouts. Without Luna to lead the way and teach Usagi how to use her Sailor powers, Usagi would be hopelessly lost. Although Luna doesn’t engage in actual combat, the Scouts have undoubtedly won numerous battles because to her cunning.
7. Ponygon in Zatch Bell
Ponygon discovered a rival in Karudio, a horse mamodo similar to him but with radically different values and viewpoints, in the Faudo arc. Ponygon had “the stench of other mamodo on him,” according to Karudio and his partner, in contrast to Ponygon and Sunbeam, who believed in the infinite strength brought about by cooperation among allies. Ponygon and Sunbeam were the only mamodo who established partnerships with other mamodo.
For the majority of the story, this unfortunate horse from Zatch Bell was alone and only eventually found a partner to help him use his book. For a while, Ponygon didn’t have a much going for them in terms of power. He does, however, turn into a significant ally to Zatch and his friends after someone claims his book.
6. Panda in Jujutsu Kaisen
Panda is essentially a living corpse who shares a space with other second-year students, so to call him an animal buddy is a stretch. Panda is, well, primarily a Panda and a gorilla. Jujutsu Kaisen fans will understand. This unit of a fighter is utterly lethal in combat and contributes significantly more to the plot of the programme than merely acting as a sidekick or mascot.
Given that he is fairly tall in comparison to the other students in his class, the panda is one of the few creatures that participates in conflict and truly stands out in the crowd, both literally and metaphorically. He constantly tries to keep one step ahead of his opponent by being analytical and prescient.
5. Akamaru in Naruto
Initially, Akamaru from Naruto doesn’t seem very intelligent. He can only speak with Kiba, and he is more likely to obey orders than to make own decisions. Akamaru, however, is a ninja, not just a domestic pet that Kiba enjoys taking on missions.
Additionally, Akamaru has the ability to detect adversaries and alert his allies using his senses. Although he is not the most clever animal in anime, he is wise enough to support his companions. He is the opposite to what Kurama was – loveable, cute and totally not chaotic.Happy in Fairy Tail
4. Happy in Fairy Tail
Happy is far more of a hassle than the cute mascot character that Fairy Tail was supposed to have. He constantly cracks jokes and cringe-worthy one-liners, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, because he frequently injects humour into the series’ most serious scenes, it quickly gets old. Despite this, his loyalty allows him to redeem himself. He has been with Natsu Dragneel from birth, and the two are exceptionally close. In addition, Happy possesses an impressive depth of knowledge for someone from a different dimension. Happy is a charming character who audiences adore despite everything.
3. Tony Tony Chopper in One Piece
It is not surprising to see everyone’s favourite tanuki on this list, but don’t let him hear you say that! As a reindeer who has the ability to transform into a human (as well as several different-shaped monsters), Chopper hates being referred to as a raccoon dog but his comedic reactions to the same are overshadowed by his fighting prowess, medicinal abilities and IQ.
Fans love Tony Tony Chopper because of his innocent demeanour. It also makes him extremely shy, though. Nevertheless, Tony Tony Chopper, one of the best talking animals in anime, is a crucial member of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet.
2. Agumon in Digimon
The primary characters of Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02, and Digimon Adventure Tri are Taichi “Tai” Yagami and Agumon. Tai and Agumon, the original “Goggle-Boy” team, served as the de facto leaders of the DigiDestined, fighting beside one another through thick and thin.
Agumon is a charming yellow dinosaur with a huge appetite and an even bigger heart, yet many Digimon villains has learned the hard way that Agumon is no joke. He has the ability to change into a massive dinosaur, a mechanical monster, or a knightly warrior who will bring death to all evildoers.
1. Pikachu in Pokemon
There is nothing to say about Pikachu that has not been said already. As everyone’s favourite electric mouse, everyone has seen this little loyal Pokemon transcend from being a fragile, tempered creature to a loyal companion that every kid wants.
His friendship with Ash is truly something delightful to witness as seen in the very last fight that he helped Ash become champion in, where the rising stakes and dreams of all eight Pokemon seasons (and the adrenaline of fans) joined together to give Pikachu and Ash the final sendoff they deserved.