Soul-Enhancing Ways to Identify Types of Anime

Want to create impactful animations? Check out the 6 types of anime, and a complete guide on how you can make custom anime characters right away!

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From kids, teenagers to adults, the one thing that would unite almost each one of us is animations!

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Before diving deep into how to create a noteworthy anime character, let's know more about types of animations so that you can tailor just the design that would grab the attention of your target audience.

Part 1 How to Create Custom Anime Characters?

Without any further ado, let the countdown for popular types of anime begin:

No. 6 Kodomomuke


Great for children, kodomomuke features creative, adorable and imaginative characters with a strong message. This type primarily teaches little ones about how to distinguish the good from bad, be considerate, and choose the right path in life.

Some of the popular anime based on kodomomuke are:

  • Doraemon

  • Pokémon

  • Shin Chan

  • Hamtaro

  • Digimon Adventure

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No.5 Shoujo


Admire the best of romance with an added flair of drama? Then, shoujo (literally translates to a young girl) is the type of anime that you must look after. It mainly focuses on interpersonal relationships and includes comedy, action, and adventure too.

Some common shoujo anime include:

  • My Little Monster

  • Vampire Knight

  • Maid Sama!

  • Ouran High School Host Club

The illustrator Hino Matsuri describes the character as a soothing princess who values justice above all.

No.4 Seinen


Seinen is the opposite of shoujo that means young boy. Such animations are psychologically intense, violent, or satirical and often cater to mature viewers. Being a versatile genre of anime, seinen is a popular choice among everyone, from teenagers to grownups.

Some of the popular seinen anime include:

  • Steins: Gate

  • Tokyo Ghoul

  • One-Punch Man

  • Ghost in Shell

Coming to characters of seinen anime, One Punch Man and Saitama go hand-in-hand. Interestingly, in the group of superheroes illustrated by the makers, Saitama appears to be more humanized and someone who would grab your attention in no time. The illustrations of Saitama are straightforward.

No.3 Josei


Josei animations are for young adult women, and most of them flawlessly depict a slice of life. Apart from the usual everyday normal drama, this type of animation also treasures heavy, dark, and intense stories that will make you rethink every aspect of your life.

Some of the well-known josei animations are:

  • Paradise Kiss

  • Nodame Cantabile

  • Usagi Drop

  • Chihayafaru

Most of the josei anime characters are subtle & sweet. For example, Rin Kaga from Usagi Drop is a shy six-year-old little girl who is flawlessly drawn with blonde hair and bright eyes.

No.2 Mecha


Who doesn't have a soft corner for sci-fi animations? From their first-ever launch in 1948 manga Atomic Power Android, mecha anime has taken the essence of animations to the next notch. The content, characters, and the representation of animations make mecha suitable for children, teens, and the adult audience too.

Some of the record-breaking mecha anime are:

  • Code Geass

  • Mobile Suit Gundam

  • Megazone 23

  • Genesis of Aquarion

Characters of mecha animations demand immense detail. The same can be seen in Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam. What might appear to be a mere robot at first glance, would later evolve into a well-designed character with endless possibilities.

No.1 Shounen


If you haven't seen a shounen anime, then you've not had the real taste of animations yet! Known to be one of the most powerful types of anime, the shounen (younger boy) beholds some of the most celebrated anime characters with a promising storyline that will set you on the rollercoaster of emotions. The anime ushers suspense, drama, and adventure in every scene.

Major shounen anime are:

  • Full Metal Alchemist/ Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

  • Naruto Series

  • Bleach

  • Fairy Tail

  • Attack on Titan

  • Hunter X Hunte

  • Bleach

Most of the anime characters of this genre scream that even simplistic original designs can have the deepest impact on the viewers.


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Part 2 How to Create Custom Anime Characters?

Creating an anime character is different from drawing a usual sketch. While working on a character, certain important elements should be brought together. Not sure how to design a custom anime character? Here's a detailed guide to help you out:

Step1Work on anime character profile
anime character profile

The first and most essential step is to focus on the character profile of the anime. Before working on a character, you need to structure its profile systematically.

Step2Create a rough sketch
Create a rough sketch

After having a good understanding of the character profile, you will realize that your custom animation is getting a structure. So, the next step is to draw a rough sketch based on that. Fortunately, the user-friendly tools of Wondershare Aniree Data make sketching anime characters easy and simple.

Step3Develop a design for an anime character
design for an anime character

This is where things get a bit tricky. You now have to work on the front, back, and both sides of the character. A good practice here is to have a set of drawing guidelines that will ensure the final character aligns with the attributes of the character profile that you had set up earlier.

Step4Color the anime character
Color the anime character

The color that you choose for the character is as crucial as its design. Make sure the shades are appropriate for the type of animation that you are planning to create. Further, colors are even a reflective mood, for instance, blue and grey are both calm and peaceful colors, while red, black, and other deeper shades showcase anger or war. So, if you are thinking about going for a spooky anime character you can choose black or anything that complements the theme.

Key Takeaways from This Episode

Take your time, explore the various types of animations, focus on the one that relates to your style of anime, and then work on creating a strong character.

You can make the character from scratch using a specialized app such as Anireel Data.

The features and tools of the app ensure that you can create a spectacular character that conveys your message in little to no time.



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