Gone are the days when celebrities try to hide that they don’t love anime but anime fandom has grown worldwide over the past 30 years.
Many of the celebrities admitted proudly that they’re otakus and love watching anime.
Anime is not the niche medium anymore like it once was. It now stretches its influence over the world and it should not be surprising to hear some A-list celebrities identify in that group.
Animastic24x7 has rounded up a list of 8+ such celebrities you didn’t know loved anime and will have greatly influenced with their works.
Keanu Reeves, a down-to-Earth actor who made his mark in films like The Matrix, John Wick, etc. Reeves is a fan of Cowboy Bebop back in 2008 and wanted to be the Spike Spiegel.
And he signed such a project with Century Fox to develop a live-action adaptation of the same anime Cowboy Bepop. Sadly, the film fell apart in 2013 due to budgeting.
Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan is very inspired by the anime. He is among those celebrities who don’t hide his love for anime.
He even launched a collection inspired by his favorite anime – Naruto: Shippuden – for collaboration with Coach.
Jordan also produced and starred in gen: LOCK on Rooster Teeth. He even styled his Black Panther villain after Vegeta, from Dragon Ball Z.
Billionaire Elon Musk of Tesla tweeted at midnight on October 14, 2018, that he loved anime Your Name and attached the trailer.
An hour and a half later, he again tweeted that “it’s time to create a mecha,” referencing the giant fighting robots in popular anime shows and films.
Zac Efron revealed that he is a fan of Death Note in an Interview.
In fact, Efron was in talks to ace a role in a live-action adaptation of the anime, but it never came to fruition.
He might be hurt that an American Death Note didn’t get past pre-production, but somehow Dirty Grandpa got made.
Robin Tobey Maguire may have played the nerdy Peter Parker in Spider-Man, but he’s just as big of a nerd in real life.
Maguire revealed in interviews that he’s a big fan of Robotech and the original Macross series.
In fact, his production company acquired the film rights for Robotech back in 2007 with Maguire placing himself as the lead, but sadly he lost the rights to Sony in 2015.
Fans may know Megan Fox best for her role in Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But later it is known that Foz is more into Sailor Moon.
She also stated that she is a fan of Inuyasha and Cowboy Bebop. She has a lifelong love of graphic novels, manga, and Japanese anime.
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson’s love anime is not surprising for otakus, but the general public may not have seen his fanboy side coming.
The A-list actor is busy playing Nick Fury these days for Marvel, but Jackson did lend his voice to projects like Afro Samurai in the past.
Jackson has also revealed that his favorite series is Ninja Scroll and Black Lagoon. Oh, and hentai.
In an Interview, Jackson didn’t shy away from stating that he has a keen interest in the NSFW genre also.
Avril Lavigne has moved away from skater boys and embraced the world of anime pirates. Lavigne has revealed in interviews that she loves One Piece, among other anime
The pop singer kept a low profile in recent years but did not step away from music entirely. After all, she contributed to two songs just for the One Piece Film Z movie.
Most of the fans know that Kanye West is a college dropout, but hardly anyone knows he has a degree in anime fandom.
West has been very vocal on Twitter regarding his love of Akira. Not only is Akira one of his favorite movies, but it also influenced much of the set design and action in his music video for “Stronger.”