All The Best Anime Quotes About Life, Love, And Everything In Between

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What is anime? If you aren’t already a fan, you may be asking this question. To start, anime is short for animation and is an art form that originated in Japan. The word literally means “animated cartoon” in Japanese, and while everything in Japan is considered anime, outside the country the genre is very specific. The descriptor essentially refers to all cartoons originating in Japan or taking on signature aspects and style of Japanese animation. Anime is a niche genre in American entertainment, but in Japan, it’s considered mainstream and viewed as a soap opera-type series. The medium spans many genres such as romance, action, and science fiction. Anime’s popularity has only increased internationally and many new fans have joined the hordes of die-hard fans who can’t get enough of the fun. Want to get a foot in the door and don’t know how? Check out our growing list of the best anime quotes about life, love, and death

Anime Versus Manga

First things first? You might have heard the term Manga tossed around and wondered, what’s the difference between anime and manga? Manga and anime aren’t the same things, but they do go hand in hand. Manga are Japanese print comic books so popular over half a billion copies are sold each year, with each resident reportedly spending the equivalent of $30 a year on the comic books. Anime is primarily meant for adult entertainment, so be aware of the TV ratings before watching with your kids. You don’t want to accidentally tune in for some mature adult entertainment with your little one. Don’t despair, though, if you want to watch with the whole family, there are definitely some kid-friendly options out there.

Anime Quotes About Life

  1. “The world isn’t perfect. But it’s there for us, doing the best it can… that’s what makes it so damn beautiful.” — Roy Mustang (Full Metal Alchemist)
  2. “To know sorrow is not terrifying. What is terrifying is to know you can’t go back to happiness you could have.” — Matsumoto Rangiku (Bleach)
  3. “We are all like fireworks: We climb, we shine and always go our separate ways and become further apart. But even when that time comes, let’s not disappear like a firework and continue to shine… forever.” — Hitsugaya Toshiro (Bleach)
  4. “Those who stand at the top determine what’s wrong and what’s right! This very place is neutral ground! Justice will prevail, you say? But, of course, it will! Whoever wins this war becomes justice!” — Don Quixote Doflamingo (One Piece)
  5. “Fear is not evil. It tells you what weakness is. And once you know your weakness, you can become stronger as well as kinder.” — Gildarts Clive (Fairy Tail)
  6. “Whatever you lose, you’ll find it again. But what you throw away you’ll never get back.” — Kenshin Himura (Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan)
  7. “Fear is freedom! Subjugation is liberation! Contradiction is truth! Those are the facts of this world! And you will all surrender to them, you pigs in human clothing!” — Satsuki Kiryuuin (Kill la Kill)
  8. “I am the hope of the universe. I am the answer to all living things that cry out for peace. I am protector of the innocent. I am the light in the darkness. I am truth. Ally to good! Nightmare to you!” — Son Goku (Dragon Ball Z)
  9. “Religion, ideology, resources, land, spite, love or just because no matter how pathetic the reason, it’s enough to start war. War will never cease to exist… reasons can be thought up after the fact. Human nature pursues strife.” — Paine (Naruto Shippuden)
  10. “People, who can’t throw something important away, can never hope to change anything.” — Armin Arlert (Shingeki no Kyojin / Attack on Titan)
  11. “A person can change, at the moment when the person wishes to change.” — Haruhi Fujioka (Ouran Highschool Host Club)
  12. “What good are dreams, if all you do is work? There’s more to life than hitting the books, I hope you know.” — Tamaki Suou (Ouran Highschool Host Club)
  13. “If you don’t take risks, you can’t create a future!” — Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece)
  14. “When you give up, that’s when the game ends.” — Mitsuyoshi Anzai (Slam Dunk)
  15. “What good are dreams, if all you do is work? There’s more to life than hitting the books, I hope you know.” — Tamaki Suou (Ouran Highschool Host Club)

Anime Quotes About Love

  1. “You will never be able to love anybody else until you love yourself.” — Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass)
  2. “No matter which love line, what time, or where I am, I will always love you. I’ll say it one more time. I love you.” — Okabe (Steins; Gate)
  3. “Even if I lose this feeling, I’m sure I’ll just fall in love with you all over again.” — Syaoran Li (Cardcaptor Sakura)
  4. “Destiny. Fate. Dreams. These unstoppable ideas are held deep in the heart of man. As long as there are people who seek freedom in this life, these things shall not vanish from the Earth.” — Gold D. Rodger (One Piece)
  5. “It was like you brought color to my life. You changed my life, all by yourself.” — Sawaka Kuronuma (Reaching You)
  6. “Forgetting is like a wound. The wound may heal but it has already left a scar.” — Monkey D Luffy (One Piece)
  7. “If it’s possible for one person to be hurt by another, then it’s possible for that person to be healed by another.” — Sohma Hatori (Fruits Basket)
  8. “If I can meet you again, against the 6 billion to 1 odds, even If you can’t move, I’ll marry you.” — Hideki Hinata (Angel Beats)
  9. “The scars that you can’t see are the hardest to heal.” — Nao Tamori (Charlotte)
  10. “Either in belief or doubt, if I lean to one of these sides, my reaction time will be dulled if my heart thinks the opposite of what I choose.” — Roronoa Zoro (One Piece)
  11. “I’ll make you so in love with me, that every time our lips touch, you’ll die a little death.” — Ai Yazawa (Nana)
  12. “If you love someone, he could make you sad. He could even make you feel lonely sometimes. But that someone can also make you happier than you’ll ever be.” — Saki Hanajima (Fruits Basket)
  13. “Even if I searched the world over, no one could compare to you.” — Hikaru Hitachiin (Ouran Highschool Host Club)

Sad Anime Quotes

  1. “The thing I wished for destroyed my whole family. I brought all this suffering down on my family because I made a wish for my dad without knowing what he really wanted.” — Kyoko Sakura
  2. “The loneliest people are the kindest. The saddest people smile the brightest. The most damaged people are the wisest. All because they don’t wish to see anyone else suffer the way they did.” — Jellal Fernandes
  3. “Is it all right to not hold it in anymore? Sanae-san told me, places that I can cry are in a bathroom, or in daddy’s arms.” — Ushio
  4. “Death isn’t kind. It’s dark and black and as far as you… As far as you can see you’re all alone. There’s no one else.” — Mei Misaki
  5. “They call certain methods of fighting good and others evil, acting as if there were some nobility to the battlefield. Such illusions, perpetrated by heroes throughout history, have led countless young men to their bloody deaths, all for the sake of this valor and glory.” — Kiritsugu Emiya
  6. “The two of us aren’t so different. My whole life I’ve desired from others. I felt bitter to the people around me and I closed off my heart. And a heart that lets nothing in will become empty before you realize it.” — Mei Aihara
  7. “Was I able to live inside someone’s heart? Was I able to live inside your heart? Do you think you’ll remember me at least a little? You’d better not hit ‘reset!’ Don’t forget me, OK? That’s a promise, OK? I’m glad it’s you, after all. Will I reach you? I hope I can reach you.” — Kaori
  8. “I’m fine, except… it’s a terrible day for rain.” — Roy Mustang
  9. “Humans die. Animals die. Plants die. Even soul reapers die. It’s the arch of the universe. Everything that comes to life eventually ceases to exist.” — Baraggan Louisenbairn
  10. “I really want to be with all of you! I want to play! That’s why I’m going to reincarnate! Then I’ll be with everyone again.” — Menma
  11. “Aren’t I supposed to have taught you something important in life by now? What have I taught you?” — Hana
  12. “Why should I apologize for being a monster? Has anyone ever apologized for turning me into one?” — Juuzou Suzuya
  13. “War is not heroic. War is not exhilarating. And, war is full of despair. It’s dark. It’s dreadful. It is a thing of sorrow and gloom.” — Izura Kira
  14. “No one in this world can truly hold himself separate from violence. Guns are literally within reach of anyone. Sadly, that’s where we put our faith, in bullets rather than human kindness.” — Koko Hekmatyar
  15. “Did I make the Japanese people happy? Did I make it work?” — Euphemia Li Britannia
  16. “You were always there for me, and that’s all I needed. Just you. For some reason, I didn’t feel sad or broken up, it just didn’t seem real. But slowly I realized it was real — that you were gone. And little by little, I slowly felt something inside me go numb.” — Jet Black

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