An anime has several defining moments, be it the plot, the fights, the romantic moments, or even the sad ones. But what defines it are the best anime quotes that sum up the anime. A couple of lines have a great impact, not only on the anime or the plot but also on the viewers. Since quotes are one of the best parts of anime, it’s easy to remember. Who wouldn’t remember a great catchphrase, maybe a “dattebayo” here and there by Naruto or a “catch 'em all’ is one of Pokemon’s slogans?
For most of us anime lovers, anime quotes by our favorite characters are just as inspiring as quotes said by a motivational speaker. To put it another way, these quotes can be inspiring, thought-provoking, and impactful.
“Never give up.” -Naruto Uzumaki
If there’s one quote that describes Naruto Uzumaki, it’s probably this. Naruto had a difficult childhood, but something that kept him going on was his strong willpower. He’s also not the type of guy to give up when things get difficult.
Naruto might be an airhead but he is tenacious and one of the strongest ninjas to exist. His desire to prove to others of his capability was what kept him going. Never giving up is his way of moving forward regardless of his circumstances. Naruto undoubtedly has one of the best anime quotes.
“You’re wrong, that’s not what makes a shinobi. You never did get it; a real ninja endures no matter what gets thrown at him… Let me explain something to you, there is only one thing that matters if you are a shinobi, and it isn’t the number of Jutsu you possess. All you do need is the guts to never give up.” -Jiraiya
If anyone’s watched Naruto, you know that Jiraiya is one of the strongest and wisest shinobi in the Naruto universe. If Jiraiya believed in anything, it was that a shinobi should never give up no matter what. And this was passed on to Naruto.
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Jiraiya was one of the legendary sannin, but he was also a sage and wanted to make the world a better place. In so many ways, with the lives he touched and the disciples he trained, he created shinobi that became the strongest ever to be known.
“It is not wise to judge others based on your own preconceptions and by their appearances.” -Itachi
Itachi Uchiha is part of the Uchiha clan, and he was one of the few who was not under the Uchiha curse. Itachi had always been a quiet and observant child but a traumatic childhood that forced him to face the reality of the shinobi world only led him to become wise at a young age.
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Apart from that, he had incredible prowess, which made him a formidable opponent. Despite his affiliation with the Akatsuki, his heart was never corrupted. One of his greatest quotes, this quote is eye-opening. In a world where appearances matter more than personality, this quote hits hard for all of us.
“Nothing’s perfect, the world’s not perfect, but it’s there for us, trying the best it can. That’s what makes it so damn beautiful. ” -Roy Mustang
Roy Mustang has a positive outlook on everything around him, even the imperfections and he saw the beauty in it. What’s obvious is that there are so many imperfections in our daily life, in our actions, and in our behaviors. Those imperfections make us who we are. So finding acceptance and beauty in that makes it worthwhile. On that note, with the world moving on at its own pace, trying the best it can, we should too.
“Sometimes you must hurt in order to know, fall in order to grow, lose in order to gain because life’s greatest lessons are learned through pain.” – Pain
While this advice is not the best, it has some truth to it. Given that Pain has been through a tough life, mostly involving pain, this is one of his best anime quotes. Pain is definitely not the only way to learn life’s lessons. But sometimes when life is tough, the only way to get back up is to experience the worst. Life teaches us great things when we are at a point that forces us to reflect on ourselves.
Pain believed that pain is the only way to make people understand what he wants to say. He believes that the world will be a better place with no suffering only if they bow down to his philosophies.
“People who can’t throw something important away can never hope to change anything.” -Armin Arlert
This is one of the best anime quotes said by Armin Arlert of Attack on Titan. Though at times throughout the series, Armin is not proactive on the fighting front, he can be motivating and come up with brilliant strategies. It is often seen that he helps Eren and others.
This quote is thought-provoking. If you want to change, any type of change, a necessary sacrifice must be made, whether it is throwing away feelings or letting go of people or things that stop you from changing.
“You want to keep everyone from dying? That’s naïve. It’s war. People die.” -Monkey D Luffy
Luffy is realistic. During the Alabasta arc, when Princess Vivi reveals that she wants to liberate her country from the clutches of Sir Crocodile without any casualties. Luffy gives her a reality check that if there’s war, people are bound to die. As the future ruler of Alabasta, she needs to understand and accept this dreadful truth.
Apart from its literal sense, this quote can remind us that we should learn to understand reality and let go when the need comes.