How to write an anime or manga protagonist?

In this post, we go in-depth on how to write an anime or manga protagonist.

4 Methods on How to Write an Anime or Manga Protagonist

You should create an intriguing character that compels readers to read your story if you're working on drawing your manga or if you want to write fanfiction of your favorite anime or manga.

Method 1 of 4: Finding a Character's Personality

1. Choose a blood type. In Japan, they are frequently regarded as indicators of personality. This can be used to inform your decision regarding the appearance of your character. The following blood types and the corresponding personalities:

  • O- confident, optimistic, and determined, but also self-centered and unpredictable
  • A - Creative, responsible, and quiet, but stubborn and tense.
  • B - Busy and passionate, but also self-centered and careless.
  • AB - flexible and intelligent, but also forgetful and harsh.

2. Decide the date of birth. Their Western or Eastern zodiac sign can predict a person's personality. You can use this to select your character's age, birth year, and birthday.

3. Use the Myers-Briggs type indicator. The Myers-Briggs personality test can be used to understand your complete personality. These psychological research-based personality types can be used to help you develop the personality of your character.

4. Use a personality balancer. Additionally, make sure the personality of the character is balanced. To develop a convincing character, one must balance positive and negative characteristics. Try to make the negative traits slightly larger than the positive ones when adding positive and negative traits. You'll have overcome some unfavorable characteristics by the tale's end. Examples of such characteristics are:

  • manipulator
  • mind often
  • insult others
  • Doesn't care about its impact on others' lives
  • Focused only on your own goals
  • Has poor impulse control
  • It is often spiteful, even with minor accidents
  • It is usually reckless or impulsive

5. Choose a good name. A lot of people think that a person's name can have an impact on their personality. According to studies, having a unique name increases the risk of bullying and the resulting personality problems. In addition, some think that a person's entire personality can be predicted by their given name (Kabalarians). Whether it's accurate or not, this can influence your name selection.

In a real-world setting, try to stay away from really bizarre names. Your character appears out of place as a result.

Method 2 of 4: Creating Persuasive Stories

1. Identify your character's primary objective. What destination do you want your character to reach? What lessons do you want him to take away from the narrative? What are you hoping he will pick up or change? You can decide how to introduce your character by using their final state.

2. Identify the beginning of your character. Once you know where it ends, decide where you want it to start. This ought to lead him to the conclusion that makes the most sense. For instance, if you want a character to learn to value others, you should show him doing otherwise at the start of the narrative. You should probably also demonstrate to him why he is independent of others.

3. Decide how he will get there. Consider where you want him to begin and end the narrative. Now, how would you encourage someone to make such a change? This is a great place to get ideas for your story because the events that change your character make for a compelling plot or subplot.

4. Avoid clichés. He has lost his girlfriend. deceased parents. When he was young, his parents passed away. He was always the new kid as he grew up. All of these cliches served to boost his character. Unfortunately, they are all boring because they are all clichés. Avoid them if you can. When developing your characters, try to be creative. People will be more drawn to your character and want to keep reading your story.


Method 3 of 4: Designing Your Character

1. Choose a style. Manga and anime are frequently illustrated in a variety of styles. You can express yourself naturally or try to emulate the appearance of legendary performers from various genres. The two most popular subgenres are anime and manga in the shojo and shonen styles.

2. Draw the character. Remember that cute characters usually have big eyes, while cool characters have small, slanted eyes. Check out these resources for drawing your character for more information:

The following steps will teach you how to draw an anime character:

  • an anime boy
  • an anime face
  • anime eyes

Here's how to draw a character in Manga:

  • A manga head model
  • a girl in manga
  • The face of a girl in manga
  • manga hair

3. Take drawing tips from your character's personality and style. Include attire and accessories. Let your decisions reveal something about the character's history and personality. Put a female character, for instance, in flat shoes rather than high heels, which is practical by nature. Consider objects the character might use or keep that have personal significance if you want to make a hint about his past. For instance, Mako frequently dons her mother's scarf in The Legend of Korra. Be original!

Method 4: Enhancing Your Talents

  • Study human anatomy. A fundamental understanding of human anatomy is the first step in developing appealing appearances for fictional characters. It is important to avoid giving the impression that your character has an abnormally large or abnormally small muscle, an abnormally large or abnormally small number of joints, an abnormally disproportionate body, etc. Learn where the bones and muscles of your body are located, how they bend, and how they line up by picking up a good anatomy book and reading it cover to cover.
  • Create things based on real life. To draw a character in manga, it is necessary to have knowledge of the human body. Manga will become much simpler to draw for you as a function of how well you can depict humans. Therefore, begin drawing (as a form of practice) your friends and even yourself while seated in front of a mirror.
  • Perform a variety of active and interesting poses. Take pictures of yourself striking the poses you want your character to strike, and then try to draw your character in those poses. This will help you draw poses for your character. As an additional source of information, you may consult helpful websites such as Pose Maniacs.

When performing these poses, you should do your best to keep anatomy in mind. Your character shouldn't have the aesthetic of a Rob Liefield cartoon.

Here are resources I recommend to get more in-depth knowledge

Storytelling 101 teaches you how to write compelling stories worthy of commercial success. This is best for screenwriters, novelists, filmmakers, videogame writers and storytellers.

Children’s Books 101 teaches you how to write stories that children will love. This is best for aspiring children’s book authors and storytellers.

Owl AI is the revolutionary AI-powered content production platform that helps storytellers, writers, and bloggers of all subject matter easily create highly-polished content.

Success, Money & Mindset Subliminal is a self-hypnosis recording that we recommend to new writers to help with focus, concentration, creativity, and motivation.

Shadow Work Journal: 240 Daily Prompts contains inner work exercises related to relationships, anger, anxiety, self-love, healing trauma, abandonment issues, depression, forgiveness, etc.


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