The 10 Best Anime Memes


From Pokemon and Sailor Moon to Dragon Ball Z and Studio Ghibli, anime films and series have produced some of the funniest internet memes that you’ll ever see on social media.

What Do Anime Memes Mean

Anime memes, like most memes, often use an image from an anime series to make an observation about everyday life or a direct comment on the series or film from which the image is taken. Many anime memes will only make sense to those that are well versed in a particular franchise.

How Are Anime Memes Used?

Anime memes are usually shared on social networks simply as a joke. Due to the knowledge required to understand a lot of the references though, most anime memes go well over the average person’s head.

Here are some examples of how anime memes are used and what sort of images and text accompany them.

Examples of Anime Memes

Example #1

  • Image: Sailor Moon character, Moonlight Knight, making a dramatic entrance on a theatre stage.
  • Text: “Paint me like one of your French girls”
  • Meaning: This Sailor Moon anime character is famous for making over-the-top entrances in the series that often look like he’s waiting to have his photo taken. This call back to the famous drawing scene from Titanic ties it all together by making it look like he actually is posing on purpose.

Example #2

  • Image: Three people pointing and laughing at a woman.
  • Text: “People who watch anime” “Me, who also watches anime”
  • Meaning: This text has become an internet meme of its own and it’s always used on images like this to show how a lot of the people who tease others for watching anime also watch anime series themselves. This meme image can also be used as a self-own when you might say something bad about nerds at an anime convention but then turn on your TV and catch the latest episode of Attack on Titan or Pokemon. 

Example #3

  • Image: Jurassic Park raptor meme image.
  • Text: “Can Pokemon only say their name? Or are they named after the only thing they say?”
  • Meaning: The always funny Thinking Raptor meme is often used to share a profound thought about something. Here the creator wonders if Pokemon, who can usually only say one thing, are saying their name or if people have named them after the sound they make.

There are anime memes for almost every anime movie and TV series ever made so it’s impossible to collect all of them in one place. Here are some of our favorites that we’ve found floating the interwebs though that we think are worth a share.

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