Let’s be honest, no one likes a bully. So why would I write about such a topic? Well the most obvious reason is that there is always a school bully in a school theme anime. The second reason is that I think as viewers, we can learn something from these type of characters.
So here is a list of nine well-known anime school bullies.
Ume “Kurumi” Kurumizawa (Reaching You, 君に届け)
Noumi Seiji (Accel World, アクセル・ワールド)
Megumi Kitagawa (Say, “I Love You,” 好きっていいなよ)
Byakuya Togami (Danganronpa: The Animation)
Asami Hoshino (Myself; Yourself)
Tomoo (Elfen Lied, エルフェンリート)
Shogo Haizaki (Kuroko No Basuke, 黒子のバスケ)
Makoto Hanamiya (Kuroko No Basuke, 黒子のバスケ)
Sekai Saionji (School Days)
Now one could argue that there is more to these characters than what is on the surface. I completely agree with that statement because there could be possible causes or reasons for why certain characters act mean and rude. In addition, some of these anime characters I mentioned are actually dynamic characters, in which they eventually change their bad behavior and transform into good people.
As anime fans, if we are capable of thinking about the causes to why a character acts a certain way, and are able to understand what is right and wrong about a character’s behavior, why can’t we apply this to our own lives? If we know the difference between good and bad behavior in anime, why do some of us tend to inflict wounds upon others in real life?
If we could learn something from the school bullies we see in anime, it is that we shouldn’t act rude or mean to our fellow classmates. In fact, we should be considerate and respectful to everyone. Okay, as readers, you may question, “Who am I to judge you?” and you may even label me as a hypocrite. Yet, from my personal experience, I’ve been on both sides. I have been bullied by other students, but I also at times, have hurt other people’s feelings through my choice of words. As I grew older, I realized that I had to be cautious about the words I say out loud because it may offend someone even though I had no intention in doing so. By changing my language and tone when talking to others, I became more considerate and respectful.
Furthermore, there could also be a reason why some students act out as bullies. In fact, some of these “school bullies” may be experiencing hardship in their lives and may also be victims of bullying at home or else where. Rather than just continue being “a bully” to others, we should stop these bad actions and habits, and instead act more kind-hearted and considerate. We all make mistakes. Yet if we are willing to learn from these errors and change our ways, we can become better people. Trust me, I think the world needs more optimistic and respectful individuals.
If you are a victim of bullying, you should talk to someone who is close to you or go to certain services that handle bullying cases and ask for help. Don’t let fear be your maker. Nothing good happens if you keep these feelings bottled up inside. Talking to someone about these issues does help.