10 anime characters who started their own businesses
Starting a new business is never easy, but for anime characters there can be a number of unusual, even supernatural, complications besides having to worry about the usual surge of money and support. On the other hand, sometimes it’s the customer who has to worry about unforeseen bugs and hidden dangers.
Starting a business can also be a good way to escape an old way of life, and start fresh … or hide. In the realm of anime, anything can happen.
ten Meliodas owned a bar (Seven Deadly Sins)
“Small business owner” is probably not the first thing that comes to the mind of fans when they think of Meliodas and his role in Seven capital sins. But the point is, Meliodas founded the bar The Boar Hat, literally, a hat on a giant boar, after the Seven Deadly Sins were labeled traitors, using the money from the sale of his holy treasure, Lostvayne, as seed capital. It was a way for him to stay mobile while staying in touch with what was going on in the realm and his fellow Deadly Sins.
9 Jet Black bought the Bebop, converted it and started his bounty hunting business (Cowboy Bebop)
Jet Black was an ISSP officer at a time in the Universe of Cowboy Bebop. After losing his arm, he bought the Bebop, which was then an interplanetary fishing trawler. Its original purpose was to catch fish in the seas of Ganymede and transport the cargo throughout the solar system. He converted it, installing bigger engines and an improved communications system. When he started his bounty hunting business, he had a ready-made ship with quarters for his crew of Spike Spiegel, Faye Valentine, Edward, and Ein.
8 Bao opened the bar to the yellow flag after his time in the army (Black Lagoon)
Owning a business isn’t the haven Bao probably hoped it would be when he opened The Yellow Flag Bar in Roanapur, Thailand. A former Army soldier of the Republic of Vietnam, he bought the bar and opened it after his military service, also serving as a bartender. The irony is that the Lagoon Company often leaves the place in shambles after a fight. There are clues that Hotel Moscow may have money in the business, as they paid for one of the many reconstructions.
7 Akihiko Kayaba founded a game company to replace the real world with his Warped VR (Sword Art Online)
Akihiko Kayaba (aka Heathcliff) is the creator, development director and game master of Sword Art Online. He was also responsible for the creation of NerveGear, Cardinal System and The Seed. The game that sets up the whole story is his creation and his business, although the financial aspects are probably the least interesting aspect of his empire.
The limited edition batch versions of SAO sold out immediately, but its real focus was much darker than the usual outcome – it was playing with people’s lives for fun.
6 Yubaba is a witch and owner of public baths (Spirited Away)
In the Studio Ghibli classic Abducted as if by magic, Yububa is the younger twin sister of Zeniba and the mother of Boh. She owns the Bathhouse, a large and complex structure with kitchens, dining rooms, and living quarters for hundreds of Bathhouse workers. He’s an intimidating figure who gets angry when Chihiro keeps asking him for a job. As a witch, she can fly, among many other skills. It can also change reality and circumvent the laws of nature.
5 Saizo Ato Helped Rebuild Post-War Japan (Eden Of The East)
Saizo Ato is called Mr. Outside. He is a mysterious character in Eastern Eden, a powerful businessman whose businesses he founded helped rebuild Japan after the war. He is developing the game where the people he has selected, the Seleçao, are given a phone loaded with 10 billion yen and are on a mission to help Japan however they see fit. In the same story, the Eden of the East club, which turns its recycling group into a lucrative website, is another example of entrepreneurship.
4 Nikaido is the owner and cook of The Hungry Bug (Dorohedoro)
It is Nikaido who finds the first Caiman after his unfortunate transformation into a Lizardman in Dorohedoro. She is another resident of The Hole and owns The Hungry Bug, a restaurant that serves her favorite food, Gyoza, and other delicacies.
The opening sequence and part of each show is devoted to Nikaido’s nimble cooking skills. Unbeknownst to Caiman, she is also a witch with a powerful ability to manipulate time. The Hungry Bug is her way of escaping an incident when she was younger involving her magic.
3 Robert EO Speedwagon made his fortune from oil (Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure)
Robert EO Speedwagon is one of the street thugs Jojo’s bizarre adventure. After the first part of the story, he finds his way to America, where he ends up earning a bunch of money in the oil business. Upon his return, he founded the Speedwagon Foundation, an organization he runs with a focus on medical research and environmental conservation. His real focus is a secret supernatural research department that he runs for the benefit of the Joestar family and himself who researches weapons and transport technology.
2 Kyousui “Sui” Tougoku owns the tea house where four friends work (Rokuhodo Yotsuiro Biyori)
Kyousui “Sui” Tougoku owns and operates the tea / coffee shop called Rokuhodo. He was working in an office when his grandfather passed away and left him the tea house, which he reopened and runs with four other young men. Sui heard about the business from his grandfather before he passed away and is an expert in tea, but he is not very good at cooking. Tokitaka Nagae is the main chef, with Gregorio “Gure” Valentino as the barista, and Tsubaki Nakao is the pastry chef.
1 Andrew Gilbert Mills owned a boutique in Algade and runs his own real-world cafe (Sword Art Online)
As one of 10,000 players stuck in the game, SAO, he has become an ax veteran. He also became the owner of a store in Algade, the town on the 50th floor of Aincrad. His entrepreneurial talent has already manifested itself in the real world, where he opened the Dicey Café when he was only 25 years old. He is a likeable character who is often useful to others. When he finally leaves the game, he goes back to managing his coffee with his wife.
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