The 8 Cutest Animal Sidekicks in Anime

Every anime character needs a sidekick. Here are some of the most adorable four-legged animal friends in anime!

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Standing beside almost every anime character is a sidekick. Whether that sidekick is human or four-legged, it just goes to show that even the most powerful anime characters need a companion.

Here, we’ll give you a rundown of some of the most adorable anime creatures that double as sidekicks.

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1. Pikachu (Pokémon)

Who doesn’t love Pikachu? Pikachu may be Ash’s starter Pokémon, but that trainer-Pokémon mentality quickly turns into a friendship.

Not only is Pikachu totally loveable, but he’s also extremely powerful. When Ash needs help, Pikachu can instantly transform from an adorable furry friend, and into a raging ball of electricity.

2. Jiji (Kiki’s Delivery Service)

Studio Ghibli is known for its abundance of adorable creatures, and Jiji fits into that sidekick role more than any other Ghibli creation. Jiji is always willing to lend a helping paw to his magical companion.

If you’ve seen the English dub of Kiki’s Delivery Service, you’ll remember Jiji as a snarky and sarcastic pet. But if you’ve seen the Japanese version, you’ll know Jiji as a wide-eyed cat with a more cautious and soft-spoken personality.

3. Hawk (Seven Deadly Sins)

Despite being a pig, this The Seven Deadly Sins sidekick is named Hawk. While he has his occasional cute moments, he’s mostly known for “cleaning” up the customers’ scraps at the tavern.

And when I say cleaning, I really mean eating the leftover food on customers’ plates. Although Hawk definitely isn’t the toughest pig around, he’s still a good source of comic relief.

4. Luna (Sailor Moon)

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Usagi Tsukino, otherwise known as Sailor Moon, learns of her destiny to become a Sailor Guardian from a cat she just so happens to stumble upon. Luna is a talking cat with shiny, reddish-brown eyes and a crescent moon on her forehead.

Throughout the Sailor Moon series, Luna serves as Sailor Moon’s friend and guide. Artemis, Sailor Venus’ advisor, is later introduced, and serves as yet another adorable cat companion.

5. Kirara (Inuyasha)

Kirara is a nekomata, otherwise known as a two-tailed cat creature from Japanese folklore. She joins Inuyasha’s crew alongside Sango, and proves to be a helpful companion throughout the rest of the series.

Kirara might look cute and innocent, but she doesn’t stay like that all the time. When her friends are in danger, she transforms into a fierce and powerful saber-toothed creature.

6. Happy (Fairy Tail)

Happy is one of the most memorable characters from Fairy Tail, mostly because of his adorable appearance and undying loyalty to his friends.

He’s introduced at the very beginning of Fairy Tail as Natsu’s most faithful companion, and continues to stick around Natsu’s squad.

Not only is Happy known for his dedication and love of fish, but he’s also a helpful resource when it comes to learning about Magic.

7. Ein (Cowboy Bebop)

Although Ein looks like your typical corgi, he doesn’t possess the intelligence of a normal dog. Ein underwent modification in a library, making him much smarter than your average pup.

Spike rescues Ein in the second episode of Cowboy Bebop, and he has since become one of the most iconic sidekicks in all of anime.

Ein can do almost anything humans can do, including driving, hacking computers, playing Shogi, answering phone calls, and even watching TV.

8. Sadaharu (Gintama)

Sadaharu is a massive dog with fluffy white fur. He’s obviously not a normal dog—he’s actually a dog god that was turned into a pet.

After getting abandoned by previous owners, Sadaharu was left at the doorstep of Gintoki’s apartment. He’s known for lovingly chomping on his friends’ head.

Anime Isn’t Complete Without Sidekicks

A four-legged sidekick is always a welcome addition to an anime. They often lighten the show’s mood, and they’re just plain cute to look at.

Many creatures depicted in anime are actually Japanese monsters called yokai. If you want more supernaturalism, check out these awesome supernatural anime about yokai.

Japanese Anime & Manga Genres

We all know what fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and thriller mean. But anime and manga go beyond that, and there are all kinds of Japanese genre names that might perplex you.

Maybe you already understand what shonen and shoujo are all about. But what about isekai? What exactly does slice of life entail? What’s the difference between ecchi and hentai? We’ve broken it down for you!

Understanding the Japanese genre names can be helpful when you want to find more anime to watch and manga to read. Download the printable PDF below and pin it on your wall so you always have a handy reference at hand:

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