Numerous studies have shown that interacting with animals brings on health benefits by helping reduce high levels of stress-hormone cortisol affecting a person. Results vary as findings, from uplifting moods, to reducing feelings of loneliness and increasing confidence levels. Even in Indonesia, young adults access and nonton anime id that portray different roles that significantly impact or affect various fictional human lives.
According to Dr. Layla Esposito, a Director at the National Institutes for Health (NIH) who oversees the Research Program for Human-Animal Interaction,
There is no single answer to questions on how pets can help people manage a specific condition, as owning a pet depends on a person’s need or goal.
Among the popular anime shows that anime lovers watch or download, the highest rating are those that include animal characters as friends, advisers or sidekicks. This is mainly because a great majority of anime audiences can relate to how it feels to share a special bond with animals.
Another animal NIH researcher, Dr. Ann Berger, who is also a physician at the NIH Bethesda Clinical Center in Maryland, explained that animals can be a good source of support and comfort. That is why pets are the most iconic characters in the world of anime.
Popular Anime Shows with Iconic Animal Characters
Everybody loves cute animals appearing as protagonists or as cute charming creatures that merely project their lovable characteristics, in live action movies, anime tv series or in video games.
Appa of Avatar: The Last Airbender
First off, Avatar: The Last Airbender is not an anime in the sense in which Appa appears as a character of a regularly running anime. Yet Appa definitely exemplifies an animal that belongs to the iconic list of pets that help human friends achieve their goals. Appa as seen on film is constantly around to help Team Avatar.
Appa’s actions have tugged at the heart strings of many viewers, especially in Season 2 when members of Team Avatar were snatched by the sand benders where the scenes were . quite emotionally charged.
Sailor Moon’s Luna and Artemis
Luna and Artemis are two cats that act as advisors in the anime Sailor Moon. Luna belongs to the Sailor Moon or Usagi group, while Artemis belongs to the Sailor Venus or Minako group. Both groups have a common mission, which is to find the princess to which Luna and Artemis give sound advice on how to tackle the challenges in their adventures.
Akamaru is a ninken or a ninja-dog that has innate sharp senses and heightened abilities. In the anime Naruto, Akamaru grew to become a huge dog used by Kiba as means of transport. Yet they can combine their abilities by becoming a two-headed creature, with Kiba acting as the second head.
Black Hayate and Den of Fullmetal Alchemist
Black Hayate and Den are the dogs of Riza Hawkeye and Winry Rockbell, respectively, the main female heroines of Fullmetal Alchemist. Riza Hawkeye found Black Hayate in the street and took a liking to the dog, she trained the animal to become the best dog ally ever.