It’s a big part of our society, drinking. In anime, we can see it all the time, characters drinking sake, tea, coffee and so on. We need to drink but when it comes to more grown up drinks... maybe not so much. But it’s always fun to see our favorite characters making fools out of themselves.
Especially when sake is involved. Some characters are even introduced as the jolly old drunk, but in secret they possess great power underneath all that sake. There’s also a lot of tea drinking, especially in anime that focus on the Edo period. Anime that takes place in a more modern time, we can see a lot more coffee than tea.
Anyhow, here is the list of the Top 10 Anime Characters Who Always Have a Drink in Their Hand.
10. Tsunade Sama (Naruto)
- Episodes: 220
- Aired: October 3, 2002 – February 8, 2007
Tsunade may be the one character on this list who is very bad at drinking, or at least she can handle her drinks. Not such a great combo to be had while gambling and drinking. As for her answers when asked about the secret behind her looks, she says much sleep and sake is better than a hundred beauty products. And that's why she has such great complexion.
So, better get that Japanese sake instead of going to the beauty shop huh? She is seen drinking from time-to-time in the series. The first time she meets Naruto is in a bar when asked to become the fifth hokage.
9. Gintoki Sakata (Gintama)
- Episodes: 201
- Aired: April 4, 2006 – March 25, 2010
Sake sure is nice, you can forget all your troubles, if only for a moment, is what Gintoki says when it comes down to drinking Japanese sake. He is a great drinker, well good in the sense that he consumes a lot, as he demonstrates his alcoholism outside of the izakya after drinking.
He can’t hold it in and is known to have quite the hangover after a night of drinking. He also loves to drink strawberry milk which heals the body and makes you very strong. Gin-san would be a great drinking buddy but maybe not... because he's often short on cash and most likely will run away or make you pay for the bill.
8. Karura (Utawarerumono/The One Being Sung)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 4, 2006 – September 26, 2006
Isn’t it everyone’s dream to have the power to wield huge swords and, on top of that, a jug of sake into battle? Karula from the anime Utawarerumono, does just that. It sure is a sight to see. Karula is seen drinking a lot and has great strength, supernatural strength, really.
The sword she uses is a weapon only she can wield. And she swings it like a baseball bat. Karula can easily drink anyone from the series under the table. A big drinker and an awesome girl.
7. Mayumi Nishikino (Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou/The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 4, 2014 - June 20, 2014
Mayumi is quite the impressive beautiful woman and is one of the tenants at Kawai Complex. She has a special talent of getting into a relationship which are bound to fail. She is an extremely beautiful woman, but that doesn’t seem to change the fact that her luck with men is just terrible.
Mayumi is also an anime character who is good at drinking as one of her traits. Drinking and watching horror movies. Combine that with her personality of always telling things how it is without any sugar coating to it. Especially things about other people!
6. Misato Katsuragi (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: October 3, 1995 – March 27, 1996
Misato is really interesting because on the job, she's professional and proper. But when it comes to her home life and style of living, then she is completely different. Her house is a mess and she cannot cook. She mostly eats instant food like ramen with curry and, of course, drinking her favorite Japanese beer.
It isn't just one beer, it’s a lot of beers. She always starts the day with a drink. So she comes off as an interesting person because of this, almost like two different personality of the same person.
5. Kozue Takanashi (Working!!)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 4, 2010 – June 27, 2010
Don’t judge this girl about the way she presents herself, as a cheerful and happy girl. Deep down inside she is pretty depressed because of all the rejections she gets from the guys. She drinks mostly because of this, a lot. She is a hardcore drinker, and in the anime when she first make her appearance, she is found outside of the restaurant passed out and very drunk.
She does that because of breakups, just a lonely girl who wants to be loved and the guys she ends up with usually break up with her. The drinking part happens quite often and she has knack for causing a scene.
4. Margery Daw (Shakugan no shana)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 6, 2005 – March 23, 2006
Margery is tall, beautiful and a powerful woman She has shown time after time that she possess great skills in combat. Though she is powerful in combat and with the use of unrestricted spells, she has a big drinking problem. Margery can be seen drinking a huge amount of alcohol until she passes out.
It isn’t that she is weak when it comes to drinking, she has the same limit as everyone else. It’s that she will most definitely drink until her limit is met.
3. Shunsui Kyōraku (Bleach)
- Episodes: 366
- Aired: October 5, 2004 – March 27, 2012
Shunsui has a cool laid back style and the attitude of taking it easy, even in the middle of battle as he tries to offer his enemies a drink of sake while slowly drinking his from a jug, which he brings with him into battle. It will be surprising not to see a smile on Shinsui’s lips while he shows himself.
He has somewhat of a drunken master feel to him because of his cool, but happy demeanor even when the enemy very serious with lethal intentions. Because of his demeanor, it’s not surprising to learn that he is a peaceful, loving man, who always tries to talk his opponents out of a battle.
If he needs to fight he'll do it, but the best thing would be to have a sip of sake with the other guy.
2. Cana Alberona (Fairy Tale)
- Episodes: 175
- Aired: October 12, 2009 – March 30, 2013
Who wouldn’t want to have a liver of gold, or a magic one? That is what one would think when it comes to Cana Alberona. She is a girl who is classified as a heavy drinker, even drinking a lot of the strong ones, too. It is not often she gets really drunk, but there is no question about Cana being a heavy drinker.
Just the fact that thirty percent of Fairy Tail’s liquor budget goes to all the drinks she consumes. Cana has a great love for alcoholic beverages, at times she can even be seen drinking directly from a beer barrel. It might come as a shock, but Cana is actually one of the more serious members of Fairy Tail.
It’s only when she drinks when she doesn’t take anything seriously.
1. Revy (Black Lagoon)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 9, 2006 – June 25, 2006
Here is a girl who doesn’t take sh#@ from anyone, and she doesn’t concern herself with light drinks such as beer, which she describes as not even worthy of being called an alcoholic beverage. If you see Revy at the bar it’s usually with a big bottle of rum besides her, making it a challenge to even drink with a girl such as herself.
Revy is competitive, rude, and will most likely be all up in your face if you can’t handle your booze. She is a different, cool kind of girl, who is a heavy drinker. Because of her rude persona, she will most likely use foul language when talking to anyone.
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And there we have it! A list filled with anime characters who really know the meaning of drinking. And drinking can be fun, especially in anime when seeing your favorite character making a fool out of themselves. But that is expected when sake is involved.
What character do you think has that special ability to always be out there with a drink in his or her hand? Let us know in the comments below!