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7 Surprisingly Jewish Characters in Anime and Manga

The mystical island nation of Japan has an odd curiosity about Western religions, as anyone who has ever seen Neon Genesis Evangelion can attest. The anime and manga world is a largely secular one in a dogmatic sense, but anime and manga creators are more than eager to swallow up influences and iconography far and wide in order to add some color and foreign allure.

Of course, the majority of our American pop culture that leaps across the Pacific Ocean is similarly secular, but occasionally intrepid manga and anime auteurs remind themselves that, yes, Jewish people do indeed exist! And on this Hanukkah, here are seven Jewish characters who've shown up in anime and manga!

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