Japanese Blood Types and Personality
Every Japanese celebrity writeup and every anime character description
with any claim to authority gives the person's (or character's)
blood type. Why? Because, thanks to a remarkable bit of Science!
by a gentleman named Furukawa Takeji, the Japanese believe that
a person's blood type affects their personality.
Each blood type has a personality profile. These profileswhich
I took from a site whose location is long since lost in the mists
of time, my apologiesare:
People with blood type A have a deep-rooted strength that helps
them stay calm in a crisis when everyone else is panicking. However,
they tend to avoid confrontation, and feel very uncomfortable
around people. A types are shy and sometimes withdrawn. They seek
harmony and are very polite, but all the same feel that they never
really fit in with others. A types are very responsible. If there
is a job to be done, they prefer to take care of it themselves.
These people crave success and are perfectionists. They are also
very creative, and the most artistic of all the blood types, most
likely because of their sensitivity.
People with blood type A are also likely to be considered classic
"type A's": stressed and conscientious. In anime, people
like Hotohori are type A's.
The Third Hokage, Haruno Sakura, Hotohori, Heero Yui, Keiko
People with blood type B are the most practical of the blood
groups. They are specialists in what they do. When they start
a project, they spend extra time understanding and trying to follow
directions than others might. When they are doing something, all
of their attention is focused on it. They tend to stick to a goal
and follow it through to the end, even if it seems impossible.
They tend to be less than cooperative, as they like to follow
their own rules and their own ideas. They are individualists.
B type people pay attention to their thoughts a little more than
their feelings, and therefore can sometimes seem cold and serious.
People with blood type B are often considered more relaxed, freewheeling,
and unconventional than other types, although not necessarily to
an unacceptable degree. In anime, the genki, off-the-wall types
are type B, along with any kind of well-intended character who's
ruled by their impulses.
Naruto, Duo Maxwell, Miaka, Nuriko, Tasuki, Sagara Sanosuke
People with blood type O people are outgoing, energetic and social.
They are the most flexible of the blood types. They easily start
up projects but often have trouble following through because they
give up easily. They are flighty and not too dependable. O types
always say what's on their mind. They value the opinion of others
and like to be the center of attention. Also, people with O blood
are extremely self-confident.
Type O, the most "average" blood type, is considered
the best type in Japan.
Quatre, Sailor Moon, Saito Hajime, Kamiya Kaoru, Tamahome
People with blood type AB are hard to categorize. They can have
characteristics on both ends of the spectrum at the same time.
For instance, they are both shy and outgoing. They easily switch
from one opposite to another. AB people are trustworthy and responsible,
but can't handle it when too much is asked of them. They don't
mind doing favors or helping out, as long as its on their own
conditions. People with this blood type are interested in art
AB is considered the worst blood type. In predictability-loving
Japan, they're loose cannons. They also like to set their own conditions
and reserve the right to drop out when things don't meet their expectations.
They're known to be sensitive and considerateat timesbut
it just isn't enough to balance out the flaws in this blood type.
For a while, some companies tried dividing their employees into
work groups based on blood type, and no one wanted to work with
the AB group. Anime villains are likely to be type AB.
Uchiha Sasuke, Hongo Yui, Tomo, Trowa Barton, Kenshin
A is most compatible with A and AB.
B is most compatible with B and AB.
AB is most compatible with AB, B, A, and O.
O is most compatible with O and AB.
The idea that blood type determines personality has been dying
out slowly in Japan. At the same time, the West has finally noticed
the potential of blood typing. We haven't quite cottoned onto the
idea that blood type is related to personality, but there's a growing
belief in fad diets that teach that each blood type evolved at a
certain point in human history, so people with that blood type should
eat the diet most common among humans at that point. Instead of
balanced, nicely average O's, we have savage cavemen hunching around
the fire and tearing at hunks of meat; solid-citizen type A's become
"docile vegetarians" as well; bouncy type B's get to indulge
in ice cream and cheese; and type AB's, as always, are half one
thing and half another, and get to eat vegan food or dairy-and-everything-elseIF
it suits them. Blood type diets are worth looking into if only to
imagine your favorite characters' reactions to their new diets.
Sailor Moon, cavewoman. That image puts me in a happy place.
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