Updated: Jun 2, 2018
Ramen is one of the most popular Japanese foods worldwide, and for good reason. Whether it's convenient and tasty packaged ramen that you can legit buy for a quarter the grocery store, or a gourmet meal at a restaurant, ramen is the best - and there are plenty of anime characters who would do anything for it. Let's take a look at a few of them.
1. Naruto Uzumaki - Naruto
With a name like Naruto, the titular character has pretty much no choice but to love ramen - he's named after the little swirly fish cake that characterizes the dish. For Naruto, not only is the salty soup dish delicious, it's also a symbol of connection to the people he loves. He first started eating ramen with his teacher Iruka, the first adult who was ever nice to him. Later, heading to Ichiraku Ramen would be a crucial element in all his relationships - whether it's the site of his first date with Hinata, or a place for him to have a heart-to-heart chat with his son.
Fun fact: there's actually a ramen chain called Naruto Ramen, which you can check out if you're in the NYC area. The Park Slope location occasionally plays episodes of the anime that you can watch while you're slurping your soup.
2. Jack Atlas - Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds
Yeah, that's right, we're going to talk about card games on motorcycles. Jack Atlas grew up in such crushing poverty that cup ramen was a special treat. He associated the stuff with the comfort and safety of his adopted family. As an adult he hoards cup ramen despite having access to higher quality food.
Jaeger, a former enemy of Jack's who slowly comes around to the good side, has a similar background. His family ran a failing circus, and he often didn't have anything to eat. When there was cup ramen, it meant that things were actually going somewhat well. Jaeger looks down on Jack because he comes from Satellite, a bombed out island known for high rates of crime, but when he realizes that they both love ramen for the same reason, he starts seeing Jack as a person. That's an incredible accomplishment for some freeze-dried noodles!
3. Koizumi-san - Miss Koizumi Loves Ramen
The most recent edition to the canon of anime ramen lovers is Koizumi-san of Koizumi-san Loves Ramen Noodles. This soup maven is so dedicated to the stuff that she'll travel anywhere in the world to try new varieties and find the best bowl. Ramen isn't just her favorite food, it's her passion.
4. Inuyasha - Inuyasha
Inuyasha is a half-human, half-dog demon who lives during Feudal Japan. You might not expect someone in that situation to have even tasted ramen, let alone love it, but the dude is absolutely in love with the stuff. He got his hands (paws?) on it when Kagome brought it back with her from the future. Can people who are half dog even digest ramen? We just don't know.