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You are What You Bleed! – The Japanese Blood Type Personality Classification

Date Published: Last Update:2015/05/11 Others , ,

What’s your blood type? – For most people, the only reason that they ask this question to others is that when they’ll be needing blood (no, not that vampire-ish type of need) for blood transfusion when something bad happens, that person may be able to help if they are compatible. But in Japan and other East Asian countries, your blood type gives many, if not all, hints of what kind of person you are. The ABO Blood Type or known as Ketsuekigata (血液型) in Japan serves as a guide to a person’s personality, similar to astrological signs that are observed in other countries.

Blood Type Classification in Japanese Culture

You may notice that if you do an online search of your favorite Japanese celebrity, some of their profiles include their blood type. Even in creating manga and anime characters, manga authors (mangaka) specify what blood types the characters are and it might play a role in character development.

This blood type and personality connection was first became popular in the Japanese public during late 1920’s to early 1930’s. It was published in Takeji Furukawa’s paper entitled “The Study of Temperament through Blood Type”. Though the experiment lacks credibility due to the fact that Furukawa only observed ten to twenty people, nevertheless it made an impact to the public.

Here is what they say about each blood type:

Blood Type A

A type

  • Kind and Compassionate
  • Calm
  • Excellent Listeners
  • Make Good Friends
  • Don’t express themselves in order to avoid possible quarrel
  • Stubborn
  • Overcautious

Known A Types in anime/video games: Heero Yuy (Gundam W), Chun-li (Street Fighter), Haruno Sakura (Naruto)

Known A Types in real life: Adolf Hitler, George bush Sr., Jet Li

Blood Type B

B type

  • Outgoing
  • Friendly
  • Adjustable and can feel people
  • Is into body language and other methods of deciphering others
  • Relies on intuition and trust themselves
  • Happy-go-lucky
  • Afraid of being alone
  • Quick to adapt

Known B Types in anime/video games: Naruto (Naruto), Miyaka (Fushigi Yuugi), Tifa Lockheart (Final Fantasy)

Known B Types in real life: Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul McCartney, Akira Kurosawa

Blood Type AB

AB type

  • Freedom-loving
  • Independent Thinkers
  • Calm and rational
  • Have complicated personality
  • Sensitive and easily hurt
  • Don’t like interference from other people

Known AB Types in anime/video games: Himura Kenshin (Rurouni Kenshin), Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy), Uchiha Sasuke (Naruto)

Known AB Types in real life: Jackie Chan, John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe

Blood type O

O type

  • Practical and realistic
  • Rule-conscious
  • Responsible and organized
  • Romanticists and ambitious
  • Strong in face of adversity
  • Confident
  • Optimistic
  • Self-determined

Known O Types in anime/video games: Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon), Guile (Street Fighter), Tamahome (Fushigi Yuugi)

Known O Types in real life: Queen Elizabeth II, John Lennon, Elvis Presley

This blood type personality classification was also made into a 4-panel webcomic entitled Ketsuekigata-kun made by Korean teacher, Park Dong-Sun (Real Crazy Man). It was later made into a short anime with the same title. Here is one episode of the anime:

Video courtesy of Ketsuekigata-kun’s website and youtube channel.

The video tells about what each blood type does when they like a person. A Types, due to their overcautious personality tends to give attention to troubles and all the things that surround them even if it is trivial. B Types, the more they like the person, the more they tease and do pranks to them. O Types, when they are asked by the person they like, they give all what they can do to answer it with sincerity. AB Types just like to be ill-tempered and because they love freedom, they want that they are ones to control and not to be controlled.

As mentioned above, this Japanese Blood Type Personality Classification is like the Astrological Signs. They should not be treated seriously and make it as a gauge to judge a person or justify yourself. They are just mere guides and might help us in understanding ourselves better.

Tell me who your friends are what your blood type is and I tell you who you are. :)

  1. Japan Today – The Importance of Blood Type In Japanese Culture
  2. Blood Banker – Blood Types of the Rich and Famous
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