Blood types in Japan happen to be incredibly popular, to the extent to where in a character biography, the blood type of a character is often shown last in order to tease the fans.
Blood types are associated with numerous personality traits, often giving just as much information as Western horoscopes.
In many shows, characters are sometimes given personality traits due to their blood type before they are even given a character design.
It is entirely unsurprising that blood types are such a fascinating topic in a manga called Death Note, centering around quite a bit of forensics and police action.
In this case, however, the meaning is a bit less literal and more analytical.
What, exactly, does it mean that Watari was assigned the blood type of B?
Personality Traits Associated with Blood-Type B for Wammy:
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As it turns out, it means quite a lot. Characters that have a B blood type tend to be the most practical of the blood types. This is certainly true in a character like Wammy who, though pragmatic, has shown to be quite practical in his execution of tasks.
B-type characters are also known to become specialists in whatever they become interested in, and a few examples of this include Wammy’s great skill with cooking and his perfect marksmanship.
An interesting piece of information is that B-type characters tend to follow their own rules and prefer to be their own bosses. That most certainly sounds like Watari, as he basically formed his own empire and is his own boss. He is a very independent man that basically does what he likes, including abducting children and turning them into terrifying detective geniuses (sorry, couldn’t help myself).
B-types tend to be the Genki-type characters, as already stated in the Matsuda article about blood types. For the sake of recap, a “genki” character is a cheerful, well-meaning character. Genki could be translated quite well as hyper, or impulsive, or even cheerful.
At first glance, this does not sound like a blood type that should house a character like Watari, but on the other side of the personality spectrum, B-types could also manifest as characters who are very thoughtful, to the extent to where they do not express emotion easily. Many people would describe them as ‘cold’, or ‘analytical’, which is an interpretation that suits quite a bit better.
I would argue that Wammy is a very impulsive man, as you do not entirely plan out a career as varied as his. You have to be somewhat impulsive to decide to run an Orphanage for Gifted Youth. They are also known as being unconventional to a degree that is not accepted widely by the public, and as stated, I believe that Wammy is unconventional in a way. Because of this, the B-blood type suits him.
Do you agree with the classification of Wammy as a B-type? Or would you argue for the even more unconventional AB blood type, as it is more of a mixed bag? Definitely share your thoughts.