It is time once again for another discussion on blood types. On this edition, we will be discussing one of the most divisive characters in the Death Note fandom – Misa Amane.
In all of my years in fandom, I have never come across a character that inspires such a dramatic reaction than Misa from the series Death Note. There are many opinions that float around, both good and negative, but those are a topic for another article.
Perhaps quite fitting for a character as divisive and stigmatized as Misa is the blood type of AB, the rarest blood type in Japan, and the most disliked. An AB blood-type, at a glance, is known for a character that is known for not having one set personality, known as ‘split-personality’ characters.
They are the unpredictable characters who tend to drive the story, or at least be a major influence in them.
But why the stigma?
AB Blood-Type and Stigma in Japan
In Japan, the most common blood type is A.
An A blood-type is known for being rational, calm, and predictable. Japan is a country known for valuing a conservative, group-mentality, where being predictable is good for the group as it means that you do not stand out.
This is in a direct contrast to a country like the United States of America, where individuality is viewed as the best way to be. Setting yourself apart from the crowd is celebrated, while in Japan, it is viewed as extremely negative.
People that have the AB blood-type are known as extremely unpredictable and even irresponsible in some cases.
There was a time period where various blood types were placed together in the workplace, believing that type A’s would work better with A’s, and so on and so forth. However, this posed a problem – no one wanted to work with the AB types, and so the model gradually died out.
Why is the AB blood type known as the ‘split personality’ blood type? Well, it is associated with being both shy and outgoing, and serious yet not. AB people are known for having one personality that they show to the ‘outside’ world, and another personality they show to the people who are closest with them.
They are known for being a bit delicate and not being able to stand having too much pressure put upon them. They are known for being rather sentimental but also quite strict with themselves.
Considering how different Misa’s character is depending on who she interacts with, it is absolutely no surprise that this description fits her to a T. Sometimes she can come off as quite ruthless, while other times she seems warm and loving towards Light Yagami, her love interest (of a sort) in the manga.
Due to her status as an Idol, which necessitates a persona to show to the world, it is unsurprising that her regular personality is ever-changing as well.