Ariana Grande Got an Anime Tattoo, She’s Now a Precious Jewel We Must Protect at All Costs

Generally when something about Ariana Grande comes across my desk, I just find it annoying. She was in some Disney show and she’s marrying Pete Davidson who is like, 19 but looks 50 and that’s all I know about her. But today she became awesome when she got a big-ass anime tattoo on her forearm.

The tattoo in question is of Chihiro from Spirited Away by Studi Ghibli. Okay, that’s like the training wheels of being an anime fan, but I’m sure Grande is about 2 months away of doing a cover of ‘Cha-La, Head Cha-La’ at her concerts and posting pictures of herself cosplaying as Sailor Jupiter (who, let’s all agree right now, is the hottest one).

Chihiro, as I mentioned, is the main character of Spirited Away, during which she and her family become trapped in the spirit world and her struggle to free herself and her family, and she’s obviously a favorite of Grande.

Grande wrote this about the character on her Instagram story:

Chihiro’s growth into a capable individual is a core factor to the movement of Spirited Away’s plot. During her adventure in the Spirit World, she matures from an easily-scared girl with a child-like personality to match her age to a hard-working, responsible, and brave young girl who has learned to put her fears aside for those she cares for. To protect her friends and rescue her parents from a spell that has turned them into livestock, Chihiro sheds her former personality and adapts to her environment to become a courageous, quick-witted and reliable girl.

The only other musician I know of with an anime tattoo is Matthew Sweet, who has a tattoo of Urusei Yatsura’s deuteragonist Lum on his bicep. Lum is a bikini-clad bimbo from outer space who declares herself Ataru Moroboshi’s fiancee after he beats her in a game of tag by pulling her top off. Chihiro is a 10-year-old who learns about overcoming her fears and grows into a more mature, more capable person during her time in the spirit world. Clearly this one goes to Matthew Sweet.

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