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How You Can Turn Yourself into Anime Character Using Anime Filter

Want to turn yourself into an anime character? Then read this article for some insight on how you can find the trendy 'Anime Style' filter everyone's been talking about lately!

Liza Brown
Liza Brown
Originally published Aug 08, 23, updated Jul 23, 24

How You Can Turn Yourself into Anime Character Using Anime Filter

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Everyone is looking for the Anime Filter that allows you to turn yourself into an animated character. All in an effort to join in on the TikTok trend that's been awakening the inner anime enthusiast in everyone.

Anime Filter

In this post, we'll be sharing with you all that we know about this elusive anime filter (along with some bonuses along the way)

 Part 1 Let's Figure out What's Anime Filter First

01What is the Anime Filter on TikTok?

Okay, first off What even is this anime filter everyone is talking about and how can you use it to turn yourself into an animated character? We've attached a helpful YouTube Video below from @Kapwing who has a more comprehensive explanation for you.

But, as for the basics? It works just like most filters in that it can be used in both video and picture mode (allowing you to also make your own animated profile picture if you'd like). All you have to do is turn it on, and it'll turn you into the most fitting anime character of your style immediately

02How to Get the TikTok Anime Filter?

Now to finally get down to business How exactly can you get the anime filter for your TikTok? Well, here's the trick Despite having earned its popularity on TikTok, the Anime Style filter actually comes from Snapchat So, if you do want to animate yourself like you've seen all the other popular TikTok-ers do, you'll need to record the video (or take the picture) on the Snapchat App first and then upload it to TikTok.

03A step-by-step breakdown of this process has been provided below (pictures included)

Step 1Download the Snapchat App

Alright, to start off with, you'll need to download the Snapchat app on your smartphone (it's available for both Android and iOS devices)

Download the Snapchat App
Step 2Open Snapchat App on your mobile device

Once you have the Snapchat app downloaded and installed on your device, open it

Open the Snapchat app on your mobile device
Step 3Search for the Anime Style Filter on Snapchat

Once you have the Snapchat app open, click on the search bar at the top of the interface, type ‘anime style', and search

You might find that there are multiple versions of the filter (like as is shown in the image below), but the one that you need to select is the one titled Anime Style and created by Snapchat (it should appear first, as it does in the example)

Look for the Anime Style filter on Snapchat
Step 4Turn Yourself into an Animated Character

Finally You should be moved to the video recorder or the profile picture taker, where you can see yourself animated once and for all

Turn yourself into an anime character
Step 5Upload your anime filter-ed video to TikTok

Now, in order to get your Anime-fied self on TikTok, all you need to do is upload your video creation (either on your mobile device or your computer) We've provided a URL for you below that will take you directly to the TikTok upload page.

Upload anime filter video on TikTok

 Part 2 More Tutorials on Anime Filter That You Should Not Miss

The Anime Style filter that we introduced in the previous section isn't the only ‘animated' filter available, of course It's the one that caught the attention of a lot of people, thanks, in large part, to the participation of a couple of some of the bigger TikTok-ers on the platform. However, you can always expand your selection a bit by checking out some of the other interesting anime filters in the market:

0112 Anime Filters to Turn Yourself into an Anime Character

Anime Filter #1: Anime Style Realistic

Upload anime filter video on TikTok

In order to fix some of the more glaring issues with the regular Anime Style filter, Snapchat created a second filter, called Anime Style Realistic This one has a distinctively less anime style when it comes to looks. But it does allow for more skin colors, better hair integration, and accessories


FREE Snapchat lens that you can use at any time.

Works with most skin tones.

Better hair/accessory integration.


The style is more realistic than anime.

It is not available anywhere else; you'll need to be on Snapchat to use it.

Not great at capturing motion.

This is a fun filter to use for those looking to spice up their timeline with something a little different (OR for those having a bad day and would like the almost-anonymity the filter can provide).

Anime Filter #2: Cartoon Style

Upload anime filter video on TikTok

Next, we have another Snapchat original lens called Cartoon Style This filter is more reminiscent of the older animated cartoon styles (think Pocahontas, Lilo & Stitch, etc.), but it doesn't make it any less fun


FREE Snapchat lens.

Works with all skin tones.

Works with accessories.


More of a cartoon animated style than anime.

Not available anywhere else, you can only use it with Snapchat.

Not great at capturing motion.

Again, just like the Anime Filter, this is good for slapping on just to have fun or to sneakily erase a couple of blemishes

Anime Filter #3: Anime Filter

Anime Filter from TikTok

Now, although we mentioned that TikTok doesn't have any anime-style filters, the Chinese version of it (surprisingly) does You can see it being used in the image above, rendering the user into an animated (albeit not classically Japanese animated) character.


Free Chinese TikTok filter.

Great at capturing motion.

Chinese animated drawing style.


Only available for the foreign version of the TikTok app.

Not the best with skin tones.

It doesn't use the classic Japanese-animation style.

This has seen a popularity boost recently, with many TikTok users using it to show a ‘before' and ‘after' (like the image shown above), of their dance being animated.

Filter URL:

Anime Filter #4: Anime Eyes

Anime Eyes lens

This next filter is the first unofficial anime filter on this list. It was created by one of the users of Snapchat and can be found there if you want to use it This one doesn't animate the whole face of the user, but it does apply a sticker of various ‘anime eyes' that you can use as a semi-animated profile picture maker (free)


FREE Snapchat filter

Anime-eyes sticker to cover the eyes

Useful as an animated profile picture maker


Only available on the Snapchat app

Does not capture motion

Does not animate the entire face

This really is best used for profile pictures only You've probably seen it around as such, although some users also find it useful for hiding tired eyes

Anime Filter #5: Wondershare Filmora


If you're looking to step up your game ‘editing-wise' and give your pictures and videos an even more anime feel, then you can also consider the anime filters that the video editing tool, Wondershare Filmora Video Editor, offers. (You can also skip the pre-made filters altogether and create your own animated video with stickers and other effects.)


Variety of anime filters for videos

Comes with advanced video editing tools

Creates high-quality videos


Premium Software

No face animation

This particular option is for those looking for something a step above what everyone else is doing. All while allowing a more flexible experience

Try It Free

For Win 7 or later (64-bit)

Try It Free

For macOS 10.12 or later

Anime Filter #6: MHA Anime Filter (Instagram)

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Continuing on from our trend of ‘out-there' options, there's also the MHA filter from Instagram This one has been especially popular with the anime fanbase as it offers plenty of opportunities for hilarious, pointed responses


FREE with Instagram

Anime-themed sticker

Trending on TikTok


Not a face animator filter

Not a profile picture animator

Limited anime options

It's definitely not what you might have initially been looking for. But its popularity on TikTok is undeniable

Anime Filter #7: Anime Filter

Anime Filter on Instagram

Our second recommended anime-themed filter is the basic Anime Filter on Instagram This one flicks through dozens of some of the most popular animes to find out which one suits you best And, just like the previous, is currently trending on Tiktok


FREE with Instagram

Anime-themed sticker filter

Trending on TikTok


Sticker, not face animator

Available only on Instagram

Limited options

Anime Filter #8: Cartoon

Cartoon Lens on Snapchat

This next animation filter pick of ours brings us back to Snapchat It's called the Cartoon lens. And, just like our initial picks, it will change your pictures to that of a cartoon This one is closer to the cartoon-style popular around the 2000s (think Frozen & Tangled)


Available on Snapchat

Animated profile picture maker (free)

Works for various skin types


Not the best at motion capturing

Only available on Snapchat

Doesn't use classic Japanese style

It's not quite the anime filter that you're probably looking for, but it does still work if all you want is a way of cartoon-ifying yourself to spice up your timeline It'll clear up any blemishes too

Anime Filter #9: Comics Style

Comics Style Lens from Snapchat

Again, we're moving towards a different kind of animation style with this next filter from Snapchat, but the Comics Style filter does have its own promises of fun as well Especially for those who are long-time fans of American comics (or, even, your average modern-day Avengers fan)


FREE on Snapchat

Video face animator

Works with a variety of skin tones


Awkward with some face shapes

Does not work with all face accessories

Available only on Snapchat

Anime Filter #10: Cartoon 3D Style

Cartoon 3D Style Lens from Snapchat

Now, this might get confusing, but for our last picks, we actually have a set of filters all called Cartoon 3D Style But trust us They're all different This first version is one you would probably relate more to the DreamWorks motion picture, Ratatouille


FREE profile picture animator on Snapchat

Compatible with a variety of face shapes

Compatible with a variety of skin tones


Set features (i.e., pointed nose)

Non-anime drawing style

Not compatible with some facial accessories

Anime Filter #11: Cartoon 3D Style

Cartoon 3D Style Lens from Snapchat

For our next Cartoon 3D Style lens from Snapchat, we have a face animator that can help you turn into something very close to another dreamwork's motion picture (think the Despicable me or the Minions)


Cartoon style animator that is FREE to use

Great for motion capturing

Compatible with a variety of skin colors


Available only on Snapchat

Not compatible with certain face accessories

Limited face warping effect

Anime Filter #12: Cartoon 3D Style

Cartoon 3D Style Lens from Snapchat

And finally, for the last of our recommended anime filters, we have the Cartoon 3D Style lens from Snapchat that makes you look like your favorite Disney character (In this case, the obvious inspiration comes from Disney's Frozen or Tangled)


Disney face animator that is FREE on Snapchat

Compatible with all skin tones

Trending on TikTok


It can only be used on Snapchat

Not great at capturing motion

02Steps to Download the Anime Filter App and Turn Yourself into an Anime Character

Now, if those filters weren't enough for you, we've also included this next tutorial on how you can find apps on your mobile device that will allow you to get the same effect without having to use Snapchat, TikTok, or Instagram

Step 1Go to the App Store

The first step, of course, is to go to the app store on your mobile device.

 Open App Store
Step 2Search for Anime Filter App

Next, search ‘Anime Filter' on your phone's app store.

 Search for anime filter app
Step 3Select Anime Filter App

There are multiple types of anime filter apps available in the market. Pick the one that you think will work best for you.

 Select anime filter app
Step 4Install Anime Filter App

Finally, once you've found the anime filter app for you, install it.

 Install anime filter app
Step 5Open Anime Filter App

The app that we used for our example, Anime Camera, offers several different animation styles However, this app does come with a subscription fee, so keep that in mind.

Open anime filter app

03Anime Filter Has a Sadly Unsurprising Problem

You might have noticed this while we were introducing all the different types of anime-style filters available, but the popular Anime Filter has its shortcomings. Which includes:

PROBLEM 1: Dark Skin Tones

The anime filter's inability to capture darker skin tones accurately is one of the biggest issues users have with the filter.

PROBLEM 2: Hair Style

Hairstyle options are also very limited. And, as for black hairstyles? Well, the options are pretty much non-existent.

PROBLEM 3: Face Accessories

Do you wear glasses? How about piercings? Well, this won't translate for you either, unfortunately

Key Takeaways from This Episode

The Anime Filter is a hot, trending topic in platforms like Tiktok, Instagram, and Snapchat It's also a fun way of engaging with the anime community

There are other, similar face-animation filters available (The Cartoon 3D Styles, especially, were quite popular for a time)

Unsurprisingly, the anime filter does have its problems… And it left a big chunk of the TikTok community pretty flabbergasted — and disappointed. But that didn't stop them from joining in the fun to provide some empowering commentary

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