How to Get the Anime Filter on Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram

An anime filter is going viral on social media with videos under the hashtag #AnimeFilter collecting more than 32 million views on TikTok, as well as hundreds of posts across Twitter and Instagram.

Over the summer, another version of the anime filter was popular on TikTok but was only available on the Chinese version of the app.

Now, a new version of the filter is going viral internationally, resulting in newfound popularity for the trend.

The new anime filter is especially popular as rather than a generic anime face the filter adapts to the individual's face and will change based on skin tone, face shape, and hair color. Different effects also appear based on if the user widens or squints their eyes.

Some are using the anime filter to see which character archetype they resemble, like Lucy James who said: "Used that anime Snapchat filter and I look like the mother whose death kicks off the story."

Used that anime Snapchat filter and I look like the mother whose death kicks off the story

— Lucy James (@lucyjamesgames) September 21, 2020

Others are not happy with their anime transformation, like Sarah Ruth Thomas who captioned her image: "I look like I'm about to go pilot a mech and have a mental breakdown," and said that the filter has some nerve.

So... Snapchat’s new anime filter... has some NERV.... #animefilter

— 🍂Sarah Ruth Thomas🍂 (@SarahRuthVoice) September 22, 2020

Danika Harrod discovered that the filter applies to furry friends too: "don't mind me just putting my pets through the Snapchat anime filter..."

don’t mind me just putting my pets through the snapchat anime filter....

— Danika Harrod (@danikaharrod) September 22, 2020

However, another attempt to apply the filter to a cat had less-than-cute results.

Tell me why my boyfriend put the #animefilter on this fckin cat

— (;´༎ຶД༎ຶ`) (@sadboikenzo) September 22, 2020

Twitter users have been applying the filter to their favorite celebrities, like this user who applied the filter to actor Adam Driver.

the anime filter but make it adam driver

— cece ☆ (@musicalgroot) September 22, 2020

Another creative Twitter user discovered what the cast of The Witcher would look like if the show were an anime.

The Witcher Netflix but put it in the Snapchat anime filter

— charlotte 💖 (@so_spaced__out_) September 22, 2020

BTS fans are also enjoying experimenting with the anime filter on Twitter, like this one user who said: "YALL I JUST DID THE ANIME SNAPCHAT FILTER ON BTS IM GONNA PASS OUT."


— missing tete (@lunevantae) September 22, 2020

While the filter has been popular on Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram, some users are struggling to find the filter, as it is actually available to use on Snapchat.

To join in the trend and use the anime filter, first head to Snapchat. The filter is called "Anime Style," and the Snapchat anime filter can be accessed with this link.

Take a selfie or film a short video on Snapchat with the filter applied, or alternatively, upload an image from your camera roll and add the effect afterward, before saving and uploading to your other social media platforms, like Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.

Anime characters
Anime characters are pictured at a venue of AnimeJapan 2014 at the Tokyo Big Sight on March 22, 2014, in Tokyo, Japan. A Snapchat filter that transforms the user into an anime character is going viral on social media. Yuriko Nakao/Getty