Animation from Japan, or Anime as it is called elsewhere around the world, has gone from having a small niche market, to becoming a multi-billion dollar industry that has secured its own section within pop-culture which includes millions of diverse fans. Most anime comes from manga, a Japanese version of comics, or light novels; and often feature a variety of different genres. It is true that most anime does target a younger audience, but there are also many anime that cater to more adult audiences which feature more detailed violence and adult themes such as armed conflict, abuse, and slavery.
Aside from the imaginative settings, intriguing and sometimes complex storylines, and the occasional existence of otherworldly powers, a main reason for the success and popularity of anime is the characters within it. It is true that most anime focus on a male hero, and that many of the most popular and iconic characters are men, but there are however, many well known and complex female characters as well. These female characters are smart, strong individuals, who possess incredible abilities in their own right, and are often at times just as powerful or even more powerful than any male counterpart who shares their world. They also happen to be very attractive individuals. Here is a list of the 15 hottest Anime characters.
15. Nico Robin – One Piece
One Piece has a wide range of interesting and unique characters, and Nico Robin is one of them. As a child, Robin witnessed the destruction of her home island, and has spent most of her life since then running and hiding from the World Government that wants her dead. She possesses the power to duplicate and sprout pieces of her body on any surface, including other living things. After years of solitude and betrayals, she finally finds a new family and home with the Straw Hat Pirates, where she serves as the crew’s archeologist, and wears form-fitting and revealing outfits while performing her duties, and during battle.
14. Motoko Kusanagi – Ghost in the Shell
Motoko Kusanagi is the main character of the Ghost in the Shell anime series. She is cybernetically augmented human who was once a detective, and now serves as a Major/squad leader in Section 9 of Japan’s National Public Safety Commission. She is a strong willed character, with enhanced strength, speed, reflexes, and a genius-level intellect; she is also a master at hacking, to the point that she is capable of taking over the minds of other cyborgs and controlling them. She has been called “a stunning example of a strong female character that didn’t need to have her feminism make a statement” and that is one of the main reasons why fans cannot get enough of her character.
13. Misa Amane – Death Note
Death Note deals with a male high school student named Light Yagami who finds a notebook belonging to a death god. After writing a person’s name in the book, that person will die, and Light, under the identity of Kira, uses this book to kill criminals in an attempt to stop crime and become the world’s saviour. During his crusade, he kills the criminal responsible for murdering Misa Amane’s family, and because of that, Misa, who gains her own Death Note as well as the eyes of a death god, sets out to find Light. Once she does meet him, she dedicates her life to him and helps him to kill the detective who is after him. Throughout the series, Misa often sports two ponytails and dresses in a gothic and punk style.
12. Saeko Busujima – Highschool of the Dead
Highschool of the Dead follows a group of high school students who, along with their school’s nurse, survive a sudden zombie outbreak that decimates Japan. Saeko is one of the students, and as a member of the school’s Kendo Club, she uses her combat skills, a wooden sword, and eventually a real sword, to easily dispatch the undead. Before the events of the series, she was assaulted by a man one night, and used her wooden sword to subdue and beat him. It was then that she discovered the sadistic side of herself which enjoys inflicting pain and suffering on other people, a trait that she clearly shows off when killing zombies. And yes, she does basically all of her fighting in her schoolgirl outfit.
11. Anastasia – Brave 10
Anastasia is the childhood friend of Brave 10’s main character, and a ninja in her own right. She is able to use ice magic, which allows her to instantly freeze water and moisture in the air, and also allows her to manipulate the resulting ice into a weapon. She is mainly seen wearing a revealing blue corset with long white sleeves on her arms and black leggings that show off her legs. Her loyalty comes into question during the series, but she ultimately becomes one of the ten braves, a warrior with extraordinary valor who can change the course of history by protecting a girl with incredibly destructive powers.
10. Lust – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Lust is a 250 year old artificial human known as a Homunculus, and is one of seven homunculi that appear in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. She is the embodiment of her creator’s lustful emotions (hence her name) and uses her enticing looks to manipulate weak-willed people into doing her bidding. She then kills them or simply casts them aside once they are no longer of any use to her. She is gifted with an incredibly long lifespan and regenerative abilities that allow her to rapidly heal almost all injuries; she’s also able to extend her fingertips into long thin claws that can extend a good distance and cut through nearly anything.
9. Alphard Alshua – Canaan
Alphard is the main villain of the Canaan anime; she is an ex-soldier and assassin who later becomes the leader of a terrorist group known as Snake. She leads the group to carry out attacks in China and Japan. Alphard mainly wears her hair up in a ponytail, and sports a black tube top with a purple trench coat and black pants. She does not care about having a love life and cares little for her friends. She also shows no remorse for any of her actions, even killing her own mentor who was like a father to her without any emotion.
8. Boa Hancock – One Piece
Boa Hancock, also known as the “Snake Princess” or “Pirate Empress”, is another one of One Piece’s intriguing characters. In her childhood, she and her sisters were captured and sold as slaves to the series’ World Nobles where she suffered horrible treatment for years until finally being freed. She goes on to become the ruler of Amazon Lily, an island inhabited only by women, and later becomes one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea. Hancock has the ability to entice both men and women with her beauty, and has the power to turn anyone, especially those with dirty thoughts to stone. She is considered by many in the series to be one of the strongest pirates as well as one of the most beautiful women in the world.
7. Revy “Two Hands” – Black Lagoon
Black Lagoon centers around a group of pirate mercenaries known as Lagoon Company, who carry out smuggling jobs in the seas of Southeast Asia. Revy is one of those mercenaries, and comes from a childhood filled with abuse. She is often referred to by the name “Two Hands” because of her skill with her twin Beretta handguns. As a person, Revy is very competitive, sarcastic, easily bored, rude, impatient, and possesses a sense of humor bordering on the psychotic. She is typically seen with a ponytail while wearing a black crop top, very cut-off jeans, combat boots, a pair of shoulder holsters, and a belt to hold up her pants. Her belief in using brute force to get things done, makes her one of the deadliest women in anime.
6. Faye Valentine – Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop is one of the the most successful and critically acclaimed animes in history. It focuses on a crew of bounty hunters who travel on the spaceship known as the Bebop. Before joining the Bebop crew, Faye Valentine was is an accident that left her so injured that she had to be kept cryogenically frozen until she could be healed; 54 years later, she wakes up not remembering who she is, and is handed a substantial medical bill she cannot pay. She resorts to a life of crime to earn money, and gets a bounty of her own placed on her head. Faye is known for being a lazy and selfish opportunist who at times cares more about her appearance than helping her crew. She wears a pair of shorts, white boots, thigh high stockings, and an undershirt with a loosely worn overcoat; it is no wonder most men in the series who meet her find her very attractive.
5. Inori Yuzuriha – Guilty Crown
In Guilty Crown, Japan is struck by a biological disaster known as the Apocalypse Virus. Japan is unable to save itself and asks the world for help, leading to the United Nations sending the GHQ organization. The GHQ stop the virus, but Japan loses its independence, and as a result, a resistance group known as the Funeral Parlor rises up to reclaim the country’s freedom. Inori is a member of Funeral Parlor, and is a skilled close quarters fighter as well as an impressive marksman. When she is not fighting, she can be seen in a short black dress with red ribbons on the bottom, but when she does fight, she tends to wear a red leotard with most of the middle missing, and a pair of red gloves.
4. Erza Scarlet – Fairy Tail
Erza Scarlet belongs to the Fairy Tale Guild, one of the strongest guilds in the anime, and is ranked as one of its S-Class Mages. She is a very strict and impatient individual who suffers from a bit of social awkwardness, but she also has a strong sense of pride and justice. Erza is able to use telekinesis and possesses incredible physical strength, durability, endurance, fighting skills, and intellect. She is best known however, for her mastery of the Requip form of magic which allows her to switch her weapons, armor and clothes at will; she is so skilled at this magic, that she is the only known mage to be able to Requip weapons and armor while in the middle of a batlle.
3. Leone – Akame Ga Kill
Akame Ga Kill follows a group of assassins known as Night Raid, and Leone is one of these assassins. As a member of Night Raid, she is a part of the series’ Revolutionary Army whose goal is to overthrow the corrupt kingdom. Leone is a very relaxed and cheerful person who enjoys alcohol, but when it comes time to fight, she is all business. She possesses a weapon which looks like a belt, that when activated gives her animal-like characteristics, as well as enhanced, strength, speed reflexes, and regeneration. Leone is seen throughout the series wearing a revealing black tube top, boots, pants and a scarf around her neck; but when she uses her weapon, her hair grows and she gains the ears, claws, and tail of a lion.
2. Yoko Littner – Gurren Lagann
In Gurren Lagann, the world is ruled by someone called the Spiral King who forces humanity to live in isolated underground villages, while those who live on the surface are attacked daily by humanoid creatures who make up the king’s army. Yoko is the anime’s main female character, and helps to fight against the Spiral King’s forces using her skills as a marksman and knowledge of hand-to-hand combat. She is a smart and caring person who does not like charging head first into a fight. Yoko is mainly known for wearing a black leather bikini with red flames on it, black leather short-shorts, and a studded white belt – an outfit she says she wears because she fights better with less clothing on.
1. Nami – One Piece
Since she was a little girl, Nami has dreamed of completing a map of the entire world, and as the navigator of the Straw Hat Pirates, she is slowly realizing her dream. Before joining the Straw Hats, Nami witnessed her adoptive mother being shot and killed, and was forced into drawing maps and collecting money and gold for the man who killed her in order to save her home town from him. That experience turned her into the kind and strong person she is today; a person who uses a bo staff-like weapon that can manipulate the climate around her. Early on in the series, she would wear various t-shirts and skirts, but now after a two year timeskip, she wears various bikini tops and tight low-rider jeans that show off her figure.