Female anime characters from popular Japanese anime series worldwide range from cute and beautiful characters with exceptional figures to unique characters such as magical girls. In this article, based on a survey of 500 people conducted by the entertainment information web magazine “TV Maga,” we will introduce the “best female anime characters of all time” in a ranking format.
10th place: Shinobu Kocho from “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.”
In 10th place is Shinobu Kocho, a character from the anime “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba,” which caused a massive boom in Japan. The story follows Tanjiro Kamado, a boy whose family was killed by demons. He joins the Demon Slayer Corps to eradicate demons and turn his only surviving sister, Nezuko, who has become a demon, back into a human.
As a “Pillar” titled the “Insect Hashira,” Shinobu supports the Demon Slayer Corps as one of the top-ranking members. Although she is the only Pillar who cannot cut off a demon’s head, she uses her combat style of poisoning the demons with a different concoction for each demon by wrapping her “Nichirin Blade” in poison. She is famous for her strength, always-smiling demeanor, gentle atmosphere, and occasional sharp tongue.
Reasons for choosing Shinobu Kocho
“She has a super cute face but is incredibly strong. It was cool that she didn’t show much emotion initially but let her emotions out when she fought against the Upper Moon demon.”
9th Place: Rem from “Re: Zero − Starting Life in Another World.”
In 9th place is Rem, a character from the anime adaptation of the famous long novel by Tappei Nagatsuki, “Re: Zero − Starting Life in Another World.” The story follows the protagonist Subaru, who gains the power of “Return by Death,” which sends him back in time when he dies, as he tries to overcome his harsh fate through numerous loops in a fantasy world.
Rem is a maid in the Roswaal mansion, handling various miscellaneous tasks. She is a surviving demon clan member, known for their exceptional powers, and has a twin sister named Ram, whom she deeply admires. Rem is petite and has a small animal-like appearance. She is in love with Subaru, devoting her unwavering affection to him, which has earned her high praise for her loyalty and cuteness among all the anime characters.
Reasons for choosing Rem
“She has enough power to fight against strong enemies, but what I find cute about her is her unwavering and devoted love for Subaru.”
8th Place: Boa Hancock from “ONE PIECE.”
In 8th place is Boa Hancock, a character from the immensely popular anime “ONE PIECE” in Japan. Boa Hancock is a female pirate known as the “Pirate Empress.” She is the only female member of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, the current empress of Amazon Lily, and captain of the Kuja Pirates. She can petrify those attracted to her using the powers of the Paramecia Devil Fruit, “Mero Mero no Mi,” and possesses the “Haoshoku Haki” and exceptional physical and combat abilities. She is hailed as the most beautiful woman in the world. While she has a proud and arrogant personality, her cute gap in becoming a maiden and socially awkward when it comes to her love for Luffy is too adorable!
Reasons for choosing Sakura Kinomoto
“I like her for her beauty as a female emperor and her combat ability on par with the Seven Warlords. Her maiden-like devotion to Luffy, whom she loves, is also adorable.”
7th Place: Nico Robin from “ONE PIECE.”
Also in 7th place is Nico Robin, a character from the hugely popular anime “ONE PIECE” that dominates Japan. The story follows Luffy, a young boy who dreams of becoming the Pirate King, as he embarks on a journey to find the legendary treasure, “One Piece,” which is said to have been hidden by the former Pirate King, Gol D. Roger. Nico Robin, a pirate, and archaeologist, joins Luffy’s Straw Hat crew. She can read Poneglyphs, ancient stones that contain information about the Void Century. Robin is a quiet and reserved person, but she can be brutally honest and sarcastic. Her calm demeanor and past as a fugitive constantly pursued by the World Government intrigue fans.
Reasons for choosing Nico Robin
“I like her intelligence and her beauty. Her ability to read Poneglyphs is a great asset, and I find her backstory and how she had to hide and run from the World Government to be very interesting.”
“I like that she is a strong, independent woman unafraid to speak her mind. She is a valuable member of the Straw Hat crew.”
6th place: Ai Haibara “Detective Conan.”
In 6th place is Ai Haibara, a character from the nationally popular anime “Detective Conan,” whose comic book has a cumulative circulation of 230 million copies. The story follows Shinichi Kudo, a high school detective, who is transformed into a child by the “Black Organization” and takes on the name Conan Edogawa to track down the organization’s members and solve various crimes.
Ai Haibara is Conan’s classmate and seems a cool and mature elementary school girl. Still, she is a former member of the Black Organization and the scientist who created the drug that shrunk Conan into a child called APTX 4869. She was also forced to take the drug, which resulted in her childhood. She helps Conan in his fight against the organization. Her enigmatic atmosphere, affection for Conan, and occasional childishness capture fans’ hearts.
Reasons for choosing Ai Haibara
“She is cool and cute for an elementary school student (in the story). I like the gap between her coolness and her crush on Conan.”
“She is often perceived as a cold girl, but she has a gentle side, and she tries to protect the Junior Detective League when they get involved in cases. I like that.”
5th place: Sakura Kinomoto “Cardcaptor Sakura”
In 5th place is Sakura Kinomoto, the protagonist of the immensely popular anime “Cardcaptor Sakura,” which continues to be popular today. The story follows Sakura, a 4th-grade student, who, along with her guardian beast Kero-chan and her best friend, collects magical cards and solves incidents caused by the Clow Cards while striving to seal the powerful “Clow Card.”
Through her efforts, Sakura grows into a powerful magical girl. Her bright, honest, and kind personality, as well as her adorable appearance, perfect dialogue, gestures, and costumes, make her a well-rounded character. She has been popular as a “moe” character for over 20 years since her debut.
Reasons for choosing Sakura Kinomoto
“I find her charming because of her expressive, cute, pure, and hardworking personality. I love everything about her, including her dialogue and gestures.”
“She is very cheerful and considerate. Her positive attitude and way of overcoming difficulties by saying ‘It will be all right’ are amazing.”
4th place: Fujiko Mine from “Lupin III.”
In 4th place is Fujiko Mine, the heroine of “Lupin III,” which has been popular with many people for over 50 years since its animation in 1971. The story follows the adventures of the master thief Arsene Lupin’s grandson and master thief Lupin III, along with his comrades, the skilled gunman Daisuke Jigen, the swordsman Goemon Ishikawa XIII who is descended from the great thief Ishikawa Goemon, and the beautiful thief Fujiko Mine, as they engage in action-packed battles with the tenacious Inspector Zenigata, who is obsessed with capturing Lupin.
Fujiko, who can become both an ally and an enemy of Lupin depending on the treasure at stake, is the ultimate beauty with universally recognized beauty and style. She is a talented and agile thief with an exceptional intellect, but her true identity remains unknown. In the real world, she is a symbolic figure of sexy and cool women who have captivated fans of all ages and genders for many years.
Reasons for choosing Fujiko Mine
“She’s cool and sexy, not quite a lover but more than a friend, and it’s awesome how she can be kind to Lupin sometimes.”
“I admire Fujiko because she can manipulate men like Lupin, and she’s beautiful, even though she has betrayed him many times, and it’s hard to hate her.”
3rd place: Usagi Tsukino “Sailor Moon”
In 3rd place is Usagi Tsukino, the protagonist of the legendary and popular anime “Sailor Moon,” which captured girls’ hearts worldwide. The story follows Usagi, a 2nd-year middle school student who transforms into the beautiful Sailor Moon, guardian of the moon and symbol of love and justice, along with her fellow Sailor Soldiers and her lover from a past life, Tuxedo Mask, as they fight against evil.
Usagi is a bit clumsy and a crybaby but has a bright and cheerful personality that fans love. She fearlessly faces strong enemies, and her blonde twin-tailed appearance and stunning figure make her a fan favorite.
Reasons for choosing Usagi Tsukino
“She’s the first anime character I fell in love with. She’s clumsy, a crybaby, but she believes in herself and her friends until the end, and her loyalty is so cool. I even collected Sailor Moon goods to be like her.”
“She’s a tomboyish character but always cheerful, strong-willed, and thinks of her friends first. I admired her transformation scene when I was a kid.”
“She’s cute, and her personality is so lovable. I’ve always admired her love story with Tuxedo Mask and wanted to experience a love like that. She’s still my favorite because she’s just so adorable.”
2nd Place: Anya Forger from “SPY x FAMILY”
In second place is Anya Forger, a character from the currently popular anime “SPY x FAMILY.” The story follows three individuals: Lloyd Forger, a skilled spy posing as a psychiatrist; Yor, an assassin; and Anya, a young girl with extraordinary abilities. They form a pretend family and struggle to deal with the various challenges that arise in their daily lives while keeping their true identities hidden from one another.
Anya is a presumed 4-5-year-old girl Lloyd takes from an orphanage for his mission. Due to certain circumstances, Anya had been moving from one orphanage to another. Her efforts to help her new family avoid being abandoned by Lloyd are both endearing and adorable, making her very popular among fans. Her behavior, speech, and appearance are all charming, and her occasional funny faces and expressions are also one of her appealing qualities.
Reasons for choosing Anya
“Everything from her behavior to her actions makes her an adorable and beloved character, but her quirky facial expressions also add to her charm.”
“Her speech and appearance are both incredibly cute. Even though she is young, her efforts to assist Lloyd Forger with his mission are admirable, and it’s one of the reasons why I love her so much.”
1st place: Nami from “One Piece.”
In first place is Nami from the immensely popular anime “One Piece” in Japan. The story follows the adventures of a young boy named Luffy, who dreams of becoming the Pirate King and is on a quest to find the legendary treasure known as the “One Piece.”
Nami navigates Luffy’s Pirate crew, the Straw Hat Pirates. She possesses a natural talent for predicting weather and an intricate knowledge of navigation and meteorology, having honed her skills from a young age. She also has a strong background in thievery, having been a pirate before joining the Straw Hats. After being saved by Luffy, she joins the crew with the dream of creating a complete map of the world’s oceans. She is known for her cute appearance, stunning figure, and cheerful personality, and she is loved by fans worldwide.
Reasons for choosing Nami
“Nami has a heartbreaking past where the Arlong Pirates destroyed her village, and her adoptive mother, Bell-mère, was killed. Despite such a tragic experience, she is an incredibly tough female character who desperately tries to raise money to buy back her village. She is also forgiving enough to spare Hachi, a Fishman who attacked her village, showing a deep and compassionate side to her personality that I love the most.”
“Nami is an essential character who leads the entire crew of One Piece and is the coolest female character ever. Without Nami, the pirate crew cannot sail, so she is indispensable. Her attitude, personality, and actions of working hard to earn money for her family and village are fascinating.”