A list of the hottest male anime characters that need more recognition. Did that already. A list of anime guys that you should know, or you’re not a person of culture. I’ve done that too. I feel like I’m missing something here. Ha, I know! How about a list of anime girls with short hair?
In all seriousness though, the only reason I’m making these lists are because they are highly requested. An ordinary list like the ones on every other anime website is already too mundane. That’s why I try to mix things up a bit and use these lists as an opportunity to recommend some of the best anime that I have watched.
Anime girls with short hair are usually the underdogs, the tomboys, the childhood friend; they often aren’t the best girl in the series. Well, this isn’t my assumption, but more of my observation after watching a ton of anime. It usually happens because the creator wants to satisfy the preference of the majority. Now, there are times when these girls do win as you’ll see in my list. All the anime girls with short hair in this list all are remarkable in their unique way and can stand their ground against the stereotypical girls with traditional long hair.
Without further ado, let’s begin.
BakaSenpai’s list of anime girls with short hair.
- Mei Misaki
- Mikasa Ackerman
- Kayo Hinazuki
- Nagisa Furukawa
- Faye Valentine
- Yukari Yukino
- Hojo Satoko
- Shiki Ryougi
- Shinobu Kocho
- Himeko Inaba
- Nana Osaki
- Misaki Nakahara
- Ai Tanabe
- Tsubaki Sawabe
- Mari Tamaki
- Mayuri Shiina
- Himawari Uzumaki
Mei Misaki (Another)
Another is a horror/mystery anime that doesn’t have the highest of ratings on MAL. I’m not sure why many people dislike it, but I found it quite enjoyable when I first watched it back in the day. The show starts with a student from class 3-3 of Yomiyama North suddenly passing away during the school year.
The student was a girl by the name of Misaki (not the same Misaki on this list), who was popular and friendly among the students. Because of her kind nature, her classmates and teachers roleplayed to make it seem like she was still alive. Following this event, a student from class 3-3 would die for each consecutive year since that day. The reason was unknown.
That’s when Misaki Mei comes into the picture twenty-six years later since the year the former Misaki died. What’s strange is that her classmates seem to treat her like she doesn’t exist? Why you might ask? Well, watch the show to find out.
A list of anime girls with short hair is never complete if Misaki Mei is not in it. Her mysterious aura with her signature eyepatch that hides her bi-coloured eyes makes her stand out among the girls in this list.
“No matter how many relationships we seem to have, we’re all alone.”
Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)
Attack on Titan is a show so mainstream that even people who don’t watch anime are aware of its existence. Unlike a lot of popular anime these days, Attack on Titan’s fame is due to its well-crafted storytelling. Mankind is on the brink of extinction as they hide behind three gigantic walls. No one exactly knew how these walls came about, but it wasn’t enough to stop the titans from invading once again.
Mikasa Ackerman is the childhood friend of the main protagonist, Eren Jaeger. Her life has been a series of tragedies unfolding one after the other. Since the last titan attack which saw the destruction of wall Maria, Mikasa decides to join Eren as soldiers to fight against the titans. Since she comes from the lineage of the Ackerman family, Mikasa has some godly physical prowess that makes her one of the most skilled soldiers around. Mikasa is also famous for saying Eren in a dramatic tone even when something minuscule happens to the main protagonist.
Season 4 is coming out soon which I’m very excited about. I was too afraid to research more about Mikasa as I was writing this post because I don’t to be spoiled.
“You don’t stand a single chance to win, unless you fight.”
Kayo Hinazuki (Erased)
The story centres around Satoru, a manga artist who is having a tough time making it big in his industry. Apparently, for inexplicable reasons, Satoru has the power to briefly go back in time that allows him to prevent a disaster from happening. He calls this power Revival. One day, for inexplicable reasons as well, Satoru suddenly goes back 18 years in the past.
He isn’t sure why, but he realizes that this is an opportunity for him to prevent a terrible incident from happening: the death of Kayo Hinazuki. What follows is Satoru trying to unravel the mystery of her death, and create a future where Kayo is alive.
The story had so much potential, and it almost lived up to it. My only issue with the anime is that a lot of events happened without much of an explanation. For example, where did Satoru get his powers and the logistics on how it works. It just didn’t make sense and was merely used as a plot device. That’s still okay if done right, but it wasn’t. It’s lazy writing if you ask me.
Despite its flaws, it’s still a good show because of how the animators handled the adaptation. It’s also worth watching just to see how cute Kayo was when she was little.
“I want to go to an island that has no pain or sadness. On that island, I can climb a tree when I want to climb, swim in the sea when I want to swim, and sleep when I want to sleep. When I think about the town without me, I feel a sense of relief. I want to go far, far away.“
Nagisa Furukawa (Clannad)
Clannad follows the story of delinquent Tomoya Okazaki. He thinks that he will never amount to anything and decides to waste his high school days with his friend, Sunohara. They both make quite the pair with their funny antics.
One day, Okazaki stumbles upon Nagisa, a repeat student due to an underlying illness. Nagisa has a dream of reviving the school’s drama club. As Okazaki notices Nagisa more and more, he helps her realize this dream with a few other girls. Along the way, he starts solving these girls problems and realizes that life isn’t as dull as he once thought it was.
Clannad is a solid slice of life/romance anime. The second season is even better than the first and is a true tearjerker. Ready some tissues before you start watching.
“Even if I don’t cry when I’m sad, I might do it when I’m happy. That’s just the kind of person I am.”
Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop)
Planet Earth has become uninhabitable, which led to the colonization of other planets and moons. The year is 2071, and the Inter Solar System Police is not enough to keep the peace in the galaxy. That’s where Faye and her group come in. They’re bounty hunters who help aid the police in catching wanted criminals for some coin of course. The anime is episodic but has an overarching theme that resolves by the end. If you’re into Sci-Fi, and bounty hunting then this is a show for you. It’s similar to the new western series ‘The Mandolorian’.
Faye has a bounty on her head and has crossed paths twice with Spike before finally joining the crew. Although appearing to be no more than 23 years old, Faye is actually around 77 years old. She spent fifty-four years in suspended animation after being put into a cryogenic freeze after a space shuttle accident.
She’s a complex woman with an attitude. She’s lazy but can handle herself well when in times of need. Her bickering with Spike never fails to amuse me. Their relationship is like cats and dogs, but deep down, they both care for each other.
“Survival of the fittest is the law of nature. We deceive, or we are deceived. Thus, we flourish or perish. Nothing good ever happened to me when I trusted others. That is the lesson.”
Yukari Yukino (The Garden of Words)
The story of the Garden of Words is about the interactions of two social misfits who develop a connection. The connection leads to a companionship where both parties are healing from the presence of the other. The misfits in question are Yukino and Akizuki. Yukino is a teacher who is skipping work due to unfortunate circumstances, while Akizuki is a boy who has a passion for shoemaking. His dream is far outside the norm when it comes to the standards of Asian societies which causes him to feel out of place.
The Garden of Words has a special place in my heart because of how relatable it is. There was a time when I experienced lonely sadness. During those times, I had a friend who would spend time with me, which made me forget all the worries I had. That’s when the message of the movie hit me. Sometimes, we search for something, and unexpectedly we find it in someone.
What we find isn’t the answer, but the root cause of our problems. From there, we can learn how to deal with it and grow from the experience.
“Do you think it’s too late for me?”
Hojo Satoko (When They Cry)
When They Cry is an anime that will deceive you by its looks. On the surface, it might appear to be an anime about cute girls doing cute stuff, but in reality, it’s one of the best mystery/horror anime in existence. It’s hard to describe what the show is all about, so I’ll let MAL explain.
Keiichi Maebara has just moved to the quiet little village of Hinamizawa in the summer of 1983 and quickly becomes inseparable friends with schoolmates Rena Ryuuguu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Houjou, and Rika Furude. However, darkness lurks underneath the seemingly idyllic life they lead.
As the village prepares for its annual festival, Keiichi learns about the local legends surrounding it. To his horror, he discovers that there have been several murders and disappearances in the village in the recent years and that they all seem to be connected to the festival and the village’s patron god, Oyashiro. Keiichi tries to ask his new friends about these incidents, but they are suspiciously silent and refuse to give him the answers he needs. As more and more bizarre events occur, he wonders just what else his friends might be keeping from him, and if he can even trust them at all.
When madness and paranoia begin taking root in Keiichi’s heart, he will stumble straight into the mysteries at work in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, a story that is told across multiple arcs.
Satoko and Kayo are both anime girls with short hair that have a tragic past of being abused by their family members.
“No more… I can’t stand this anymore. Kill me already… Just hurry up and kill me.”
I told you this show is twisted.
Shiki Ryougi (Kara no Kyoukai)
Shiki is the main character of a seven-part movie series called the Garden of Sinners. The series is regarded as being set in an alternate parallel universe to TYPE-MOON’s other series, Tsukihime and Fate/stay night, which make references to Kara no Kyoukai.
Shiki is a teenage girl who possesses the “Mystic Eyes of Death Perception,” a supernatural ability that allows her to view the death of any given object and destroy its origin. She recently recovered from a two-year coma caused by a traffic accident. Before the accident, she had two personalities: one that is female and another that is male. Both Shiki’s have a distinct way of speaking as they use different pronouns depending on which Shiki is speaking. The difference between the two Shiki’s is parallel to the idea of yin and yang.
After awaking from her coma, Shiki discovers that she can no longer feel the male Shiki’s presence and assumes he died because of the accident. She also experiences a detachment from her memories before the accident as she does not feel that she is the female Shiki. In the hopes of regaining herself and the dead Shiki, she puts on a cold facade that somewhat resembles the female Shiki’s.
Shiki is among anime girls with short hair that are the most badass.
“My eyes can see the death of everything. I can cut the lines as long as I understand the death behind it. This means I can kill anything, even if that thing is God.”
Shinobu Kocho (Demon Slayer)
Shinobu is one of the demon slayers who are of the rank Hashira: the highest grade a person can achieve in the demon slayer corps. There are a few anime girls with short hair in Demon Slayer, but I find Shinobu to be the most attractive. I think it’s pretty understandable just by looking at her visuals. She’s also the sensei of the adorable Kanao.
Shinobu doesn’t have much screen time in the anime, but she has a more prominent role in the manga. I find that the anime is better than the manga due to the way the studio handles the adaptation. The animation of the swordfights are beautiful, and it complements the glorious soundtrack. The three main protagonists each have an element of a shounen protagonist in them: the desire to protect other people, the need to be stronger and the will to overcome obstacles that are in the way of success.
Are you curious if Zenitsu is strong? It’s a hot topic among the fans. If you want to find out the answer, I explain it here.
“I may be the only swords-lady among the pillars who can’t cut a demon’s head off. But anyone who creates poison that can kill demons can be quite amazing.”
Himeko Inaba (Kokoro Connect)
When five students at Yamaboshi Academy realize that there are no clubs where they fit in, they band together to form the Student Cultural Society. One day, strange incidents start happening which forces the club members to deal with insecurities and issues that they’ve kept hidden inside.
Himeko Inaba is one of the club members of the Studen Cultural Society. Inaba is vice president of the club. She excels in gathering information and analysis, possessing private data on each of the club members. She’s calm and logical, but she’s a bit clumsy, so her difficulty with roundabout phrasings causes her to surprise many of those around her with her blunt statements.
“If I show people how weak I am, they won’t need me anymore.”
Nana Osaki (Nana)
Through a fateful encounter in their journey toward the metropolis, two young women with the same given name are brought together, sparking a chain of events which eventually result in them sharing an apartment. As their friendship deepens, the two attempt to support each other through thick and thin, their deeply intertwined lives filled with romance, music, challenges, and heartbreaks that will ultimately test their seemingly unbreakable bond.
Abandoned by her parents and raised by her grandmother, Nana was expelled from high school after she was falsely accused of prostitution. Despite these hardships, Nana “polishes the shards of her dreams” and is determined to be successful as the lead vocalist of Blast.
Her favourite designer is Vivienne Westwood, and her favourite band is the Sex Pistols. She smokes Seven Stars and likes coffee with milk and strawberry cake. She also can cook but prepares all her food with too much salt.
“I always thought that life was about standing your ground, no matter how strong the current was. But going with the flow isn’t so bad after all. As long as it takes you forward.”
San (Princess Mononoke)
San is known as Princess Mononoke, the 17-year-old girl, princess of spirits and beasts. When San was a baby, her parents, along with some other travellers, were attacked by the wolf goddess Moro. Her parents threw San to Moro as a sacrifice to save their own lives, thus escaping while Moro was preoccupied with San.
However, San was spared; Moro did not eat her, instead of raising San as her daughter. San treats Moro as her mother and her two natural pups as brothers. San rejects her humanity, thinking of herself as a wolf. Possibly because of her past, San hates humans with great ferocity, even more so than Moro. She wears a coat made of wolf hide and carries a dagger made from the tooth of a wolf.
San cares very much for the forest she lives in and the animals she lives with. San is very agile, able to dodge arrows, darts, and even ishibiya shots. She, like the Mountain Spirits, wants to destroy the humans so that they will stop taking away all their land. She wants to kill Eboshi, the leader of Irontown.
“I’m not afraid to die. I’d do anything to get you humans out of my forest!”
Misaki Nakahara (Welcome to the NHK)
Welcome to the N.H.K. is the story of a 22-year-old hikikomori/NEET named Satou Tatsuhiro. NEET stands for Not in Employment, Education or Training. Simply put, the man’s a shut-in. It usually stems from an underlying psychological condition, but Satou blames it on an evil organization that’s purpose is to create more people who share the same disorder.
Welcome to the NHK is a psychological dramedy that follows Satou as he strives to escape from the NHK’s wicked machinations. He struggles to leave his apartment and find a job due to his self-absorbed beliefs. His unexpected encounter with the mysterious Misaki Nakahara might bring an end to this as she shows a willingness to help him for some unknown reason.
This is the second Misaki on this list of anime girls with short hair. I see a pattern here, or is it mere coincidence? I’m sure Satou would blame the NHK for this strange occurrence.
“People who neglect to make efforts or who don’t take any actions at all are always the ones who dream that someday they will suddenly become wildly successful.”
Hana (Wolf Children)
If there was an award for best mothers in anime then Hana definitely deserves it.
Wolf Children follows Hana who stumbles upon a man during one of her university classes. The man isn’t an actual student in the university but somehow manages to slip inside. They both eventually fall in love, but the twist is that the man isn’t fully human. He’s a werewolf that transforms during the full moon.
Things happen along the way which I do not intend to spoil for your sake, but Hana ends up having two healthy children: Ame and Yuki. One was born during the rain, and the other during snowfall. The children inherit their father’s trait of shape-shifting into a wolf. Hana raises them, but she lets them decide what they would like to be. Wolf or human?
There’s plenty of struggles along the way, but Hana perseveres through them. A lot of parents, especially in Asian cultures, carve out the path of their children as if they have no say. Hana does the opposite. She only provides and lets her children choose even if they decide to take on the path of a wolf. It’s a very wholesome movie that will make us appreciate our mothers even more.
“Even if everyone hates the wolf, I’ll take the wolf’s side.”
Rem (Re: Zero)
Anime girls with short hair tend to not win. Rem is an example of that. She may have lost the battle for Subaru’s heart, but she most definitely won the war. She is the best girl among the fanbase, and anyone who says otherwise can fight me.
If you don’t know who Rem is, then I suggest you watch Re: Zero. It’s one of the best isekai’s out there. The story follows Subaru who one day gets transported into a fantasy world. Since he’s an otaku, Subaru thought he would develop some powers upon arrival, but what he got instead, is a curse. A curse that allows him to respawn to a checkpoint each time he dies. It sounds like a neat ability, but if you watch the anime, you’ll understand why I call it a curse.
Prepare yourselves for insanity.
“No matter what happens, even when it looks like you’re gonna lose, when no one else believes in you, when you don’t believe in your self, I will believe!”
Ai Tanabe (Planetes)
Planetes is an underrated anime that deserves more recognition than what it’s getting. In the year 2075, mankind has inhabited the moon and space flights have become a thing. Meaning you can travel by plane in space. One job that is key, but looked down upon is debris collecting. In space, there isn’t any gravity so debris just float around everywhere. One hit from floating debris could destroy a spaceship or even a plane. It could cost the lives of thousands of people.
Space debris also requires high technical skill similar to that of an astronaut. Heck, they are astronauts. Despite the importance and skill that encompasses the job, people still look down on space debris collectors. It’s parallel to garbage collecting in our reality. If someone doesn’t do it, then who will? Every job is essential in its way and serves some unique purpose that is beneficial to humanity. That’s why people should be proud of what they do if they’re passionate about it.
In this list of anime girls with short hair, Ai is one of the most naive. She believes that love, or “ai” (possibly a pun intended on her name being the Japanese word for love) is the solution to every problem. Kind and sweet, she is willing to do almost anything to help others. However, her kind spirit also masks a drive to become better than she is.
“If we live alone and die alone then what’s the point of living in the first place?”
Tsubaki Sawabe (Your Lie In April)
Your Lie In April. What’s the lie? Well, you have to watch to find out and make sure you bring a box of tissues with you. Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster. The story follows Kousei, who used to be a piano prodigy but somewhere along the lines lost the ability to listen to his playing.
Tsubaki is Kousei’s childhood friend. The minute you hear childhood friend, you know it isn’t going to end well. She has always gone to his performances and cheered him on. Tsubaki would often invite Kousei to play outside, but due to his practice time with his mother, her attempts would usually end up in failure.
Being with Kousei for a long time, Tsubaki gradually took on the role as an “older sister.” Kousei was that “useless little brother she just had to take care of.” Rather than the music type, Tsubaki was the athletic type. She was on the softball team in both middle school and high school along with her senpai from middle school where she enjoyed the sport a lot.
“Even though I’m bitter over losing, even though I’m depressed, even though my ankle hurts, and my eyes are smeared with tears…even though I’ve never felt worse…I wonder why the stars are sparkling like this.”
Mari Tamaki (A Place Further than the Universe)
A place further than the universe raises a simple question. Are you making the most out of your youth, or are you letting it go to waste?
Kimari feels like she’s wasting her youth, and has dreams of making the best use of it. What’s holding her back is the fear of the unknown as well as her anxiety over her own limitations. It all changes when she meets
Antarctica, I mean Shirase who has big plans of going to Antarctica. Why? Because her mother disappeared on an expedition and she believes that she might still be alive. Together they meet a few other girls and embark on a journey that will inspire you to make use of our youth.
It’s a beautiful story that I consider a masterpiece.
“Yeah…this is what it is. Like anything could happen. Like I can make anything happen.”
Emma (The Promised Neverland)
Emma is one of the few anime girls with short hair that is one of the main characters. The Promised Neverland is about a group of orphans living happily in a somewhat ordinary orphanage with their loving caretaker Mama. It seems perfect, right? Well, it is until it isn’t. There is more than meets the eye with this orphanage. These kids are being nurtured up to a certain age so that they become food for demons. Yes, you heard that right like sheep to the slaughter.
Emma is one of the top three students in that orphanage when it comes to brains. Smart kids are more delicious than normal ones, or so it seems. The demons call them Premium quality goods. Just like how we have different grades of cow meat, the same goes for the kids in the anime.
Emma acts as an older sister to the other children and loves her family very much. Emma is sweet, heroic, caring, has a big heart and is a little naive, causing her to readily put herself at risk to ensure the safety of the whole group before anything else.
“Even if it’s impossible, I want to escape with everyone. Let’s figure it out. I don’t want all of us to die. But there’s no option to leave them behind. I want Conny to be the last. I don’t want anyone to end up like that ever again. If there isn’t one, then let’s make a place for humans to live outside. Let’s change the world.”
Akashi (The Tatami Galaxy)
Objectively speaking, Tatami Galaxy is one of the best anime out there, but you probably have never heard of it. The story follows a third-year college student who is referred to as Watashi (this isn’t his name). One evening, Watashi meets a man with an eggplant shape of a head who calls himself the god of matrimony. His encounter with this man, makes Watashi reflect back his two years in college and how he feels like he has wasted it.
This is where Akashi comes into the picture. Watashi plans to turn things around by asking out Akashi who is an underclassman he keeps bumping into. The plan fails, and Watashi regrets everything. Each episode Watashi is given a chance to relive his two years of college that he deemed wasted. He does this by making different choices which manifest in unique ways. The end goal is for him to reach a point where he would not regret those two years in college.
The show is very thought provoking and will make you question a lot of things in life. It’s a masterpiece so go watch it.
“I don’t know why but it has always come back to me, even if I didn’t search for it.”
Mayuri Shiina (Steins; Gate)
Do you like Dr Pepper? If you do, then I declare you an intellectual. Steins; Gate might be my favourite anime of all time, but some people have a hard time getting into it. Some say you’ve got to give it ten episodes for it to get moving. I’m sorry, but that’s false. It’s interesting from the beginning, and anyone who says otherwise can fight me.
If you’re not familiar with the anime, the story is about this group of misfits messing about in their laboratory until they realize that they screwed up big time. Trust me, go in blind and you’ll come out a mad scientist. El Psy Congroo.
Mayuri is a misfit who is also the hostage of Hououin Kyouma. She usually hangs around the laboratory while enjoying the company of her crazy friends. She isn’t that interested in scientific theories but especially hates conflict. She’s the mascot of the Future Gadget Lab.
Anime girls with short hair that have cute taglines like “Tuturu.” Check.
Himawari Uzumaki (Boruto)
And the last character of anime girls with short hair is Himawari, the daughter of Uzumaki Naruto. I know she doesn’t play a pivotal in Boruto, but she’s the cutest thing ever. Anyone who underestimates her is making a big mistake as she took out Naruto in one blow. To be honest, I wished they had made a series about Himawari instead of Boruto, but you don’t always get what you want.
“I’m going to cherish all the things you got for me today. I got to go to lots of places with you today, Daddy. Keep up all the good work as the Hokage!”
And that’s a wrap! The post was longer than I expected, but if you made it this far then here’s a cookie. What are your thoughts on my list of anime girls with short hair? Are there characters that you wished were on this list? Did anyone from the list resonate with you? Leave a comment on your thoughts. Maybe we can have a good discussion out of it. Anyway, thanks for reading!