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Anime cat girls have taken the world by storm. If you said you found them cute, or that you were a furry a decade ago, many people would give you the look. Now that anime has become more mainstream, people have started opening their minds to the idea. If you were hesitant before, this ultimate list of the best anime cat girls will surely clear your doubts. Hey, it’s not weird admiring cute anime characters that have cat ears and a fluffy tail to boot. But do watch out for traps. They might catch you when you aren’t looking. Before I get into the actual list, let me educate you on a thing or two about anime cat girls.
Anime cat girls are also known as “Nekomimi”
Nekomimi literally means cat ears in Japanese, but it is also used as a slang term for cat girl. Cat girls are also referenced to as neko musume (cat daughters), nekojin (cat people), and plain old neko (cat).
Nekomimi are humans with cat ears, a cat tail, or a feline personality. Someone wearing fake cat parts or a whole costume can be considered a cat girl too. Since cat ears are not gender specific, in the rare instance there is a cat boy, he can also be called a nekomimi. –llezur17 from MAL
Nominees for best anime cat girl “Nekomimi”
- Koneko Toujou
- Faris NyanNyan
- Rem Galleu
- Kiruya Momochi
- Tsumiki Miniwa
- Anya Fromel
- Nozomi Kiriya
- Sasaki Miyo
- Felix Argyle
- Tsubasa Hanekawa
Koneko Toujou (High School DxD)
Shirone Toujou (commonly referred to as Koneko Toujou) is one of the many female protagonists of High School DxD. Koneko is a second-year high school student at Kuoh Academy and a member of the Occult Research Club. She is a Nekoshou, a rare species of Nekomata and Kuroka’s younger sister, as well as Rias Gremory’s first Rook. She is also one of Issei’s fiancées.
If you’re looking for a spicy harem anime, then High School DxD will be right up your alley. The harem is filled with gorgeous female characters and thankfully Koneko is one of them. The female cast only fight amongst each other for comic relief, so you don’t have to worry about any unnecessary drama. Just sit back and enjoy some heavy fanservice.
If you’re a Koneko enthusiast like myself, then you might be looking in the market for some figurines of this cutie. Luckily for you, I have just what you need. Solaris Japan has a very spicy figurine of Koneko that you can purchase here.
Holo (Spice and Wolf)
Holo and a few others in this list are special cases when it comes to anime cat girls since they’re not technically cats. She is part wolf, and for abnormalities like her, we use the term Kemonomini. This term refers to characters that are human but have some animal part(s). Some popular kemonomimi are nekomimi (cat ears), inumimi (dog ears), kitsunemimi (fox ears), and okamimi (wolf ears). If we get technical, Holo would be a okamimi, but nonetheless she’s too cute to not be in this list.
Spice and Wolf’s strong suit isn’t its story, but more on the chemistry between the two lead characters. The show ends on a happy note, but not on a conclusive one. If you’re a fan of reading, then you should continue the story of Holo and Lawrence by finishing the light novels. Season 3 doesn’t seem to be in the works anytime soon, so the light novels can ease that pain. I can assure you the journey and the end is worth your time. If you’re interested in the light novels, then you can purchase them here.
I’m still waiting for you season 3! Also, I made the ultimate list of romance anime with happy endings similar to Spice and Wolf if you’re looking for one.
Faris NyanNyan (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.
Faris NyanNyan, real name Rumiho Akiha is a part-time employee and owner of the maid cafe MayQueen NyanNyan, the same maid cafe that Mayuri works at, and is the most popular waitress there. She is a second year student at Kanaria Private Academy and is Yukitaka Akiha’s daughter.
As you can tell, she’s not a real cat but she does keep up the act and speech pattern seriously. Because of this alone, I have decided to put her on the list. Besides, it’s another way to promote Stein’s Gate to the general audience. It’s a modern classic that you shouldn’t miss if you’re an anime fan.
Nekopara’s whole cast of characters could fill this list of best anime cat girls. I’m sure some people will be fuming that characters like Chocola and Vanilla didn’t make it, but this is my list so deal with it.
Coconut is a tall, cool-and-collected, glamorous catgirl. Despite her stature, she’s actually the third youngest of the Minaduki catgirls. She has a mild complex about having a not-quite-feminine appearance. However, her loyalty to her master Shigure is greater than any dog’s and she has extraordinary physical capabilities. Although she loves helping people, it almost always ends up failing due to her poor coordination skills.
Neferpitou (Hunter x Hunter)
Next on the list is one of the antagonist during the Chimera Arc of Hunter x Hunter. If you haven’t watched Hunter x Hunter, then your life choices are questionable. If you have, then let’s suffer together knowing that this legendary shounen will forever be on hiatus.
Neferpitou is a cat-humanoid Chimera Ant and the firstborn of the Chimera Ant King’s three Royal Guards.
They are very loyal to the King, just like the rest of the Royal Guards and would sacrifice themselves for him. Neferpitou gets distracted easily, loves to play a lot and that makes them the most curious of the three Royal Guards. Hence their cat-like appearance, Pitou is a cat Chimera Ant who loves to play with their opponents like a cat would with their prey. Despite their cheerful and playful manner, Pitou has a sadistic and terrifying personality as well.
Yes, when I mean they, I mean that Neferpitou’s gender is unconfirmed. You just realized your whole life’s a lie? Well, at least now you know the truth.
Rem Galleu (How Not to Summon a Demon Lord)
Rem Galleu is one of the female protagonists of the series. She is a Pantherian who became an invoker and had no choice but to become an adventurer and continue to demonstrate its strength, saying to aim to exterminate the Demon King Krebskrem. It is later revealed that the soul of Krebskulm is sealed in her body and in case she dies the soul will be released.
I’ve never seen this anime so I can’t really talk much about it. I found Rem through digging the web to grace everyone with the existence of anime cat girls. Judging by the obvious title and synopsis, this anime must be another isekai but not a highly rated one. The light novels might be a better experience for people interested in the series. You can check them out here.
Kiruya Momochi (Princess Connect)
The next nominee for best anime cat girl is from an anime adaptation of a mobile game called Princess Connect. Who? None other than Karyl herself. Karyl is the official English translation of her real name which is Kiruya Momochi.
Karyl is a beast-race member in the game with long, black hair with a white streak in her bangs and green eyes. Her hair extends down to her ankles and is tied into two loose, low twin tails. At the ends of her hair the loop into ringlet-like curls. She has cat ears coming out the top of her head. Karyl is also a member of the guild ‘Gourmet Edifice’.
Karyl wears a detailed blue and purple outfit with detached sleeves and adorned with magenta jewels and gold hemming. Her skirt has two layers of ruffles (one black and one white). She has thigh high stockings and a garter-belt on her left thigh that clips to her stocking. Karyl has short, differing shades of brown boots. She also has a black cat tail with a white tip
Blair (Soul Eater)
Blair is a supporting character in Soul Eater. She is a cat (and faux-witch) with a penchant for playing pranks. Blair is the first “witch” encountered by Maka and Soul; she is first seen taking a bath in her pumpkin house, when Soul ends up falling into the bath, being immediately followed and reprimanded by Maka. Then, Blair has a few fights with the two intruders, and afterwards, comes to live in their house, where she constantly messes with them.
Soul Eater follows a group of students of Shibusen as they take on missions to collect souls and protect the city from the world’s threats while working together under the snickering sun to become sounder in mind, body, and soul.
Tsumiki Miniwa (Acchi Kocchi)
Again, another anime that I have yet to watch. The character as well is unknown to me. After doing a little digging, I found out that Tsumiki is actually a human, but occasionally transforms into a catlike appearance when she sees her crush. I mean that’s good enough for me.
Acchi Kocchi is centres around Tsumiki in her quest to try to confess to her best friend Io Otonashi. But as usual, the opposite side is dense and the will they won’t they charade continues till close to the end of the anime. That’s my guess. If you’re into that kind of anime, then give it a try. You might just catch a glimpse of catgirl Tsumiki.
Raphthalia (The Rising of The Shield Hero)
Raphtalia is the main heroine of The Rising of the Shield Hero series. As a mixed-race of Raccoon and Tanuki, Raphtalia is shown to have fluffy dog-like ears and an averagely sized bushy tail. After several weeks of travelling with Naofumi, Raphtalia’s body inexplicably changes and she gains the appearance of a beautiful young adult.
Well, she isn’t technically a cat, but anything with animal ears and a tail would do right?
Anya Fromel (DanMachi)
Anya is a supporting character in DanMachi. She doesn’t make much of an appearance but she still qualifies to be on this list. Beggars can’t be choosers. We take all the anime cat girls we can get even if they lack screen time.
Anya Fromel is a waitress at the Hostess of Fertility. Before this, she was a member of the Freya Familia. Anya is shown to be a foolish person whose unthoughtful actions stand out. She is terrible at singing, enough to be referred to as a “disaster”. Despite being somewhat of an airhead, she is loyal to her friends.
Nozomi Kiriya (Mayoi Neko Overrun!)
Nozomi Kiriya is a mysterious girl that Otome Tsuzuki picked up at the train station on the way home. Also one of the main heroines. She arrived at the Stray Cats, not revealing anything about herself but her name.
Mayoi Neko Overrun, follows Otome Tsuzuki who leads a mundane life which turns upside down by the appearance of the mysterious Nozomi Kiriya. Not to mention, that there are two other girls who are trying to find for Otome’s attention. That is the life of a harem protagonist. Hey, as long as we get to see a cute nekomimi in the anime, nothing else matters right?
Sasaki Miyo (A Whisker Away)
Sasaki Miyo is another special case. She is an anime cat girl in every sense of the word. Her human form doesn’t come with a cute cat ears and cat tail, but instead she transforms into an actual female cat. I thought it would be nice to add a unique character like Sasaki into the mix of generic anime cat girls.
A whisker away, follows Sasaki who comes from a somewhat broken family. She has a crush on Kento Hinode who is her schoolmate. Seeing Kento Hinode as a refuge from all her personal issues, she can’t help herself from forcing her unorthodox demonstrations of love onto her crush.
While Miyo is unable to get Kento’s attention as herself, she manages to succeed by interacting with him in the form of a white cat, affectionately nicknamed “Tarou” by Kento. But Miyo soon realizes that she can’t help Kento with the various problems she overhears in her cat form and is now caught between two tough choices. Will she continue her relationship with him as a cat, or will she reveal her identity and risk what they have, in order to help him as her human self?
Felix Argyle (Re: Zero)
Ah, the classic trap in anime. I told you to watch out for the traps didn’t I? Well, it’s too late now.
Felix Argyle, commonly known as Ferris, is Crusch Karsten’s knight. Debuting in Arc 3, he played a rather vital role as Crusch’s knight and supported Subaru in his fight against the Hakugei and Sin Archbishop of Sloth.
Felix is skilled in water magic, which includes healing. He refuses to use a sword. Even though he has a feminine and cat-like appearance, Felix is male. Having stated that he is a man “in both body and soul.” He often speaks in the third person, using both male and female pronouns for himself, but only using female denominators to tease the other characters. A “beast human” hybrid, Felix was locked up at birth and later rescued by Crusch herself.
Re: Zero season 3 is still unannounced, so you might want to check out the light novels.
Tsubasa Hanekawa (Nekomonogatari)
Tsubasa Hanekawa is a main character of the Monogatari Series. She is a student of Naoetsu Private Academy and a friend of Koyomi Araragi and Hitagi Senjougahara. Due to her compulsive desire to remain perfect, she ends up cutting off her negative emotions and turning them into the aberrations Black Hanekawa and the Hysteria Tiger.
Black Hanekawa is the main thing to focus on. Hanekawa is a normal human girl, but she suddenly gets possessed and transforms into her bakeneko form. Among the anime cat girls in this list, Black Hanekawa is one of, if not the best looking cat girl on this list. Well, that’s my opinion and preference I guess. I doubt anyone can disagree she looks amazing. I sometimes wish that she remained in her cat form throughout the whole show. No offence to regular Hanekawa lovers.
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Ghyslaine (Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation)
This list would not be complete if Ghyslaine wasn’t in it. Her rise to fame has only just begun as people start to discover the Mushoku Tensei series. Ghyslaine is a Sword King and works as a bodyguard for the Boreas household. Look at that amazing physique befitting of a warrior. Combine that with her nekomimi elements, and she becomes of the contenders of the best anime cat girl.
If you’re a fan of strong women with catlike features, then you’ll come to love Ghyslaine. Although she isn’t very smart, her earnest and calm attitude makes up for it. She’s also loyal a fault and would never betray the people she puts her trust in. I think I need to start a campaign to raise awareness on Mushoku Tensei. We need more Ghyslaine enthusiast, and besides it’s one of the best adapted isekai. If you’re interested in jumping into the world of Mushoku Tensei, then head over to my light novel guide here. It’ll answer any questions that you might have when trying to pick up the series.
Akashi (Azur Lane)
Next up is Akashi from Azur Lane. Another cat girl from a game and one that I have not played at that. But hey, the mission is to introduce people to cat girls they previously weren’t aware about so it’s still a success. If you’re interested in her character, then maybe you should go check out Azur Lane.
Diona (Genshin Impact)
Now on to a game that I play quite a lot which is Genshin Impact. Diona is a playable Cryo character in Genshin Impact. She is the daughter of Draff, a hunter in Springvale. Despite being a bartender at Cat’s Tail, she actually despises alcohol and wants nothing more than to ruin Mondstadt’s wine industry—a feat easier said than done when her patrons absolutely love her drinks.
Genshin Impact is a free action-RPG game developed by Chinese company miHoYo. It’s a game that I enjoy very much playing and recommend it to anyone who is interested in an RPG game that doesn’t require to much time investment. Unfortunately, there is a gacha system in the game, but that doesn’t affect the overall experience in the slightest.
Setsuna (Redo of Healer)
And the final character in this list is Setsuna from Redo of Healer. This show has been Twitter’s hot topic for quite awhile. Well, whether this show is an anime or a hentai is debatable. I consider it something akin to High School DxD. Yes, there are controversial scenes that occur in the show, but today we’re all here to appreciate anime cat girls. So, cultured people of the internet, let us unite in that fact.
Setsuna is a female Demi-human slave that Keyaru bought and recruited into his party. After she and other members of her tribe were taken as slaves and endured harsh abuse, Setsuna has developed a strong hatred towards humans and takes great pleasure in killing Jioral Kingdom knights. Despite this, she is not willing to extend her vengeance towards innocent people.
And that’s a wrap! If you’ve made it this far in the article, I give you my thanks as well as acknowledge you as a person of culture. If you think there are certain characters that should be on this list then comment down below. I hope you have a wonderful time on the internet.