Anime is known to sexualize women. Not all anime do this, most make sure women aren’t just sexual objects and give them strong personalities. However I am applauding the women in anime that stand out for having strong personalities. Not just a strong personality, I’m shouting out the women who overall represent feminist. Mostly women who are just positive role models.
- Anime women that aren’t mentioned on this list aren’t unlikable or bad role models, I just never thought of them as a role model and like them as anime characters only. Or they’re actually bad role models but trust me, I can’t find too many females in anime that are actually bad role models.
- Possible Spoilers
- Only one character per anime.
- I have not seen every anime. If I missed out on a character you think deserves to be on this list, I most likely never seen the anime she is from.
- This is my opinion, please respect it.
Haruhi Suzumiya (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya), Misaki Ayuzawa (Kaichou wa Maid-sama), Mei Tachibana (Suki tte Iinayo), Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titans), Yamada (B Gata H Kei) (trust me, if she made it on this list this is a reasonable choice), Nagisa Aizawa (Jitsu wa Watashi wa), Rukia Kuchiki (Bleach)
10. Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail)
Now be warned I haven’t seen much of Fairy Tail, it’s an anime I’m still trying to watch. However despite that, I am convinced Erza is a role model. Yes, she is sexualized a bit due to her sexy appearance but there is so much more to Erza. She is a strict woman who is feared by everyone due to her strength and how critical she is. The moment she arrives you know she is kickass and honestly her passionate character is admirable not to mention her great sense in justice.
9. Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter/Lita Kino (Sailor Moon)
I really felt the need to mention a Sailor Moon character because Sailor Moon is the
feminist icon anime. I would love to chose Sailor Moon herself but in the end I decided Sailor Jupiter. I haven’t seen Sailor Moon in a very long time so my memory on it is a bit funny, but I remember Sailor Jupiter as a character. After the death of her parents, Sailor Jupiter took care of herself and at a young age too. She is strong and tough enough to be intimidated by others but really she is kind-hearted and enjoys cooking and gardening. She is definitely worth praising as a role model for women, even if she’s a little boy-crazy.
8. Chii (Chobits)
So I found this forum that said Chii is a negative portrayal of women, and I entirely disagree. Unlike everyone else on this list, Chii is a character who when we first were introduced to her was not at all a role model, if anything was the opposite. However as the series progressed Chii became a character deserving of this spot on the list. She was at first like a toddler, she has no common sense, she can’t take care of herself and had no choice but to rely on Hideki. But eventually Chii started to learn more and more. Chii realized Hideki was struggling to pay and keep up with college so Chii was willing to find a job and eventually did find one. Chii may do things so she could take care of Hideki, but is there anything wrong with taking care of someone you care for, it’s an unselfish act. Heck, you can argue Hideki is always the one saving Chii but that isn’t true, Chii has saved Hideki, when he was about to drown from trying to save Chii who decided to swim in deep water, Chii ended up saving him. That is not the quality of a bad role model. The things Chii can’t do are because she is a persocom who started off with no memories or just didn’t know anything but the fact she grew to be the woman she is by the last episode is quite remarkable.
7. Ayumi Sanda (Wolf Girl and Black Prince)
A character from a manga I recently finished and will eventually review. This is more of something that is reflected better in the manga than the anime but anyway, I really do think Sanda is a positive role model. She is a lot like my number 4 choice. Sanda is someone who refuses to rely on others but is fine with others relying on her. She is independent and very smart, refusing to care much for love, and personally it is pissing me off how the manga is trying to hint a spark between her and Takeru when it just doesn’t work but that’s for another day. But anyway, Sanda is definitely someone to admire even for a side character because of her strong personality.
6. Sunako Nakahara (Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge/The Wallflower)
Three years before the series started, Sunako cared about her appearance and was like any other girl, she eventually confessed her love to the first guy she’s ever liked who rejected her by saying “I don’t like ugly girls”. I know it’s not a good thing for a girl to have low self-esteem and to shun beauty over an incident with a guy but I started to think about it and I really do think Sunako is a strong role model. This is because despite her low self-esteem, she doesn’t care about how good-looking she is. Many girls are brought into this society expected to look their best and Sunako realized that she doesn’t have to. She knows everybody judges her for being weird and creepy but she isn’t afraid to be herself. That itself is admirable. She is smart, strong and understands she doesn’t need love. That is why Sunako Nakahara is a definite role model despite her flaws as one.
5. Nana Osaki (Nana)
Nana is one of my all-time favorite characters and I regret not putting her on my top 10 favorite anime characters list. I not only love Nana’s style and voice but her personality is amazing. Nana is a tough girl with a heart of gold. Yes she did gives in to Ren when they reunited but she never sacrificed her dreams for love. She went to Tokyo to be able to do the thing she loves, singing. She gave up smoking to improve her voice, trying so hard to be the best and accomplish her dreams, that is something very impressive. Nana is a good friend too, she cares deeply for Hachi and their friendship is truly admirable. Overall Nana is not only one of my favorite character but is an amazing role model to women.
4. Haruhi Fujioka (Ouran Highschool Host Club)
Haruhi and my seventh choice, Sanda have very similar qualities however Haruhi stands out more. Now our other feminist in OHSHC are the Zuka club but they’re not at all admirable because they’re annoying and are bitches to men which is not what feminism is. Haruhi on the other hand is incredibly admirable. She is smart and very independent. She learnt how to cook at a very young age and was always alone so she learnt how to handle situations on her own. Though throughout the series Haruhi learns how to rely on her friends more, it is not like she throws away her independence at all. I also love how Haruhi isn’t shallow even though she is surrounded by beautiful boys, she only judges by personality and likes to get to know people for who they are. Haruhi definitely is a strong, independent character who deserves this spot on the list and I am so grateful this reverse harem didn’t give us a brainless and one-dimensional main female protagonist.
3. Satsuki Kiryuin (Kill la Kill)
Yes Satsuki is over sexualized being in an anime like Kill la Kill but she is a great role model as a female. Satsuki relies on others as a dominant and not as a weak girl. She is strong and feared among others. Satsuki is smart and calculating and though she started off as an antagonist, she is actually a good person, even with beliefs that the weak must be dominated. She has no shame in her body and always takes pride which is honestly what makes Satsuki so likable. She’s harsh but not heartless which in the end, all these qualities make Satsuki very admirable.
2. Junko Kaname (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
The one thing I loved about the anime was how Madoka’s father is a house-husband and her mother, Junko is a full-time worker. Junko is not a significant character to the anime but I found her to be memorable not only for being an amazing mother but a role model to women too. Junko is a strong woman who works hard for her family despite not enjoying her job, but even so still loves the feeling she gets after finishing hard work. It’s amazing how she even knows how to keep a strong bond with her children despite work. She raised an amazing 14 year old daughter. She may not be a standout character in the anime, but Junko Kaname is the most admirable character in Madoka Magica and deserves the number two spot on this list.
1. Tohru Honda (Fruits Basket)
Now this was a choice I was at first uncertain with. I mean Tohru is a very admirable character but does she really deserve to be the best female role model. I mean she is my role model but this is a role model as a woman. So then I started to think to myself, what makes an amazing female role model? Strong, independent, kind. Just those good qualities. So then I decided, Tohru is a good choice. She may be naive and air headed, but Tohru is still surprisingly independent, she only agreed to live with the Sohmas if she could do housework for them as a way of paying them. She refuses to burden anyone working very hard to pay for her needs and even after living with the Sohmas she works hard and always stays positive. Tohru is an amazing character because of how she has changed everyone’s lives including the Sohma. She lost her father at a very young age and a few months before the series started, she lost the person closest to her, her mother. But what makes Tohru so admirable is she continues to smile and stay strong even after all she’s been through. You may think Tohru isn’t deserving of number 1 on this list, but I personally think she does.
So who do you think deserves to be first choice? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? Feel free to comment.
Till next time 🙂