10. Hazuki Fujiwara from Ojamajo Doremi (Magical DoReMi)Episodes: 51Aired: February 1999 – January 2000
Quiet and timid on the outside, Anri is intelligent and cares deeply for her close friends. This meganekko is one of the few who wield swords, as she is the owner of the supernatural sword Saika that allows Anri to control whoever she cuts, but also causes massive psychological damage to the wielder.
I agree that some people might describe Hange as more of an insane scientist than a cute character, but in my opinion there is nothing cuter than a girl that’s completely in her element – even if her passion involves conducting experiments on deadly Titans.
They are quiet, they are smart, but most of all they are mysterious – no one can deny that female characters with glasses have their own special charm. Who could resist those natural beauties hiding behind glasses?
The resident meganekko on the student council of Ashford Academy, a prestigious boarding school in Britannian-occupied Japan. Though a shy star student, Nina is openly racist toward the conquered Japanese, or “Elevens” after the Britannian name for their country. Due to a series of terror incidents, she also develops obsessive tendencies which help steer her toward a career in military physics. Though Nina is an engineering genius and a calm, polite presence on the student council, don’t be fooled by the studious appearance of this glasses girl. Some of the ugliest effects of the Britannian-Japanese war lurk just beneath her bookish façade.
The third student council member on this list. Nodoka is a dear friend of main character Yui Hirasawa, and is the mature and sensible core of the student council, and later becomes its president. She is constantly exasperated by less responsible students—among them the members of the light music club—but is willing to work to help them fix their mistakes. A gifted student and skilled homemaker, Nodoka is nonetheless sometimes overwhelmed by the goals she sets for herself, and relies on her friends to keep her sane. She also has a terrible sense of direction, despite her passion for traveling.
Better known as a minor character in the Dragonball Series, the small robot girl is actually the star of her own anime called Dr. Slump. As the creation of Prof. Senbei Moriyaki, Arale is not exactly what one might expect her to be at first glance.
2. Mey-Rin from Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler)Episodes: 24Aired: October 2008 – March 2009
What is it about girls with glasses that makes them so charming and irresistible?
Have you ever seen a cute girl in your favorite anime trip, falling to the ground unharmed but embarrassed, and felt the overwhelming desire to help her up? Congratulations, you’ve just encountered a dojikko.
Let’s take a closer look at this adorable anime archetype.
Hairstyles are very important to character design. Did you know they made an entire anime about how great twintails are? Why do anime fans like twintails so much and what, if anything, are the defining characteristics of these double-ponytailed ladies?
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9. Tashigi from One PieceEpisodes: UnknownAired: October 1999 – ongoing
However, Miyuki is not a character who hides behind her glasses. She is ready to take on responsibility, for example as class president in her first year of high school. At times, she can be an airhead and space out, seemingly lost in her own thoughts and the world inside her head. Still, Miyuki has an innocent personality and shows great friendliness as well as respect to all the people around her. She is truly a cute character with an even cuter pair of glasses.
There is nothing more intriguing than a cute girl with glasses that is still able to fight. At first glance, Mirai is the definition of an innocent school girl. She struggles to make ends meet and thus sometimes has to rely on the help of others. With her big eyes, the oversized cardigan and the characteristic red glasses she seems helpless and lost. As soon as a fight commences, however, she doesn’t need anyone’s help to win. In order to protect those important to her she will not give up until all enemies are defeated.
All hail gamer girls! Shino Asada joins the cast of Sword Art Online in the third season, SAO II. She’s smart and an excellent shot to boot. Her in-game avatar doesn’t wear the spectacles she needs in real life. Like the other glasses girls in this article, Shino is cool and calm, appearing unshakeable. However, she’s got a kind heart and a traumatic past that surfaces from time to time.
Personally I would say that there is always a certain element of unexpectedness when it comes to their personalities. Wearing glasses indicates a certain stereotype, namely that these characters are smart, studious and – most likely – boring. However, the girls we presented today get rid of this stereotype. They are mysterious and most of them are hiding a side of themselves that no one is allowed to see.
A former librarian with the National Central Library in Central City, Sheska was fired for reading instead of working. She rivals Yomiko for sheer bibliophilia, but her addiction to books makes her practically unable to hold down a job. Like many meganekko, Sheska is quite shy, but her shyness stems from frustration with her repeated failures. All she needs is to find a place for her talents, however: she has the uncanny ability to recall anything she has read, which makes her extremely useful for protagonists Edward and Alphonse’s search for the Philosopher’s Stone.
The Death Weapon assigned to protect East Asia. As the glasses will imply, Yumi has a brilliant mind, with a memory almost as photographic as Sheska’s. She’s an excellent information gatherer and possesses the Senrigan, or Thousand-Mile Eyes, which allows her to see over great distances. Yumi takes her job and her life seriously, and is never seen smiling. She also treats fellow graduates of Death Weapon Meister Academy as a teacher would treat a child, and her strong sense of hierarchy earns her the title of “King of the Tattletales.”
Friendly. Intelligent. 20/70 vision. The meganekko, or “glasses girl”, is a common character archetype in Japanese animation. Like the stereotype of the hot librarian, the anime version is also smart as a whip and looks great in eyewear. Get ready to meet 15 of the cutest anime girls with glasses!
Let me begin this list with a heroine of my personal childhood. Fuijwara is one of the three main girls of Ojamajo Doremi and thus studiously works towards her goal of becoming a witch.
It’s a familiar trope in Western fiction for a shy, nerdy girl to lose her glasses when she becomes more outgoing. That’s less common among meganekko, but it’s not unheard of. Lettuce Midorikawa embodies this archetype; although she is normally timid and easily bullied, in her super-powered Mew form she is confident and capable. Even with porpoise DNA and power over water, however, she believes that diplomacy is the best way to solve problems.
Meganekko literally translates to glasses girl, and such a character is easily recognizable by her frames. Cute without being childish and pretty without being gorgeous, the meganekko is a happy medium of looks and brains. She’s usually also an all-around pleasant person in the bargain, though meganekko can range from the silly to the serious. Often quiet or shy, a meganekko may sometimes hide a wilder side behind her glasses. Experienced anime fans can probably name many, but here’s a few of the best examples for those new to the party!
4. Zoë Hange from Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)Episodes: 25Aired: April 2013 – September 2013
As the scientist of the Survey Corps she conducts research on captured Titans. Not only is she smart and studious, but she has earned herself a reputation as a skilled fighter amongst her team members. Her greatest strength is her outgoing personality mixed with extreme passion up to the point of obsessing over her experiments. Still, she is kind as well as open-minded and is ready to sympathize with the Titans.
1. Mirai Kuriyama from Kyoukai no Kanata (Beyond the Boundary)Episodes: 12Aired: October 2013 – December 2013
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Next up is Moeka Kiryuu, the mysterious editor from Steins;Gate.
As the glasses of the meganekko demonstrate, visual shorthand is good for a rough approximation of a character’s personality. Some glasses girls are shy and some are outgoing, but almost all are notably intelligent or reliable in one way or another. Sometimes their ambition and intelligence take them to dizzying heights; other times, they struggle to find their niche. Regardless where a meganekko happens to find herself, she is generally the calm center of the chaos around her. She may have all the tools to succeed, but she might need the right opportunity or motivation. More often than not, the natural talent and determination of the meganekko make her a reliable and valuable friend.
What makes Arale so charming is her happy and energetic personality paired with a total lack of common sense. Even though she might look like a normal teenager the android girl has superhuman strength which she often fails to hide. Still, Arale is a kind soul who doesn’t want to harm anyone. The robot girl with the big glasses has easily made her way into my heart and thus deserves a spot on this list.
Personally I have always enjoyed the supporting characters most in One Piece and Tashigi is definitely one of them. The Marine Officer does not only know how to excel at her job but also how to charm others with her skills and looks.
Fujiwara’s contribution to the group of apprentice witches is her thoughtful and detail-oriented personality. When her two friends want to dive head first into a battle, she is the one who will hold them back and think about the problem before making rash decisions. She does not only have a sensitive nature but also puts a lot of effort into everything she does. She is a good friend and has a charming personality, that’s why she deserves the first spot on our Top 10 list.
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Maiko is a No-Star student of Honnouji Academy, meaning she lives in abject poverty and terror. She is a characteristically shy and selfless glasses girl, lacking in confidence yet willing to sacrifice herself for her friends. She quickly befriends Ryuko and Mako on the way to school during the chaos of No-Late Day, but proves almost supernaturally accident-prone; Ryuko is just as often in danger from rescuing Maiko as from the Student Council’s traps. Maiko is a skilled driver, however, and gains confidence when she returns Ryuko the favor with an armored bus.
Seeing her for the first time you might expect her to be the cheerful and kind person she pretends to be. Even though this might be true at times, Saya actually has a cold and serious personality. As the daughter of the local priest it is her job to protect humans of monstrous creatures trying to drink their blood. Using a katana as well as her superhuman abilities she will slay anything standing in her way.
Also known as “Yomi,” Koyomi Mizuhara is one of the most well-known meganekko. In fact, she was known as Meganekko until her name was revealed in the second volume of the manga. Her name is a pun on “read between the lines,” which suits her studious nature. Koyomi prides herself on her intelligence and her maturity, considering herself more of an adult than her close high school friends. She is generally a more serious brand of meganekko, but does have a mischievous side. Koyomi can also be a bit superstitious when grades are on the line, and she has a weakness for sweets.
As a perfect mix of cute, innocent and strong, Mirai Kuriyama is a clear first choice.
This list could go on and on, so feel free to tell us your personal favorite anime girl with glasses. Do you agree with these choices or does someone need to be included? Your input is more than welcome down below.
6. Miyuki Takara from Lucky☆StarEpisodes: 24Aired: April 2007 – September 2007
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Like most other bespectacled girls on this list Tashigi shows great passion. As a sword fighter she has great knowledge of all kinds of katanas. Not only that, but she is also not afraid to show her practical skills and battle anyone who is ready to start a fight with her. Even though she is stubborn, eccentric and loud at times, Tashigi also has a softer side which makes her a perfect pick for our list of cute beauties with glasses.
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We have composed a list of our ten personal favorite characters with glasses. Some of them are cute and helpless while others are not afraid to step up and get some work done. Female characters with glasses are more than just a stereotype for smart girls; they are skillful and beautiful at the same time. It is no wonder that they often belong to the most loved characters of a show.
There are certain characters of the Attack on Titan universe that just stayed with me and Zoë Hange is definitely one of them.
For a mecha pilot tasked with preventing human extinction, Mari Makinami Illustrious is taking things rather well. As opposed to Shinji Ikari and other traumatized Eva pilots, Mari openly enjoys fighting the Angels, even singing as she rides into battle. In this sense she differs from the traditional meganekko—the glasses are essentially just to set her apart from the others—but given everyone else’s more subdued nature, Mari’s essentially an inversion of a normally low-key archetype. Bombastic and bloodthirsty, Mari is as fearsome in battle as she is beautiful in glasses.
3. Arale Norimaki from Dr. SlumpEpisodes: 74Aired: November 1997 – September 1999
Within all the genres and subgenres of anime exists a realm where mechanization and moe come together; mecha musume. What’s the history of this strangely cute genre, and who are the key players?
This glasses-wearing cutie is so popular she even got her own spinoff series! In the original anime based off the light novel, Nagato Yuki is an expressionless, hyper-intelligent alien, but in Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu (The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan), she’s the shy, easily-flustered human member of the school’s literature club! Either way, her glasses suit her perfectly.
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Moving along to a character which couldn’t be more different from Miyuki, next up on our list is Saya from Blood-C.
7. Anri Sonohara from Durarara!!Episodes: 24Aired: January 2010 – June 2010
Explaining Anri’s appeal is easy: She is the quiet and shy type of character that actually wants to hide behind her glasses. Her introverted character does not only make her popular with fictional guys but also with the male audience.
What are we waiting for? Put on your reading glasses and enjoy our little compilation.
Anri is a smart girl that thinks before she acts or speaks. Since she doesn’t talk a lot and tries to not be the center of attention it takes some time for the audience to find out about her troubling past. Even though she has built herself an emotional shell that keeps most of the people around her outside she still cares about those few people close to her. Over time she learns to express more of her emotions and to stand up for herself.
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Moeka’s personality perfectly fits her glasses. She is a quiet and reserved type of woman that won’t speak to you unless she actually has something to say. Like other girls from this list she hides a second personality you are only able to see when she uses her preferred method of communication – messaging. In her text messages she uses emojis and slang words and turns into a completely different person.
Another glasses girl whose appearance and behavior hide a darker side. Shizuku is the eighth member of the Genei Ryodan, or Phantom Troupe, a gang of professional thieves. She acts immaturely for her age, being extremely forgetful and appearing to be nothing more than an airheaded little girl. Taking Shizuku at face value, however, is a good way to get killed; she possesses powerful deductive skills, and is a remorseless, emotionless killer with a magical vacuum cleaner as her unusual murder weapon.
Why would I call her a cute female character with glasses, you may ask. Well, even though Saya is a skillful fighter she also has moments of doubts and when she lives her second life as a normal high school student she is one of the most harmless looking characters I know. This should be reason enough to include her on this list.
Mey-Rin might be one of the most surprising characters on this list. Known as the clumsy maid of the Phantomhive household you would never expect something to be hidden behind her glasses. Who would have thought she’s equally able to protect Ciel as Sebastian himself?
Funny enough, Mey-Rin’s glasses actually impair her vision instead of improving it. As a gift given to her by Ciel she does not want to get rid of them even if it means that her daily life as a maid becomes increasingly more difficult. Only when her shooting skills are needed will she take down the glasses and reveal her secret identity as a professional sniper.
Kyoukai no Kanata (Beyond the Boundary) features a protagonist who’s just as attracted to glasses girls as many of the viewers, and looking at Mirai Kuriyama, it isn’t hard to see why. The petite Mirai is cute but reserved, preferring to keep to herself and blog about her beloved bonsai trees. But her baggy cardigan and glasses hide a stronger side: Mirai hails from a secret society of warriors dedicated to striking down the demonic youmu. She does this with the grisly power of hemokinesis, whereby she uses her own blood as a weapon. Mirai may be afraid to fight, but in a pinch there are few swordsmen more skilled.
8. Moeka Kiryuu from Steins;GateEpisodes: 24Aired: April 2011 – September 2011
Miyuki from Lucky Star is a stereotypical geek type anime girl with glasses. Coming from a wealthy family she is a well-mannered and smart girl that loves to read books.
A recent transfer to Mitakihara Middle School, Homura is friendly but timid due to a long hospital stay. She is academically and athletically gifted, but apart from Madoka and the other magical girls, she prefers to be left alone. Appropriately, Homura’s fighting style as a magical girl involves support and defense rather than pure offense, and she fights with an impenetrable shield. Initially she relies on her friends to help her in battles with witches, but gradually develops her own formidable skills. By the end of the series, Homura becomes powerful enough to protect her friends on her own, whatever harm may befall them.
Moeka shows a quiet and mysterious kind of cuteness which makes her as charming as the other beauties of this list.
Her glasses are not a mere accessory but function as a separation between her two identities. This makes Mey-Rin not only a cute but also a deadly girl on our list.
5. Saya Kisaragi from Blood-CEpisodes: 12Aired: July 2011 – September 2011
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I am pretty sure that Akihito would agree with my final and top choice. Which bespectacled heroine could be cuter than Mirai Kuriyama from Kyoukai no Kanata?
If you Google meganekko, Yomiko Readman pops up as one of the suggested searches. Yomiko takes this archetype to its logical extreme: she’s kind to a fault, socially awkward, and reads literally hundreds of books a month. Her bibliophilia is a side effect of her ability to control paper, from creating human-sized paper airplanes to stopping bullets with notecards—useful skills for a secret agent with the British Library. Though her trusting and amiable personality makes her bad at undercover work, Yomiko is a brilliant fighter, overcoming powerful opponents with improvised paper weaponry. Coming between this anime girl with glasses and a book is a recipe for thousands of papercuts.
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