Anime’s elevation as a global source of entertainment has been fueled by many reasons like the evolution of plotlines, the radical improvement in animation, and the global distributors who have put their faith in the art form. While we can sit and discuss a plethora of other factors, it is ultimately the characters that stand out and leave a lasting impression on viewers. While there are several legitimate criticisms of the anime industry for its lack of focus on female characters, over time, things have luckily improved. Since we already have looked at the sexiest and cutest anime girls of all time, today, we turn our attention to anime girls with red hair. Over time they have amassed a massive fan following of their own, so without wasting any more time, let’s just have a look at them.
24. Chise Hatori, The Ancient Magus’ Bride
Chise Hatori is the kind of person who goes above and beyond for others to the point that she sometimes even does not care about her own well-being. If someone is kind to her, she quickly gets attached to them and tries to do as much as she can to make the other person feel valued. She has had issues with socialization for years and her subservient personality is no secret. Her decision to sell herself into slavery highlights her complete and utter disregard for self-preservation, while her depression is a contributing factor, Chise continues to show a similar attitude in other instances as well. But meeting Elias does turn her life around as she has slowly shown improvements and has become much more optimistic.
23. Yakuzen Kusuri, The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You
A student at Ohananomitsu High School, Yakuzen Kusuri is the president of the chemistry club. As you have guessed, she is curious about experimenting and is intelligent enough to create drugs from almost anything. However, often times she is too pushy and has little regard for safety concerns as she forces others to try something she just made. The energetic and ingenious teenager is the 5th girlfriend of Aijou Rentarou. Even with her boyfriend and his loved ones, Yakuzen is quite reckless as her drugs often create trouble for them.
22. Malty “Myne Sophia, Zwitch” Melromarc, The Rising of the Shield Hero
Malty Melromarc is a shrewd and narcissistic person who does not shy away from resorting to cruel and depraved means to get what she wants. It’s no surprise that the pathological liar even resorts to falsely accusing Naofumi Iwatani of sexual assault, which leads to his social boycott and shaming. As if this is not bad enough, Malty even betrays the other three heroes when her lies are exposed. When her truth comes to light, Melromarc becomes a wanted criminal who is despised by everyone. While Malty may not be a role model for others, she is certainly one of the most beautiful redhead anime characters of all time.
21. Kiriya Sensho, Mother of Goddess’ Dormitory
Unlike her peers at the Goddess’ Dormitory, Kiriya Sensho is a stoic young adult. She may act aloof sometimes but she secretly desires to be admired by her friends and colleagues. While she prefers her tomboyish looks and often acts like a guy, Sensho starts to act more feminine after Koshi Nagumo makes her feel special. Kiriya loves to tie her red hair in high pigtails and has beautiful yellowish-green eyes.
20. Sarasa “Rina Akabane, Empress” Saionji, Liar Liar
Sarasa from ‘Liar Liar’ is a ravishing high schooler and also one of the main characters of the psychological school anime. Her red eyes and her red waist-long hair complement each other really well and make her arguably the most attractive character in ‘Liar Liar.’ While one may make the mistake of thinking of her as a kind-hearted individual based on her appearance, she is definitely not the kind of person one would want to face in a fight. She is feared and respected by her peers and it’s no surprise that she is given the title Empress by them.
19. Grete, Spy Classroom
Grete a.k.a Daughter Dearest is a clever and intelligent spy who works as Lamplight’s strategist. Due to the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father and brother, she struggles with androphobia. But things do appear to change after Klaus sees her scarred face and still compliments her beautiful looks. She gets infatuated with him and even though Klaus does not feel the same romantic devotion toward her, she continues to have feelings for him. Grete may not be the best at fighting but her tactical mind makes her a great asset to Lamplight.
18. Remi Ayasaki, Horimiya: The Missing Pieces
Remi Ayasaki is a straightforward, honest, and childish young adult who is quite fearless and expressive about her emotions. She loves to read books in her free time and has a special place in her heart for fairy tales. Remi is not a good cook and tends to rely on others a lot to get things done. Even as a member of the Student Council she rarely takes much responsibility and it won’t be wrong to say that she is more of a mascot than a contributing member of the group. In general, her peers consider Remi to be a cute girl and she definitely deserves a spot on this list.
17. Arnest Flaming, Classroom for Heroes
Arnest Flaming popularly known as the Red Heroine is the future head of the House of Flaming and a promising student at the Rosewood Academy. She is a ferocious and dedicated individual who is often referred to as Empress of Flames by her peers. Despite her high social status and promising talent, Arnest detests being ranked above others and is quite a down-to-earth person. While she does well in creating a rough image of herself, Flaming also has a gentle side to her personality. Interestingly, before Arnest became the wielder of the current wielder of the demon sword Asmodeus, she used to have black hair.
16. Curran, Ningen Fushin: Adventurers Who Don’t Believe in Humanity Will Save the World
Curran is a curious and strong dragon girl who used to be quite naive. Since she used to trust people easily, she often got herself into trouble and slowly started suspecting everyone’s intentions. However, her life starts to change after she meets Nick. Curran has beautiful golden color eyes and short red hair that suit her well.
15. Kana Arima, Oshi No Ko
As a child actress whose popularity has waned over the years, Kana Arima has experienced the highs and lows of the entertainment industry despite her young age. Although her early success made her overconfident, Arima has changed a lot over the years and is now a much humbler and kinder person who empathizes with others. But it must be mentioned that she is a genius actress who is just too good at her craft. When the idol group B-Komachi is re-launched she is selected as the center because of her immense talent.
14. Mikura Sado, Kakegurui Twin
Although Mikura may look harmless, she is a ruthless sadist who enjoys inflicting pain on others. She does not care for her opponents and does not have even one ounce of empathy for them even when they are losing all their money. But her life changes when she gambles against Sachiko Juraku and loses following which she plays again and again only to become her pet. Sachiko routinely humiliates Sado and even makes her wear a collar around her neck. But interestingly, Mikura has grown to derive masochistic pleasure from the regular pain and suffering. In fact, she is really jealous of anyone trying to become Sachiko’s pet and appears to be in love with her own subservience.
13. Ushikai Musume “Cow Girl”, Goblin Slayer
Although her family was massacred by goblins when she was young, Cow Girl a.k.a Ushikai Musume is a cheerful and calm young adult. Since she grew up on a farm, she possesses immense physical strength and Ushikai is easily able to even pull a loaded cart despite putting too much effort. Cow Girl works on her Uncle’s farm as a farm hand. As you may guessed by now, she is a courageous woman who fears no one. Although her beauty is rarely the point of discussion in the anime world, Cow Girl is without a doubt one of the most stunning redhead characters you will come across.
12. Shirayuki, Akagami no Shirayukihime
‘Akagami no Shirayukihime’ revolves around Shirayuki, a talented girl skilled in botany and medicine. She works as an apothecary in a herbal shop. Since she is so stunning, Shirayuki is bound to be noticed by people, and her beautiful long red hair doesn’t help. She soon catches the eye of Prince Raji, who wants her to become his concubine. Knowing that she can’t refuse him, she escapes to the neighboring country where she meets Prince Zen. They become friends, and Shirayuki applies and gets the job of palace pharmacist in that country. Shirayuki is a bold female character who is quite knowledgeable and talented. Her courageous nature, coupled with intelligence, only makes her even more attractive.
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11. Ranma Saotome, Ranma ½
Ranma actually starts as a male protagonist of the martial-themed anime series ‘Ranma ½.’ It turns out that while in China and training there, he and his father fell into a cursed spring which drastically changed Ranma’s life. If he is splashed with cold water, he turns into a girl. To change back, he needs to be sprinkled with hot water. While technically, he only becomes a girl after getting cursed, it does not change the fact that Ranma in his feminine form is eye-catching and can easily get any man if he wants.
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10. Shana, Shakugan no Shana
Up next is the immortal protagonist from the anime series ‘Shakugan no Shana.’ Shana cannot die as she is a Flame Haze, a special hunter who fights to save humanity from merciless murderers known as Crimson Denizens from a parallel universe. Since she is immortal, her body doesn’t age, giving her the appearance of a child aged 11 or 12. She has crimson red hair, brown pupils, and a fair complexion. Although she has black hair most of the time, when she gets into her power mode, her hair changes its color along with her pupils, which too become crimson. Shana is quite brilliant when it comes to academics, and she is good at physical education too.
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9. Youko Nakajima, The Twelve Kingdoms
‘The Twelve Kingdoms’ follows Youko Nakajima, a 16-year-old who works hard in her school and tries to maintain good grades so that she can be on top of that and eventually become the class president. Youko is quite helpful and extends a helping hand to her classmates whenever she can. But despite all this, she never really fits in because of her red hair. Anyway, her life changes one day when a man enters her classroom and salutes her. Youko later finds out that she is a princess and heir to the throne of the kingdom of Kei, which changes everything she ever thought about herself.
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8. Kushina Uzumaki, Naruto: Shippuuden
Next on the list, we have Kushina Uzumaki, the mother of one of the most popular anime characters, viz. Naruto. Though Kushina lived in the Leaf Village, she actually hails from the Land of Whirpool. As a child, she is shown to be a tomboy with violet pupils and long red hair; she eventually turns into a beautiful woman. She marries Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage of the Leaf village. They have a son together and live a quiet, respectful life in Naruto’s village. Kushina was also meant to be the Jinchuriki for the nine-tailed demon fox. Her death is kind of a sad one as she dies along with her husband trying to protect their son from the nine-tailed fox.
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7. Chiyo Sakura, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun
Chiyo Sakura is the main character from the anime series ‘Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun.’ She is a friendly girl who is always cheerful and positive. She is easily excited and, at times, quick to judge things. Since she is compassionate and kind-hearted, Chiyo often gets easily influenced by others. She is attracted to and obsessed with Umetarou Nozaki, who turned out to be a manga creator. He is actually a shoujo mangaka and does his works under the created pen name, Sakiko Yumeno. One thing leads to another, and Umetarou Nozaki ends up asking Chiyo to become his manga assistant. Though she really loves Nozaki, she has a hard time conveying those feelings to him, and ‘Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun’ captures her inner conflicts really well.
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6. Yoko Littner, Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann
Yoko Littner is the main female character from the anime series ‘Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann.’ She goes on an adventure along with Simon and Kamina to the surface. They were born and raised in an underground city. It turns out the facts and stories about the earth’s surface are treated as fables. Kamina is quite wild-spirited and wants to be famous, while Simon is quiet and doesn’t really have any dreams. They end up finding an ignition key for an ancient armor which they name Lagann. Along with the help of Yoko Littner, they are able to use the armor to defend themselves against an attack from the surface dwellers. Yoko is mainly seen in a bikini, and she wields a powerful and large gun along with a skull-shaped headpiece.
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5. Maki Nishikino, Love Live! School Idol Project
Maki Nishikino is one of the members of the Idol group Honoka from ‘Love Live! School Idol Project’ is trying to create. Honoka is desperately attempting to save her school from going out of business. Even though she is just a second-year student, she does an incredible job of ensuring that her school is not closed down. It is Honoka’s idea to create a School Idol group that will then participate in a competition and make her school popular. Maki is the piano player in the team, and she also composes for her group while also shouldering the responsibilities of the vocal coach. We see a transition in her character over the course of the series as she goes from stubborn and unable to accept her feelings to becoming more welcoming and open.
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4. Erza Scarlet, Fairy Tail
It seems that it’s almost impossible to create any list of any girls without mentioning Erza Scarlet of the fantasy anime series ‘Fairy Tail.’ She is a powerful S-class mage and is one of the strongest female members of the Fairy Tail guild. She has scarlet-colored long beautiful hair and brown eyes. Erza mostly wears a suit of armor, which makes her seem battle-ready. Interestingly, the mage uses Requip magic to change her attire whenever she wants, which gives us a good chance to look at her in her swimsuit during fanservice episodes. Ezra is also a responsible member of the guild and is loyal to Makarov. She is strict and tries to keep the group disciplined.
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3. Akane Sakurada, Joukamachi no Dandelion
Akane Sakurada is one of the nine Sakurada siblings from the anime series ‘Joukamachi no Dandelion.’ She and her siblings hail from the royal family, and their father, The King, keeps them under strict supervision, having placed thousands of cameras all around the kingdom to monitor their activities and to keep them safe. Akane Sakurada is the shyest of all of them and doesn’t want to be in the limelight. She, like her siblings, possesses certain unique abilities. Akane can manipulate gravity. She doesn’t like being constantly watched by the cameras, which are unfortunately used to choose the next ruler. Akane needs to convince everyone that she is the correct person for the throne so that she can get rid of those annoying cameras and live an ordinary life away from the limelight.
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2. Lilith Asami, Trinity Seven
Lilith Asami is one of the main characters in the ‘Trinity Seven’ anime series. She is the one who was sent to investigate the Breakdown phenomenon which happened to destroy the town that Arata Kasuga lived in. Arata survives somehow, but his town is gone, and the people living there have vanished. Lilith learns that Arata has somehow reconstructed his town artificially. She undoes the magic that Arata has unknowingly used and asks him to hand over his grimoire or die. But she later introduces him to the world of magic. The red-haired heroine also helps him get used to his surroundings and becomes his friend.
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1. Rias Gremory, High School DxD
Rias Gremory is one of the most liked characters in the anime fandom who has several online forums dedicated only to her. She has one of the most beautiful red-colored hair, which adds to her overall sex appeal and feisty nature. Since Rias is a devil from one of the noblest and pureblood families, she is gifted with extraordinary powers by virtue of her birth. She saves Issei when he is killed by the fallen angel. Rias is quite talented and is the most attractive girl in the academy. But despite her high status, she is filled with compassion and is quite fond of Issei.
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