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.
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=arts themed anime series ‘Ranma ½.’ It turns out 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 is 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, special hunters who fight 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 of age 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. Anyways, 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 that 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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