Some of our favorite female anime characters are the ones with longer hair. Long-haired anime girls can vary in personality and looks, but the one trait that they share in common is often the one that helps define them. For some reason, these characters are usually just so much more interesting! They stand out significantly. Many of these girls are determined, and prepared to do what they must to achieve their goals. And viewers often want to emulate them, partially because of their luscious locks in addition to their attention-grabbing personalities.
That being said, there are many long-haired girls in anime. So many, it can be a bit overwhelming to try to narrow them down! We’ve updated our list of the top ten anime girls with long hair by looking at some of the newer, unique characters in anime. However, there are a few older anime with outstanding women we felt that we just couldn’t leave out! We hope that you find some of your favorite characters here!.
10. Mirei Shikishima from Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid
Air Date: Oct. 2015 – Dec. 2015
With a surname that translates as “virgin,” Mamori Tokoname is teased at her school. But when she is kidnapped during gym class and wakes up on an island, she is about to start an adventure she never expected… Under threat from constant attack, Mamori follows the lead of her fellow castaway, Mirei Shikishima, to unlock her Exter transformation powers. Mamori can turn into a cutlass when the need arises – but only when she and Mirei share a kiss! In order for both to survive on the island of Mermaid, Mirei and Mamori will need each other and their passion.
One of the anime girls with the longest hair, Mirei Shikishima is also one of the most enigmatic characters on our list. Rather than fearing the island where she and Mamori Tokoname are trapped, Mirei takes charge and faces the trials head-on. People assume that she is intimidating and fierce, but she is actually quite kind and caring toward Mamori. At first, she is a mysterious character – but as we learn more about her, Mirei becomes much more loveable. In an anime full of beautiful women, Mirei definitely stands out from the crowd. This, and her flowing long hair, will place her on our list.
9. Konjiki no Yami from To LOVE-Ru (To LOVE Ru)
Air Date: Apr. 2008 – Dec. 2008
Rito Yuuki has been in love with Haruna Sairenji since junior high school. Unfortunately, he is too shy to ever tell her. And when an alien princess lands right on top of him one night, Rito’s chances with Haruna become far worse! After princess Lala Satalin Deviluke arrives, Rito finds more and more strange, beautiful women being drawn to him. But he only wants Haruna, and the girls around him are constantly ruining his attempts to confess to her! Will Rito ever be able to tell Haruna his true feelings?
In To LOVE-Ru, Konjiki no Yami is an assassin who perfectly fits our list of unique long-haired girls. With a host of other girls out to be with Rito, Yami is one of the few who does not swoon over him. In fact, she was sent to Earth to kill him originally – but when she discovers he is a good person, Yami ends up merely being his friend. The 24-thousand-year-old girl enjoys reading and eating taiyaki, and often attacks those she finds to be perverted. While Yami may be a straight-faced killer, she still has a lot of personality and spunk!
8. Elizabeth Liones from The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai)
Air Date: Oct. 2014 – Mar. 2015
Though there have been many different portrayals of the “seven deadly sins” throughout history, Nanatsu no Taizai offers one of the most interesting takes on the idea. When the Holy Knights of Britannia plot to overtake the country, Elizabeth Liones, third princess of the kingdom, sets out to find help. She decides to search for the legendary group of knights known as the “Seven Deadly Sins” – a group that supposedly turned against their country long ago. With only rumors to guide her, Elizabeth sets out to find these dangerous knights, but when she does begin to find them, she soon learns that they are nothing like what she had heard, and her world will quickly change! Will Elizabeth be able to save her kingdom? And will she uncover the truth about the Seven Deadly Sins?
Elizabeth Liones is one of the bravest and most determined long-haired girls on our list. She starts her journey essentially on her own, setting out to save her family, her kingdom, and to bring about justice in the world. And she does it without any prior knowledge or experience! Elizabeth hears rumors about the most powerful, deadly and dangerous knights in the land, and instead of fearing them, she tries to find them to convince them to help her. She may be lovely and somewhat naïve, but this princess doesn’t back down from a challenge. Elizabeth sticks by her friends, and has a few surprises of her own as well!
7. Sagiri Izumi from Eromanga Sensei (Eromanga-sensei)
Episodes: Airing currently
Air Date: Apr. 2017 – present
An anime that is still currently airing, Eromanga-sensei centers on Masamune Izumi, a young light novel author. Masamune wants nothing more than to spend time with his sister Sagiri, but she is a shut-in who hasn’t left her room in a year. Hence why Masamune is surprised when he discovers that his perverted light novel illustrator, known as “Eromanga,” is actually his sister! Their relationship will never be the same…
While Sagiri is a shut-in who doesn’t seem to display much personality at first, her online alter-ego of Eromanga is bursting with creativity and talent. Her relationship with her brother is strange, even disconcerting at times, but she still deserves to be included on our list because of her surprising star potential. Although no one knows that Eromanga is actually Sagiri, the young girl is quite popular on the web. She is also caring toward her brother, helping him with his light novels even when he had no idea it was her! Sagiri is certainly full of surprises.
6. Shiro from No Game No Life
Air Date: Apr. 2014 – Jun. 2014
Siblings Sora and Shiro prefer video games to the lousy real world, spending most of their time gaming under the legendary name “Kuuhaku.” When the duo is thrust into an unknown world called Disboard, they meet Tet, the god of games. Sora and Shiro quickly discover their new goal – unite the sixteen races of Disboard, defeat Tet and become the new gods of this world. But what might the siblings have to give up in order to achieve that?
Shiro is the genius of the two siblings when it comes to video games. When it comes to logic and intellect, she is definitely the best. Her one downfall is in trying to understand human emotion, something that Shiro will rely on her brother Sora for. Shiro is extremely close to Sora, looking out for him when she can. This long-haired cutie deserves to have a spot on our list – she is most certainly a unique and interesting character!
5. Aqua from KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! (Kono Subarashii Sekei ni Shukufuku wo!)
Air Date: Jan. 2016 – Mar. 2016
One of the funniest anime to date, KonoSuba follows the story of Kazuma Satou, a reclusive high school student who dies embarrassingly on his way back from buying a game. Kazuma awakens to find himself before a goddess named Aqua. She offers Kazuma two options: continue on to heaven, or be reincarnated into a fantasy world. Kazuma chooses the latter, and is given the option of one gift to help him on his quest. He chooses Aqua, but quickly regrets his decision – Aqua is utterly useless!
Aqua is an important addition to this list, although she may not seem like it. While she doesn’t have all the talents and skills Kazuma was hoping for, Aqua can still resurrect people from the dead, purify water, and use strong spells against demons and undead. She may act somewhat stupid at times, but she has a good heart and tries her best. Aqua is great comedic relief in a world that can often take itself too seriously.
4. C.C. from Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch)
Air Date: Oct. 2006 – Jul. 2007
Lelouch Lamperouge, an exiled prince of Britannia, is caught in the middle of the war between his former homeland and the Japanese forces. When he is rescued by an unusual girl named C.C., she gives him the “Power of Kings,” also known as Geass. Together with a masked man named Zero, Lelouch takes this power for his own use to get revenge upon Britannia.
C.C. is probably one of the most unique individuals on our list, being an immortal girl with the ability to bestow the Geass on others. She has lived through many centuries, wars and destruction all across the globe, and has been experimented on by Britannia. Even though C.C. has become detached and hardened because of her experiences, she still enjoys little moments in life and finds ways to connect. She grows attached to Lelouch, and is obsessed with pizza, ordering it every time she can get her hands on Lelouch’s credit card. There is a reason that everyone loves C.C., and it’s not just because of her Geass.
3. Olivier Mira Armstrong from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Air Date: Apr. 2009 – Jul. 2010
When brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric lose their mother, they decide to commit the forbidden act of alchemy – resurrection from the dead. Unfortunately, their plan fails, and both brothers pay the price for their actions. Now Ed and Al must find a way to take back what they have lost. Along the way, they will discover new friends and allies, as well as a dark secret concerning the well-being of their entire nation. Will the Elric brothers ever get their true bodies back?
General Olivier Mira Armstrong rules the northernmost fortress of Briggs with a sure hand. Often called the “Ice Queen” by her soldiers, Olivier is fierce and formidable indeed, taking on each challenge that might appear steadfastly. While she is fond of her soldiers, caring for them in her way, she also has full confidence in their ability to find their own way. In addition, Olivier Armstrong is quite intelligent – she becomes one of the few characters who discover the truth about the nation early on, and plots behind the scenes while working in the most dangerous place in the capital. A beauty with a heart of steel to match her sword, Olivier is one lady you do not want to mess with!
2. Asuna Yuuki from Sword Art Online
Air Date: Jul. 2012 – Dec. 2012
The players of the first big MMORPG, Sword Art Online, have been trapped inside the video game world with only one way out – beat the game! The game has yet another twist, in that if players die in the game they will die in real life as well. As players’ initial surprise turns to fear, one Kazuto Kirigaya (called Kirito in-game) determines to help try to defeat the game’s 100 levels. Kirito must cooperate with his fellow players to win the game, while battling emotions, struggle and loss along the way. Will Kirito and his friends make it out alive?
Asuna Yuuki is the main heroine from SAO, and well-known by pretty much everyone who watches anime. She leads the Knights of Blood, the strongest guild in the game, and is known by many as the “Lightning Flash” for her insanely quick sword skills. However, she is also gifted in other random talents, such as cooking, and is well liked by all her friends and subordinates. Asuna certainly deserves a spot on this list, for her strength, compassion, generosity and kindness, as well as her beauty.
1. Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail
Air Date: Oct. 2009 – Mar. 2013
In the land of Fiore, magic is commonplace and important, both for the regular people going about their daily lives, as well as the many guilds that thrive across the land. Of all the guilds, Fairy Tail stands out from the rest. Lucy Heartfilia dreams of becoming a great mage and joining this infamous guild. When Lucy is abducted, she is saved by an unusual mage named Natsu and his flying cat Happy. The good news? Natsu and Happy are a part of her dream guild! Natsu then helps Lucy get into Fairy Tail, where she and her newfound family will fight evil, laugh, cry and adventure together.
Erza Scarlet claims our number one spot on the list because of her striking scarlet hair and unique personality. Erza has a strong sense of justice, fighting for what she believes is right and the people that she cares about. Although she can often be harsh or strict with her guild members and ordinary citizens, she genuinely has a caring heart, one that is revealed when she puts her life on the line for others again and again. Erza’s story is tragic, one that might break any normal person – but this scarlet-haired character’s strength comes from within. Other characters often revel at her beauty and her magic abilities, but it is Erza’s heart that her friends love her for. Despite the darkest things that she and her comrades have been through, Erza stands strong and loyal to Fairy Tail, those whom she considers her family.
These gorgeous women on our list encompass a wide variety of backgrounds and personalities, but they have all become our favorite characters because they stand out from the rest. Long-haired anime girls seem to be more noticeable, not just due to their design, but the way they shine through the screen.