I’m trying very hard to not get bogged down on lists that all focus on physical appearance but characters who wear glasses always seem to fascinate me. Particularly characters that only wear them in certain scenes. So this week and next I’ll look at some of my favourites, starting with the females.
Please Note – There are spoilers below. You have been warned.
Honourable mentions to Chizuru Honshu (Bleach), Margery Daw (Shakugan no Shana) and Ririchiyo Shirakin (Inu X Boku).
Number 5: Sheele from Akame Ga Kill
I still am not a big fan of this anime but on my rewatch I found Sheele a definitely breath of fresh air amongst a cast I wasn’t too keen on in the early episodes. Her death is suitably tragic and one of the few that I actually cared about while watching. The mix of glasses and her generally clueless expression is kind of awesome but it’s when she switches into assassin mode that she really steals the scene. Sheele is a great character and she really makes the glasses work.
Number 4: Kirihara Misaki from Darker than Black
Misaki is probably one of my favourite female characters with her down to earth nature, love of junk food, and general desire to actually find the truth and protect people rather than accept hearsay and rumours. She’s also good at her job and just a nice person while still being cool, calm and logical. Her glasses are very much a part of who she is and when she takes them off (during a party) we really see just how disconnected she becomes (mostly because she can’t see). All and all, Misaki is definitely a character who wears her glasses with style.
Number 3: Mizuki Shibata from The Irregular at Magic High School
While her glasses serve a practical purpose, you have to admit Mizuki looks pretty adorable with her glasses on. While she’s not as talented as many of her friends (then again, who is) Mizuki certainly pulls her weight in the series. I’d have loved for her character to have had more screen time, but from a cast of mostly generic characters, Mizuki managed to stand her ground. She may not be as direct and forthright as some of the others on the list but she’s hanging in there throughout every conflict in the series.
Number 2: Mirai Kuriyama from Beyond the Boundary
The main character of this anime has a glasses fetish so who better to try and kill him than a bespectacled beauty. Okay, it might have worked better if she wasn’t terrified of her own power and hadn’t actually fallen in love with him, but you have to admit, she does look great in glasses. This show talks a lot about her glasses and she spends a lot of time cleaning them (which makes you wonder whether she actually needs them at all given how often she takes them off). Mirai is a great character. She’s amusing and sulky and traumatized by her past, but she’s also really just wanting to reconnect and find her place in the world. While the plot may not have resolved beautifully, Mirai’s character is fantastic and she completely deserves the number 1 spot on this list but I just couldn’t put her ahead of the next character.
Number 1: Nagato Yuki from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
When I started this list there was almost no doubt that Nagato would end up as number 1. Even though her glasses wearing days are limited to a few episodes before she forgets to recreate them after a fight and Kyon tells her she looks good without them, Nagato Yuki is the definitive glasses wearing female.
So, who would you include on your list?
Remember to check in next week for the list of glasses wearing male characters.