Top 5 – Female Anime Characters Who Wear Glasses

Top 5 Female anime characters who wear glasses

Let’s be clear, glasses are very cool. Characters who wear glasses are therefore cool.

It’s a solid argument and there’s absolutely no self-serving purpose behind that statement.

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In seriousness though, here is a list of my favourite female anime characters who wear glasses (updated as of November 2021).

Top 5 Female Characters Who Wear Glasses

Honourable mentions to Chizuru Honshu (Bleach), Margery Daw (Shakugan no Shana) and Ririchiyo Shirakin (Inu X Boku).

Number 5: Okuda from Assassination Classroom

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I love Okuda. While she is only a minor character in Assassination Classroom she is definitely an entertaining one and her unique approach to trying to assassinate her teacher by asking him to drink poison is pretty entertaining. Plus, if Okuda ever does get together with Karma those two would be lethal.

And look how this glasses wearing character managed to keep her glasses on in the face of an explosion. Well done.

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 in Darker Than Black.

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 in Beyond the Boundary. 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?

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Top 5: Boring Title Characters

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My lists are always entirely my opinion and highly subjective (which is why I’m always happy for people to comment on who they would have added to the list). This week is no exception as I look at boring title characters (as in characters named in the title who end up being the least interesting thing in the anime).

As always, feel free to add your own views in the comments.

Please Note – There are spoilers below. You have been warned.

Honourable mention this week goes to Astarotte from Astarotte no Omocha.

Boring Title Character Number 5: Akame (Akame Ga Kill)


Other than the fact that she survives until the end, why is the show named after her? Okay, first episode she pulls a very cool and scary assassination entrance and looks completely amazing and then… well then we watch her hunt for food, wring her hands over her friends and generally not ever change her facial expression.

Even when Akame is dealing with her sister being part of the team hunting them down she barely bats an eye and while stoic can be a good character trait Akame doesn’t have anything to really make her interesting. You can count the things we learn about her as a person (not things she’s done but what she’s actually like) on one hand and in honesty if they’d killed Akame off I wouldn’t have cared in the slightest.

Boring Title Character Number 4: Haruhi Suzumiya (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)


Haruhi suffers from an excess of personality but she’s still actually kind of boring. The characters around her are fascinating and the set up of the show is interesting, but Haruhi is just a bully who nobody ever slaps sense into. Frantically running from one thing to the next, Haruhi is bored with her own existence because she has nothing inside of her that defines her. She seeks external events to find a reason to exist and as such is always empty and that pretty much sums up who and what Haruhi is and its the driving force behind everything that happens in the show.

So, Haruhi is an excellent plot point and as the force that gets Kyon moving and actually paying attention to anything (given he’s the narrator and kind of needs to pay attention) Haruhi works. As a character, she’s still number 4 on my list of most boring title characters.


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Boring Title Character Number 3: Nozaki (Gekkan Shojo Nozaki Kun)


I know I’ve said this on other people’s posts but my least favourite character in this comedy is Nozaki. He’s just so bland. And I know it is deliberate. He’s the observer of human nature. He internalizes things for use in his writing. But it means that everyone around him is vibrant and dynamic and he’s just this stagnant rock around which events revolve.

Boring Title Character Number 2: Aria (Aria the Scarlet Ammo)


Aria, how I wish you had a personality above and beyond the cliché angry girl with trust issues. I actually really liked the concept of the world crafted in this anime and some of the side characters are quite entertaining (if you can deal with fan service and violence), but mostly I just disliked Aria and kept wanting her to stop snarling and shrieking and insisting on having everything her way and then acting like it didn’t matter one bit to her. She was an irritating character and one we’ve seen before.

Boring Title Character Number 1: Tatsuya Shiba (The Irregular at Magic High School)

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Here I’m cheating a bit because his name isn’t actually in the title but he is the irregular so I’m going with this. And while I actually really like Tatsuya and the anime, I couldn’t honestly say that he isn’t boring. Why? Because Tatsuya defines overpowered protagonist. Normally I don’t mind overpowered characters and as I said, I quite liked Tatsuya, but there is never even vague tension in this show because you know that Tatsuya will solve the problem.

Even more so once you realise he can effectively undo life-threatening damage to himself or others (at a cost but not enough of a cost that it puts him out of commission or allows his enemies any chance to win). So other than taking tests for the school, Tatsuya is pretty much perfect at everything and while that makes him awesome it also makes him boring and that is why he took out the number one spot.

I will point out that when it comes to Tatsuya I’m a little bit up and down. One minute I think he’s incredibly dull the next I think he’s the most amazing person ever. Objectively I know he’s boring. Emotionally I can’t get enough of watching him in action.

That’s my list done. Who would you have put on yours?

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Akame Ga Kill Series Review

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Akame Ga Kill Review:

Right from the word go, I’m going to say that Akame ga Kill is going to be one of those anime I swiftly forget except when someone else brings it up online.

It isn’t particularly bad but neither is it particularly good or interesting. It falls into the most bland of positions of being okay at what it does but not really having anything to make it memorable. It may be a weird preference, but I actually prefer shows to be hideously constructed and horribly executed to the dullness that I felt while watching this.


And already the fans are annoyed at me so I should probably explain just what Akame Ga Kill did that I found so boring (or rather what it didn’t do). On that note though, this review is absolutely going into spoiler territory by anyone’s definition so if you don’t want to know who lives and dies or anything about the final conflict, this is your warning to opt out of the review now.

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My first issue with this series is the title character. By the final episode it is clear why she is the title character but that does not save Akame from disappearing into the folds of blandness for a good 75% of the series. She get’s an episode early on where she’s training Tatsumi and she kind of has a bit of personality behind her stoic and laconic nature. Then we get one night seen after the first apparently tragic death.

Toward the end we get the diversion with Akame having to fight her sister. The problem is by that point Akame has sat in the background of the show for so long that other than the opening and ending constantly reminding us she’s the title character, you’ve all but forgotten her existence outside of the occasional appearance at the dinner table.

Akame looks cool. She dresses in black with red accents (and like an uncommonly large number of anime characters her outfit matches her eyes and the weapon she has acquired also perfectly matches the whole appearance). She stands stoically against her enemy and cuts them down without mercy. Her swordsmanship is amazing (just have any of the other characters tell you even though we really only see an impressive display on maybe 4-5 occasions throughout the series).

And in case she’s getting too aloof, every now and again we’ll drop a touching vulnerable moment between her and Tatsumi.


The idea of Akame is cool. The silent assassin. The dark haired beauty who strikes in the night and disappears again. She should be a cool character. But she essentially amounts to nothing. So the final episode, where Akame actually stands up as the title character, is a case of too little too late, I’m not emotionally invested in you and you just killed the last character I cared about.

And that is the second issue. The number of characters they kill. Yes, regular readers of my blog, even I can get sick of characters being killed off when the deaths are treated as a way of upping emotional tension without providing any further substance.

See, the essential plot line of Akame Ga Kill is that Night Raid are fighting the evil Capital. No real evidence of evilness beyond hearsay and a few actions by individuals is ever delivered and the evilness doesn’t really accelerate or ramp up as the series progresses. In point of fact, several members of the Jaegers (Esdeath’s squad of imperial arms fighters) are actually half-decent humans which makes the conflict even messier.

Night Raid themselves don’t really do ‘good’ very well and they never seem in any more or less peril until the last quarter of the series. (While I know the ambiguity of right and wrong in war is one of the themes of the show, when you don’t know if you even want the main characters to win it is hard to invest emotionally.)


Instead, the show ops for a character development episode followed by a gory and tragic death (usually on a mundane or ‘ordinary’ kind of mission or one that could have been avoided). Then we see characters cope with said death and set up their next mission or two before the show realises that the plot is not progressing and instead of offering real plot development we knock off another character.

While each death does help Tatsumi progress on his path from country boy to assassin, at the end of the day, Tatsumi’s character progression is pretty pointless. From a narrative point of view his character can all but be eliminated and that brings me along to point three.

Tatsumi is a great way to get into the story because he is an outside and he does force characters to explain things, but the show’s endless focus on him is to its own detriment. Other characters respond in illogical and contrived ways in order to ‘save’ Tatsumi or win approval from Tatsumi, usually leading to their deaths. One could argue that with one or two exceptions every death Night Raid suffers can be laid at the feet of taking Tatsumi in. Yet despite that, despite his weaknesses, his naiveté, his general lack of survivability in the world he has come across, almost every female character in the show falls for him.


And this is where the real spoilers come in.

Night Raid should have let Esdeath execute Tatsumi when he was captured. Then Mine wouldn’t have died and they would have had a sniper in the final fight (who, given her power got stronger in a pinch) could have performed the same role Tatsumi did) and they would have had Su which would have meant Najenda could have had a more active role. They would have been better off with Tatsumi dead. Their half-hearted logic about not allowing morale to fall doesn’t hold up when they lost two members saving one.

Najenda herself is problematic. As the supposed leader of Night Raid her contributions early in the show are limited and she isn’t a commanding enough speaker or schemer to really live up to the hype the other characters give her. Even when she gets an imperial arms it has a life and personality of its own so doesn’t really seem to be hers. Plus, when using a secret weapon is supposed to have life-draining consequences and then it doesn’t, a one line throwaway does not make the problem that she’s still alive go away. It just feels like a cheat for the sake of plot.


But, as I said at the start, the show isn’t actually bad. There are plot points I disagree with and most of the characters have one default personality and another hidden one that Tatsumi brings out (mostly the female characters), however the action sequences are mostly well constructed and the final fight with Esdeath is actually kind of cool.

That actually brings me to one of the points that I found really positive in this anime. I actually liked every interaction between Tatsumi and Esdeath. It’s bizarre given as characters each is too one dimensional and not particularly likeable, but the two actually work well when sharing a scene and some of the most memorable moments came from these two.

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It’s tricky to know whether I would recommend this or not. If you like anime with lots of fights and you aren’t too picky about characterisation this will actually be fairly enjoyable to watch. If you haven’t seen it and you are just looking for a new anime to watch, there certainly isn’t anything broken or ‘bad’ about this anime. However, now that I’ve watched it a second time, I know that this one won’t be one I’m going to really think about beyond this review.

If you’ve seen Akame Ga Kill I’d love to know what you thought of this series.

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