What is so attractive about a cartoon character that they can be turned into international sex symbols?
Anime is simply the Japanese word for animation and it includes everything from cartoon drawings to computer animation. Outside of Japan, however, the rest of the world sees Anime as an art form that has a specific style of animation geared towards a particular audience.
One of the key differences between Anime and basic cartoons are the body styles. Anime takes pride in creating a realistic world which includes drawing accurate characters with similar body proportions as humans. That accuracy has given artists a chance to create an entire world of characters that fans have idolized over the years.
Most of them being beautiful women. Anime is known for many things but one of the most widely understood aspect of Anime is the depiction of female characters. Sometimes it is just plain creepy.
20 Chitoge Kirisaki (Nisekoi)
Chitoge Kirisaki presents us with a very interesting predicament. One of the biggest issues people have with Anime characters is their beauty matched with their age. A lot of them tend to be very young high school students, making the idea that we even consider them beautiful very creepy.
However, since they are fictional, it must not be a problem to admire a 16 year old high school student that is drawn in such a creepy way— you are forced to make a very awkward decision.
19 Nico Robin (One Piece)
The Straw Hat Pirates are feature a ton of beautiful women including Nico Robin, their archaeologist.
One of her key strengths is her ability to read, and transcribe, Poneglyphs. She is the only person living that can do so after she became the lone survivor from the Island of Ohara, which was completely destroyed.
18 Esdeath (Akame Ga Kill!)
Esdeath not only has a scary sounding name, she is a high-ranking general for the Empire. She eventually is named the leader of the Jaegers after the Prime Minister appoints her to be so.
She also possesses a Teigu called Demon's Extract, which is one of the most powerful Teigus ever. It allows her to manipulate ice and even mold it out of nowhere to use to her advantage.
17 Cana Alberona (Fairy Tail)
We know what you are thinking but no, you should not sing that famous song about owning your very own sharona. Or maybe we are the only ones who constantly sing that song because every time we see Cana Alberona's name, we just cannot help ourselves.
Cana is one of the few Anime characters you will see that has a legit drinking problem. She is a very big drinker that struggles to get drunk even when she drinks a ton. It is part of her appeal.
16 Hestia (DanMachi)
Hestia might look innocent but that cannot be any further from the truth. She is a Goddess and is also the head of the entire Hestia Family. She is tiny and rarely ever wears shoes, but has a large pair up breasts, which is why she is given the nickname of "Loli Big-Boobs."
She comes from the DanMachi anime series which derives from a light novel series called Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? and she spends a lot of her time trying to pick up other girls.
15 Yoruichi Shihoin (Bleach)
Bleach was a very popular anime that ran from 2004 until 2012 and featured 366 episodes. It was such a big deal in Japan that it made its way to the US and aired on Adult Swim. The show stars Ichigo Kurosaki, who inherits the responsibility of defending humans against evil spirits after obtaining the powers of a Soul Reaper.
Yoruichi Shihoin is an exiled Soul Reaper who is brought in to help Ichigo save his friend Rukia. Among her many powers is the ability to transform into a black cat.
14 Saeko Busujima (Highschool Of The Dead)
In order to feed our need for more zombie apocalypse series, Daisuke Sato decided to create an Anime series called Highschool of the Dead, which follows a group of high school students as they try to figure out how to deal with zombies and the eventual end of the world.
Saeko Busujima is an important character and leader of Takashi Komuro's survivor group. Her special abilities are much more simple than some of the others we will read about. She is a combat fighting specialist that knows how to use a sword.
13 Hinata Hyuga (Naruto)
Hinata Hyuga is possibly one of the most underrated Anime characters ever. After having been disinherited by her father, she decided to go on and learn how to be a ninja on her own. She would eventually go on to marry Naruto, the title character from one of the most famous Anime series of all time.
She was once the heiress of the Hyuga clan but was not allowed to continue being so after her father did not trust she would be a good enough leader.
12 Tsunade Senju (Naruto)
Tsunade Senju is yet another beautiful Naruto character to make our list of the most overly sexualized Anime characters ever. One of her key body parts remains the twins that sit high atop her chest. They are somewhat of a character trait that has helped her throughout her time.
She is able to distract men using her beauty which breaks them down into crying puppies that will do whatever she wishes. She is also a skilled fighter and a very powerful woman beyond the physical form she encompasses.
11 Orihime Inoue (Bleach)
As one of the few humans living in Karakura Town, Orihime Inoue is a high school student at Karakura High School and is in the same class as Ichigo Kurosaki.
Because she is a human, her powers are natural abilities instead of magical. She has both spiritual awareness and power while also being an expert in hand-to-hand combat. Her weakness, besides being mortal, is Shun Shun Rikka.
10 Nami (One Piece)
The Straw Hat Pirates have one navigator and she goes by the name of Nami, who is also the adoptive sister of Nokiko.
Her original intentions of joining the Straw Hat Pirates was to be able to get a crew that would be capable of getting her back to Arlong, but she decided to stick with them after they ended up defeating Arlong.
9 Yuno Gasai (Future Diary)
Yuno Gasai is best known as "The Queen of Yandere" and is the main female protagonist from the Future Diary anime.
Her biggest power is the Yukiteru Diary, which works best when combined with Yukiteru's Random Diary. Together, it covers both characters biggest weakness and turns them into the most powerful duo in the entire series.
8 Akeno Himejima (High School DxD)
Rias Gremory has a Queen, and a best friend, and that just so happens to be Akeno Himejima, one of Kuoh Academy's Two Great Ladies. The other Great Lady is also Rias Gremory. The two of them are at their best when partnered together.
But do not let her beauty fool you, she is a reincarnated Devil with truly Demonic Powers and has several other abilities such as Holy Lightning and Fallen Angel Transformation.
7 Mirajane Strauss (Fairy Tail)
For once, an Anime characters' beauty is totally justified within the context of the storyline. Mirajane Strauss is an S-Class Mage for the Fairy Tail Guild but is also a model that is often featured in the Sorcerer Magazine.
In fact, she is most well known throughout the world as the most powerful beauty and the Fairy Tail's main drawing card because of it. She can even sing and has the ability to perform a complete takeover.
6 Yuuki Asuna (Sword Art Online)
The main heroine of the Sword Art Online series is none other than Yuuki Asuna, daughter of the previous CEO of RECT, Inc. She became one of the nearly 10,000 players that were got stuck inside the Sword Art Online. Once stuck, she quickly became one of the leaders of the KoB guild (Knights of the Blood).
Her beauty is not as appreciated in the series as it is to audiences around the world. Yuuki eventually clears the Sword Art Online and begins playing the game as an Undine, going by the nickname of "Berserk Healer."
5 Lucy Heartfilia (Fairy Tail)
Lucy Heartfilia is yet another Mage of the Fairy Tail Guild that has been given the honor of making our list. There is something about the animation from that series that seems to produce some of the most popular female Anime characters in most recent memory.
What makes Lucy so popular to Anime fans is not just her looks, it is her powers. She has Celestial Spirit Magic and can do many things with it like allowing a Celestial Spirit to enter her body in order to then transform into that Spirit.
4 Rias Gremory (High School DxD)
It is hard to explain that the Anime character you are gawking at is not under 18 years of age when she comes from a show called High School DxD. However, that is just the title. She is actually a college student in her Freshman year at Kuoh Academy, where she is considered the school's most beautiful student.
Her powers make her one of the scariest, and most dangerous, Anime characters on our list. She not only has the Power of Destruction, she has Demonic Power because she is from the Pure-Blooded Devil race.
3 Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail)
If you have not realized it by now, then you have not been paying attention. But it seems as though every single one of these lovely ladies has one thing in common: large breasts. It is part of the Anime culture when creating female characters to give them an added boost up top.
Aside from the fact that most of the readers are male, it could just be because if they are all doing it, then the only way to compete is to do more of the same or risk losing your audience. Erza Scarlet just so happens to be another recipient of that type of thinking.
2 Erina Nakiri (Shokugeki No Soma)
Thanks to her incredibly prestigious "God's Tongue," Erina has the world's best palate. This is also one of the reasons she stands far ahead of the class and is the top prospect of the 92nd Totsuki Generation.
Her popularity is presented in the series and she has been a top three nominee each and every time.
1 Mikasa Ackerman (Attack On Titan)
Not all female anime characters are drawn just to be eye candy for the fans. Their appearance is just something that is added the same way Hollywood casts beautiful actresses to play main roles in blockbuster films.
Mikasa Ackerman lost her parents to human traffickers at a very young age and is taken in and adopted by Eren Yeager's family. She eventually enters into the military and is the best soldier in the 104th Training Corps.