Do you like a anime girl with short hair?
It seems that no matter what anime you watch, you’ll inevitably find yourself asking “Who is best girl?” Is it the quiet girl with the glasses? The sporty girl? The brooding loli? There are a lot of popular archetypes and personalities among female anime characters, but let’s not forget the short-haired girls! The following characters are some of the best to rock a pixie, bowl cut, or any hairstyle that ends above the shoulders.
Here are 15 of the most popular anime girls with short hair!
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In contrast to the exuberant Haruhi Suzumiya, Yuki Nagato is withdrawn and seemingly emotionless. Yet there is more to this quiet freshman than she is willing to reveal. She is the only member of Haruhi’s SOS Brigade that was not “voluntarily arrested” to join, and also has reality-warping powers similar to Haruhi’s, though on a smaller scale. Yuki may be reclusive and have little understanding of social interaction, but she is also kind and helpful toward her clubmates in her own way. Her odd abilities and understated beauty make her one of the show’s most intriguing mysteries.
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In a world ravaged by the mysterious Angels, the First Child bears inhuman responsibility. Rei is one of a very few Eva pilots standing between the Angels and human extinction, and as a result of her burden she has become withdrawn and traumatized. As she bonds with her fellow pilots, Rei begins to open up to them, revealing a genuinely caring side beneath her hardened military bearing. You can’t go wrong with blue hair or mech skills.
Nana Osaki from Nana
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Raised by her sickly grandmother after the disappearance of her mother, expelled from high school on false prostitution charges—Nana Osaki comes from some serious disappointments. But she doesn’t let these setbacks discourage her from her dream: making a living as lead vocalist of punk band Black Stones, or Blast. Nana’s close relationship with her flatmate Nana “Hachi” Komatsu proves her a loyal and reliable friend, but she fears losing this friendship as much as she strives to maintain it. As pixie-cut rocker girls go, Nana Osaki is one of the sweetest you’ll find behind eyeliner and spikes.
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Touka is easily the most powerful coffee shop hostess in anime. She comes from a childhood cut short by persecution and gang warfare, and doesn’t let herself get attached to anyone who can’t take care of themselves. Her past has carved her into an agile, dangerous ghoul, but she isn’t without her soft side. Touka is fiercely protective of those few she loves, as well as those who can’t defend themselves. On top of that, purple is definitely her color.
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One of Princess Lala’s twin sisters, Momo first shows up in Motto To LOVE-Ru, and quickly becomes a part of Rito’s topsy-turvy life. Unlike her more prudish sister Nana, Momo is attracted to Rito from the beginning, and schemes to cure him of his shyness around girls. This pint-sized, pink-haired princess is bent on carrying out her “harem plan,” and who are we to complain?
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Akane starts off as a newbie inspector in Division 1, but she grows into a smart, but still kind member of the Public Safety Bureau. Her short hair is practical for her line of work, but suits her cute baby face well!
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It isn’t easy being a Claymore, especially when you’re the lowest-ranked. Clare is looked down on by most of the Organization that employs her, but that only drives her to prove them all wrong. Though rendered mute for much of her life by horrific torture, Clare becomes the only person ever to volunteer to become a Claymore—a painful process that allows her to take vengeance on those who wronged her. Her pageboy cut is perfect for a warrior who doesn’t want her hair in her eyes.
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Mako lives in extreme poverty and attends a fascist high school where students are routinely executed…and she couldn’t be happier! Kind, adorable, and loyal to a fault, Ryuko Matoi’s bowl-cut-sporting bestie is the perfect counterpart to the tough-as-nails protagonist of Kill la Kill. She’s also a formidable fighter in her own right, able to go toe to toe with powerful foes and survive attacks that would pulverize any normal human.
Eureka from Eureka Seven
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As her short green hair and violet eyes might suggest, Eureka is not human. She’s a Coralian, and was created by Scub Coral in order to better understand and co-exist with humans. Over the course of Eureka Seven she does exactly that; although she’s blunt and emotionless at first, she develops human emotions―notably romantic ones!
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One of a pair of purple-haired twins, Tsukasa is your typical airhead: clumsy, sleepy, and addicted to her phone. She’s excellent at cooking and other domestic skills, and strives to do well in school even though she’s not the greatest student. Her yellow ribbon is also the perfect complement to her purple hair, and moves to match her frequently changing moods. Fun fact: Michelle Ruff voices both Tsukasa and Yuki Nagato in the English dubs of their respective shows.
Ami Muzuno from Sailor Moon
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Ami Mizuno is secretly the powerful Sailor Mercury, one of five warriors charged with defending our solar system from the forces of darkness. When she’s not using her powers over ice and water to strike down the enemies of mankind, Ami can almost always be found studying and reading romance novels. Although she is the most serious and sensible of the Sailor Soldiers, Ami tends to be insecure and shy in her mortal form. Throughout the series, she gains confidence in herself and becomes one of the most formidable members of the group.
Kurome from Akame ga Kill!
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The youngest member of the Jaegers, an Imperial squad specially formed to hunt down Night Raid. Kurome is a study in contrasts: cute, innocent, and a murderous psychopath. Twisted by a violent childhood of assassin training, Kurome kills without mercy, collecting her strongest foes as puppets to fight alongside her. Kurome’s short asymmetrical bob and schoolgirl outfit can fool even the most seasoned soldier into a false sense of security.
Videl from Dragon Ball Z
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Videl might have started out with pigtails, but switched to a pixie cut just in time to become one of the strongest humans alive! Her natural talent far surpasses those of her showboat of a father, and is matched only by her own stubborn ambition. After she finds out one of Gohan’s best-guarded secrets, she blackmails him into teaching her how to fly. Only then does she start to fall in love with him. Videl’s definitely got her priorities straight!
Tomoka Minato from Ro-Kyu-Bu!
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As the shooting guard of Keishin Academy’s basketball team, pint-sized Tomoka Minato is one of the greatest athletes in her school. But her dedication and skill wasn’t always such an asset; in fact, she had to transfer schools due to her obsession with winning. As Tomoka makes friends on the Keishin team, she learns that victory isn’t as important as perseverance and sportsmanship, and even refuses to play without her friends. Short in hairstyle and short in height, Tomoka is long on charm, cuteness, and character development.
Kiyomi Takada from Death Note
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Refined and intelligent, Kiyomi Takada is an idealistic young woman who doesn’t hesitate to try and make the world a better place. Originally she works as a journalist, but when she hears that the mysterious Kira is passing judgment on a sinful world, she resolves to play a part in this peaceful vision for humanity. Kiyomi’s short hair and excellent fashion sense puts her in the running for best-dressed disciple.
And Many More…
Lots of great anime girls have long hair, and that’s fine. But don’t let those floor-length tresses hide the close-cropped cuties from view! The girls on this list are a diverse bunch, whether they’re students, fighters or both—and, in the case of those fighters, they’ve got a more practical hairstyle. If you’re in the market for a new favorite character, be sure to look past the hair at the girl beneath. She might be the invincible warrior or whimsical student you’ve been looking for!
There’s a famous saying in Japan that translates to “hair is a girl’s life” – a profound motto true for anime girls as well. If you enjoyed this article, you will surely find the following anime hairstyles to be just as fabulous!