Black is one of those eye colors that does not occur naturally in real life; all black eyes are actually very dark brown eyes, as true black does not exist. Still, while this special and intriguing color cannot be found in real life, our favorite fictional characters are sometimes seen with black and grey eyes, especially in anime. In this article, we are going to bring a list of the 20 best black- and grey-eyed anime girls that we know of. We’ll be using different sources and rank them based on their popularity and the general level of awesomeness they represent. The list is going to be pretty diverse, including various characters from various franchises and genres.
1. Setsuko Yokokawa
Franchise: Grave of the Fireflies (Studio Ghibli)
Setsuko Yokokawa and her brother Seita fight together in the war for their survival. She seems to be spoiled or her brother tries to fulfill all her wishes. At heart, she is a happy child who listens to other people. It’s easy to put a smile on her face. She tries to stay brave. So she doesn’t immediately burst into tears when they lost their home in Kobe, but sobs quietly to herself.
Her favorite must-have items include the candy jar and the doll. The latter can already be seen in the US air raid on Kobe. Before her brother leaves the house with her to flee to the bunker, she calls for her doll.
She loves her mother so much that she keeps some of her things and doesn’t give them for anything in the world. In her pouch, she keeps buttons and a ring. When her aunt wants to sell her mother’s kimono, she cries and tugs at her sleeve in vain. She follows her brother everywhere, even if he becomes a criminal. Still, she looks up to him. After all, he is the most important person in her life.
2. Mikasa Ackerman
Franchise: Attack on Titan
Mikasa was the ward of Eren’s parents, Grisha and Carla, and is one of the main protagonists of the series, alongside Armin. After her biological parents were murdered by human traffickers, Mikasa was rescued by Eren and lived with the Yeager family until Wall Maria fell. She is the last descendant of the Shogun clan who remained on Paradis Island, therefore related to the Azumabito family, and is, therefore, a high personality of Heazul. Although she only wants to lead a peaceful life alongside those she loves, most notably Eren, Mikasa has entered the Walls Army.
Later, she enlists in the Survey Corps to track and protect Eren. A combat genius, “worth more than 100 officers”, she becomes one of the Army’s greatest assets after Livai. She also participates in the Battle of Revelio in an attempt to recover Eren. Following this battle, her true feelings are denounced by Eren who does not share them and rejects her with very heavy words. But when Eren triggered the great earthmoving she was unable to let him live and before killing him, he exchanged a tender kiss with him.
Franchise: Spirited Away (Studio Ghibli)
Chihiro Ogino involuntarily enters the magic land with her parents, where her parents are turned into pigs and she is robbed of her name. At first she is moody, childish and skittish. During her stay in the magic world, she surpasses herself and is able to solve her problems. She evolves from a tearful pessimist to a responsible optimist who cares for and protects those around her.
Her extraordinary gift is being able to make friends with everyone. After finding work in the bathhouse and completing the extremely difficult task of cleaning the Rotten God, she receives a valuable herb dumpling from him as a thank you. Even if the people around her, especially Yubaba, the Yunas and the bathhouse workers, are initially unfriendly to her, over time they take the girl to their hearts.
Furthermore, she is very helpful. Even though others fear Haku for carrying out dubious jobs for Yubaba, she doesn’t hesitate to rescue him. She even goes to Zeniba to ask forgiveness for Haku. She can also soothe the angry oaf.
4. Mei Chang
Franchise: Fullmetal Alchemist
Mei Chang comes from Xing and is accompanied by Xiao Mei, a female panda, who has never been able to grow and has remained miniature, who seems to copy her every move. Just like Lin Yao, she is one of the heirs of the Emperor of Xing (seventeenth crown princess exactly). When she arrives in the town of Youswell, it is Kayal who finds her exhausted.
Mei Chang seems very young, but that does not prevent him from mastering elixirology (the alchemy of the country of Xing which is mainly specialized in medicine). She is in search of eternal youth and thinks that Edward, who has been described to her as a very “great” alchemist, can help her. So she goes looking for him, thinking that Ed is a kind of prince charming.
5. Orihime Inoue
Orihime Inoue is a young orphan high school student. Her older brother brought her with him when he ran away from home. Their mother was a prostitute and their father was often absent. They were 18 and 3 years old. So it was he who raised her. However, he died three years before the start of the series. Inoue is nice by nature and has a fairly passive character, she lets herself go too often.
6. Erza Scarlet
Franchise: Fairy Tail
Erza Scarlett is one of the main characters in the manga. She is considered to be the strongest woman in the Fairy Tail guild. As a young girl, she was abducted from her village Rosemary along with other children her age to work as a slave in the construction of the Tower of Heaven.
This is where she meets Jellal, Miliana, Shaw, Simon, and Wolly as well as Rob with whom she befriends. Expelled from the tower by Jellal who is controlled by an evil entity, she decides to join Fairy Tail, Rob’s guild. From the moment she arrived at the guild, she was withdrawn and wary of people.
It is Gray who will help her to open up to others, constantly wanting to provoke her. After Natsu’s arrival at the guild, she helps him learn more to read because Ignir, Natsu’s father, had not been able to complete his apprenticeship.
7. Ayame Sarutobi
Franchise: Gin Tama
Ayame Sarutobi or Sacchan, as she likes to be called, is a kunoichi masochist and adept in bondage. She is totally in love with Gintoki and is willing to do just about anything to spend some time with him.
She suffers from significant vision problems, which inevitably cause many misunderstandings as soon as she loses her glasses. In civilian life, she is a waitress in a cosplay restaurant.
Her weapon of choice is the Natto. When not “looking after the welfare” of Gintoki, she is a serious and very talented freelance assassin. She is often in competition with Otae who she believes is in love with Gintoki.
8. Shino Asada
Franchise: Sword Art Online
Deuteragonist of the Phantom Bullet arc, it is with her that Kirito meets in Gun Gale Online, and who introduces him to the game. At 16, Gun Gale Online’s best marksman, and darling of some players, she will first take Kirito for a girl because of her androgynous appearance in the game (the latter possessing the extremely rare M9000 type).
During her childhood (when she was 11 years old), she personally witnessed a post heist and killed the robber with her own pistol, which made her unwillingly very fragile in real life, causing her post-traumatic stress each time she is confronted (whether concretely or by simple suggestion, with a dummy pistol or mimed with the hand) with a firearm.
9. Soi Fon
Appears in: Bleach
Soi Fon which means “Fast Wind” in Chinese, is the captain of the 2nd division of Gotei 13 and the commander of the 1st division of Omnitsukido (Keigun, the executors’ division), she succeeded Shihōin Yoruichi in the same posts.
Her real name Shaorin Fon, she is part of a family of lesser ranks in the service of the Shihōin family, one of the four great families of Soul Society. She is the sixth of six siblings, her five brothers all died during their first missions.
Franchise: Porco Rosso (Studio Ghibli)
Fio Piccolo is Mr. Piccolo’s granddaughter. She was born and raised in the USA. She moves to Milan to work in the workshop Piccolo S.P.A. to work for her grandfather. Later she takes over this company. In addition to repairing and building an airplane, she is a skilled pilot. She owns her own private seaplane after taking over her grandfather’s company.
The Studio Ghibli film Porco Rosso introduces Marco Fio’s older sister. Being a woman, she must convince her client Marco Pagot that she is a skilled and capable mechanic. She convinces Marco to let her handle the Savoia S.21 repair job, reminding him that Marco was a pilot himself at 17. This shows that she is goal-oriented and is willing to work even at night.
Whatever Fio sets her mind to, no one can refuse her. So, against Marco’s will, she installs a second seat on the plane. She also has a sense of “romance”. She compares Marco to a frog prince who can turn back into a human with a kiss. She is not afraid of danger and she loves adventure. Fio’s confident and direct manner speaks to the heart of the sky pirate.
In this way, it appeals to a pilot’s sense of honor and can thus convince hostile parties to a short-term ceasefire. Like Gina, with whom she later became close friends, she became friends with the air pirates.
Franchise: The Seven Deadly Sins
The commandment of Faith and original member of the clan before being sealed and the betrayal of Meliodas. She specializes in all kinds of dark spells, her most characteristic ability being that of bringing back the souls of all individuals who have passed away using the repentance of the deceased as her motivation.
She, in appearance, is similar to a young girl surrounded by a strange dark aura but her true appearance is that of a viper that shrinks in physical size as she loses magical miasma.
She participated in the first holy war where she was mentally manipulated by Gowther to free her creator from the prison of the underworld, years later she would be sealed along with the rest of her companions by the clan of goddesses for more than 3000 years.
Franchise: Fullmetal Alchemist
Sheska is a former librarian of the First Division of the National Library of Central, she was fired because she spent most of her time reading the books there. Edward and Alphonse will come to see her to find out if Tim Marcoh’s research on the Philosopher’s Stone was in the First Division when it burned down. Much to their dismay, his research was there.
But, thanks to Sheska, who is able to remember any book she has read at least once to the comma, they were able to get it. Later, she will enter Lieutenant-Colonel Hughes’ service to transcribe the criminal case files he needs (these having burned with the First Division). She will be deeply affected by Hughes’ murder.
13. Sarada Uchiha
Sarada Uchiha is the daughter of Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno and is thus a member of the Uchiha clan. She was born in one of Orochimaru’s hideouts, as her mother accompanied her father on his journey for a while, with Karin helping with the delivery. For this reason, there is no birth certificate from Sarada, which caused doubts over and over again.
Franchise: Kiki’s Delivery Service (Studio Ghibli)
The witch Kiki is the protagonist of the film Kiki’s Delivery Service by Hayao Miyazaki from Studio Ghibli. She is a bright girl who is excited to leave her childhood home in Karikiya to become a full-fledged witch according to tradition. She’s so excited about it that she’s even leaving a month ahead of schedule.
She really wants to live in a port city. So she moves to Koriko, where she meets the helpful tower keeper. However, she quickly becomes frustrated because no one can put themselves in her shoes and a police officer even wants to give her a ticket.
15. Yaoyorozu Momo
Appears in: My Hero Academia
The deputy head of class 1-A, elected with a vote lower than Midoriya, and one of the four recommended students. Thanks to her Quirk Creation, she possesses the ability to create any material or inanimate object from her naked skin, as long as she knows its molecular structures; to do this, her body breaks down the lipids at the atomic level and then converts them.
According to her, the more she eats the more material she has available to create. Also, the larger an object, the more time it will take you to create it and the more skin it takes to get it out.
16. Kyōka Jirō
Franchise: My Hero Academia
A hermit girl who is a fan of rock and heavy metal. From her earlobes dangle jack plug connectors which she is able to extend and move at will, they are able to connect to seemingly anything. Through them she can transmit her heartbeat which allows her to stun a rival if she connects them to her head or generate large sound waves if she connects them to some kind of amplifier.
The downside to her Quirk is that her enhanced hearing makes her vulnerable to sonic attacks. Her hearing is very sensitive and this is shown when they were in a fight to win their provisional license, and other students from other schools participate against them and connect a speaker that at maximum volume damaged and knocked Jirō unconscious. Her best friend is Momo.
17. Re-l Mayer
Franchise: Ergo Proxy
Re-l Mayer is the female protagonist of the anime Ergo Proxy. Nineteen-year-old inspector of the Intelligence Department of the dome city of Romdo and grandson of Regent Donov Mayer, Re-l runs into Ergo Proxy while carrying out her duties and is so upset that she begins to investigate in order to solve the many mysteries that surround the creature. Her identification number as a citizen is RE-L124C41+.
At first glance, Re-l appears as a detached, cold, insensitive, and almost unpleasant girl; like every citizen of Romdo, since childhood, she was taught a rigid emotional control system aimed at maintaining impassivity, but in reality, the meeting with the Proxy marked her more than she would like to show, so much so that the only occasions in which you see in tears are the memory of that event.
18. Nefertari Vivi
Franchise: One Piece
Nefertari Vivi is the daughter of Cobra and the princess of Alabasta. Even though she is a princess, she does not behave in an arrogant or self-centered way; she cares about the good of her subjects and her country and does not hesitate to put her life on the line.
In combat, she resorts to a dance called Mermaidance, which aims to hypnotize or charm the opponent: in the anime, this dance has been replaced by a perfume that has the same effect. Her weapons are two sharp jewels attached to a wire and to her little fingers with rings, which, when spun quickly, create a cutting weapon called the Peacock Slasher.
Franchise: Princess Mononoke (Studio Ghibli)
San is the protagonist in the Studio Ghibli film Princess Mononoke directed by Hayao Miyazaki. She belongs to the tribe of wolves. She hates people more than anything. In the film, her foster mother, the wolf goddess Moro, and her two brothers only report bad things about the people. Above all, San hates the mistress Eboshi.
20. Nana Osaki
Nana Ōsaki is the vocalist of the band Black Stones. She considers the Trapnest gang to be her rival, probably due to Ren deciding to leave Blast for Trapnest and her roommate eventually marrying Trapnest leader Takumi Ichinose. Although Nana looks like a tough punk rocker, she has a good heart and is a devoted friend. However, she can be possessive and manipulative. She is easily excited to the point of having trouble breathing.
She is particularly insecure and fearful of losing those close to her, readily admitting that she uses means such as bringing Nobuo Terashima and Nana Komatsu together in order to keep Hachi close to her. Abandoned by her mother and raised by her grandmother, Nana never knew the identity of her biological father. Nana was expelled from high school after being falsely accused of prostitution. In future scenes (chapter 58), Nana fled Japan and cut all ties with her friends. This may be triggered by Ren’s death.