Wearing glasses is nothing unusual but if you’re a fan of anime, then glasses can be a very important aspect of a character. Namely, the Japanese term meganekko refers to a “female fictional character whose charm or attractiveness derives largely from wearing glasses.” So, as you can see, a girl with glasses is a major anime trope and it is actually a big part of the anime culture.
Here is a list of the 40 best anime girls with glasses. We’ll be using different sources and ranking 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.
Best Anime Girls with Glasses (Meganekko)
Anime girls with glasses are going to be ranked from 40th to 1st place, based on their popularity, influence, and importance.
40. Tamae Honami
Franchise: Chibi Maruko-chan
Best friend of Momoko. She’s wearing glasses. She is feminine and gentle. She loves to play the piano.
Franchise: Hidamari Sketch
Sae is a girl from a higher grade and good friends with Hiro. Her artistic specialties are photography and fiction writing; she writes the latter under her pseudonym Aya Tachibana and she enrolled in school precisely to learn how to illustrate her works.
Sae is tall, athletic, and generally mature, although she has a playful side that can be both enigmatic and intelligent; she has a habit of warning Yuno about any potential problems before she gets into them.
38. Shibata Mizuki
Franchise: The Irregular at Magic High School
Mizuki is an available girl called “crystal eyes” who allows her to see components of magic invisible to most people. His ability mentally strains him, forcing him to wear glasses to control his vision. She has a shy, calm, and feminine personality.
37. Koharu Nanakura
Franchise: Aikatsu Stars!
She is Yume’s best friend and her roommate. Koharu is a calm, kind and modest girl, but always willing to lend a hand to those who need it most. She is a huge fan of Yozora Kasumi.
She loves her candies, she always carries them with her and always gives them to those around her. In episode 30 she moves with her family to Italy for work reasons, but she returns in episode 51 as a student of Venus Ark.
Koharu is appreciated by Elza for her fashion sense, a passion she has had for a long time. In episode 71 she goes back to being a student of the Yotsuboshi Academy and, with Yume, she creates the brand “Rainbow Barry Parfait” in episode 73. She is a Sexy type idol, her color is purple and she is part of the Moon Beauty Class.
36. 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.
35. Kiyoko Shimizu
Shimizu is a third-year student and the manager of the Karasuno volleyball club. She is a former member of the athletics club and is recruited by Daichi in their first year to become the team manager.
She rarely speaks and has a distinct and simple personality, but she cares deeply about the team and its success. She is surprisingly shy, as she is seen when she attempts to provide words of encouragement to the team.
Since she is in her senior year of high school, she recruits Yachi and prepares her to take on the role of manager, allowing her to open up and share her passion for her role. Thanks to her beauty, Karasuno is known as the team with “the cute manager”.
She is often watched by adversaries and onlookers, as well as by Nishinoya and Tanaka, who jealously protect her and offer to help her carry things.
Franchise: Hunter × Hunter
Shizuku Murasaki is the eighth member of the Brigade. She is very forgetful and once she forgets something she doesn’t remember it anymore. Her opponents are often misled by her vague and inconspicuous appearance of her, yet beneath her quiet aspect of her actually lurks an extraordinary fighter.
She is left-handed. She is first seen in action with her vacuum cleaner to vacuum the bodies of all auction participants when, in York Shin City, Brigade members go to auction to steal the priceless items for sale.
Since she became part of the spider after the death of member number eight, killed by Silva Zoldyck, she is the only one of the spiders not to have participated in the extermination of the Kurapika clan, having joined the brigade three years after the massacre.
33. Asuka Tanaka
Franchise: Sound! Euphonium
Asuka is a girl in her final year. She is the vice-president of the orchestra. She plays the euphonium and is the leader of the brass section. She wears red glasses, and she is a bit mischievous. She is able to lead well, but still sometimes has conflicts with other members.
32. Mari Ayuki
Franchise: Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl
A taciturn friend of Tomari, she tends to passively observe the most extraordinary events, such as the troubles of her friends.
31. Sakuragi Matsuri
Franchise: Strawberry Marshmallow
She is 11 and is also a neighbor of Chika but doesn’t get along very well with Miu, who doesn’t hesitate to tease her or even hit her. She is naive, shy, whiny, distracted, but remains an endearing character. She owns a ferret as a pet, John, and will become very good friends with Ana.
Sara is the scientist of the group. Of half-Japanese, half-Taiwanese origin, she is Sapphie’s partner. She was born on September 9, she is 13 years old.
29. Cow Lady
Franchise: My Hero Academia
Cow Lady is a tall woman with shoulder-length, wavy blonde hair, two thick, curly horns sticking out of the side of her head, and the long, pointed ears of a cow. For her hero costume, she wears a cowgirl outfit with a dark orange crop top laced and tied at the bottom, over which she wears a sleeveless denim jacket with a short rope at the neck.
To match her torso, Cow Lady wears denim shorts that are ripped at the hem and a Western-style belt with a large buckle in the middle in the shape of a cow’s head. She wears leather gloves and knee-high boots, a cowboy hat tied around her neck and two tassel rings around her upper arms, and she wears orange sunglasses to complete the look.
28. Nori Sakurada
Franchise: Rozen Maiden
Jun’s older sister. She fulfills her role as her guardian, as their parents are on a business trip abroad and seemingly unaware of Jun’s condition. Kind and caring, she sometimes has strange fantasies about her brother. Unfortunately, many times she is the one who suffers her temper tantrums.
Shinku constantly gives her advice on everything from how to make tea to how to better take care of Jun. She loves dolls very much.
27. Taeko Minazuki
Franchise: Ai Yori Aoshi
A young girl with glasses, a little odd, of a serious nature but with little assurance, extremely clumsy and slightly naive to the point of being easily influenced, she is also not gifted in anything but remains all the same willful and persevering, and enjoys helping others.
She is entering her first year of studies at the same university as Kaoru and Tina, whom she meets at the photography club as a new member, and also gets employed as a servant in Aoi’s house, where she will reside after being fired from her previous job.
Franchise: Made in Abyss
Rico is an energetic 12-year-old who wants to emulate her mother, a legendary cavewoman named Lisa, who disappeared in the Abyss ten years ago. Rico is early in history a novice in training at the Bercello orphanage. As an apprentice, she has a red whistle.
Her eyes were damaged when her mother lifted her up from the Abyss when she was born. Thus, despite normal vision, she can only look at the surrounding world through special glasses, otherwise, she suffers from headaches.
25. Maiko Ōgure
Franchise: Kill la Kill
The head of development traps for the disciplinary committee, ie the creator of the pitfalls that hinder students without ultra uniform during the “day of forbidden delay”. She is a devious, prideless girl who deceives Ryūko, posing as an injured student, in an attempt to make her let her guard down and get hold of Senketsu.
Her goal is to dethrone Satsuki by climbing the social hierarchy of the Honnōji Institute, but she is eventually discovered by Ira and expelled from the school for treason.
24. Tokiwa Kyoko
Franchise: Full Metal Panic!
Chidori’s best friend, she’s a bit weird because of her obsession with always photographing what she finds interesting. His role is essential especially from season 3 onwards (especially during the episode with the pervert in the horse mask, called “Pony”).
23. Clair Voyance
Franchise: My Hero Academia
Clair Voyance is a curvaceous woman with bright blue eyes, a visor with two large blue tinted lenses, and straight blonde hair with a brown patch at the base. She wears a figure-hugging royal blue suit with a large opening in the chest area occupied by a high-necked white shirt.
The suit has a dark magenta zipper down the middle and both short sleeves have the WHA logo on them. She also wears thigh-high black boots with the same dark magenta line snaking down the legs, and a brown holster with her pulse weapon is attached to her right thigh.
22. Tsubasa Hanekawa
Tsubasa, the main character of Tsubasa Cat, is in the same class as Koyomi, of which she is the president. Before the novel began, she was possessed by a bakeneko during Golden Week, due to her stressful family situation. Even though the problem has since been resolved with Shinobu’s help, he again emerged just before the school festival, due to other stress.
21. Homura Akemi
Franchise: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Homura is a Puella Magi who appears in Madoka’s dream and is subsequently transferred to her college. She is a very beautiful and reserved girl, who has extraordinary intellectual and physical capacities, which makes her popular despite her strange and distant personality.
Having seen many Puella Magi die in battle, she tries to protect the other girls from these contracts, especially Madoka.
Because of this, she is Mami’s rival, who on the contrary wants Madoka to become a Puella Magi in her turn. She has the ability to control time during a fight and uses many weapons but mainly grenades. Its color is purple.
Franchise: Black Butler
Mey-Rin is the maid and housekeeper of the Phantomhives. She is very absent-minded and awkward. She seems to be in love with Sebastian and often blushes when he looks at her, losing her temper even more. She seems to be quite superstitious but, strangely, enjoys ghost stories.
Formerly, she worked as a contract killer, then was recruited by Sebastian to protect Ciel during a mission, where she was to kill a father.
Her eyes are incredibly precise and allow her to use a scopeless sniper rifle. To hide her sharp eyes, Ciel gave her glasses afterward. She loves her glasses very much and can’t stand the idea of having them taken off, but she can’t see much in them because she is hyperopic and they are unsuitable for her eyesight.
19. Miyuki Takara
Miyuki, nicknamed Yuki-chan by Tsukasa, is a young girl from a wealthy family with pink hair and purple eyes. She is beautiful, intelligent, and polite. A class representative during her first year in high school, she soon became friends with Kagami.
Today in the same class as Konata and Tsukasa. Students go to Miyuki more often than to Nanako when they need help. She is described as a stereotype of a meganekko character.
18. Chizuru Honshō
Chizuru Honshō is a student at Karakura High School and she is in the same class as Ichigo Kurosaki. She is a proud lesbian who seems happy almost all the time. Her name is listed as the 31st Student in Academic Achievement.
Chizuru is a lesbian who does not hide her sexual orientation and, on every minimal occasion, she takes the opportunity to kiss Orihime Inoue, compliment her, and stroke her breasts.
17. Arale Norimaki
Franchise: Dragon Ball
Arale is a child-like robot created by Senbee Norimaki, a bachelor inventor who lives in the Penguin Village. Arale is indistinguishable from a real person, to the point of even suffering from myopia, and for this reason, Senbee manages to pass her off as her little sister and enroll her in the class of Miss Midori Yamabuki (of which the scientist is clearly in love with her).
Despite the appearance of her is that of a girl of about 6-7 years, Senbee, who had not asked himself how old her child might be, attributes her to 13 years at the time of enrolling her in school.
As the principal of the school notes, Senbee could not have a sister of that age, as her parents died when she was just a boy, for this reason he is about to declare her as his illegitimate daughter, but he immediately takes back everything to be able to present himself to Midori as an older brother.
Later in time, as the lie becomes less and less credible, the story is invented (supported by a liar flashback) of having found it on the street.
16. Mari Illustrious Makinami
Franchise: Neon Genesis Evangelion
Mari Illustrious Makinami is a cheerful, carefree, and outgoing girl of English descent, introduced in the film Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance; nothing is officially revealed about her biography or her origins, other than that she has a mysterious relationship with a man named Ryōji Kaji, who appears to be her superior.
On an unspecified date, she first boarded a mecha called Provisional Unit Evangelion 05, or Eva-05, with the permission of Kaji himself.
15. Saya Kisaragi
The protagonist of the series. Saya is an optimistic girl, and she is often overly polite. Despite being very athletic, she is very clumsy, is always in trouble, and tends to be late for school.
Saya tries to protect everyone from what she calls “furikimono” that she exterminates and then unconsciously feeds on them, but she almost never manages to rescue them, thus seeing the death of many people including her friends. For this reason, she feels strong headaches when she tries to remember her past.
14. Koyomi Mizuhara
Franchise: Azumaga Daioh
Childhood friend in spite of herself of Tomo, of whom everything in her is the opposite, she illustrates herself in the manga mainly as her shortcomer, which is not without creating comical situations – if she usually only gets angry, she also sometimes uses violence against it.
She gives the impression of being the “voice of reason” of the group, mature and serious, but sometimes likes to show a rather dark sense of humor.
Studious, she is one of the good students of the group, although she does not match Chiyo in results and her final exams are not very encouraging. She is also shown to be quite athletic, perhaps because she feels overweight – she also piles up diets in vain, although she actually appears to be quite slim, but finds it very difficult to resist the temptation.
13. Moeka Kiryū
A mysterious and lonely young woman, she must find the IBM 5100, an old model of computer, which turns out to be a key part of the anime, in order to be able to travel through time. She is not very talkative and communicates almost exclusively with the help of a laptop.
She is very interested in the time machine, being a secret agent of the SERN tasked with eliminating the members of the group. She’s obsessed with someone nicknamed FB, which has made her demented.
12. Ichika Takatsuki
Franchise: Waiting in the Summer
The female protagonist is an alien whose spaceship crashed to Earth, causing fatal injuries to Kaito. Since her cells are nanomachines that have the ability to heal, Ichika heals the boy by kissing him and stays with him at first to make sure she is okay.
Not being used to life on Earth, her behavior is very strange, but she manages to quickly correct herself to at least hide her alien nature.
Kind and friendly, she is in her third year at the same high school as Kaito. When she confesses her true identity to her friends, no one seems particularly concerned; with Kanna’s help, Ichika declares herself to Kaito and they start dating. At the end of the series she leaves for her planet, but later manages to return to Earth.
11. Nina Einstein
Franchise: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Nina Einstein is commonly seen using computers or reading books. Nina has a fear of Elevens (a kind of Xenophobia) and she was initially intimidated by Suzaku when she joined the Student Council, but she seems to have already accepted it.
She develops intense pseudo-lesbian affection for Princess Euphemia after she saved him during the capture of the Lake Kawaguchi Hotel.
She is an extremely intelligent girl. Nina completely loses her temper and reason when she finds out about the death of Euphemia (for whom he felt a kind of obsession) at the hands of Zero which manifests itself in the completion of the construction of the FLEIA and goes to the battlefield to personally kill Zero.
10. Yomiko Readman
Franchise: Read or Die
Yomiko is officially an alternate school teacher, although her real business is that of a secret agent for the British Library’s Special Operations Division. Her father was of British descent, but she was born and has always lived in Japan. She lives in an entire building (which she owns) totally invaded by books of all kinds.
It is one of the most powerful Paper Masters (Kamitsukai) known: among its best-known skills (in addition to the basic use of paper as a blade or throwing weapon) there is the ability to create huge “paper airplanes” that can fly entire buildings of paper.
She always carries with her a trolley full of sheets of paper to use on a mission. Her temperamentally she is dizzy and apparently behaves like a child, but in reality, she has a complex and articulated personality and past.
She is also a “bibliomaniac”, as one can infer from her apartment, and her favorite occupation (when she is not on a mission) is reading thousands of books.
9. Yolei Inoue
Yolei Inoue is a new member of the new generation. She is the oldest and by far the most energetic. She makes her first entry into the digital world with Cody, with whom she awakens their respective partners, hers being Hawkmon, to whom she is extremely attached.
Her parents being grocers, Yolei often brings food to the Digimon when they are present in the real world.
Very direct, she always says what she thinks (Kari envies her a lot for this quality) and easily falls in love (Ken, Michael, Willis). Yolei develops, throughout the series, a great friendship for Sora and especially Mimi (whom she admires a lot).
She has the symbols of Love-Sincerity. Twenty-five years later, she and Ken get married and have three children. Yolei panics easily as always and is a housewife. Ken is a detective.
8. Lisa Yadōmaru
Always provided with an adult book, this girl does not lack resources and will manage to hold out for a few minutes against Ichigo in Hollow mode. Dressed like a schoolgirl, she is an impulsive young girl. She was the vice-captain of the 8th Division, under the command of Kyōraku Shunsui.
We notice her striking resemblance to Nanao, whom she knew to read to him. His shikai zanpakutō looks like a giant spear. Defeated by Aizen in the Battle of Karakura. Ten years later, after the conflicts with the Quincys, she became captain of the 8th division.
7. Yuki Nagato
Franchise: The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan
Yuki Nagato was originally the only remaining member with purple hair and brown eyes of the Literature Club, but later became a member of the SOS Brigade when Haruhi forcibly took the room used by the club. She is seen reading The Fall of Hyperion, the second book in the sci-fi tetralogy The Cantos of Hyperion by Dan Simmons.
Yuki is actually not human, but is a “humanoid interface” sent by a group of psychic data entities to investigate the cause of the “information explosion” of three years ago which has far surpassed anything they have seen so far.
She wore glasses but forgot to rematerialize them following the fight with Ryōko Asakura in a kind of parallel dimension, to Kyon’s pleasure who prefers her without.
6. Anri Sonohara
Mikado’s classmate. Anri is 15 years old and appears to be a shy and quite quiet young girl but she spends a lot of time with Mikado and Kida. She is really cute and does not leave the boys indifferent. She gives the impression of being quite out of touch with reality, and is looking for a former missing college friend, Mika Harima.
She also knows Seiji Yagiri. We learn that she is the real Ripper, the owner of the Cursed Sword Saika and after defeating the False Ripper, she takes control of the latter’s “Cursed Sword Army”.
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.
4. Rize Kamishiro
Franchise: Tokyo Ghoul
Rize Kamishiro is a scaly type ghoul, also called “The Glutton” for her appetite. She is from the 11th but moved to the 20th six months before her death. At the start of the series, she attacks Ken Kaneki, a student in love with her whom she manipulates to be able to devour him. During the attack, beams fall on her and kill her.
Her organs are transplanted onto Ken Kaneki, which transforms him into a half-man, half-ghoul. Lize Kamishiro is a powerful, formidable, and particularly sadistic ghoul, who takes pleasure in using her charms to trap prey and look down on others. She easily beat and killed the leaders of the 11th before moving to live in the 20th.
3. Nanao Ise
Nanao Ise is the 8th division vice-captain who has to do all the work most of the time because of her captain’s laziness. She tries to be patient despite all the eccentricities of the latter, like flirting with her or asking her to water her path with rose petals to show off in front of her opponents.
Nanao wears small glasses and it looks like she looks terrifying when she takes them off.
We will also notice his resemblance, both physically and in his general attitude, with Yadomaru Lisa when she was the vice-captain. She is vice-president of the shinigami women’s club. During the previous specials, we learn that she is quite gifted at kido and according to some rumors her book contains incantations of kido.
2. Mirai Kuriyama
Franchise: Beyond the Boundary
She is a very shy girl who is educated in the same establishment as Akihito, she wants to end her life for some obscure reason. It turns out that, like Akihito, she also possesses a strange spiritual power.
Indeed, Mirai has the surprising ability to manipulate blood as he pleases, such as creating a blood sword, for example, a power that has been deemed particularly dangerous and harmful by the high authorities of the spirit world. Despite her ill will, she will gradually reject her decision for her feelings towards her friends and mainly Akihito.
1. 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.