Glasses are for eyecare. No doubts about that, but it also makes a person look smarter, elegant and more beautiful. As a person who wears them myself, I believe that they augment ones appearance.
However, anime girls wearing glasses are quite rare to find. Yes, you can compile a big list if you combine all the anime together but in a single anime, you will rarely see one or two characters wearing them.
These anime girls with glasses are called ‘Meganekko’ (megane = glasses, ko = girl) in Japanese, and there is a sub fandom that has fetish for these girls.
And let’s be real they do look very cute with their eye glasses on. We all remember Velma from Scooby-Doo and how she was portrayed in the series. She’d be super cute, but yes, also helpless without her glasses, not being able to see anything. (If you’ve ever experience the blurry nightmare before you’ll feel sympathetic for her.)
So without any further ado, let us take a look at the top 10 glassed anime beauties in anime!
10. Nina Einstein (Code Geass)
It is only natural that a girl with Einstein in her name is a scientist and wears glasses. There are two words that can sum up Nina’s entire role in the anime – genius and sinister. It is quite unimaginable that a shy and quiet girl like her was involved in making weapons for the government.
As a student, she used to study at Ashford Academy and was brilliant in her work. She also served in the Student Council there which just solidifies the case we are trying to make here.
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9. Sheele (Akame ga Kill)
Assassins and glasses don’t quite often mix together. This is why perhaps it suited the appearance of an assassin like Sheele. If you saw her for the first time you would probably think she was a religious person who went to church every weekend.
She also had a meek and polite personality which would make you convinced that in no way she could be a member of the Band of Assassins named Night Raid. On the contrary she was deadly with her big pair of scissors and instead of paper, she loved cutting people with her weapon.
8. Kobayashi (Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid )
Kobayashi is a single, middle aged women who wears glasses. She is ordinary in all respect. She goes to a day job like every other folk and has no special power whatsoever. However, she does have a dragon maid.
One day, after getting drunk, Kobayashi helps out a dragon and ever since that dragon has been sticking with her as her maid.
7. Ursula Callistis (Little Witch Academia)
Urslua is one of the teachers in Little Witch Academia. To provide more context, she is like the All Might of this series. Ursula was once a legendary witch called “Shiny Chariot”, that inspired many with her magic. Now, she leads a humble life as a teacher, helping her students to learn magic.
She is another middle aged anime character that wears glasses, but let’s be honest. She’s still hella cute.
6. Nemuri Kayama (My Hero Academia)
My Hero Academia has many fantastic female heroes but Nemuri Kayama (popularly known as Midnight) was probably the best of them. There is no doubt that My Hero Academia fans fantasize about her and considering her power worked better on men compared to women, it comes off as no surprise.
Using her Quirk she could make anyone fall asleep and she also dressed the part for that with her dominatrix costume. We can also say that that seduction was her secondary power with which she could draw her prey closer.
5. Sheska (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is one of the most popular and highest-rated anime ever. The series has a lot of outstanding characters and this is why many people may not remember Sheska.
After all, in the anime, she was shown as a typical girl with glasses who loved to spend her time around books and had a shy nature. But she also played a huge role in the anime due to her photogenic memory. The protagonist had to depend on her for a vital piece of information that had been burned down.
4. Mirai Kuriyama (Beyond The Boundary)
Mirai is one of best the spectacled beauties you could ever find in the anime universe. She is small, cute and shy. However, she is also a deadly warrior who has the ability to manipulate her own blood. She is one of the last survivors of her clan, and has the responsibility to fight evil spirits.
Fun Fact: The main male protagonist of this anime is also a person who loves girls wearing glasses.
3. Shino Asada (Sword Art Online)
The case of Shino Asada as a meganekko character is an interesting one since her in-game form that we are more familiar with, does not have glasses. In fact, she had always been too self-conscious with her looks and wanted a different appearance altogether in the virtual reality game of Gun Gale Online.
She played as a sniper in the game and she had ice in her veins. This allowed her to play the role of a sniper perfectly as she used to KO her opponents with one shot. We have rarely seen her getting flustered in the series which is crucial to her character.
2. Hange Zoe (Attack on Titan)
Levi and Hange stans will be extremely pleased to see her on this list. Attack on Titan has always been about raw power and sharp skills. If people did not have those, they usually ended up dying in Attack on Titan.
But this is where Hange Zoe stands out since she was the brain of the series. She was involved in all sorts of technical stuff ranging from studying titans to figuring out new ways of defeating them. Moreover, she wasn’t only limited to that and could even go all-out when it came to fighting.
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1. Tashigi (One Piece)
In the diverse world of One Piece, it is very easy to overlook a character like Tashigi. She is an extremely beautiful lady who is without a doubt the crush of many marine officials.
She underwent a huge transformation in her appearance over the course of the series and as many people know she looks a lot like Zoro’s childhood friend. Overall she is a dedicated Marine Officer who serves under Smoker and unlike her superior, she has a pleasing personality.
1. Yuki Nagato (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
Yuki Nagato is perhaps the perfect personification of what we expect girls with glasses to be. She is an extremely shy and introverted girl who likes to be buried in books. Her introverted nature can be borderline crazy sometimes since she will respond to people using only a word or a simple nod.
This nature of her was explained later as we came to know that she was an alien. Data Overmind was behind her creation and she came to North High to keep an eye out on Haruhi Suzumiya.
2. Yomiko Readman (Read or Die)
It wouldn’t have been right if a girl whose surname is Readman did not wear glasses. Just like Yuki Nagato, she is also a person who likes to keep herself immersed in books. Except in her case, it was an original trait. She is a cute women but doesn’t go about thinking that she can’t give you a hard time.
In fact, she works for the Special Operations Division as a Papermaster. Her special power is that she can manipulate paper and use it in any way she wishes. This is quite a unique ability that she possesses. Just imagine a criminal getting attacked with a shower of paper!
3. Maiko Ogure (Kill la Kill)
Anyone who has seen Kill la Kill knows about Maiko’s antiques. She is also the first villainous character we are encountering on this list. She breaks all the stereotypes of a meganekko character and will do anything that benefits her. Even if that means trampling over other people.
She is like a master of dark arts and treachery just runs in her veins. Despite being part of the Disciplinary Committee, she planned to overthrow Satsuki which unfortunately for her was discovered later.
Well, that concludes our list of the top 10 anime girls with glasses. You can rarely find more than one meganekko girl in popular anime series, but there are a lot of hidden gems out there in titles no one has heard before. Although you may find that most of them share the same qualities of being a bibliophile and shy girl, they are all unique in their own way. They hold major importance to the story even if they are not the main characters.