Here’s the 1st definition Google shows me when searching for “introvert”.
a shy, reticent person.
Which of course is a little wrong.
An introvert is simply a person who enjoys their own space more than others. And tends to think more than they talk.
The extrovert is the complete opposite.
Anime has its fair share of introverted anime characters. Both of which are male and female characters.
And many which are main characters and protagonists in all types of anime series.
I’ll be sharing 15 anime’s with an introverted main character.
From shows that are both popular and unpopular.
1. It’s You Guys Fault I’m Not Popular!
Watashi as it’s called in Japanese is a slice of life/comedy series.
Focusing on main character: Tomoko Kuroki. Who couldn’t start a social conversation to save her life.
Anime fans will describe this show as “cringe-worthy” and I’d agree with that a little.
But that’s what makes this anime show such a classic slice of life series. As it shines among all the typical happy, cheerful slice of life shows we’re used to seeing.
Another is a mystery/horror anime series focused on main character: Mei Misaki.
She’s a silent, calm, sharp, logical and interesting character who has few friends in the anime series.
Watching Another wouldn’t be the same without Mei Misaki,s personality and perspective.
And out of all the anime’s with an introverted main character, Mei Misaki is one of the best examples.
3. My Hero Academia
Boku No Hero Academia (in Japanese) is similar to shows like DBZ and Soul Eater.
And is part of the superhero/action genre of anime’s.
The main character is Izuku Midoriya. A young school student who’s dream is to become a hero one day.
Izuku, even after some character development is anxious, nervous and awkward.
But one of his strongest introverted traits is his ability to think deep.
He’s not the most talented in the show, but because he tends to think deeper than everyone else, he’s able to overcome big hurdles.
Hurdles that look impossible from the outside in.
Izuku is one of the most intelligent introverted main characters on this list without a doubt.
4. Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends
Haganai is similar to Watashi because even though it’s a slice of life, it has deep elements to it.
One of the main characters is Kodaka Hasegawa. A student who along with Yozara forms a group: The Neighbors Club.
The clubs purpose is to help Kodaka and Yozara make new friends.
Kodaka Hasegawa is the awkward type who’s a little nervous sometimes. And is one of the most open minded characters you’ll ever come across.
5. Death Parade
Death Parade is an anime series in the game/psychological genre. Focused on the main character: Decim.
The story focuses on people who after they die, end up in a realm between heaven and hell. Where they’re put through tests and judged to see whether hell or heaven is best suited for them.
Decim is one of the most introverted main anime characters. Preferring not to speak or say too much unless necessary.
That being said, he’s knows how to communicate well and has a calm personality.
6. The World God Only Knows
The main character from The World God Only Knows is Katsuragi Keima. An overly obsessed Otaku who does nothing but play dating sim video games.
A type of popular game you’ll find in Japan.
Even though Katsuragi is a hardcore Otaku, he’s intelligent, clever and witty.
And doesn’t struggle too much when it comes to social conversations.
7. Gunslinger Girl
About 3 of the main characters in Gunslinger Girl are introverts. Including Henrietta, Angelica and Clyce.
Each of them loves to read and indulge in books. And aren’t the biggest conversationalists.
The anime series focuses on these 3 characters (and others) who work under the government, And are brainwashed into doing the governments dirty work.
The average anime doesn’t even come close to Gunslinger Girl as far as I see it.
Parasyte focuses on the main character: Shinichi Izumi. A college student who after being attacked by a parasite, is forced to live with it in his body.
The anime is in the horror/psychological genre, similar to Tokyo Ghoul.
Shinichi makes massive changes through the anime. But at the heart of his personality he’s an introvert who’s reserved most of the time.
And is as laid back as a Koala bear. Literally.
9. Future Diary
Better known in Japan by: Mirai Nikki.
Future Diary is a psychological anime series with violence, mystery and twisted games.
One of the main characters is Yuki Amano. A nervous high school student who’s being stalked by an obsessive girl called Yuno Gasai.
Yuki Amano is kind hearted, fearful, and terrified of others socially. But this part of him changes by the end of the series.
That being said he’s still one of the most introverted anime characters at heart.
10. Kokoro Connect
Like Future Diary, Kokoro Connect is a psychological anime series in the school genre with a twist.
3 of the main characters: Yui Kiriyama, Inaba Himeko and Taichi Yagashi are introverts.
With Yui Kiriyama and Inaba Himeko being the most introverted out of the 3.
You might not have heard of Kokoro Connect, but if you want something fresh in the school category its worth watching.
And is personally one of my favorite shows of all time.
Noir is least known anime series on this list. But don’t let that fool you – it’s one a kind
The anime focuses on two main characters: Mariel and Kirika. Who are both freelance assassins for hire.
Kirika is the introvert of the group, while Mariel is more of the “extrovert”.
Kirika only speaks when she feels it’s necessary.
Though when it comes to strategy and planning, she’s sharp, witty and has a scary level of intelligence for someone her age.
12. Sword Art Online
You knew it had to come along at some point in this post… SAO is one of the best examples of having an introverted main character.
Kazuto Kirigaya, better known as “Kirito” is the main protagonist of the show.
He’s a gamer at heart who’s passionate about virtual reality gaming.
Like many gamers from SAO and in real life, Kirito is introverted to the core. With a caring, reserved personality.
13. The One Being Sung
Hakuoro is the main character from anime: The One Being Sung. Which is an anime series in the historical/war genre.
With some light hearted romance and drama.
Hakaro is the type of guy who thinks a lot and does everything in his head.
Though hes skilled at communication and always puts others before himself. Never leaving anybody out of the picture, or being selfish with his decisions.
14. Rurouni Kenshin
Rurouni Kenshin, like The One Being sung, is an anime in the historical genre. Except Rurouni Kenshin focuses on samurai’s in the school era of Japan.
The main character: Kenshin Himura has introvert written all over him.
Though unlike “some” Introverts, he has a way with words and has no problem socializing.
Kenshin’s one of my favorite male samurai characters because of his interesting characteristics.
15. Madoka Magica
Puella Magi Madoka Magica (Japanese name) is a magical girl series with a twist.
There’s no doubt you’ve heard of this popular show, and i’d be surprised if you hadn’t.
At least 3 of the main characters: Sayaka Miki, Madoka Kaname and Homura Akemi are introverts.
And each of their personalities is wildly different despite their introverted similarities.
Do you have anymore anime’s to add with introverted protagonists?
Share them in the comments!
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