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Perhaps they walked among us ages before we declared sharp sticks to be the height of technological innovation. Perhaps they’re lonely souls with burdens much heavier than humankind could hope to imagine. Perhaps they just crave for some deep-fried homo sapiens. In the realm of anime, alien characters are as much of a constant as the air we breathe. Considering popular culture and the success of sci-fi as a genre, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Aliens present a diverse host of archetypes that can evoke as much of a sense of wonder as terror. We at Honey’s Anime have braved the rigors of first contact to deliver you a briefing on some of the most notable visitors from across the stars. Take good notes, and you’ll be able to tell who you should be running to, and who you should be running from.
Note that we’re only showcasing one character per anime here, as well as barring those that conquered our previous list. Sorry, Frieza.
10. Takao from Aoki no Arpeggio: Ars Nova (Arpeggio of Blue Steel: Ars Nova)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2013 – December 2013
The Fleet of Fog, an alien flotilla that takes the namesake of old naval vessels, all but interns the countries of humanity within their native landmasses. Takao is, or rather, was one of the jailers. She’s boisterous, headstrong, and after her defeat at the hands of Gunzo, rather sensitive. Getting thoroughly trounced only to be spared without so much as a slap on the wrist sparks off a near stalker level of infatuation with the young captain. For a military AI to go turncoat in pursuit of a girlish crush is beyond heartwarming.
Takao comes to care deeply for a species that she wouldn’t have fretted over culling with a barrage of missiles months ago. All because of some non-violent interaction and a kind gesture. Her scenes work to prove that while the Fleet of Fog isn’t human, its members do have the capacity for humanity.
9. Tsumugi Shiraui from Sidonia no Kishi (Knights of Sidonia)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2014 – June 2014
A biological weapon derived from the murderous Gauna, Tsumugi rends through her own kind with the skill of an ace pilot without being as much as a year old. She’s a venerable terror on the battlefield, but at home, she’s a total ball of mush prone to ditzy behavior. Of course, when a part of your body is also a multi-ton mecha made of flesh, stints of excitement can cause minor earthquakes! Unintended safety concerns aside, she treats her human creators and comrades with sisterly affection, working hard to be seen as something greater than a tool.
The thought of pieces of her slithering through the Sidonia’s ventilation system to check up on her friends may have been horrifying if the form she adapted for interaction wasn’t a cute pink blob that makes squeaking noises whenever she moves. Who said that the terms “adorable” and “monstrosity” couldn’t be used to describe the same creature?
8. Papa from Darling in the FranXX
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2018 – July 2018
The strict and utilitarian chairman of APE. What little of his true nature we glean early on seeps through with his disregard for collateral damage and less than savory approach to fighting the Klaxosaurs. Papa bears some loathsome traits, but his actions could easily be mistaken for misguided fatalism. For all we know, the massive human cost of standing against assault after assault could have eroded his sense of value for individual lives. Or, he may have put on a brave face while secretly cursing himself behind closed doors. His real problem turns out to be much less complicated once he tears off his metaphorical mask. You see, Papa is as human as the thumbtack you sat on in elementary school, and almost as evil.
As leader of the soul-consuming VIRM, Papa regards us much like beasts of burden. We’re inferior, but useful with a bit of tweaking. He represents some of the decade’s better villains and serves as a strong endorsement for tinfoil hats.
7. Senketsu from Kill la Kill
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2013 – March 2014
We know, a sapient, blood-guzzling sailor uniform that morphs into a skimpy power suit sounds ridiculous in concept. Studio Trigger would have us embrace Senketsu’s absurdity as another aspect of a great character. He could have easily existed in one dimension, but he’s given more flesh than Kill la Kill’s fanservice. Our bundle of parasitic strings enjoys being ironed, has sappy moments, and is quick to get lonely.
More than just a quirky personality and gateway to a parental advisory warning, Senketsu props up Kill la Kill’s themes of growth and acceptance through his relationship with Ryuko. As the pair struggle and strive together, he develops from an article of revenge to a beloved member of a close-knit family.
6. Boros from One Punch Man
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2015 – December 2015
This lord of intergalactic warriors hails from a world subjected to a brutal climate. For his species, survival necessitated rapid adaptation and a lifestyle to match the tumultuous conditions of home. Boros weathered every challenge thrown his way, only to discover the same pain suffered by Saitama. He’s simply too powerful to find an opponent worthy of his full strength. He’s a straightforward antagonistic foil, a representation of what Saitama could be reduced to if his need for satisfaction ever eclipses his morals. While Saitama attempts to mitigate the soul-crushing boredom that comes with such a state through heroism, Boros sets out on an eternal crusade, laying civilizations to waste in search of someone to cross fists with.
Boros presents Saitama’s greatest challenge at the time. He’s capable of rapid regeneration, multistage transformations, and even possess enough raw power to obliterate a planet. With his flashy combat style and hammy attitude, episode twelve’s showdown above Earth makes for one of the greatest battles in anime history and, strangely enough, one of the most bitter. Even a being like Boros amounts to nothing more than light workout for Saitama. Neither truly gets the battle they so desperately yearned for, but they do gain a small moment of mutual understanding, a spot of sympathy between two prodigies stricken by ennui. Having nothing to challenge you leads to a miserable existence.
5. Kyuubey from Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2011 – April 2011
Cute, fluffy, and known in some corners of the fandom as “Bunny-cat”, Kyuubey isn’t at all the benevolent fairy he appears to be. You see, he’s a member of a hyper-advanced alien civilization that’s been around long enough to be concerned about the heat death of the universe. With all their technology, they can’t effectively stall the march of entropy via normal means. Magic, however, may just be able to keep the light burning. It’s too bad that the most efficient means of harvesting it involves ripping children’s souls from their body and twisting them into a wretched manifestation of their inner turmoil.
Worst of all, Kyuubey can’t understand the moral implications of his job. Emotion is a mental disorder to his kind. He doesn’t act out of malice or take joy in the damage he causes those he makes a contract with. Kyuubey lacks the capacity for evil and, in the long run, he's securing the future of intelligent life. The pile of broken hearts and bodies he sits on is just the cost of business.
4. Meow from Space Dandy
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: January 2014 – March 2014
Meow is one of us. His idea of a good night is an eight-hour gaming session powered by half his weight in junk food. On a surface level, his mere existence feels like an exaggeration of nerd culture’s least desirable stereotypes. Prickly, self-important, and apathetic, he makes an easily acceptable target for Space Dandy’s jaunts into slapstick humor.
Despite how we might chuckle at Meow’s expense, his personal problems can strike a chord within the best of us. His school crush is batting for the other team, he has no talent for the family business, and he’s gained little to no practical expertise in his life away from home. At the very least, he still has parents and siblings that love him dearly. After uncovering Meow’s plight, you may feel just a bit bad for enjoying the sight of him getting thrown out of an airlock.
3. Yuki Nagato from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
- Episodes: 14
- Aired: April 2006 – July 2006
A Humanoid Interface tasked with observing Haruhi by the Data Overmind, a group whose complexity and background would take several articles to explain. For the sake of understanding Yuki alone, knowing that she’s a human-like being that feels emotions but has trouble expressing them is enough.
Due to her appearance, her nonexistent social skills make her look more like a genius wallflower than an alien. Just when you’re about to forget, you’re reminded of what she is when she displays keyboard skills that would snap the greatest StarCraft player’s fingers or shreds a guitar solo with mechanical perfection. Her feats are entertaining to behold, but Yuki is at her best when the SOS Brigade tweezes subtle bits of warmth out of her.
2. Beerus from Dragon Ball Super
- Episodes: 131
- Aired: July 2015 – March 2018
Upon introduction, the God of Destruction punctuates his title by blasting apart a planet on a whim with little effort. It’s said that Beerus’ duty is to clear out the chaff among living things so that the rest can progress at a natural rate. That being said, we see much of his great power exercised to indulge in his craving for rare and delicious food, reserving the whole planet-busting schtick for anyone foolish enough to anger him.
Beerus is egotistical and lazy but happens to be polite for a god when caught in a good mood. After the conflict wrought by his initial showing, he reaches friendly terms with the Z Fighters, and even sprinkles legitimate praise on characters like Master Roshi for their prowess and wisdom.
1. Migi from Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu (Parasyte: the Maxim)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2014 – March 2015
One of the titular aliens, Shinichi prevents Migi from munching on his brain with some quick thinking and an oddly durable earbud cord, turning a hostile takeover into a symbiotic relationship. Migi is half of one of the most memorable duos produced by recent anime.
He’s a rational thinker with a deeply inquisitive approach to life. At first, he holds Shinichi hostage in his own body, making it perfectly clear that his protection merely comes from self-interest. Near the halfway mark, something changes about their partnership, Migi takes uncharacteristic risks to preserve the lives and happiness of those Shinichi cares for, eventually worming his way into becoming a friend.
Seeing his exploration into the nature of humanity doesn’t feel cliché, and as Migi learns more about the species most of his kind sees as food, Shinichi gains insight into his own place in the world. By the time Migi says goodbye, he’s grown on us enough to leave a wistful sensation that can last for a long time.
There you have it, a taste of the best extraterrestrials to grace us with their presence. Don’t let this datapoint stand alone, though! If you’ve been accosted by a visitor from beyond the sky, fair or foul, shoot us a comment or three!
On this occasion we have a special treat for all those lovers of sci-fi. Anime are often filled with stories involving other worlds, planets and a wide range of extraterrestrial beings. The next selection includes some of the most popular, beloved, memorable or infamous of aliens in Anime.
Many times, aliens in Anime are portrayed as hot women with almost no alien feature at sight instead of the more traditional, old-fashioned idea of skinny green people with big heads and no noses. On this segment we do not discriminate between races. We have place for both the good-looking and the creepy ones alike. Hey, there are even some that are simply adorable.
A little heads up before we get started; we included only one character per show, otherwise this list would be filled with Saiyans and Nameks, which would take some of the fun out of it. Now, if you are ready for takeoff, join in me on this space adventure to meet the top 10 alien characters in Anime!
10. Stitch from Stitch!
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Oct 2008 – Mar 2009
Out of the big screen and into the world of Anime, we begin our list with a most likeable creature from across the galaxy. On the Anime version, our alien lead character, experiment #626, lands on Earth once again where he becomes friends with 10-year old Yuna Kamihara and together they discover the “Spiritual Stone”, that will grant his wish of becoming the strongest being in the universe.
Of course, there is a catch; he has to perform 43 good deeds. This little rascal has a most difficult time and some exciting adventures as he tries to overcome his troublemaking nature in order to be good enough to accomplish the task.
9. Valkyrie from UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 2002 – Sep 2002
Princess Valkyrie from Planet Valhalla crushed her spaceship on Earth and landed on our list. On her arrival, she destroyed Kazuto Tokino’s bathhouse and nearly killed him, so she gave him half of her soul in order to save him. As a result, princess Valkyrie turned into a child (both physically and mentally) and can only come back to her original form when she kisses him.
As a grown up woman she is quite powerful and astonishingly beautiful, although after a couple of minutes she turns into the cutest 8-year old ever. Considering she came from a planet based on the mighty and frightening Viking Gods, this playful and mischievous little princess is absolutely adorable.
8. Sergeant Keroro from Keroro Gunso
- Episodes: 358
- Aired: Apr 2004 – Apr 2011
This little frog from outer space came to invade Earth, but all he could invade was our hearts. Seriously, no other space invader ever performed such miserable attempts at conquering our world as sergeant Keroro did. As miserable or as funny either. This alien villain is as incompetent as he is adorable.
After he is left behind by his people during the invasion, he is captured/adopted by the Hinata family and forced to do house chores. There he befriends Fuyuki, an innocent young boy with a golden heart, and together they go through the funniest adventures.
7. Green Onion Alien Child from Gantz
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Apr 2004 – Jun 2004
When you are watching the first chapters of Gantz you just have to feel sorry for that poor ugly Green Onion Alien Child. The little thing just came into scene and he was immediately attacked by a gang of bullies. Luckily, his monstrously large and terrifying father was able to avenge him by chopping off some limbs and splitting the poor child’s killers in halves.
He just did not arrive on time though. Still, however sad it might have been, it was fun to see that ugly green boy explode in pieces. We honor his memory and include him on our list of top aliens for giving us such a good time at the cost of his short life.
6. Mizuho Kazami from Onegai Teacher!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 2002 – Mar 2002
Coming all the way across the solar system, Mizuho Kazami landed right into our hearts. The teacher of our wildest and hottest dreams is in fact an alien observer for the Galaxy Federation in charge of looking over planets with primitive civilizations, just like ours. She is actually only half alien, her father was an astronaut left in space who fell in love with an alien woman (Mizuho’s also hot mother, Hatsuho), thus conceiving Mizuho.
Her only memory of her late father is a box of chocolates, which is why she is constantly eating that same brand of candy here on Earth. This sexy alien plays a high-school teacher as a cover, making things as hot as they can possibly get. She even falls deeply in love with Kusanagi Kei, one of her students. Certainly, the dream of any adolescent school boy.
5. Nyaruko from Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 2012 – Jun 2012
Nyarlathotep (from Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Myths), AKA Nyaruko, came to Earth on a mission she was assigned by the Planetary Defense Organization to stop intergalactic criminals who capture humans to sell in slavery. She is completely head over heels for Yasaka Mahiro, the human she has to protect, as she constantly keeps harassing him and trying to kiss him.
This cute alien girl is always smiling and in a good mood, except when she is fighting, then she turns into a bloodthirsty devil slayer that scares the hell out of Mahiro. On her free time, she enjoys watching anime and reading manga, and her job is to keep Mahiro safe, destroy the criminal organization and go shopping!
4. Lala Satalin from To Love Ru
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr 2008 – Sep 2008
She is a lovely little devil and the princess of planet Deviluke. Lala Satalin appears one day in Yuuki Rito’s bathtub after running away from her home planet because she did not want to marry any of her alien suitors. She soon falls in love with Rito and puts him through a lot of troubles and awkward situations.
Lala has a devil-like tail (which is both her strength and her weakness) but do not let that confuse you. She is in fact a sweet, loving young girl who intends to be free and marry the one she is in love with.
3. Kagura from Gintama
- Episodes: 201
- Aired: Apr 2006 – Mar 2010
Our favorite tomboy from outer space is Kagura from Gintama. She is a cute looking girl in Chinese clothing, hiding a troublemaker personality. Kagura belongs to the Yato clan, one of the strongest and fiercest races, but deep down she has a good heart. She came to Earth to make money for her family doing some dirty jobs, but ran away when she was assigned to kill a target and she just could not do it.
After running away, she met Gintoki and ended up working with him. In little time she grows fond of him and starts to see him as an older brother. Having Yato blood, Kagura is extremely strong; so much that sometimes she cannot even control her own strength. However, she has a sensitive side; she is sunlight sensitive (that’s the umbrella for).
2. Haruko Haruhara from FLCL
- Episodes: 6
- Aired: Apr 2000 – Mar 2001
Coming from one of the weirdest and most bizarre worlds of Anime, Haruko Haruhara is surely the coolest alien to ride a scooter ever. The Wasp Woman (in reference to her Vespa) Haruko, is an investigator for the Galactic Space Patrol Brotherhood/Stellar Fraternity, although it is not quite clear why she came to Earth other than to make poor Naota insane.
Her weapon of choice is a blue bass-guitar that has a razor and can fire different projectiles but she is rather fond of just hitting things with it. Oh, I almost forgot; if she hits you in the head with her guitar, you grow a horn that can eventually turn into a mecha robot. Yeah!, just another ordinary alien girl.
1. Frieza (Dragon Ball Z)
- Episodes: 291
- Aired: Apr 1989 – Jan 1996
We have finally arrived at our destination, the top of our list of alien characters, where we find one of the most (if not the most) terrifying space villains of all times, Frieza from the Dragon Ball series. With 4 transformations, each more terrifying than the previous (except for his ultimate transformation, which makes him look kind of cute), it seemed at first that there was no limit to his terrible powers.
He was among our greatest enemies during childhood and I am sure that many of you raised your hands into the sky to help Goku defeat him with the Genki-Dama just like I did. But oh no!, he just kept coming. After the battle in Namek (one of the longest and most thrilling in the Dragon Ball series) he came to Earth as Mecha Frieza, having survived a Genki-Dama and the powerful anger of Super Saiyan Goku, in search of revenge.
Fortunately for mankind, the saiyan sent from the future, Trunks, defeated him in the blink of an eye. That would not be the end of Frieza however, we saw him back on a few OVAs, on Dragon Ball GT and more recently on the latest Toei Animation production Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection “F”, where he is back angrier, scarier and more powerful than ever before.
This was our selection of popular aliens in Anime. We would like to honor all those extraterrestrial beings who were not included above but who still share with us their cultures and let us know we are not alone in the universe. Also, we give special thanks to those Saiyans saving the Earth on a regular basis.
We would like to know which is your favorite alien character/race and if you would include someone else on the list and why.
Hope you enjoyed it!