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Black is a relatively common hair colour in the material world. In the world of anime however, hair colour, like blood type can show the personality of the characters as there is much emphasis placed on visual cues of the characters as much as their intrinsic qualities as well. Black may tend to be common in the real world, but surprisingly, in anime it is quite rare as artists are able to explore and utilise other colours on the spectrum as they are not bound by the structure of the real world.
Black haired characters are observed to represent several different traits. Black for example could represent a very normal person, as black after all is the most common hair colour. Beyond that common interpretation, black haired characters are also known to be more cerebral and capable, being as sensible as they are rational. They are also noted to be powerful and often aloof and mysterious. For females especially, if the character has flowing, smooth black hair, they are denoted to be of a noble status or being more traditional and refined.
Overall, whereas the colour black is universal and represent normalcy, it holds an entirely whole new dimension of interpretation in the anime world. Let us show you what we mean as we count the Top 10 anime girls with black hair.
10. Eru Chitanda from Hyouka
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: Apr 2012 - Sep 2012
Eru is a girl who is just curious about anything. She usually drags other people around just so that she could sate her curiosity. Her catchphrase is literally "I'm curious" which is said in almost every episode.
Eru has long, straight and flowing black hair to her shoulders with short and straight bangs in front. At times, she ties it up into a ponytail but leave a few strands of hair loose on the side. She dons a kimono on one episode which perfectly complements her hair. She had a refined look and for good reasons - her family is rich!
9. Yukino Yukinoshita from Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa Machigatteiru
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Apr 2013- Jun 2013
The world of Yahari is set in a club called the "Service Club". The club's purpose is simply to aid students with any requests they put forward. Heading this club is Yukino, a sharp-tongued but incredibly beautiful girl. She is also usually very sarcastic, much to the dismay of the main character - Hachiman, her only target.
Yukino has waist length black hair which gives her the looks of a student president. While not a student president, she is still a president of the Service Club and gets along really well with the club counsellor. She has untidy bangs in front with a parting in the middle that makes both her sides and front hair length uneven.
8. Nico Yazawa from Love Live! School Idol Project
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jan 2013 – Mar 2013
Nico is a member of Muse, a 9 person idol group whose aim is to be the top idol group in Japan. In a group of 9, different personalities are sure to surface. Nico however is quite unique in a way too. Aside from the fact that she is too extravagant with her actions at times (to the point of attention seeking), she is just... Normal... Nico is quite highly ranked and widely recognised when the anime was at its peak. However, after looking closely at her as a whole, she possesses no outstanding qualities and has no other talents aside from her act like an idol gimmick.
Nico has twin pigtails that are tied up with red ribbons giving the look of a loli. I suppose this fulfils the typical stereotype of a black character - normal and down to earth. Or it is one of those exceptional circumstances that go against the trope of a black hair character making them unorthodox. I can't tell! She's too mundane as a character to draw sufficient interpretation. Perhaps normalcy and being mundane is a quality itself and that is why she just grows on you.
7. Kurumi Tokisaki from Date A Live
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 2013 - Jun 2013
Kurumi is somewhat of a maniac and a sadist. When she is appearing in her normal form, she can act normal and even reserved. In her spirit form however, she transforms into a bloodthirsty sadist with a very sharp tongue. She serves as the antagonist of the series as well as the wild card in the sense that she randomly pops out at times to cause trouble. She is one of the most lovable characters of the series.
Kurumi's hairstyle in her normal form is super long and flowing with her bangs longer on one side which covers her left eye adding to the aura of mystery which also shows her reserved self. In her battle form, it changes to a twin tails with her right eye exposed with a red and black hairpiece. Her black hair also represents her enigmatic nature as she always appears at the most unpredictable time and her actions are unable to be comprehended at all. Therefore, we rank her at number 7 of the list.
6. Mikasa Ackerman from Shingeki no Kyojin
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr 2013 – Sep 2013
Mikasa is a talented youth who joined the Survey Corps. Unlike her adopted brother, Eren Yaeger, she is amongst the best of the cohort with natural talents. She is often reserved and shows no signs of arrogance unlike some of the characters in the series.
Mikasa has short black hair with a lock of hair falling out in front. Her hair colour reveals her down to earth attitude and the desire to be traditional and live normally. She doesn't speak much either, making her appear aloof. It is also worth noting that since her hair probably doesn’t get in her way, she is probably more battle ready than most female characters with hair covering their eyes adding to her prowess. This places her at number 6 on our list.
5. Akame from Akame ga Kill
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Jul 2014 - Dec 2014
She is a trained assassin. Ever since her youth days, she is part of a special program that trains children to be cold blooded killers. Devoid of emotions and being able to kill without remorse, she represents the archetype of the assassin. Yet however, she cares dearly for her companions whom she calls her friends as well as being willing to sacrifice herself should the need arises.
Akame is usually dressed in black. Her hair colour is black as well. Visually, it represents her dark temperament, being able to strike swiftly from the shadows and then blend right back in. However, her black hair on field also shows how awesome she can be. Her back hair is as long as till her knees and perhaps even longer while her side hair is up till her shoulders. Powerful as she is smart, she is known to take calculated risks before attempting a mission and don't usually act on impulse - typical of a long, black haired character. She ranks at number 5 on the list.
4. Rin Tohsaka from Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 2014 – Dec 2014
Rin is a highly adept mage with a serious attitude. She plans her actions carefully before executing them straight down to the finest detail. Rin is meticulous and that is why her plans are more often or not, successful.
Rin’s has twin-tails up to her shoulder which she tied up with black ribbons. Rin's hair colour suggests that she is rational and a level headed thinker. It also shows her unfriendly side but most (if not all) of the reason is because she's a tsundere.
3. Sawako Kuronuma from Kimi ni Todoke
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Oct 2009 - Mar 2010
Sawako is feared for her menacing looks. She resembles the character from hit horror movie 'The Ring'. It doesn't help her at all that her name is Sawako, which is one character away from Sadako - the frightening supernatural entity in the movie whose long hair covers her entire face. As such, she doesn't have many friends. Beyond the fearsome look however, Sawako is actually kind, soft spoken and even a bit ditzy at times. She made a couple of new friends and even has a love interest. Everyone will soon agree that there is nothing much to be afraid of Sawako at all!
Sawako has long, straight and black hair with bangs. To be honest, her hair if longer, does remind you of Sadako which is probably why everybody avoids her as Sadako has very straight long black hair that covers her entire face. At this length of however, she reminds you of your typical normal high school girl - the goody two shoes kind. You can even tell that she is docile and good at heart. She does represent the black long hair, gentle look kind of girl and as such ranks at number 3 on the list.
2. Enma Ai from Jigoku Shoujo
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Oct 2005 - Apr 2006
Coming straight from the depths of hell to exact your vengeance and standing at number 3 on this list is Enma Ai. She is an urban legend from the days of yore. Truly a figure of enigma, Ai speaks very little in the show but leaves behind a very poignant memory to viewers as her past is shown and her true nature revealed.
Ai has very pale skin with straight black hair. While she is not someone particularly noble, she is still a folklore legend and as such, upholds the traditions and customs as a legend. Her enigma is depicted through her eyes and hair as she is shrouded in an aura of mystery and gloominess as it flows and blends in with the mysterious night sky.
1. Mio Akiyama from K-on!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 2009 - Jun 2009
Mio belongs to a light music club (K-on) and plays the bass. She is extremely shy but when it comes down to it, she is able to make good decisions for the club. Her reason for playing the bass is because she would not want to stand out too much and at the same time, be the underlying support for her friends very similar to the bass instrument.
Mio has long black hair, which represent her delicate nature and shyness. She has a small centre parting which reveals part of her forehead. Her bangs are also long enough such that she is able to hide her eyes when she is shy, adding to her adorableness. She is also sensible and is usually the better decision maker in the group. These combined factors are what made Mio a popular character in the series and throughout the anime world as well. We will place her at number 1 of the list!
Yuuko Ichihara (xxxholic)
And that concludes our list for the top 10 black haired anime girls!
Without a doubt, black haired characters can be the most enchanting and alluring characters when compared with many bright coloured hairstyles. Perhaps this is the anime way of bringing back the sense of familiarity of the black hair such that it better appeals to us.
Hair colours are so diverse in the anime world such that we have a stereotype of what each hair colour represents. Then there is the topic of hairstyles. From pigtails to twin-tails, to long, straight flowing hair and even bangs. There is certainly much to choose from.
When it comes to the topic of hair, the discussions can be endless, so let us hear from you on your favourite black haired character today!