Top 10 Anime Girls with Short Hair

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Short haired girls sometimes are seen as tomboyish in nature, such as being rough and being crude with their words and with a tendency to be boisterous as well.
However, that is usually not the case and you will soon see that not all (although a majority) are not at all tomboyish rude girls with some of them even possessing traits of dandere and moeness as well!

Join me, as we count the top 10 short haired girls in anime.

10. Akane Tsunemori from Psycho Pass

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Psycho-Pass dvd

  • Episodes: 22
  • Aired: Oct 2012 – Mar 2013

Akane is an inspector with the Public Safety Bureau. Originally a greenhorn on the field, the pressures of policing awakened the seriousness in her and she soon transforms into a cool beauty on the dangerous streets. Leading a team of latent criminals, Akane is quick to grasp the gravity of her actions in the dark world of criminal activities. Still pure at heart and wanting the best for everybody, Akane will have to balance her own principles as well as carry out her duty effectively.

Her short hair keeps her looking sharp on the field and that also allows her to maintain her aura of being perceptive, analytical and overall just being a badass therefore placing her at number 10 on the list.

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9. Riko Aida from Kuroko no Basuke

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Kuroko no Basket  dvd
  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: Apr 2012 – Sep 2012

Riko is the analyser of Seirin High, a high school basketball team. Armed with both charm and wits, she can amaze anybody with her strategic thinking and allure. Seirin High is a basketball group consisting of players that are unheard of in the high school league. While of course being talented, the analytical capabilities of Riko are not forgotten as she always leads her team to victory by strategically placing the players at the position they play best. It is the natural talents of the individual players combined with the foresight of Rika that made Seirin High a rising force in the basketball league.

Ranked at No. 9, she is a fan favourite despite being a supporting character. Unfortunately, she falls under the stereotype of short haired girls. She's tomboyish and prefers to keep her hair short. She is also not afraid to inflict physical punishment on her team if needed. Lacking feminine traits, she is also a horrible cook and is infamous in the team for being such a bad cook.

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8. Minori Kushieda from ToraDora!

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  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: Oct 2008 – Mar 2009

Minori exists as a weird character in a high school setting. She is flamboyant and speaks her mind and has many quirks as well. At times she can be silly and somebody you probably will not want to take advice from but she has her serious moments too, which shows that she is not just your typical klutz. Dedicated to her schoolmates, Minori cares dearly for her small circle of friends and is even affectionately called 'Minorin' by her best friend, Aisaka Taiga.

Her personality is one of the reason she is popular not only as an anime girl with short hair, but also carries the title of the best few redheads in anime. Her hair is kept at shoulder length and is coloured a fiery red which reflects her personality of being in a state of perpetual hyper-ness. Another short hair characteristic.

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7. Tsukihi Araragi from Nisemonogatari

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  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired: Jan 2012 – Mar 2012

What happens when you put personality into hair? It doesn't happen. With the exception of the monogatari series of course. The creators were creative enough to express the Araragi family's emotions to the movements of their ahoge. Her hair is almost like a bowl cut and complements her already round face which just make her all the more adorable and making you wanna cuddle her.

Tsukihi is one of the younger sisters of Koyomi and she is just as adorable as the imouto typecast will allow. Always donning a kimono, she has a perfect Japanese imouto feel to her. The incest and ecchi tag is just a bonus. I swear!

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6. Mahiru Inami from Working!!

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Working!! [Wagnaria!!] dvd
  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Apr 2010 – Jun 2010

Just because a girl suffers from androphobia , it doesn't lessen the kawaii factor in them. It shows that they are vulnerable and needs to be cared for.

Inami works at a family restaurant and has the tendency to punch any male in sight on pure instincts, which is a major turnoff for many... It gotten so bad that her peers had to train her to be used to males by having a male escort her home holding a stick. However, give her time and allow her to open herself up to you and you’ll get a helpful serving of moeness. You will simply beg for desserts afterwards.

Inami fiery orangey short hair reflects her impulsive nature to punch any males in sight and most males are afraid of her. However, the irony lies in the fact that Inami is a pure maiden at heart and not at all rash and tomboyish (except when it comes to punching). She is one of few short haired girls that goes against the stereotype. I am speaking on behalf of her personality that is...

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5. Maki Nishikino from Love Live!

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Love Live!

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Jan 2013 – Mar 2013

This next character on the list is waifu material! Having mixes of being a tsundere and a kuudere, Maki just can't express her true emotions and is most of the time, shy. A talented pianist, she joins the group of 9. There is the sparkly Honoka, the adorable Kotori and then you have quiet and reserved Maki amongst the others. She is also quite intelligent as well, often doing well in tests as well as being a talented composer for the group. Dubbed the diva of the idol group, she shows you that you don't need long hair to be labelled as a cool diva. You go girl!

Kept at shoulder length, Maki's hair is coloured a rich crimson, almost representing her undying passion in music as well as her being almost like a dainty and beautiful rose, placing her at number 5.

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4. Nagisa Furukawa from Clannad

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Clannad dvd
  • Episodes: 23
  • Aired: Oct 2007 – Mar 2008

Nagisa of the famous series Clannad definitely deserves her spot here. This dango fanatic is a klutz and has a innocent personality and smile, almost childlike in fact. She often says out her favourite food in order to feel comfortable which was what made Tomoya-senpai notice her in the first place. The effort that Key takes in developing their characters is second to none as that is probably what made them famous.

If we're talking lovable characters, Nagisa is definitely a must add on that list, so let's place her at No.4. Her short hair that looks like a typical middle school cut fits her perfectly as she gives off the vibe of a good girl and being of a timid nature, both of which she is which contributes heavily to her lovable personality.

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3. Mayuri Shiina from Steins;Gate

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Steins;Gate dvd
  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: Apr 2011 – Sep 2011

Tuturu~ next on the list is Mayuri-desu~ With her signature catchphrase and greeting, she has charmed the hearts of many by her innocence. She is the simple sidekick to the mad scientist, Okabe Rintarou and also his childhood friend. While often not getting the complicated theories that he spouts, he is soon soothed by the gentle nature of Mayuri. There is a fad when Steins;Gate was at its peak, to set her catchphrase as a ringtone. That's how popular she is. Everytime she shows up, I instinctively reach for my phone. Who are you calling a weeb?!?

Mayuri has short hair as well which fits well for her age of 16. She is supposedly the young childhood friend of Rintarou who sometimes act as his conscience. Her short hair gives her the looks of that innocence and the artist did a good job for conceptualising the uncorrupted and young character we all love.

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2. Misaka Mikoto from Toaru Kagaku no Railgun

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Toaru Kagaku no Railgun DVD

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: Oct 2009 – Mar 2010

Only my railgun is perhaps one of the most recognised anime tunes that every otaku has at least heard before. That is the legend of Misaka Mikoto - the railgun. Misaka is a hot favourite character and can also be described as: 'simply electrifying' or Biri-Biri for short. The popularity of this character is clearly shown when her series is more popular than the parent series - Toaru Majutsu no Index. Of course, credit is to be given as Index was a good anime as well but if you want more of Misaka, skip right ahead to her series instead.

Misaka is your typical but lovable short haired girl. She is boisterous, loves a good fight and above all, a genuine tomboy by nature. Not wanting to appear feminine, she even wears safety shorts underneath her skirt. It does not change the fact that she is one of the most recognisable character in the anime world and the number 2 on this list.

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1. Yuki Nagato from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu

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haruhi suzumiya dvd

  • Episodes: 14
  • Aired: Apr 2006 – Jul 2006

Nagato Yuki is often left in the shadows due to her loud and expressive brigade leader - Haruhi. The air of mystery surrounding her could be the reason for her popularity. Despite having so many lovable characters in the series, Yuki is the one favoured by most.

Yuki-chan has the typical quiet, doesn't say too much and mind her own business aura. When you add her glasses and the length of her hair, she is just your typical book nerd whose moeness level is over 9000! She even has her own spinoff Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu so there you have it! Even short haired girls can have their own spinoffs!

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So what do you think? Do you still think that short haired girls are the embodiment of the tomboyish personality after the list? There are of course many other short haired girls in anime. Do you agree with the ones listed? Do you think that there are others who deserve to be on the list?

Share your love of your waifus with us here at Honey’s Anime by commenting your favourite short haired girl in anime! We will definitely love to hear your views on who you think is the best short haired anime girl.



Author: Araragi

Writing from a little island known as Singapore. It is through my articles that I want to show that the world of anime reaches out beyond the boundaries of Japan. From different age groups to individuals coming from different walks of life, everyone and anyone can be a lover of anime. To quote from Kingdom Hearts, 'There are many worlds out there, but they share the same sky.'

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