On a broad scale, introversion is defined as any individual who relies on their internal feelings and moods rather than actively seek out external pleasures. That is not to say that they are socially inept, while they may not participate in group activities, they are still perfectly comfortable within smaller groups and perhaps their closest peers. The only thing that makes an introvert interesting is their expansive inner world. There, their thoughts flow freely and is what truly defines their character. Today, we will explore 10 different characters from popular series who are introverts and we will explore just how fascinating their introspection and soliloquies can be!
10. Hyouka - Oreki Houtarou
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: Apr 23, 2012 to Sep 17, 2012
Minimalistic, simple and somewhat boring would be the words to describe Oreki. He truly believes in doing things only when it is absolutely necessary. When requested to join the Classics club by his sister, he cannot reject her. Oreki meets Chitanda, an inquisitive girl whose curiosity is perhaps the only thing that can get Oreki to act. Together with her and the Classics Club, they solve the little mysteries that occur at their school.
His minimalism extends to that of social interactions as well. Oreki is a true introvert who always turns inwards and focuses on conserving his energy than seeking outward stimulation. As a passive individual, he is also shown to be highly aware of his surroundings. This heightened awareness is also one of the reasons as to why he has a keen mind and adept at solving mysteries. Although not vocal in class, once Oreki is in the Classics Club, he becomes more vocal and expresses more of his thoughts to them.
9. Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. - Hikigaya Hachiman
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Apr 5, 2013 to Jun 28, 2013
Hikigaya's jaded views on society made him believe in acting alone. Somewhat nihilistic, he rejects social conventions by passing social niceties as a mere farce to keep up one's image. While Hikigaya is somewhat correct, his teacher does not see it. She forced him to join the Service Club in the hopes that volunteer work will improve his perception. As ironic as it is, his pessimistic views and methods helped to solve more than just a few problems during his service.
Hikigaya has been shown to be tuning inwards to his own feelings all the time. He perceives society as detrimental and contradictory, and chose to rely solely on himself. Hikigaya’s inner monologues raises a few controversial questions on society that really makes you reflect on your own standards of society. It goes without saying that many introverts that have watched this anime found similarities between Hikigaya and themselves. If you believe yourself to be an introvert, you will be sympathetic to Hikigaya and his views. Don't believe us? Try this anime out for yourself! He is a bona fide introvert whose only mistake is proclaiming the poisons of society tactlessly.
8. Bakemonogatari - Koyomi Araragi
- Episodes: 15
- Aired: Jul 3, 2009 to Jun 25, 2010
Perhaps the king of soliloquies, the Monogatari series employs the avant-garde technique of inner monologue to convey a story. Many people have questioned why an anime where most of the content consists of either dialogues or monologues can be so popular. The Monogatari series is the best form to explain the beauty of an introvert's mind. The notion of continuous dialogue may bore most. However, the ideas and quality of the conversations in the anime is what defines it and sets it apart from simple chatting.
The focus of the series is mainly on its MC, Araragi. The whole anime is based on the perspective of Araragi himself. Instead of painting an environment for us, the creators had allowed us to exist within the mind of Araragi. Here, we are able to see that he is an individual who clearly reflects on the day to day occurrence of his life. But the clincher that convinces us why Araragi has got to be an introvert - we see him speaking inside his mind than actually speaking out loud.
7. Death Note - L.L
- Episodes: 37
- Aired: Oct 4, 2006 to Jun 27, 2007
In the world of Death Note, no one holds a candle to L when it comes to logic and reasoning. Even in his field, he is enigmatic and largely unknown and only the most baffling of cases are assigned to him. His uncanny understanding of the reactions of humans has allowed him to be one step ahead of his foe. As amazing as he is, he is not without his quirks - an extreme sweet tooth and an inclination to working alone. Other than the fact that he is a genius detective, nothing else is known about him.
L.L introversion is best seen when he doesn't actively show his face in public. He is known by many aliases and only contacted by the police for the most problematic case. He mostly kept to himself where his sleuthing skills are at the peak. Even in the anime, no one is able to comprehend his sophisticated thinking and logic. He trusts nobody with the exception of Watari, which highlights his independence from the external world.
6. Angel Beats - Kanade Tachibana
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Apr 3, 2010 to Jun 26, 2010
Tachibana first appeared as an antagonist: Tenshi, as she was known then was the regulator of the new world who suppresses the goals of the SSS. Not much is known about her as she rarely speaks. Until the later half of the episode, Tenshi usually eats and works alone. Her lack of expression also raises some issues on whether she was sentient or not. It wasn't until Otonashi started talking to her that she started revealing her personality.
The bulk of Tachibana's introversion is due to the role that she has been assigned. She did not have any opportunity to communicate with the opposing team. Even after talking to Otonashi, she still enjoys solitary activities such as gardening. Even then, she does not speak much. Her soft spoken nature and delicate behavior also pinpoints her as a true introvert.
5. ReLIFE - Hishiro Chizuru
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul 2, 2016 to Sep 24, 2016
In her high school life, Hishiro never truly really had any friends and she has no problems with it. She is no doubt very smart, scoring high in every test. However, what she has in intelligence, she compensates for her social awareness. She is oblivious to other's feelings and can be blunt with her words. Not only that, she is unable to smile properly and can only manage a devilish smirk. Most of the time before she had friends, Hishiro can be seen reading.
Hishiro places little importance in others and is only devoted to studying and improving her grades. She takes no active role in engaging conversations. As an introvert, she only spends her time studying most, if not all the time. With Kaizaki's help however, Hishiro starts to converse with her school mates in an effort to make friends. It is evident however that she is not the kind to initiate activities and can even be awkward when introducing herself. Like any introvert, she also shows that she can be independent alone and does need the company of others.
4. Welcome to the NHK - Tatsuhiro Satou
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Jul 10, 2006 to Dec 18, 2006
Tatsuhiro has been a hikikomori for years now. He refused to step out of his apartment as he believes in the existence of a secret organization known as the NHK spreading the growth of the hikikomori culture. As delusional as he is, Tatsuhiro eventually did step out of his home one day and happened to meet Misaki. She tries to change him by undergoing therapy but it is not easy. Will this duo eventually overcome their respective problems?
It's quite certain that traits of introversion can be found in a hikikomori. They shut themselves from society and prefer not to engage in social interactions. If anything, they are the most extreme form of introversion. What makes Tatsuhiro interesting however is the change that he is undergoing to fit in back to society again. There we can see that not all introverts are dysfunctional and unsociable. Through Tatsuhiro, we learn that he has his own viewpoints on certain issues. No doubt the premise being a bit ridiculous, the conclusion however, is highly logical.
3. Nagato Yuki chan no Shoushitsu - Yuki
- Episodes: 16
- Aired: Apr 4, 2015 to Jul 18, 2015
Nagato undergoes a drastic change in personality in her very own spin off. A high school girl now, it features her with her high school friends going about their daily school lives. A side story would be her interest in Kyou as well which is also explored in the series. She still retains some of her traits from the original Nagato such as her love of books. The new Nagato is a much more expressive individual with much more emotions!
Nagato in this spin off appears more sociable than her aloof counterpart in the original Haruhi series. Still quiet as ever, it is only due to her introversion and her shyness. She also appears to have more feelings as she now shows interest in Kyou but is too shy to express it. Most of the time, she can be seen thinking to herself and reflecting. And of course, her most introverted trait would still be her love of books and solitary activities.
2. Kimi Ni Todoke - Kuronuma Sawako
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Oct 7, 2009 to Mar 31, 2010
Due to her frightening experience, Sawako is often misunderstood and is often shunned away at school. Her appearance is similar to the ghost character from popular horror film, 'The Ring' to which her nickname is also Sadako. But really, she is just a shy girl who wants friends. During summer break, she happened to meet the popular and good looking Kazehaya. He was the first friend she makes as he was able to see beyond her scary appearance. It wasn't long before Sawako eventually starts developing feelings for him...
Sawako has no friends since middle school during a flashback. This made her socially inept and she often reflects on her actions and engages in soliloquy on how to better make friends. Even after she made friends, she usually thinks about how to better improve her relationship with them and is very thoughtful for their feelings. Sawako usually hangs out around the same group of people as she feels more comfortable around them. Due to that, she is more sociable with the people she is close with, a common introvert trait.
1. Naruto - Hinata Hyuuga
- Episodes: 220
- Aired: Oct 3, 2002 to Feb 8, 2007
Hinata is the daughter of the reputable Hyuuga clan. Due to the clan's hierarchy and her position as the head's daughter, she has been pressured to do her best such that she may continue taking over the family one day. Meek and timid, she tries her best but always falls short of her father's expectation. She also has a crush on Naruto but dares not openly admit it. As such, most of the time she gets embarrassed when Naruto is close to her.
When the story arcs get focused on her alone, you can really tell that Hinata has been an introvert all her life due to her family background. She chooses not to express her views on most matters and instead chose to accept it as it is whichever the circumstances. She does have her views on important issues to which Hinata carefully considers and ponders over them instead of acting upon it. It is not that does not have many friends either; it's just that she has a select few of close friends that she can really rely on in her time of need. Beyond all that, her soft spoken nature is all that is needed to show that Hinata does not prefer the activities of a large group too.
And thus, we end our list of the introverts in anime! Do you count yourself as an introvert or an extrovert? How would you describe yourself as an introvert? Did any of the characters on the list strike off as being very similar to you? Which character do you love most? Leave a comment below and we will see you next time!