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Japan is the birthplace of many forms of martial arts and warriors. Among the most iconic Japanese warriors are, of course, the ninjas. These warriors of the shadows have invaded TV shows throughout the years, and clearly Anime are not the exception.
Today we will explore the more feminine side of the shadows. Coming from darkness to kill you in your sleep, here are the Top 10 Anime Ninja Girls! (Just a little heads up, we’ve only selected one character per show, otherwise this would be Top 10 Naruto Girls, you know?)
10. Kagero from Juubee Ninpuuchou / Ninja Scroll
- Episodes: 1 (Movie)
- Aired: Jun 1993
Kagero is a ninja woman with the rarest skill. She’s the food taster for her clan’s master. As such, she has developed immunity to all kinds of poison. In fact, Kagero has assimilated so many toxins throughout the years that her own body is now poisonous itself.
Poison is, as you may know, regarded as the weapon of choice of cowards; so she’s not very much respected in her clan. Of course, the fact that she’s a woman doesn’t help her much either. She’s a determined warrior however, always willing to prove her worth.
9. Oboro Iga from Basilisk
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Apr 2005 – Sep 2005
The Lavender Princess is one of the sweetest ninja girls on our list. She’s extremely kind, peaceful and merciful, as she refuses to kill her enemies. As the leader of the Iga clan, Oboro is highly respected but also loathed in secrecy for her apparent weakness.
She is not a prodigy in the ninja martial arts but she does have a lethal special ability. Her eye-technique can deprive any ninja of their powers when they look at her directly. But she can do more than just neutralize her enemies. If she is angry enough, her eye-technique is capable of doing serious harm. So if you ever run into her, just try to avoid her gaze.
8. Goemon Hachisuka from Oda Nobuna no Yabou / The Ambition of Oda Nobuna
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 2012 – Sep 2012
This cute little ninja girl is Yoshiharu’s adventure partner and the leader of the Kawanami group of thieves. Goemon is a skilled ninja and a strong leader, staying calm and confident even in the most dangerous situations. She’s also selfless and heroic enough to take a bullet for her friends. Just don’t thank her with a hug; that will really upset her.
Probably, her most salient feature is her inability to speak fluently. She often bites her tongue or stutters while uttering long sentences. This makes her rather awkward but also kind of cute.
7. Sarutobi Ayame from Gintama
- Episodes: 201
- Aired: Apr 2006 – Mar 2010
Sarutobi is an assassin trained in the ninja arts. She’s a deadly beauty with glasses, as she is severely myopic, often confusing people with inanimate objects. She is head over heels for Gintoki, so much that she even stalks him from time to time.
As an assassin, Sarutobi is extremely deadly and skilled in the use of the kunais, being able to hit her target every time despite her terrible eye-sight. This ninja girl is a bit bipolar, since she behaves like a little girl around Gintoki but she’s a devil when she enters her killer-mode.
6. Misao Makimachi from Rurouni Kenshin
- Episodes: 94
- Aired: Jan 1996 – Sep 1998
The weasel girl, Misao Makimachi, is a hot-headed warrior trained as an Onmitsu. She’s obsessed with finding her missing hero Aoshi Shinomori. She joins Himura (against his will at first) thinking he will eventually lead her to Aoshi.
However, her hard training made her quite skilled in combat and she proves to be a powerful ally to Himura. She is a bit careless though, often putting herself in a dangerous position just for trying to show off her ninja skills.
5. Seraphim from Kore wa Zombie desu ka? / Is this a Zombie?
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 2011 – Mar2011
What could possibly be simultaneously hotter and more lethal than a ninja girl? You got it! A vampire ninja girl! Seraphim is a lovely hot-tempered warrior serving Ayumu Aikawa. She’s quite rude and definitely not to be messed with, since she has a nice set of deadly skills.
Seraphim is proficient in the art of Ninjutsu and in the Tsubamegaeshi Sword Style, which she regards as a superior form of combat. She has also many other abilities like teleportation and flying.
4. Lan Fan from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- Episodes: 64
- Aired: Apr 2009 – Jul 2010
Lan Fan is Ling Yao’s personal bodyguard. Together with her grandfather, Fu, she aids Ling Yao in his quest for immortality and the title of Emperor of Xing. She is almost as skilled as her grandfather in ninja martial arts, just a little more reckless, which is only natural due to their age difference.
However, she can be very unpredictable to her enemies as well as cunning and determined. This can be seen when she helps her master get out of King Bradley’s grasp at the expense of her left arm. Prince Ling would have never made it if she hadn’t lent him a hand (too obvious?).
3. Shiina from Angel Beats!
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Apr 2010 – Jun 2010
As a self-proclaimed ninja, Shiina is a strange character with a mysterious past. She loves to hide in shadows and dark corners as the good that ninja she is. Shiina is constantly seen training. She has her mind set on improving her skills at all times, so we often get to see her balancing objects on her fingertips.
Despite being utterly serious and uptight, she has a girly side. She is crazy about stuffed animals. This soft side often gets her into trouble, but her concentration is so strong that she can sense oncoming danger most of the times.
2. Tsubaki Nakatsukasa from Soul Eater
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: Apr 2008 – Mar 2009
The Camellia Blossom, Tsubaki, is a Demon Shadow Weapon from the special weapon clan, the Nakatsukasa. She has the rare and special ability to transform into multiple ninja weapons such as the smoke bomb, the shuriken, the chain scythe and the uncanny sword.
Tsubaki is very mature and peaceful, often acting as a mediator between her friends every time they get into an argument. She acts like an older sister to her friends in several occasions. She is undeniably adorable and charming since she always tries to see the good in everyone and everything. Her cuteness and unique abilities earn her the #2 spot in our list.
1. Hinata Hyuuga from Naruto
- Episodes: 220
- Aired: Oct 2002 – Feb 2007
Out of the endless number of ninja girls in the series, Hinata is (to me at least) the most interesting one. I truly think Naruto chose his wife wisely. She is absolutely lovely and caring, and despite her apparent weakness she can be the most determined ninja girl out there, especially when it comes to becoming a suitable match for her beloved Naruto.
Hinata hates fighting and hurting other people, which is mostly why she was deemed as an unworthy heir to the Hyuuga clan as a child. However, she proved to be a late bloomer, as she became really powerful and skilled with the passing of years and thanks to Naruto’s influence.
I find Hinata totally adorable for being the serene and gentle ninja girl which you don’t want to mess with.
Well, that was our list of female ninjas. I’d love to know what your favorite ninja girls are. Many of you will probably disagree with my #1 pick, so I encourage you to tell me which other character (most likely from Naruto) should be at the top of this list and why. If I get too much criticism I’ll just throw a smoke bomb and disappear 😉