Having a sibling can have its pros and cons. The good side of having a sibling is growing up together in a similar environment. Further, your sibling may be your best confidant and you will never be lonely. Obviously, many of the things that you own will have to be shared with your sibling, and will often lead to conflicts and this could be a negative effect of having a sibling.
As you will notice from our lists, not every sister will end up being the perfect sister of choice. There will be flaws in some of the choices but these flaws eventually turn out to be the endearing points in each of them.
Be it annoying or even exasperating at times, these characters grow onto you just as how you would adapt to your own sisters in the 3D world - the true meaning of siblinghood.
From spoilt, annoying sisters that practically annoy you to death to the otaku sister that has a deep interest in the anime world to the quiet and shy chuunibyou sister and to even the most dedicated and devoted sisters of all, we compiled this list of 10 memorable sisters in anime that are simply unforgettable!
10. Minami Kana from Minami-ke
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Oct 2007 to Dec 2007
Kana is the middle sister of the Minami household. Even though she is the middle of the three, she acts like the youngest. In comparison to her reliable older sister and intelligent younger sister, Kana is just... well... spoilt.
Loud and lazy, she does as little as possible around the house well. What makes her such a great pick though? Her energy.
Kana's enthusiastic attitude and unique ideas often makes the house more lively. While the anime promotes itself as an average slice of life anime, it’s Kana that makes the anime enjoyable, and life in general becomes more exciting. You can't get a better companion than her.
9. Takanashi Nazuna from Working!!
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Apr 2010 to Jun 2010
Having a good head on her shoulders, Nazuna is part of the Takanashi household of 5 siblings. She is often Souta's go to person when he needs support. Despite being the youngest, she acts very mature for her age, such that Souta with his infatuation with little things even exclaimed that she was growing up too fast.
Within the Takanashi family, the two of them are shown to be closer to each other than the rest as well. In addition to being matured for her age, Nazuna is shown to be extremely dependable and capable, such that even her elder brother relies on her sometimes. Nazuna is more than you can ask for in a younger sister.
8. Doma Umaru from Himouto! Umaru-chan
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 2015 to Sep 2015
Refined, well mannered and pretty on the outside, lazy otaku at home. Umaru was the most popular sister last year with her two different personas. Umaru is a bona fide otaku much to the chagrin of her older brother, Taihei.
Unfortunately for Taihei since he is not an otaku, he has problems adapting to her tendencies. Otherwise, Umaru is the perfect sister to chill, relax and watch anime together. We all would love a sister that shares our hobbies as well!
7. Hasegawa Kobato from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 2011 to Dec 2011
The adorable and kawaii Kobato is the sister of Kodaka Hasegawa. She dons a gothic lolita outfit due to the fact that she is a big fan of an anime series to the point of quoting the anime most of the time to describe her emotions and feelings. When flustered, she reverts back to the shy 13 year old that she is, which adds a ton of points to her moe factor.
Kobato also has a strong brother complex and is extremely close to her brother. She refuses to let any other females touch him and sees them as a threat, competing with them for his affection. She is the perfect imouto to have - being in the otaku lifestyle and vulnerable at the same time, such that you simply want to give it your all in order to protect her!
6. Kousaka Kirino from Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 2010 to Dec 2010
Kirino has to hide her otaku lifestyle from her family due to the strict upbringing of her parents. Her passion for the hobby is so fervent that when her brother Kyousuke found her secret stash of anime items, she ropes him into the world of anime and reestablished their broken relationship of a few years.
Similarly to Umaru, Kirino is an avid otaku. She shares her items with you and encourages the hobby. It's comforting to know that someone shares the same hobby as you especially since it's one of your own family members.
5. Araragi Karen from Nisemonogatari
- Episodes: 11
- Aired: Jan 2012 to Mar 2012
Karen is the more boisterous and loud sibling between the Araragi sisters. She is highly energetic and active with a burning passion of justice. To maintain her values, she takes up different forms of martial arts as well as excelling in sports as well.
Often dressed in a yellow jumpsuit over a black tank top, her choice of dressing often masks her physical feminine traits, and she was shown to be particularly attractive even to her own brother.
Being tomboyish in general, it is apparent that it is much easier for her brother to communicate with her, and they often indulge in different topics of conversations, sharing a much more questionable and deeper relationship than that of sibling love.
4. Shiro from No Game No Life
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 2014 to Jun 2014
Alongside her brother, Sora, the both of them form a formidable gaming team known only as Blank. Both share exceptional intelligence but Shiro is usually the more composed and analytical of the two. She has a strong brother complex and the both of them are codependent on each other. When separated, both will suffer a mental breakdown unless they are reunited.
While technically being step siblings, both of them share an intense bond, leading not an individual life but a collective life which is dependent based on the decisions made by the both of them. The relationship between these 2 is the height of sibling relations (maybe a little intense and exaggerated) whereby the both of them are in a reciprocal relationship, caring equally for each other.
3. Onodera Haru from Nisekoi:
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 2015 to Jun 2015
We sometime forget the roles that a supporting character play. More often than not, we are more focused on the main characters and how the story develops from there such that we fail to notice the side stories.
In this example, we would like to highlight the scenario of one particular side character. Haru may be an underwhelming choice for Raku for obvious reasons. But if we disregard the main story line, most of the actions of the earlier part of the anime revolves around how Haru tries her best to dissuade her older sister, Kosaki from being friendly with Raku.
Due to a misunderstanding, Haru mistook Raku for a malevolent individual who is seeking to corrupt the purity of her sister. She took matters into her own hands and often comes in between them for the purpose of separating them further.
Usually, it is the role of the older sibling to care for the younger sibling. In this rare example (and another further down the list), the roles are reversed and we are able to see that Haru deeply cares for her sister just as much as Kosaki cares for Haru as well. This just shows just how close of a relationship that the both of them share.
2. Shiba Miyuki from Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr 2014 to Sep 2014
With an undying devotion to her brother, and the beauty to match the level of intense dedication to her brother, Miyuki is perhaps the best sister you could ever wish for. Her loyalty to her brother, Tatsuya, is so overwhelming that she will not allow another person, yet alone man, to touch her. The mere thought of marrying someone is enough to disgust her.
In short, it is as though as she has a codependency complex, but does not leech off you and instead, offer her whole being to you for your protection and happiness. Think of how cool it would be? Miyuki is practically a guardian angel!
1. Tsukamoto Yakumo from School Rumble
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Oct 2004 to Mar 2005
Yakumo was originally conceptualized to be the perfect wife material. Soft spoken and reserved, not much is known about her except for her extraordinary bond with family members as shown as how protective she is to her older sister, Tenma. Yakumo accepts her responsibility of a sibling without complaining. She excels in everything including cooking, sports and academics.
Her sole purpose and belief is the caring of Tenma and ensuring her happiness without expecting anything in return. Despite being only in high school and being the younger sibling, she already carries the aura of a traditional, Japanese mother. Yakumo is an exemplar of our ideal sibling to the point that we may even question if such a person truly exists. She's just... perfect in every way.
Do you agree with some of the picks from the above? Sure, some of us may have sisters that we simply can't bear with. However, the fact remains that they are still family and they just might show the least bit of concern for you, especially when you need it the most.
Is there a particular anime sister that reminds you of your own sister? Perhaps they might not be in the list, but do share with us which anime sister you feel in your opinion best reminds you of your own sister.