The world we’ve devoted ourselves to is filled with cute girls with wearing clothes as cute as their button noses. A key visual in this is an essential piece of wardrobe: the skirt. Their skirts are colorful as the rainbow colors of their hair. The hemlines of these staples of the anime girl’s wardrobe are also often so short we know they’d never have gotten away with wearing them in our high schools. We also know they love their skirts, they wear them in winter or in summer, in class or in combat and we love them, too. What is it about the skirt that men love? Is it the ever-present chance of a gentle gust of wind giving us a glimpse of what lies beneath? Is it the zettai ryoiki, the gap between over-the-knee socks and miniskirts? Is it jealousy that we as men don’t have that wardrobe option on a hot day? Or is it simply the fashion? Whatever the reason, those swaying, twirling pieces of fabric catch your eye we’ll count down the cutest skirts in anime.
10. Sena Kashiwazaki from Haganai (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct. 2011- Dec. 2011
Sena is smart, beautiful and desired by the boys in her class. As a result, she doesn’t have any female friends. She says there are two types of girls: the ones who are nice to her and do what she says and the others who are bitches. For those reasons Sena joins the Neighbors Club, a group of misfits at Saint Chronica Academy who all have a serious lack of social skills.
Sena is most often in her school uniform: a white shirt, a neck tie, blazer with added ruffles along the hem and a green plaid skirt. She tops the entire wardrobe off with a butterfly hair clip that makes the look very cute. The skirt is a classic mini. We love Sena’s skirt because of the slip or added ruffles that are similar to the ones on the hem of her blazer. The thin white line of lace not only takes the skirt from plain to cute, but draws the eye down helping us imagine what lies beneath.
9. Mizore Shirayuki from Rosario + Vampire (Rosario to Vampire)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jan. 2008- Mar. 2008
Mizore is a girl in love. She will do anything for the man she loves, Tsukune Aono. She will follow him anywhere in order to be near him. We really mean it, she will follow him anywhere. She’s a stalker, often popping up in the strangest places or just out of thin air next to Tsukune Aono. She is also a loner, member of the school newspaper, and a snow fairy (a very powerful kind of monster).
Mizore is almost always seen in her school uniform, though we do get to see her in a swimsuit and a very cute yukata. She does march to the beat of a different drummer; even her uniform is different from other girls at her school. Mizore wears a white sweatshirt with long blue sleeves that hangs off the shoulder. She wears a black camisole underneath and is constantly sucking on a temperature-regulating lollipop. The rest of the girls and boys at Yoki Academy wear green blazers with the school’s crest on the pocket. The light brown and checkered and pleated skirt Mizore wears is also different from her classmates. The skirt is (of course) a mini that barely descends far enough to make it decent. Mizore’s striped purple over-the-knee socks only accentuate that factor. The tiny kilt also has a buckle on the side giving it a bit of an emo or punk edge.
8. Julie Sigtuna from Absolute Duo
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan.2015- Mar.2015
Julie is one of the sweetest, quietest, most adorable girls ever to form blazing short swords from the power of her soul. She attends an academy designed to teach students with this ability and train them to be an elite fighting force for hire upon graduation. She attends the school with one goal: to gain the strength to avenge the death of her father. The students are paired up with partners, partners they may work with their entire lives called a Duo. She is extremely attached to her roommate and Duo, Tooru, whom she sees as a father figure.
Julie is very cute. She is described as a doll by some of her classmates for her petite size, pale skin and long silver hair tied back with black ribbons and bells. She wears the Kouryou Academy uniform on a daily basis. She wears black stockings, black shoes with silver buckles and a black corset offset by a white blouse worn underneath. The skirt she wears is a royal blue with a white stripe and ruffles around the hem. The Victorian-era formalness of the skirt shows an attention to detail and decorum, making it pretty and especially cute when around the waist of a doll like Julie.
7. Blandelli, Erica from Campione! (Campione!: Matsurowanu Kamigami to Kamigoroshi no Maou)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul. 2012- Sep. 2012
Erica is a beautiful young woman full of courage, willpower, skill and the essential ingredients to be a great knight. Her mission as a member of the Copper-Black Cross is to hunt down heretic gods that, intentionally or not, threaten mortals. She has also promised herself body and soul to Godou, a young man who is discovered to be one of the very few actual godslayers in existence.
Erica wears red and black a lot. The top of her dress is sits off the shoulder with long flowing sleeves, a corset and a white collar with red trim that seems to just wrap around her neck. The skirt she wears is a crimson red and is long and flowing with a few layers of black ruffles. Her whole outfit reminds us of the cute fashions of 18th century Europe. The reason she is on the list is because of what she doesn’t show off. We sometimes can get more immense pleasure from the occasional glimpse of a garter than a bare leg we see all the time.
6. Satellizer el Bridget from Freezing
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan. 2011- Apr. 2011
Satellizer comes from a world where the fight against other worldly monsters has pushed mankind to toy with our genetic code in order to make people capable of defending it. Satellizer is one of those genetically modified girls known as a Pandora. Her life in school is filled with bloody battle after bloody battle and is most often just training, since as a Pandora you can have mortal wounds and be healed. She is known as the Untouchable Queen for her standoffish attitude and sometimes violent reactions to being touched by others.
Satellizer may be a teenager but her body looks like that of an adult. She has long blond hair and an ample bosom exposed by a gap in her clothing between her collar and her corset. Her skirt is long, brown and very plain with the exception of some white ruffles along the hem. We seldom see more than her knee-high boots under the skirt, but that doesn’t matter. Satellizer’s skirt is very long compared to her classmates’ and does a good job at establishing her character’s reserved nature, making it a great representation of her personality.
5. Mikoto Misaka from A Certain Scientific Rail Gun (Toaru kagaku no Railgun)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct. 2009- Mar. 2010
Mikoto is a special girl, and we aren’t saying that because of her tsundere personality. She is an esper; she has the special power of electromagnetism. Misaka lives in Academy City and attends school with other espers hoping to gain better control over their powers. She is nicknamed the Railgun due to her ability to fire off metal objects at near the speed of light with her powers.
She wears the rather plain school uniform as a student at Tokiwadai Middle School and isn’t what you’d ever consider a fashion plate. She wears brown loafers, socks that slip down around her ankles and a white blouse under a light brown sweater vest. Her skirt is rather unremarkable; simple and gray with large pleats, yet Mikoto makes this list for a most cute wardrobe trait, shorts. Mikoto is so adorable and cute she wears shorts under her skirts. We aren’t sure how often or if she does every time she wears a skirt, but we have to admit it is one of the cutest traits we’ve ever seen.
4. Chikane Himemiya and Himeko Kurusugawa from Destiny of the Shrine Maiden (Kannazuki no Miko)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct. 2004- Dec. 2008
Chikane is from a noble family and is considered to be beautiful and elegant. She spends her free time as a member of the archery club and as a shrine maiden. Himeko Kurusugawa is a shy and innocent girl with self esteem issues due to abuse she suffered as a child and doesn’t have many friends because of her timid personality. The thing that makes both Himeko and Chikane special is that they are the reincarnations of the sun and moon goddesses.
The girls make the list because we know there is something to be said for the conservative, innocent look of the shrine maiden. The white wrapped tunic top, the long hair, and the colorful skirts that bring their submissive, quiet image out of the background are part of a complete package of cute. We find the cuteness factor is exponentially raised each time they blush at the mention of their beauty. Chikane and Himeko make the list for their innocence and purity while making the most conservative clothing the cutest.
3. Kofuku Goddess of Poverty (Noragami)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan. 2014- Mar. 2014
The word cute is not enough to describe the adorableness of Kofuku. Her cheery personality and “look on the bright side of life” demeanor disarms you and makes you want to spend time with her. She is a goddess that doesn’t have much of a following but is easily anchored in the world because of her trade. She runs a small gambling parlor, which is perfect when you are the goddess of poverty. She is very kind and opens her home to her friends when they are in need. She simply seems like the girl next door -- if the girl next door was likely to bankrupt you.
Kofuku is a petite and totally cute with short curly pink hair with numerous loose strands and an ever-present smile. She wears a white blouse, with a pink plaid patterned tie hanging loosely around her neck. The skirt she wears is a pleated pink plaid patterned piece that is technically a mini, but not nearly as short as some of the others we see in anime. The white ruffles at the hem really make the skirt, giving it a light floaty feel and a personality as cute as its wearer.
2. Modoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica (Mahou Shoujo Madoka*Magica)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan. 2011- Apr. 2011
Modoka is kind, almost to a fault. She is the type of girl who wants to help others in whatever way she can. She has a tendency to be quite timid but doesn’t shy away from stepping up when she has to. The opportunity for Modoka to become a magical girl feeds right into her need to help people.
Modoka’s school uniform isn’t all that unique, it’s her costume as a magical girl that earns her a place on this list. The extremely frilly outfit is white and pink and perfectly matches the pink of her hair, which is often adorned with ribbons and bows. The poofy capped sleeves, white knee-high socks and red boots with bows just scream magical girl. The skirt is white with pink diamond trim with red borders and bows. The hem has layers of ruffles with a white petticoat underneath. The soft pink color, shape and uniqueness are perfect examples of why Modoka is on this list as she and her skirt are cute as can be.
1. Muse from Love Live! School Idol Project
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jan. 2013- Mar. 2013
Muse is a school idol group from Otonokizaka High School that sings and competes in the Love Live! competition in order to attract prospective students to their school, which has been threatened with closure from lack of enrollment. The students that make up the all-girl singing group each bring different talents to the table and wouldn’t have been friends if it hadn’t been for their shared love of singing and performing. The group does succeed in attracting students and becomes one of the teams to beat in the national competition.
We chose the ladies of Muse because they all look so damn cute. The school uniforms with their simple blue blazers and blue plaid skirts are cute in their own right, but the competition costumes are out of this world cute. The white blouse, red plaid skirts with suspenders were really cute, the black miniskirts with the white trim that seemed to be a two-piece take on a maid costume were hot. The white costume from the Snow Halation performance with the fur-trimmed boots and white skirts make you want to take a walk in a winter wonderland with the whole group. Muse makes number one on the list because of variety. We love that we don’t just see the same uniform day after day; we see creative costuming that carries cuteness to the next level.
We love skirts. We could be called skirt chasers for our love of flouncy fabric flowing from the waists of our favorite female cuties. The skirt is a promise of possibility; we can see it like the wrapping paper of a beautiful gift. It can be sexy, it can be innocent, or it can simply be a beautiful ornament around the waist. We just know that the world of anime is filled with gorgeous skirts of various lengths and we are thankful for each and every one of them.