Top 10 Female Cancer Anime Characters

When it comes to romantic partners, Cancers have all of the desirable traits. They are loyal and sympathetic and they have a tenacity that is second to none. They are sentimental which will make them deeply attached to you and care greatly for both their friends and their family. They are typically lovers of art and theater and take pride in cooking and helping others. These incredible people are talented in and out of the house and can be incredible individuals. However, as with all zodiac signs, they have their weaknesses. Cancers can be moody and pessimistic. They also tend to be insecure and manipulative which can make for many fights among their beloved friends and family. With their strengths, Cancer is a beloved sign that anyone would delight in knowing, but if they draw on their weaknesses, Cancers can be some of the worst individuals among us.

As with humans, anime characters draw on the strengths and weaknesses based on the sign that they were born under. The creators may have kept this in mind when creating the characters and brought them to life through their character development. This is part of the reason that anime is so mesmerizing. We are able to analyze the characters and find inspiration in them that we can then take and apply to our own lives. The characters listed below are the women born under the Cancer sign that best represent the traits, both positive and negative.

10. Moriko Morioka from Net-juu no Susume (Recovery of an MMO Junkie)

  • Episodes: 10
  • Air Date: October 2017 - December 2017

Unlike typical Cancers, Moriko is very quiet and reserved. She is sympathetic towards others but does not like to speak much so her ability to help is limited. She is suspicious of others and has incredibly low self-esteem which makes her very insecure. Her withdrawn nature is amplified by her desire to be a NEET and adds to her seclusion. Her shy nature allows her to be on our list but puts at the bottom due to her inability to align with the tenacity of the Cancer.

9. Kagari Shiina from Steins;Gate 0

  • Episodes: 23
  • Air Date: April 2018 - September 2018

Kagari is a shy individual who has had a difficult hand dealt to her. After being sent back from the future as a young child, she is unsure of what action to take because of her separation from her family. Because of her experiences early in life though, Kagari is suspicious of everyone she meets but has a very friendly and shy demeanor. She is emotional and sympathetic but is very insecure in herself. Her shyness and general behavior does not match the tenacity of the typical Cancer so this puts her towards the bottom of our list.

8. Akeno Himejima from High School DxD

  • Episodes: 12
  • Air Date: January 2012 - March 2012

Akeno is not your typical high school girl. This busty gal is a fallen angel and a demon. However, her tenacity and loyalty is matched by none. She is sympathetic and extremely emotional. She is high ranking in her court and this is accompanied by tremendous power. Armed with her skills as a demon and a fallen angel, she can defeat almost any enemy and has powerful skills in persuasion. She does not exhibit the more negative traits of a Cancer. Her weakness lies in criticism exhibited by others towards her loved ones. Her temper is not the most stable but this also lends to her innate power.

7. Hiyori Iki from Noragami (Noragami: Stray God)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Air Date: January 2014 - March 2014

Hiyori Iki was initially your average high school girl, kind of… She loved wrestling and could see spirits. However, when she runs into a god, her life will change forever. Hiyori is very protective of everyone she meets and will rush to save them regardless of any consequences. This also leads her to be very naive and childish. Hiyori does not entirely understand the world of spirits and the effects that it can have on her. This leads her to make rash decisions. Hiyori represents many of the positive traits that are found in Cancers but does not exhibit the negative ones which is why she earns a lower spot on our list.

6. Tamaki Kasuga from Hiiro no Kakera (Hiiro no Kakera: The Tamayori Princess Saga)

  • Episodes: 13
  • Air Date: April 2012 - June 2012

Tamaki is extremely protective of her friends and even in her helpless state in the first season, she tries her best to protect even her guardians. She has a cheerful demeanor and is not easily discouraged. Unlike most Cancers, Tamaki is can be incredibly insecure and tries to overcome it when it surfaces. Tamaki is sympathetic to those around her, making her an admirable character in anyone’s eyes. She truly treats all of her friends and loved ones as family, despite some of their negative attitudes towards her. Her loyalty is unmatched and she is deserving of a spot on this list.

5. Serena Tsukino from Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon)

  • Episodes: 46
  • Air Date: March 1992 - February 1993

Serena may seem like a crybaby but she has a strength of character that is not often seen. Despite her insecurities, she rises to face every challenge that confronts her and will stop at nothing to protect the world from the evil Queen Beryl. She is loyal to her friends, though her childish antics often come through in these interactions. Serena’s transition into Sailor Moon made her evolve as a person and allowed her to become the admirable princess that she was destined to be.

4. Kaori Miyazono from Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)

  • Episodes: 22
  • Air Date: October 2014 - March 2015

Kaori is musically gifted and free-spirited. This tenacious girl makes us as viewers want to live life to the fullest just by allowing us to see into her world. Kaori is sympathetic and imaginative and seeks to bring joy to everyone she meets. However, Kaori hides a dark secret that impacts the lives of everyone around her. As with any middle school girl, she can be moody. This is seen in particular with her interactions with Kosei Arima who has given up his talent with the piano. She thinks he is wasting his gift, which is something that she cannot abide by. Kaori represents the positive aspects of a Cancer to the fullest and lives her life through her passion on the violin.

3. Yachiyo Todoroki from Working!! (Wagnaria!!)

  • Episodes: 13
  • Air Date: April 2010 - June 2010

Yachiyo’s strength lies in her ability to help others. She acts as an almost motherly figure to everyone who works for her and those who enter the café. This demeanor puts everyone at ease practically immediately. Her compassionate nature keeps the customers coming back and also lends to a more romantic attraction to her as exhibited by some of the characters. Her loyalty is unmatched and she often shows kindness to those who obviously don’t deserve it. However, if given the chance she can be very moody, especially when approaching romantic situations. This makes her character seem more naive and is very stereotypical of a female Cancer.

2. Touka Kirishima from Tokyo Ghoul

  • Episodes: 12
  • Air Date: July 2014 - September 2014

As a ghoul, Touka must be careful to not reveal her true identity. She must also have the self-control to not let her ghoulish instincts show. While Touka was initially seen as cold and calculating, she eventually gave way to the more positive aspects of the Cancer. After meeting Ken Kaneki she became more docile and sympathetic, both towards humans and ghouls. Her double life allows her to experience the positive and negative aspects of both sides of her which deepened her understanding towards both species. She is an incredibly loyal friend and admirable Cancer which puts her towards the top of our list.

1. Kikyo from InuYasha

  • Episodes: 167
  • Air Date: October 2000 - September 2004

Kikyo is a difficult character to analyze because of her change in demeanor after her death. In life, she was loyal and compassionate, sympathetic and tenacious. Kikyo and Inuyasha had a great love and she carried her feelings to her grave and beyond. After she was resurrected, she harbored a hate that made her much more villainous than ever before. Kikyo was manipulative and moody and did not seek closeness with anyone. After Kikyo’s death, she became a person that was the embodiment of the negative traits of a Cancer unlike her previous exhibition of the positive ones. This flip earns her the top spot on our list of the top Cancer females.

Final Thoughts

Cancers are renowned for their tenacity and loyalty. They seek deep relationships with friends and family and would like nothing more than to sit around a table and have a nice dinner with everyone. However, they are also known for being moody and insecure. As a Cancer, it is important to find a balance between the positive and negative traits to make yourself a more rounded individual. This is true for all traits, as humans we need to equalize our inherent traits in order to be the best possible version of ourselves.

We hope that you have enjoyed our list of the top 10 female Cancers. As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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Author: Lauren

I am an anime lover, travel addict and wanderlust seeker. If I am not watching anime or reading manga, you will probably find me in my garden, playing the piano or writing. I love video games, particularly Final Fantasy and am anxiously awaiting the next release (though it probably will not be for at least five years). I hope that you will take a look into my top 5 anime so you can learn more about me. I hope that my articles will enlighten you and help you grow in knowledge of the anime community!

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