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Welcome, ladies and gentlemen! If you dress up in your best, dream about old fairy tales and enjoy tea parties, this is the place you should be. We are going to talk about Lolita Anime! That is, anime with female characters that dress up in Lolita fashion. And what is Lolita? Well, this is part of a subcultural movement that started in Japan, inspired by Victorian, Edwardian and Rococo clothing. Nowadays, it has expanded to include medieval, Wa Lolita (Japan) and Qi Lolita (China), among others. What doesn’t change is the taste for all things historical. So, let’s find some of the best Lolita Anime ever, shall we?
10. Dance in the Vampire Bund
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 7 to Apr 1, 2010
If the first thing that grabs your attention from this anime is the naked protagonist, you are going to be a bit disappointed. Mina Tepes is more than a pretty face (and body), because she is Dracula’s daughter and the queen of all vampires. She will not stop at anything for the sake of creating a safe country for her fellow vampires, while counting with her faithful werewolf Akira Kaburagi for help. Oh, and she dresses up in outstanding Lolita garments.
The best part of Dance in the Vampire Bund is the action. Unfortunately, the quest for a safe heaven for all vampires is not easy, because you know, prejudice followed by attacks. The other good point is how Mina and Akira bond. It is not your typical falling in love at first sight situation, but a relationship that evolves slowly.
9. Alice to Zouroku
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 2 to Jun 5, 2017
Sana has only known misfortune for most of her life. After escaping from a laboratory where she was a test subject, Sana encounters an old man called Zouroku. So, what happens when this magical girl who can create anything she imagines is adopted by your regular, grumpy old man? You will have to discover it in Alice to Zouroku 😉
Most Lolitas in anime apparently are Gothic Lolitas. Therefore, it is refreshing to see a sweet girl in pink. The relationship between Sana and Zouroku reminds us of Heidi and her Granpa Hessen. Only that well, Alice to Zouroku has magic and interesting battles combined with whimsical daily life.
8. Umineko no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Jul 2 to Dec 24, 2009
This anime is a great example of why you should stay away from the occult. The Ushiromiya family reunites again once a year in the house of the family head to discuss their many financial issues. However, this time, Kinzou Ushiromiya knows his life is coming to the end. Therefore, he convinces everyone to perform a ceremony to revive his life love, Beatrice. Let’s just say that it was a bad, bloody and hallucinating idea.
What is great about Umineko no Naku Koro ni is that it will keep you in suspense and scared for a long time. There are so many mysteries and mind games going on that you will question your sanity! If you are into historical anime, you will not like to miss this one. Also, among the many members of the Ushiromiya family, we have Maria, a Lolita and (spoiler ahead), a witch.
7. Dantalian no Shoka (The Mystic Archives of Dantalian)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 16 to Oct 1, 2011
If you are a book lover, wait until you see what Dantalian no Shoka has to offer. Sir Wesley Edward has left an entire library to his grandson Lord Hugh Anthony Disward. The books in there are not only rare, but magical, and they come with a Lolita guardian called Dalian. So now, Hugh has a partner to solve magical mysteries!
If there is something more attractive than a victorian style story, it is a detective story. And if there is something even better, it is a story with magic! Dantalian no Shoka has the most beautiful art and music. You will also fall in love with the unusual relationship between Dalian and Hugh, which is literally full of knowledge, secrets and magic.
6. Hitsugi no Chaika (Chaika - The Coffin Princess)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 10 to Jun 26, 2014
Wars are a business otakus, so when there are no wars, soldiers usually find themselves unemployed. This is the case of Tooru Acura, who finds his opportunity for winning his bread in a Lolita called Chaika. Carrying a coffin wherever she goes, Chaika is looking for the remains of her father, former Emperor Gaz. The tiny problem is that Emperor Gaz was a tyrant, and that helping Chaika would be considered as treason in the present peaceful times.
Hitsugi no Chaika is an unusual bundle of adventure, humor and an imagined world. Chaika is not your average protagonist nor your average princess, but we are not saying this only because she carries a coffin. The girl is perfectly capable of standing by herself! If you like guild style anime with a fantasy touch, Hitsugi no Chaika might be worth a look.
5. Cossette no Shouzou (Le Portrait de Petite Cossette)
- Episodes: 3
- Aired: _Apr 11 to Dec 22, 2004
What is beauty? What is art? Are they inherently linked to life? To death? To both? These are constant questions in the anime of Cossette, which revolves around a crime committed years ago. The objects that were in the room are scattered in an antique shop where art student Eiri Kurahashi works. Eiri becomes obsessed with the portrait of the murdered girl (Cossette), while strange paranormal things occur.
This anime is for all those horror and mystery lovers out there. It also counts with some of the best art and direction in the genre. For being a short ride, Cossette packs every frame with tension and beauty. You will definitely won’t be able to look away from this anime!
4. Princess Principal
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 9 to Sep 24, 2017
Welcome to an imagined steampunk victorian England! The country has been divided in two by the Kingdom of Albion and the Commonwealth. Even a wall has been built in the middle of London. In this scenario, five spies work for the Commonwealth, disguising themselves as students in the prestigious Queens May Fair School.
What is there not to love in Princess Principal? We get the victorian environment masterfully illustrated. We have all the action possible in the missions of the spies. And then, we have the spies themselves! Ange, Dorothy, Chise, Beatrice and Princess are all well rounded characters who represent the lolita girl power at its best.
3. Pandora Hearts
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr 3 to Sep 25, 2009
If you think that by being born in nobility your life is a smooth ride, think again. Oz Vessalius, the heir of the Duke House, has grown up listening to stories about a world called Abyss where dangerous creatures reside. He has regarded the stories and fantasies, but hey, we are in the anime world. Thus, when the Abyss and the creatures turn out to be real, Oz will have to team up with some of them to defend his world.
In Pandora Hearts, we are immersed in an imagined world full of magic. Our lolita (Alice) is none other than a Chain, one of the powerful creatures from the Abyss. You can imagine that she won’t sit down around while everyone else is busy with a battle. However, every single character has a backstory, mainly dealing with loss. The interesting part is what drives them to become a team and fight against the Abyss.
2. Rozen Maiden
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul to Sep 27, 2013
There are several versions and specials about Rozen Maiden, but here, we will talk about the most recent one. Jun Sakurada is a college student who works in a bookstore. One day, he finds a book about doll-making and the pieces to make one. What he will awaken is the first of a tribe of magical victorian dolls who will fight against each other in order to become Alice.
Rozen Maiden is a special anime with many layers. It is not only about the relationship of master-servant that Jun and Shinku the doll have. It is not only about the rivalry between the dolls, either. As everyone learns more about the original creator of the dolls and how the Alice Game works, they wonder how to survive without hurting their loved ones. Rozen Maiden was the first quinta essential lolita anime! However, this time the crown goes to...
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Jan 8 to Jul 2, 2011
Have you ever imagined how would a female Sherlock Holmes work? Or a Lolita Sherlock Holmes, for that matter? The first impression you will receive from Gosick will be on those lines. The protagonist is a japanese transfer student in a European academy, Kazuya Kujou. While looking for ghost stories in the library, he finds a garden where he meets the mysterious Victorique de Blois. As a Watson for Victorique, Kujou will travel with her to solve supernatural cases.
Once again, we have a gorgeously detailed European environment with all things victorian. Gosick tends more to the gothic side (hence the word play in the title), which is reflected in the dark topics of the cases and even in the color of the scenes. Just look how it begins, with a storm and wild animals! However, the focus of the story is in the endearing but powerful combination of a brilliant detective and her helper.
Lolitas came here to stay! Although there are not many recent anime portraying them as protagonists, we can notice that Lolitas tend to be strong characters. The prop of the dreamy girl drinking tea and chatting with her friends is just a disguise. So watch out the next time you see a Lolita in anime! Which other Lolita anime would you recommend? Time to comment away! See you soon 🙂