The famed, obligatory beach episode: a trope well known to lovers of cute girls. Sometimes in the form of a visit to the pool or a water park, its sole purpose to gift us with beautiful girls in bathing suits, often accompanied by convenient camera angles and an abundance of bouncing. Often criticized by naysayers, these scenes are for the fan service junkies, those of us who would never pass up on an opportunity to see our best girl, at her best.
Being such a frequent occurrence, the number of swimsuit appearances in anime is insurmountable, with new series constantly bringing us yet more gifts of bikinis and suntan lotion. So as to bring some order to the madness, we have compiled a list of some of the best swimsuit scenes out there, so that you can check them out. No matter what your tastes, hopefully you’ll find a girl below just right for you.
10. Ami Kawashima from Toradora
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: October 2008 - March 2009
The mature and adult member of the cast, at least she thinks she is, Ami Kawashima is one of the main five characters in the well-known romcom Toradora. Surprisingly knowledgeable about the feelings of those around her, Ami is a tough nut to crack, and at times it can be quite difficult to work out what she’s really thinking. When she’s not slinking around or giving cryptic advice, Ami can be quite the tease, and has fun messing with the other characters, particularly protagonist Ryuuji.
Ami appears in her swimwear several times throughout the series, often using it as an excuse to show off her model-like body, even if it means causing problems in swimming class. But the best scene is the show’s beach episode, where she appears in a slim, pink and white bikini that looks like it should have problems holding certain things up. Besides the bikini itself looking incredible, it’s her teasing attitude that makes the scene great, popping the giant bow in the center off in front of Ryuuji, followed of course by much bouncing.
9. Misaka Mikoto from A Certain Scientific Railgun (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2009 - March 2010
Starting off as A Certain Magical Index’s fiery tsundere until getting her own spin-off, A Certain Scientific Railgun, Misaka Mikoto is the waifu of many, and for good reason. Along with characters like Toradora’s Aisaka Taiga, Misaka is one of the best examples of what it means to be tsundere, using her insanely powerful railgun ability to destroy anyone who should annoy her even slightly.
But why is the tsundere part so important? Because her swimsuit scene relies on one very important thing: gap moe. Despite her boyish attitude and looks, Misaka’s swimwear is all frills and cutesy colors, and that’s why it works so beautifully. Her uncharacteristic playfulness makes her swimsuit scene insanely cute, along with some great poses that give us a good eyeful of her slender form. If you’re into the cute-sexy thing, Misaka Mikoto is one of the best.
8. Nanami Aoyama from The Pet Girl of Sakurasou (Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2012 - March 2013
Cute and shy, but surprisingly competent, despite her normalness Nanami Aoyama is one of the residents at the bizarre Sakura Dorms, filled with kind-hearted, but strange, students. Classmate of main protagonist Sorata, Nanami spends half her time worrying about her voice acting auditions, and the other half coping with her immense crush on him. Despite being a fairly ordinary character, it’s exactly that which makes her stand out in the series filled with broken people, and makes watching her daily struggles dealing with them amusing.
If there’s only one thing that Nanami’s swimsuit appearance tells us, it’s that she’s being hiding a quite sizable chest this whole time! Nanami’s first appearance in her bikini is one of the best we’ve seen, with her stuck halfway between the confident voice actress and embarrassed high school girl as she adjusts herself. She does a perfect job of sporting the part-undone shorts look as well, which is rarely seen, proving that more skin doesn’t always mean sexier. Also there is running, the running is good.
7. Eru Chitanda from Hyouka
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: April 2012 - September 2012
Equipped with her catchphrase, “I’m curious!”, Chitanda Eru is the driving force behind much of what occurs in Hyouka. Her cheerful and excitable attitude is a complete opposite to protagonist Oreki’s relentless disinterest, and makes her impossible not to like. Being a KyoAni show, her look is distinctively moe, managing to encapsulate both beautiful and cute at the same time with her black, straight cut hair and brilliant purple eyes.
It’s partly Chitanda’s cluelessness that makes her so attractive in a swimsuit: she’s sexy, but has no idea about it. Simple and white, with frill trims, Chitanda’s bikini suits her innocent personality perfectly, and does a great job of showing off her form without simply diving into the realms of ecchi. The pool scene itself includes some great slow-mo shots and downward angles, as well as lasting for almost the entire episode, giving us plenty of time to enjoy the view.
6. Saeko Busujima from Highschool of the Dead: Drifters of the Dead
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: Air Date: April 2011
A katana wielding beauty and one of the many large chested girls to appear in Highschool of the Dead, Saeko Busujima is one of the more mature and admirable characters, driven by a sense of pride and duty. Besides her fighting ability, Saeko is best known for her risqué choices of clothing, most notably her black thigh highs, an unusual choice for a high school girl. Still coping with past trauma, frankly Saeko has a lot on her plate even without zombies around.
Despite having no relevance to the main story, Highschool of the Dead was fortunate enough to get its beach episode in the form of an OVA, Drifters of the Dead. With all the awesome girls in swimsuits, what makes Saeko so special? Well she is easily the most erotic girl in the show, getting some of the more creative and interesting scenes in the episode. In fact out of all the scenes listed here, we’d rate Saeko’s as the most ecchi by far.
5. Charlotte Dunois from IS: Infinite Stratos
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2011 - April 2011
The surprise-but-not-really-a-surprise girl of the group, Charlotte “Charl” Dunois starts out the series masquerading as a boy, which understandably does not last very long at all. Known for being the kinder, gentler member of Ichika’s harem, Charl quite easily became one of the most popular characters in polls, being considered ultimate waifu material. Contrary to her gentle nature, Charl is both strong and determined, with an incredible fighting spirit despite having one of the weakest IS units out of the cast.
Unlike the other girls in the show, Charl gets her own swimsuit reveal in the beach episode, in a racy changing room scene. Contrast to the innocence of her character, a risqué scene like this really increases her appeal, seeing her taking the initiative. The swimsuit itself has a really well thought out design, with the short skirt flattering her lower half whilst still revealing some nice legs, and the halter neck bikini with the large ribbon tie going perfectly with her ponytail, to give her a sweet feminine charm.
4. Kosaki Onodera from Nisekoi
- Episodes: 20
- Aired: January 2014 - May 2014
Super cute and sugary sweet, Kosaki Onodera is the perfect female classmate, especially for main guy Raku due to her massive crush on him. Often helping out at her parent’s sweet shop, Onodera’s caring attitude towards her family and friends is what makes her such a loveable character. Despite concerns and about Raku and Chitoge’s “fake” relationship, she remains one of Chitoge’s closest friends, and sometimes has trouble making selfish decisions regarding her feelings for Raku.
Sorry Chitoge fans, as great as her bikinis are, Onodera steals the show on this one. There’s one thing this list was missing, and that is: a school swimsuit. Onodera’s school swimsuit is one of the best, with Shaft’s wonderful animation showing off her everything so brilliantly. From the swaying of her hips and chest, to the smack of her swimsuit against her thigh as she adjusts herself, everything about Onodera’s scene is on point.
3. Mirajane Strauss from Fairy Tail
- Episodes: 175
- Aired: Oct 12, 2009 to Mar 30, 2013
Calm and composed, Mirajane is probably one of the least crazy members of Fairy Tail, although that isn’t saying much. Head waitress at the guild, she spends much of her time looking after the members, particularly the newer ones, and assisting the guild master with various things. Despite how she seems at the start of the series, Mirajane is no weak little girl, and it’s not long before her S rank, demonic powers rear their head.
Known as the fan serviced filled show out of the big shounen series, it’s no surprise to find a swimsuit babe amongst the cast. Mirajane gets a few appearances in her beachwear, which given her former job as a pin-up model means we get something very nice to look at. The best appearance by far though, is during the Grand Magic Games pinup idol battle (yes seriously) which features her in not one, but four outfits throughout the scene. From bikinis to a school swimsuit, every shot does a great job of accentuating Mirajane’s best features, no matter what she’s wearing.
2. Nami from One Piece
- Episodes: -
- Aired: October 1999 - ?
Now for everyone’s favorite navigator, the Straw Hat Pirates very own Nami. Although very much a good girl at heart, Nami is always on the lookout for treasure, and she’s pretty talented when it comes to profiting from a situation. Despite not having any devil fruit powers or starting off with any notable combat skills, Nami always manages to stick with the crew on their adventures and is more than capable of fighting her own battles using her Clima-Tact, a weather based weapon.
Not afraid of showing some skin, Nami is often seen in bikini style tops throughout the series, and to be fair it looks pretty hot out there. So as you can imagine there are a few swimsuits to choose from for Nami, but this time we’ve gone for her iconic rainbow bikini, featured in the short, Glorious Island. This piece is a great example of One Piece’s in-your-face, bright artwork at its best, with its thin form barley containing Nami’s immense chest and curvaceous hips. Despite being a short special, over a minute of the playtime is dedicated to pure Nami fan service, which is exactly the kind of thing we’re after here.
1. Sena Kashiwazaki from Haganai (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2011 - December 2011
Sena “Meat” Kashiwazaki, known best for her, well, meat, is one of the lead heroines in Haganai, a story about high schoolers so incapable of making friends, that they form a club specifically to practice the art of socializing. As the blonde bishoujo, Sena’s main draw is her good looks and substantial assets. Though given her problems in the personality department she should think herself lucky to have those. A weird combination of eroge nerd and high school princess, much like the rest of Haganai’s cast she’s a pretty rare creature.
You wouldn’t think aqua blue and yellow would be easy to pull off, but Sena somehow manages it brilliantly. Her simple but brazen bikini is hard to forget, with the colors matching her hair and butterfly hairclip, and the shape doing an excellent job of showing off everything she’s got. Although simple, it’s probably one of the best character themed swimsuits about, and suits her perfectly. On top of that, the swimsuit scene itself, taking place at a pool, is dedicated only to her, and gives us only the best in terms of camera work.
So those are our top 10 anime girls in swimsuits, from cute and sexy to blatantly ecchi and barley contained. It’s pretty rare these days for girls to not at least get swimsuit art work, even if it doesn’t get animated, so there’s plenty of content out there for bikini lovers. But with so much available, picking just 10 isn’t exactly easy, and depending on your taste, favorites are bound to be different. But regardless, with summer coming up, hopefully we can expect to see plenty of beach scenes and skin tight art work come drifting our way.
So who was your favorite? Sena and her juicy meat? Nami’s bright and brazen bikini? Or Onodera’s cute and slim school swimsuit? Let us know what you think in the comments below!