Characters are the heart of any great story, and it is their unique traits that make them stick with us, making us remember them long after we have watched the show. For some characters, it can be the simplest of traits that connect us to them! Even being able to see ourselves represented in a character’s appearance can allow us to identify with them more.
Today, we decided to look at some of the tallest women in anime. These characters are remembered for their height. But they are also remembered for who they are and what they contribute to their anime as a whole. Though not all of these women are abnormally tall in a reality, they are often seen as tall because of the people they are surrounded by. Here are some of the tallest women in anime!
10. Haruka Tenou from Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S (Sailor Moon S)
- Episodes: 38
- Air Date: March 1994 – February 1995
The Sailor Guardians are continuing their duties of protecting the Earth from harm when the arrival of two new guardians and Sailor Mars’ apocalyptic visions signal the onslaught of a new enemy. The new guardians are seeking three Talismans located inside the Pure Heart Crystals of human beings, which will create a Holy Grail that, they argue, will help them to save the world. But with an evil group seeking this powerful relic as well, the rest of the Sailor group isn’t certain if this magical aid is worth the cost of human lives…
One of the newcomers searching for the Talismans, Haruka Tenrou, is Sailor Uranus; the tallest member of the Sailor Guardians. She is often mistaken for a man based on her appearance and is also one of the top race car drivers in Japan, which can make her a little arrogant from time to time. She is quite strong and skilled in martial arts, in addition to her immense speed. Though she is not incredibly tall on her own, compared to the other Sailor Guardians she is the tallest member.
9. Nagisa Aragaki from Hanebado!
- Episodes: 13
- Air Date: July 2018 – October 2018
For both first-year Ayano Hanesaki and third-year Nagisa Aragaki, there is nothing more exciting than a thrilling game of badminton! Alongside the rest of the members of their club and their supportive coach Tachibana Kentarou, Ayano and Nagisa set out to have fun and chase their dreams.
We first meet Nagisa as she appears rather irritable and self-absorbed, worried that she is only a part of the team to make Ayano look good. She later apologizes to the team for her attitude, promising to help get them to nationals. Nagisa is a gifted player, thanks mostly to her physical prowess in running and jumping, though because of her height playing can hurt her knee. She is not incredibly tall in any real sense, but in the world of badminton someone of her height definitely stands out!
8. Ayaka Kagari from Witch Craft Works
- Episodes: 12
- Air Date: January 2014 – March 2014
An average high school boy who is quite happy with his life the way it is, Honoka Takamiya is taking out the trash one day when he sees the school building falling on top of him! When the school’s “Princess” Ayaka Kagari saves him, he discovers that she is a witch who’s been secretly guarding him all along, and that he is not as normal as he seems…
With a stoic expression almost always on her face, Ayaka lords over her school, though she does nothing herself to acknowledge or encourage the accolades. She is a very unusual girl, much taller than anyone else around her and showing interest in sword fighting, professional wrestling, and kabuki. It is her mission to protect Honoka, and she does it overbearingly, worrying over every second that she is not able to watch over him.
7. Risa Koizumi from Lovely Complex
- Episodes: 24
- Air Date: April 2007 – September 2007
Risa Koizumi and Ootani Atsushi are both unusual heights for the average high school student, which in their minds makes it difficult to attract their crushes and find a love of their own. But as they encourage one another and become closer, the two find that it’s possible they could be a better pair than they had thought possible!
Risa is a bubbly and outgoing girl in appearance, though she hides her insecurities about her height and her not-so-girly personality. She is not actually that tall in reality, but her complex about her height and comparing herself to her classmates have made her believe that she is giant, especially compared to the shorter-than-average Ootani. Risa is a loud and impulsive person, struggling with her own self-doubt secretly even as she struggles with the idea of love and dating. For those who have ever felt embarrassed about their height, Risa is easy to identify with!
6. Aphelandra from One Piece
- Episodes: 800+
- Air Date: October 1999 - ongoing
When the “Pirate King” Gol D. Roger is executed, his last words tell of the greatest treasure in the world, One Piece, and bring about a Golden Age of pirates as people hunt the world searching for this grand treasure. Though young Monkey D. Luffy is also searching for One Piece, he and his crew are pirates because of the joy and wonder of traveling the world on an adventure, chasing their dreams as they go!
A member of the Kuja tribe living on the island of Amazon Lily, Aphelandra is much taller than any human woman could ever be. Her melee style of fighting uses this trait as an advantage, as her size is much greater than many of her foes. However, she is a rather timid person, obeying her commands to the letter but kindhearted outside of the battlefield. Though a formidable foe, she truly is the definition of a gentle giant.
5. Sakaki from Azumanga Daioh (Azumanga Daioh: The Animation)
- Episodes: 26
- Air Date: April 2002 – October 2002
10-year-old Chiyo Mihama is the least strange student in her freshman high school class, which includes energetic Tomo Takino, the hot-tempered Koyomi Mizuhara, air-headed transfer student Ayumu Kasuga and the tall, and cat-obsessed Sakaki. Together, this group of friends will traverse the weird, hilarious, and sometimes bittersweet moments of high school!
Sakaki is another character who is uncomfortable with her body, particularly her height over her friends. When she is not worrying about her growing body, Sakaki’s personality shines through, revealing her love of cats. Though she cannot have one initially, as her mother is allergic, when she is able to live on her own she is able to finally have her own pet. Sakaki’s height and her feelings about it are her quirks in the group, but she is much more than that when you get to know her!
4. Ozen from Made In Abyss
- Episodes: 13
- Air Date: July 2017 – September 2017
Riko’s dream is to explore the depths of the Abyss, just as her mother once did, but she has only been able to traverse the highest point of the chasms so far. When she meets a strange robot who looks like a boy, Riko and her new friend begin a dangerous journey deep into the Abyss to discover the truths about his origins.
Deep within the Abyss, Ozen is a legendary White Whistle delver who commands a team of cave bandits. She is often cold and expressionless, towering over those around her as she apathetically surveys all under her command. Though she is actually an explorer and fighter, Ozen’s regal appearance and personality make her seem more like a dark queen.
3. Isane Kotetsu from Bleach
- Episodes: 366
- Air Date: October 2004 – March 2012
Ichigo Kurosaki was just an ordinary high school student, until his family is attacked and he must accept Soul Reaper powers in order to save them from the corrupt Hollow. Since the previous Soul Reaper who helped him no longer has her powers, Ichigo must now step up to hunt down the Hollows in their town, alongside a few of his gifted friends.
The lanky Captain of the 4th Division, Isane is a quiet but fiercely loyal companion, especially on the battlefield. She is frustrated with her height, often going to unusual lengths to make herself stop growing, including eating porridge constantly or deciding not to sleep again. She has unusual and frequent nightmares and can behave rather strangely at times, but Isane is a fierce fighter, worthy of her titles and honors as a warrior.
2. Milly Thompson from Trigun
- Episodes: 26
- Air Date: April 1998 – September 1998
Contrary to popular opinion and the massive bounty placed on his head, Vash the Stampede has never taken a life and actually avoids violence as much as he can, though he is painted as a murderous villain. Followed by two insurance agents, Milly Thompson and Meryl Strife, the trio travel around the planet Gunsmoke freely—that is, until assassins begin to trail them and Vash’s past comes back to haunt him…
Milly is a tall and genuinely kind person who has been traveling alongside Meryl as an insurance agent. Despite having opposite personalities, the two of them work together well and always seem to get out of the worst situations. Milly is airheaded and can cry over simple things like pudding, but she is a valuable companion and important in balancing out the dynamics of their team.
1. Diane from Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins)
- Episodes: 24
- Air Date: October 2014 – March 2015
The Holy Knights of Britannia were seen as heroes for their kingdom, and none were more powerful than the group known as the Seven Deadly Sins. But when there were rumors of the group trying to overthrow the ruler of Liones, they were defeated by the Holy Knights and disappeared, scattered throughout the kingdom. Now, ten years later, the other knights have taken over rule of Liones, and Princess Elizabeth is setting out to find the dangerous Seven Deadly Sins in order to ask for their help. But the members of the Seven Deadly Sins are not what Elizabeth expected at all—will they be able to help her overtake the Holy Knights?
A member of the Seven Deadly Sins and one of the Giant clan, Diane is usually much bigger than everyone else around her, although she has been transformed into human size on a few occasions. She fights alongside her friends, despite being more loyal to King and to Meliodas than anyone else in the group. She is quite brave and strong thanks to her size, though she is also emotionally fragile, insecure about being so much larger than her friends. She is close with King, having lived with him when she was younger, but after King erased her memories and she was left alone, she sees Meliodas as the only person who treated her as a woman rather than a giant. Despite her struggles with being so much larger than her comrades, Diane is a strong and loyal friend, using her gifts to help in whatever way she can.
There are plenty of tall women in anime, but these characters are the ones that stand out the most to us! Though they usually feel insecure about their height, these women use this unique trait to their advantage in both battle and everyday life. They do not let what makes them unique keep them down about themselves but learn to embrace and wield their strengths for good. Of course, their appearances are not everything, as these characters’ personalities shine through clearly as well!
We hope you enjoyed our list of some of the tallest women in anime, and that you found some of your own favorite characters mentioned! Let us know your thoughts on our list in the comments below! And stay tuned for more great articles like this one from Honey’s Anime!