20 Anime with Introverted Main Characters

Anime with Introverted Main Characters
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Anime with Introverted Main Characters
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To serve their adventurous plots or themes about human connection, many anime feature extroverted protagonists who are larger than life. But anime with introverted main characters are also common.

While everyone can enjoy anime, they tend to be particularly popular with introverts simply because they're comforting and entertaining for those who love spending time alone.

Anime shows have diverse protagonists, so fans with introverted characteristics, such as the need to recharge after social interactions, can see themselves represented in all genres.

If you also have a small group of close friends and enjoy solitude, you might identify with the introverted anime characters listed in this article.

  1. Puella Magi Madoka Magica

    Anime with magical girls are not new, but having a series with three main introverted characters is rare.

    In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, three of its main characters, Sayaka Miki, Homura Akemi, and Madoka Kaname are introverts.

    The interesting thing is that despite all being introverts, their personalities are still different from each other.

  2. Hyouka

    Hyouka follows Oreki Houtarou, a lazy teenage boy who likes saving his energy by being alone. One day, he meets a mysterious girl named Chitanda Eru.

    Eventually, Oreki solves the different mysteries at his school and reveals that he is actually smart.

  3. Rurouni Kenshin

    The series has a historical genre that centers on samurai in the school. Kenshin Himura, the series’ protagonist, has shown all the signs of being an introvert with a twist.

    The show made his personality a bit different from the usual introverts as he has a way with words.

  4. Classroom of the Elite

    The series takes place in Koudo Ikusei Tokyo Metropolitan, an elite high school. The school promises that its students will surely get jobs after they graduate or enter big universities.

    The main protagonist is Kiyotaka Ayanokoji, who is an introvert. He then discovers that for them to get high grades, the class needs to work together.

  5. The One Being Sung

    Another historical anime is The One Being Sung. It might fall under the war genre but it contains drama and some romance.

    The main protagonist is Hakaro, who likes to think alone. He also prefers doing everything in his head.

    Just like Kenshin, he has the usual formula for being an introvert as he is skilled at communicating with others.

  6. Tokyo Ghoul

    Kaneki Ken is an introverted person who is quiet but has hidden powers.

    Tokyo Ghoul focuses on a world where Ghouls and humans live together. Some Ghouls can blend and mingle with society, adding fear to humans.

  7. Sword Art Online

    Kazuto Kirigaya or Kirito is a gamer at heart. With this, it is no longer a surprise that he is passionate about games, particularly about virtual reality gaming. He is also an introvert with a caring personality.

  8. Aldnoah Zero

    Despite being an introvert, Inaho Kaizuka is an exceptional fighter. He is also a master strategist who can beat advanced robots.

    The story is set in a time when people can move to Mars and a technology called Aldnoah was discovered.

  9. Noir

    Noir has both personalities: Kirika is the introvert while Mariel is the extrovert. They are both freelance assassins.

    Kirika rarely speaks, and when she does, it means she feels that it is necessary. Aside from that, she is known to be great at planning and strategy.

  10. OreGairu

    The series is known for its unique storyline wherein two anti-social students join the Volunteer Service Club.

    Hikigaya Hachiman is an introvert who hates socializing. As such, some of his classmates hate him for his introverted personality.

  11. Kokoro Connect

    Just like Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Kokoro Connect has three main characters as introverts. They are Taichi Yagashi, Inaba Himeko, and Yui Kiriyama.

    The series focuses on school life but is a psychological type of series.

  12. Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

    Like other introverts, Sakuta is socially isolated and does not care about fitting in with the rest of society.

    He then meets Sakurajima Mai, who is a former child actress. The twist is that Sakuta is the only one who can see Sakurajima because of Puberty Syndrome.

  13. Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki

    Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki is another anime with a gamer main character who struggles with everyday social interactions.

    His life changes when he discovers that a key player in his favorite online game is his very popular classmate.

  14. Lonely Castle in the Mirror

    Lonely Castle in the Mirror is a heartfelt anime movie that explores the devastating effects of school bullying.

    Kokoro is an introverted and shy girl who cannot bear to go to school after a bullying incident traumatizes her.

    Through the castle she accesses through her bedroom mirror, she meets friends with similar issues, though it takes her a little while to connect with them and unlock the lonely castle's secrets.

  15. The Ancient Magus' Bride

    In The Ancient Magus' Bride, Chise Hatori arrives in England after a lifetime of loneliness and abuse.

    While she's perfectly capable of making friends and enjoys doing so, she is also a bit shy and a keen observer with a rich inner life.

    Like most introverts, she needs some time to recharge after socializing.

  16. Sonny Boy

    Sonny Boy has an ensemble cast, but the trio we follow more closely is all introverted.

    The obvious highlight is Mizuho, a relatable loner who prefers cats to people.

    Nagara and Nozomi are also introverts. The former struggles with communication, while the latter is happy to be herself even if it isolates her from others.

  17. Mushishi

    Mushishi follows a character who travels around a lot, helping different people with their supernatural problems.

    While Ginko is perfectly capable of communicating with others, he gives off the impression that he's content in his solitude.

    The anime's quiet, mellow atmosphere is perfect for introverts who want to recharge.

  18. The Tatami Galaxy

    If you're looking for a weird anime with a unique style, The Tatami Galaxy might be for you.

    The series follows a lonely college student who realizes that he has been wasting his university life and resolves to do something different to meet the raven-haired girl of his dreams.

  19. Rozen Maiden

    Rozen Maiden follows Jun, a boy who struggles to socialize and spends all his time at home, only interacting with his sister.

    While aimlessly shopping online, he receives a box containing a sentient doll that pulls him into a supernatural battle.

  20. Horimiya

    In Horimiya, half of the main couple, Izumi Miyamura, seems aloof and anti-social on the surface.

    However, the mysterious and introverted student conceals hidden depths, and, while he likes to keep to himself while at school, he is actually a loyal friend to those who get close to him.

These are only a few examples of introverted anime protagonists.

While misunderstandings about introverts are not uncommon, many anime dispel those, realistically addressing the loneliness of those who might find interactions intimidating but still love making friends.

Moreover, many of these titles focus on the positive attributes introverts can bring to their friend group, such as a sense of calm and much-needed introspection.

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