Last week I surprised us all by posting a Top 5 couples post around St-Valentines day. Will my originality ever cease! Well this week, it’s time to balance out all those fluffy feelings with a decisive lack of fluffy feelings. These are my top aromantic anime characters.
There are still very few aromatic characters in fiction directly acknowledged as such by the text but there are plenty of anime characters that seem utterly disinterested in romance in general. And these are the ones I have decided to focus on this week. Because romance isn’t the most important thing in life here are 5 anime characters that don’t consider it important at all!
5. Jotaro Kujo – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures: Stardust Crusaders
I haven’t watched all of JoJo yet so maybe this changes after crusaders, that’s the only reason Jotaro isn’t higher on the list. This particular JoJo is catnip to the ladies. Hardly an episode could go by without some girl throwing herself at him and the guys didn’t seem completely indifferent either.
Yet while, Joseph and mostly Polnareff were actively flirting with any attractive lady that crossed their path, and Kakyoin was playing the gentleman and commenting on beauty, it seemed that romance or even sexuality didn’t even cross Jotaro’s mind. He had the same, generally antisocial reaction no matter who approached him or how. I guess the Joestar line is either gonna branch out somewhere else or he’ll have a kid out of obligation…
4. Haruka Nanase – Free!
Let’s face it, Haruka is special. Like maybe don’t leave him unsupervised with sharp objects type of special. I’m not entirely sure if Haruka isn’t interested in romance or whether the concept of romance simply hadn’t occurred to him. 50% off might have tainted my perception of the character a bit.
This said Haruka has not shown the slightest interest in romantic relationships or any sort of inkling that others could see him as a romantic partner. The character is written in such a way, that I simply can’t imagine him deciding to pursue romance on his own at any point.
3. Tsuyu – My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia takes place in a high school full of teenage boys and girls and assorted hormones, There’s a lot of blushing, a lot of posturing and a lot of giggling going on. Even when characters aren’t interested in any particular person, you can tell that romance and sex are on their minds on some level. There are two exceptions though. Two characters that seem deeply uninterested in the prospect.
One is Bakugo who is supposed to be a pretty boy and it is often stated that he would have great success with girls if he worked on his attitude a bit, But he doesn’t seem like he wants to do that or like he has ever met anyone who interests him at all for that matter. The reason I didn’t pick him though, is that he is very emotionally immature and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him develop an interest in romance as he grows up a bit.
On the other hand, Tsuyu is as mature as they get. And She certainly understands the concept of romance but she just doesn’t seem excited by it. Even when all the girls get together to gossip about boys and crushes, at most she asks polite questions and rarely shows any excitement. I’m not sure if the manga contradicts me as I am not up to speed on that front, but at least in the anime, the attitude fits!
2. Izaya – Durarara
It’s a bit more obvious in the novels than in the anime but still, Izaya has never shown the slightest bit of romantic interest in anyone in particular. Unlike other characters that also don’t seem to have any particular romantic target in the show, he also has no interest in theoretical future relationships of the romantic kind.
In the novels, he is specifically described as exceptionally good looking and a frequent target of romantic interest from others. Something he uses to his full advantage in order to manipulate people but that he has never actually explored for any romantic or sexual interests. He even openly states that he isn’t attracted to any gender. The sexy asexual is a fun archetype and I’m enjoying that Durarara made it to the top spots of both my romantic and aromantic lists!
1- Nozaki – Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun
Nozaki gets the number one spot because how can anyone possibly resist Chiyo? Like really, how? Even if he doesn’t swing that way, just for the adorableness. Also, how could anyone resist Mikoto? There’s really only one explanation as far as I can tell. You guessed it, Nozaki is king aro! At least he is on my list!
I recently ordered all available volumes of the manga. So maybe they do get together at some point. This said, even if Chiyo and Nozaki end up happily ever after, he still deserves the spot for having taken this long. So there!
This list was surprisingly fun to put together. I can’t explain why but it was. You could try your own if you wanted, you’ll see. Or you could just tell me about your favourite suspected aromantic character right now! We can start a brand new list in the comments.
I sort of stuck to aromantic and asexual characters but there are some like Hisoka that seem very sexual but not romantic at all. that could be a fun list as well. Maybe next year.