How’s that for an anime top list subject? Super weird? I agree! I have no clue what came over me for this one. I was just sort of thinking about character types we don’t see that often in anime and decided we don’t see many nuns so why not make a list of them. Then I realized we actually see a lot but not so many in the shows I watch.
Then I gave up on any justifications and just put together a list of anime nuns. I got some weird hobbies…
5. Kate TAKAYAMA – Haganai
I have to say little Maria is usually part of the scenes that really didn’t work for me in Haganai. I just don’t connect with the character at all and as a plot device, it wasn’t my thing. But I did like the older and rather unrefined Kate. I have to say if Kate had been more present throughout the series, she would probably have worn me out, the character is kind of one-note but for occasional cameos, she worked out well enough.
The joke of having a very crass and unproper nun is kind of lame, but it got a giggle out of me when used sparingly. I’m not that difficult to make laugh mind you.
4. Sister Yolanda – Black Lagoon
Continuing the trend of nuns that act very much unnunly (that’s a word, right?), we have Eda from Black Lagoon. The show didn’t turn out to be for me and I decided not to continue after the first season however I could be convinced to change my mind rather easily if it turns out that the second season is all about the nuns’ black market business.
That part was really my favourite part of Black Lagoon and I wish we had seen more. Everyone in the show is though as nails and fairly impervious to the law, and the Church of Violence is no exception. I also really like the visual of a nun with an eye patch. I can’t explain why.
3. Index – A Certain Magical Index
Not all female members of religious organizations are nuns. In fact, I should do a top shrine maidens post. I got distracted just writing that. I really like miko.
What I was actually getting at is that I wasn’t entirely sure on whether or not Index actually qualifies as a nun. But she actually really is. In fact, she’s canonically a member of the Roman Catholic Church, more specifically the Anglican Church. Now that is some bonafide nun cred. Does one need nun cred?
How many anime have a nun as a title character? Not tons I bet. I may have had some issues with the series but I can’t deny that Index makes for a great nun character.
2. Sister – Arakawa Under the Bridge
What can I say about Sister? I mean what more do I even need to say, you see that picture up there! Okay, so as far as official nun credentials go, Sister is not quite as impressive as my previous pick, but they do run a chapel and offer both solstice and ministry to those who need it most. And that’s more than good enough for me.
also, like any good nun, Sister is full of love. Just ask Maria! Devotion and an open heart are all you really need to guide your fellow men to the divine. I’m not sure where I got that sentence from. This post is going off the rails. Let’s just all agree that Sister is unconventional but great!
1. Hibana – Fire Force
Wait, is Hibana still a nun or did she renounce the church? I mean I could have just as easily picked Sister but that would have been two sisters in a row and it would have looked a bit weird.
In any case, The Holy Church of Sol (one of my favourite anime religions) is heavily modelled on Christianity and it features nuns in a pretty recognizable way. They wear outfits, they have communion, they run orphanages and give last rites. Anyone that has grown up with the notion of Catholic nuns would recognize them.
But I have never seen a nun-like Hibana. Ok, so I will admit that character design plays a big part in this pick. But it’s not just that. Hibana is a boss and it’s always a delight to see her onscreen. She was never much for organized groups and depending on what’s really happening with the Church she may choose to go against them but I don’t think she has ever actually renounced her faith. In her more vulnerable moments, you can see it peek through and it’s lovely.
There you have it. another kind of odd top 5 list. I’m not sure why I have been choosing these odd topics for my lists lately. Then again I have always chosen to make some weird lists, these ones are normal by comparison.
Ok, so do you have a favourite anime nun? Preferably not from a hentai.