Nowadays, female characters in anime and manga culture are gaining more and more prominence and relevance in the stories that are told. It is a phenomenon that has been growing in recent years and that is reason to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Previously, the women in the anime and manga were relegated to supporting roles, as simple fanservice objects or as damsels in distress who needed to be saved by the male characters. However, this has been changing and currently you can find a lot of female characters who are real heroines and protagonists of their own stories.

Commemorating International Women’s Day, it is important to highlight the representation of powerful women in the anime world. From characters with supernatural abilities to brave and cunning warriors, the anime has created a large repertoire of influential female characters.

In this article, we introduce you to some important and powerful female characters in the anime, those who have inspired many women around the world through their courage, determination and strength.

Saber – Fate/Stay Night

Saber is a main character in Fate/Stay Night, an action fantasy anime series. Saber is a mythical character who has been summoned to fight in the Holy Grail War, an epic battle between mages. With supernatural abilities and a magical sword, Saber is a force to be reckoned with.

Kagome Higurashi – Inuyasha

Kagome Higurashi is the female protagonist of Inuyasha, a romance adventure anime. Kagome is a high school student who is transported through time to the feudal era of Japan, where she encounters a half-demon named Inuyasha. Kagome is brave, determined and has supernatural abilities.

Mikasa Ackerman – Attack on Titan

Mikasa Ackerman is one of the main characters in Attack on Titan, a post-apocalyptic anime series that follows humanity’s struggle against the titans. Mikasa is a brave soldier and combat expert who protects her friends and allies with unparalleled strength.

Erza Scarlet – Fairy Tail

Erza Scarlet is one of the main heroines of Fairy Tail, a fantasy adventure anime series. Erza is a powerful mage who leads the team of advisors of the Fairy Tail mage guild. With her magical sword and her ability to change armor, Erza is a formidable warrior.

Sailor Moon – Sailor Moon

Princess Serena Tsukino, also known as Sailor Moon, is an anime icon. With her sailor costume and moon tiara, Sailor Moon leads a group of female warriors to save the world from the forces of evil. In addition to her bravery and leadership, Sailor Moon is also known for her compassion and unconditional love. Sailor Moon is a true anime icon and a symbol of feminine strength.

Lycoris Recoil

We can’t pass up the girls of Lycoris Recoil, as Chisato, Takina and a group of girls become embroiled in a dangerous conspiracy and must fight to protect their loved ones and save the world. Each of them possess unique abilities and steely determination, making them inspiring female characters.

We know we have overlooked many other girls worthy of being on a list, but it is important to note that they are all endlessly inspiring and a reflection of the struggle for gender equality around the world and this already represents a step towards a more equal and just society, where women have the opportunity to be valued for their skills and strengths, rather than being reduced to mere ornaments or props in the plot.

For this reason, the empowerment of female characters in anime and manga culture is a celebration on International Women’s Day. It is a reminder that women have the right to be seen and treated as equals, regardless of their environment.