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Japanese Fans Rank Anime’s Most “Pitiable” Female Characters

Another top 20 list from our favorite pollsters Charapedia – they’ve asked their readership to rank anime’s coolest middle-aged gentlemen, scariest females, and now anime’s most pitiable heroines.

What anime girls have Japanese fans saying, “aww, poor blahblah-chan”? Let’s find out:

20. Nagisa Furiuawa (Clannad)

19. Miki Makimura (Devilman)

18. Lucy (Elfen Lied)

17. Yozora Mikazuki (Hanagai)

16. Tsubasa Hanekawa (Monogatari series)

15. Sachi (Sword Art Online)

14. Shirley Finette (Code Geass)

13. Akari Akaza (YuruYuri)

12. Misuzu Kamio (AIR)

11. Mayuri Shiina (Steins;Gate)

10. Index (A Certain series)

9. Stella Loussier (Gundam SEED Destiny)

8. Sayaka Miki (Madoka Magica)

7. Sakura Matou (Fate/stay series)

6. Ran Mouri (Detective Conan)

5. Mami Tomoe (Madoka Magica)

4. Homura Akemi (Madoka Magica)

3. Meiko “Menma” Honma (Anohana)

2. Kotonoha Katsura (School Days)

1. Kaori Miyazono (Your Lie in April)

Coming in in the number three spot: Anohana’s Menma. who died in an accident as a child and is, you know, a ghost. Yeah, that’s pretty pitiable.

Number two: School Days’ Kotonoha, who’s envied by the girls, feared by the boys and is the subject of many a rumor despite actually being polite and reserved. And that’s before people start getting murdered.

But anime’s most pitiable girl, say Charapedia readers, is Kaori from Your Lie in April. Why? We don’t want to spoil it.

Though it didn’t crack the top three, we’ve got to mention Madoka Magica, which had no fewer than three characters make the list. For good reason: Madoka puts its female protagonists through some tough stuff, man.

What anime girls do you think have it tough?

Source: Charapedia

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Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.