Anime Characters That Might Be Asexual
Anime Characters That Might Be Asexual
Plenty of anime characters don’t have sex – after all, a lot of it is aimed at kids and teenagers, and the series aimed at adults still doesn’t usually get explicit. That said, it’s pretty rare to come across a character who makes it clear that they aren’t interested, and rarer still to find an anime character who actually identifies themselves as asexual.
As someone who is grey-sexual or grey-ace, I felt I could make a pretty good judgment on these anime characters. I’ve mentioned it briefly in my homosexuality article I did for Yuri on ICE, but no matter our orientation and preference, we’re still people.
Asexuality refers to a lack of sexual attraction, or a low or nonexistent desire to engage in sexual activities. This is distinct from celibacy, which is a conscious decision to abstain from sex, despite the presence of sexual attraction. They can have romantic relationships – though, in Japan, the term “asexual” tends to refer to people who are both asexual and aromantic, while the term “nonsexual” means people who have relationships without sex.
This list focuses on anime characters who are probably asexual, based on their behavior, their words, or what their creators have said about them. Because of said rarity, much of this is up for interpretation.
Asexual Anime Characters(Probably)
Izaya Orihara – Durarara!!
Durarara!!‘s Izaya Orihara is one of the few anime characters who has actually declared himself to be asexual, making him an absolute must for any list on the subject. In the Durarara!! novels, Izaya says that he has no interest in anyone, male or female. While the novel does imply that he had some kind of sexual relationship with Mikage in the past, that doesn’t negate asexuality. Asexual people can and do have sex – they just don’t feel sexual attraction.
Light Yagami – Death Note
Okay, so Light Yagami from Death Note probably is having sex. After all, he has to convince Misa Amane and Kiyomi Takada that he’s at least a little bit in love with them, otherwise, he loses his means of manipulating them. But as mentioned before, asexual people can and WILL have sex with others.
That said, if he were actually a sexual person, he’d be a little more enthusiastic about having two totally hot women salivating over him. Despite ample opportunity, Light Yagami simply doesn’t have the time or inclination. He’s too busy trying to be the god of the new world.
Kars – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Kars of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure sees sex as being basically pointless. In his mind, the only beings that need to have sex are lower life forms who will probably die off before they can do anything meaningful. Perfect beings, such as himself, don’t need to reproduce, and reproduction is the only reason why anyone would bother having sex. Attraction and pleasure don’t enter into the equation for Kars.
Also, his purple and grey color scheme matches nicely with the official asexual pride flag. This is probably unintentional, but still, it’s kind of cool. It’s also the main reason I added him to the list. I love our Ace flag!
Saitama – One Punch Man
Saitama from One Punch Man gives a lot of fans “ace vibes.” Okay, sure, he wears a sweatshirt that says oppai (boobs) on it, but he never reacts to the presence of real breasts or anything else sexual that comes his way. The sweatshirt itself seems pretty ironic in that light.
If he wanted to have sex, the man would be on Z City’s equivalent of Tinder. Instead, he’s content chilling at home with Genos. Though on that note, I’m totally fine with shipping him with Genos. He’s gorgeous. Why is it that anime people are always attractive to me and never real people?
Haruka Nanase – Free!
Many fans see Haruka Nanase, the protagonist of Free! as asexual. This is ironic given the fanservice present in the show, but there’s evidence for it. Haru’s primarily desire in life is to be immersed in water; this is the only time when he feels “free.”
While being emotionally disconnected from others doesn’t automatically imply asexuality, Haru never expresses any sexual desire for anyone. In a series where characters constantly connect through hugs, Haru hardly ever touches anyone. One could argue that he’s sexually attracted to water, but that might be stretching things a bit.
Still, I enjoy all the fanfiction that put Haruka Nanase with others like Rin and even Gou, depending on my mood.
Nagisa Shiota – Assassination Classroom
Nagisa Shiota of Assassination Classroom is only twelve years old, so he could simply be a late bloomer. While his same aged classmates are developing crushes on each other, he’s more focused on honing his assassination skills.
When sexually charged things happen around him and his classmates get nosebleeds, he just looks confused. Also, after the time skip, while other characters have gotten married or entered relationships, Nagisa has elected to focus on his career.
What do you think? Agree or no? Let me know in the comments below.