I normally only do list articles around the 15th of the month, but it appears that today is “Megane Day” in the aniblogging community, so I have decided to write up a list of my five favorite anime characters that wear glasses.
However, this is not being done as a Top 5 list. Instead, I am listing the characters in alphabetical order by their first name.
Hange Zoe (Attack on Titan)
The first time Hange appears, it becomes very clear that this is going to be a very interesting character. Hange’s excitement over researching Titans is almost contagious to the viewer. But, as the series progresses, we see that there is more to Hange that just the excited researcher. Hange is also a capable fighter, and is loyal to Levi and the Survey Corps. To me, Hange is one of the memorable characters from Attack on Titan
Kei Tsukishima (Haikyu!!)
When Kei is first introduced in Haikyu!!, he comes across as a pompous jerk, especially in his interactions with Hinata and Kageyama. But, as the story progresses, we start to understand why he acts this way, and why he seems so aloof with his other team members on the court. But, as the story progresses, we also see him starting to change his attitude, culminating into a major character moment during one of the team’s matches. By the time he hit that major turning point, I had come to like Kei much more than I had when he was first introduced in the series.
Maes Hughes (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Maes is another character who comes across as kind of goofy, yet charming, in his adoration of his young daughter. But we also see that Maes is a very skilled and adept researcher. Unfortunately for him, he turned out to be too adept at it… and, in the end, this cost him dearly. I understand why what happened to Maes had to happen, but I always kind of wished that he could have been in the series longer. I really missed him after his departure.
Sakamichi Onoda (Yowamushi Pedal)
I just included Sakamichi in last month’s list article, so it’s hard for me to say too much more about him. But if you didn’t see the previous list article, I’ll try to quickly summarize my thoughts on Sakamichi. He’s an admirable character, one who evolves from an anime and manga otaku to a bicycle racer that possesses more talent and ability than he realizes for the sport. Even after he has success in road racing, he continues to be modest and humble. He’s an endearing character, and he continues to remain endearing as the series progresses.
Shiroe (Log Horizon)
Shiroe is the main character of Log Horizon, and has acquired the nickname of the “Villain in Glasses” due to his ability to come up with strategies that are clever, yet sometimes can be seen as a little devious. Like when he bought the guild hall and locked the unruly guild, Hamelin, out of it. Or when he found a way to use Nyanta’s cooking skill as a bargaining chip to help fund his new guild, Log Horizon. There are other examples as well, but these are probably two of the most notorious. I’m just really impressed by his abilities as a strategist, and I also liked seeing the character progression we saw him go through during the two seasons of the Log Horizon anime.