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They are small, they are cute, they are innocent and make our hearts go Dokyun! Loli are the cute girls that, with their innocence and freshness make anime more fun, reminding us an age where everything was simpler. In anime, talking about loli is different from lolicon or lolitas. It refers to the attributes that make something kawai and more youthful.
For the cuteness that captures our hearts and inspires us to rediscover the world through the eyes of these brave girls, so let us share with you our top 10 super cute loli anime. It doesn’t matter if they are sweet tomboys, or the cutest tsundere, loli have inspired the world.
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Oct 2008 - Mar 2009
Sometimes power can come in small packages, and with a punch of comedy. Toradora tell us the story of Ryuuji Takasu, a high school boy with one of the more scariest delinquent faces that you can imagine, and contrary to his caring and house oriented nature, Ryuuji’s looks cause him all sorts of trouble. One day in school, Ryuuji crosses paths with his classmate “The Palmtop Tiger,” Taiga Aisaka who is delicate and small like an elementary school kid, when in reality, she has the power to really kick ass, especially Ryuuji’s.
Toradora is a romantic comedy that brings out all the cuteness of loli anime with the protagonist Taiga Aisaka. Taiga is as petite and beautiful as a bisque doll with the height of a little child. Taiga surprises everyone with the roughness of her personality, because this cute little thing has the mouth of a street fighter punk and the physical power to knock off the toughest of the boys in her school. Only with the support of her best friend Minori and of course the care and patience of our fun protagonist Ryuuji, this pocket size loli tiger shows the inside beauty and kindness that really poses and ends up trapping our hearts with her adventures.
9. Le Portrait de Petite Cossette (Cossette no Shouzou)
- Episodes: 3
- Aired: Apr 2004 - Dec 2004
Le Portrait de Petite Cossette is a loli anime will leave you with chills from its use of sound and visuals. With the kind of psychological drama from horror, Le Portrait de Petite Cossette takes you to meet Eiri Kurahashi, a university student and talented artist. When Eiri takes a part time job in his family’s antique shop, Eiri touches a beautiful venetian glass cup and connects with a little girl named Cossette who asks for his help and starts showing him her life story and the developments that take her existence away.
Cossette is gorgeous. Cossette is dark. A girl with an age that borders in the end of childhood and yet is always delicate and enticing. Depicting the essence of loli attraction, Cossette traps us in a story staged in the 18 century, where it wasn’t unusual to get engaged in the early teens with a much older man. Giving a cautionary tale of the results of an unhealthy romance, Cossette is a dark loli that will enchant you with her striking perfect features and haunt all the boys with the sadness of her dark blue eyes, because even as gorgeous as a French doll, this little girl hides an iron will to end her unresolved issues even if she has to sacrifice Eiri in the process. A true Dark Loli Queen!
8. Dance in the Vampire Bund
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 2010 - Apr 2010
We introduce you an exciting loli anime where the vampire sexiness is highly depicted: Dance in the Vampire Bound. In a world where the vampires are tired of hiding, true blood Queen Wilhelmina Vlad Tepes rises from the anonymity to create a bound of only vampires. The vampire bound called Tokyo Landfill #0 is the background in a power war where our brave protagonists Mina and her knight Akira Kaburagi fight to build a place where pacific vampires can live in peace and safe.
Mina Tepes is one cute vampire with a very endearing “Dojikko” side. Mina and her frilly Gothic lolita fashion make this loli anime fun to watch. Mina is a mysterious girl that likes to act with the arrogance and overconfidence proper of the high class, even when in reality, Mina has a very fragile side that is shown only to those really close to her. Mina is a queen vampire that uses the fact that she’s been encased in a child’s body for thousands of years against the plots to enslave her, giving us an explosive action anime to enjoy.
7. Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Oct 2004 - Mar 2005
Have you ever taken pictures with ghosts in it? Well, for our protagonist Morioka Kouhei, it is a frequent occurrence that spoils his desire to become a professional photographer. While sightseeing to an old castle in Germany, Kouhei unexpectedly ends bringing back with him an unexpected omiyage, the cute vamp Hazuki.
Bringing out the playful side of loli, Tsukuyomi Moon Phase is series that use a lot of catchy phrases like “nekomimi modo”, showcasing many of the characters in super cute cat ears, mittens and tail. Thanks to its cute protagonist Hazuki, this anime shows too a great assortment of cute lolita and gothic lolita fashion. Lolita is the style that both Hazuki and her alter ego Luna prefer, both the followers of lolita fashion and cosplay can look forward to find and enjoy great inspiration in this anime.
6. Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan. 2012 – Mar. 2012
Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! is a loli anime that give us a peek into the life of the 3 cute sisters of the Takanashi Family who, after their parents went missing, starts their life under the care of the young Yuuta Segawa. Yuuta just began his college freshman life and to his dismay ends up as the responsible of his sister´s family. The show highlights how a family can became a family beyond blood relations, and how together we can overcome the difficulties of life, because no matter what, family will always be there.
There are three loli in this loli anime. First we have the adorable and outgoing 3 year old Hina who calls Yuuta “oitan”. There’s 10 year old Miu who mischievously loves to get Yuuta in trouble. We can’t forget 14 year old Sora with a classic but charming tsundere personality. Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! Is an anime that will make you laugh with the 3 different personalities of this charismatic Loli characters, who together with Yuuta will leave you with a special fuzzy feeling.
5. Strawberry Marshmallow (Ichigo Mashimaro)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul. 2005 – Oct. 2005
Strawberry Marshmallow is a loli anime shows the everyday life of Itou Nobue a 20 years old college student who adores her little sister Chika. Nobue dotes on Chika and ends up getting involved in the adventures and everyday occurrences of little Chika classmates and friends, Matsuoka Miu and Coppola Anna, and together, they will get into messy situations that will make you think Kawaii!
In this loli anime, we get to see the everyday life of four loli. It will suck you in to share the occurrences of the typical elementary school and enjoy a lot of ridiculously weird situations that will make you laugh. There’s the cute tomboy Matsuri, who is Chika´s best friend and loves to compete for the attention of her big sister, the beautiful Anna with her blond hair and pinkish skin as beautiful as an English porcelain Dresden doll, and let's not forget the cheerful and “Majime” Chii chan. She is the center that reunites everyone in the group. Strawberry Marshmallow is a series will make you scream “Moe!”
4. The Mystic Archives of Dantalian (Dantalian no Shoka)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul. 2011 – Oct. 2011
Using the setting of the 19 century England to give way to use gorgeous frilly clothes, a mysterious story develops amidst the world of occult books where we get to know the story of Hugh Anthony Disward, a young man that inherits an old mansion and its secrets after his grandfather’s death. Hugh finds in the basement of the mansion an enigmatic beautiful girl called Dalian, who explain to him the duties he has received with the occult library "Dantalian's bookshelf," which stores the prohibited books of the demons called “Gensho”.
With a bit of a dark background, Dalian and Hugh struggle to resolve the mysteries caused by the "Gensho (Illusory Books)” with their ability to access the Dantalian bookshelf, and in their endeavors, we get to see an era where the written word had a real weight and diffusion into society. As fans of Loli, The Mystic Archives of Dantalian will give us a peek into the fashions that inspired Lolita and Gothic Lolita fashion. Wrapped in a very realistic portrayed setting of the Victorian era, the sweets lover Dalian, the blunt silver haired Flamberge and the cold and ruthless Raziel give us a lot of cute options of characters to admire and root for in this series.
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Jan. 2011 – Jul. 2011
Gosick is set at the end of the 19 century, in an imaginary country, where our cute protagonist Kazuya Kujou is swept off his feet by the stunning beauty of Victorique de Blois, even confusing her with a life sized porcelain doll. In reality, this doll is a genius young girl whose mind is so sharp that she helps resolve the most mysterious situations. Now, Kazuya has been unexpectedly involved in a world of murders and mysteries that’ll give a start to their adventures.
Surprisingly, this anime with a mysterious dark setting, give us a warm feeling by sharing the development of the sentiments of the main characters, by getting to know the cute Victorique and her unbreakable mind despite her solitude and loneliness, Kazuya ends helplessly in love with her, making us empathize with both characters’ pureness and naivety.
- Episodes: 11
- Aired: Oct. 2010 – Dec. 2010
We jump back from the romance, to a comedy, about the sweet story and adventures of a cute tomboy who will make you laugh out loud, Barakamon. With an interesting story set in the Goto islands at the south end of Japan, Barakamon depicts not only the real life places and manner of speech, but also it will show us the countryside charm of the far end islands in comparison with the bustling life of the urban places like Tokyo, where our protagonist Seishuu Handa has abandoned his upper class lifestyle, hiding away in a small island in search for the inspiration that will make his Japanese calligraphy art work finally be recognized.
On the island, Sei gets to meet the first grader Naru Kotoishi who with her intrusions and frisky wild nature, changes not only Sei’s art style but inspires him into seeing the world more simply Naru makes a place in his heart with her constant intrusions, giving him for the first time a real sense of family belonging. With an unexpectedly deepness, Barakamon adventures show us that the essence of Loli is beyond frills, dresses and perfect doll like features, but it dwells in the inner beauty, innocence and purity of the young girls like Naru. Naru shows the purity of feelings and the passion for the discovery of the things for the first time. That is the main attraction of Loli!.
1. Rozen Maiden
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct. 2004 – Dec. 2004
Featuring one of the most charismatic and representative heroines in Lolita fashion is Rozen Maiden. In a story where the trauma of being bullied made a boy named Sakurada Jun, a reclusive “hikikomori”, Shinju is the doll that magically appear in his room making of his life a fun mess to watch and an action drama to enjoy. With a proud and ephemeral beauty, Shinju is a gorgeous tsundere doll that behaves as a noble lady with a very tender and caring big sister side. After making a contract with Jun and making him his medium, Shinju ends up involving Jun in the middle of the mystic battle called the “Alice Game” where a group of dolls imbued with souls and magical powers made by the artificer Rozen, fight each other to become “the perfect girls” that deserve to be by his creator’s side.
In a mystic story tinged with romance, Rozen Maiden is a series that attracts the same shounen and shoujo fans, by giving a myriad of characters from the beautiful dolls. There’s the aristocratic Shinju, the tomboy Souseiseki, the childish Hinaichigo, the sadistic Suigintou and the feminine Suiseiseki. Then we have the flesh and blood girls, the loyal Tomoe Kashiwaba and the joyful Nori Sakurada. Rozen Maiden is a heaven of Loli fashions and inspiration of sweet femininity that will make any fan of Loli to take its pick and enjoy their time admiring their beauty and strength.
We hope that our selection of top 10 loli anime will give you time to enjoy at least a fun moment watching lots of cute anime. At most, this list of loli anime will help you to catch some of the true essence of Loli, where in each series is depicted the inner strength, innocence and beauty of different courageous characters that will root in your heart.
Which characters do you think are great loli candidates? Do you know more anime where loli is portrayed in a cute way? If you have more cute loli queens to share with the world we welcome your comments and suggestions!