This post is the final in our series to identify the top characters in anime based on their birth month. I want to thank everyone for your comments and enthusiasm. Thanks!
Anime and manga have given us an expansive universe of compelling personalities. These diverse characters and genres make it extremely difficult to compile a list of ten remarkable characters. A lot of time and effort went into researching this post. The result of which is an evenly balanced inventory of anime personalities who, according to their creators, have a birthday in November.
As you review the post, please feel free to let me know if I overlooked your favorite anime or manga character. Leave a comment below and let me know your picks.
- Birthday: November 23
- First Anime Appearance: Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro, Ep. 1 “Senpai is a bit…/Senpai, don’t you ever get angry?” (2021)
Absentminded, Yoshi is a female student at Kazehaya High School. She is part of the Nagatoro’s clique, which includes Gamo-chan and Sakura.
Simple-minded but energetic, Yoshi is an attractive girl with blonde hair pinned back in pigtails. She sports an open-mouth expression, as a visual of her cluelessness. The series hammers this home by referring to her as a ‘moron’ for her poor academic achievement. A consummate follower, Yoshi mimics the taunts and actions of Senpai in Nagatoro’s inner circle. Secretly, she likes Senpai’s manga, referring to him as the ‘grandmaster of manga.’
Yoshi is a cliché of the dopey, fun-loving follower. She provides much-needed comic relief to offset the clique’s bullying of Senpai. With a combination of persona and attractiveness, fans count Yoshi as one of their favorite characters in anime.
9. Chizuru Akaba
- Birthday: November 22
- First Anime Appearance: Student Council’s Discretion, Ep. 1 “Student Council Chats” (2009)
A Hekiyou Academy student, Chizuru Akaba is one of the series leading female characters. She is the Secretary of the 32nd Student Council.
On the surface, Chizuru is an attractive and solemn high school student. The reality is that she is the student council’s sadodere. A sometimes sadist, she uses a combination of physical and mental manipulation to influence the series’ male protagonist. When her cruel acts fail, she controls the Council’s male leadership by dressing up in cutesy outfits. The primary focus of these antics is on the Council’s President and Vice President, Kurimu Sakurano and Ken Sugisaka. These actions come from a place of insecurity and inability to maturely express her feelings towards them.
There is something about eccentric, cute girls manipulating young boys that resonates with fans. To this point, Chizuru Akaba is no exception. The struggles we all face with appropriately manifesting one’s fondness for another is why Chizuru is a great main character and one of November’s fan favorites.
8. Rakshata Chawla
- Birthday: 17 November 1989
- First Anime Appearance: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Ep. 17 “Knight” (2007)
A tall and attractive woman, Rakshata Chawla is the head scientist for the Black Knights. She desires to end world conflict through technological development.
Born in the Military District of India, the series gives little hint of Rakshata’s childhood and family. She attended the Imperial Colchester Institute, mastering medical cybernetics. When India backed the Black Knights, she would lend her scientific expertise to their cause. Inventing Radiant Wave Technology, the weapon uses a focused radiation beam to destroy the opposition. The Holy Britannian Empire would take her prisoner, with them releasing Rakshata only after Lelouch’s death.
Rakshata Chawla is a dynamic character whose mannerisms and intelligence draw us to connect with her. Specifically, she is confident in herself and is unabashed at acknowledging this fact to others. Her poise resonates with fans, who identify Rakshata as one of our favorite anime characters with a birthday in November.
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7. Khun Aguero Agnes
- Birthday: November 29
- First Appearance: Tower of God, Ep. 1 “Ball” (2020)
Khun Aguero Agnes or simply ‘Khun’ is one of the series’ main characters. Intelligent, he is calm and collected but also ruthless when taking on an opponent.
Khun is one of several children to Khun Eduan, a High Ranker akin to royalty. His father would force his offspring to fight one another for the honor of bearing the family crest. Khun emerged victoriously only having the father disown him for his sister’s failure to become a princess to Zahard. His father’s injustices prompted Khun to take the tyrant’s magical items. The series shows Khun to be a cunning teen, who manipulates the rules to succeed.
Khun Aguero Agnes’ intelligence is his greatest weapon, as the series shows him to be an excellent tactician. His logical fighting style combined with magical items make Khun a tour de force in the arena. Psychologically and emotionally abused, Khun Aguero Agnes’ perseverance over adversity resonates with fans to make him one of our favorite characters with a birthday in November.
6. Makoto Tachibana
- Birthday: November 17
- First Anime Appearance: Free!, Ep. 1 “Reunion at the Starting Block!” (2013)
Makoto Tachibana was a competitive backstroke swimmer and captain of the Iwatobi High School Swim Team. A successful high school athlete, he would pursue a degree in sports medicine.
The Tachibana family lives in Iwatobi, a small fishing village along Japan’s coast. A traumatic natural disaster fostered Makoto’s fear of the ocean. Despite his fears and tall stature, he would pursue competitive swimming over junior high school basketball. A disciplined individual, he rose to the position of team captain. Generally, Makoto is easygoing but his teammates can sometimes wear on his last nerve.
Makoto Tachibana is a beloved anime character. At the height of his popularity, anime fans voted him as the Sexiest Anime Man in 2013. Almost a decade later, he continues to have a following. This staying power ensures that Makoto Tachibana will continue to be a popular tour de force for years to come.
5. Yui Hirasawa
- Birthday: 27 November 1991
- First Anime Appearance: K-On! Ep. 1 “Disband the Club!” (2009)
The Ho-kago Tea Time’s eternal optimist, Yui Hirasawa is the primary protagonist of K-On!. A bit absent-minded, her enthusiasm is the spirit of the Light Music Club’s band.
Easily distracted, the rigor of academic life is a struggle for Yui. She has difficulty passing her classes except for the ones in fine arts. With no musical talents, her recruitment into the Light Music Club’s band occurred purely by chance. She mistook the Club’s name to mean that the group was for beginners seeking to play easy music, such as whistling. Her misread would result in Yui becoming the Ho-kago Tea Time’s lead guitarist and vocalist.
Yui Hirasawa is an authentic personality, who genuinely loves life and friendships. Her cheerful nature lends light to any room she enters. These traits are reason enough why Yui and the girls of the Light Music Club are fan favorites.
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4. Yuki Nagato
- Birthday: November 18
- First Anime Appearance: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Ep. 1 “Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu I” (2006)
Yuki Nagato is quite a young student at North Prefectural High and an SOS Brigade member. Her mild-mannered, schoolgirl façade masks her origin and motivations.
Yuki is a humanoid interface with the task of monitoring the SOS Brigade’s president, Haruhi Suzumiya. The Data Overmind created her to observe human behavior, especially Haruhi’s ability to manipulate time. With an analytical mind, she would assist the Computer Research Society in creating a new operating system. She comes to struggle with her own emotions, which almost lead to the murder and destruction of the planet.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a strange but wonderful anime series. A niche school club whose sole mission is to keep the protagonist happy or suffer the consequences. This is a maddening proposition, as their success hinges on the patience and skills of the SOS Brigade’s wallflower. Yuki Nagato’s qualities and contribution to the narrative make her one of the anime’s favorite characters.
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3. Kyayo Ootori
- Birthday: November 22
- First Anime Appearance: Ouran High School Host Club, Ep. 8 “Starting Today, You Are a Host!” (2006)
A financially-minded student, Kyoya Ootori is the vice president of the elite Ouran Academy’s Host Club. The responsibility he feels for the Club earned him the nickname the “Shadow King.”
Kyoya is the youngest of four children of the wealthy Ootori family. He longs for his father’s recognition as an equal to his brothers. This desire led him to become the Club’s financial manager. However unlikely, Kyoya works hard to demonstrate that he is a worthy successor to the family’s businesses. His singularly-mindedness gives him an air of being detached from others. He eventually comes to accept the notion that expectations do not determine one’s self-worth.
Kyoya Ootori is one of Ouran Host Club’s most relatable characters. Initially, his inspiration is to have his father recognize him as an equal. Family and societal customs would never allow this to occur. He comes to understand these barriers and charts his own path forward. His journey combined with an honest approach to life establishes Kyoya Ootori as one of our popular anime personalities for November.
2. Rock Lee
- Birthday: November 27
- First Anime Appearance: Naruto, Ep. 21 “Identify Yourself: Powerful New Rivals” (2003)
Zero to Hero, Rock Lee was the least likely of the Academy students to become a ninja. Under Might Guy’s tutelage, he would overcome his shortcomings to become a taijutsu master.
The story gives little insight into Rock Lee’s family and origin. At the Academy, ‘Centipede Brows’ is the subject of peer ridicule due to his lack of ninjutsu or genjutsu skills. Despite these initial shortcomings, he learns to master the Drunken Fists and Eight Gates fighting techniques. He also adopts his mentor’s nice guy personality traits. His skills and character would win over those who formally mocked him.
Naruto’s creator drew inspiration for ‘Centipede Brows’ from actor and martial artist, Bruce Lee. Small and unassuming, the two could bring pain to their foes. A well-crafted character, Rock Lee is one of Naruto’s most popular personalities with a birthday in November.
1. Kenpachi Zaraki
- Birthday: November 19
- First Anime Appearance: Bleach, Ep. 20 “Gin Ichimaru’s Shadow” (2005)
Kenpachi Zaraki is a tank of a Shinigami and captain of the 11th Division in the Gotei 13. His motivation is less on preserving the peace and rather on fighting the strongest opponent.
An orphaned street urchin, the no-name child became a force of nature in order to survive. He would take the name Zaraki, as a homage to overcoming adversity in Rukongai’s worst district. Yachiru Unohana, former 4th Division captain, would become the only fighter to ever instill fear in the hulking mammoth. In spite of his love of combat, Kenpachi Zaraki is also protective of the weak. His masked compassion was the motivator for adopting Yachiru Kusajishi, following the death of her parents.
Kenpachi Zaracki is a typical shōnen warrior, a fighter’s spirit who cares for the vulnerable. The caveat is that the fight is worth his effort. Kenpachi’s principled nature is one of many reasons why fans place him as their favorite anime character with a birthday in November.
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