Each anime has a protagonist. It can be one or more, depending on what the creator thinks is best for the series. Most of the time, the personality of the main character falls under two categories: extrovert and introvert.
Based on the definition from Oxford Languages, an extrovert is an outgoing and overtly expressive person whereas an introvert is a shy and reticent person. But there are also articles that expound on the meaning of the word, “introvert”. An article made by Very Well Mind explained that introverts tend to be quiet, reserved, and introspective, unlike extroverts who enjoy social interactions.
To further give examples on introverts, we have gathered the 12 anime that has introverted main characters.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Anime with magical girls are not new but having a series with 3 main introverted characters is rare. In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, three of its main characters which are Sayaka Miki, Homura Akemi, and Madoka Kaname are introverts. The interesting thing is that despite all being introverts, their personalities are still different from each other.
Hyouka talks about Oreki Houtarou, a lazy teenage boy who likes saving his energy by being alone. One day, he meets a mysterious girl named Chitanda Eru. Eventually, Oreki solves the different mysteries at his school and reveals that he is actually smart.
The series has a historical genre that centers on samurai in the school. Kenshin Himura, the series’ protagonist, has shown all the signs of being an introvert with a twist. The show made his personality a bit different from the usual introverts as he has a way with words.
Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e or Classroom of the Elite
The series talks about Koudo Ikusei Tokyo Metropolitan, an elite high school. The school promises that its students will surely get jobs after they graduate or enter big universities. The main protagonist is Kiyotaka Ayanokouji, who is an introvert. He then discovers that for them to get high merits, the class needs to work together.
The One Being Sung
Another historical anime is The One Being Sung. It might have a war genre but it contains drama and some romance. The main protagonist is Hakaro who likes to think alone. He also prefers doing everything in his head. Just like Kenshin, he does have the usual formula for being an introvert as he is skilled with communicating with others.
Kaneki Ken is an introverted person who is quiet but has hidden powers. The series focuses on a world where Ghouls and humans live together. There are Ghouls who can blend and mingle with society, adding fear to humans.
Sword Art Online
Kazuto Kirigaya or Kirito is a gamer at heart. With this, it is no longer a surprise that he is passionate about games, particularly about virtual reality gaming. He is also personalized as an introvert with a caring personality.
Despite being an introvert, Inaho Kaizuka is an exceptional fighter. He is also a master strategist who can beat advanced robots. Take note, by using an old robot. The story was set in a time when people can move to Mars and a technology called Aldnoah was discovered.
Noir has both personalities: Kirika is the introvert while Mariel is the extrovert. They are freelance assassins. Kirika rarely speaks and when she does, it means she felt that it was necessary. Aside from that, she is known to be great at planning and strategy.
The series is known for its unique storyline wherein two-anti social students join the Volunteer Service Club. Hikigaya Hachiman is the main character and he possesses the personality of an introvert: loner and hates socializing. Some of his classmates hate him for his introverted personality
Just like Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Kokoro Connect has 3 of its main characters as introverts. These are Taichi Yagashi, Inaba Himeko, and Yui Kiriyama. The series focuses on school life but under the psychological type of series.
Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai or Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
The last on the list is Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai. Like other introverts, Sakuta is socially isolated and does not care about fitting in the society. He then meets Sakurajima Mai, who is a former child actress. The twist is that Sakuta is the only one who can see Sakurajima because of the Puberty Syndrome.