We’re Celebrating Strong Anime Women on International Women’s Day 💪

March 8th is International Women’s Day, so we added a new mood list on our site for Strong Female Leads. But, there are so many awesome women in anime that our list got crazy long!

Here’s our attempt at highlighting some favorites:

Major Motoko Kusanagi – Ghost in the Shell

Commander in a law-enforcement agency. Kicks major butt.

Mikasa, Historia, et al. – Attack on Titan

Vital members of the Scout Regiment who remind us that all women are queens.

Haruko – FLCL

Extraterrestrial investigator with a big personality and a sweet Vespa SS 180.

Michiko and Hatchin – Michiko & Hatchin

Bad-A woman on the run with a brave orphaned girl along for the ride.

Tsukimi and the women of Amamizu-kan – Princess Jellyfish

Talented group of shut-ins who find the guts to face the world. Sometimes.

Lina Inverse – Slayers

Fiery sorceress whose incredible powers often leave a trail of destruction.

Maka – Soul Eater

Scythe Meister who faces her fears and helps her partner to do the same.

Holo – Spice and Wolf

Wise and coy goddess with unmatched skill in bartering and economic strategy.

Revy and Balalaika – Black Lagoon

Merciless merc, who does what she wants, and a ruthless leader in the mafia.

Kobayashi and Tohru – Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

Straight-forward programmer who shows kindness to the fiercest of dragons.

Sakura and Tomoyo – Cardcaptor Sakura

Magical girl on a quest to protect the world with the help of her loyal friend.

Aoi – Kakuriyo –Bed & Breakfast for Spirits–

Hardworking woman who’d rather rely on her own skills to pay off her debts.

Mai – Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

Child celebrity who works hard to maintain her public image while living a normal life.

Emma – The Promised Neverland

Clever and tough leader of her siblings. Her spirit is unwavering.

Ochaco, Tsuyu, and Inko Midoriya (Deku’s Mom) – My Hero Academia

Ok, so some of these aren’t exactly lead roles. But they’re strong and they bring us joy. They stay.

Let’s all take a moment to thank anime for these amazing characters. 🙏 Find these shows and more in our mood list for anime with Strong Female Leads.

Got a best girl, best mom, waifu, or an all around favorite female character? Tell the world who you’re celebrating on International Women’s Day and why they belong on this list!

And don’t forget to chat about any and all things anime in the Funimation Forums.