Plenty of anime characters don't have sex – after all, a lot of it is aimed at kids and teenagers, and the series aimed at adults still doesn't usually get explicit. That said, it's pretty rare to come across a character who makes it clear that they aren't interested, and rarer still to find an anime character who actually identifies themselves as asexual.
Asexuality refers to a lack of sexual attraction, or a low or nonexistent desire to engage in sexual activities. This is distinct from celibacy, which is a conscious decision to abstain from sex, despite the presence of sexual attraction. Asexuals can, and often do have sex. Sometimes, it's for procreation. Sometimes, it's for the same reason that people who aren't really into hiking will hit the trail with their significant other – they want to make the other person happy and participate in activities they enjoy. They can have romantic relationships – though in Japan, the term "asexual" tends to refer to people who are both asexual and aromantic, while the term "nonsexual" means people who have relationships without sex.
This list focuses on anime characters who are probably asexual, based on their behavior, their words, or what their creators have said about them. Because of said rarity, much of this is up for interpretation.The characters on this list exhibit a distinct lack of interest in sexual activity, but what that means about the character's sexuality isn't always clear - it's difficult to find confirmed asexual anime characters. Also, some of these representations aren't exactly positive, and may even be offensive. Vote to let the world know which interpretations you agree with, and which you don't.
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Durarara!!'s Izaya Orihara is one of the few anime characters who has actually declared himself to be asexual, making him an absolute must for any list on the subject. In the Durarara!! novels, Izaya says that he has no interest in anyone, male or female. While the novel does imply that he had some kind of sexual relationship with Mikage in the past, that doesn't negate asexuality. Asexual people can and do have sex – they just don't feel sexual attraction.2,722280Are they asexual?
Makoto Sunakawa – My Love StoryPhoto: Madhouse
My Love Story focuses on the obviously not asexual Takeo Gouda and his budding relationship with his girlfriend, Rinko Yamato. Takeo really wants his best friend Sunakawa to share his joy and find his own relationship, but Suna is really not interested.
Despite plenty of opportunities to go out with his female classmates, he finds the concept boring and doesn't want to invest his time in it. He's perfectly capable of dispensing romantic advice to both Takeo and Yamato, but as for himself, he'd rather not bother. Like some real asexual people, he's open to the idea of maybe meeting someone who does stir feelings of attraction, but for now, that's just not in his orbit.1,817303Are they asexual?
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Saitama from One Punch Man gives a lot of fans "ace vibes." Okay, sure, he wears a sweatshirt that says oppai (boobs) on it, but he never reacts to the presence of real breasts, or anything else sexual that comes his way. The sweatshirt itself seems pretty ironic in that light.
Saitama is also the kind of guy who will work himself into the ground if he actually wants something. The dude put so much effort into developing his physical strength that he went bald. If he wanted to have sex, the man would be on Z City's equivalent of Tinder. Instead, he's content chilling at home with Genos.2,800597Are they asexual?
Kars – JoJo's Bizarre AdventurePhoto: David Production
Kars of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure sees sex as being basically pointless. In his mind, the only beings that need to have sex are lower life forms who will probably die off before they can do anything meaningful. Perfect beings, such as himself, don't need to reproduce, and reproduction is the only reason why anyone would bother having sex. Attraction and pleasure don't enter into the equation for Kars.
Also, his purple and grey color scheme matches nicely with the official asexual pride flag. This is probably unintentional, but still, it's kind of cool.1,178215Are they asexual?