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The 20 Best 'New Transfer Students' In Anime History

Updated October 23, 2019 5.3k votes 1.2k voters 31.3k views20 items

One common way for anime to introduce a new character is by having them transfer to the protagonists' school midyear. These characters can throw a wrench into the existing social order, become new partners in the fight against evil, or even become new enemies. Sometimes, they're even the protagonist, allowing viewers to observe the school environment through a fresh pair of eyes.

Who are some of the best new transfer students in anime? One great example is Homura Akemi of Puella Magi Madoka Magicawho first becomes a transfer student when her health forces her to take time off school, but then keeps doing it continuously as she goes through time loops, to ensure that she can stay close to Madoka. There's also Syaoran Li from Cardcaptor Sakura, who becomes one of Sakura's most indispensable partners, even if they don't exactly like each other at first.

Which ones are your favorites?

  • Ryuko Matoi is forced to transfer to Honouji Academy after starting enough fights to get kicked out of every other school in the Kanto region. Luckily for her, not only does her new school encourage fighting, but it also leads her to the answers she's seeking about who is behind her father's demise - and to a conspiracy that goes far beyond just her father.

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    Kyo Sohma - 'Fruits Basket'

    Kyo Sohma first appears partway through his second year of high school after taking time off to do martial arts training in the woods. Because he's cursed to transform into a cat whenever he makes any form of torso contact with the opposite sex, going to a co-ed school is a major adjustment to say the least.

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    Kanna - 'Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid'

    Kanna is a dragon from an alternate realm, so when it's time for her to transfer to a human elementary school, Tohru has to use her dragon magic to create the documents she needs to do it. Despite her non-human background, she quickly makes a friend - probably because she's so cute. 

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    Pretty Much Everyone - 'The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.'

    The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is a parody anime about a psychic teenager attempting to maintain a normal high school life. One of the things that makes this impossible is the parade of transfer students who appear throughout the year - each one more ridiculous and more threatening to his attempt to keep his powers secret than the last. 

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