2023 is in full swing, and as the first month of the year draws to a close, Aquarius season begins. Despite having “aqua” in its name, Aquarius is actually an air sign, not a water sign. This in itself perfectly represents an Aquarius: they defy expectations. Aquariuses are unique in their ideas and actions, sometimes to the point of being controversial. They often seem to be detached, which can make them come off as cold or aloof, but sometimes the truth is simply that they are too rational to be carried away by emotions. Here are 12 Aquarius anime characters!
Akira Midousuji (Yowamushi Pedal) – January 31
Midousuji most certainly is unique in his approach to bicycle racing, but he’s the type of Aquarius whose outside-of-the-box thinking is met with controversy; and in this case, it should be. I mean, who would lie about someone’s mother dying just to distract them long enough to pull ahead in a race?! He has to be especially emotionally detached to pull a cruel maneuver like that, even if it did work.
Mayuri Shiina (Steins;Gate) – February 1
Being an airhead is perhaps not too surprising for someone who’s an air sign. Mayuri’s child-like, happy-go-lucky attitude is endearing, if odd.
Daisuke Kambe (Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited) – February 2
What is the secret to Kambe’s calm, nonplussed composure? Having millions of dollars to his name probably helps, but his zodiac sign might have something to do with it, too.
Rin Matsuoka (Free!) – February 2
Rin being a swimmer really does not help to show that Aquarius is not a water sign. In the first season, Rin does his best to come off as the stereotypical cold, heartless Aquarius; after some character development, though, we see that he’s actually a very kind and emotional person, who’s even prone to tears. Nice try, Rin, but we know you’re a softie.
Geto Suguru (Jujutsu Kaisen) – February 3
I would like to emphasize that no zodiac sign is inherently bad and by no means do the “typical” traits attributed to a sign apply to everyone who belongs to that sign. That being said, a lot of the traits commonly associated with Aquariuses are the perfect recipe for a villain, and Geto is proof of that. Having unique and controversial opinions could be something as innocent as enjoying ketchup on eggs; but Geto falls on the extreme side of that spectrum in that he desires the extermination of all non-sorcerers, aka mass genocide of most of the world population. Yeah, I would say that’s pretty controversial.
Haruhi Fujioka (Ouran High School Host Club) – February 4
Being cool-headed does not always mean a person is cold-hearted. Haruhi is rational and cool, and often the smartest person in the room, but she’s still kind and caring. Her ideas about gender were also way ahead of their time back when this anime came out in 2006. Keep on defying those societal expectations, Haruhi!
Nishiki Nishio (Tokyo Ghoul) – February 4
Nishiki may be kind of a jerk, but that’s because he knows how cruel and unfair the world can be. He uses the Aquarius knack for putting emotions aside to survive on his own (until he meets Kimi, at least). Not to mention that dating a human woman even though he’s a ghoul is just about the most controversial thing a person in the Tokyo Ghoul universe can do.
Langa Hasegawa (SK8 the Infinity) – February 8
I’ll get the obvious out of the way first: Aquariuses are often seen as cold, and as a snowboarder from Canada, Langa fits the bill on a literal level. He checks other Aquarius boxes, too, though: his head always seems to be in the clouds, and the idea to duct tape his feet to a skateboard so it was more like a snowboard was definitely unconventional.
Giyu Tomioka (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba) – February 8
First we have Rin Matsuoka, who is a swimmer, and now we have Giyu, who is the Water Pillar? It’s almost as if Aquarius is trying to be a water sign. Anyway, Giyu has the cold, distant composure of the detached type of Aquarius, so he still fulfills the image even if it’s not a water sign.
Mikasa Ackerman (Attack On Titan) – February 10
More often than not, an Aquarius’s adherence to logic helps them swoop in and save the day, and Mikasa does a lot of swooping in and saving. She is cool and collected even while slicing down Titans, and rarely shows much emotion. Of the main trio in Attack on Titan, you could say that Armin is the brains, Eren is the brawn, and Mikasa is an incredible combination of both.
Juno (Beastars) – February 12
Juno has a vision that is not shared by everyone: she wants to create a world where carnivores are respected and admired instead of feared. Though she may be a mammal, Juno can be a bit cold-blooded when it comes to achieving her goals and getting what she wants.
Tsuyu Asui (My Hero Academia) – February 12
Oh, come on, we have a frog girl, too?! I think something needs to be done to change Aquarius to a water sign, because this is getting ridiculous. I’ll let it slide, though, because I can’t stay upset for more than a few seconds when I’m looking at Tsu. She isn’t quite an airhead per se, but her limited froggy facial expressions do make her appear somewhat aloof.