Horns have replaced cat ears as anime’s newest visual fad. It’s not simply for show; this design choice usually has a deeper meaning.
It’s becoming more and more frequent in anime for characters to sport horns rather than cat ears. However, the design choice looks to be a success in each series for various reasons.
There has been an increase of girls with horns in shonen series over the last several decades, but they aren’t the only ones. Either because popularity of monster anime has increased or because everyone wants a fetching accessory, this trend is likely to continue.
1. Eri’s Horn Is The Source Of Her Powerful Quirk (My Hero Academia)
Eri’s first encounter with the My Hero Academia realm is devastating. Shie Hassaikai, a notorious yakuza syndicate, has kidnapped her because of her tremendous quirk. Eri has the capacity to bring individuals back to where they were before they became ill. In other words, she has the ability to cure wounds or bring someone back to a more youthful state of mind.
Eri’s skill rises in direct proportion to the size of her horn, which she wears as a crown on her head. For Eri, her horn is like the spring of youth, and it’s caused her a lot of problems in the past.
2. Zero Two Is Only Half Human (Darling In The Franxx)
There’s a lot more symbolism behind Zero Two’s horns than meets the eye.
She is a member of the APE special forces, a hybrid race of people created by experimentation. Zero Two’s horns and teeth are the most obvious reminders of her human and claxosaur heritage.
Her Klaxosaur nature seems to be a permanent part of Zero Two, and it is difficult to change who you are.
3. Albedo’s Design Is As Questionable As Her “Character” (Overlord)
Isekai series star Albedo seems like a goddess, only to be the Tomb’s guardian. Her beauty and personality are idealized to the point of being shallow, and she comes across as a character created primarily for the sake of being pretty. In truth, Albedo’s past reveals that she was designed from the start to crave sexual contact at all times. Ainz, the protagonist, rewrote her history to make her committed to him instead.
Albedo has wings on her waist and horns on her head for no clear reason, and her main personality attribute seems to be her fixation with Ainz, which is why her look is based on a succubus. Because her design has so much potential, it is a shame that she wasn’t written with care.
4. Aries’s Name Is Fitting (Fairy Tail)
Fairy Tail includes a slew of folkloric elements, such as traditional astrological symbols, into its narrative. As her name implies, Aries is one of many personalities who exemplify this. Aries is another another horned anime girl with pink hair from another universe. In keeping with her name, Aries has two ram horns, but they’re not used for anything specific. Even though she’s a bit hesitant, Aries is completely loyal to her master despite her timid demeanor.
5. Power Is A Fiend (Chainsaw Man)
Since the release of Chainsaw Man earlier this year, snaggle-toothed, unpolished photos of the DevilHunter have spread online.
Fiends are devils that have taken over a body in the series. A Blood Fiend, Power may regain her strength by ingesting blood. This causes her horns to expand in size and spread out further from her skull. Power is a selfish liar who doesn’t give a fuck about hygiene or empathy, and her demeanor is just as repulsive as her appearance. Fans have welcomed her wholeheartedly in spite of or because of this.
6. Tohru’s Horns Have Nothing On Her Tail (Dragon-Maid)
Fans of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid are ecstatic that the show has returned for a second season. There are sure to be a few horned characters in a program about an odd live-in servant and her companions, most of whom are monster girls and dragons especially.
When they’re in human form, Tohru, Ilulu, and Quetzalcoatl all have unique horns. Unlike Kanna, who has three distinct horn shapes, Elma only has one. A varied genesis tale means that each of these dragon girls’ horns are unique.
7. Lucy’s “Ears” Are Really Horns (Elfen Lied)
There are other elements of Elfen Lied that have degraded over time, like Lucy’s horns. Her horns resemble a cat’s ears and appear to be an attempt by the designers to appeal to enthusiasts of this type of aesthetic. In spite of this, the tale strives to give her horns a deeper significance. Diclonius, developed humans with the ability to see into the future. Lucy is one of them. Having horns like these allows Lucy and other members of her kind to use psychic abilities.
8. Eri’s Not The Only One With Horns, Actually (My Hero Academia)
My Hero Academia is rife with horned characters, and Eri is just one of many. They may be part of their hero outfits, but they may just as easily be part of their natural anatomy. Given the wide variety of character designs and Quirks, horns aren’t even noteworthy.
Mina has two yellow horns growing on her head as part of Mt. Lady’s professional hero costume. Horse Tsunotori has long, pointy horns, whereas Cow Lady has thick, curved horns.
9. Kneesocks Looks Nothing Like Her Sister (Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt)
There were a lot of people who liked Panty and Stocking With Garterbelt when it first came out, but the Gainax series isn’t the studio’s best work these days, and few otaku advocate it. If you don’t like the show’s visual style, you can still appreciate it as an unusual tribute to American cartoons from the 1990s.
Skeleton Key has two demonic adversaries in the form of sisters Scanty and Kneesocks. Kneesocks, like her sister, has red skin, but she also has a horn, unlike her sister. Aside from the fact that it looks nice, it serves no useful purpose.
10. Rem And Her Sister Are Oni (Re: Zero)
Rem and her identical twin sister, Ram, grew up in a community of onis. The other oni hated the sisters because they only had one horn instead of the typical two, and even attempted to kill them. The people were stunned when Ram, her elder sister, utilized her incredible skills to save both herself and Rem.
Their hamlet was assaulted by witches, and Ram’s horn was severed, diminishing her power. After that, Rem aspires to be as good as Ram was, aiming to live up to the high standards she set for herself.