Today is Pi Day, which is a goofy way to celebrate the mathematical constant pi (3.14). Instead of dealing with math, let’s spend the time celebrating some of the nerdiest characters in anime!
1Makise Kurisu – Steins;Gate
© 5pb. / Nitroplus / White Fox / Future Gadget Labe
Makise is the poster child for nerdy anime characters, and for good reason! She’s a research who came up with the time travel theory while still a teenager.
2Maka Albarn – Soul Eater
© Atsushi Ōkubo / Square Enix / Bones
Maka is one of the top students at Death Weapon Meister Academy and is very skilled in combat.
3Shikamaru Nara – Naruto: Shippuden
© Masashi Kishimoto / Shueisha / Studio Pierrot
Nara has an over 200 I.Q., which allows him to dodge attacks and come up with counter strategies. In fact, he’s one of the only characters to have never been severely injured in battle.
4Yuki Nagato – The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
© Nagaru Tanigawa / Noizi Ito / Kadokawa Shoten / Kyoto Animation / SOS Dan
Yuki is the silent, bookish type. In fact, she is rarely seen without a book in hand – even if she’s water skiing.
5Edward Elric – Fullmetal Alchemist
© Hiromu Arakawa / Square Enix / Bones / FA Project
If it wasn’t for a horrible transmutation accident, Ed would be living life as a short science nerd.
6L – Death Note
© Tsugumi Ohba / Takeshi Obata / Shueisha / Madhouse
L may be lazy and addicted to sweets, but he is a brilliant detective.
7Kuro Hazama – Young Black Jack
© Yoshiaki Tabata / Yūgo Ōkuma / Akita Shoten / Tezuka Productions
Kuro is a genius with a scalpel and can visualize the most complex medical procedures moments before performing them.
8Izaya Orihara – Durarara!!
© Ryohgo Narita / Suzuhito Yasuda / ASCII Media Works / Shuka / Ikebukuro Dollars
Izaya comes off as a standard narcissist, but he specializes in information dealing and feeding data to the right people.
9Yomiko Readman – Read or Die
© Hideyuki Kurata / Taraku Uon / Shueisha / Studio Deen / Studio Orphee
Yumiko spends thousands of yen a week purchasing books and can never hide her excitement when it comes to reading.
10Nico Robin – One Piece
© Eiichiro Oda / Shueisha / Toei Animation
Nico’s wealth of book knowledge comes in handy whenever the Stray Hats come upon ruins and when they need a history lesson. It doesn’t hurt that she knows how to fight too!
11Kira Yamato – Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
© Sunrise / Bandai Visual
Kira has the uncanny smarts and ability to completely rewrite his Gundam’s operating systems in seconds…during combat.
12Houka Inumuta – Kill la Kill
© Trigger / Kill la Kill Partnership
Houka is the tech wizard for The Elite Four and can instantly decipher and devise strategies against opponents.
13Ami Mizuno (Sailor Mercury) – Sailor Moon
©Naoko Takeuchi / Kodansha / Toei Animation
Ami is the smartest student in all of Japan. While as Sailor Mercury, she has a special visor that feeds all sorts of data that lets her analyze combat situations.
14Harumi Fujiyoshi – Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
© Kōji Kumeta / Kodansha / Shaft
Harumi is a huge yaoi fangirl and spends most of her spare time creating doujinshi. However, she is also very athletic and claims that her glasses serve to limit her skills.
15Yang Wenli – The Legend of Galactic Heroes
© Yoshiki Tanaka / Naoyuki Kato / Yukihisa Kamoshita / Tokuma Shoten / Kitty Films
Yang is a fantastic strategist and has never lost a battle, but all the man wants to do is retire from the military so he can become a historian.
16Lucy Heartfilia – Fairy Tail
© Hiro Mashima / Kodansha / A-1 Pictures / Fairy Tail Guild
Despite her reputation within the community of being useless, Lucy is actually one of the smartest members of the Fairy Tail guild. Lucy has immense knowledge about various spells and their effects, which makes her a great strategist.
17Shiori Shiomiya – The World God Only Knows
© Tamiki Wakaki / Shogakukan / Manglobe
Shiori is a cute bookworm who is buried underneath books.
18Rider – Fate/stay Night
© Type-Moon / Ufotable / Fate/stay Night Production Committee
When not in combat mode and slashing enemies up, Rider can be found reading various literature works.
Who are your favorite nerdy anime characters?