Let’s just say my anime watching history is not very long (not as long as many) so forming this list is pretty much going to take who knows how god long. So, the goal is simple: I would like to have a list of as many anime or manga related Anti-Social Geniuses. This is not going to be finished in a day. This may never be finished. However, I wonder how large can the list become? So, if you got a character, then please let me know! While I’ll be researching the characters to see if they fit the mold, you should at least say what series the character is from…will make it easy for me! Everything else after that is gravy, but I’ll appreciate any examples you have.
So with that, it’s time to list those characters who fit the Anti-Social Genius mold!
Series: The Wallflower (Perfect Girl Evolution)
Why So Anti-Social: Well, at least she has a solid reason for being Anti-Social: she was rejected by her first love. Ok, I take it back. Especially since after that she’s not only become even more distant from the rest of the world, but she has friends that…aren’t actually human. Oh boy.
But What Makes Her A Genius: But she’s good at everything else. From her looks to her cooking to her athletic skills, she’s multi-talented, and despite her tendency to look for the dark things, she’s very intelligent. She features all of the traits to be on this list.
Series: March Comes in Like A Lion (Sangatsu No Lion)
Why So Anti-Social: He’s your typical 17 year old kid who…ok, he’s one of the few typical 17 year olds who make it a point to not interact with anyone nearby and is just very quiet. That’s a tell tale sign of someone who is Anti-Social.
But What Makes Him A Genius: He’s also an untypical 17 year kid, a genius at the game of Shogi, and continues to rise up the ranks as a professional player.
Series: Full Metal Panic!
Why So Anti-Social: Anti-Social? Sagara? Yeah, it’s kind of obvious. After all, he barely can interact with any of his friends–if he even realizes he has them–and unless it has something to do with guns, he’s got zero social skills.
But What Makes Him A Genius: His combat is pretty high level. In fact, he probably knows just about everything anyone would want to know about the military, which means he should be on this list.
Series: Code Geass
Why So Anti-Social: Even when he seemed all nice and comfortable with his friends at school, outside of it his distant and callous personality as the persona Zero, and some of his actions in Season 2, lend us to believe his royalty upbringing may make him seem like a normal human, but clearly, he has some Anti-Social tendencies within him!
But What Makes Him A Genius: Not just his Geass. It was the way he used it, and the times he did use it (and not adding his normal smarts), that qualify him to be a Genius. I don’t think even think I have to mention how he used his brains to eventually change the world in Season 2.
Series: Fruits Basket
Why So Anti-Social: Let’s just say he…can’t admire himself. True, part of it was because of his upbringing. It doesn’t change the fact that he has trouble interacting with people and he has major insecurity issues. I think that fits the Anti-Social bill.
But What Makes Him A Genius: But if it has nothing to do with cooking or cleaning, Yuki can get it done. Fairly smart and President of the Student Council at Kaibara High School, he definitely proves despite his personality, he is a genius.
Why So Anti-Social: Sharp, blunt, and unsociable, Hitagi can barely get along with anyone, mostly staying distant from her classmates, and when she does speak, it’s more in the lines of, “Don’t talk to me!” So in case you didn’t know, she’s very Anti-Social.
But What Makes Her A Genius: But that doesn’t stop her from excelling at mostly everything and being at the top in terms of her grades. She may feature some unsociable traits, but she also features some Genius traits as well.
Series: No Longer Human
Why So Anti-Social: If hating humans or not wanting to be in contact with humans about half the time isn’t Anti-Social enough, then going into a state of solitude and cursing himself is probably another. In short, he’s not really a people person.
But What Makes Him A Genius: But in the end, he makes this list–despite some of his poor choices–because of how long he had been able to deceive people and trick them into helping him in his desperate times. His rhetoric got him pretty far.
Series: The Mystic Archives of Dantalian (Dantalian No Shoka)
Why So Anti-Social: Her mannerisms, the way she speaks to people, and the fact that she’s been holed up inside a library and is entranced in her books make her an ideal candidate as someone who is Anti-Social.
But What Makes Her A Genius: Her books. No really, she has a wealth of knowledge, many useful, some useless, but it would be remiss if she didn’t make the list since she fits the mold perfectly.
Why So Anti-Social: Keima is the odd child, that one student who’s a complete nerd…but not the normal type of nerd. At least most nerds interact with other nerds–in the show and manga version of The World God Only Knows, the only interaction he’d rather do is with 2D babes from Eroges. In fact, had he not been tricked into working for Elsie, his life would have been about as Anti-Social as one can get.
But What Makes Him a Genius: Simply put, two reasons–the first is the fact that he has somehow used his gaming knowledge to seduce all of the human girls infected by runaway spirits. The other was when in one of the episodes of the anime, he was challenged by a teacher to stop playing video games in his class. Keima of course objected to this, so the teacher challenged him to get a 100% in the upcoming tests. Let’s just say he did, though how he did will forever remain a mystery.
Series: Heaven’s Memo Pad (Kami-Sama No Memo-chou)
Why So Anti-Social: Alice, one of the main characters in Heaven’s Memopad, would almost fit the bill of Anti-Socialness completely, except she actually does interact with people–well, to a degree. For the most part, Alice is a hikikomori, as she rarely ever leaves that room at the Ramen Shop, and unlike any great or good detective, instead of digging for clues herself, she manages to get others to do it for her. If that is a way of being social, it is not a very normal way.
But What Makes Her A Genius: However, she is able to analyze situations thoughtfully and in a smart manner. Quite simply, her detective reasoning, while it makes her perfect at times, is logical and correct.
Series: Death Note
Why So Anti-Social: If it wasn’t for him interacting with the Task Force (albeit, he was forced to), L would be essentially be 100% Anti-Social. He had been shrouded in mystery, with his entire identification unknown to practically all. Generally, you rarely see him outside HQ, and his actions as a person (the way he walks, his consumption of sugar) clearly make him Anti-Social.
But What Makes Him A Genius: But make no mistake: he is a cunning genius, able to solve the cases of many mysteries and even managed to prove himself smart by getting one of the highest grades on the entrance exams for university .His analysis of thought provoking mysteries clearly show that he’s pretty smart.
Why So Anti-Social: Not able to socialize with others? Joining a club that has zero members? Not wanting to waste a bunch of energy? Let’s just say Areki fits the Anti-Social mold like a charm, and even when he does hang out with Chitanda and the rest of the Classics Club, his apathy in situations where they need his advice proves he can’t help but be unsociable a good 80% of the time.
But What Makes Him A Genius: He may not have proven he’s smart in the classroom, but he can prove to put all of the little pieces together in solving a mystery. From taking advantage of Chitanda’s curiosity to figuring out the mystery of Jun Sekitani, Areki proves himself to be above the usual mold, and with the series still ongoing, his ability to piece things together and maybe his smarts will continue to be fleshed out.
Series: Psychic Detective Yakumo
Why So Anti-Social: Yakumo fits the mold with flying colors–blunt, acts unsociable to others, and has a tendency to skip a few classes. You stay out of his way, he’ll stay out of yours, and trying to get him to do anything active will probably led to nothing happening. With all that said, he has to be Anti-Social.
But What Makes Him A Genius: Despite his unsociable personality, he is a smart man, able to solve mysteries, most involving the supernatural. Able to deduce the problem and put it all together, Yakumo throughout the novel and the anime shows his Genius characteristics, meaning he should be on the list.
Why So Anti-Social: If you think long and hard about it, Aizen has just about all of the characteristics of being unsociable–even when he was Captain and leader of the Arrancars, who did he really ever talk to? And of course, when he did talk to anyone, let’s just say it rarely ended in anything positive. All in all, from being calculating and distant, he is definitely Anti-Social.
But What Makes Him A Genius: But it’s his calculating manner (in addition to his Zanpakuto) that also makes him a Genius: after all, it would be difficult to not only trick the previous iteration of the 13th Captains, but the current ones as well, yet he did so anyways, causing many scenarios that could have ended the Soul Society. Due to his knowledge and understanding of tendencies, plus his manipulation of just about everyone in order for him to accomplish his goal, I’d say he passes all of the tests.
Why So Anti-Social: Really, she has holed herself up in a massive library that rarely anyone goes to and can barely associate with most people she meets; therefore, it only makes sense that she’s pretty Anti-Social. After all, someone who never goes to class and needs someone else (Kazuya) to do most of her bidding tells you all you need to know.
But What Makes Her a Genius: However, she’s also able to solve mysteries just by putting information together, or “reconstructing the fragments of chaos.” I think this is a product of her time in the library and her being surrounded by a bunch of books, but yeah, I can only think it would be dangerous to test her intelligence!
Series: Black Jack
Why So Anti-Social: Well, I mean look at him! Does he look like he can associate with anyone? From his attire to his cold and distant attitude to many of his clients, I can only think this makes him a very Anti-Social character.
But What Makes Him a Genius: His medical proficiency is near legendary. And of course, someone who can expertly be a surgeon and get some good money despite him not having a license tells you he’s pretty crafty.
Series: The Fate Series (Zero, Night)
Why So Anti-Social: Let’s just say the man known as the Magus Killer could probably learn a thing or two in developing a way to talk to people; distant, able to seal his emotions, I think he’s displayed some very Anti-Social qualities.
But What Makes Him A Genius: Growing up from a father who was an accomplished sorcerer, Kiritsugu may not be quite as talented as he was but considering his average skills as a magus, the methods in which he is able to fight by being more assassin than spellcaster, plus using updated technology, ensure he has a spot on the list of Anti-Social Geniuses.