I want to comply a list of strong female anime characters since the genre is severely lacking in them. Bonus points if she isn’t an action girl but is still strong-willed, kind, intelligent, talented, complex in different aspects(not that I have anything against action girls, it’s just people presume a strong female character has to be a good fighter and be as masculine as possible) So, what are your picks?
God, I have so many.
Um, basically all of the Miyazaki heroines. My top three from his films would be Nausicaa, San, and Eboshi.
Many magical girls. Cardcaptor Sakura, Sailor Moon.
Lots of the women from Full Metal Alchemist.
Oh! The girls of Bocadious Space Pirates are ALL amazing. Marika is our main protag, but her mother is also a bad ass.
I could go on for ages.
honestly “strong character” is a tenuous thing at best. There are lots of female characters who are intelligent, kind and talented that are still underutilized and underexplored by the narrative. But I’ll list tons of girls who are complex characters used well by the narratives and that the writers clearly actually gave a shit about developing, treated with respect and showcased their talents in a significant way and didn’t subordinate to/underplay for male arcs off the top of my head
also ftr anime isn’t a genre anymore than “American live-action” is a genre
Usagi Tsukino, Ami Mizuno, Rei Hino, Makoto Kino, Minako Aino, Setsuna Meioh, Haruka Tenoh, Michiru Kaioh, Chibiusa Tsukino. With ambiguous gender identities we have Kou Seiya, Taiki and Yaten
Fullmetal Alchemist (manga and brotherhood):
Winry Rockbell (noncombatant), Riza Hawkeye, Izumi Curtis, Olivier Mira Armstrong, May Chang, Lan Fan, Maria Ross, Pinako Rockbell (non combatant), Gracia Hughes (noncombatant), Rebecca Catalina, Lust (villian treated as actual threat)
Yoko Nakajima, Yuka Sugimoto, Suzu Ooki (non combatant) and Shoukou (noncombatant) from the Twelve Kingdoms
Lina Inverse, Amelia, Filia and Sylphiel from Slayers
Michiko Malandro, Hana Morenos (largely noncombatant) and Atsuko Jackson from Michiko e Hatchin
Yomiko Readman, Nenene Sumiregawa (largely noncombtant though she does punch a dude out), Nancy Makuhari (somewhat she is largely defined by men at times), Anita King, Michelle Chan and Maggie Muy from Read or Die.
Precure: Pretty much all the starring magical girls in these eight seperate series apply, not to mention some supporting characters like Miyuki from Fresh or Tsubomi’s grandmother from Heartcatch.
Attack on Titan: Mikasa Ackerman, Sasha Braus, Zoe Hanji, Ymir, Krista Lenz, Annie Leonheart
Revolutionary Girl Utena: Utena Tenjou, Anthy Himemiya (noncombatant), Juri Arisugawa, Nanami Kiryuu (not a good person, but she developed)
Carcaptor Sakura: Sakura Kinomoto, Meiling Li, Tomoyo Daidouji (non combatant)
More Magical girls: Ahiru (noncombatant despite being a magical girl , she solved her problems nonviolently) and Rue from Princess Tutu, Nanoha Takamachi, Fate Testarossa, 3 knights, Hayate etc from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Umi Fuu and Hikaru from Magic Knight Rayearth, girls from Madoka (YMMV),
Chihayafuru: Chihaya, Sumire, Kana, Shinobu. This is a series about karuta so they’re all non-combatants.
Aki and Tamako from Silver Spoon, a farming manga, so they’re non-combatants. The women from Bride’s story (noncombatants). Minori, Ami and Taiga from Toradora (non combatants excepting Taiga) . Misato, Asuka and Rei from NGE qualify, Laila Seiren from Hero Tales (manga only), Ruki and Juri from Digimon Tamers, Rin the protag of Rideback, Yuri (and possibly Kanade) from Angel Beats, probably all those who decide to be girls from Simoun count and those who dont are much needed trans* rep (the protagonists choose not to decide on a gender, which qualifies them as genderqueer, agendered, however you’d classify), Kirika, Miriel, Chloe and Altena from Noir (though Chloe and Altena has weird aspects), women from Claymore, Oscar, Rosalie (non combatant) and Marie Antoinette (non combatant) from Rose of Versailles, the girls from Angelic Layer, Balsa and Toragai from Seirei no Moribito, all the women from from Basara especially the protag Sarasa, Chiaki, Marika, Jenny, Lynn and Marika’s Mom from Moretsu Pirates
Shu from Wandering Son is a strong transwoman character, still developing, noncombatant. The other female or genderfluid characters are good too.
All of Miyazaki’s women: Nausicaa, Eboshi, San, Kiki, Sheeta, Dola, Chihiro and pals etc
im probably missing a bunch and those just cover my faves but that’s as thorough as i can make it.