Anime can be organized and categorized in various ways, with traditional cinematic genres such as horror and fantasy being just the start. Anime fans might sort the industry according to subgenres such as isekai, iyashikei, or slice-of-life, or they can even refer to something more personal such as their MBTI personality type or their astrological sign.
Those twelve signs are meant to describe individual people, but the signs' traits can also describe the themes, characters, and events of a work of fiction, such as movies and anime shows. A person who wants to see their own astrological sign thematically represented in an anime has all kinds of options to choose from.
Updated on August 24th, 2022 by Sarah Martin: We've added anime recommendations for Leo and Capricorn since they were initially missing when the list was first published. There's an anime out there for everyone, and astrology is a fun way to decide which series to fall in love with next.
12 Aries: Saga Of Tanya The Evil
The fire sign Aries is represented by a ram, a creature that will boldly charge forth to get what it wants. An Aries is a headstrong, reckless, and ambitious leader, so a suitable anime is one that stars an equally fierce protagonist, much like Tanya Degurechaff from Saga of Tanya the Evil.
Tanya is the antihero, a ruthless man reborn as a petite, magically gifted girl in a world with a steampunk World War I setting. Tanya takes command of her forces and leads them to victory against impossible odds, and she won't let anyone on her side or the enemy's side get in her way.
11 Taurus: Laid-Back Camp
Taurus is an earth sign that embodies more than just the defensive, stubborn nature of the immovable earth. The Taurus sign is also all about everyday comforts, relaxation, and stability, which means a Taurus will be in the mood for a comforting iyashikei anime.
The cheerful seinen titleLaid-Back Campis a great pick. This anime is all about the comfort and joy of exploring the great outdoors while the main characters always prepare mouth-watering dinners, savoring every sweet ingredient around the campfire.
10 Gemini: My Dress-Up Darling
Gemini is another air sign, and unlike the humanitarian Aquarius, Geminis focuses more on the fun and adventure of the world around them. Geminis are prone to whimsically exploring new ideas, meeting new people, and shaking things up. Routine is the last thing they want.
Such a sign is perfect for My Dress-Up Darling, a high school series that's all about the cheerful fun of trying out cosplay and breaking out of one's own shell. The genki girl Marin Kitagawa is a total Gemini at heart, regardless of her actual birth sign, and real-life Geminis will have a blast watching creative antics.
9 Cancer: Plastic Memories
Plastic Memories is a short but sweet sci-fi anime that might remind fans of Blade Runner and Chobits. Its protagonist, Tsukasa, started working with a company that retires clients' aging androids, and he befriends a charming robot girl named Isla on the job.
The two of them grow closer over time, but it takes time for Isla to really open up to Tsukasa and form a deep, meaningful connection with him. That's thematically on point with Cancer's attributes of mysticism, emotional attunement, and being cautious about making new friends.
8 Leo: Maid-Sama!
Maid-Sama! is a classic shojo series about Misaki, a charismatic student council president who works hard to create a better environment at school for female students. She works hard enough at school, but she also works at a maid café to make ends meet. Takumi Usui is a typical flirty shojo love interest who started visiting the maid café more after running into Misaki there once.
Leos are the ultimate show-stealers. They're bold, confident, and never afraid to stand up for what's right. They have magnetic personalities that draw everybody else towards them, and it's hard to dislike Leos. People of this sign will appreciate Maid-Sama!'s sense of humor and see themselves in both Misaki and Takumi.
7 Virgo: Dr. Stone
In some ways, Dr. Stone's scientist protagonist Senku Ishigami actually embodies the curious fire sign Sagittarius, given his determination to explore new avenues in science. As a whole, though, Dr. Stone is most appealing for the methodical, work-oriented sign Virgo.
Virgo is the anti-Gemini. Virgos take pride in their tireless work ethic, their efficient schedules, and their keen attention to detail. All these qualities are on full display as Senku and his new Stone Age allies patiently build up their Kingdom of Science and all its inventions.
6 Libra: A Couple Of Cuckoos
Libra is an air sign that is all about harmony, cooperation, balance, and fairness, hence its symbol of a set of scales. This sign is roughly similar to Aquarius but is a bit more focused on diplomacy and justice rather than broad humanitarian efforts.
Libra's best traits are on full display in A Couple of Cuckoos, where protagonist Nagi Umino must carefully juggle the desires and friendships of his foster sister, his fiancée, and his crush. All four characters are in a complex web of relationships and confusing emotions, so Libra-style cooperation and fairness are essential.
5 Scorpio: The Rising Of The Shield Hero
Scorpio is a fire/water hybrid sign. This scorpion-themed astrological sign has a strong will and fierce determination, unlike its fellow water signs Cancer and Pisces, Scorpio also embodies the introspective nature of those signs. It's about what's on the inside.
Scorpio is also all about hard truths, honesty, and fighting back against lies and manipulation. All this points toward The Rising of the Shield Hero, an isekai series where determination, honesty, and personal values always triumph over schemes and lies in the end.
4 Sagittarius: Trapped In A Dating Sim
The fire sign Sagittarius is represented by an archer who fires flaming arrows. Such a sign is all about the enthusiastic exploration of new ideas and sharing opinions, even if it ends up bothering other people by accident. Sagittarius can't help but express themselves boldly, though they also means well in most cases.
Such traits are perfect for Trapped in a Dating Sim. This isekai anime features a smart-mouthed, brutally honest male lead named Leon Bartfort who embarks on colorful adventures in an otome game world and survives to tell the tale. The whole anime's premise definitely rewards Sagittarius qualities, from adventures to uncompromising honesty.
3 Capricorn: Wotakoi: Love Is Hard For Otaku
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku is a charming workplace romance series about Narumi, a passionate anime fan who struggles to maintain a work-life balance between her hobbies and responsibilities. However, she reunited with her childhood friend, Hirotaka, who reassures her that it's okay to be herself and let her otaku flag fly.
As an earth sign, Capricorns are hardworking and always pay attention to detail. They're diligent, honest, and surprisingly perceptive compared to other signs of the same element. Wotakoi is the perfect choice for Capricorns, since it's a workplace romance with a more mature sense of humor that they'll surely appreciate.
2 Aquarius: That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime
The air sign Aquarius is a highly humanitarian sign that is all about "power to the people" and having creative, original ideas for the benefit of others. So, an Aquarius would enjoy any anime series where the protagonist has sworn to uplift and defend other people at any cost.
Reincarnated as a Slimestars Rimuru Tempest, a smart slime who works tirelessly to build a tolerant, diverse nation of monsters where everyone can live and work in peace. Rimuru is a total Aquarius as a humanitarian of sorts, and that reflects in Slime's plot and themes, too.
1 Pisces: Komi Can't Communicate
The water sign Pisces is fairly similar to Aquarius, but it is far more intimate in nature. The three water signs are all about mysticism and being attuned to other people's mental energies, and Pisces is more sensitive than any other sign. That calls for an anime like Komi Can't Communicate.
The protagonist, Shoko Komi, is a shy but kind girl who is determined to break out of her shell and form 100 real friendships in a year. She is eager to connect to other people, and that gives the anime an easygoing, comforting tone that any sensitive Pisces would enjoy.
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