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Are there any good anime’s with autistic characters?

Are there any good anime’s with autistic characters?

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Fuck_Shinji

I heavily doubt anyone could relate to her It's a great anime though managed to make me cry and the MC is really relatable


RaDiOaCtIvEpUnK

I think people deep into the autistic spectrum would still be like “Wtf is wrong with this girl?”.


SadBabyYoda1212

She is very much what a non autistic person who has never met an autistic person would perceive as an autistic savant


BabyBabaBofski

She is really not a great representation for most autistic people. She behaves like a particularly stupid deadpan eight year old


HammeredWharf

The MC of Aldnoah.Zero is probably on the spectrum, but unfortunately the show is a bit of a train wreck. As a side note, the Danish show The Bridge is a great murder mystery with an autistic lead, but it may be a bit too mature.


SavageVariant

Just chiming in on Aldnoah Zero. Was definitely going to suggest, though I really enjoyed the show honestly. Second season less than first, obviously.


AdaptiveLynn

Kaizuka Inaho is 100% Autistic. May not have been intended to be, but authorial intent is nothing more than headcanon unless they can convey it in the writing.


OtherHalfling

Kunagisa from [Kubikiri Cycle: Aoiro Savant to Zaregototsukai](https://myanimelist.net/anime/33263/Kubikiri_Cycle__Aoiro_Savant_to_Zaregototsukai) is a diagnosed savant. Kamille Bidan, the main character in [Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam](https://myanimelist.net/anime/85/Mobile_Suit_Zeta_Gundam), is said to be autistic, but you have to watch the original Mobile Suit Gundam first, as it's a sequel. Other than that, there are plenty of anime where characters display autistic traits while not having any mention of it in their respective anime. (Kunogi from Shirobako stands out as one. There has been fan speculation in regards to Renge from Non Non Biyori due to some of her mannerisms and behavioral habits, but that's just headcanon.)


J_Gottwald

>Kunogi from Shirobako stands out as one I can't help but wonder if this is people mistaking shyness/social anxiety for autism, or me not picking up on something far more subtle being presented because I don't know enough about it.


Sandtalon

> is said to be autistic Well, he does say that he is, but Tomino also doesn't really know what autism *is* very well, so... (And maybe an in-universe explanation could be that Kamille doesn't, either.)


IndependentMacaroon

Tomino just might not know people very well...


walker_paranor

Judging from the dialogue in a lot of his shows, I'm pretty sure that he doesn't have a good grasp on how people talk and act. It's basically a hallmark of his for characters to do things that seem wildly out of touch with what actual people would do, even going back as far as Gundam Zeta.


OtherHalfling

>It's basically a hallmark of his for characters to do things that seem wildly out of touch with what actual people would do This is like... almost every anime I've ever seen, though, to be fair. It never stood out as any more prevalent in Gundam than the average anime series. Regardless, Zeta Gundam was one of the better anime I've seen, as a whole.


walker_paranor

I get your point, but if you watch some of his shows, like Recognuista in G is a good example for me, his dialogue can be downright jarring. Something about how his conversations flow feel like 2 people talking at each other, and not TO each other.


OtherHalfling

Well Tomino must have lucked out when writing Kamille, then, because after working with special-needs kids, many of whom are on the autism spectrum, Kamille definitely displays mild autistic traits. Granted autism doesn't affect everyone the same, by any means.


AdaptiveLynn

It should be noted that anime *rarely* spells out stuff like this. Josou ("female clothing") characters like Astolpho, Urushibara Luka, Ferris, etc. and dansou ("male clothing") characters like Tenou Haruka and Shirogane Naoto are a hugely mixed bag when it comes to being trans, enby, or cis. -- IRL, both of these are "drag"-like scenes that are trans-inclusive. In the case of Naoto, it's never stated that he's trans, but he asserts that he's a man, goes through insecurity struggles about it, and is slammed again and again with transphobic rhetoric (including by the player if they attempt to date him). I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt thanks to the change they made to Erica Anderson's handling in Full Body and say they probably didn't realize the character they were writing was a 1:1 representation of transmasculine people and not just an "insecure tomboy" trope. In the case of Shiina Mashiro, it's scrawled all over every single wall that she's Autistic and disabled, yet it's never stated that she is. **Japanese business culture generally won't approve things that "make waves", so writers won't spell these things out and will instead just let the characters speak for themselves.** Ultimately, for better or worse, Japanese media is something you have to cherrypick your representation from. Whether Astolfo was meant to be enby or not, that's what they've circumstantially portrayed. Whether Urushibara Luka was intended to be transfem or not, the reality is that a great many transgender fans rather strongly related to the character and found that the most realistic thing to read from her behavior was "egg" (unrealized or closeted transness) psychology, something easily dismissed by non-queer fans because they don't understand the ins and outs of egg psychology. Whether Shiina Mashiro was intended to be Autistic or not, or Violet Evergarden, or Kumoko, or Hakurei Reimu, or Taneomi Shizuru, or Kasane Randall, the fact is that there are Autistic people who will see these characters' portrayals as genuinely accurate and relatable.


blackangelsdeathsong

Seems like every newtype character is somewhere on the spectrum.


Olddirtychurro

I'm not completely sure and I don't wanna misdiagnose but isn't Appare from Appare Ranman at least on the spectrum?


IndependentMacaroon

Could be


AdaptiveLynn

Bullseye!


dcresistance

I've seen a lot of people identify with Mizore from Liz and the Blue Bird (and Sound Euphonium, which Liz is a standalone sequel to) and Yui from K-On!. I've seen people say the same for the character Osaka from Azumanga Daioh. It's never explicitly stated y'know, but I can't argue against it, especially since I'm not on the spectrum


Hells7rom

Its not an anime but if you are fine with a manga then i would suggest Asuperu Kanojo / Asper kanojo. It deals with characters having asperger syndrome


Deruta

PSA though, this can be a rough one. Major content warnings for abuse and suicide


WeeziMonkey

Another sort of manga is Aspe-chan, made by a professional Japanese cosplayer Akagi Kuro


CakeBoss16

Also another good manga is Shrink ~Psychiatrist Yowai~. It is about a shrink who help people with various mental issues. One arc is about adults with developmental issues and basically is on the spectrum.


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Given, maybe? The fact that it's about a gay romance is probably a turn off for some, but I read [this article about its main character](https://www.animefeminist.com/perspectives-playing-my-song-queer-autistic-representation-in-given/) recently, you might find it interesting. The writer talks about how they related to the character and found autistic traits in him.


HolyFruitSalad_98

Honestly, the gay aspect of it is done so well. I find that most people who are uncomfortable with the BL genre are that way because of really bad boundaries between the couple and the general gazey way the characters are written and drawn. Given was none of that. Just a story about pure love and overcoming trauma. Nothing to be uncomfortable about imo


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Agreed! I was drawn to it because I wanted to see more LGBT+ anime and was really happy about how these characters were depicted. I felt like the show treated its characters and their feelings in a remarkably gentle and understanding way, if that makes sense. It was very easy to relate to. I guess I felt the need to add a disclaimer there because BL for sure has that bad rep, but personally Given made me want to seek out more BL gems, even though many of them are probably in a manga-only form.


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I just remembered another one - if you want to read manga, there's [With the Light](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/With_the_Light), which is about a mother raising an autistic child. I haven't read it myself, but I've heard good things about it.


shadowdra126

Maybe not anime but I can recommend an animated movie that changed my life as a fellow Aspie if you are interested


UntitledCat22_

Sure! Anime just seemed like a good idea cause I knew there was a subreddit where I could ask about it, but I honestly like pretty much everything animated!


shadowdra126

Mary and Max is the movie. It is a masterpiece and is hands down the best representation of Aspergers I have seen in a film in any medium.


UntitledCat22_

Oh my god thank you!! That’s actually a film that got suggested to me when I left a psychiatric clinic a while ago and I completely forgot about it until now!! Thank you thank you thank you!!


shadowdra126

I just rewatched it recently and it is amazing in humor, style, and emotional message


oyooy

Not canonically confirmed but I tend to read Rina from Love Live Nijigasaki as autistic. (You don't need to have watched any other love live stuff to watch Nijigasaki).


IndependentMacaroon

Souya in Sangatsu no Lion seems like that, but he's only an occasional character.


crash-scientist

Hmm... this show isn’t all that related to the post , but it’s still a must-watch for anyone who wants a show about mental health.


IndependentMacaroon

Particularly one that's actually about overcoming issues


HyperactiveGardener

It's not official, but I get a major autistic vibe from L in Death note.


Rokusi

There's definitely *something* going on with L, but I don't think he has trouble inferring the thoughts of others like is the hallmark of Asperger's (otherwise I don't think he'd be very good at his job).


IndependentMacaroon

Not having as much of an intuitive/immediate image of others doesn't preclude being able to analyze/profile them well. In fact, focused analysis in general tends to be a strength of autistic people.


HyperactiveGardener

Right! I got two people very close to me who got mild autism. Sometimes they can have a hard time picking up the vibe in the room and can come with insensitive remarks and have some trouble reading between the lines. But they are both deeply interested in psychology and the human spices. They are both very insightful and intelligent. They are very good at calculating how people are going to react or what they are going to say.


Shadow_Warlord

Ah , yes , Human Spices ! Untapped potential of flavours !


Shadow_Warlord

Hmm wouldnt call him autistic but there is something off about him .


Galle_

It's not explicit, but the protagonist of *Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken* almost certainly has Asperger's.


Isogash

*Far* ***far*** more likely to be ADHD I'd say, although she doesn't necessarily have either. The outward symptoms can be similar for both but her highly active daydreaming and associative imagination, reluctance to work alone, struggling to manage workload, high energy and distractibility are all *very* symptomatic of ADHD. However, I don't think it would be a fair shot to say she definitely has it or that she represents it well other than that, it's a disability and normally causes huge problems with schoolwork, particularly homework.


IndependentMacaroon

In fact, the manga creator himself said she's a reflection of his dealing with ADHD


Galle_

He actually has both [ADHD](https://twitter.com/dennou319/status/1240489281308594177) *and* [an autism spectrum disorder](https://twitter.com/dennou319/status/1110565948153430016), and Asakusa shows symptoms of both.


Isogash

That doesn't shock me at all.


Galle_

It's actually quite likely to be *both*, as they're often comorbid. She has a very obvious special interest in anime, has difficulty realizing when people aren't necessarily as interested in the conversation as she is, struggles with unpredictable social situations, and exhibits occasional stimming (squeezing her rabbit toy). Even her style of creativity is very much focused on things that *make sense*, rather than the complexity and unpredictability of characters. Sumito Owara has said that he has both ADHD and an autism spectrum disorder, and that he based Asakusa on his experiences growing up with both. At the end of the day, though, all I can say is that as someone with Asperger's I found Asakusa *extremely* relatable.


Isogash

Fair enough. Most of those can also symptoms of ADHD (for slightly different reasons) but it is often comorbid. It's difficult to tell without asking the person directly.


DeliciousBara

Depending on interpretation, Akagi from [Akagi: The Genius Who Decended Into the Darkness](https://myanimelist.net/anime/658/Touhai_Densetsu_Akagi__Yami_ni_Maiorita_Tensai) can be read as neurodivergent. It's a series about Mahjong, but the narrator carries you through it, if you are ready for a story of a genius savant bringing down the yakuza in illegal gambles!


Ghost963cz

kumo desuga, nani ka? but this applies more to the LN


programerdev

Ao from Asteroid in Love shows signs of ASD if I interpret correctly


BigDickFoxMain69

Ping Pong the Animation


IndependentMacaroon

Yes! Smile reads as very obviously neurodivergent.


adovetakesflight

Yuu from Bloom Into You reads as being on the spectrum to me (she struggles to understand what it means to love someone). If you like romance & yuri it could be up your alley.


Blackheart595

I'm not aware of any that explicitly have autistic characters, but I'd definitely have Chihaya from Chihayafuru qualify. Probably also Shigeo from Mob Psycho 100.


Isogash

Shigeo I could see maybe, but what makes you say Chihaya?


Blackheart595

It's a perfect fit. The big one is of course her special interest, Karuta. It's not just a strong interest, it dominates several aspects of her life. She has difficulties engaging in reciprocal social interactions and in having participating and understanding relationships, unless she's either specifically learnt the case in question or unless Karuta provides some kind of bridge. When not allowed to engage in Karuta that typically leaves her in a drained state. She manages by having her life revolve around her special interest, but it still clearly causes significant disturbances in her normal functioning, and she doesn't really suffer from other intellectual disabilities that could explain it instead.


AnEpicEggplant

As a 20s female aspie, that’s my analysis as well, thanks for that. I find her to be a good portrayal of a female aspie (which tend to be different from male ones).


x3tan

As a female on the spectrum as well, I found her relatable and commented on it with the person I was watching with lol.


TrashStack

The thig is it's not that Chihaya really has difficulties with social interactions, she just has no interest in them when they don't relate to karuta. When at a Karuta event she can talk to other players she's never met before well and even be able to tell what they're thinking. She understands social interactions just fine when she actually cares about interacting. That's why I think adhd would make more sense out of any mental disorder since that still involves being able to hyperfixate but doesn't factor in the other aspects of aspergers or autism that Chihaya doesn't really exhibit.


Blackheart595

But autism doesn't really preclude any of that. I'm diagnosed, medical report and all, and basically all of that could be said about me. I can interact completely normally with others as long as there's something interesting to serve as a bridge, and sometimes even when that's not the case. I can understand most social interactions perfectly well. In fact we (as in family and me) only caught on to me being affected in my 20s, it was effectively invisible before.


mrackham205

Interesting. I don’t know much about autism, but I never would’ve associated it with Chihayafuru. From your experience, how would you rank her? If you were to try to diagnose her


Blackheart595

I don't really know about ranks, sorry. If you mean levels it'd probably be level 1? She's probably able to compensate a fair bit. But I've never talked about ranks or levels with either my psychiatrist, therapist, or fellow autists, so I don't really know about that. It's a super diverse disorder anyway.


mrackham205

Hah sorry, I don’t know the terms for diagnosing autism. I just used rank because that’s the first word that came to mind. I may have to go back and do a rewatch with all of that in mind.


LigmaV

Curious how did you diagnosed if you have social interactions fine even if there is a bridge you must be able to have decent interaction with others?


Blackheart595

I've been lucky I guess. I don't have a severe case anyway, and even then I can compensate a lot with my mental abilities and awareness. But I still express the symptoms. It's a bit hard to explain. Let's take the common symptom of misunderstanding idioms too literally as an example. I express that, but I'm often able to notice when a conversation stops making sense. I can then think about it for a few seconds to deduce what the other person actually meant, or ask if I don't manage. Learning idioms by heart is also helpful in that regard. Even then, idioms sometimes elude me. So as far as social interactions go, I get by just being a more silent type that prefers to listen, but I can join in when appropriate, or occasionally also when inappropriate - I don't naturally perceive when it's appropriate after all and have to deduce it. And unless some bridging topic is involved I still have to rely on the other person to maintain the initiative though, small talk almost completely eludes me. Which again isn't that problematic as I'm in a country where small talk isn't super common. Only rarely do you see people starting random conversations with people unless they already know each other.


IndependentMacaroon

Hmm, might check this out a little sooner then!


Isogash

Worth bearing in mind that these can also be symptoms of ADHD (commonly comorbid with Apserger's though), which would explain her poor academic ability, occasional disinterest, and IIRC difficulty memorising the position of the cards initially. I think it was unlikely that she was written with either this or an ASD in mind though.


Blackheart595

Though afaik the special interest thing is possible but not particularly common with ADHD, but yeah, there's a lot of overlap between them. In any case she definitely wasn't written with it in mind, but imo that's the beautiful thing about interpretations: Different people can have different yet still all valid interpretations, and the author's intention is pretty irrelevant beyond what they actually put into the story.


Isogash

Not to be too pedantic but a passion/interest/goal is not necessarily a "special interest" though. It's been a while since I saw it, but I'd suggest that because she is only really interested in *competing* in the game as opposed to knowing everything there is to know about it.


Blackheart595

A special interest isn't necessarily about knowing everything about it. She falls apart without it. All interpersonal connections she has are either familial, school acquaintances, or based on Karuta. Even her wanting to become a teacher revolves around Karuta. The reason she had any interest in and put so much effort into the poem homework (despite being bad at it) is because of Karuta. It's much more than just a passion project.


Isogash

It does *tend* to be a fact/detail-oriented interest, the typical examples being trains or planes. Autism *tends* to result in a keen interest and long-memory for dates and numbers.


walker_paranor

I really don't think Shigeo is autistic whatsoever. He just has a lot of confidence issues due to his fear and trepidation of his own powers. He was so traumatized by accidentally hurting his own brother that he withdrew inwards as a person, but it's more a psychological block than an actual disorder.


Blackheart595

Yeah, I'm not sure about him. But autists often have that not-expressing-emotions-until-they-spill-over thing. He might be, or he might not be.


Fartikus

[Man, have you watched far into the series? Even in episode 2-3 they even explain that the reason why he bottles his emotions up until they spill over is because of the different paradoxes he has to deal with on a daily life, let alone the trauma he lived as a kid.](https://youtu.be/K6oa6g2B14M)


Blackheart595

I know? Maybe I'm projecting, but I've been in a fairly similar position as Mob in that regard, minus the supernatural aspects of course. Doesn't make me not autistic.


Fartikus

Believe me when I say that people can bottle up emotions like that for more reasons than just being autistic; same with just in general how they handle their social aspects.


Blackheart595

Sure. But it *is* common in autist, and even disregarding it he feels like he's one. I just find it difficult to pin-point that feeling in his case. Together with that "the symptoms must not be explained by another disorder" clause in the autism classification that's what makes me not too confident in whether he qualifies.


Fartikus

He's able to break out of his shell later on in the series after he realizes that his friends are there for him, and that he needs to appreciate them and how they feel by making the effort to do the same. Not only that, but he picks up social cues very well, to the point of being able to discern when Serizawa was going down the same path as he was and talk to him as if it were his past self. People who show autistic traits doesn't mean that they're autistic. Yeah, you can still relate to them; but in Shigeo's case, he's definitely not on the spectrum going by his actions are, especially after he breaks out of his shell and learns to appreciate the people around him.


TrashStack

Chihaya imo really doesn't give off the autistic or aspergers impression I think if anything she's more of case of someone with adhd, especially since karata is decently physical. Her obsession with karata is more in line with the hyperfixiation aspect of adhd. But most likely she's just an air head lol


Blackheart595

Imo it's more autism than ADHD, seeing how she's often oblivious to others (unless it involves Karuta), and her Karuto is the exact kind of special interest that's a common autism symptom. Hyperfixation is something different and doesn't really have such a long-term effect. Of course there's a lot of overlap between the two that can make them hard to differentiate, especially when the information is as restricted as it typically is with fictional characters. And she's not just an airhead lol. She completely falls apart when her Karuta's taken away from her.


OrangeGuyFromVenus

Mob Psycho


cutiecheese

Yoroizuka Mizore from Hibike Euphonium S2/Liz and the Blue Bird


Fartikus

Futaba Sakura (Persona 5) Mei Hatsume (My Hero Academia) Iida Tenya (My Hero Academia) Senku Ishigami (Dr. Stone)


Atario

You're not going to get many factual answers here, because everyone loves to tag every character with armchair psychiatric diagnoses in order to appear insightful to the unskeptical


SkeeterYosh

I will die on this hill that Rikka Takanashi is likely autistic.


NetEducational2382

I know this is an old question, but I'll add it anyway cause I didn't see it mentioned yet. I personally see a lot of autistic traits in these characters. Shouto Todoroki (my hero academia) Shizuku Mizutani (my little monster) ((Haru Yoshida (my little monster) not too confident about this one, he's more complicated and seems to have many other issues)) And others mentioned Violet Evergarden, I do see that too. But keep in mind due to her past, it's not more complicated. But see for yourself if you can relate :)


mrhades113

Midori Asakusa from Eizouken maybe?


8andahalfby11

I have enough people on the spectrum in my life that I feel like I can say with confidence that Murasako Masao from Shiki is autistic. He's never explicitly diagnosed as such, but it's obvious by the way he talks. He's not viewed positively in the anime though, which I see as a good thing. Anime and manga has started to romanticize what is still very much a mental disorder, and ignores the parts that make it disruptive for everyone else.


IndependentMacaroon

How about considering the person themselves a little more, and not just going on about "disruptiveness"? Empathy and all. And I legitimately can't recall any of this romanticization business, elaborate?


walker_paranor

That was 100% what I thought about Masao when I watched Shiki. He quite literally doesn't understand social queues or emotional nuances. They did a good job with portraying that without beating you over the head with it.


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walker_paranor

Autism is a mental disorder and attacking someone for just stating a pretty innocent fact is really bizarre.


Hellthrower

sakurasou and umaru


TriplePube

Naruto.


i_am_the_kiLLer

Young Naruto was just a dumb kid who yearned for affection because he didn't have any while growing up, and old Naruto doesn't seem like he's on the spectrum.


xMamex

Maybe *The Day I Became a God* which was written by Jun Maeda


ButWahy

Chunibyu love and delusions mby


AkaFuhrer

Rikka isn’t autistic. She’s just dumb.


ButWahy

No shes the way she is to hide from a trauma


SkeeterYosh

I dunno. She definitely shows various behaviours that could be linked to ASD. Occasional stimming, ineptitude in communicating in a “normal” way, etc.


KMachine42

not anime, but the good doctor is a good tv show where the main character is autistic, and i really enjoy it


desertkona

maybe Violet Evergarden? the MC have major PTSD that affecting her ability to effectively socialise and communicate


LMGDiVa

Violet doesn't have autism/Aspergers. She's a military combat Veteran.[(Who was also)](/s "raised as a human weapon and was heavily isolated from non-combatants/civilians.") The way she acts is due to battlefield trauma and military life,[as well as](/s "being socially stunted by circumstance.") Violet Evergarden is an incredibly accurate and empathetic portrayal of the aspects of dealing with PTSD, and post military life. This coming from someone who was in the US Army, and was diagnosed disabled due to PTSD(as well as several other issues). As well as grew up around the military(US Army/Navy, lived on bases.) Violet's behavior is typical of combat traumatized soldiers, and people trying to adjust back to civilian life. There's a whole interview with a combat Veteran about Violet Evergarden on these subject matters on youtube. https://youtu.be/MkKO3Dx2sDc In-fact, for me, this why Violet Evergarden is my 2nd favorite anime of all time, and my personal reasoning as to why I think the most important anime made in the 2010s. Edit: Fixed some grammar.


StardustMacaron

I mean, personally I'm autistic and have PTSD and Violet is very relatable in both regards. Her enduring difficulty expressing and understanding emotions, connecting with others, and an initially very overly literal understanding of things can easily make an autistic person feel reflected in her. I agree her character is primarily an exploration of how combat PTSD (and a frankly horrifying childhood before that) impacts her, but it's not like an autistic person wouldn't be able to see themselves in her either. She's a brilliant character either way, she can be both.


LMGDiVa

Sure, but she's not. Socially stunted by circumstance and PTSD is what we actually see. Seeing yourself in something isn't the same thing as it actually being there. That, and the fact that she's able to pick up social skills, cues, and recognize people's behavior's very quickly is a strong indicator that she's not autistic as well. Infact, Violet's behavior is incredibly similar to my own. When I was growing up they thought I was autistic, and tried desperately to get me "help." After my parents abandoned me, I was put into fostercare where I was actually evaluated, and it turns out, I wasn't autistic at all. I was just really smart, and being severely abused. And further down that point, I was a solider in the US Army a decade ago. And that ontop of the socially hindered upbringing, my time in the army made me a very mechanical and unresponsive person. And ontop of all of this,[spoiler for the first movie](/s "Violet is literally sent out to help teach someone social skills, as well as grows more as an emotionally available person. This would be an insanely difficult thing for someone with ASD to do.") Violet is not the only character in anime I know of who has a sort of character growth in this kind of manner. Nana from Elfen Lied is also a very similar character, but her character only deals with it lightly. Violet's is a story of recovery, not dealing with Autism. Occams razor, "the simplest explanation is usually the right one." What she is is probably what we see on screen, and not something else.


StardustMacaron

Hm, these are all good points and I'll happily concede I'm very likely projecting my own experiences onto her tbh. You're right about Occams razor here too. Her circumstances are easily complex enough without reading into what's not actually there. Also, genuinely sorry to hear about the awful misdiagnosis and other things you had to go through. I hope you're doing at least a bit better now. Your perspective was really valuable to read here, thank you!


HyperactiveGardener

When you mention it, she has that vibe too. This anime is so wholesome!


karneheni

obvious Clannad its not very good, but have a nice OST at least


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redmage311

If you're in the mood for a romance, maybe Kimi Ni Todoke? I always viewed ~~Sadako~~ Sawako as being on the spectrum since she spends so much time trying to understand what other people are feeling.


TsortsAleksatr

I only know of the manga Asperu Kanojou which is as explicit as it gets with the female lead having Asperger's and until the chapter I've read, it treats the subject matter respectfully. However it's pretty rough with depictions of abuse, PTSD, trauma, suicidal thoughts and violence against animals and minors. Not recommending this if you're in a very bad mood. A couple of western shows that also feature explicitly autistic characters are Community TV series and Rick and Morty which I definitely recommend. She-Ra: Princesses of Power features a side character who's explicitly autistic, I also recommend the show. The problem with anime (and the reason I used "explicit" so many times) is that there are very few anime that feature explicitly autistic or generally speaking neurodivergent characters, yet there are tons of anime characters that are heavily implied to being on the spectrum in everything but name. That's the reason why this thread is filled with recommendations but they're almost always followed with debates on whether certain characters are really autistic or not. (unrelated but that bothers me a little, autistic people come in all shapes and sizes, and just because an autistic person relates with a character doesn't mean they're saying "This character is definitely autistic") To give you better recommendations I suggest you tell us some anime characters you liked or related with even if they aren't autistic, for I can think of a lot of characters that exhibit autistic and other neurodivergent traits I related with, yet you might not relate.


SSJ99hermano

Not anime but Chikamochi from the VN raging loop clearly has some form of autism


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Pesci from JoJo's bizarre adventure part 5


A_Idiot0

Not sure if it's been mentioned yet, but I believe that *Violet Evergarden* shows an aspect of Asperger's in the misunderstanding of people's emotions. She has a lot of trouble understanding how people feel, but she tries very hard to learn.


WhiskeyCorridor

Armored Trooper VOTOMS. Wouldn't be surprised if Chirico was autistic.


dylansmom1979

Reigen Arataka from Mob Psycho 100. Chris Niosi, the English dub voice actor for him is Autistic as well.


jabba-the-nut

Being autistic it kust neing mire hyper, haarder to concentrate and harderntp understand. Unless specifically implied, you would t notice autism unless it is severe.


TokiVideogame

Think about it, most anime protagonist are on the spectrum- awkard cherry boys. Most otaku are on the spectrum. That is how it is.


TokiVideogame

neon genesis, that shinji heh


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Durinthal

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UntitledCat22_

What..?


Bankroll_Slayer

Just a wild clown, making usual clown statements. Dont even pay it any attention


UntitledCat22_

I knew my downvote was right. I somehow still had hope that they didn’t mean it the way I thought they did :(


knokaka

Baka to test maybe... im not sure tho..


Sergiocamjur

Goblin slayer Edit: goblin slayer is in fact an autistic character, I just missed the point about understanding them. My bad.


keghi11

For anime characters I think Futaba Sakura from Persona 5 and Mei Hatsume from My Hero Academia. If you love science, you can Watch Kyle Hill. He's same like you and just came out today about his Autistic. Btw, I also in same category but much older than you and maybe different gender.


KragnothOSRS

Hina from hinamasturi and Renge from Non Non Biyori