5 Great Asexual Manga Characters Who Embrace Their Identity

Manga has slowly become more diverse over the years. Asexuality is now a part of that representation, and here are a few characters who embrace it.

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Maki from 'Bloom Into You' staring into the distance.

Asexuality is largely absent in media. Or, if it’s present, it’s poorly represented. Finding good ace representation is hard, and we asexuals sometimes feel like it doesn’t exist. But it does! It exists in shows, books, movies, manga, etc.; it’s just a matter of looking for that needle in a ginormous haystack. I looked around and found five wonderful manga with characters who are not only asexual but also embrace that part of their identity. Read on to learn more.

Is Love the Answer?

Chika thinks she might be an alien — unlike her classmates, she’s never had a crush on anyone or wanted physical intimacy. Everyone says that will change when she finds “the one,” but she doubts it. When she starts college, she meets people like her, and she finds out the term for what she feels — asexual. Now she realizes that her feelings are perfectly normal, that she doesn’t need to find love if she doesn’t want to.

'Is Love the Answer?' by Uta Isaki manga cover showing Chika with an asexual flag in the background.

Chika struggled so much with her feelings because she felt like they were wrong. She should want to fall in love and be intimate with someone, but she just can’t. It’s a struggle a lot of asexual people face in reality, and it’s so comforting and affirming to see it reflected here. Especially when she realizes that she’s not alone and that she can embrace who she is without fear or doubt.

I Want to Be a Wall

This is a unique love story between an aromantic asexual woman named Yuriko, who reads Yaoi stories, and a gay man named Gakurouta, who is in love with his oblivious friend. These two are newlywed, and while romance will never work between them, their new bond promises to be a wonderful relationship, unlike one they’ve had with anyone else.

'I Want to Be a Wall' by Honami Shirono manga cover showing Yuriko and Gakurouta sitting near each other.

Yuriko got many questions when she was younger about why she didn’t date, what was wrong with her, and she felt broken. But when she heard the terms asexual and aromantic, she had an explanation for her feelings, and she felt more confident. When she becomes friends with Gakurouta, he supports her immediately, and she realizes that he has similar experiences. As a gay man, he grew up wondering what was wrong with him. Their relationship is very close, and this allows them to support each other and feel more secure in their respective identities.

Bloom Into You

Yū loves reading shoujo manga and longs for when she will get her own confession. But when a classmate confesses his feelings, she doesn’t feel anything, leaving her disappointed and confused as she enters high school. But when she sees the student council president, Nanami, turn down a confession gracefully, Yū wants to ask for advice. But when Nanami confesses to Yū next, she wonders if her own shoujo romance might begin.

'Bloom Into You' by Nakatani Nio manga cover showing Nanami Tōko 
cupping Koito Yū's face.

One of the supporting characters, Maki, is canonically asexual, and he is confident in his asexuality. He accepted it long before the story started, and he had no problem telling others about it. One of the best parts is that he isn’t a sad loner because he’s aromantic and asexual, but rather a happy and confident person with a healthy social life. He enjoys reading and watching romance, as well as looking at his friends’ romances from the sidelines, but he doesn’t want that for himself, and he’s perfectly content with it.

Our Dreams at Dusk

High schooler Tasuku Kaname is not only the new kid but he’s also scared that he’s been outed as gay. As he’s thinking of ending it all, he meets a woman who leads him to a group with problems similar to his own. This heartwarming story filled with LGBTQ+ characters shows people from various backgrounds finding where they stand as they search for inner acceptance.

'Our Dreams at Dusk' by Yuhki Kamatani manga cover Tasuku Kaname with his hand outstretched and a city sketched behind him.

Someone-san, the owner of the drop-in center, is confirmed asexual and agender, using all pronouns. They feel comfortable with themself and their identity, and they often lend an ear to others to help them feel the same. They seem flighty and cold, but they’re also dedicated to helping others feel comfortable like they are.

Doughnuts Under a Crescent Moon

In an attempt to appear normal to those around her, Hinako tries to get interested in love, makeup, and fashion. But she can’t get into it, and her self-doubt only worsens things, and every attempt at romance with men fails. Just when she’s started to accept her fate, she finds a new normal by establishing a relationship with Asahi Sato. It starts out friendly, and then it turns into something more.

'Doughnuts Under a Crescent Moon' by Shio Usui manga cover showing Uno Hinako and Asahi Sato standing back to back.

Both love interests are asexual, though the actual term isn’t used. But neither are interested in sex, and they don’t experience romance in the traditional sense either. Hinako originally tries to change that and fit in, but after getting closer to Asahi, she realizes it’s okay to be who she is. They show their love for each other differently, such as by using words of encouragement and holding hands. Their relationship is unique to them and those around them, but they’re happy together.

Hopefully, asexuality will be included more and more in manga and other media in the future!

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