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They have ultra-fast reflexes, are competitive to the bone, and only have their eyes glued on the prize — we’re talking about anime gamer girls!

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Characters who have a penchant for playing video games have become a common sight in anime shows.

Viewers will often spot these gamers either staring intensely at their computer screens, losing their minds on arcade machines, or just taking a chill pill with their handheld consoles.

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During the Winter 2022 season, fans fell in love with My Dress-Up Darling’s Marin Kitagawa. She captured the hearts of many weebs after showing her love and passion for her favorite video game characters through cosplaying.

Just like Marin, four other anime gamer girls on this list share an extreme devotion to playing video games.

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  • Umaru-chan (Himouto! Umaru-chan)
  • Marin Kitagawa (My Dress-Up Darling)
  • Shiro (No Game No Life)
  • Konata Izumi (Lucky Star)
  • Chiaki Nanami (Danganronpa)

Umaru-chan (Himouto! Umaru-chan)

Umaru-chan using her mobile phone
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Speaking about anime gamer girls, Himouto! Umaru-chan’s protagonist, Umaru Doma, instantly comes to mind.

On a regular school day, Umaru is quite the bishojo (beautiful girl in English) — tall, long-haired, and very fashionable.

Off-campus, she transforms into her chibi (cute and short in English) persona who always wears a comfortable hamster hoodie, an oversized white t-shirt, and a pair of leggings.

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She loves to stay up all night to read manga and play video games, all while eating some potato chips and chugging down a bottle of cola.

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She also has another persona named UMR, her ultimate disguise whenever she goes out to visit the arcade.

Marin Kitagawa (My Dress-Up Darling)

My Dress-Up Darling Marin
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Marin Kitagawa is the main character of My Dress-Up Darling, known for being one of the most popular girls in school. She is attractive, sweet, and perfect in every way.

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Marin is actually a huge otaku (a person who loves anime and manga in English) and gamer.

One of her classmates, a hina doll craftsman named Gojo Wakana, learns about her secret and helps her cosplay her favorite characters.

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Marin’s first cosplay was Shizuku Kuroe, one of the characters of her favorite adult video game, Saint ♡ Slippery’s Academy for Girls – The Young Ladies of the Humiliation Club: Debauched Miracle Life 2.

Shiro (No Game No Life)

Shiro in No Game No Life
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Shiro is the other half of 『  』 (Blank), the unbeatable gaming tandem in No Game No Life. This loveable anime gamer girl is a genius when it comes to solving puzzles, relying on her perfect memory and impeccable logic.

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Together with her brother, Sora, Shiro holds the top score for over 280 games without having any recorded losses or defeats.

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In official illustrations, she is usually seen holding a chess piece, playing cards, or handheld consoles.

Konata Izumi (Lucky Star)

Konata Izumi from Lucky Star
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2000s kids are very much familiar with this blue-haired character from KyoAni’s Lucky Star series. Konata Izumi is the epitome of a weeb and one of the most popular characters that represent the anime culture.

Konata is the type of person who’d get lost in playing video games and reading manga, eventually forgetting to do important tasks like studying for an exam.

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She loves playing the MMORPG Filna Fatansy, a parody of the popular Square Enix franchise.

Chiaki Nanami (Danganronpa)

Danganronpa anime gamer girl, Chiaki Nanami
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Dubbed as the Ultimate Gamer in the Danganronpa anime series, Chiaki Nanami is good at any game. She strongly believes that the goal of playing video games is to have fun, and not just focus on winning or losing. She gets very excited and talkative whenever she discusses games.

Her favorite video game is Gala Omega, a reference to Namco’s 1981 fixed shooter arcade video game Galaga. She also wears a hair clip designed after the game’s shooters.

In the anime, Chiaki is often seen playing this title on a Gameboy Advance together with her close friend, Hajime Hinata.

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