As one of the most successful Japanese mobile games ever, it’s no surprise that Granblue Fantasy is getting an anime this coming spring season. While anime based on video games don’t have the healthiest track record, Granblue Fantasy looks to buck that trend as potentially one of the most impressive animated series of 2017.
From Slayers’ Lina Inverse to High School DxD’s Rias Gremory, there are seemingly endless numbers of fantasy heroines in anime and manga that sport red hair. Why is it so common, and what meanings does red hair possess in these stories? In my experience, there are three main categories of redhead fantasy heroines, each of them associated with certain traits and values that make them popular in fantasy settings. These are Fiery Warriors, Exotic Destinies, and Sexy Demons.