What are the best gender bender anime?

Gender-bending is a trope in anime that remains popular among viewers. It gives a look at the possibility of transforming yourself into a different gender. Gender is a rather fluid term and it doesn't mean that it's restricted to the male and female sex change aspect. What sets gender bender anime apart from others is the varying ways it can happen to the characters. Whether it be through magic, someone's own will, or the situation at hand. One of the more common scenarios is someone waking up the next day in a new body. Animes with this premise include Kokoro Connect and Kampfer. Others involve cross-dressing and/or appearing androgynous. Often being mistaken as a different gender apart from their own. A good example of a gender bender anime with an androgynous character is Ouran High School Host Club. The main character Haruhi doesn't adhere to gender norms. Another androgynous character worth noting is from Aoharu x Machinegun. Her name is Hotaru Tachibana and she remains true to herself, beyond her supposed gender roles. Gender-bending can be as simple as cross-dressing or something as bewitching as magic. Regardless, these gender bender anime tell a different story that entertains audiences. Viewers also get a glimpse of how the Japanese view gender roles and learn about a new culture.

Do you ever wonder what it's like to wake up and see that you've turned into a completely different gender? Well, the characters of these best gender bender anime will answer all your questions! 

asked by Sabrina Rain Samson - Binge.co Contributor
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    #1Kämpfer

    Kämpfer

    Kämpfer is a 12-episode anime series adapation of the Japanese light novel series of the same name. This centers on a guy named Natsuru who has a huge crush on Kaede. He was chosen to be a Kämpfer and was transformed into a girl. 

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    Bob Tang
    Written on December 6, 2019
    "Kampfer is one of the most interesting gender bender anime I've seen and seeing Natsuru constantly suffer because of his situation is just the icing on top. If you're only to watch one anime on this list, go for Kampfer. "
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    #2Kokoro Connect

    Kokoro Connect

    Popularly known as Kokoro Konekuto, Kokoro Connect is a romantic-comedy-themed animated series adapted from the light novel series of the same name authored by Sadanatsu Anda. It ran from July to December 2012.

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    $14.99

    Martha Gutierrez
    Written on December 6, 2019
    "Kokoro Connect is not like the other gender-bending animes that are all lighthearted or comedic. This one's a little more on the serious side but it's still very interesting. Really makes you think, what if I was in my friend's body and vice versa? Would that be fun or total chaos?"
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    #3Ouran High School Host Club

    Ouran High School Host Club

    Ouran High School Host Club is a 26-episode anime Japanese TV series based on the manga of the same novel written by Bisco Hatori which follows the life of scholarship student Haruhi Fujioka at Ouran High School.

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    Muhammad Mittal
    Written on December 6, 2019
    "Haruhi easily makes Ouran High School Host Club the best gender bender anime for me. I think without her I wouldn't be watching this anime. She really drives the whole story and everyone is whipped for her LOL"
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    #4To Love-Ru

    To Love-Ru

    To Love-Ru is an animated romantic comedy and harem series that first aired on April 3, 2008. This anime show has 64 episodes divided into four seasons. The producers released three OVA series between 2009 to 2017.

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    Linda Hernandez
    Written on December 6, 2019
    "Their gender in to love-ru may be different but it's all one person. Sounds confusing right? You have to watch this anime to understand what I mean ;)"
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    #5Aoharu x Machinegun

    Aoharu x Machinegun

    Aoharu x Machinegun is an action-comedy anime which aired from July 3 until September 18 of 2015 for a total of 12 episodes. The anime is about Hotaru Tachibana who's a female that has a boyish appearance and ends up joining Toy Gun Gun.

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    Amanda James
    Written on December 6, 2019
    "This anime shows women in action namely Hotaru who ends up joining an all-boy crew and totally slaying it!!!"
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    #6Ranma 1/2

    Ranma 1/2

    Ranma 1/2 is a martial arts and romance anime that tells the tale of Ranma Saotome, a person who changes gender whenever they are doused with cold water. The comedy anime created by Rumiko Takahashi was released in 1989.

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    $5.99- Varies by plan

    Jerry Cooper
    Written on December 6, 2019
    "Ranma is that classic gender bender anime that you know about even if you don't watch it. And that's for a good reason. it's just hilarious and watching it is hella interesting..."
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    #7The Rose of Versailles

    The Rose of Versailles

    Based on the critically acclaimed manga by Riyoko Ikeda, Rose of Versailles depicts the fateful meeting of Marie Antoinette and Oscar, which is bound to influence history and change the life of the people facing the French Revolution.

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    Wayne Wood
    Written on December 6, 2019
    "This is not a gender bender anime in the full sense of the word but you should still watch it. I enjoyed it!"
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    #8Minami-ke

    Minami-ke

    Minami-ke or The Minami Family is a comedy anime that aired in 2007 with 13 episodes. The anime revolves around three sisters named Chiaki, Kana, and Haruka. A character named Makoto also disguises himself as a girl.

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    $5.99- Free trial available

    Kenneth Harris
    Written on December 6, 2019
    "It's funny as hell when characters go out of their way to deviate from their gender in animes to the point that it's like a sex change! Minami-ke is one of those animes. "

Summary

Best What are the best gender bender anime
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1KämpferTV Shows 16 Paid
2Kokoro ConnectTV Shows 12 Paid
3Ouran High School Host ClubTV Shows 9 Paid
4To Love-RuTV Shows 4 Paid
5Aoharu x MachinegunTV Shows 3 Paid
6Ranma 1/2TV Shows 3 Paid
7The Rose of VersaillesTV Shows 1 Paid
8Minami-keTV Shows 0 Paid
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