Embrace 40 Anime Nail Designs in 2024

by Zoe Scott
Gengar Edition 

Hey everyone, welcome back to the blog! If you’re as obsessed with anime as you are with nail art, then you’re in for a real treat today. We’re diving into the vibrant and exciting world of Anime Nails. Forget the usual French tips or single-color manis; we’re talking Naruto, Sailor Moon, and even some Spirited Away magic at your fingertips. Trust me, after this, you’ll get more compliments than a shoujo protagonist on the first day of school.

In today’s post, we will cover everything from the basics, like choosing the right colors and tools, to advanced techniques, like how to hand-paint your favorite anime characters or themes. Whether you’re a DIYer at home or looking for inspo to show your nail tech, I’ve got you covered. And let’s be honest, the key to nailing this (pun totally intended) is patience and practice. So, grab your otaku spirit, and let’s get started!

Electric Vibes With Killua 

Electric Vibes With Killua 
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Short nails can still pack a punch. Lightning-wielding Killua gets a nod in this electrifying black-and-white art. Add some lightning bolts, and you’re all set!

Epic Attack On Titan 

Epic Attack On Titan 
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Are you sitting down? Because Kim just set the bar high with this Attack on Titan mani. The faces of Levi and Mikasa share the stage with the eerie Titans. A nail-biter, for sure!

Battle-Ready: Attack On Titan Claws

Attack On Titan Claws
@nailsbyalenaj via Instagram

These stiletto nails are not just a fashion statement; they’re a battle cry! The dark olive middle fingers showcase the iconic Survey Corps logo, while the pink and index fingers mimic the belts of their uniform. Ta really did the anime justice with these. Just looking at them makes me want to slay some Titans!

Trend Alert: Jujutsu Kaisen Nails

Jujutsu Kaisen Nails
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Everyone is talking about Jujutsu Kaisen, and for a good reason—it’s fantastic. You can jump on the trend train with these themed nails that pay homage to the high-stakes, magical world of the show. It’s like having a little piece of the action right at your fingertips.

Spirited Away: An Enchanting Design

Spirited Away
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Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away is a timeless classic, and these nails do it justice. When I watched this as a kid, I wanted to jump into that enchanting world. Why not bring a little piece of that magic to your nails?

More Tokyo Revengers, Please!

Tokyo Revengers
@by_maya22 via Instagram

Do you love the orange nails featuring Tokyo Revengers characters? These are bright, playful, and will totally make you the talk of the town—or at least among your anime-loving friends.

Grey Surprises: Tokyo Revengers

Tokyo Revengers
@jumao_live via Instagram

The show keeps us on our toes, and these grey nails will keep people guessing. It’s a mix of elegance and drama that perfectly encapsulates the series.

For The Love Of Naruto

For The Love Of Naruto
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Okay, I saved my personal favorite for last—Naruto. These stiletto acrylics are so bold and attention-grabbing. The Naruto series has a special place in my heart, and let’s face it: if your nails can channel even a bit of that ninja magic, you’re winning.

Sailor Moon’s Kitty Adventure

Sailor Moon's Kitty Adventure
@monica_nguon via Instagram

Sailor Moon never gets old. This set is a playful twist, featuring all the characters as cats! Usagi gets the star treatment, of course, with her golden locks flowing across multiple nails. Sailor Moon was my childhood, so this look hit me immediately.

Jujutsu Kaisen Ombré Nail

Jujutsu Kaisen Ombré Nail
@mitu.club via Instagram

Who knew demon symbols could look so glam? These nails blend a classic French ombré with Sukuna symbols. It’s understated, but trust me, when someone recognizes those symbols, you’ll share a knowing nod and smile.

Ouran High School Host Club Pop

Ouran High School Host Club Pop
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A shoutout to the Ouran High School Host Club fans! The bright pink and white combo nails this theme. And pay attention to the cute pink bunny, Usa-chan. It adds that little pop of kawaii that makes the set irresistible.

Jujutsu Kaisen’s Ombré

Jujutsu Kaisen’s Ombré
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Here’s another nod to Jujutsu Kaisen, focusing on Megumi’s shadow dog. The ombré effect is stunning, and those triangle symbols are a subtle, yet perfect, touch. It’s all about the details, folks!

Pokémon Glam: Gengar Edition 

Gengar Edition 
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If you’re into mismatched manis like I am, you’ll love this purple Pokémon inspiration. Flores combines dark purple Gengar with metallic charms and pink butterflies. It’s playful, just like the franchise itself!

Dark & Moody Fullmetal Alchemist

Dark & Moody Fullmetal Alchemist
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Go for this look if you’re a Fullmetal Alchemist buff. It’s dark moody, and features character sketches without giving away any spoilers. The alchemy symbols thrown in there make it a die-hard fan’s dream come true.

Hunter x Hunter Glitter Galore

Hunter x Hunter Glitter Galore
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A mix of Gon, Hisoka, Killua, and Leorio from Hunter x Hunter comes alive in this dazzling set. The glitter ombre offers that extra sparkle, and honestly, who can say no to sparkle?

Dragon Ball Z’s Blue Explosion

Dragon Ball Z's Blue Explosion
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It’s an ode to a generation’s anime classic. Chan did an incredible job recreating Bulma and Vegeta in this blue set. It’s vibrant, captivating, and a perfect fit for the Dragon Ball Z fanatic in you.

Intricate Nana Nails

Intricate Nana Nails
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Astonishing details bring Hatchi from Nana to life in this look. The 3D silver decals recreate his jewelry and even his lip ring. If you love Nana, you won’t be able to resist this intricate design.

Pastel Dreams with Hanako-Kun

Pastel Dreams with Hanako-Kun
@froninail via Instagram

This Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun design is a pastel dream. Yashiro Nene and the ghost Hanako-san take center stage, accompanied by other whimsical elements. If you’re a fan of the lighter, more ethereal anime vibes, bookmark this one.

Sailor Moon Magic 

Sailor Moon Magic 
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Remember when I went through that moon and stars nail phase? Well, let me introduce you to its epic upgrade—Sailor Moon Nails! With a marbled Pink base, Chan captures the essence of our favorite Sailor Guardian. The details, guys. Her blue eyes even sparkle! You know how I love adding that little touch of glam.

Spirited Away Charms 

Spirited Away Charms 
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Move over to basic iridescent! Chan’s Spirited Away Nails with Soot Sprites and No-Face are like tiny works of art. The white and nude hues are so neutral yet intriguing.

Hunter x Hunter: The Hisoka Hype 

The Hisoka Hype 
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I’ve always had a soft spot for bad boys, especially if they come in shades of hot pink glitter. Hisoka from Hunter x Hunter comes alive on these nails, complete with his signature face tattoos and playing cards.

Bleach Espada Brilliance 

Bleach Espada Brilliance 
@jupiter.nailart via Instagram

Nicole Flores turns numbers into a code only anime fans can crack. These aren’t just any numbers; they’re a salute to Bleach’s Espada army!

Jojo’s Bizarre Glam

Jojo's Bizarre Glam
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Jojo fans, here’s your chance to flaunt it. Navy blue and white blocks and gold accents make these nails a showstopper. But look closer at the middle finger—that swirled black polish adds a dash of mystery.

Bulma Blues 

Bulma Blues 
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Oh, you know I’m a sucker for vibrant colors! This one’s a shoutout to Bulma and her dazzling blue hair, sketched by Kim with a dash of daring kanji symbols. The tangerine stiletto pinky is just the cherry on top.

Jujutsu Kaisen Chic 

Jujutsu Kaisen Chic 
@nail_tenshi via Instagram

This black and white French tip mani featuring Jujutsu Kaisen characters is elegant. The details Kim adds to the small C-curve tips? Mind-blowing.

High-Stakes Beauty With Kakegurui 

High-Stakes Beauty With Kakegurui 
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If your high school life was as eventful as a Kakegurui episode, these nails are for you! One hand is manga, and the other is full-on T.V. drama. Love it!

Studio Ghibli Greatness 

Studio Ghibli Nails
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A tribute to Spirited Away and Ponyo, these nails are for Studio Ghibli fans. Kim’s favorite is Ponyo, and she brings the goldfish to life on one hand. On the other, it’s Haku, the dragon!

The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K 

The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K 
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Gómez graces us with neon hues perfect for Saiki K fans. Using different nail art decals like pearls and hearts makes these a treat for the eyes.

Inuyasha And Kagome: A Love Story 

Inuyasha And Kagome
@yessential_nails via Instagram

With baby blue as a base and cherry blossom details, Gómez takes us through a romantic journey featuring Kagome and Inuyasha. The droplet decals? It’s a perfect finishing touch.

Glittery Pokemon Galore

Glittery Pokemon Galore
@haloranails via Instagram

Oh, the sparkle! Gómez slayed this design, featuring Dragonair and Sylveon on a glittery silver-to-white base. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love Pokemon? One time, I went all-out Pikachu for my nails, and let me tell you, I felt like I had little pockets of joy at my fingertips. Totally recommend trying this for a dose of nostalgia and cuteness!

Get Revved Up: Tokyo Revengers Nails

Tokyo Revengers Nails
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Gómez also brought us this edgy, pitch-black Tokyo Revengers almond-shaped set. The thumbs? A pop of glittery gold featuring characters Draken and Mikey. A sprinkle of golden and red decals on each nail finishes the look. This one is perfect if you’re in the mood for action and drama, just like the show!

Chic Hello Kitty Nails

Hello Kitty Nails
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Ah, the iconic Hello Kitty, but make it fashion! NYC nail artist Tim took this adorable feline and jazzed it up with subtle silver rhinestones. The minimalist color palette makes it versatile, and hey, those rhinestones? Perfect for when you need a little bling in your life.

Aesthetic Shinobu Kocho Nails

Aesthetic Shinobu Kocho Nails
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If you’re a Demon Slayer fan, these nails will capture your heart. Inspired by Shinobu Kocho, the nails incorporate her signature butterflies and hues. There are no faces, but trust me, it’s a look even non-anime fans will swoon over. Glitter, 3D decals, the works!

Drama And Demons With Nezuko 

Drama And Demons With Nezuko 
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Kim’s Demon Slayer mani is not just a manicure; it’s a storyboard! Every nail tells a part of an epic battle scene featuring Nezuko. The bamboo gag and pink pupils are surreal!

The Elegance Of Sailor Neptune

The Elegance Of Sailor Neptune
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A nod to Sailor Moon, but with a Sailor Neptune spin! Her iconic blue eyes, golden headband, and luscious green hair take center stage. And that jade green base? Gorgeous. I once did a Sailor Moon crescent wand on my middle finger and felt like I could transform. If you’re into empowering female characters, this is your go-to.

Spooky Vibes: Death Note Talons

Death Note Talons
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Whoa, talk about creepy cool! These nails are a homage to Ryuk from Death Note, complete with 3D crosses and silver spikes. Gómez did such an incredible job with Ryuk that it’s both awe-inspiring and a little unsettling. Perfect for that mysterious, dark aesthetic you might be craving.

Beach Vibes With Sanrio Characters

Beach Vibes With Sanrio Characters
@artsthetic_terrie via Instagram

Remember the Sanrio crew? Yup, we’re not just talking Hello Kitty here. Let’s give some love to Keroppi and Badtz-Maru, too! Nail artist Narina Chan went out with this beach-themed set, featuring each character rocking beachwear. The sand-and-sky color scheme is just a chef’s kiss. If you’re into the whole summer vibe year-round, this is a must-try!

Howl’s Moving Castle For Short Nails

Howl's Moving Castle For Short Nails
@polishedempress via Instagram

Who says you need long nails to make a statement? Chan captured the dreamy essence of Howl’s Moving Castle on short nails, and it’s magical. If Howl and Sophie have a special place in your heart, this might be your next go-to design. Just make sure to have a steady hand for those clouds, trust me!

Phantom Troupe’s Spooky Twist

Phantom Troupe's Spooky Twist
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If you want something dark and edgy, check out this Phantom Troupe design from Hunter x Hunter. The spider tattoo is a simple yet striking focal point that’ll have fans instantly recognizing it. Perfect for Halloween or, honestly, any time you’re feeling a little mysterious.

My Top Tips For Painting Anime Characters On Nails

  1. Detailed Brushwork – We’re not talking about your ordinary nail brush. Invest in high-quality, super-fine nail art brushes specifically designed for detail. You’ll need it for the fine lines and intricate details of anime characters.
  2. Reverse Stamping – Instead of applying your design directly to your nail, paint it onto a stamper first. Once it’s dry, you can press the design onto your nail, allowing for cleaner lines and better placement.
  3. Layering – Start with your base colors and build up to the finer details. Sometimes, a single coat won’t do the trick, and you might need to paint layers to make the design pop. Always allow each layer to dry completely before moving on to the next to avoid smudging.
  4. Gel Painting – Gel polish isn’t just for a basic mani anymore. Many nail artists turn to colored gels to paint intricate designs because they don’t dry until cured under a lamp. This gives you more time to work on your masterpiece.
  5. Gradient or Ombre Bases – Before you even get to your character, creating a gradient or ombre effect as your base can make the whole design more dynamic. Use a makeup sponge to apply multiple shades and create a smooth transition from one color to another.
  6. Color Blocking – Sometimes, you’ll need to separate different areas of your design to make it easier to paint. Use striping tape to block out areas where you don’t want specific colors to go. Once the polish dries, peel off the tape to reveal sharp lines.
  7. 3D Elements – For a genuinely next-level mani, consider adding small 3D elements like rhinestones or tiny polymer clay slices to add depth to your design.
  8. Matte Or Glossy Finish – Depending on what you’re going for, choose a matte or glossy top coat to finish your design. A matte coat can make your design look like an anime drawing, while a glossy finish gives it a vibrant pop.
  9. Practice On Paper First – Yes, you heard me! Sketch your design on paper first to understand color combos and dimensions. This saves you from any mid-mani regret.

Choosing the Right Colors

  1. Character Analysis: First off, study the anime characters or themes you want on your nails. Please pay close attention to the primary and secondary colors of their outfits, hair, and accessories. Those will be your guiding hues.
  2. Color Matching: Choose colors that match or complement your character’s palette. For instance, if you’re recreating a vibrant character like Goku from Dragon Ball, you’ll want bright oranges and blues, not muted earth tones.
  3. Quality Over Quantity: Invest in high-pigment polishes or gels. The more pigmented, the less you’ll struggle with applying multiple coats, and the colors will stand out better.
  4. Test It Out: Swatch those colors on a piece of paper or a nail wheel to see how they work together. Trust me, a quick swatch test can save you a lot of second-guessing later.

Choosing the Right Tools

  1. Fine Detail Brushes: Think of these as your magic wand; the finer, the better for detailed work. You’ll need a range—from super-fine for tiny facial features to something thicker for outlines and filling.
  2. Dotting Tools: These add tiny details like eyes or buttons. I once used a dotting tool for the perfect Poké Ball design, and let me tell you, it was a game-changer!
  3. Stamping Plates: For intricate, repetitive patterns or symbols—like Naruto’s Leaf Village symbol—a stamping plate can be a lifesaver.
  4. Quality Top and Base Coats: Your art will only last if you lay the proper foundation and seal it well. A sticky base coat helps your design adhere better, and a quality top coat keeps it from chipping.
  5. Good Lighting and a Steady Surface: Okay, these aren’t tools per se, but you need good lighting to see all those fine details, and a steady surface to rest your hands on is essential.
  6. Nail Cleanup Brushes: Accidents happen to the best of us. A flat, angled cleanup brush dipped in acetone can erase any mishaps without messing up your artwork.
  7. Palette: Use a small artist’s palette or even an old dish to mix colors or hold a small amount of polish for easier access. This can make intricate painting tasks way more manageable.

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My top tip? Don’t shy away from getting creative—whether adding 3D elements, playing with textures, or going full-on glitter bomb, the sky’s the limit. And remember, a good top coat is your BFF for ensuring your art stays intact. If you’re not confident in your nail art skills, no worries—show your nail tech some inspo pictures and let them work their magic. So, what are you waiting for? Pick your favorite anime and let those nails do the talking. Until next time, keep slaying and keep loving what you love!

Feature Image Photo By esmaltika on Instagram

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