Anime Body Pillows
What Are Anime Body Pillows?
Anime body pillows (or a dakimakura, as they're known in Japan) are one of the most popular types of otaku merchandise sold around the world. These huge and fluffy pillows are not only comfy, but also feature artwork of adorable bishoujos (or handsome bishounens, for that matter) from popular anime series. If the concept sounds odd to you, just think of them as teddy bears for adults. And if you have ever wanted to fall asleep while snuggling with your anime waifu, get a dakimakura and live the dream!
If you're looking to buy an anime body pillow for yourself or your otaku friend, you've come to the right place. I have compiled a little list of my favorite dakimakuras with characters from great shows like Code Geass, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, One Piece, and several others. Feel free to share your favorite hug pillows and places to purchase them in the comments at the bottom of the page, too.
Oreimo - Kirino Kousaka Dakimakura
My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute, thankfully also known by its much shorter acronym, Oreimo, is one of those series where it's really hard to decide who the best girl is, since they all have their appeal. Well, if you belong to Team Kirino and scoff at Kuroneko's powers of darkness, then this body pillow featuring the cute tsundere imouto should be right up your alley. It is 42-inch long so you can hug it comfortably and fall asleep next to the delectable bikini Kirino.
Gurren Lagann - Yoko Body Pillow
This anime hug pillow depicts a blushing pre-timeskip version of Yoko Littner from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann mecha series. It is an officially licensed product, so you can be assured you're not paying for some poorly-made bootleg item. The size of this Yoko dakimakura is about 13.5 x 42 inches. You can now fall asleep hugging your favorite scantily-clad sharpshooter!
Sword Art Online - Asuna Pillow Cover
The female lead of the series, Asuna is a beautiful and kind young woman who fought alongside Kirito in the deadly SAO MMORPG. Here she is depicted in her Knights of the Blood guild uniform on one side, and sexy lingerie on the other.
Please note that this is merely a pillowcase, so you'll have to find a suitable (the cover is sized 150 x 50 cm) pillow to put it on.
Gurren Lagann - Nia Dakimakura
This is yet another Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann body pillow, this one featuring the cute princess Nia, the disowned daughter of Lordgenome who was discovered and befriended by Simon.
The highly detailed anime-style artwork is featured on both sides, with the original shy and adorable Nia on one side, and sexy Anti-Spiral Nia on the other.
This is an actual pillow rather than just a cover, so dry cleaning is probably the best option for this product.
Neon Genesis Evangelion - Asuka Body Pillow
If cute tsundere girls are your thing, check out this Asuka Langley Soryu dakimakura. It features Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion (NGE) anime series, a character who fans tend to either love or hate with a passion due to her, shall we say, bitchy tendencies. In contrast, the art here presents a smiling and mellow Asuka, a welcome change from her often abrasive personality.
This is an officially licensed product made by GE Animation. Again, the pillowcase is stitched to the pillow itself, so washing might be an issue. On the bright side, the fabric and the art on it is of high quality and should last a long time.
Code Geass - C.C. Hug Pillow
A body pillow featuring everyone's favorite green-haired pizza lover from Code Geass anime. A loyal companion of Lelouch, she stayed with him until the very end, even if her motivations weren't always clear.
This should be nice collectible for C.C. fans, which is also a tad milder in the ecchi department unlike many other products featuring this immortal witch.
This product is licensed Code Geass merchandise, which should guarantee some measure of quality, and you don't have to worry about it being some sort of a bootleg copy.
xxxHolic - Yuko Pillow
This Japanese body pillow features the mysterious witch Yuko from xxxHolic anime, a less-known, yet superb fantasy / supernatural series by Clamp.
The artwork seems really detailed, and the dakimakura is just huge (13.5" x 42"). This could make an interesting gift for anyone who's really into this great anime series and want to cuddle with the beautiful Yuko.
One Piece - Nami Body Pillow
"Cat Burglar" Nami is the female protagonist of the highly popular One Piece shounen anime series. She is the navigator of the Straw Hat Pirates, and quite the hot babe if I might say so. You can buy this great anime dakimakura with Nami's bikini art from Amazon.
Spice and Wolf - Holo Cushion
This anime pillow features the wise wolf Holo from the excellent Spice & Wolf series. It depicts our favorite harvest deity with her favorite food, apples.
Please note that this product is smaller and cushion-sized rather than a full-size body pillow. As a result ,it might be a "safer" item to buy an anime lover as a gift.
Ghost in the Shell - Motoko Body Pillow
This awesome anime body pillow depicts Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell series. The cybernetically-enhanced investigator working for Public Security Section 9 of Japan is featured in rather tight outfit here. Should make an awesome gift for the fans of this cult-classic anime! Ready to use right away with stuffing already included.
Death Note - Misa Hugging Pillow
While the Death Note series is mostly about the epic mind battle between L and Kira, let's not forget secondary characters like the cute up-and-coming model Misa Amane, who supports Kira in his endeavors in an almost fanatic manner, and is quite a memorable character.
This dakimakura features a design of Misa Amane from the Death Note anime dressed in a sexy goth apparel. The body pillow is sized approximately 13.5" x 42".
Ah! My Goddess - Belldandy & Peorth Hug Pillow
This sexy double-sided dakimakura pillow features beautiful artwork of Belldandy and Peorth in bikinis enjoying the pool.
The two are the main and supporting characters of the popular Ah! My Goddess fantasy anime series, respectively. Belldandy is kind, patient, and warm, whereas Peorth is a bit more quirky. Both are among fan-favorites.