Top 10 Female Anime Characters

I’m sorry for the long wait (2 months to be exact), I was finishing up classes these past couple weeks so I’ve had other things on my mind. It should be more frequent from now on.

I can always appreciate when an anime can make a female character right. There are too many that use the girls of anime as fanservice or give them a cardboard personality. All of the girls I have chosen for this list are not fanservice characters, and have great character qualities. I tried to get a variety from anime I watched a while ago and more recent ones. I’ve noticed I tend to talk about the same shows constantly, so I’m trying to mix it up a bit if I can.

Haruhi Fujioka (Ouran High School Host Club)

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Many may know how I feel about this show. As it was my first anime, I will always hold it dear to my heart, and Haruhi was the first character I ever cosplayed as. And although I’ve broadened my anime spectrum, I always fall back to this show. Haruhi is a very strong character, and has dealt with many things going wrong in her life. The loss of her mother at a young age, going to a school knowing nobody, and being practically thrown into a club she had no intention of joining were all things she dealt with, but didn’t let ruin her life. She overcame these obstacles, and made the best of it. Plus she’s very outspoken and doesn’t let other people take advantage of her.

Tohru Honda (Fruits Basket)

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Fruits Basket was one of my very first animes, and I watched most of it at a sleepover with my friends around four years ago. Since then, I’ve gone back to it and rewatched it one or two times, along with reading all of the manga (which is so much better I highly recommend it). Tohru Honda is such a sweet character, it’s hard to not like her. She’s caring and looks out for others even if they don’t ask her to. But the thing that impresses me the most about her is the fact she stays positive no matter what circumstance she’s in. Her father died when she was about two years old, and her mother died about six month before the show takes place, but she continues to see the good in everything, a trait I wish I had.

Maka Albarn (Soul Eater)

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As many know, I cosplayed as Maka last fall, so that already can tell you how I feel about this character. Before I watched this show, I had many friends who watched it, and they said I was a lot like Maka. They said this because at the time, I was straight-A student, and I loved reading. That’s all I knew about her before I watched it. After watching it, I saw that Maka is much more than a bookworm, but is caring, strong, and determined. She is constantly worried about Soul, since he would take any hit in place of her. She wishes he would let her take care of herself, so he doesn’t get hurt in place of her. She wants to increase her skills so she doesn’t have to rely on him for protection. She always wants to learn more, and to do better than she already is. I’ve heard some people find these things about her annoying, but I think she’s just looking out for her partner.

Shirayuki (Snow White with the Red Hair)

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This show doesn’t get enough recognition. As well as the main character, Shirayuki, who is supposed to be a form of Snow White. There are similar traits between Snow White and Shirayuki, but not many. The main one I see is they both are loved by many people. Shirayuki is hard-working, and kind to everyone she meets. She gives people second-chances and believes they can change their ways to make themselves better people. I love how accepting and open-minded she is, as well as being so determined to commit to something, she does everything she can to achieve it.

Celty Sturluson (Durarara!)

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Celty is by far my favorite character from Durarara! She’s so unique, and her design was very creative. She initially comes off as being the mysterious dark character, but in the end is very kind and wary of her impact on others. She knows that she can be the cause of trouble at times, and does her best to reduce it. So many people are interested in her (being an Irish fairy without a head and all) but she hates having so much attention on her and wishes to live a peaceful life. It’s cool to see someone who is so different from others still manage to live as a normal person, and it’s very impressive.

Winry Rockbell (Fullmetal Alchemist)

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I’ve already done a post about Winry, but it was my first one and I doubt anyone has read it. So, I’ll explain myself here instead. Winry is a great character, due to her profession, caring nature, and determination. She’s a mechanic, which at the time period of the show was rare. While it has a World War 2 vibe about it, there are still few women shown with a profession that requires physical strength. Majority of the military were men, and all of the other mechanics excluding her grandmother were also men. Her talent is insane for her age as well, and her determination to make a better piece every time she updates Ed’s automail is admirable. She also is incredibly caring toward the brothers, worrying about them as they leave her behind. Overall, Winry is a sweet mechanic who deserves love.

Ochako Uraraka (My Hero Academia)

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I’ve seen Uraraka at the very bottom of people’s favorite My Hero Academia character lists, and I’ve never understood why. Sure, there are many other characters that are shown more throughout the show, but I’ve always been fond of Uraraka from the moment she came on the screen. She’s supportive of Izuku always, and will sacrifice herself so others can succeed. She always puts others first, even though she wants to be a hero just as badly as the others. Plus, she’s just a cute, bubbly girl, and who can hate that?

Kaede Kayano (Assassination Classroom)

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Another character that I’ve always been fond of. Though, there was a moment I doubted her, but I won’t get into that for those of you who haven’t watched season two. Kayano was the first one to approach Nagisa during the new school year, and was very open to him. She’s friendly, and makes a good effort to help the others in their goals, even if her ideas fall flat. Though there’s another side to her (which again I won’t get into), I love her all the same. She learns from her mistakes and grows further as a person.

San (Princess Mononoke)

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I just cosplayed as San on Saturday for Motor City Con in Detroit, so it’s pretty clear that I admire her. Princess Mononoke is my favorite Studio Ghibli film, as I explained in Top 5 Studio Ghibli Films, and though San is technically not the main character and is absent for much of the beginning, her screen time was not wasted. She is firm in her beliefs, and nobody can shake her from them. She lives among wolves, which has made her strong and fierce. Also, results in her hatred for humans, but love for nature. She knows the forest spirits by name, and protects them with her life. I think of her as the Japanese version of Disney’s Pocahontas, but much cooler.

Hiyori Iki (Noragami)

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I’m also working on a cosplay for Hiyori, though it won’t be ready until the fall. I feel that in the Noragami fandom, Hiyori is often overlooked. Everyone’s favorite tends to be Yato, which I can understand as he is the face of the show. But, Hiyori is really the main character, and much more amazing than most people realize. In her first encounter with a phantom, she didn’t hesitate to attack it before being told that she could be killed easily. And even after that, she still thrust herself in the heat of battle. All while in her school uniform. Her parents are also rich, being doctors and all, but this is easily forgettable because she breaks the rich girl stereotypes.

Honorable Mentions: Sophie Hatter (Howl’s Moving Castle), Riza Hawkeye (Fullmetal Alchemist), Touka Kirishima (Tokyo Ghoul)

I hope you liked my list, it was difficult to narrow it down to just ten. If you think there were others who should have made it on my list, feel free to leave me a comment, I love seeing other people’s opinions.

Again, I apologize for my hiatus. It was never intentional, it just happened. But, I should be back for good, and another post should be up this Friday, the 26th. School was bogging me down, and now that my college classes are over, I have much more free time. Also, I have joined OWLS, which will mean I can participate in the blog tours! I should have one for June’s tour, so look for me.

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See you guys later!

My Favorite Anime Couples

My Favorite Anime Couples

I figured that in honor of Valentine’s Day I would share some of my favorite pairings in anime. I understand that this is a somewhat touchy subject for some, if their favorite isn’t on here, or if I ship a character with someone different that what they feel. But I knew I would talk about it at some point, so why not now? Understand that I will not make fun of any person’s pairing preferences, as long as I don’t get any nasty comments. Thank you, we are all fans of the same fanbase. Be nice! 🙂 Continue reading

My Top 5 Animes (cont.)

*waves* Hello again, welcome back to my top 5 animes!

I’m sorry I split it up, but I just don’t think you want to read a ton of rambling at once.

Well, let’s see, we left off on number two: Fullmetal Alchemist.

This shouldn’t surprise anybody that this anime made my list.  Even though this is only my second post, and you hardly know me, it’s safe to say most anime fans have watched at least one of the Fullmetal Alchemist series. And since it’s so insanelyFMA popular, I won’t include a summary.  You can find one easily just by searching the title.  Heck, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the number one anime on myanimelist.net (at the time I wrote this).  That’s INSANE.  I mean, when I first started watching anime, I had no interest in either Fullmetal Alchemist animes. They didn’t appeal to me.  Fortunately, I came to my senses and started watching the original one.  I fell in love with it immediately.  I remember watching the first two episodes in the living room two years ago (I got into anime around this time).  Then the next day I watched the next six without stopping.  It was one of my first animes, and I have very fond memories of watching it.

Now, I know what you’re saying, “But the original SUCKS.”  Well, I still kinda like it.  It may be because it was the first one I watched, but I’ll tell you, it only sucks when you get to the end.  The rest of the story is pretty solid, but once you get to the last couple episodes, it kind of gets confusing, and downright frustrating.  I won’t get into details in case you haven’t watched it, but the last ten minutes of the show make you want to throw something across the room.

Brotherhood, on the other hand, has a satisfying ending.  I found myself watching the last episode over and over again once I finished it.  It made me so happy, and I didn’t feel that emptiness like I did when I finished the original (if you watched it, you know exactly what I’m talking about).  Brotherhood did a lot of things better than the original, but there were still a few details I liked about the original more.  Some things were explained better, or just made more sense.

I didn’t mean to debate the two series, sorry about that.  In the end, I think the idea is awesome, and the characters are just amazing.  And, yes, Edward is my favorite.  Cliche, yes, but he’s just so endearing and realistic.  And freaking tough.  Winry is awesome as well (see why in my last post), though most people don’t pay as much attention to her.  And I think her and Ed are just adorable (I won’t get into that right now).  Alphonse is so sweet and I want to be his friend so badly.  I also want to give him a giant hug, since I feel he kind of needs it.

Sorry again for getting off-track.  Bottom-line: Fullmetal Alchemist is amazing.  Now, onto my number one!

Alright.  So, Ouran High School Host Club. The reason I did this list backwards is because I knew this would be longer than the rest of the animes.  I saved the best for last.

This was my very first anime I ever completed.  Me and my friends would watch a few episodes every OHSHCtime we saw each other about three years ago.  I finished the show probably half a year after this.  I have no idea why I became so attached to this show and its characters, I mean, honestly, it’s the most out-there concept for a shoujo ever.  But I’ve watched every episode at least three times.  And I’ve read every single manga, and I own them all.  I have too much merchandise and I own the Ouran male uniform.  It’s scary, trust me, I know.  I’m told this constantly, but I love it so much.

It’s so quirky and stupid, and it will make me smile even on my worst days.  I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to EVERYONE, but most people who watch the whole thing end up loving it.  Basically, it’s either you love the show or you hate the show, there’s no in between.  It’s so out-there, but you can still manage to understand six rich guys and a cross-dressing girl (for those who haven’t seen it try guessing which one is the girl, shouldn’t be too hard, honestly).

I’ll continue on to favorite characters now.  My favorite is Haruhi, and I cosplayed as her last fall.  If any of you were at Youmacon 2015 (in Detroit, Michigan), you might have seen me.  I was one of about three, not hard to pick out.  I’m not sure why, but I just connect with her so much.  More than Maka even.  One of her biggest problems shown in the show is being able to accept help from the others in the club.  That’s something I struggle with horribly.  If I know I need help, and someone attempts to help me, I immediately shut them down.  It’s awful, I know.  But I never realized I did it until I was at a panel two years ago.  It was an Ouran panel, run by Haruhi’s English voice actor.  She pointed this trait out in her character, and I instantly realized that it was one of my greatest flaws.  Watching the show again, I saw how much it stood out, and I felt a bit angry with myself.  Why did a fictional character have to show me my flaw?  Why couldn’t I figure it out on my own?  But at the same time I felt relieved.  If I could remember that someone in a different country created a character with the same trait as me, maybe I’m not so bad when it comes to that.  Another thing that this show brought to my attention through Haruhi: I’m not open to new experiences.  She’s the same way.  Any time they ask her to come do something new with them, she immediately says no.  She says that she needs to focus on studying and chores.  While studying and chores are important, living life while you are young is also important.  My mom told me this once when I stressed out about a math test last year.  I was struggling on the study guide, and no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t figure it out.  She told me, “You’re worried too much about school to be able to do new things.  In the future, you need to be a well-rounded person.  Grades are great and all, but experience is much more important in the long-run” (this isn’t exact, just roughly)  At that moment, I looked over her shoulder, and I saw my Haruhi and Tamaki picture hanging on my wall (yes, I have anime pictures plastered all over my walls).  It made me think a bit about what I was doing and I calmed myself down.  Then I’m pretty sure I watched Ouran after that to make me happy again.

This seems pretty stupid, I know, but honestly this show, indirectly, changed the way I think about things.  Since that time, I have been able to open myself up a bit more.  Not much, but just a bit.

I’m sorry that got so personal, but it’s part of my story.  If anyone else has either issue I do, I hope you can see how to get past it.  Anime shouldn’t be the only source of happiness for anyone, and shouldn’t be the only place to find yourself, but sometimes things just click with you while reading or watching something.  Shows use so many real-life problems that it’s easy to relate to them and realize things you would’ve never seen before.

I promise next week won’t be as deep or personal, and I probably won’t write about Ouran at all for those of you who don’t know about it or hate it.  If you have any suggestions on what I should write about next, feel free to leave a comment.  I love any feedback I can get.  Thank you so much for reading and putting up with my rants.  Bye!

**Also, notice I figured out how to add pictures.  I’m really bad at understanding technology, so bear with me that my last post didn’t have any pictures.  I’m learning, so the blog will be evolving a lot from this point on.**

FMA picture from fmaproblems.tumblr.com

Ouran picture from ouran.wikia.com