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

Top 5 Underrated Anime

Top 5 Underrated Anime

 

We all have a show or movie we love that has almost no recognition.  We want others to know how much we love that show, despite it being so unrecognized.  I know I’ve talked about some animes you’ve never heard of, and here are a few more that I really enjoy but have little to no recognition.

These are five animes that I really enjoy, but not many people know of.  Three of them I heard of from other people, but the other two I found on my own.

  1. Snow White with the Red Hair
  2. Death Parade
  3. Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions!
  4. Fruits Basket
  5. Hyouka

 

  1. Snow White with the Red Hair (Japanese title: Akagami no Shirayuki-hime)

(The picture of this one is the banner)

To start off: I love this show.  I’m a big fan of fairy tales, and Medieval times, so when I heard of this show, I immediately was drawn to it.  And, I’m not a HUGE fan of the Snow White story, so I was excited what this show would come up with.

The basis of the show is that a girl named Shirayuki (Japanese name for Snow White) works in her town as an herbalist with her grandparents (I think).  She is known for having bright red hair, like an apple.  When the prince of her kingdom hears of this girl’s strange hair, he wants it for himself, and requests that she becomes his concubine.  Upon hearing this, she cuts her hair and flees to the neighboring kingdom.  While in the forest, she meets a stranger, named Zen, who becomes injured.  She offers to heal him, and they team up.  Later, he protects her from the poisoned apple that the prince tried to feed her, and they gain each other’s trust.  She begins living in this new kingdom to escape the prince after her hair.

So, it hardly has aspects of Snow White.  Yeah, the poison apple, but beside that, she’s very different from the traditional princess.  Honestly, seeing as she continuously is wanted for her hair, it reminds me more of Rapunzel from the Disney movie, Tangled.

But, the story has quite a bit of swordfighting, there are many emotional scenes, and a lot of comedic moments.  I watched most of it in two days, and I watched it dubbed, which has an amazing voice cast, by the way.  I compared it to the subbed and I think they picked the actors very well based on that.  Brina Palencia plays Shirayuki, and Josh Grelle plays Zen, along with some other well-known dubbing actors such as Todd Haberkorn and Jamie Marchi.  So, if you’re into dubbed anime, I suggest watching it this way.

2. Death Parade

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This is a pretty short anime, and again has a pretty decent dubbing cast, and Jamie Marchi plays one of the main characters (the girl on the right).

Though, I don’t want to talk about the dub cast as much this time.

This show has the concept of all dead people going to a judgement place before going to either Heaven or Hell.  In this show, they are forced to play one of a variety of torturous games.  The idea is to bring out the true character of the players and determine which will go where.  They can’t both go to one, and they can’t remain in the judgement area.

Each episode focuses on a game, and in some, it’s pretty clear as to where each person will go.  But with others, it’s difficult to decide, if both have awful characters or have a true heart.  So, some episodes are a bit painful to watch.  You get to learn little bits about many people’s lives, but they don’t stay for more than one episode, usually.

As for characters: the main character is Decim (the guy in the middle), the arbitrator who decides each person’s fate and runs the games.  He has no emotions, so he can’t be biased against one person.  The other main character, she doesn’t have a name, but she is actually a human who has died and is stuck in the world between Earth and beyond (girl on the right).  Decim couldn’t determine which place she should go, so she stays with him and watches over the games as well, helping him with the decisions.

I like both characters, and for having no emotions, Decim is pretty cool.

On to the next show!

3. Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions!

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This is a romance, somewhat.  But it’s also an interesting concept.  When I first watched it, I fell in love with it pretty quickly.

The story focuses around Yuuta Togashi, as he meets a strange girl named Rikka Takanashi (pictured above).  She is someone who believes in having a “magic eye” and imagines fighting sequences in her head as she “battles” other people.  This would seem strange to him, but he happens to be someone who used to practice this as well.  They call this hobby “Eighth-grade syndrome” or “Chunibyo.”  Though he knows about this, he grew out of it as he entered high school, while Rikka did not.

Think of this a little bit like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, except with a lot more romance.  Rikka creates a club, which Yuuta ends up joining, along with a couple of other people at her high school.  Like in Haruhi Suzumiya, they run into different scenarios and have to work through them.  But, the love story is kind of cute, and there are some great characters as well as development.

4. Fruits Basket

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I know, I know, I did a review of this already.  But I got almost no feedback on that, so I feel I need to talk about it again.  Even though I’ll explain some of it here, please read my review on it here:Review: Fruits Basket.

So here are the characters from left to right: Kyo Sohma, Tohru Honda, Yuki Sohma, Shigure Sohma, Saki Hanajima, and Arisa Uotani.

The main characters are Tohru, Kyo, and Yuki.  I didn’t talk about Kyo at all in my review, which is strange since he’s my favorite character.  But I like Tohru and Yuki as well, don’t get me wrong.

Anyway, the reason I really like this show is because of the characters.  They are diverse in their personalities and their character design, which I entirely respect.  There are so many characters that are introduced, and to have them all be so different is very impressive.

And, for being an old show, the art is pretty decent.  I had a feeling it was older when I watched it, but I didn’t expect it to be as old as it is.  I think it’s that way with a lot of older anime (as in 10 years old+).  The only way you can really tell if an anime is old is by the water color, hair, and the way the girls’ mouths look when they laugh.

Don’t know what I’m talking about?  Here are your examples:

And that’s about all I have for Fruits Basket, so on to the final anime!

5. Hyouka

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You see that guy in the middle there?  That’s Oreki Houtarou, and he is the essence of every lazy person out there.  But yet, he’s incredibly smart and can solve problems very quickly.

This show is categorized as a school-life mystery anime.  Though I had trouble following the main mystery that takes up the first seven or so episodes, I still enjoyed the show.  (The subtitles went too fast and I didn’t feel like backtracking to keep up)  The other mysteries vary from finding earrings at a pool to identifying the guilty one in a film some classmates made.  And some episodes barely have a mystery in them at all.

It’s a casual watch unless you want to be quicker than the characters at figuring their problem out.  It has a pretty decent soundtrack and interesting characters to keep you engaged.  The ending was a bit disappointing, but nothing I got truly angry at, so you can rest easy.

The relationships built up in this sweet little mystery show are pretty complex.  There’s one episode that’s quite dramatic dealing with two of the characters, and I remember getting really into it.  And, Oreki, at the start of the show, wants nothing to do with anything.  By the end, he’s happy to be a part of his group of friends and seems to enjoy himself a lot more.

So, bottomline, if you like quick mysteries and school-life animes, you’d probably like this.  Or even if you’re not really into one of those, you should still give it a shot.

 

Ah, so I finally posted, huh?  I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been busy, as I’ve stated several times before.  Fridays will be my goal update day, but if it’s late all that means is I had other stuff going on, so there’s no need to worry.

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Pictures:

Banner: behindthevoiceactors.com

Death Parade: millennialeye.files.wordpress.com

Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions!: http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/

Fruits Basket:static.hummingbird.me

Hyouka: a2ua.com

Water gif: 66.media.tumblr.com

Anime laugh: http://static.tvtropes.org/

Anime hair change: MyAnimeList.net