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Top 5: Anime Characters

I know I already have a Top 5: Anime Girls section, but that’s really kind of old and outdated. Plus it kind of includes girls that are from really popular series and girls that are fawned over by many a person. In this new list, it will also include and represent the male population, (except I only have one male character). This list could also change as new characters are churned out by the season. This review unlike others will contain spoilers due to the nature of the topics.

Honourable Mention: Aoyama, Nanami

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Nanami is a character from Sakurasou and she is one of the better characters in the show. She has a cute quirky Japanese accent when she gets frustrated and she is a hard worker. She wants to achieve things on her own which creates this unique personality of her. The way she acts when she talks to Sorata is very cute and I like the way she responds to it. It’s really disappointing to see her get rejected but at the same time she was never an opponent for Shina. She’s pretty, funny, hardworking and an independent individual and you are going to notice a trend with my favourite characters because they are generally all like that.

Number 5: Linda (Nana)

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Linda is a character from Goldentime and possibly the only redeeming factor of the whole anime. Despite the ending of the anime being the most disappointing ending, you can’t help but fall in love with Linda. She is the reason we all watched Goldentime in the first place. To be honest, I think I liked the high-school version of Linda the best (but don’t we all). She’s the best friend girl-type that will always be the only the best friend. Due to the nature of how timings worked out in Banri’s life, he couldn’t date Linda and honestly she was definitely the best choice. She was a down-to-earth girl who was pretty, smart, not high-maintenance and she was independent as well. I’m still pretty upset that Banri didn’t choose Linda because they had such amazing scenes together but, it makes for a good number 5 on my list.

Number 4: Ayuzawa, Misaki

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Misaki is the main character from Kaichou wa Maid-Sama. It helps that the whole anime is focused on her for the whole time so that we can view Misaki’s personality in a large extent. She is the same kind of girl as Aoyama, a tackle on everything girl who can do everything by herself. She has a black-belt, and she can take on any unwanted guy. You don’t want to be on the bad side of Misaki. She again is very independent, but the best parts about her is when she wants to be dependent. It takes a very special person for Misaki to be dependent on him and I guess Usui would fit that description very well. Their relationship goes above and beyond the word cute, and I have to say that if it weren’t for Usui that Misaki would be a fairly one-directional character. Misaki is stunning in a maid, she is head-strong, street-strong, an independent hrd worker and has a funny personality.

Number 3: Miyazono, Kaori

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Kaori from Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. I think one of the main characters from an amazing anime such as Shigatsu deserves a spot in my top 5 anime characters for sure. Kaori is the definition of colour for our heroine Arima. She is energetic, lovely, and spontaneous. The way she talks about music and how it affects us is correct in so many ways. If you are a musician, the way that Kaori talks about making music is the way we should all exemplify when we play whatever we are. “What’s your image”. What is the image that you want to project to people when you play music. Speak, sing, through your music and you will go places. For Kaori she does this at every appearance on the stage because she knows that life is too short to not express what you want. She always wants to take every opportunity for everyone to hear her performances and she doesn’t waste any expression in her music. She is always positive and always cheerful, Never a dull-moment when you are near Kaori Miyazono. *I hope she doesn’t die*

Number 2: Mashima, Taichi

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Taichi from Chihayafuru. Where do I start with this character. I am going to go into manga spoilers in this review of taichi so please don’t read it if you don’t want to be spoiled. He is the only male character on this list and he is well deserved of this spot. I think I aspire to have most of the personality traits that Taichi has. For one thing, this guy has it all but really has nothing he wants. He has the looks, he’s very good at sports, he is the top of the class but he cannot obtain Chihaya’s love and he cannot beat Arata at Karuta. He exerts all of his time and all of his energy at both of these goals. He wants to beat Arata at something in his life. Whether it be winning at Karuta or winning over Chihaya, at the very least one of these two factors will come true. The fact of the matter is, Taichi has tried everything in his power for the past two years or so to obtain one of these goals. We also know that Taichi has had the most character development in the manga for any character including Chihaya herself. Taichi is the most dynamic character and what he does is what drives this manga. Now recently he has been rejected by Chihaya and says “I am not made out of stone”, steals a kiss, and runs off and quits Karuta. Well wait a second, does this mean that Taichi has completely lost out on his goals for the past 2 years of his life?! Maybe, but I see this as a turning point in the manga. These two goals have always unattainable in Taichi’s eyes. He can’t beat Arata no matter how hard he tries. He came to the point where he got desperate and confessed with his last chance on his Birthday. He gets rejected, but now all Chihaya sees is how much pain she brought Taichi. How she ignored him for years even though he was always right beside him. And now, even Chihaya has quit the karuta club and maybe, just maybe, we will see a turning point and success for Taichi in at least one of the aspects. Getting Chihaya, or beating Arata in becoming meijin. For me, I think the manga is going in the direction where he will win Chihaya and lose to Arata in the meijin fight because really, all Arata cares about is becoming the Meijin. He does care for Chihaya but would he be the best fit for Chihaya? I think not. Do you think the author would write so much about Taichi just so he could lose in his life objectives? I think not. This manga still has about another year or two left of material before we really find out what happens and hopefully by that time I will have accomplished learning Japanese so that I can read the chapters faster than they are translated.

Number 1: Kirisaki, Chitoge

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Chitoge is from the very popular shounen Nisekoi. I thought long and hard about who should sit on top, if it was going to be Taichi or if it was going to be Chitoge. I really ended up choosing Chitoge because she is a female who represents a lot of the female type characters that I enjoy watching in anime. This would be of course the lovely Tsundere model. I love tsundere’s, from Kirisaki, Kirino, Asuna, Misaki all of these girls are so perfectly created to fit in this false stereotype. I don’t actually think girls act like a tsundere which makes it really extra special towards this genre. It is amazing how cute a girl is when she is madly in love, doesn’t realize it, and gets angry at the boy. For Chitoge herself, I love how amazingly pretty she is drawn and honestly love the way that she acts around Raku. I really don’t like Raku, but besides that, I think that Chitoge really defines the reason why Nisekoi works with the false relationship. It just wouldn’t work without a Tsundere lead. It would just be so weird to watch this anime interaction with anything else. Of course the manga has gone off to be nothing but a School-time harem shit show (pardon my french) but it really isn’t good right now. There is a lot of good material in the manga but recently it has not been. I hope the second season will pick and draw out the main plot of the story rather than all these filler arcs we’re getting from the artist.

Top 5: Relationships that will never happen

This is a sad topic for me, I really love relationships and when they don’t go my way I’m a sucker for the other person. It almost makes me depressed to the point where I feel like I was the one who got rejected instead of an anime character. Call me a Romance Otaku pls. I rated this on these criteria, the amount of pain that it caused when they didn’t get together and also how well they would have looked together. Let’s take a look at my top 5 relationships that will never happen. I pretty much have a love hate relationship with love triangles… By the way, I’m going out of my way and making guesses for the relationships that are obviously not going to happen. At this point in time, I’m guessing that three of the five aren’t going to happen and I know for sure that two of the five aren’t going to happen. So yes, I will be speculating that they will never happen. But this post CLEARLY CONTAINS SPOILERS. So if you don’t like spoilers then don’t read. But if you are butt hurt about some relationships like I am then go right ahead and read…

Rolling in at number 5….

5. Nisekoi: Ichijou and Onodera

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Now, I know the anime isn’t over, but let’s face it fans this isn’t going to happen. I mean, look at where the anime is going with the show. We are ten episodes in and they are slowly pulling Kirisaki and Ichijou closer and closer. I mean the whole premise of the show is to make the false-love into a real one. But without getting into too much of a debate lets talk about Onodera and Ichijou.

Cute, so cute. The reason why this isn’t a little higher is because they just don’t really have that much interaction between them. Yes they get a lot of screentime together and yes they like each other a lot, but there really isn’t too much depth behind the love. I mean a 10 year ago promise? That has no depth if you don’t remember the person or their name. WHAT KIND OF PROMISE IS THAT IN THE FIRST PLACE IF YOU DON’T KNOW THEIR NAME… Also, they look cute together, they really do. But they just have that reaction to each other. I like that feeling sometimes, but at the end of the day, what really matters to me the most is how much depth there is in our friendship and what it means to me. I could go on about friendship and more, but this is just too much. Onodera and Ichijou will never happen.

Reasons being:

1. Kirisaki is the main premise of the show, she is the main girl and she will fall in love with Ichijou
2. Onodera and Ichijou would be a “cute” couple but a couple with no depth to it.
3. Ichijou is definitely falling in love with Kirisaki, he knows her quirks and her quarks and this is clearly the direction of the show.

Heart breaking for me, but I like kirisaki more anyways if you couldn’t tell. I think either matchup would fit, but kirisaki and Ichijou work way better

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4. Toradora: Ryuuji x Minori

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Ahh everyone loves a classic. I don’t have as much to say about this since it’s already done.. BUT, the whole point of the show was supposed to be to get together with Minori and somehow turned around and he went for Taiga… GO FIGURE!

Well, what’s so sad about this is that she has a beautiful heart and she really liked Ryuuji in the end. I think she is so kind a thoughtful. Her personality is sparking and energetic and I like girls who are like that. I think she will learn a lot from this heart ache and we can take a lot from this anime.

3. Golden Time: Banri and Linda

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When the rain falls, when the wind blows… When the flowers scatter, when the shadows loom… In every sign I’ll search for your voice. – Banri

Well, it’s been a couple days since I posted about Linda and Banri and I think it’s time to face the fact that they are probably not getting together in the series. It just wouldn’t make any sense. Koko and Banri are written all over the OP’s and ED’s and there’s like a 1000% chance that they are not getting together. Does this mean I think Koko is a better fit for Banri? HELL NO. Linda was 100000% better choice. She stuck beside him thick and thin. How is it her fault that he fell off the bridge. THATS NOT LINDA’S FAULT. I mean, of course we don’t know what she was going to say on that bridge but still. LOOK AT HER NOW. I love linda, her personality is off the charts awesome. Her interactions with Banri are OFF THE CHARTS AWESOME. Look at Koko, she is SUCH A B%@#! “Oh I broke up with you yesterday, lets be friends” Okay, that’s not how it works Koko. You are being a total…. AIUHF. I was actually warming up to the idea of Koko being his girlfriend but now I can’t handle it. It’s too much. She doesn’t deserve Banri. Banri deserves Linda… Case closed #teamlinda

2. Sakurasou: Sorata and Nanami

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私ね、ずっと、ずっと、ね。。。ずっと好きでした。大好きです。

“You know, I’ve always… always… loved you… No, I really I love you” – Nanami

I LOVED THIS ANIME. The love triangle in this was too much for me to handle sometimes. It’s almost DEPRESSING to see how much Nanami loved Sorata and didn’t say anything. I think it’s the most painful thing to HOLD IT IN. How can you love someone so much and not tell them. It’s probably the most painful thing ever. EVER. I’ve experienced it before and it’s not fun. Probably the worst regret in my whole life is not telling someone that I loved them. You can’t get over them until they reject you. That’s just how it is.

Again, the anime is just set-up for Mashiro. Nanami really almost had 0 chance to take it away. I mean, she is probably the most sincere, best couple material for Sorata. But how can you NOT LIKE MASHIRO. But I was pretty damn sad in this anime. I felt Nanami’s pain 100% of the way. Probably portrayed in one of the best ways possible. This might sound weird, but I love watching the heart ache, I love watching the pain. Not because it’s fun, but because I’ve been there before and knowing that someone else knows my pain and shares it makes everything feel better. If you can connect to an anime like this, it’s the best.

1. Chihayafuru: Taichi and Chihaya

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おお、ダメだおれは、チハヤが好きだ。

Yeah, I’m hopelessly in love with Chihaya. – Taichi

I think I’m going to cry. This one is the most heart breaking one by far. I’m going to sound like I’m yelling at Chihaya for a second… This guy, has had it out for you since he was a kid and he might have done some stupid things in the past as a kid but look at him now. A full grown man, ready to do anything for you Chihaya. This guy’s love for you is UNBREAKABLE and yet you don’t even see him. He has been playing Karuta all his life for what?! To become a master?! I don’t think he could care less about becoming a master to be honest. He’s doing it for you. He’s doing it for his own conviction, to prove that talent doesn’t beat hard work. That hard work can overcome those who do less. He strives to become the person who will achieve this goal. He’s done all of this for you Chihaya and you don’t see it. You don’t see him. All you see is a distant man, who really, has never been there for you. He may love you back, you may even stay with him forever, but you are going to lose the one asset, the one friend, the one support you have had YOUR ENTIRE LIFE if you go with Arata. Open your eyes Chihaya, the boy you once knew before you is now a man.

omg. I’m almost tearing up because its so sad. ITS SO SAD. The mangaka is CLEARLY headed towards Chihaya and Arata. I still have hope, that the mangaka has a soul… I still have hope that she will pick hardwork and determination over “destiny love”. That’s literally how I feel that Arata and Chihaya are like. It’s like DESTINY. THEY WERE MEANT TO BE. BULLSHIT. (excuse my french) I hate that. I HATE THAT. In-fact most of these love triangles were like that. Destiny love… ugh. Makes me sick. This guy has fallen head over heels for Chihaya and I can’t take it anymore. The manga comes out way too slow. If you haven’t watched this anime… WATCH IT WHAT ARE YOU DOING. GO.

Classic example of Hardwork vs Talent and of course we all cheer for Taichi. I literally can’t accept Arata. I can’t fathom or understand why Chihaya loves Arata so much that she is blinded to the fact that Taichi is there. I just hope that she realizes what she does if she does go out with Arata. If she goes with Arata I seriously hope that Taichi stops being friends with Chihaya…. I actually hope that happens. If she picks Arata over Taichi I hope Taichi leaves her. It’s not healthy to stay around someone who ignores your every move. [aka my ex-girlfriend before we started dating] At this point in time, Chihaya has no boyfriend. But I hope that it will end up being Taichi… please… Arata doesn’t fit the picture.

I think I’m going to go watch some depressing AMV’s about Chihaya and Taichi now.. T_T sob. sob. sob.

chihaya x taichi

Top 5 Series: My Favourite Anime’s

My top 5 Anime. This page will change and update when a new anime comes and takes over the spotlight. But for now, this top 5 does not include some of the ridiculously popular mega anime’s that have come out. This includes: Shingeki no Kyoujin, Sword art Online, Fairy Tail, Clannad After-Story, and the Forbidden 4 (DBZ, Naruto, One-Piece, Bleach). I hope you enjoy my top 5 list.

Updated as of January 19, 2015

Honourable Mentions: Nagi no Asukara

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Nagi no Asukara or A lull in the sea is an anime that really came out as a sleeper for me. Nagi no Asukara is a 2-cour 26 episode Fall 2013 anime from P.A. Works. The art-work is phenomenal in this anime. I highly recommend watching this in Blu-Ray as you will be blown away by the quality of the artwork. This is by far P.A. Works’ best production to date and will probably continue to be for quite some time. This original story stars six characters and has a highly dramatic approach. We have a lot of love interests and a lot of plot twists and it is an emotional ride from start to finish. The way these characters interact with each other is basically the whole show in a nutshell. However, the show is amazing to watch and by the end of it you are going to want to be able to live underwater. The music is done by Ray and Yanagi Nagi, two of my favourite artists, and the OP’s and ED’s were done very well. I highly recommend this anime to anyone who likes a good emotional romance.

Genre: Drama, Romance, Fantasy, P.A.Works

Number 5: Kaichou-wa Maidsama!

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Kaichou wa Maidsama is a 26 episode 2-cour anime done by J.C. Staff in the Spring of 2010. This is perhaps my favourite Shoujo-RomCom of all time. The reason why is because of the intense romance tease between our two main characters. Misaki, is the student council president at her highschool and is trying to represent the girls in a highly populated boys school. Her secret, is that she works part-time at a maid-cafe which is eventually discovered by Usui, our main male protagonist. Usui is defined as the sexiest male in the school. The episodes are comically enhanced as we watch these two characters interact with each other. Misaki is your typical tsundere and Usui is your typical bad-ass. I have to say that this anime was thoroughly enjoyable and the ending episode is a strong contender for the best last episode for a series.

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Shoujo, J.C. Staff

Number 4: Chihayafuru

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Chihayafuru is a 25 episode 2-cour anime created by Madhouse in Fall of 2011 and has a sequel with 25 episode that aired in Winter 2013. If you want the perfect blend of Romance and “Sports” what you end up with is Chihayafuru. There is so much pent-up drama within Chihayafuru that I cannot even contain it. We have a love triangle from the start of the anime with Chihaya(female protagonist), Arata and Taichi. These three are childhood friends. Watch the anime and you can join the debate on who is better for Chihaya. I’ll warn you right now that we still don’t know who the victor is after years of the manga being published. In any case, you will find out that this is not just about their relationships but mostly about Karuta. Karuta is a card-sport in Japan that requires speed, memorization, and endurance. Our heroine is a world-class player aiming to be the Queen of Karuta. This is Chihayafuru in a nutshell, but don’t stop at just watching the anime because you need to finish the story. The manga is still being published and it is amazing. For those of you who have had a lot of romance suffering and rejection, watch this anime. There is so much character development and hopefully you will love this anime as much as I have.

#TeamTaichi

Genre: Drama, Sports, Shoujo, Romance, Madhouse

Number 3: Usagi Drop

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Bunny Drop, A heart-warming story, 11 episodes, 1-cour, Production I.G. Have you ever wanted to have a kid? Well, Rin is pretty much the perfect child. Our story is about Daichi and Rin and how they struggle through what life throws at them. Daichi is a single male bachelor who adopts Rin as a daughter because his Grandfather, who was taking care of Rin, passed away. Rin is a five year old child (who really acts like an eight year old child) and she is already so mature and responsible for herself. You are going to find that you will fall in love with both of these characters and it is so fun to watch Rin interact with the world. Anything she does is so cute-loving-heartwarming. The thing I like about this anime is that it’s not too dramatic but stuff happens in their lives that complicates the story. In the end it is a really great story and I think everyone should watch the anime. If you don’t want to ruin your anime experience don’t read the manga. That’s all I’m going to say about that

Genre: Slice of Life, Production I.G.

Number 2: Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo

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The pet girl of Sakurasou is a 24 episode 2-cour anime by J.C. Staff. This anime has a lot of drama, a lot of cheesy goodness, romance, and all in all pretty funny too. We follow the story of Sorata, who is your average student at the Sakurasou dormitory. He suddenly finds himself in a position where he has to take care of his classmate, Shiina, who seems to be street-dumb in every sense but talented in art in every way. In fact, you will find that everyone at Sakurasou is talented at one thing except for Sorata, and this becomes an overarching theme throughout the anime. The Characters and themes within this anime stand out as a huge plus side. There are tonnes of things going on in every episode that you can’t believe how much they fit into a 23-minute time frame. Every character has their own problems and their own issues and yet they have such likable traits to them. A lot of the themes in this anime hit a home-run for me. I won’t spoil all the themes in this review but go ahead and watch this for yourself. The art is very appealing and I would vouch for a Blu-ray version of this anime as well.

Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy, School, J.C. Staff

Number 1: Nodame Cantabile

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This anime spans over three season done by J.C. Staff. The first in Winter 2007, the second in Fall 2008, and the final season in Winter 2010. The final episode total is 45. This has always had a strong biased for the top of my list. I am music major and this anime is one of the rare anime’s about an older audience, university students, and classical music. We have a 2nd year piano student Nodame, and a 3rd year piano student Chiaki. Their relationship is perhaps similar to Kaichou wa Maid-sama in the sense that it is a huge romance tease throughout the whole anime. The biggest plus to the anime is the comedy in the anime. It is funny, every episode is hilarious. If you like Beethoven, there is a plethora of Beethoven in this anime and I am so happy. If you don’t like classical music, you might not enjoy this to 100% of its capacity, but it still has a solid story, it is still funny and it you still will enjoy the anime quite a bit. The story ends in weird position, this is partially due to the fact that the artist had arthritis in her hand after drawing so much. So the story has a quick finish in the manga that you will want to read after you are done the anime.

Genre: Music, Comedy, off-Romance, J.C. Staff