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Favourite Anime Characters

Because Ditto can be any character!

This is the 500th post I’ve written since starting blogging, so I figured I should celebrate the occasion with something a bit more substantial than a boring Bakuman episodic. So I settled on a simple list. The second most ‘important’ one after the top anime list. My favourite anime characters of all time.

Griffith

Berserk

When it comes to Berserk, most people prefer Guts to Griffith. Here’s an interesting stat for you. Guts has 2524 member favourites on MAL. Griffith only 294. But it was his aura that drove this show. The way Berserk’s story was told was from right by his side and yet most of what was understood about his psyche was never said. You were watching a legend being born. He made every scene his own and drove the show even when he wasn’t on screen. His ambition was so strong it warped the world around him. An ambition so powerful it was scary. He was fascinating, but more than anything he was frightening.

Hitagi Senjogahara

Bakemonogatari

Senjogahara Fascination indeed. It’s her way with words that makes her so alluring. Each retort is so carefully crafted and so cuttingly delivered. She warps everything Arararagi says (sorry, I stuttered), pulling each line apart and delivering it back with a pain-inducing harshness and calculation. Even those times when she didn’t say anything or left it as simply “oh” were so perfectly placed they held more power than any snore inducing shounen power speech or shojo love confession scene. She has the best lines of any anime character ever created.

Okazaki Tomoya

Clannad

What really struck me about Tomoya was how similar his personality was. The way he thought through things, how he arrived at conclusions, his natural reactions to certain situations, all reminded me so much of myself that it was a little bit unsettling. It was in the After Story where this really hit me. I was watching myself in a different future. That was me climbing up those pylons if I had taken a different route in life. It was so eerie it gave me goosebumps.

Tokutchi Toua

One Outs

Tokuchi owned the screen with every minute he was on it. While Griffith is here for how he warps the entire world around himself, what makes Tokuchi so endlessly entertaining is how he dominates and controls the mind of that one man stepping up to the batter box. Faced with that anorexic, chain smoking spawn of satan, there is no escape. No control over what you’re going to do. Even though they eventually realise that they are entirely under the control of this man, there’s nothing they can do about it. He warps that one opponents mind until they return to the bench, a shivering wreck of their former self.

Yakumo Tsukamoto

School Rumble

Easiest decision to justify. Hard to explain why. Yakumo is in here because I developed a teenage crush on her. I would never have considered a character like Yakumo to be my ideal girl. I would have thought I’d fall for a more playful, adventourous girl. Shows how much I know about myself I guess. I fell for Yakumo. I have a crush on this bunch of pixels and ink on a page. Her mannerisms, her voice, her unsure attitude how to react in certain situations and yet forceful at times. I fell in love with an anime character. I’m such a loser…

Osaka

Azumanga Daoih

Here’s the thing about Osaka. Behind that spaced out expression of hers, there’s a brain on overdrive. An imagination that never stops working. A brain that is constantly questioning and exploring. It moves so fast that often the real Osaka is left behind, trying to catch up with the bits and pieces that her thought process leaves in its wake. Quite often these bits and pieces won’t make sense, not even to herself, but she does her best to piece them together in her mind. What eventually comes out the other side is what we see of Osaka. She is a genious, but her imgagination moves too fast for her concious self to keep control of and she ends up looking like an idiot.

Harima Kenji

School Rumble

Harima is comedy gold. His character is so well-defined, his actions so serious and so inherantly funny, that you an throw him into any situation and lulz shall be created. But more than that, it’s the loneliness. Harima is really a wimp. A man who ran away from society, he was incapable of properly conversing with people. But the powah of love brought him back and forced him into interacting with people. It was through his determination that he eventually made something resembling friends, yet he could never bring himself to think of them as friends. There’s something oddly poignant about him doing menial activities in the background of a photograph everyone else is having fun in. You just want to give that poor delinquent a hug.

Horo

Spice and Wolf

The best part about Horo is how everything she said is disguised upon layers and layers of teasing, wit and general tsundereness. She never exactly lies about anything. She just disguises her true feelings under flirtation and sulking. Every twitch in her facial expression, every change in tone in her voice, every angry bristling of her tail give you more and more clues as to what she’s really thinking. I love decoding everything Horo says. And while it may not be as big of a crush as the one I have on Yakumo, yes I have a massive crush on Horo. Does that make me a furry?

L

Death Note

L is a big conglomeration of all my favourite aspects of anime characters. I love how every scene with him in warps around his presence and how his existence warps even the scenes he isn’t in. I love how every line of his is disguised and you spend each scene trying to decode what that flicker of the eyes meant. Probably the part that leaps him up to 2nd spot is he’s flawed. Despite all his brains, he’s childish and immature. His reasoning of justice is hypocritical when he disregards laws to tie up Misa and betray the trust of the police department. How much of what he said over the course of the series was his true feelings? Or was everything he ever said just all part of his attempts to unearth Kira? We’ll never know, and that’s part of the beauty of it.

Yang Wenli

Legend of the Galactic Heroes

Endlessly quotable, hugely entertaining, surprisingly endearing and a man who’s own insistence to keeping to his own ideals bit him in the backside time after time, something he even recognised himself. Again you could copypaste what I said about half the characters in this list for Yang Wenli. Every scene warps around his existence, even those he doesn’t exist in. But more than anything else, it’s because watching Yang Wenli is watching the birth of a legend. He manages to be awe-inspiring while appearing meek in person. There’s a personal and micro level to the legend of Yang Wenli that Reinhard lacked, which is what made it all the more fascinating to watch.Yang Wenli is my favourite anime character of all time.

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37 Comments

  1. imananon
    Posted January 24, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on number 500, Scamp!

    I haven’t seen most of these anime…. but I do think L is part of most people’s favorite characters, just because he’s eminates awesome.

  2. Posted January 25, 2011 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    Tomoya and L. My day has been made. Especially the Tomoya part. He’s one of my top characters as well, and Clannad is my second favorite anime.

  3. hikaru
    Posted January 25, 2011 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    Wow, Griffith is girlier looking than I thought he’d be… (I haven’t watched or read the anime or manga, but read the wiki entry).

  4. keiko777
    Posted January 25, 2011 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    Oh. Okazaki is one of my favorite characters also, but before this I hadn’t heard of anyone, let alone someone male, thinking of him as a favorite. Cool.

  5. Posted January 25, 2011 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    Remove L and replace Griffith with Gatts, and this would be a pretty damn good list. Big props for including Har­ima Kenji. Arguably the best lead in a shounen romance… ever. School Rumble had great characters… pity it had such a terrible story.

    • Scamp
      Posted January 25, 2011 at 10:18 am | Permalink

      I don’t get why everyone prefers Guts to Griffith. Guts is a cool character and all, but he’s incredibly simple minded. Griffith is the fascinating one and he’s the one who runs that show. Guts cowers in the face of Griffiths powah!

      • Posted January 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

        Gatts breaking rapiers and shit, crushin’ Griffith’s morale. Win all day, everyday! Then suddenly Alternate Universe ‘ND Griffith uses Human Centipede! Reincarnation activated 2x. User “Griffith” has been renamed to Femto, class: Godhand, characteristics: Overpowered+godmode.

        DERP

      • Posted January 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

        Griffith is the more fascinating character, but he isn’t likable by the end of the anime. Sacrificing everyone is kind of a bitch move.

  6. Posted January 25, 2011 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    Tch. I was expecting a Bakuman post.

    • Posted January 27, 2011 at 8:16 am | Permalink

      I was expecting some kind of “thankyou” post xD

  7. Posted January 25, 2011 at 3:23 am | Permalink

    Tomoya? whoa really? This list has interesting choices and it’s fun to see you spelled out words for words why they are in the list. I especially like your reasoning for L.

  8. Posted January 25, 2011 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    Seriously, exactly half of your entries contains something about how you love how the anime character “warps” something or something “warps” the anime character or something. And you can seriously apply the word “warp” to Horo too.

    :|

    • Scamp
      Posted January 25, 2011 at 10:19 am | Permalink

      What can I say, I like a character who makes the show their own.

      At least I’m consistent :)

  9. mcm38
    Posted January 25, 2011 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Basicaly your choice of characters depends on how much they influence everything.
    Everyone has their own taste. I prefer the funniest and sometimes the kindest characters, for example. Offcourse Harima would be in my list and offcourse also Senjoughara. The way she teases and drives Araragi in narrow spots is what makes her a funny character.
    Yet I would like to see the ingenius Lelouche Lamperouge in this list. I personally think he is better than L.
    Offcourse L has a totaly amazing psychological geniusness, but I can see most of that in Lelouche too. Lelouche has the genius brain of a determined and great leader. Trying to arrest only one Kira, who is despised by everyone, is much easier than trying to bring peace to a world filled with despair, wars and powerfull enemies. The pressure of failing just can not be compared. Lelouche wins over L, both in his personality and his epic geniusness. Only my opinion tough.

    • mcm38
      Posted January 26, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

      Btw, don’t think anyone has a right to blame you for falling for Yakumo. She’s almost the perfect girl for every man in the world. Kind, gentle, weak and strong, polite, intelligent and sharp, fair looking and as the finishing point a shy voice! She’s like the perfect treasure. *Damn it, I so totally wish I could marry someone like her!*

    • Walao
      Posted April 7, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

      Kira was idolized as a god of “justice” by the world . L was trying to topple that from its throne. That’s how the manga protrayed it, haven’t watched the anime.

      Lelouch was motivated by hatred and resentment. As I see it, he didn’t mind destroying the whole world. The “peace” idea only flew in at a later episode of R2 when he had contact with the “collective unconscious”, which felt rather forced as a plot device.

  10. Posted January 25, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    I’m not familiar with the other characters…. but among those I’m familiar with, I love them too xD Especially L and Hitagi-sama~ Wheee~

  11. luffyluffy
    Posted January 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    That picture of Ditto is horrendously adorable.

  12. Posted January 25, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Yay for Osaka and Tomoya! :)

  13. romulus
    Posted January 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Great,great,great,great,great,great characters. The ones I know are truly amazing people and the other shows are on my watch-it-already list (due to your earlier blogging) and i can tell that they will be amazing too. Both Bakemonogatari and School Rumble is advertised by having great characters and they both have REALLY good scores at ANN.

  14. dontwannatype
    Posted January 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    I wish Nino-san was listed here :P

    • Posted January 25, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

      Poor Nino-san, men are so fickle…

  15. OHEMGEE
    Posted January 25, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Will we be drinking ditto tonight?
    Why not!
    Anything you want to eat in a convenient gooey substance!

    • luffyluffy
      Posted January 25, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

      Tonight, we dine in the Pokemon Center!!

  16. Posted January 25, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Yay for Horo and L!

    That reminds me, need to watch S&W s.2, but there’s no way I’ll ever watch anymore DN after epi 25 (still brings a tear to my eye…*sniff*).

  17. Posted January 25, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    I feel weird that our number one characters that we love of all time match XD Yang Wenli is the best! :D

    especially since i don’t care (that much) for any of the others in your list haha

    • Scamp
      Posted January 26, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

      I’m pretty certain we love Yang for different reasons though

      • Posted January 28, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

        not all that different honestly.

        the only difference would be my wanting to do him XD

  18. Posted January 26, 2011 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    L and Senjogahara should totally team up and make their own anime, since they were both pretty cool characters in series that didn’t do them justice.

    Also, Griffin and Osaka are awesome and deserving of top listaging, although when it comes to Azumanga I gotta say that Yukari edges her out as my personal favorite.

  19. Posted January 26, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    No Guu? I AM SHOCK

    ps you are a furry

    • Scamp
      Posted January 26, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

      You’re still following me on twitter even after I posted a naked Horo pic

      Hi pot! It’s me, kettle!

      • Posted January 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

        You are warping my reality to suit your purposes

  20. Posted January 27, 2011 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    I consider Griffith to be my least favorite from that show. He’s a pussy. A whiny pussy who can’t do anything by himself. First he used Guts to do everything, then he has to use the power of some Gods to get shit done. I have since changed my view on the anime, because it did what it was supposed to. It made me hate Griffith.

    Horo is awesome.

  21. meh
    Posted January 29, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Yakumo’s character had a similar effect on me to the point that I am still watching crappy shows *cough*Freezing*cough* just to hear more of Mamiko Noto. Don’t judge me! :p

    Regarding Harima, the background tasks is a great observation regarding his character. I think the moment that sums him up best is in S1E19 during the meteor shower. The juxtaposition of the expected “I wish to be with Tenma” with the actual “I wish I was smarter” always struck a chord with me. The acknowledgement of perhaps his biggest fault and the desire for self-improvement rather than immediate urge fulfillment places him squarely at the top for me.

  22. Posted February 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Horo +1
    S&W (anime) is surprisingly my favorite show. The writers/animators/directors do a terrific job showing the relationship b/t her and Lawrence, the differences in their personalities and the unique scenarios they find themselves in. Really enjoying the build up of the romance. It’s the one anime that can make this knucklehead teary-eyed. Just watched S2 and here’s hoping for S3. And it doesn’t make you a furry if you have a crush on human form horo (ears/tail or not…different story if it was on wolf form horo).

  23. Hitomii
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    the reason for me this list wins it is because of Tokuchi Toua… Hands down, and you’re description to why is just perfect in every way! No one could have said it better :D

  24. Cirith
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Super old post, but I read it while rewatching school rumble and it has two school rumble characters…
    Anyway school rumble has more weak parts in the beginning than I remembered, but entertaining non the less (and it has the parts I remembered after all, I just had a selective memory.)
    I just wish the ending was more satisfying.
    Harima… He is so awkward, I really hoped for him to be happy and get more friends. Which doesn’t mean that I hoped for him to get together with Tenma, getting over his crush would probably have been better for him (though maybe not for the comedy).

    And I can understand having a crush on Yakumo,normally I prefer female characters like Horo or in some cases like Lafiel.
    Yakumo is a very gentle character (especially with her sister), there are many shy or soft spoken characters which are often nice to people, but I wouldn’t describe most of them as gentle in the same way as Yakumo.
    Also she didn’t appear weak to me, which happens often with shy characters.

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