Anime Characters I Loved From Shows That Sucked

They say a show is only as good as its characters. But equally important are the plot, premise, direction and story-telling. And rarely can one or two good characters save a show that lacks several or all of the critical aspects required to make a good show, which is unfortunate, because sometimes a terrible show will have a character that I absolutely adore.

So this week I will be looking at those characters who had absolutely no chance of making my top character lists because the sheer suckitude of the show they inhabited ruined any impact they could make, whether it be because I couldn’t sit through the entirety of the show or the show was just so bad that, save for these characters, its awfulness is its sole memorable quality, which is a shame because in a good show these characters could have been major contenders in their own right. Instead they’re just the cream that has managed to rise above the curdled mess below.

So without further ado, in no particular order, here are those memorable characters from shows I wish I could scrub from my memory, with my reasons for liking the character as well as why the show was less-than-stellar (to put it generously).

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Top 10 Male Anime Characters

A.k.a., My Big Gay Animated Harem!

Update: I can’t believe I completely forgot Touma Kamijou from To aru Majutsu no Index (A Certain Magical Index), so I added him as a .5 entry so as not to force anyone else out.

When it comes to males in anime, more often than not the primary protagonists are very generic. The intent is to create a character that is relatively inoffensive and something of a loser so that the audience can identify more with the character in addition to being assured that they too could get a bevy of beautiful women flocking to them for being a nobody, which in itself is offensive in its own right. This generally means that we are stuck with main characters that are wimpy, perverted, cowardly, a laughingstock or perhaps even devoid of personality altogether.

There are often male characters that occupy the opposite end of the spectrum, but unfortunately, for male viewers especially, this group is no better, as these are the sexy and flawless bishounen (commonly referred to as pretty pretty bishies) that are clearly being marketed to women. It’s hard to take a man seriously when he 1) looks more like a girl than a guy and 2) literally sparkles.

Now I’m not saying there isn’t a place for these men. Everybody has their own tastes and preferred genre. I guess I’m just saying there’s not a place for them on my list.

Instead what I look for in a man (wow, that didn’t come out right at all) is a character full of personality, strength of one sort or another, intelligence, confidence and/or just a natural “cool” factor that can’t be cosmetically inserted. It is their actions and approach to the world that gives them their edge, not just their design.

So without further ado, here are my top 10 male anime characters:

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My Anime Harem

A.k.a, The Top Female Anime Characters

For now I’m going to switch my attention to anime. As with the video games, it’s probably best to put out a few lists to give you an idea of what types of characters I like or don’t like to give you an idea of what to expect from me. Since anime tends to really be about the beautiful girls (when not about mecha), let’s start with my favorite female characters.

What initially drew me in with anime (and has kept me around) was the distinctive art style, and the beautifully designed girls in particular. So over the years I have watched countless hours of anime and become attached to quite a few shows and characters; so much so that I found coming up with a top 10 list almost impossible. Technically my top 3 are set in stone but the rest are rather flexible, so it felt rather unfair to me that several characters wouldn’t make the list simply because I couldn’t figure out where precisely they fit in the ranking order. So in order to include most of them, I have made this a list of 25 and kept my reasons for including each girl on the list brief to compensate.

So without further ado, here are the anime girls that would top my harem list:

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Tidus: A Nightmare Come True

Good luck sleeping soundly after seeing this!

My friend purrrentice (check out her blog, it’s highly entertaining) suggested I do a ten worst video game characters to go with my top ten lists. Thinking it a good idea, I started to think about what characters I would put on the list. Unfortunately this then turned into a struggle as to which criteria to stick to. All-time or more contemporary? Protagonists and playable characters only? Simply most annoying? Or just the Jar Jar Binks’s of the video game world: characters that are so grating and personally offensive that every time they talk you scream at them to shut up and die.

The problems I kept running into were two-fold. The first was that a lot of these lists have already been done before. I mean, sure, I could have gone with annoying characters like Slippy Toad from Starfox (no, I have better things to do than to keep shooting enemies off your tail), Navi from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (“Hey! Listen!”) or even that damn infuriating hunting dog from Duck Hunt that laughs at you every time you miss but that the game does not allow you to shoot even though you have a damn gun, but those have all been done a thousand times on other blogs.

The second problem is that my game palate is actually quite limited. There are a lot of games I don’t play, be it due to lack of time, funds or interest. I primarily play RPGs, so the characters I would choose from would be limited to those. Plus I tend to have a pretty good douchebag radar, so any game that looks like it has an asshat for a lead character is an instant pass for me (I’m looking at you, Gears of War). So coming up with a list of characters that I really hated was difficult.  There were a few that I could not stand for my own reasons, but I learned to tolerate them or overlook them for the sake of the game, so it felt a bit vindictive to add them to the list. I never liked Cecil from Final Fantasy IV because he seemed kind of whiny and had everything handed to him on a silver platter throughout the course of the game, but he wasn’t a terrible character. There was Wakka from Final Fantasy X who was well-intentioned but racist as all hell. Vaan from Final Fantasy XII played no real role in the plot of the game, but he was not nearly as bad as I expected him to be.  Seymour from Final Fantasy X was just a pedophile-looking creepy dude who refused to die, but as a primary antagonist, we were meant to dislike him. Raiden from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty was a bit of a pansy, but skill-wise he was actually quite cool to play as, so it makes it difficult to really complain too much about him.

That being said though, there has always been one character in particular that was so grating, so annoying, so overwhelmingly obnoxious and so horrifically bad that I just could not tolerate him for even a second throughout the course of the game. So instead of doing a bottom ten list, I simply decided to make this post entirely about the worst video game character ever conceived in the history of video games, while also providing clear cut examples to explain my reasoning.

So behold, I give you the worst video game character ever: Tidus from Final Fantasy X.

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