Top 12 Anime That Chose The Wrong Protagonist

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I’ve often pondered what an anime series could have been like had it focused on one of the more interesting secondary characters rather than the actual boring, milquetoast or irritating lead. There have been a few instances where I’ve watched a really good anime series but felt it could have been so much better had it given us one of the other characters as the main protagonist instead of the one we were actually given.

Let’s face it, there’s nothing more annoying than when the spotlight is on the sub-par character rather than the guy you’d much rather follow. Besides, in addition to the side character being the more interesting character, the main protagonist usually gets all the girls’ affection or praise while the cooler character gets none, which just bothers me since in real life it should totally work the other way around.

Watching Tokyo Ravens this season reminded me of this notion. Don’t get me wrong, main protagonist Harutora Tsuchimikado isn’t a terrible lead, but in my opinion his best friend Touji Ato is clearly the more interesting character. What would the show be like if he was the main character instead?

This got me thinking about what other shows picked the wrong lead character and who in my not-so-humble opinion should have been the main character instead.

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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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