Best Characters of Every Show I’ve Seen – Part XVII: “T”

To Aru Majutsu no Index – Misaka Misaka

If you remember the post this picture is from, this really shouldn’t come as a surprise, but I love the character of MISAKA, which could be any one of the thousands of clones of Mikoto Misaka. Back then I described how awesome she was by the way she talks in the third person, and also narrates her life. This is awesome. Completely awesome. Compile that with the fact that she’s very emotionless, and you have a real winner of a character.

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 – Yuuki Onozawa

So there’s really not many choices here, and I’m going with Yuuki. Truthfully, he’s nothing special, but I like the fact that, despite being a child, he thinks like a mature person, in that he tries to carry burdens and not slow any other the trio down with his problems (this could also be veiwed as immaturity….I think it might be a little of both). He’s pretty much a class act, and it sucks that…..well I don’t want to spoil anything (even though I kind of just did).

To-LOVE-ru – Yui Kotegawa

This choice might be a surprise to many of you, but let’s face it, Rito is a bitch who doesn’t take advantage of Lala, and Lala is annoying a lot of the time. I realize most people would pick Golden Darkness, and going by my typical choices of character, I should be choosing Golden Darkness too. But I’m not, and this surprises even me.

Every scene with Yui is just somehow better others. I love how she is a strict person, and yet she’s always found in the middle of boob grabbing or something (so is everyone else in this show). I don’t know, I just like her general personality, I can’t really put my finger on it. Maybe I feed off her embarrassment? Who knows.

Toradora! – Taiga Aisaka

Here we have Rie Kugimiya’s best voice acting job ever. Taiga is certainly a tsundere type character, in that she has a mean streak a mile long, but also has a very emotional side, but keeps her emotions bottled up. However to say that she is a typical tsundere character is kind of wrong, becuase she is a bit different.

Unlike a typical tsundere character, who is simply just not honest with their feelings, Taiga actually is honest with her feelings. She knows that she loves Ryuuji. But she chooses to put her own feelings aside, because she wants Minorin (who also likes Ryuuji) to be happy. As a person, she is actually very giving (for Christmas, she buys presents for the unfortunate….how many of you do that?….I don’t). So yes, she won’t hesitate to beat your ass, and yes, she has a flat chest, and yes she has a soft side, and yes, she is short. But unlike characters such as Shana and Louise, she doesn’t really ask “What is wrong with me?” when she experiances love. She does’nt spend a WHOLE FUCKING SECOND SEASON ASKING PEOPLE WHAT LOVE IS. She doesn’t ask, “Why am I feeling like this?” She knows why she feels the way she does, she just doesn’t want to (at first), and this coupled with the awesomeness of Rie Kugimiya, creates an awesome character.

Touch – Shohei Haruda

He is the fuckin MAN. I mean, let’s look at the facts, he seems to already know everything that’s going to happen and that is happening. I mean, he seems to have been put there as a literary device in the form of a huge ass boxer who can kick everyone’s ass. He rules. Do I think he should have gotten more screen time? No. Also, he reminds me of Rocky. And yes, I did copy and paste this from my review of Touch.

Trigun – Vash the Stampede

Vash kicks ass. Just look at the picture. Do you notice any bullets in Vash? No, because you can’t hit him, he’s too nasty. Actualy, he gets wounded a lot, as you can tell from his body’s appearance in episode…….well in one of the episodes anyway. Vash is an ass kicker, and the way he goes about ass kicking is pretty ass kickerific. He doesn’t shoot to kill, but still wins every time (this is also the reason for his numerous scars). It’s hard for me to say exactly what is awesome about Vash. His peronality? His fighting skills? If you really want to know, what Trigun.

Tsukuyomi: MOON PHASE – Elfried

Honestly, there weren’t many characters to choose from, but I liked Elfried most, and I actully only have a vauge idea of why.

  1. Hazuki was annoying
  2. Kohei was boring
  3. The Grandfather was pretty cool, but Elfriede:
  • Has awesome appearance.
  • Has that demeanor like she secretly runs everything, and has control of everything.
  • Has awesome conversations with the grandfather

The reason in bold is the most prominant reason why I chose her. I loved it every time she talked, and her conversations with the grandfather were always amusing. It’s like she suddenly became older once she started banging him (they definitely banged).

Tsuyokiss – Sunao Konoe

This one is pretty simple. First I’ll say that I actually found this show to be very enjoyable. I liked it and it was pretty good the bee’s knees. As for the main character, I just like the fact that all she wants to do is create a drama club, and no one will let her, and she keeps trying and trying and trying. I love the determination. I also love the connection that she comes to realize she shares with Leo. This show kicked ass, and needs more credit now (how old is this show? 2006? 2006 was a great year for anime, there were so many good shows (Shana)).

The next part will conclude this epically long post. Hopefully I get back from yet another themed part tomorrow in time. THEMED PARTIES RULEEEEE!!!!

Top Ten Anime OP

Well, I finally got around to it. This has been a long time coming, I hope youtube doesn’t take down any of the videos that I put up. As I am writing this, I am listening to the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni OP, which is on the list, but where (mystery….suspense).

First I’d like to point out that an OP is more than just the song, it’s the visual effects, animation, premise….blah…..blah……….blahhhhhh.

10. Maria + Holic – Hanaji by  Yu Kobayashi

Although this is a new show, I loved the OP as soon as it came out (and the show too). There’s a lot of OP by the same production studio, Shaft, that are awesome. They always have a good way of mixing music and artistic, smart, cool animation. Frankly, I like the ED better. (I don’t have enough endings to make a top ten….only 2…..this is number 2 on that list)

EDIT: They took the previous video down, skip 14 seconds in that’s where the OP starts. Why take down an OP for copyright reasons? It’s not like it reveals anything. Gay.

9. Bleach – Rolling Star by Yui

Coincidentally, this song reminded me of a song I can use for my top ten endings list (take a wild wild guess). As for Rolling Star by Yui, the song is very good. I like to hear it. However, the animation sequence is nothing special, so it’s stuck at the bottom of this countdown.

8. Ergo Proxy -Kiri by MONORAL

I loved this show. I thought it kicked ass. I mean, look at the OP. I love the grittiness and choppiness it has. It matches the song perfectly, and does a good job of reflecting the anime, which is kind of dark. One of the best OP Eye have seen.

7. To LOVE-Ru – Forever We Can Make It -Thyme

Why did I like this OP so much? Well first of all the song is awesome. I really liked the song. Secondly, I thought it was a cool idea to have the credits written on an article of clothing, or a tag hanging from a bag, and it zooms in to show that. Most shows have the credits scrolling, which is boring. Also, the drawing is sketchy kind of, yet detailed, and that’s cool. (that was the shittiest explanation of the art work you could have). I also watched the video to the actual song…the girl who sings this is hot….she doesn’t really look asian though.

6. Lucky Star – Motteke! Sailor Fuku! by 4 Main Voice Actors of Show

Yes. BOOYAH! This OP is awesome! You can make fun of me all you want for liking this song, but the song, coupled with the cool scenes throughout this opening slots this in at number 6. I wanted to put it higher, but there’s so many good openings. I think Lucky Star was one of the few shows where I actually watched the OP every time without fail.

5. Pani Poni Dash! – Yellow Vacation, Roulette Roulette,  by The Voice Actors of the Show

Yellow Vacation

Roulette Roulette

Yes I know these are two different openings, but If I treated two openings  to two slots in this top ten,  I’d have two shows taking up a majority of slots. Therefore, since I liked both of these openings close to the same, I let them share a spot. Of the two, Roulette Roulette is my favorite one. This show is another one by Shaft, and as usual their OPs are artistic and different, and the songs are awesome too. I wanna re-watch this show. It reminds me of summer (both because of the music and the fact that I watched this during summer a while ago).

4. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei – All Twisted Up Inside, Daytime Rumba by Kenji Ohtsuki and Voice Actors From the Show

All Twisted Up Inside

Daytime Rumba

Shaft is back at work making more awesome openings. As usual, these are artistic different. All I can say is that the songs are awesome, the animation is awesome, and the show is awesome (barely missed my top ten).

3. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – Higurashi no Naku Koro ni by Eiko Shimamiya

Not only does this opening match the anime with precision, but it’s really just a fuckin awesome song. I actually played this in my spare time more than any other anime OP (except Lucky Star). The animation is awesome, flowers, then blood. Awesome.

2. Cowboy Bebop – Tank! by The Seatbelts

Finally, an OP that isn’t J-Pop, or J-Rock or something like that. It’s jazzzzzzz. And the animation shows that. The lines, the colors, the shadows. I actually watched this OP every time I watched Bebop. In a way, the opening reminded me of Spike, because both were……well….I guess you could call them smooth.

NUMBER 1

Samurai Champloo – Battlcry by The Kid

I watched this show around the same time a Pani Poni Dash! So it reminds me of summer. This anime didn’t only have a sick intro, but its soundtrack was riddled with hip hop. Let’s take a second and see why this anime will never be taken down from my top ten (most likely). Three things I love most in this world are hip hop, anime, and feudal Japan. This anime has all those things. It’s like they studied me, and made an anime for me. Fuck, there’s even an episode about baseball (one of the funniest/best anime episodes ever made). They make fun of Commodore Perry so bad it’s awesome. I don’t need to explain this OP though, it speaks for itself.

What do you think? Anything I miss? Anything you think is better? Anyone read this? Be merry, you just read something that Eye wrote.

EDIT: I guess I thow in some honorable mentions:

(The ones in BOLD were ones that should/could have been in the top ten)

  • Naruto – Fighting Dreamers OP
  • Inuyasha – Grip! OP
  • xxxHOLiC – Whatever the name of the song is OP
  • Elfen Lied – Liliad? OP (I don’t remember the name of the song, and since this is just honorable mentions thrown in I don’t feel like looking the names up. I thought this was a pretty good OP, and one cannot say it was not well made. Probably perfect for the show, and really cool animation. Is it bold though? hmmm).
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! – Happy Material (Electric and Regular Versions) OP
  • Love Hina/Love Hina Again – OPs
  • Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan (I keep bringing this show up…time to do a review on it I guess)
  • Excel Saga – OP
  • Ah! My Goddess – OP Bagpipes suck
  • Negima!? – OP (another Bang-shaft….get what I’m trying to say?)
  • Kemeko Deluxe! – OP
  • Shaman King – OP
  • Gintama – 1st OP (just picked this show up finished downloading the first 90 episodes torrent style. Liked the OP)

There that’s all the OP’s I like really. I think there was one from Ranma 1/2 that I liked, but I can’t remember which one (there’s a bunch) so whatever.