12 Days of Waifus – Day 1: Maki (Love Live!)
Ever since the first season of Love Live was aired, Maki had been overwhelming my twitter timeline, and I assume it’s the same for others as well. Almost every day, I will be able to see a mention of Maki’s name or pictures without fail-she even has her own hashtags, multiple ones at that!
Maki’s legion of admirers is understandable. As for me, I had always like tsunderes, and because of that, Maki becomes a Best Girl material for me at first glance. Despite being in a nearly all-girl cast show, Maki has all the makings of a traditional tsundere. She has two sides of her personality-cold and withdrawn in one side, and the other side seeks to express her enjoyment and companionship from her friends, even if she doesn’t quite show it.
Unlike typical tsunderes however, there is also a sort of “cool factor” when we look at Maki. I mean, isn’t she? The way she carries herself, it just seems to make her look more mature than her peers, despite her age. The way she hold a teacup, and the way she crosses her legs habitually… I assume this is due to her upbringing from a wealthy family. Because of that, she is also a sort of kuudere. Furthermore, she likes jazz music-a genre of music which is also one of my favorites. Incidentally, kuudere is also another character archetype which falls along my radar of favorites as well, and seeing how Maki is like a mix of both tsundere and kuudere attributes in one character-best damn thing ever.
While Love Live has a very lovely and likable character cast, Maki immediately takes the cake if I’m looking for an absolute favorite out of the cast. She also seems generally well-liked within the fandom too, which goes on to show just how awesome she is.
Believe in the tsundere.