All-time Favorite Characters
1. Okabe Rintarou (Steins;Gate)
Ah, Okabe Rintarou aka Houoin Kyouma, the self-proclaimed mad scientist of Steins;Gate. Steins;Gate has great characters actually, and as a visual novel protagonist himself-Okabe is refreshing, gone were the “blank state” dull personality that most visual novel protagonists have-Okabe has a refreshing, colorful personality in comparison which clashed really well with Steins;Gate’s resident tsundere. Even better, just like the rest of the characters as well, even Okabe himself is also given reasons for his chuunibyou altitudes-something the title is really good at-justifying personalities. Last but not least, mad scientists are so cool, sonuvabitch.
2. Sakata Gintoki (Gintama)
As a shounen protagonist, Gintoki is a little different from his peers. He’s sarcastic, lazy, make lots of dirty jokes and has a lot of altitudes you totally won’t expect a shounen protagonist to have-which sort of reflect Gintama’s more small-minded, but hilarious nature. And yes, Gintoki is also petty as fuck and that’s why we love him. What’s more, he’s shown he can be pretty capable when the situation calls for it, after all, a true hero appears only once the situation gets too bad right? With that being said, Gintoki might arguably be a better shounen protagonist than you think.
3. Tohsaka Rin (Fate/Stay Night)
Rin has a lot of altitudes that caused me to put her into my favorite character list. Tsundere and her visual design, yes. But I just like that she’s her own person, honest and straightforward in an otherwise, setting where having dead-eyes and tricking your opponents is the norm. Aside from that, she’s also an important character to the series and played a pivotal part in all scenarios of Fate/Stay Night. Last but not least, she’s also extremely expressive and has the best faces in Fate/Stay Night. Rin is the ultimate waifu.
4. Shana (Shakugan no Shana)
Shana is a character all love or hate and for me, it’s the former. Aside from being the first tsundere I ever came across, a character archetype I like even now; the best thing about Shana is her development itself. In retrospect, while it was lengthy, Shana’s character development throughout the course of three seasons actually feel pretty natural. And again, yes, red-haired tsundere with fire powers. What’s not to like?
5. Nakano Azusa aka Azunyan (K-ON!)
Admittedly, I’m one who don’t mind the cute girls doing cute things genre, in fact, I like them, and when I was watching K-ON, Azunyan had always been in my heart as my favorite character of the show ever since she first appeared. Moe anime girls and guitar are always a great combo, and what more can you ask when a high school girl can jam on her guitar like Jimi Hendrix? Originally, Mio was supposed to have the role of the “moe character” but in my opinion, Azunyan is on par with hers or perhaps even surpasses her. She is the hugging scapegoat of the band though that comes as no surprise. She’s also involved in one of the most emotional scenes of the anime so that played a major factor in her being in this list too.
6. Kisaragi Chihaya (Idolm@ster)
If I were to pick a favorite idol in idolm@ster, I would have a really hard time between Miki and Chihaya, the former because of her personality, and the latter because of her story. In the end though, I ended up picking Chihaya because while drama is sometimes common in idol anime, none of them just seem to be as well-written as Chihaya’s story in my opinion. Chihaya’s character arc is etched so naturally with her personality and unsurprisingly, she also got the best character development in the whole series.
7. Nishikino Maki (Love Live!)
After rewatching idolm@ster and investing into the story and characters, Maki kinda has to step off the throne to my top favorite idol position, but there’s just no denying that I still like Maki a lot as far as idols go. Personally, the way she possesses tsundere and even a bit of kuudere qualities, two of my favorite character archetypes, and the way she is involved in one of my favorite idol shippings as well-did it for me.
8. Roronoa Zoro (One Piece)
One of the most unique anime swordsman, using the three-sword-style techniques in combat, clutching the third one with his mouth. He is also one of the stronger characters in the series and has the second highest bounty in the straw hats pirates. However, strength isn’t his only appeal, his other appeal is his undying faith and loyalty. Even comparing to the other straw hat pirates who valued friendship and teamwork, I always feel Zoro’s level of loyalty is on another level, which is the main reason he is my choice in a show full of great characters.
9. Narukami Yu (Persona 4 The Animation)
Just like every other Persona games, (Yu) is also nameless and a “silent protagonist” in the game, so it’s hard to be empathetic for him. The anime resolved this by finally giving him a name, character, personality and a voice, in ways which still somehow transitioned perfectly from his “silent character” persona in the game, but extremely optimistic yet natural. While there are a lot of characters whose characterizations stem from “protecting his friends”, none I feel could capture this stereotypical personality as organic and genuine as Yu. Despite that, he is also just a down-to-earth guy with a quirky sense of humor. At the end of the day, Yu is a strong, charismatic leader, and a very good friend whom you can certainly depend on.
10. Hikigaya Hachiman (OreGairu)
Hachiman. The hero that OreGairu deserves, but not the one it needs right now. The dark knight of LN romcoms. He’s self-sacrificial, protecting his “friends” by being the social scapegoat. The best part about his character is how it’s written. Is his act of “helping his friends” genuinely for the sake of others or for himself? Is Hachiman selfless, or is he actually selfish? Is he solving social problems just because they are there? Is he actually putting up a facade and genuinely want friends? His character is written in a way that people would understand his base actions, but vague enough to be interpretative. Not many people would agree his method of solving problems are justifiable, but when all is said and done, Hachiman is just one hell of an interesting character.