All-time Favorite Characters
1. Okabe Rintarou (Steins;Gate)
When one is self-proclaiming oneself is a mad scientist, he will soon become one. Okabe Rintarou is a prime example, and he became a pretty fine mad scientist in my books. Okabe had also shown different sides of him that we call come to and love, it is perhaps we love his arrogant altitude, or perhaps it is because we love his eccentric behaviors, or do we love him because of his delusions? Ultimately, I think we all love him for one reason, he is our best mad scientist to ever appear on the planet, Hououin Kyouma!
2. Katsura Kotarou aka Zura (Gintama)
Gintama is one of the funniest anime and one of it’s reason was because of
Zura Katsura, always appearing out of nowhere together with Elizabeth. Katsura and Gintoki made the best comedy duo in anime history, with Katsura being the funny man while Gintoki being the straight man. Whenever Zura Katsura emerges, he will always bring a laugh to everyone who came across him.
3. 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. 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 also the hugging scapegoat of the band though that’s no surprise.
4. Shana (Shakugan no Shana)
Shana is a character all love or hate and for me, it’s the former, and the most beautiful aspect about Shana is her development itself. She used to be quite aloof, bounds to her Flame Haze duties, she is completely ignorant of any necessities or even emotions. She did not even considering getting herself a name until Yuji comes along named her “Shana.” Throughout the series, she began to show affection for Yuji and this is the beginning of Shana’s drastic change. She began to discover the feelings of happiness, jealousy, hatred and so on. Way back when she was treating everyone with ignorance, now she is more open with everyone and even has a friendly relationship with Kazumi. However, Shana is more than just development. After all, she uses fire powers and can turn her hair and eyes into red color. She is literally the description of a hawt rori. What’s not to like?
5. Edward Elric (Full Metal Alchemist)
Whenever he and his brother appears, there are always runt jokes made, in regards to Edward’s shortie complex. Sounds cute though the runt is a badass in his own right, having the ability to manipulate his automail arm into blades and even materialized a spear and other weapons out of metal surfaces. He strangely hates drinking milk too which fueled the “small-man” joke further. Other then his hilarious altitude, his character is one of the more complex ones ever. He is cynical and sarcastic and also, most of the time, he is quite selfish, only acting on his self-interest. What’s more, he is hot-headed, and he is especially easy to lose his cool when people rubs him the wrong way about his his height. However, due to a harsh past he experienced, he can shown sympathy and pity as well, and laments at his own lack of strength. All in all, Edward Elric is a pretty complex character in my opinion and that complexity is one of his good points.
6. Tohsaka Rin (Fate/Stay Night)
Tohsaka Rin is the driving force for each and every Fate/Stay Night’s scenario. She is a strong character, and loves to be bossy, though that can’t be helped since she is very informative and resourceful. She is also avidly competitive. Most of the time, it is she who devise plans on how to defeat their foes. Without her, Shirou would pretty much wound up dead by now.
7. Nishikino Maki (Love Live!)
Just like how Azunyan is arguably the best anime girl guitarist, for me at least; Maki is the best anime idol (super biased ftw). Hailing from Love Live, an anime series which springboards my fascination with the anime idol genre, it is hard not to like Maki, and I’m sure the hundreds to even thousands of people in the Love Live fandom would agree. 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 yuri 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, Zoro’s level of loyalty is on another level, at one scene proved where Zoro absorbed all those damage Luffy took during their battles against Bartholomew Kuma.
9. Narukami Yu (Persona 4 The Animation)
I originally contemplated if I should add this in a video game character list (which I had yet to make), but I opted to put him here instead in the anime character list, because it’s actually only after watching the anime which led me to liking the protagonist of the title. 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 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.