*Plays Flawless by George Michael*
Hm, I can’t front, George Michael’s (RIP) smile is one that could rival mine. Anyway, happiness can be expressed in a variety of ways, and a smile is the best way to convey such emotion. The simple act of smiling can transform you and the world around you. Smile and the whole world really does smile with you, it’s pretty damn contagious. While still somewhat on the subject of music artists, just look at the cover of Off the Wall. Besides classic tunes (Off the Wall, Rock with You, I Can’t Help It, Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough), the album cover features MJ smiling. I think that’s one of the record’s appeal and shows what it is all about. You can tell he was having a good time and he wants you to have one too when you listen to the music.
With all that said, I thought it would be great to brighten your day by giving you my list of anime smiles that can melt your heart like a Hershey’s chocolate bar.
If I didn’t include the waifu on the list she might have decided to staple the inside of my mouth or something. I’m honestly not sure if there’s anything I can say about her that I haven’t already said on this blog. Seriously, one of my reasons she’s my waifu is because of her smile. Senjougahara has a variety of smiles ranging from genuine, sarcastic, sadistic, and goofy. Sometimes it can be hard to know which one she’s doing because of how verbally abusive she can be. In the early part of the series, Senjougahara isn’t seen smiling and is rather an angry individual.
It isn’t until she gets over her troubles and insecurities she becomes more cheerful, happy and just overall a likable character. I’ve discussed how powerful a smile can be, and Senjougahara’s can turn any scenario into a productive one because she has such a unique way of relating to others. Relationships play an important part not just in her series, but in life too. A smile can turn a situation around and Senjougahara is the perfect example of someone who can still smile despite everything she’s been through.
I need to make sure to re-watch this anime this year ’cause I don’t think there’s ever been a smile that’s made me go “Damn!” until now. There’s a T-shirt with her motif on it that I really want, but I can’t find any website that still sells it. 😦 Anyway, Sena is one of the main female characters in Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai. She joins the Neighbor’s Club because she doesn’t have any female friends since they envy her for being very popular with the boys. Maybe it has something to do with her gorgeous smile. Besides her smile she’s rich, pretty, athletic and academically gifted.
The only thing bigger than her breasts is arguably her Kanye West sized ego. Speaking of Kanye West, he has a song called “Everything I Am” and one line “Everything I’m not made me everything I am” describes her. What Sena is not: modest, shy, poor, tractable, chill. All of these characteristics have combined to form who she is: arrogant, unfiltered, rich, obsessive, stylish. Despite coming off as unapproachable, she does have a soft and silly side because she does care about her friends. And friends are always the type of people to get you smiling.
When was this waifu not smiling? Also, can you believe she shares the same voice actress as Senjougahara? I don’t have anything good to say about the second season of Infinite Stratos. But Tatenashi was the only good thing to come out of it. The fact she exists in the series and the protagonist isn’t pursuing her makes me question his sexuality. Seriously, the fact he has seven women who want him and doesn’t recognize it, shows he has a strong grip of the idiot ball and refuses to let it go. Anyway, Tatenashi’s smile encapsulates her character perfectly. She’s very fun loving and outgoing, which you’ll most definitely see throughout the show.
Being a 2nd year student at the IS Academy, Student Council President of the IS Academy, and the IS Representative of Russia she holds many titles due to her combat skills. She’s somewhat of a perfectionist and has been considered a prodigy ever since she was a child. Have you ever seen that one person who walks into a room and immediately the temperature just goes up a number of degrees? Well that’s basically Tatenashi in a nutshell. Her charisma, work, and smile are unmatched. If you like pretty anime women with pretty smiles (like I do), then let her know. She might offer you dinner, a bath or something even better.
I could’ve put the entire cast of K-On, but let me not. Nothing speaks happiness more than a gentle smile. It can help turn a frown upside down. The moment you see Mugi’s smile you can’t help but be captivated by it. Your heart goes doki doki and you can’t move because the illuminating serenity from her smile is enough to light up a city for two weeks. She’s the keyboardist of Ho-kago Tea Time and often brings sweets and tea to her friends, which usually ends up distracting them from practicing. It’s pretty fitting since she’s sweet and she brings sweets… don’t you get it? Why aren’t you smirking right now?
Mugi has a lot of reasons to smile: her friends, her family’s rich, she’s talented, smart, physically strong and her future is as bright as her smile. There aren’t a lot of things that bother her so it makes it easier for her to smile. I could go on for days about how cute Mugi’s character is, but I’d suggest to go watch K-On for anyone who would like to see her powerful smile in action.
The prototype waifu has one of the best smiles too. In fact, she has so many styles of smiles you’d think she was an innovator of the gesture. Her smug smile is also great to see. Haruhi is so full of life it makes it hard to look away when you’re watching the anime. Her overbearing and quirky attitude bring energy to the screen and once she starts smiling, you can bet she’s got an idea and something is about go down. You can start to see why I love her character so much. There is truly nothing a smile can’t cure because it is the medicine for the mind thanks to its extraordinary form, and all I can do is give into its alluring energy.
The uniqueness of Haruhi’s character (both in her own world and this one) brings something new to the table and everything she does is usually creative and fun, which just makes you wish to see more of her. Haruhi would be the type of friend you’d love to be around with because her smile packed with her charismatic energy keeps you coming for more.
Lucy just might be one of the nicest and sweetest anime characters I know (at least when she’s not angry or irritated). She’s not only a loyal member of the Fairy Tail guild, but she’s pretty and well-endowed. Okay, that may not be saying much since virtually every woman in Fairy Tail has a set of TNA. Still, one thing I can say is not all of them have genuine smiles or even smile, but Lucy sure does. Lucy has the type of aura which resonates with the viewer so well. She may not be the strongest (she does not get excited about fighting and is not the first to resort to violence as the answer), but she has proven to be a capable in combat, often using her intelligence to her advantage.
Whether Lucy is a character you want as your friend or waifu, she’s someone you would want to see smile. Knowing Lucy’s personality, the feeling would be mutual. She would be someone who would want to make you smile too.
If Lucy isn’t the nicest and sweetest anime character, then there’s no shame being second place to Sawako. It’s impossible not to love her since she’s so earnest which makes me wonder how she could ever be a social outcast in the first place (it’s because she resembles the ghost girl from “The Ring,” and she’s not the most socially adept). Sawako is on this list because her appearance is guaranteed to make you smile instantly. Her innocence really helps her smile to become more meaningful because we know how real and caring she is (there’s even a scene where her smile is a pivotal event and her friends and classmates have their mouths open agape). Her big eyes just glow as she looks directly at you and gives you a grin from ear to ear.
Love is a wonderful thing to experience (whether romantically or platonically) and Sawako’s love for those around her can be something you might find relatable, if you have friends or a lover that is. Kimi ni Todoke is an appealing anime and one I suggest checking out because it will make you smile.
Washu would most likely be the type of character to tell us how smiling affects our brains. Actually, in honor of her and the fact she’s the reason I love science so much, I’ll do it for her. Smiling activates the release of neurotransmitters called neuropeptides which work toward fighting off stress. They help you experience a whole range of emotions, from happiness to sadness, anger to depression. The feel-good neurotransmitters a.k.a. dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are all released when a smile comes across your face too. When they get released into your bloodstream they not only make your body relax, but also work to lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Endorphins are natural painkillers, naturally produced by your own body!
You’re better looking when you smile y’know. Washu knows that. I know that. And you should know that. So keep smiling! 😀 Btw, sorry this became a mini science lesson, but I couldn’t resist.
Speaking of anime I need to re-watch this year… Barakmon is an anime you watch if you want to have a relaxing and good time. Naru is one of the most prominent character in the show. She is cute and a ball full of energy! Come to think of it, there isn’t much that can beat the smile of a child. There is just something so euphoric and heartwarming about the smiling face of a child because you know there’s nothing, but purity behind it. It’s amazing what adults can learn from kids, especially since they were one themselves and kids will become adults one day too.
I think one thing I took watching Barakamon and Naru is the reminder to not take life so seriously. Yes, there are times to be and do so, but there are also times to not care because it can help you out a lot. You know what? Let me start watching episode 1 after I’m done writing this blog post.
Zero Two is a mixed bag for me because she has one of the best, but also one of the worst smiles I’ve ever seen. That sentence made zero sense (ha!), but I would be happy to explain why I think so if it didn’t get into spoilers. I do hope none of the fanboys come out of their FRANXX and try to crucify me now. Just because you’re considered to be a evil doesn’t mean you truly are. While we don’t know much about Zero Two initially, one assumption from what you see is that there’s something off about her. Once you get to know more about her, you start to realize just how joyous she is. She’s played a number of roles so far in her anime and I’m still not sure what to expect. One thing you can expect though is her pretty and pleasant smile.
Despite the anime giving off mysterious and dark undertones, Zero Two gives life into the series with her grin and playful attitude.
Say cheese! And that’s my list! Are there any anime smiles you enjoy looking at? You can let me know in the comment section. I probably will make another list on this topic ’cause there are a multitude of sweet smiles in anime. I’m off to dreamland now, tomorrow I have to pretend like I’m studying for my finals, lol.