My 同人誌 Collection So Far

Howdy everyone!

Apparently classes don’t end until Friday. -___- But before I pull an all study day for my final exam tomorrow, I wanted to make a quick post on the doujinshi I own. As I’m sure most of you know, doujinshi is something I’ve particularly enjoyed this year and the number I own has accumulated quite a bit so I wanted to share what I have with you all.

 

薄い本

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To start things off, this is the 薄い本/usui hon or porn doujinshi I have. In other words, this is stuff I wouldn’t share with my niece, or my mom, or my dad, or anyone really. Now you’re probably judging me based on my questionable taste and material, but besides reading I don’t do anything with them. I swear! One of them is covered because they’re nude on the cover and you don’t need to see that.

 

りこまき

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These were pretty cool. These doujinshi are by someone who goes by the screename ながれぼし, which translates into “shooting star”. Besides having a nice name, the anime series this is based off of (Love Live and its spin-off Sunshine) take place in the same universe. I’m not really sure what Maki and Riko have in common besides being pianists (that’s always a fun word to say) and the main composer of their respective idol groups. In this doujinshi series, Maki is in her third (and final) year and during this time she meets and gets a “kohai” in the form of Riko. µ’s (the school idol group Maki was a part of) disbanded by this time. It seems as though she has went to the way she was beforehand, playing the piano as a refuge from the tough times of living the life her parents planned out for her. Maki and Riko form a friendly bond and as you can tell by the covers, it turns into something more as they get to know each other. I don’t think I can spoil you though ’cause it’s not likely you’ll be buying these if you don’t read Japanese, right?

 

ようよし

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If you didn’t know by now, I’m a shipper. I enjoy this ship, despite their limited social interactions. You have the energetic and positive You with her contagious catchphrase (ヨーソロー!) and the socially awkward, but bright Yoshiko Yohane. These ようよし doujinshi are done by different people. The top four are all done by the same person though. It’s harder to get doujinshi revolving around these two, but then again it’s not like they interacted with each other a lot compared to other characters in the anime so that’s probably why. I still like what the writers/illustrators did though, so I hope to see more in the future.

 

のぞにこ

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My OTP and I think I have all of them now. These doujishi are done by a talented woman by the name of 上林眞/Kanbayashi Makoto. She’s as good at writing as she is at drawing, in other words, she’s really, really good! The characterizations are amazing and the art looks just like Nozomi and Nico. If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought this was a spin-off series or something. It started with a handshake and a willingness to help and moved to friendship to maybe something more. But how does one handle their feelings when it gradually grows stronger? How do you let them know? Should you let them know? Or perhaps your actions already said more than enough? …Anyway, I love this artist’s work. It makes my 心/kokoro all happy y’know.

 

Illustration books

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And random illustration books ’cause why not? As the name implies, they’re doujnishi that simply have illustrations. These tend to be the thinnest/shortest for some reason. The art is wonderful to look at though so it’s great to see illustrators from Pixiv release something tangible.

 

 

And that’s my doujinshi stash so far! I’ll probably have more as time goes on and my Japanese reading skills get better. Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful day ahead. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go cry whilst studying for my final exam.

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笑顔: Starchaser’s Ten Best Anime Smiles

*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.

 

Senjougahara Hitagi

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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.

 

Sena Kashiwazaki

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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.

 

Tatenashi Sarashiki

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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.

 

Tsumugi Kotobuki

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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.

 

Haruhi Suzumiya

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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 Heartfilia

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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.

 

Sawako Kuronuma

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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 Hakubi

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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.

 

Naru Kotoishi

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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

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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.

Dedication to the Prototype Waifu

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*Plays “Prototype” by Outkast*

I reflected today about my love life that I have experienced so far. During my life to this point, I have only had one girlfriend (and that was back in high school). Sure, I’ve been with women since then, but it was never anything serious. Alright, when I graduate university I will at least try serious relationships again, I promise. Anyway, I have met some amazing women in my life, women who have a special place in my heart. Haruhi is one of those women.

Before there was Senjougahara, there was Haruhi. She has given me a lot of memories regarding anime that I am thankful for and a few other things which show she’s an incredible character. Haruhi is a lot of things: eccentric, spontaneous, intelligent, strong-willed, bossy, athletic, blunt, brutally honest, competitive, unpredictable, at times insensitive, but through it all, she remained herself. She just oozes swag and you can just tell she’s a natural-born leader.

Haruhi’s introduction is a memorable one. A highschooler  introduces herself to the class and talks about how she has an interest in aliens, espers and time travelers and does not care for “ordinary” human beings. I mean, I have an interest in vampires and using my recorder from third grade to bring Cerberus from Hades to this world, but it’s not something I think would be a good topic starter. I think that’s another thing that makes Haruhi lovable, she just doesn’t care what others think. She knows what she wants and she’s willing to go after it. In fact, she took Kyon against his will and forced him to help her start the SOS Brigade, a club dedicated to finding such phenomena. It’s shown that Haruhi has always been an oddball and a little bad ass since at least middle school. She would put talismans up around her school, dated and often immediately dumped every guy who asked her out and drew a huge graffiti mural on the field, which caught the attention of the newspaper.

Going back to her introduction, when she starts attending high school she changed her hairstyle every day of the week (in an effort to attract aliens) and joined and left each of the school’s student clubs in a day. It didn’t seem like anything could satisfy this woman. Kyon is the first person Haruhi opened up to. She took an interest in him because he reminded her of someone she met before. When he asked her about joining clubs, she told him they were all boring. Eventually, overtime, she announced she would form her own club. She got Kyon with her to a room used by Yuki Nagato of the Literature Club to use as their club room and kidnapped Mikuru Asahina to become a member, at which she announced the name of the club: the SOS Brigade and transfer student Itsuki Koizumi to join her club. Haruhi unknowingly attracted the exact types of people she wanted into her life.

She is the founder and de facto “Brigade Chief” of the club. The group was made in order to find and have fun with aliens, espers, and time travelers. I remember reading somewhere that the initials SOS don’t actually stand for anything, but for her group it means: The Saving The World By Overloading It With Fun Haruhi Suzumiya Brigade. The club is very important to her and she has told Kyon that she has no intention of yielding her position as leader to anyone else. She has very high standards and won’t accept anything less than the best from herself and her fellow Brigade members. She puts a lot of trust in them, especially Kyon, to get the task done whatever it is (finishing their summer to-do list, making a movie, etc).

It’s later revealed that Haruhi has god-like powers (though she is completely unaware of this). The simply action of thinking can cause her to alter reality. The SOS Brigade was actually made to prevent her from being bored because when she is, she subconsciously creates closed space, an alternate dimension which overlaps reality and could eventually destroy the world. She even has the ability to split and recombine reality into two alternate parallels. Basically, her powers are capable of altering, creating, or destroying reality and are caused by her emotions and inner desires. The reason time travelers, espers and aliens exist is because she wanted them to.

Before I became an anime fan or even had an inkling of an idea of what it was, I have seen Haruhi’s visage around the internet. I remember coming across the video below back in 2008. I’m not sure exactly what I was doing or searching for, but I had no idea that same scene would come back to me in 5 years time. Funny how life works. The internet was more innocent back then and I hated virtually anything that was anime-related. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was one of the first anime I watched when I was going through my “anime is the best thing evarrrr!” phase. I was able to recently re-watch it and it still is friggin’ sweet. Now I’m hoping for a season 3. I mean, a brother can dream at least.

 

 

I’d like to say thanks Haruhi for this iconic moment in not only the series, but in anime as a medium. It’s been over a decade since that episode first premiered and how does it look better than stuff that comes out to this day? Everyone killed it on stage, and Haruhi looked so damn good in that bunny suit.

 

Haruhi, you may not be the waifu anymore, but you will forever have a special place in my heart (how many women real or fictional can say that?). You were one of the driving forces for why I started liking anime and even learning Japanese. In hindsight, those were great life choices I’ve made… okay, maybe not the anime. I have you to thank for that. Thank you! ❤

Anime BFF/親友: Hotaru Shidare

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Have you ever saw a fictional character and thought, “I wish they were my friend!”. I don’t know about you, but Hotaru elicits those kind of thoughts for me. She is not the waifu, but she would be my 一番の親友 (lit. number one good friend). Hm, I don’t think this concept would catch on in the anime community, lol, but the theme that is friendship has always been a strong one in anime. Friendship and the power it holds is something incredibly important to a lot of stories and characters in anime, and is a reason a lot of people love the characters and the messages they tell. So what is it about this quirky purple-haired young anime lady that makes me wish she was my 友人/friend? Read below to find out!

 

Character design

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What automatically makes Hotaru stand out from the rest of the Dagashi Kashi cast is her appearance. From the very first episode Hotaru shows one thing first and foremost: her incredible fashion style and the way she holds herself in public. I’m pretty sure this is no accident by the creator (whose name is Kotoyama), and it makes sense considering she is the main heroine of the anime and manga. You would want your star to immediately stand out from the rest. She has weird blue eyes which at first I thought were contacts, but there hasn’t been any confirmation of that so I’m just assuming those are what her eyes actually look like. Her usual garb revolves around the lolita fashion/ロリータファッション , a Japanese street style stemmed subculture that draws inspiration from the Victorian era. Her peculiar looks and clothes aren’t just for show either, they accentuate and complement her personality as well. Also she has big breasts as I’m sure you’ve noticed.

 

Sweet tooth

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Kind of makes me wonder how she stays in shape. Hotaru has a passion and encyclopedic knowledge when it comes to dagashi kashi/だがしかし. Dagashi kashi translates to “cheap sweets candy”. When I go to Japan, one of the things I want to do is try the various sweets they have. I’m not sure if you know, but Japan has over 300 flavors of Kit-Kat bars. That automatically makes Kit-Kat the edible Pokémon: gotta eat ’em all! While I’m not an ardent fan of candy, I am familiar with various types in America, Germany and France. I’m a pretty adventurous eater and I’ll try anything once so one of the best things about our friendship would be exchanging information of candy in our respective countries. There’s this wonderful chocolate called Kinder chocolate you need to try, Hotaru!

One of the things I like about Dagashi Kashi is it introduced me to other candy I would like to try once I travel to Asia. I’ve looked up a few of them and I can buy them online so I want to try Suppai Grape ni Goyojin roulette with my sister and brother. Since I didn’t grow up with Japanese snacks, it’s pretty cute the series reveals possibly unknown facts about the tasty things that was the epicenter for a number of Japanese people’s childhoods.

 

Eccentricity

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Hotaru is the epitome of it and so am I. There’s a Japanese proverb that says 目の寄る所へ玉が寄る. It literally translates into “Where the eyes go, the eyeballs go too”. If you’re not a native Japanese speaker that probably isn’t going to make much sense (it still doesn’t for me), so let me stop being a weeb for a minute and say an English equivalent would be “Birds of a feather flock together”. Hotaru’s favorite subject in the world is candy and she gets excited whenever the topic is brought up. Her personality comes from being fascinated with how great candy is and even knows some off the wall tricks to get the best taste out of them! They have become an integral part of her life because her father owns the largest sweets company in Japan which she will one day inherit.

Besides candy, her other interest seems to be games (which usually revolve around, you guessed it, candy). She has a very competitive nature and is somewhat of a sore loser. That doesn’t she throws fits when she loses or anything, but she becomes disconsolate whenever she doesn’t win. Her positive and friendly attitude makes up for it though so she isn’t wallowing in defeat for too long. Overall, it can be difficult to get an accurate read on her.

 

We’d be best friends

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Duh. I’d like to think I’m a good friend and Hotaru has shown to be one as well. Friendship is a beautiful thing to share with someone, we’d share laughs, snacks, tears, and a whole lot of irreplaceable memories. I’m from the western part of the world where individuality is more celebrated, but just by the way Hotaru dresses, I can tell she knows she is a unique expression as well. We aren’t the same, which would make our bond a lot more interesting in the grand scheme of things. Besides, it would get kind of boring being friends with someone who was exactly like me in every way.

Hotaru and I won’t have everything in common and that’s fine, I would still love her. It also makes a great opportunity for us to learn from each other. We can mutually gain a new sense of appreciation. Since we’re both weird we would most likely share the same sense of humor. Good looks because I wouldn’t have to explain mine because she has the same one.

 

Those are my reasons why I think Hotaru and I would jibe and be bffs. Is there a particular anime character you’d like as a best friend? One of the most important and yet least understood areas of life concerns the role of friends. When it comes to happiness, friends are one of the keys. Believe me, I know! You need friends and they need you. Waifus are great, but friends are wonderful too! With that said, I hope you have a nice day ahead!

セクシー女性: Starchaser’s 7 Sexy Anime Women

I guess I can say this is a sequel to my 10 beautiful anime women list. The subject of attractive anime women happens to be my specialty and one of my favorite things to talk about. Just like real women, I feel certain words/adjectives are better at describing them. It’s one of the reasons I’m using the word “sexy” instead of “beautiful” again. While the anime women below can be described as either, I always felt the word “sexy” had a cool vibe to it. Not only are you highly attractive, but you’re pretty rad as well. Lol, I don’t know if that made any sense, but that’s just what I think. Anyway, below are anime women that rock my socks off, melt my butter, rock my boat… well you get the idea!

 

Moco

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The only character’s name I cared to remember from a godawful anime. It’s a darn shame when good character designs are wasted in crappy anime wouldn’t you say? I might be a bit biased since she’s rocking the color of life and my favorite color. It looks great on her! According to my research, *Dorothy Ann voice* she’s actually an alien who is part of the Planetary Gears. They travel to planets where they “dry them of their libido for their own food”. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen the anime, so I’m not sure if I read that right (if anyone is more knowledgeable please correct me). You mean to tell me they drain inhabitants from other planets of their sex drive and that’s how these aliens get their energy? Well with a body like hers, she can at least star in a number of men’s private dreams.

Moco is skilled at hacking which makes me wonder why she didn’t partake in cyberterrorism more often. She could use her skillitez to disable or modify the signals that control military technology, cause a regional power outage, disrupt a pipeline, cause a widespread computer virus… the possibilities are endless. She’s also adept with firearms and I remember she can transfer and gain memories through a kiss. Please kiss me, Moco. I don’t think there’s anything you want/need to know about me, but making out would give us both health benefits. It would also increase my sexual desire which you can snack on after we’re done. Everyone wins! Haha, I’ll stop now.

 

Evangeline A.K. McDowell

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A.K.A. Yukihime. She would have made my list simply for this pic. It made me want to stay in the bathroom for longer than necessary. Anyway, Yukihime is an immortal vampire who can control the element of ice. Makes sense ’cause she’s as cold as ice! Foreigner song aside, she’s the main character’s teacher and guardian, and the leader of an organization of immortals in the anime/manga series UQ Holder. Even though she has an appearance of a young woman, she’s in reality over 700 years old. I had a crush on my art teacher when I was a kid so it’s probably no surprise Yukihime is on this list since she was a teacher and is way older than me just like my art teacher. She’s been and lived through a lot, and can’t die by natural means since she lost most of her vampire weaknesses.

Her true form is that of a 10-year-old girl so she uses magical pills to change her appearance whenever she needs to. Her biggest characterization is her relationship with Touta. Two years ago before the start of the series, according to his dying parents’ wish, she saved Touta’s life with her powers. She grows to deeply care for him and is the happiest whenever she interacts with him. I have to applaud the writing of Ken Akamatsu because there is more I would like to say to elucidate how strong their relationship is, but that would get into spoiler territory. But believe me when I say it’s sweet and tender.

 

Enigma

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Enigma, as her name implies, is an enigma. But she is also sexy as eff. Musaigen no Phantom World was a mess, but there is at least one good thing I can say about it. She acts as the final antagonist in the anime and is one of the more powerful characters too. I really like the above gif, I can stare at it for a good number of minutes. The camera makes sure to focus on her face, chest, legs and then back to her chest. Enigma is actually a phantom that was created by humans and hates humanity because every part of her body was modified with to be what I guess is an artificially-created phantom. Her main goal is the oh so original one that is world domination.

She has two useful abilities: body and mind possession and stealing others’ abilities. For the former, she can then act like the person she’s possessing does so you’d never know unless she wants you to. Which does beg the question, why doesn’t she just kill anyone who stands in her way? Think about it, if you can possess someone, you can literally get away with murder because it’s not exactly “you” committing the act. Anyway, mini rant aside, her latter ability involves her kissing the person whose power she wants to steal. I’m not sure if I have any super powers besides making strawberry banana pancakes, but Enigma can kiss me any day (preferably with tongue).

 

Utaha Kasumigaoka

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Y’know, I think if I ever get married, it’s going to be to a woman who resembles Utaha. I’m not sure why I think that’s the case, but if it ends up being true I’m not going to complain. Utaha has it all: looks, talent, brains, adulation from her peers, and a tendency to make silly faces. Her best feature though is the fact she has game. What I mean is she confidently uses her attributes, characteristics, and overall personality to try and win the affection of the man she wants. I mean, it does eventually pay off in the end. Utaha is an overachiever. Her first light novel sold over 500,000 copies, she’s able to finish a visual novel’s script in one night, straight A student, and even writes plays for the drama club.

Besides writing a lot, she also likes to read and flirt with Tomoya. Despite being level-headed most of the time, she is a character who has no shame. Since she’s in a harem anime, there are other girls who want the main character to themselves as well. She can get jealous when Tomoya gets close to the other female main characters. Besides making funny faces, she cracks sarcastic jokes and one one occasion, breaks the fourth wall. She’s able to make a yandere plot on the fly too. Can someone please give this lady a spin-off?

 

Lieselotte Sherlock

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♫She’s a very kinky girl. The kind you don’t take home to mama. She will never let your spirits down. Once you get her off the street.♫ Kudos to you if you know what classic song I’m referencing. It’s true though, Lieslotte is quite perverted and will use her good looks to reach her goals if she has to. It’s always nice when a woman doesn’t care about being labelled derogatory, misogynistic terms, but Lieslotte probably doesn’t care since she exudes confidence and ambition. Even though she is goal-oriented, she would rather find the fastest route to get her work done and will even deceive/mislead her own family and friends. She would join Grimoire Security so she can study Breakdown Phenomenon to gain access to the Eternal Library before becoming an evil mage which is why she ended up fighting her friends. She would even choose to steal her own twin sister’s magic even though by doing so it put her sibling’s life in danger. Despite her morally dodgy actions, she is a caring character.

One thing about her character I find a bit amusing is that in the manga her chest size was smaller, but later on becomes one of the biggest of the cast. Did she use her magic to give herself an augmentation? Lieselotte’s fighting style seems to involve using her magic to enhance her hand to hand combat. She can steal other characters’ magic to strengthen her own by physical contact. Once she has took her opponent’s magic, she can now use their spells as much as possible, even strengthening them with her own magic.

 

Koko Hekmatyar

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Her name is Koko, she is loco, I said, “oh baby”! Koko is an arms dealer and a member of HCLI’s Europe/African Weapons Transport Division. The main protagonist of the Jormungand series, she became involved in arms dealing at an early age, starting when she was a teenager. Even though she never went to college, while watching the anime I honestly thought she received a higher education because she always came off as someone who always knew what she was doing and is very successful in what she does. Since her career involves her traveling the world I assume she knows how to speak in multiple languages. She leads a squad consisting of bodyguards who serve to support and protect her (can I too?).

Koko usual disposition is cheerful and happy, but she will throw temper tantrums to express her vexation. When it comes to her dealings, she only accepts cash and will most likely have you killed if you pay her in drugs. Besides being highly knowledgeable in weapons, she exhibits charisma like no one else in the series. She never has any problem when talking to anyone and her subordinates follow her orders without question because they have full trust in her judgement. To me, one of her best physical features are her eyes. Even though they’re sharp, they’re also pretty at the same time and complement her equally pretty hair and skin. お嬢様. ❤

 

Tsunade Senju

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I am not really a fan of Naruto (please don’t kill me), but Tsunade was my favorite character in the series (and if the creator gave her a spin-off anime or manga I would be really happy which he definitely should because I would consume every episode/chapter). She’s Hashirama Senju’s granddaughter, who was Leaf village’s first Hokage. She’s affectionately known as “Princess” among the villages. She’s also the world’s strongest (and most beautiful) kunoichi when it comes to brute strength because of her extreme control of Chakra. She has developed a fear of blood because of losing the lives of those close to her. During the whole Naruto run, Tsunade has proved herself to be a great medical-nin, hokage and teacher. She helped all of the students reach their potential and mayne, there are so many examples I’d like to give, but that would get into spoiler territory, but please believe me when I say she’s a bad ass and wonderful character.

Tsunade take her job as Hokage very serious and will put her own physical health at risk to protect every villager of the Leaf. When she was first introduced, she came off as a cynical type and Based God knows how much I detest cynicism, but thankfully she stops being a cynic after meeting Naruto. Tsunade typically shows a tough demeanor, even when she is facing great personal adversity. It kind of reminded me of Dorothy from The Golden Girls because even though she is tough, she still loves her village and its people. If you’ve never experienced anything Naruto related, the next thing I’m about to say may shock you: she’s in her 50’s. I know black don’t crack, but Asians be blazin’ y’know! That was supposed to be a joke, but it was corny so don’t judge me too hard!

 

 

And that’s my list! Are there any waifus out there I missed, you can always let me know in the comment section below. Good looking anime women will always be something worth discussing in the anime community. Shoot, it’s one of the reasons why many of us fans love anime so much.

萌え: Starchaser’s 5 Moe Anime Characters

I hope you’re ready for anime characters that are too cute for words. Just like beauty, moe is in the eye of the beholder. What is moe for me, may not be moe for you. However, I think all the characters on this list are lovable and have their unique charm. Unlike attractive anime women, there aren’t a lot of characters that elicit feelings of moe from me. Cute isn’t exactly synonmous with moe, if that was the case, this list would be way longer. I hope you don’t have diabetes, ’cause there’s enough sweetness on this list to give a fella a cavity.

 

Ritsu Tainaka

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Starting off would be an obvious choice from an obvious anime that is basically synonymous with the term moe. Hey Kyoani, I’m still waiting for a third season! Anyway, Ritsu (or Ricchan) is the leader of the Light Music Club and drummer of the band Ho-kago Tea Time. She was the reason the Light Music Club didn’t get disbanded when it was going to be. She’s known for her upbeat, outgoing and carefree personality, which naturally makes her a fun character to be around. She’s known for being audacious (both definitions if you Googled that word), but she has no ill will in anything she says or does and apologizes when she realizes she went too far.

I think the biggest reason Ritsu is moe to me is because she reminds me of myself when I was a senior in high school. Unfortunately, I did not play drums (or any musical instrument) when I was in high school, but I was and still am a sociable guy who cares about my friends. I also did like to troll and/or annoy others because it was hard to resist when the chance came up! Ritsu resonated with me the most in K-On and that’s the reason she’s my favorite character in the anime.

 

Tomoko Kuroki

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Probably not anyone’s first choice (or any choice) when it comes to moe. Her moe appeal wouldn’t be her looks since she has unkempt hair, bags under her eyes and probably bags under her bags. Also she’s not the brightest crayon in the box when it comes to social situations or tactfulness. She tends to have a morbid outlook on life and she can’t even escape her own grim point of view in her daydreams/fantasies. Okay, I know I just spent a few sentences not exactly praising the character, so the question is, what is so moe about her? For me it’s the fact she’s not supposed to be moe that she is in fact moe!

That probably didn’t make any sense, but what I think anyone can take from Tomoko is that she’s at least trying. She wants to be popular in her high school and that’s around the time people most likely still care what others think. She will do outrageous things to get others’ attention which always fall flat on their face. I said she was trying, I didn’t mention anything about succeeding. Winners never quit and quitters never win, but those who never win and never quit are idiots. At least Tomoko is an adorable idiot. Oh, I like the kanji combination of her last name: Kuroki/黒木, which would literally translate into “black tree”.

 

Suruga Kanbaru

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A.K.A. the awesome lesbian friend I wish I had. One of the reasons I picked up running in my exercise regimen and will probably start playing basketball again once I graduate ’cause of her too. Kanbaru is one of the most popular students at her school mostly because she was responsible of the success of the school’s girls basketball team. Besides basketball, her other hobbies including running, reading yaoi manga/literature, and being Koyomi Araragi’s sex slave (her words, not mine). She’s pretty hilarious because of her forthrightness and being straightforward which can cause others to feel some kind of way. I like her as the narrator in the Monogatari Series too.

Being one of the reasons I started partaking in healthy and productive healthy hobbies is moe enough for me. That’s not the only reason, but it’s a big one. There’s a quote that says “If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything”. I’m going to just say that probably applies to boys as well. If that’s the case, then that would mean there’s only a few women who can make me do anything. There’s something else I’d like to mention, but if you haven’t watched the Monogatari Series, I don’t want to get into spoiler territory.

 

Yui Ichii

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Yuyushiki is a really adorable feel-good anime. Seriously, just writing this blog post and mentioning it makes me want to re-watch it again for the fifth+ time. Yui is one the main characters of the show and is the more serious out of the trio. Her friends Yukari and Yuzuko know this and tend to tease her which leads to often amusing results with Yui either physically retaliating violently (but still funny), or being completely indifferent. It’s obvious though that Yui does love and care about her friends, even if she has a hard time expressing it in words at times.

Even though Yui might be the “straight man” she is not above ridiculous behavior herself. A corny joke has her burst into an uncontrollable fit of laughter. It’s something I can relate to since the joke “Yo mama is so poor, I saw her kicking a can down the street, and when I asked her what she was doing, she said, ‘Moving'” never fails to make me laugh as well even though I know how corny it is. Yui is the one who makes some of the silliest faces and it’s understandable when you consider she’s surrounded by equally as silly friends.

 

Iroha Isshiki 

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Probably the character that induces the strongest feelings of moe from me. Good gosh, I’ve never felt a feeling of adulation and repulsion until I saw her on screen. She first appears in the season season of Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru (these light novels and their long titles) and has become a popular character in her own right. She initially comes off as a cheerful and happy student who doesn’t seem to have any problems, but my perception changed when she acted differently many times throughout the anime. Despite the cutesy airs/vibe she puts on, she’s actually a sly and cunning individual and only Hachiman and Hayato know about it.

Iroha can be quite extra, especially when she comically rejects Hachiman when she thinks he is going to confess to her. She likes to maintain a positive image because everyone will like her and it will be easier to manipulate others. She eventually becomes student council president (a position she didn’t want) and lacks confidence in the beginning. She does start believing more in herself and is an efficient president. Honestly, overall, she’s just a pure, cute angel that needs to be protected at all times!

 

And that’s my list! Did I miss any moe characters or are there any you feel are moe? Let me know in the comment section! Until next time! Hope you have a good day ahead!