ワイフ: Thoughts on Waifuism

I wanna talk about a touchy subject in the otaku and anime world, waifus. I’m sure anyone who has perused an anime website or is part of an anime group has heard the term “waifu” before. And for the uninitiated, I think Wikitionary defined it best as “A fictional female character from non-live-action visual media (typically an anime, manga or video game) to whom one is attracted and, in some cases, whom one considers a significant other”. Despite the clear cut definition there is still much confusion and debate over what the term actually means.

 

Origin

Starchaser’s (very) rough translation for those who don’t speak Japanese:

Tomo: What the? It’s a picture of a woman.
Ayumu: She’s pretty.
Tomo: Who is she?
Mr. Kimura: My wife.
Everyone: No way!

The consensus (I say this because I have no evidence “waifu” was used before 2002) is “waifu” was first introduced to the world from the 2002 anime Azumanga Daioh. In the scene, the perverted homeroom teacher Mr. Kimura drops a photograph of a woman on the classroom floor. When asked by his students about the woman in the picture, Mr. Kimura replies (in his Engrish) “my wife”. Eventually it caught on in the Western fandom and has since been and continues to be used as a term of endearment to refer to a female character you would want as a girlfriend and also as an ironic term by trolls and internet thugs to belittle weeaboos and otaku alike. For the most part though, the word is used in a more light and playful manner.

 

Waifus today

Today, waifu has grown to mean anything from “the best girl from an anime” to its original meaning. And since all these different meanings and what to do with a waifu was unclear for some time, a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) addressing the term was created by the sewage of the internet, 4chan. There is even a word for male characters female anime fans love and it’s called husbando. Heck, waifu is not restricted solely to anime or manga characters anymore, as it has been used with images of cartoon characters and even photographs of real life (usually Japanese) celebrities. The whole concept can be somewhat complex since you have people who only see it as something fun, temporary and go about their daily life while having a waifu. Then there are people who take the concept serious and legitimately go on dates with their waifus and even cook them dinners. Sounds nice, at least waifus don’t talk back. I would say I’m somewhere in the middle: I know my waifu is a fictional character, just moving pictures, but I’m strongly attracted to those moving pictures. My figures, pics on my phone and T-shirt attest to that.

 

Major and defining characteristics of waifuism

While the meaning of waifu might vary depending on whom you ask, there are some common attributes in the community which I list below:

  • People who have a waifu know they are fictional
  • Their feelings are real (well, as real as they can possibly get)
  • Having a waifu does not preclude one from having a 3D romantic and/or sexual relationship
  • Sexual relations with a waifu has been a source of contention
  • Polyamory and polygamy are two concepts in waifuism that is also individual

I’d like to go more in depth about the last two bullet points because I have seen the community divided over them. Two questions which have been asked time after time is “Is it okay to sexualize and/or masturbate to your waifu?” and “Can you have more than one waifu?”. Regarding the former, some who respond in the affirmative view it as a normal thing to do because it’s what couples do. Couples do have live sex celebrations y’know. For others, the thought of doing such a thing is repulsive. Their waifu must be kept pure and wanking to them would defile them. Those who have underaged waifus usually think this way. Some view sex with anyone but their waifu as infidelity, but thankfully they won’t end up on an episode of Cheaters. And there are others who have no qualms having sex with other people or wanking to other anime characters. Answers seem to be all over the place and ultimately it comes down to the individual.

Now, can someone have more than one waifu? Again, it depends on whom you ask. Here’s one answer. But some will say having more than one waifu will ruin your laifu. Makes sense, if someone asks you what your favorite color is you don’t go and list every single one on the color spectrum. Same thing with waifus. If someone asks you who your waifu is you wouldn’t go and respond with “Kurisu Makise, Boa Hancock, Lucy Heartfilia…” would you? NO! You wouldn’t! On a more serious note, there isn’t any rule saying you can’t have more than one waifu. But if one does, isn’t it technically a harem? If you didn’t know, harem is an anime and manga genre where a single guy is liked and followed by bunch of women who are all madly in love with him. The female characters often fight each other to get the guy’s attention. Hooray for shenanigans! If you were to ask me, I’d say just like in real life, I am perfectly fine with adults and fictional characters choosing whatever consensual relationship arrangements suit them.

Based on the information I got from various waifu communities online and the anime community offline, not everyone who has a waifu is socially awkward/inept/stunted. I have a friend who gets vagina left and right and he has a waifu. Yes like I previously said, there are some who take the concept to the extreme. However, most of the waifu community are fully aware they love a fictional character and aren’t suffering from delusions. The characters are the figment of a Japanese fella’s imagination.

 

Finding the waifu for you

If you’re reading this and may be interested in investing yourself into a waifu, yet do not know how to start, this part of my blog post is written for you. It might be difficult to know where to start because there is so much anime out there. Add to the fact there are new shows coming out every season, so it’s safe to say there are a lot of 2D women to choose from. The best way is to expose yourself to as much of the medium as you can. If you’re after a waifu, try watching more anime, reading manga, and/or playing visual novels. If you already do that, then consider expanding your horizons. What I mean by this is if you’re more of an action or horror cognoscente, try watching a slice of life or romance anime once in a while. It’s possible you could find a character who makes your heart go ドキドキ in the most unexpected of places.

Keep in mind looking for a waifu works virtually the same way as 3D relationships do, albeit it’s more from a one-sided perspective. Lots of weebs say you don’t get a waifu, your waifu finds you. Once you feel a special bond then maybe you’ve got something special going on.

“But wait, Starchaser. What happens if more than one person has the same waifu as me?” I hear you asking. 仕方が無い. You must duel them, and whoever is the loser will be sent to the Shadow Realm where they won’t be able to mess with the winner or their waifu ever again. Extreme? More work than necessary? Perhaps. But that’s what you signed up for when you decided to be in a relationship with your 2D sweetheart.

“Can I break it off with my waifu?” is another question you might have in your mind right now. The answer is “yes”. Unfortunately, most anime women are physically powerful, experts at hand-to-hand combat, adept marksmen and/or possess supernatural powers. The good news is they are 1 dimension short of causing you any harm.

 

My personal thoughts

Y’know writing this blog post makes me sort of miss the days I had a girlfriend, waifu and side chick. I had the best of both dimensions, I was the friggin’ mack! Anyway, I honestly don’t care what the next person is doing so whether you’re the type of person who uses the term ironically, buys a lot of merchandise of a character, wanks to a certain character or has a whole shrine dedicated to your special 2D someone in the back of your closet like Helga does Arnold, it doesn’t perturb me in the slightest. I like people being happy and if you get fulfillment from any of the stuff I mentioned then that is perfectly a-okay. While there are always going to be insecure morons who always gotta make sure someone feels bad, you can’t let people who have no bearing on your life directly or indirectly get to you. For me, waifus, waifuism, and being attracted to fictional characters only becomes an issue when it’s affecting you or someone else in a negative way. And if you were wondering if I currently have a waifu, you can bet I do! In fact, I wrote a blog post on her. And not only is she my waifu, but one of my favorite anime characters of all time.

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人生で最愛の人

 

Anyway, finding information on this topic was actually a bit trickier than I initially thought. There really isn’t a lot of solid info and I had to base most of what I wrote from various waifu and anime communities on and offline. As anime becomes more mainstream, I can see the concept and idea of waifuism also becoming more of a thing for better or worse (probably worse, lol). If you’re someone who thinks that having a waifu isn’t your thing, that’s perfectly okay as well. After all, whether or not anime fans, weebs and otaku have a waifu or not doesn’t change the fact we all like anime. And at the end of the day, we can at least find fellowship in that.

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美人: Starchaser’s 10 Beautiful Anime Women

Howdy, and welcome to the 2-D world of attraction. These women aren’t real so you’ll never be able to speak to them or see them walking down the street. Even so, female anime characters attract a multitude of fans. A great example would be myself, I dream about them and discuss them like they actually exist. I’m not gonna front and act like this isn’t an important list to me, because it is an important list. I want to get right into it so here is the list of beautiful anime women (according to Starchaser), read it all mayne! *Chris Jericho voice*

 

Senjougahara Hitagi

Is it biased to include my waifu on a list of beautiful anime women? Yeah, most likely, but it’s my list for a reason so deal with it! *Batista voice* I’m not sure if there’s anything new I can say about Waifugahara that I haven’t already said before. I mean, besides my brother, I don’t think there’s anyone else I talk about on this blog quite as much and in such a positive manner. She’s a tsundere, kuudere, yandere, smot, loyal, and grateful, I appreciate that. This sharp-tongued, stapler carrying beauty is multifaceted indeed. There’s a number of reasons she’s my waifu, and I think if I actually was in a relationship with her, it’d be the best one I would ever have. If a woman ever took me out on a date to stargaze knowing how much I love astronomy, I’d have to propose to her right away. Oh and she’s a Fullmetal Alchemist fan, she would be my waifu based on that fact alone.

I just realized this, but her birthday is July 7th which makes her zodiac sign Cancer and its symbol is the crab. Waifugahara’s problem/secret involves her being almost weightless because of the heavy crab and some of a Cancer’s strengths are being loyal, dependable and caring while some weaknesses are self-pity and moody. I may be looking too much into it, but if not they gave this character so much depth. It’s no wonder Senjougahara fascination took the anime world by storm.

 

Medaka Kurokami

One of my most cherished things in life is big-breasted anime women so seeing Medaka on this list shouldn’t be too surprising. But if you ask me, she’s such an underrated character, at least when it comes to waifu discussion. She actually reminds me of one of my favorite characters from my childhood, Pajama Sam. What I mean is just like Sam, she is always willing to help those in need. She is the epitome of an overachiever. She’s the student council president (with a 98% approval rating) who excels academically, is athletically gifted, possess unrivaled charisma, and always sees the best in people.

She’s an anime woman whom I consider to be breathtakingly beautiful and it’s a good thing she has no problem showing off her zaftig body, which is actually one of the main reasons I read the manga. One thing I should mention is Medaka is as physically strong as she is gorgeous. According to the Medaka Box wiki, some of her abilities include: “adaptability, agility, analysis, awareness, attractiveness, balance, calculation, charisma, cognition, combat, competence, coordination, deduction, dexterity, durability, eloquence, endurance, flexibility, instinct, intelligence, intuition, invincibility, leadership, memory, meta-luck, mimicry, perception, persuasion, reasoning, reflexes, regeneration, senses, speed, strength, tactics, vitality, and willpower” all at a superhuman level. And the key words I used were “some of her abilities” ’cause she has so much more.

 

Leone 

I don’t know if “beautiful” would be the adjective I would use to describe Leone. To put it bluntly, Leone is the sexiest anime woman my eyeballs have ever seen. Her beautiful smile is able to fill me with rainbows and sunshine despite my stoic disposition. If it weren’t for a certain purple-haired and stapler carrying Senjougahara, well… haha who knows. But I do know if I was a member of Night Raid I’d do everything to protect her smile (and breasts). Anyway, she’s generally a cheerful and laid-back kind of woman who loves alcohol and can handle it better than I ever could. At first glance, you might just think she’s Ms. Fanservice (and she is), but she’s also Ms. Sexy Badass. Allow me to explain.

Leone grew up in the slums, projects, ghetto or whatever you want to call a place that’s a disadvantaged residential area of a city. She was able to become a member of Night Raid because she beat up some asswipes who were abusing children for fun. Leone loves fighting and what better way to participate in her passion than killing people to make the world a better place? Even though she’s a flirtatious, funny and spunky character, she does care about people more than she’s willing to admit. The safety of her friends and accomplishing her missions came first to her, even if it meant putting her own life at risk.

 

Asuka Tenjoin 

Or Alexis Rhodes if you prefer. I did say she was one of the most attractive heroines in anime, and I still think so. Asuka is the top female duelist at Duel Academia from the Obelisk Blue dormitory. The way she’s portrayed in the anime and manga are a bit different, but in both versions she’s a confident, loyal, humble, brave, kind and beautiful young woman. Unlike her Obelisk dueling peers, she does not look down on others or regards herself as better than most people. Besides her skills in card games, she’s also known for her pulchritude in the school and various male characters have tried dueling and using other shenanigans to win her affection. Because there’s no better way to show a woman you like them than playing a children’s card game.

Asuka’s character also appears in Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc V. It’s pretty cool to see old school characters in the newer series if you ask me. Asuka’s a determined character throughout. In the anime of GX, she wants to find her lost brother and she’s willing to put herself in harm’s way for her friends. She shows just like in real life, you can’t always win. But even when she loses duels, she never lets her losses affect her in a negative way. Instead, she uses them as motivation to become a better duelist and that’s always an admirable trait to have.

 

Mizore Shirayuki

Mizore could also be on anyone’s “bad ass anime characters” list and is my favorite character from Rosario + Vampire. She’s a yuki-onna (it would literally translate to “snow woman”) who is initially portrayed as lonely, shy, depressed and misunderstood. But thanks to the protagonist, the ice queen was able to be defrosted and she opens up to others. She is often seen stalking and hiding in different locations and the reason she’s almost always seen with a lollipop in her mouth is because it helps maintain her body temperature. I’d like to take the time to say I also like her fashion choices, if “swag” was a thing in anime, she would be one of the characters who helped to innovate it.

She and I have something in common, we both had a crush on a teacher. Unlike her though, mine didn’t try to take advantage of me and I didn’t have to put her in block of ice. She’s madly in love with Tsukune (the protagonist) and wants to have his babies, even if she has to force him. There are a number of running gags involving her such as the previously mentioned hiding and stalking and firing ice projectiles at Tsukune and Moka whenever they get too close to each other. In my (correct) opinion, she gets the best characterization in the manga and her story is pretty heartwarming to say the least (no spoilers).

 

Android 18

Will someone explain to me how someone like Krillin who dies as often as Kenny from South Park got to marry a fine ass woman like Android 18? I’m not one of those people who believe in the “league” horseshit and I don’t want to sound jelly, but I guess there’s no accounting for tastes. 18 was originally an antagonist in DBZ and was created for the sole purpose of killing our hero Goku. While I’m sure Vegeta is stronger than her now, at one point she humbled him by breaking his arm when he was a Super Saiyan (seriously, why does Toriyama have a vendetta against Vegeta?). It’s never shown onscreen, but Krillin and 18 eventually get married and have a daughter named Marron. By this time in the series, 18 has obviously grown to be more compassionate and smiles a lot more.

18 is dedicated to her husband and daughter’s happiness and well being and wants nothing but the best for them. One time she wanted to use the Dragon Balls to wish Krillin the perfect present, but after a talk with Bulma she realized she and her daughter are what made Krillin the happiest. It’s nice to see how she originally went from being a calm and confident villain, to a supportive wife and mother who became a member of the Z Fighters. It’s funny how life works out, even in anime!

 

Dirty Pair (Kei & Yuri)

Oops I’m sorry, ladies, I meant to say Lovely Angels. Yeah, two for one I’m a greedy guy and I honestly couldn’t pick between the two since I’m not partial toward either. Dirty Pair is an old school anime and one I think is highly underrated too. I’m glad I bought the DVDs and watched them with my brother while we were dogsitting at my auntie’s house during Christmas vacation. Kei and Yuri are two smokin’ hot women who basically travel the galaxy and kick ass. They’re part of the 3WA, the World Welfare Works Association which is a corporation that helps solve problems around the universe the police can’t or aren’t able to do. The Lovely Angels are more commonly known as Dirty Pair because even though they’re always successful in accomplishing their missions, there is almost a guarantee to be collateral damage along the way.

“It’s not our fault!” is their catchphrase, and even though it’s true no one believes them. Even though Kei and Yuri are pretty different from each other, it’s entertaining to watch their interactions and banter. Kei is the more hot-headed of the two and Yuri is the more feminine. Kei likes manly men (think The Rock) while Yuri likes cultured men (think Prince). One thing they have in common is they are not bad at their job, so if they’re on the case, you know it’ll be solved. The theme I like that they convey is despite being different from each other, they’re still able to be best friends. According to anime, friendship truly is a wonderful thing to have, even back then.

 

Eleonora Viltaria 


Elen
Elen is incredibly sexy. She’s so sexy in fact, there’s a figure of her I plan on getting. In her series, she’s considered one of the most beautiful women in the kingdom and I would have to concur. She’s got gorgeous crimson eyes, a nice rack, shiny hair, pretty smile and thighs out of this world. She’s a Vanadis, they’re powerful female warriors who act as military officers and nobility to keep the kingdom of Zhcted safe from any enemies. Elen’s duty is to make sure the people are safe from harm by any means necessary. On the battlefield she is strong-willed and gallant and due to this she’s respected by not only her peers, but her adversaries as well. Also she owns a friggin’ dragon!

Despite her courageous personality, she has a fear of insects and I can relate when it comes to cockroaches. She gets jealous when it comes to her love interest when she started developing romantic feelings for him. It’s a contrast from her usual mature self. When she’s not in a battle she likes to take a stroll around town, create wind forces to make herself float in the air and she also likes taking hot baths since it’s shown a number of times in the series.

 

Rias Gremory

It’s kind of funny to think about, but Rias Gremory and Mio Akiyama share the same voice actress or seiyuu if you want to be all pedantic. Anyway, Rias is the main female protagonist of High School DxD and is actually a devil. She’s not portrayed as evil since Rias is kind and deeply cares about those who are close to her. Just like me, she has an affinity for sleeping naked. A little off topic, but if you’re not sleeping naked you really should, there are benefits to doing so. She can be overprotective of her boyfriend and used to get jealous when other women would flirt with him.

Being a devil, Rias is quite powerful. She has the ability to fly and cast magical spells, superhuman strength, endurance, enhanced senses, can see easily in the dark, and according to Rias herself, she can’t get a sunburn. One of her better known attacks is called Extinguished Star which is her one-hit killed technique. One silly technique she has is projecting beams from her breasts to recharge her boyfriend’s energy, but this causes her breasts to temporarily shrink in size. She’s one devil I wouldn’t mind making a deal with (I hope the deal would involve a lot of sex).

 

Mikasa Ackerman 

Attack on Titan is quite the exhilarating anime and Mikasa is one of the reasons. From an early age, she was exposed to some of the harsh realities of the world when criminals broke into her house and killed her parents and then tried to sell her into slavery. Despite her traumatic upbringing with the murder of her parents, Mikasa is one of the most well rounded characters when it comes to intelligence and fighting. Her outlook on life is somewhat similar to my own, this world we live in is so broken and yet it’s also so beautiful. Mikasa is physically fit and muscular, some anime women have boobs of steel while Mikasa has abs of steel. Not the complacent type, she’s constantly training to better herself and will do anything to protect her friends and comrades.

She’s very protective of her adoptive brother Eren whom she grew up with after the killing of her parents. She can be seen as the more rational and level-headed of the two. While Eren relies more on raw emotion, Mikasa can be seen as more calculating when making decisions. She’s usually seen as stoic and impassive, but there are times when she shows emotion, mostly when it involves Eren. The sole reason she enlisted in the military was to keep an eye on Eren, she’s quite the loyal one and her bond with him is one of her defining traits.

 

And that’s my list. Did I miss any of your waifus, reader? I probably did, but if so, you can always comment and let me know which anime women you think are beautiful. I just hope this top 10 will give you a glimpse of the many beautiful women anime has to offer. Even though they don’t exist y’know.

What Good Taste in Anime Looks Like

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Take notes otaku and weeaboos, lol. Naw, but seriously, these are all my favorites regarding everything anime related. Looking at this pic, I noticed I have an eclectic taste in anime too. It might seem strange to have something as exhilarating as Fullmetal Alchemist and something as cutesy as K-On!! on the same list. Since I’m a guy, pay no attention to the two shojo manga please. Despite the fact all my favorite anime and manga are so different from each other, the one thing they all have in common is they are/were able to entertain me greatly. That’s all I ask out of anime really. You can ask my brother, I’m someone who appreciates a well-written story, and the fact I love K-On! so much shows  a complex story isn’t a prerequisite to entertain me. I actually want to do a list of all my favorite anime characters so I want to save that for another post so I can get into better detail.

If you can’t tell by the pic, I’m a big fan of Fullmetal Alchemist. It is what got me into anime/manga after all. Because of that, I will forever be grateful to Hiromu Arakawa.