My Top 100 Characters… wait, make that 30: 26 – 30Posted: November 1, 2009
Usually, people would put up an ambiguous picture as their header for this sort of list post. But hey, I’m not usual, and you already know who #1 is going to be.
This was a totally original idea. I did not take this idea from any other blog.
30. Isaac Dian and Miria Harvent (Baccano!)
It looks like I’m cheating from the get-go, but oh well. It’s hard to talk about one of these two without mentioning the other. Everything about them – from their actions to their synchronized speech – exudes the same energy that you won’t find anywhere else.
There really isn’t a couple as eccentric as this pair. In essence, Baccano starts and ends with these two. They keep the light-hearted plot light-hearted, which, given the plot (immortal mafia members killing people in gruesome fashion), is one huge accomplishment. We see them in every other scene as some well placed and honestly funny comic relief. Let me say that again: “honestly funny comic relief.” In fact, these two are probably my favorite comic relief characters ever. There are losers who try their hand at comic relief and fail hard, and then there’s Isaac and Miria.
29. Leopard (Sora Kake Girl)
Lelouchbot, Leopard, Bakapard, or whatever you call him, is a work of art. I would go so far as to say that I probably wouldn’t’ve watched Soaring Cake Girl had it not been for Leopard.
Everything about him – from his appearance to his childish, stubborn personality – is a complete 180 from the Jun Fukuperouge that we know. Lelouch is a genius. Leopard is a Bakapard obsessed with retrieving his balls. Lelouch became emperor. Leopard is a king who rules over nothing. Lelouch sacrifices for the good of humanity. Leopard… well, he’s just stupid. But hey, he’s lovable.
Thanks to him, I still don’t know how much of Sora Kake Girl was parody and how much was intended to be taken seriously. He broke everybody’s image of Lelouch, and well, everybody (myself included) loved it.
28. Osaka (Azumanga Daioh)
Azumanga Daioh was my first slice-of-life comedy, and I loved it, even if it felt very slow at times. In retrospect, through, the reason I watched that show was because of Osaka.
I recently bought the four volumes of Azumanga Daioh, and I was really surprised at how much appeal Osaka had for me. Every joke without Osaka in it is four panels wasted. It’s almost as if Osaka makes the jokes, and the rest of the characters are just… there. In any case, Osaka has been for me one of the greatest figures of comedy. Who could forget this, anyway?
27. Aiko Andou (true tears)
Everybody likes Noe. That’s a given. Some people like Hiromi. That’s fine. Who the hell would like Aiko? Well, I do.
Maybe it’s the underdog view I have of her. She’s that third female character who we all know is never going to get together with the main character. Heck, she gets flat-out rejected halfway through the show and has to go reconcile with the guy she rejects. You’ve got to feel at least a bit sorry for her, huh?
26. Ayu Tsukimiya (Kanon)
I hate moe used badly. Honestly, I do. Yui was a failure moeblob. Her moe was not moe. Ayu, on the other hand, is a winner moeblob. Her moe is so moe that I liked her moe. Moe is moe moe can moe moe moe, but moe moe? Moe moe moe able to moe moe so moe.