So some of you might have noticed I'm a Japanese major. I fell in love with learning languages when I first took French in middle school and then German in high school. I decided to pursue Japanese because I wanted to learn an Asian language and it seemed the easiest to pronounce. I also love the culture, including anime, which I watch quite a bit (my way of studying for class). In the future, I plan on featuring an anime review once I've completed a show. I'm not sure if anyone would be interested in reading them, but I think they would be fun to write.
Here, in no particular order, is a list of my top ten male anime characters. This was hard to make because there are a ton of characters that I adore. And, yes, I am a complete geek for doing this. d(≧▽≦)b
Kurosaki Ichigo (黒崎一護) from Bleach (ブリーチ)
I have a special loyalty to Bleach. It was the first Japanese anime I ever watched, and is really what got me hooked.
Why he's awesome: First of all, he's a substitute shinigami (god of death) with a kick-ass sword. He's super determined. Even when he has, like, a billion swords sticking out of him, he won't back down. He goes out of his way to protect everyone. Even his enemies. He's noble, courageous, and super strong. And his Hollow powers are wicked cool!
Uzumaki Naruto (うずまきナルト）from Naruto (ナルト）
Why he's awesome: He's a teenage shinobi with a nine-tailed fox inside of him. The fox gives him an incredible amount of power that he has to control lest it destroy him. Naruto isn't the smartest, but he's the bravest. Like Ichigo, he'll never give up. He's also a goofball, and he messes up a lot, but that just makes him more lovable.
L (エル）from Death Note (デスノート）
Why he's awesome: L is pretty quirky. From the way he talks, to the way he sits or holds a phone, his character is distinct. He's also a genius and is the only person who can thwart the bad guy, Kira. And he shares my obsession with candy. Spoiler Alert: When they killed him off, I literally balled my face off.. And I never cry! Also, the show kinda sucked afterward...
Death the Kid (デス・ザ・キッド）from Soul Eater (ソウルイーター）
Why he's awesome: He has major OCD. Everything must be symmetrical and he will correct anything that isn't (except his hair apparently). A rampaging monster could be chasing after him and his main concern is whether everything is symmetrical. He's also the son of the Grim Reaper, gets around on a skateboard, and his weapons of choice are two guns, which he shoots upside down using his pinkies. Subarashii!
Ootori Kyouya (鳳鏡夜) from Ouran High School Host Club （桜蘭高校ホスト部)
Not. To. Be. Messed. With.
Why he's awesome: He's cold, calculating, knowledgeable, and scheming. A lot of the time he comes off as a bad guy, but he's really not. He's basically the one who runs the host club and gives the main character a lot of crap. There's one scene that really made him stand out. If you're a fan of the show and a girl, you might know what I'm talking about. He's also played by Daito Shunsuke in the live action version:
Hei (黒）from Darker than Black (黒の契約者)
Why he's awesome: He has a double persona. When he acts like a civilian, he's goes by the name of Lee and pretends to be a friendly Chinese exchange student. When he is doing his job as a contractor (basically an assassin), he's cold and rational. Despite that, he can still express compassion and sorrow from time to time. Though I like him better when he's cold-hearted.
Aang from The Last Airbender
So The Last Airbender is an American cartoon rather than a Japanese anime. But it happens to be my most favoritest show ever, so I decided to include it. At any rate, the style of the cartoon is reminiscent of Japanese anime.
Why he's awesome: Just look at him. 'Nuff said.
Zero Kiryu (錐生 零) from Vampire Knight (ヴァンパイア騎士)
Sebastian Michaelis セバスチャン ミカエリス from Kuroshitsuji （黒執事）
Why he's awesome: He's a sexy demon butler who kills people with silverware. Epic.
Ulquiorra Schiffer (ウルキオラ・シファー) from Bleach（ブリーチ）
Why he's awesome: Not gonna lie, out of all of the characters, Ulquiorra is by far my favorite. He's so callous, I love him! He is sort of the inspiration of the half-elf assassin in my novel (hopefully I'll be able to introduce you to him later this week). What's also cool is that his rank is number four. In Japanese, the number four is kind of like the number thirteen. It's kind of seen as unlucky. It has two pronunciations. One is yon. The other is shi, which also means "death."
|He's so sexy!|
Any fellow anime geeks out there? Do you have a favorite character?