This post was an idea given to me by one of my precious followers on Twitter. My friends on Twitter are hilarious and it seems to be our favorite past times to claim different guys (husbands if you will) from an anime we are taking in. So for my followers who do not watch anime… This post may not be for you. And that is fine… but do not misconstrue, we aren’t delusional or anything like that. Every one of us has fictional characters that holds a special place in our hearts… whether you want to admit that or not.
For me, (for most people even though people like to pretend about this.) this concept is not new. I have always taken a liking to a character from a show or book… (and that in the beginning is the whole reason why I start watching the show or reading the book.) Sherlock from the BBC show, John Shelby from Peaky Blinders, Lucas Scott from One Tree Hill, and so on and so forth… It used to entertain me to wonder what life would be like if any one of these characters and I were an item. (I had a lot of time on my hands to daydream… since the guys at my school thought I was an odd duck anyway… or maybe they didn’t and I just had my head in the clouds and wasn’t paying attention. Fun times.
So if you have been reading my blog posts since the beginning, you know that I have been using my time at home to reconnect with things I had once lost interest in. Reading, writing, anime, (more like watching television as a whole.) manga, and sports. I have realized in this quarantine that I really only went to work and came home. So I have not been upset to rekindle my loves.
Alright, now to get down to the topic at hand. I have a lot of anime characters that I like, but some that I wouldn’t mind being my husband if they were real. Maybe my standards are too high… or warped from fictional guys. I love countdowns so here we go…
- Kurosaki Ichigo – Where would I start if not the main character of my favorite anime/manga? Ichigo is stubborn, short-tempered, strong-willed, and impulsive. (Sadly, this is exactly the type of guy I would go for in high school… maybe even now.) Broody is an understatement. (Lucas Scott anyone?) He is genuinely compassionate and empathetic towards others. His drive to protect his friends and family is what really makes me feel warm and fuzzy. Who wouldn’t want to feel protected? When it came to rescuing Rukia from her death sentence, he knew he had to because he was the one that got her into that mess. (More or less.) Does he try to take on more than he should by himself…? Sure. Is that supremely annoying? Sure. But if he was at my high school, I would be following him around like a sad puppy. There is an instance in the show where he is told that a close friend of his (Orihime) is a traitor… which he refuses to believe. He knows who is friends are and know what they will and won’t do. He won’t hear a word against them. I love it. He goes to war for his… what is not to love?
- Vinsmoke Sanji – There is nothing better than a man that is calm, cool, and collected. (or at least tries to be.) Now, unlike Ichigo, Sanji rarely acts impulsively, he always has a plan. (I always love it.) He is more perceptive than he seems and often tells people what they need to hear instead of what they want. Sanji is not afraid to show his emotions when the moment calls for it and is entirely capable of crying or losing his temper, which results in Sanji’s short fuse and subsequent beatings of most villains (and Luffy.) He maintains a realistic outlook on life. This comes from the physical and mental abuse that he endured from his family. (Nothing made me want to hold him more than watching what they did to him as a kid. JERKS.) He has a chivalrous side and doesn’t fight women for any reason… or even lets them be insulted in his presence. (which normally leads to his downside.) He is overly nice to the women on the crew and to contrast not so nice to the men on the crew. He is the cook on the crew… which earns him bonus points. (I like men that can cook.) and as a result, only fights with his legs and feet. It is badass as to watch him take down opponents. So in short, he is intelligent, protective of the women in his presence, and does what he can for his crew, and he can cook. Where is my wedding dress?
- Shiba Tatsuya – Are there really any words for Tatsuya? Not really. He is the main character of The Irregular of Magic School. He is irregular for a lot of reasons… Tatsuya is intelligent and analytical. Would this ever work out for me? No. Because he has no feelings. Too bad for me. He was born without any magical ability apart from decomposition and regrowth. (which can’t be accurately measured.) His family disapproves of his magic and skips over him as the future head of the family. So Tatsuya is left to be his sister’s guardian and bodyguard as she is the future head of the family’s magical organization. His emotions are merely skewed in a certain direction, with one particular aspect becoming especially sensitive. Tatsuya does not possess the ability to feel any strong emotions like fear, despair, envy, hatred, disgust, gluttony, lust, sloth, and love, with the exception of a single individual (his sister) as a result of the magical testing that was he was exposed to at a young age. The high school they attend has a system for those magically inclined… but like any high school, there is a caste system. His sister is ranked high and is popular; Tatsuya is not. As a result…. people believe him to be dumb or incapable. And that is their downfall. (I love a character that is deceptively cunning.) It is later revealed that Tatsuya is “‘half’ of Taurus Silver” who is considered to be an ingenious CAD Engineer. He is in the military and is one badass. It is epic to watch him wipe the smirk off people’s faces and earn the respect that he rightly deserves. He counts on you to underestimate him so he can hand your ass to you.
- Roy Mustang – For his feats that I enjoy… see my post about FMA:B. Maybe I have a thing for flames… Roy Mustang is the Colonel on Full Metal Alchemists and Brotherhood. Roy appears to be, at least on the outside, shallow, self-absorbed, and a womanizer who is infamous among many of his colleagues for the selfish and narcissistic vibe he gives off. He comes off to most as a sort of cocky layabout, shirking most of his duties and delegating his paperwork to subordinates. However, Roy is expertly manipulative and several steps ahead of those around him. He manages to look as though he has no clue what is happening… even though he engineered certain things to happen. (He didn’t kill Maria but he makes it seem as though he did.) It is all apart of his plan. I am starting to see a pattern here. His wholehearted dedication to changing the world for the better makes him a powerful force and is one of the many traits of his that I admire. I couldn’t be his subordinate though… Shout out to Riza Hawkeye. Nothing like a powerful, intelligent character…
- Sakata Gintoki – As my Twitter friend and I say… This man knows how to stress a girl out. He the main character of Gin Tama. Gintoki is extremely lazy. Extremely. He is often seen wearing a dumb expression on his face and spends his days lounging around reading Shounen Jump while imparting wise and sage-like advice to his younger employees, even though he doesn’t actually know what he’s talking about most of the time. However, even though he is lazy, Gintoki is quite dedicated to his job and tries to help people with the best of his abilities (usually in a very strange and twisted way). Despite or due to all of these traits Gintoki possesses an immense amount of charisma and has amassed a quite large group of friends. When it is needed, he is able to impart words of wisdom and can make those around him feel much more alive even with his inappropriate jokes and deadpan statements. This ability has given him very loyal allies, friends, and even former enemies. His powerful swordplay and range of abilities gave him the nickname “Shiroyasha” (“white demon”). He is capable of turning the tide of any battle, being called “The Ace” by Katsura and Takasugi. He defeated strong Amanto and killed many high ranking ones, even those who are in legendary status (like enma and ogre). He’s also strong enough to defeat opponents considered the strongest in their respective classes. However, his biggest weakness is his rage/anger. Despite becoming faster and stronger, he is a berserker whose only goal is to kill his enemy, leading to enemies that are equal or stronger than him to defeat him or hold him off. Badass swordsman that lulls those that don’t know him into a sense of security with his laziness but will take your head off if he needs to… (plus he is hilarious…) Where do I sign up?
- Kaneki Ken – Kaneki needs love in his life guys… he has had a hard time. He is the main character of the Tokyo Ghoul series. Kaneki starts out as a shy boy who spends most of his time reading. He is extremely gentle and appears to be optimistic most of the time. He used to willingly take the blame and punishment for others so that he can be someone who doesn’t hurt people, but rather “the person getting hurt”. (I thought it was a stupid idea.) However, this lack of assertiveness got him bullied and taken advantage of. After being turned to a half-ghoul, he begins he clings to his human side but he does befriend ghouls at the Anteiku coffee shop. After being held captive and undergoing intense torture at the hands of Yamori, Kaneki’s personality changed drastically. He trashed his previous ideology of “being hurt rather than hurting others,” pledging to crush those who dared threaten his place of belonging. He adopted the habit of cracking his knuckles from his torturer, Yamori. Kaneki became ruthless, cruel, and brutal in order to protect his friends. (There really is a pattern here.) Kaneki has been through a lot. I mean he has a hatred for ghouls and then he is made into one… he is captured and tortured… suffers from Marie Antionette Syndrome (It is hard for me to watch)… and then he has a precarious mental state. He needs a hug and I can provide it to him. All he wanted was a damn date… Poor Kaneki.
- Aizawa Shouta – I’m not usually attracted to long hair… but the man bun does it for me. Aizawa is the Pro Hero Eraser Head and the homeroom teacher of Class 1-A in My Hero Academia. He has this ‘I just rolled out of bed’ look about him. He has a very stern approach and has high expectations for his students. He doesn’t filter his words or ideas for anyone. What you see is what you get… mostly… As a teacher of high expectations, Shota is known to expel students who he feels are not suited for U.A. High, although he has not expelled any students from Class 1-A yet despite being well-known for doing so. He can be rigid and strict when necessary, and also has little tolerance for disobedient behavior. Shota is not afraid of putting his students through rigorous training and often pushes the more unpleasant parts of Heroism so that his students can overcome their limits. (Something about shaping young minds… and being a positive role model…) Despite his apathetic traits, Shota genuinely cares about his students and will go to great lengths to protect them as he saved Tsuyu from Shigaraki, in spite of his grievous injuries. (Check out my post on MHA…) He has also expressed belief in his students on multiple occasions and is confident that even the likes of Bakugo would not be swayed by Villains. Recovery Girl even implied that he allowed himself to be captured by Momo during her End of Term Test in order to boost her confidence. Teacher, cares about his students and their well being and he is fighting badass… Yep, I am good.
- Joichiro Saiba – Did you guys know that there is an anime that combines my love of the Food Network… and battle shonen…? Food Wars… well Joichiro is the father of the Food Wars main character, Soma. Like his son, Jōichirō is laid back but professional and has a serious side that emerges whenever he is cooking. His skills are world-famous. Back in his student days, Jōichirō was very charismatic, earning many admirers and the respect of his peers. As the sole parental figure in Sōma’s life, he is a mentor, teacher, and rival to his son, though he never pushed Sōma to become a chef, allowing Sōma to develop that interest on his own. Jōichirō is, if anything, very supportive of his son. (I love a caring, supportive dad… Isshin Kurosaki anyone? Long hair again.)
- Mugen – He is one of the protagonists of Samurai Champloo. Both Mugen and Jin accompany Fuu in her search for “the samurai who smells of sunflowers.” There are many words to describe Mugen… He is the antihero. He is rude, lewd, vulgar, conceited, temperamental, and unhinged. He is fond of fighting and has a tendency to pick fights for petty reasons. Mugen is extremely competitive and will take on any and all challengers. On top of his consistent rivalry with Jin, he is prone to gambling and taking on fights with anyone else he deems strong enough. He is also a sore loser and will go to great lengths to redeem himself from a defeat. Mugen absolutely despises authority of any kind. His anarchic behavior stems from his childhood growing up in the lawless and often violent Ryukyu Islands. Mugen states he would rather die fighting than be on his knees pleading for mercy. Mugen’s highly unorthodox swordplay and a fighting style based on breakdancing. Something he developed on his own… taking bits and pieces from all forms of martial arts and making up the rest on-the-go as he fights his opponents, make him generally unpredictable in a fight and a force to be reckoned with. What I enjoyed was the way that he helped Jin and Fuu when they needed it… despite being a VAGRANT. Would that really work out for me? Probably not. But I can wish right?
- Himura Kenshin – The main character of Rurouni Kenshin. What I enjoy most is the plethora of people that wanted to push the pacifist to his old ways… (Why do this…? The was an assassin for the government.) Kenshin is soft-spoken, serene and humble, always willing to put others before himself, both in terms of well-being and social standing. Kenshin doesn’t hesitate to put himself in the path of harm to shield those around him and often attempts to diffuse contentious situations with soft, calming words and a somewhat clownish personality involving feigned clumsiness. (I know, I know… another unassuming badass. I have a type apparently.) These traits lead those unfamiliar with Kenshin to view him as ineffectual or easily exploitable. But when his strength as a rurouni is insufficient to defend against a particularly threatening foe, or when the most depraved and horrendous acts of evil push him and his patience to his moral limits, Kenshin’s restraint falters and his personality reverts to that of his days as the Hitokiri Battōsai. He immediately abandons his serene humility and Kenshin’s normally warm nature becomes cold and distant, allowing him to contemplate taking the life of his opponent and even make vicious, bloodthirsty threats. Into battle, Kenshin’s combat prowess and capabilities are greatly increased as his inhibitions are loosened from his moral considerations, but this in turn also spurs him to access more pragmatic, ruthless, and even vicious tactics, including unrestrained and maiming blows at his greatest might without discrimination.
- Yato – One of the main characters in Noragami. An obscure god who considers himself a God of Fortune / Happiness and War, he has been labeled a God of Calamity and Depression in the past. Yato’s dream is to become a famous god, whom everyone worships. Yato can be mischievous, crude, and unpredictable in his behavior. As his existence would end if he were to be forgotten, he has developed Athazagoraphobia. Despite his aloof and often idiotic personality, Yato can be quite wise and very serious when the situation requires it. He has a very low tolerance for weak-spirited people, having little motivation to help those wanting to commit suicide. This is mostly due-in-part because Shinki hasn’t had the chance to experience a full life; oftentimes dying in unfortunate accidents or at the hands of another. Yato is also rather mysterious; He refused to tell his true name and past even to his closest friends, fearing they would hate him; especially given he’s a god easily forgotten humans. That and abandonment issues caused by his dubbing, “God of Calamity.” In the past, Yato’s nature was extremely ruthless and cruel, however, his personality seems to have altered to a more optimistic standard. He became more reluctant to murder, regretting being involved in killing jobs tasked by his father and wants to cut himself off from killing people in the present. Though, he seems less reluctant when dealing with murderous and “sinful” people, deeming it a necessary evil. Still, Yato can be a cruel and merciless person, showing great loyalty towards those he loves and cares for. He was angered when Hiyori was kidnapped… and was going to slip back into murder mode for those he cared about. So here is my last character that goes to bat for those he cares about… much like Gintoki… he seems aloof and not caring but will burn everything down for his people. He just needs love guys… a hug… a loving relationship.
In the end, these are the characters that warm my heart and keep my attention while they are on screen. In a lot of cases, they are the reason I stuck with the show… (not saying the storylines are bad or anything.) Is there a pattern I see emerging… MAYBE… lol.. But could a relationship really work out with me and these characters… well I can hope. That is all for now.