Anime Vice News

Almost Otaku: Who're YOUR Favorite Characters?

I can't believe nobody's asked this before.

  You got to love a guy who fidgets this much.
 You got to love a guy who fidgets this much.

Today’s question is such a fundamental one, I’m shocked that it’s never come up before. Kudos to AgentJ for cutting to the quick!

AgentJ: What characters in particular have you either enjoyed unfolding or related to the most?  

Big surprise - - the first one the pops into my mind is L. There’s the obvious stuff about him being brilliant and always five steps ahead of everybody else… but what I enjoyed the most about him is that he's depicted as he really would be rather than like any of the throngs of charming, dashing master detectives in fiction have been.  

  You see these eyes? These eyes are unclouded by hate. 
 You see these eyes? These eyes are unclouded by hate. 

L’s socially awkward, he's awfully pedantic,  willfully disregards rules of dining, dress and etituqe and his relationship to regular people verges on Asperger’s.  Even comic relief moments like his brief bout of puppy dog infatuation with Misa and his random instances of pop culture knowledge subtly hint that this is a lonely young man who can’t really function outside of his work, grandiose though it may be. He's one of those rare characters where you’d really almost want to see an interview with him, just to hear his take on the world.  

  Just don't ask her about Daddy.
 Just don't ask her about Daddy.

Digging a little deeper, I’d also include Ashitaka from PRINCESS MONONOKE. He’s a leading man who you experience the plot through, yeah, but he’s got an unique, virtuous innocence. His philosophy’s almost akin to a shaolin monk’s in that he isn't ignorant of moral temptations, he’s just immune to them. He uses violence, and he’s an adept killer, simply because he knows that’s the way of the world. He’s at peace with it, but he never relishes in it. His romance with San’s really puts this into focus.  She’s just as baffled as you are about this man being free of corruption, even as his flesh is being corrupted by that disease. 

And I’d have to include Misato. Sure, I haven’t crushed on a toon like her since Jessica Rabbit - - that's a big reason - - but I also loved how she was so many charming, yet so screwed up. She's as emotionally vulnerable and complicated as she is hard-minded and deadly. Plus, she looked good in a red leather jacket and beret!

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here.

keoskeyon Aug. 24, 2010 at 11:24 p.m.
L is so awsome .. have to say it FIRST!!
sotyfan16on Aug. 24, 2010 at 11:31 p.m.

Misato only looks good naked. I have to agree that she is much like a real woman in the way of emotions and manner. L is quite the character as he is entertaining in not so much the comedic but in the psychological.

SamJazon Aug. 25, 2010 at 12:02 a.m.
I personally like Shinji. He reminds me of myself when I was fourteen, only saner.
Yeah. That was when my aspergers was acting up so I was like a mix of Shinji, L, and Asuka.
"Look at me! Don't hate me! I can put my foot in my mouth both literally and figuratively! Why did you just push me over?"
 
Seriously, if I ever get the chance to meet my younger self, I will punch myself in the face. I wish my younger self was a bit more like Shinj Ikari.
 

 
Count_Zeroon Aug. 25, 2010 at 12:37 a.m.
For me, even though if you really think about it, he's not really that deep of a character, I like Captain Harlock. The character has the never-say-die attitude of a Kamina character, but rather then demonstrating it through hot-blooded posturing, he demonstrates it through a calm, reserved demeanor. That, and he's got that whole Captain Nemo In Space! thing going on.
hitsusatsu11on Aug. 25, 2010 at 12:58 a.m.
Misato is a great character in NGE, on of my favorites behind Rei and Asuka. 
L is cool but I always preferred Light and even Ryuk 
sickVisionz moderator on Aug. 25, 2010 at 5:42 a.m.
I don't really relate to them but I always enjoy anytime these people are on screen: 
 
Gendo from Evangelion, Aizen from Bleach (anime), Oroachimaru from Naruto, Dante from FullMetal Alchemist, Light from Death Note, Makoto and Sekai from School Days.
rubberluffyon Aug. 25, 2010 at 6:14 a.m.

 I liked L, but I really don't like Death Note.
 
But for my favorite characters, not for how deep they are, but for entertainment/enjoyment:
Justy Ueki Tylor (Irresponsible Captain Tylor)
Kenshin Himura (Rurouni Kenshin)
most of the Genshiken cast
Ranma (Ranma 1/2)
Nozomu Itoshiki (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei)
Negishi/Krauser (Detroit Metal City)
Gintoki (Gintama)
Ling Yao (FMA)
 
I'm probably forgetting a lot, but I'm sick and my head is fuzzy.
YotaruVegetaon Aug. 25, 2010 at 7:08 a.m.
Um Vegeta? Just kidding, folks. But really, I do love him a lot.
 
I love all the characters from Cowboy Bebop, but especially Spike and Ed.
 
I want to see more female characters like Casca from Berserk. Well, not Casca at the end of the Berserk anime ;)  

Speaking of female characters, I love Revy from Black Lagoon. You'd be a fool not to. 
 
For more recent anime, I really liked Kamina from Gurren Lagann. He's obviously a nod to the overexuberant mecha heroes, but he also had a style all his own I appreciated.
ninjadude853on Aug. 25, 2010 at 7:33 a.m.
i have a bunch of favorite characters, and while i like some more than others, it really depends on my mood, there is no overall favorite character for me
sora_thekey moderator on Aug. 25, 2010 at 8:15 a.m.
I haven't watched any of the series you are talking about Tom... so I wouldn't know who those characters are, but as far as my favorite characters go:
Krison Aug. 25, 2010 at 8:55 a.m.
This is a weird choice, because she's barely in the show at all (physically, anyway), but I've always loved Julia from Cowboy Bebop. 
She's the driving force of so much that goes on in the show, but she remains a total mystery until the last two episodes.  Well, even then she's still mostly a mystery.  We don't know much about her.  Then again, we don't really know that much about Spike, either, even though he's the main character.  There's just something captivating about her, and I love that beautiful, lonely, sad expression she's always wearing.  
metalsnakezeroon Aug. 25, 2010 at 8:58 a.m.
Usually my favorite characters are ones that are interesting, likable, complex, and funny individuals.
For a full list look on my Animevice profile or on my Myanimelist profile
Knucklesthegreaton Aug. 25, 2010 at 10:10 a.m.

i'd say off the top of my head.. 
Kizaru, akainu (until he killed ace anyway...), whitebeard, Broli, Gogeta, Don patch(when super and in japanese only.) Bo-bobo, Kinnikuman, Warsman, neptuneman, akuma shogun, super phoenix, kittan, guy,luffyjinbei,kuma, Goku, ryoma, Ramenman, buffaloman, kenshiro, raoh, Over, and..... Vegeta~! 
The only character i don't like A lot...is probably Blackbeard... 
However this is only my opinion. Free country here, ya know? 
-G.
Zanthoxon Aug. 25, 2010 at 10:14 a.m.
L, Vash the stampede, and Osaka take the cake.
CapeBarneson Aug. 25, 2010 at 10:21 a.m.
Current favorites: 
 
Geist (MD Geist)
Priss Asagiri (BGC oavs) 
Yoko (Gurren Lagann) 
Roger Smith (Big O) 
Saki (Steel Angel Kurumi) 
Adam Blade (Needless) 
 
Too tired to give reasons right now.
Tommy_Xon Aug. 25, 2010 at 12:28 p.m.

Mine are Gohan (DBZ), Kei Kurono (Gantz), Kira Yamato (Gundam Seed) and Light Yagami (Death Note). I also like Shinji and Misato.
Superevil225on Aug. 25, 2010 at 12:42 p.m.
Claire Stanfield from Baccano! FTW!!!!!!!
gla55jAwon Aug. 25, 2010 at 12:55 p.m.
Brandon Heat , not Beyond The Grave. I really like seeing him change throughout the years of the show, but I don't like his character design for Beyond The Grave.
Spike Spiegel - he's just a great character
Aoshi Shinomori - He's so bad ass and goes from enemy to friend.
Kenshin Himura - Although a great character, he's much more interesting in trust and betrayal
Yamcha - when he is still relevant, I've always liked him for some reason.
Just to throw a few more out there Wolfwood from Trigun, Rock Lee from Naruto, Ichigo and Kenpachi from Bleach and I can't forget Goku, he's too loveable.
Brenderouson Aug. 25, 2010 at 1:07 p.m.
I don't get why everyone likes L so much.

Dig Deeper into Death Note

A shounen franchise of enormous popularity, Death Note started with Tsugumi Ohba's manga, illustrated by the popular artist Takeshi Obata. The series is essentially an extended police chase thriller, but with added twists, including the existence of Shinigami (death gods) who can control the death of humans.

Edit/View the Wiki
Hit the Forums (69 Posts)
Add/View Images (273 Images)
Watch Some Videos (5 Videos)
Pokemon Black and White Looks Delicious in Motion

First video of a Pokemon battle in Black and White.

Comment & Win: One Piece Vol. 52, 53

Time for a giveaway folks! Now, act civil, we don't want anyone to get hurt in the mad rush to win.

Beginner's Guide to FLCL

Gainax's madcap, surrealist anime, broken down for new viewers.

Ballz Deep

Steve gets intimately close to Dragon Ball Z, for science!

Top 3 Awful Anime Dubs

Grit your teeth and get your ear plugs ready cause this week we're taking on the three most amazingly bad dubs of all time!

When JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Gets Really Gross...

STARDUST CRUSADERS #15 -- Watch & Learn. Squatters, am I right?

RWBY Volume 2 #1 -- Special Review

Punk rock. Right here. Step up to it.

DRAGON BALL's Embarrassing Early Days?

#12 -- Retro Review. The monkey's even scarier!

Who Do You Hate the Most in JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE?

STARDUST CRUSADERS #16 -- Watch & Learn. Bad guys! Bad guys!

BLUE SPRING RIDE #1 -- Special Review

She's really getting all bent up over this guy?

VIDEO: A FUNimation-Approved Live-Action DRAGON BALL Z

Could this be... better than BATTLE OF GODS?

Summer 2014 Anime Report -- SWORD ART ONLINE II + TOKYO ESP + RAIL WARS + YAMISHIBAI

THE VICE PIT. Where did these new shows land on the Rock or Suck Scale?

Community Spotlight 7/27/2014

July is nearly behind us, and these super users are looking ahead to the Summer releases.

When JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Gets Really Gross...

STARDUST CRUSADERS #15 -- Watch & Learn. Squatters, am I right?

RWBY Volume 2 #1 -- Special Review

Punk rock. Right here. Step up to it.

Who Do You Hate the Most in JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE?

STARDUST CRUSADERS #16 -- Watch & Learn. Bad guys! Bad guys!

NARUTO Ch. 686 Review

Things start to get heavy, but they just wind up falling flat.

TERROR IN RESONANCE #1 -- Special Review

It's slow, yet it feels... rushed?

BLEACH Ch. 590 Review

Dead Girl, Dead Girl. Dead Girl, Dead Girl....SUPERSTAR!!

DRAGON BALL's Embarrassing Early Days?

#12 -- Retro Review. The monkey's even scarier!

Summer 2014 Anime Report -- SWORD ART ONLINE II + TOKYO ESP + RAIL WARS + YAMISHIBAI

THE VICE PIT. Where did these new shows land on the Rock or Suck Scale?

Mandatory Network

Submissions can take several hours to be approved.

Save ChangesCancel