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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!

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Theresonlyoneon Aug. 25, 2010 at 1:28 p.m.
Damn you Tom you picked all my favourites although i'd add C.C. and Lelouch as well.
peinon Aug. 25, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.
TETSUO!  and akira
Shibumion Aug. 25, 2010 at 3 p.m.

 The King of Hearts
 The King of Hearts
 
 
 Rerouch
 Rerouch

 Ryu stil jumping onto white base
 Ryu stil jumping onto white base

 Shikamaru
 Shikamaru

 and the man who invented Guitar Hero, Nekki Basara
 and the man who invented Guitar Hero, Nekki Basara
ichireion Aug. 25, 2010 at 3:41 p.m.
My favorite character? Sir Crocodile from One Piece, don't ask why, I don't even know...
BloodRavenon Aug. 25, 2010 at 3:45 p.m.
I have to say this is a hard one for me cuz i love so meny. But when is come down to it's not just one it has to be all the female characters from Hayao Miyazaki. For me these female character are like the disney princess and had made a real impact in my life. So mush so i have started a full back tattoo collage to these characters. I'm starting with Nausicaa. Maybe i will post a pic when she is dune.(This pic is not the one getting)
godeateron Aug. 25, 2010 at 4:09 p.m.

Hero's

 Edward Elric

     

Kira Yamato   

    

Goku  

  yusuke 

    

Villains

 Father 

    

Vegeta 

 

Wrath 

    

Char Aznable 

Shibumion Aug. 25, 2010 at 4:45 p.m.
People actually like Kira 'Jesus' Yamatto? 
Oy Vay.
godeateron Aug. 25, 2010 at 4:51 p.m.
@Shibumi: kira is awesome lol
Satorison Aug. 25, 2010 at 4:52 p.m.

    
Jinbeifan1on Aug. 25, 2010 at 5:02 p.m.

Luffy frome One Piece 
 Zoro  
Jinbei 
Natsu from Fairy Tail 
Chad from Bleach 
Kirby from Kirby of the Stars
HeeroYuyon Aug. 25, 2010 at 9:36 p.m.
@Shibumi: Yeahhh.... I still don't know why on earth people like Kira either...
 
I mean, at least Athrun wasn't a wuss till GSD, and Dearka was the coolest guy of the show... granted, there's no way in heck any of them would make my list.
hitsusatsu11on Aug. 25, 2010 at 9:43 p.m.
Personally I like: 
Goku 
Vegeta 
Zechs Marquise 
Rei Ayanami 
Heero Yui 
Tenshinhan 
Byakuya Kuchiki
Chairninjaon Aug. 25, 2010 at 10:44 p.m.
Naota 'Takkun' Nandaba (FLCL), Revy (Black Lagoon) and Tsukasa Hiiragi (Lucky Star) for personal favorites 
Kurohigeon Aug. 26, 2010 at 1:55 a.m.

Blackbeard from One Piece, obviously.
Shikion Aug. 26, 2010 at 7:52 a.m.

My most favs are Goku (DBZ), Ryuk (Death Note), and last and mostly Train Heartnet (Black Cat)
Kayakon Aug. 26, 2010 at 8:10 a.m.
Red Haired Pirate Crew
Mezmeroon Aug. 26, 2010 at 9:40 a.m.
I probably relate to Gin from Gintama the most.  At my age I really have to take it easy on the sweets.  I also enjoy a good badass. Too many to sum up in a mere comment but I can think of a few.  In no particular order:
Sakaragi (Slam Dunk)
Ikki (Saint Seiya)
Takamura (Hajime no Ippo)
Alexander Anderson (Hellsing)
Oscar (Rose of Versailles)
Guts (Berserk)
Don Krieg (One Piece)
Kenshiro (Fist of the North Star)
deyanneon Aug. 26, 2010 at 2:52 p.m.
Kenshin Himura from Rurouni Kenshin - bad ass swordfighter who always sticks to his principles.  also the series that got me into manga and anime so fond memories
Shikamaru from Naruto - how can you not love this guy
Goku from Dragonball Z - just the nicest guy ever (don't hurt his friends though) gotta love him, although he can be a bit too naive.
Shanks  from One Piece - we have not really seen that much of him but what we have seen is awesome and the guy just has something to him.
BobCaton Aug. 26, 2010 at 6:16 p.m.
Shinobu Maehara ftw :)
EganTheVile1on Aug. 26, 2010 at 6:56 p.m.
I'd have to say Light, Ichigo, Vash the Stampede, Piccolo, Voltron,  Little Slugger, Gaara, and Spike Spiegel

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