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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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AgentJon Aug. 26, 2010 at 8:26 p.m.
Great answers!
 
It's not quite accurate from a ranking standpoint, but I've got a ton of favorite characters, as demonstrated on my Animevice lists.  
 
These days, my favorite has to by Yoichi Hiruma, of Eyeshield fame. IMO he is by far the most interesting character Anime has ever put out. 
   
  
Let me put it this way: He is the leader of the Deimon Devilbats football team, and he regularly kidnaps and blackmails people from around the school to play for the team. He has a book of threats that seemingly holds secrets of every person in the world. He brings live ammunition to practice and his players are often under fire. Best of all, he may only play second fiddle to Light and Lelouche when it comes to scheming and trickery.  
 
The devoted father, Maes Hughes is also certainly high on my list. 
N15PCAon Aug. 26, 2010 at 11:06 p.m.
 1. Ryoko from Tenchi Universe. 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
2. Ayeka from Tenchi Muyo. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3.  Alucard from Hellsing.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Kintro from Golden boy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5.  Kitty from silent Mobius. 
 
 
 
   
Leptokon Aug. 27, 2010 at 1:40 a.m.
Jet
AlexSheenon Aug. 27, 2010 at 10:41 a.m.
Sakata Gintoki ( Gintama )
Hei ( Darker than Black )
Kisuke Urahara ( Bleach )
narutogeasson Aug. 27, 2010 at 7:44 p.m.
 some of my fav's (^_^)
gintoki(Gintama)
naruto  (Naruto)
Lelouch (Code geass)
luffy(Onepiece) 
touma (To aru majutsu no index)  
Goku(DBZ) 
Reborn(Hitman reborn)
Allen(Dgaryman)




reinon Aug. 27, 2010 at 7:55 p.m.
Funny, i don't know 90% of the people who posted and i would think that i would know everyone by now..
anyway here's my list
  1. Lucy (elfen lied)
  2. Tenchi (tenchi muyo)
  3. Lambo (hitman reborn)
  4. Kei kurono (Gantz)
  5. Kenpachi Zaraki (bleach)
  6. jiraya (naruto)
  7. ippo (fighting spirit)
  8. Omegamon (digimon)
  9. Gohan (dbz)
  10. Negi springfield (negima)
Bigheart711on Aug. 28, 2010 at 7:06 a.m.
Current Faves (some of 'em)
Rue Kuroha & Fakir of Princess Tutu
Nia of Gurren Lagann (as good and evil)
Nobue Ito Strawberry Marshmallow (I liked her more in the manga for some reason)
Mutsumi Otohime of Love Hina (Even though I wasn't into the series)
Ren Ichimoku of the Hell Girl Franchise
Lucy of Elfen Lied 
Saki of Steel Angel Kurumi
 
Obvious Faves
 L of Death Note
Yuki of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Spike Spiegel of Cowboy Bebop
Konata and Miyuki of Lucky Star
*edited for spelling*
SandaimeHokageon Aug. 28, 2010 at noon
i really like L.. wish he has a series of his own that tells his story before the events of deathnote 
 
my favorite characters  are kenshin himura, Son Gokou, naruto, kira yamato, amuro ray, 
duo maxwell, lockon stratus, reborn, gokudera hayato, doctor tenma and kenichi morisato 
FatesGambleron Aug. 28, 2010 at 2:38 p.m.

L from Dearh Note  
The Laughing Man from Ghost in the Shell  
Shikamaru and Kabuto from from Naruto  
Aizen from Bleach
Alicabobon Aug. 28, 2010 at 6:42 p.m.
Spike Spiegel for President
Danielle07on Aug. 29, 2010 at 6:16 a.m.
I like Kahoko Hino from La Corda D'oro Primo and Secondo Passo.She is a great and talented violinist just like me.Well she is between 7 cute guys actually they are all musicians.She owns a magical violin. I don't see the point of watching violent animes why can't you watch classical ones.
wvanwijngaardenon Aug. 29, 2010 at 3:26 p.m.
Great Teacher Onizuka, hands down

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