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Tom's Favorite Anime Characters Ever - - Part Two

Who else is coming to this demented dinner party?


 I'll give you a hint... at least one of them's peeking out of this mob.
 I'll give you a hint... at least one of them's peeking out of this mob.

This party's guest list has only just started filling up. I named the first batch of my all-time favorite anime characters, forever and ever, just recently, and today we’re going to keep the parade rolling with another batch of old friends. Would you want these people at your dinner table, too? Tell me why or why not.

      "This is what hatred looks like!"
      "This is what hatred looks like!"

Prince Ashitaka from PRINCESS MONONOKE  

Saintly journeyman can be more boring than a bag a sand as leading men. Ashitaka, however, has such simplicity of heart that you really do believe his basest motivation it to do right in all circumstances without wanting to roll your eyes. That he maintains such innocence, without ever succumbing to bitterness, even when an unnatural disease spreads through his body makes him all the more noble a man. He truly is an impartial outsider who approaches the complex moral quagmire in Iron Town without a bit of prejudice - - without eyes clouded by hate, as it were. Yet he's not some doormat for all the cynics of feudeal Japan to walk on. He's quite dangerous when necessary - - only when necessary - - and when the demonic influence forces him to defend himself with excessive force, the betrayal of character hits closer than any number of other story lines where some evil black ooze perverts a hero.

 "This is a treasure for all of mankind! It wouldn&squot;t fit in my pocket, anyway..."
 "This is a treasure for all of mankind! It wouldn't fit in my pocket, anyway..."

Arsène Lupin III from CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO (among many things)  

As a kid, I could never get into crime fiction because I had something of a silly moralistic hang-up. I just couldn’t ever root for the bad guys - - even the especially charming ones. Lupin III was the first “gentleman thief” whose charms finally worked on me (though I suppose a lot of that had to do with the Duke in this movie being such a jerk. The lesser of two evils and what not.) To this day, whenever adventurous physical comedy's brought up, this guy comes immediately to mind along with the venerable likes of Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Chan and Buster Keaton.  Even if you dropped the surrounding plots into the dumpster, it’s endlessly diverting to simply see this guy move. And I appreciate how he doesn't have especially extreme personality, either. Yeah, he's a master thief, but he has no grand agenda nor even a memorable catchphrase to dress matters up too much. He's just a fun, capable charming dude you could chill with after an especially wacky heist.

 "We&squot;ll do the grown up stuff when you get back."
 "We'll do the grown up stuff when you get back."

Misato Katsuragi from NEON GENESIS EVANGELION  

I’ll confess to any charges of favoritism in this because Misato’s probably my biggest cartoon crush outside of maybe Jessica Rabbit. True three dimensionality is tough to capture in fiction without faking it, so I dig whole all the pieces of this lady's puzzle (OK, that sounds a little dirty) are rendered with equal levels of credibility. She can kick ass and rise to the occasion when the heat’s on and the world's ending, but she’s certainly got heartache and vulnerabilities that manifest in behavior that’s realer than any amount of dark poetry could try to convey. She's supremely cable in a war room, yet utterly disorganized in her home life. She's a pillar of stability to keep the wildly moody EVA pilots on track, yet she's got enough relationship hang-ups to keep a shrink busy for a solid year. The contradictions are just stacked so high! Rei and Asuka might be the flashier choices from the series, but I'll always prefer this lady and the chic, red officer's uniform she wears so well. 

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here  &   here .  Follow him on Twitter:  @tompinchuk

Lurkeroon April 14, 2011 at 5:52 p.m.
I found it hard to like any of the characters in Evangelion. Lupin I like though. No strong opinion on Ashitaka either way.
T0mnomnomon April 14, 2011 at 6:04 p.m.
I think I mostly agree! :) Though I love Makoto from The Girl Who Leapt Through time, and Haruhi from Ouran too. The're quirky!
AgentJon April 14, 2011 at 6:05 p.m.
I forget, did you see End of Evangelion? It brings a new twist to the Misato character. 
FoxxFireArt moderator on April 14, 2011 at 6:52 p.m.
Yeah, I do love me some Misato. That's one of the reasons why I so thoroughly filled out her Anime Vice profiles not too long ago. Writing the Character Evolution section reminded me of being back in Psych Class. I'd like to fill her her profile in full, but I shockingly don't have the DVDs. There have been sooo many box sets that it makes it hard to know which to get. There's the Perfect, Platinum, Director's Cut.

I was so pleased that Evangelion 2.0 had some more naked Misato. I'd prefer seeing more of her naked than the underage girls. Interesting that they haven't revealed her scar in the rebuilds.
Damn, that kiss was wasted on that brat in End of Evangelion.

I was among the many Jessica Rabbit lovers. That cartoon character jump started a lot of young boys into puberty. Ever heard that rumor about the shot that supposedly shows she's not wearing panties? If given the choice, I'd pick Misato over Jessica.

@AgentJ:
Yes, he saw it. He even references her lines in that picture.
AgentJon April 14, 2011 at 7 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt said:
" Yeah, I do love me some Misato. That's one of the reasons why I so thoroughly filled out her Anime Vice profiles not too long ago. Writing the Character Evolution section reminded me of being back in Psych Class. I'd like to fill her her profile in full, but I shockingly don't have the DVDs. There have been sooo many box sets that it makes it hard to know which to get. There's the Perfect, Platinum, Director's Cut.

I was so pleased that Evangelion 2.0 had some more naked Misato. I'd prefer seeing more of her naked than the underage girls. Interesting that they haven't revealed her scar in the rebuilds.
Damn, that kiss was wasted on that brat in End of Evangelion.

I was among the many Jessica Rabbit lovers. That cartoon character jump started a lot of young boys into puberty. Ever heard that rumor about the shot that supposedly shows she's not wearing panties? If given the choice, I'd pick Misato over Jessica.

@AgentJ: Yes, he saw it. He even references her lines in that picture. "
Never mind then :P

By the way, if Viz keeps on canceling series like they are now (Gintama is toast), I might end up disliking them as much as you do. Thankfully they have kept chugging with my precious Eyeshield 21, so they have yet to incur my wrath.
WarlordPayneon April 15, 2011 at 12:07 a.m.
I totally agree with Ashitaka.  It's so rare to find a character that is so good at heart, but is still willing to fight and kill when the need arises.
FoxxFireArt moderator on April 15, 2011 at 3:33 a.m.
@AgentJ said:
" By the way, if Viz keeps on canceling series like they are now (Gintama is toast), I might end up disliking them as much as you do. Thankfully they have kept chugging with my precious Eyeshield 21, so they have yet to incur my wrath. "
VIZ truly is an evil publisher. There is no reason to fully support them, because they can't be trusted.

I wish they would also cancel Detective Conan to allow a better publisher to pick it up and do the job right.
Supreme Marvelon April 15, 2011 at 5:02 a.m.
My love for Misato is, in female category, second only to Ryoko from Tenchi Muyo!
asian_prideon April 16, 2011 at 12:44 a.m.
Woo nice to see Lupin get a mention :)
Kouzou_Fuyutsukion April 17, 2011 at 10:16 p.m.
Nice pick on Misato. She too is one of my all time favorite anime characters.

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