Here I am again, writing about anime characters appearing on "best X" lists. I generally dislike the general concept of list stories, especially if individual items are broken up into their own "slideshow" pages (such as UGO and Forbes) but I feel like I should mention whenever anime/manga characters make appearances in such features.
Matt Atchitchy of Rotten Tomatoes ran a Total Recall column about the 50 best movie robots
in commemoration with the release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
in theaters and Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell
12th, ahead of Maria from Metropolis
but behind Tom Servo & Crow T. Robot from Mystery Science Theater 3000
. His blurb about her:
In our opinion, Trinity from The Matrix owes more than a little bit to Major Kusanagi. They both wear tight clothes and they both are willing to jump through the windows of office towers.
The other list I want to mention is Penthouse
's "Vixens of Fiction" feature
. Though this one doesn't seem to be intentionally ranked like RT's was, Motoko appears at #27 while Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop
) shows up a little later at #29.
27 MAJOR MOTOKO KUSANAGI
From her oversize breasts to her long legs, this deeply intelligent beauty in Ghost in the Shell has the best cybernetic body we’ve seen. She’s also very well-armed.
29 FAYE VALENTINE
Hot pants have gone out of style, sadly, but this curvy bounty hunter in Cowboy Bebop sports bright yellow ones most of the time, and oozes sex—and sarcasm. That ain’t no crime.
Both are among my favorite female characters from anime/manga but even if they weren't, I don't think I'd mind their appearances in either list. Other comments about the Penthouse list are I had forgotten that Maleficent was the villain in Disney's version of Sleeping Beauty and I'd never heard of Brenda Starr before since the comic strip doesn't run in the local papers.
P.S. Since the last four lists I've linked to have been about women, I should try to find at least one about dudes, "hunks", or male characters in general for a sense of gender equality or some similar ideal!