Tuesday’s Top 5: Female Characters with Blonde Hair

Tuesday's Top 5

This was a seriously hard list to narrow down and even then I’m still torn over some of the decisions. The issue is unlike with red-heads and the blue-haired ladies, there are so many different types of blonde characters that it gets hard to decide who your favourite is. I did finally make a decision and unfortunately that mean some really excellent characters got the chop (as well as a lot of cliché ones). As always, feel free to tell me your favourites in the comments below.

And for patrons there is my lesser top 5 list. This week I just went with blonde girls who irritate me to no end.

Please Note – There will be spoilers below.

Honourable mentions go to: Lucy (Fairy Tail), Serena (Sailor Moon), Annie (Attack on Titan) and Lizzy (Black Butler).

Number 5: Triela from Gunslinger Girl

Triela is my choice for being both tragic and incredibly amazing. ALl of the girls in Gunslinger Girl are tragic characters. Suffering sever injuries before being brought back more machine than girl and then being trained to be a killer. While Triela is the oldest of the girls, she also goes through a lot and she’s one of my favourite characters from the show as we see more of her involved in direct combat than some of the other characters. Determined and deadly, this blonde character means business.

Number 4: Amber from Darker Than Black

Amber is a bit of an enigma because she’s only really in flashbacks until the second half and even then she is in and out of the show. That said, I like her character. She plays everything very casually even while she’s probably the only character with the full picture of what is really going on. And she makes some really hard choices and pays the price for them. While I still feel she might have clued some of the other characters in a bit earlier, she has sound reasoning for her actions in the end and she seems to genuinely respect Hei’s final decision in the series. Amber, for taking on everyone and doing it with a smile, you have taken the fourth position on this list.

Number 3: Riza Hawkeye from Full Metal Alchemist

What’s not to love about Riza no matter which version of Full Metal Alchemist you are watching? She likes dogs, she’s the only one who can really deal with Colonel Mustang, she’s a crack shot, and she’s a hard worker. Add to that she’s also a voice of reason and logic and occasionally a motherly figure to the younger characters, and she’s just all kinds of amazing. If I ever do a best supporting character list, Riza is going to be on it.

Number 2: Utau Hoshina from Shugo Chara

She’s an idol with not one, but two guardian characters that take the form of an angel and a devil. Early on in the series, Utau works against our protagonists and only uses Iru (the devil guardian). Later on she accepts Eru (the angel) and she begins building herself up from scratch as an idol and a person. Other than her brother complex, Utau is a fascinating character and a good rival for Amu early in the series. She’s also pretty awesome as an idol even if she does use her powers for evil early on. As a character, Utau experiences the best growth and development in this series.

Number 1: Maka Albarn from Soul Eater

It had to be Maka. She’s one of my all time favourite characters and she’s just plain awesome. She hits the books, fights with a scythe, and is still a genuinely nice person who is able to make a real connection with Crona who is need of human contact. Unlike so many heroes, Maka isn’t just strong because she is. She’s actually probably the weakest in the group we follow, but she is an incredibly hard worker and very determined to succeed. Even Maka going crazy is highly entertaining.  Oh, and don’t make her mad when she’s carrying a book or you will get hit with the dread Maka chop.

And that’s my list this week. As I said at the start, feel free to add your own suggestions to the list in the comments below and let me know what you think of my selections.


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Chain Chronicle – The Light of Haecceitas Episode 8

Review:

There was a moment early in this episode where I realised they’d just thrown us into the middle of a battle and we didn’t know who was fighting or which side they were on. And then I realised that of course we knew who the bad guys are, they are all in black. This story is basic fantasy and they throw a million characters at us but other than our core group none of the others really serve any purpose other than momentary assistance, advice, death count, or needing to be rescued. As a result you can just kind of let the names roll past you and ignore them. It makes for light and amusing viewing but at the same time feels like a bit of a waste that this world isn’t fleshed out any more than it has been.

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Of course we spend quite a bit of time on Yuri this episode. He’s gone to the dark side fairly literally but Aram isn’t really in the mood to take that lying down. Enter a magic book and let’s finally see how Yuri got to where he is.

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Mostly I just felt sorry for this poor tree but that isn’t here or there. While it would be easy to say the world building and character development of this show is sloppy, this core group have really become interesting in the last few episodes and the story continues with enough momentum to entertain. The show has never tried to be anything particularly profound. It really is by the numbers fantasy but it does it reasonably well.

Chain Chronicle is available on Crunchyroll.


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Interviews with Monster Girls Episode 8

Review:

Really this episode is broken into three distinct set ups and none of them are particularly good or interesting but they aren’t particularly bad either. We have the Succubus and the Snow Woman bonding over gag manga (though snow girl doesn’t want to admit she likes it) and then the Succubus shares a story of when she was in middle school, which probably isn’t the kind of story a teacher should tell a story but it was funny. We have Hikari being bad at studying which they split into smaller segments throughout the episode and is pretty predictable. Then we have the competition to see which arm tastes better which in honesty was pretty pointless and the final joke where the girls gang up on Takahashi was pretty obvious. All and all, I could stop watching this and not care but it’s fairly far along in the season so I’ll probably stick it out at this point.

Interviews with Monster Girls is available on Crunchyroll.


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March Comes in Like a Lion Episode 19

Review:

March Comes in Like a Lion continues to be a slow yet quietly impressive character journey. Our focus is still on Shimada as he prepares for the upcoming tournament aided by a fairly conflicted Rei (I know, Rei being conflicted is at this point kind of a given). Still, we see some genuine interactions between Rei and Shimada and in the process learn more about both of them.

Last week I criticised some of the over the top visual metaphors in episode 18 and the clashing nature of them. This week returns to a more cohesive look and tone and the effect is far greater than the frantic images of last week.

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Really loving this series still.

March Comes in Like a Lion is available on Crunchyroll.


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Spiritpact Episode 8

Review:

I really enjoyed this episode and it feels like the story is going full speed now and the episode title was pretty cool (Turbulence with a Chance of Dilemma). That isn’t to say the show isn’t without its stumbles. Keika had one of his incredibly stupid moments early in the episode  (I guess these are supposed to be comedic) and that was followed by a mid-episode Sailor Moon style transformation sequence complete with shimmering ribbon effects.

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Actually, my real complaint with the episode comes from the master they go to visit. He delivers this line to Tanmoku:

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Seriously? Combat or equivalent exchange? You’ve never heard of an IOU? It seems like an arbitrary thing to hold to under the circumstances and an unnecessary way to add a little bit of extra tension later now that Tanmoku has reopened the previously magically sealed wound. Still, Spiritpact has proven to be highly entertaining after a fairly rough start.

Spiritpact is available on Crunchyroll.


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In Case You Missed It

And we are plunging head first into another week. This week I’m very thankful anime exists as a way to forget about everything else for just a little bit of time. That said, here is this week’s round up of anime related posts from some very cool bloggers that I’ve come across during last week. If you have a post or know of one that needs some love (anime related or similar) please feel free to link in the comments. If it goes to spam I will approve it ASAP.

Shameless self-promotion: As you all know I started a patreon site for my blog and am looking for patrons to support the expansion of 100 Word Anime. Once again, I’d like to thank my patrons who are already supporting this site. There’s so much I’d love to try and do with this blog long term so I’d love it if you would support me on this journey.  End shameless self-promotion.

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The Only Shinyuu Site has a write up on La Corda D’oro: Blue Sky Review. As this was an interesting review and this is an anime I am unlikely to ever watch myself, I decided to point you over to this blog.

Shoujo Thoughts has a more personal post as they share their process in creating an avatar for their blog in a post appropriately titled Drawing Curly Anime Hair is Hard. I like posts like this where it feels we get to meet a bit of the person behind the blog  and its always fun watching someone try new things so go check out this post and some others on Shoujo Toughts’ blog.

Caffeinated Telescopes explains why they didn’t like Izetta giving us what they call a ‘cynical, analytical dissection‘. They raise some excellent points about the show and why it didn’t work but also acknowledge that the show did have quite a fan base while it was airing.

Jill from Jill’s Writing on Anime explains why Fukigen na Mononokean frustrated them. I have to pretty much agree with every point they make. There were so many great ideas hinted at throughout the series that it utterly just left hanging and provided no explanation about. Instead we focused on the most mundane issues the show could offer. Great post if you watched the series.

Lethargic Ramblings share their first impressions of Shinsekai Yori which really just reminded me of the first time I tried to watch it. And also made me want to watch it again because its been a fair while since I last watched the whole thing through.

I’ve got another write up from Kevin Pennyfeather on ACCA. Seriously, watching the show is fantastic but reading this write up each week just makes the experience more enjoyable (even if I usually have to go and rewatch the episode after reading it because it points out something I’ve missed or only been vaguely aware of). definitely check out this blog and if you haven’t watched ACCA yet, check it out.

Shoujo Thoughts gives us another Yuri On Ice post. This one is great as it really looks at the smaller indicators of Victor and Yuri’s relationship rather than debating whether or not that was a kiss. It is fantastic to see that even after nearly two months people are still finding new things to explore with this anime and the great posts just keep coming.

Arria on Fujinsei has completed her round up of posts from the January blog carnival and has announced dates for the March carnival. If you are an anime blogger and you haven’t checked out one of these carnivals, go and see the great posts that made the round up this time and make note of the dates in March. Its a great way to meet new bloggers and find some really excellent posts to read. Thanks Arria for hosting these.

Ryuji Tatsuya’s Anime Review has a list of anime without conclusions. This is a list that could pretty much be endless at this point as it is one of the things that drives me crazy and having watched pretty much everything on this list it just reminded me how frustrating it is when you are into a story and then the story doesn’t finish. It’s like someone just tore the last chapter out of your novel and tossed it away. Only in this case they didn’t even write it (unless you read the source material in some instances in which case its like asking someone to read a novel up to x point and then watch a movie to see the end).

Just as a side note; WordPress is doing this really fun thing where a large number of comments I make on other blogs are just going straight to spam. No explanation as to why other than a suggestion that using links in comments or foul langauge will get you flagged. I’m pretty certain neither of those conditions applies to the majority of my comments (or any of them), so if you come across a comment I’ve made in your spam, I’d really appreciate it if you would mark it as not spam. Thanks.

That’s it for this week.


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Blue Exorcist Episode 33

Review:

After week’s of slow pacing and lots of sitting around talking, all of the main groups are now running around the mountains in an effort to contain the impure king (who’s eyes are apparently parts of the heart that got cut in two – did they not think through whether they were eyes or not when they started this story?). Anyway, we get a touching father-son reunion (and of course, father isn’t already dead from blood loss and the demon that got eaten has also recovered because its a phoenix – no plot armour here).

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Other than that we’ve got Yukio who mid-fight saw some sort of weird light through the trees and went solo to investigate it rather than taking any assistance and now he’s seriously getting beaten down (physically and emotionally). I’m pretty certain  we’re about to see all the clunky foreshadowing and warnings Yukio has been given this season come to light and that might even be interesting. At least Yukio might develop a personality other than serious and brooding.

Blue Exorcist is available on AnimeLab.


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