Top 5 Anime Vampires – Because Having Fangs Just Isn’t Enough

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The list for my favourite anime vampires is kind of always under construction. Largely because I love vampires and also because every year we seem to get a few anime that take their own interpretation on the blood-suckers. I was kind of hoping Mars Red would add a few new names to the list but alas that story kind of fizzled in the end.

As always, I’d love to know your favourites so please share in the comments below.

Who are my favourite anime vampires?

Please Note: There will be spoilers below.

Honourable mention this week goes to Staz from Blood Lad and Alucard from Hellsing (because even if I don’t mention him on the list, everyone else will). 

I also need to throw Dracula from Castlevania here as well because after watching season two I’m just not that into him anymore.

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Number 5: Kaname from Vampire Knight

I was really tossing up whether it would be Kaname or Zero on this list when I decided that at least one of them had to make the top 5 but ultimately Kaname being a pure blood vampire and not a human turned into a vampire kind of tipped the scales in his direction. More importantly, it isn’t every character that can turn other vampires into confetti. Kaname may spend way too long brooding on things and is a terrible communicator, but he certainly has the whole presence, attraction and air of danger that tend to be defining traits in certain types of vampire stories.

Number 4: Jirou from Black Blood Brothers

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Jirou is a fantastic character. He’s pretty traditional in terms of being a vampire who is sensitive to sunlight and salt water, he doesn’t like being awake during the day, but he is definitely a fighter particularly when his ‘brother’ is being threatened. Which makes him a bit different from so many anime vampires that kind of have their own rules. Add to that the usual fantastic vampiric fashion sense (because who doesn’t look amazing in that shade of red) and a very cool sword and you have one very fun character.

Number 3: Carmilla from Castlevania Season 2

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A new entry on the list. While Dracula may have been relatively unimpressive throughout season 2 of Castlevania (okay a lot unimpressive unless you like broody and sulky in your anime vampire), Carmilla swept in and shook things up. While a lot of her manipulations really served no purpose and ultimately she kind of got nowhere, I have to admit she had style and was definitely the most memorable of the new characters introduced during the second season.



Number 2: Mikaela from Owari no Seraph

I still haven’t actually reviewed Owari and I really should get around to it, particularly as I now have the DVD’s and any story that focuses on anime vampires vs humans is worth at least a discussion.

Mikaela is one of my favourite characters because of his transformation from human to vampire (yet arguably he remains the most human character in the show). Even after everything that happens to Mikaela he never loses sight of what he wants to protect and he will go to any length to keep it safe. It would be nice to say the whole vampiric strength thing was an asset but in Owari just being a vampire really isn’t enough.

Number 1: Megumi from Shiki

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She absolutely had to make the list of anime vampires and all things considered, given she’s been the vampire I’ve consistently liked the most, she probably deserves the top spot at this point. Another human turned vampire and loving it (at least at first). Megumi always believed she was destined for more than the village could offer her and while she may not have intended to die, she certainly made the most out of her undead life while she could. Megumi gets bonus points for being one of the creepiest stalkers ever.

There’s the list this week and again, feel free to share your favourite anime vampires in the comments below. I’d love to know your picks and your reasons.


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Top 5: Anime Priests

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Very likely this list was inspired by the fact that I’m currently trying to watch Vatican Miracle Examiner, but today I’m looking at my top 5 favourite anime priests. When I say priest, I’m using a broad brush so I’m not overly concerned what sort of priest, or what religion, or even if they are actually ordained. If they dress and kind of act or are treated like a priest, I’m going with that. What put these characters on my top 5? They are a priest and I found them interesting and sometimes even useful to the story they were in. It isn’t an overly deep list this week.

Please Note – Probably a few minor spoilers this week.

Number 5: John Brown from Ghost Hunt

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It may be unfair to have John Brown at number 5 given of all the priests on the list, he’s actually the one who acts most like a priest. However, he’s held back by two things. The first is he wasn’t the protagonist of his story and was clearly strictly back up. There were almost no occasions where he was actually useful other than one or two minor exorcisms throughout the story. The second being his horrendous Australian accent in the dubbed version of Ghost Hunt. Certainly if you are looking for comedy, that accent is going to hit the mark but otherwise all it will do is make most Australians cringe.

Number 4: Shiro Fujimoto from Blue Exorcist

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Already I can hear people wondering why this anime priest isn’t higher up the list and the answer is simple: he’s dead after the introduction to the series. Yes, we get flash backs to him being awesome and to be honest, he’s probably the best character in Blue Exorcist, but none of that gets us past the fact that he’s already dead. The doting father and incredibly strong exorcist literally steals every scene he gets to appear in, there just aren’t enough of them.

Though I would love to see a prequel series about his exploits as an anime priest.



Number 3: Frau from 07 Ghost

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This guy’s a priest? You actually do know that about him but sometimes it is very hard to remember given his flamboyant ways as well as his taste in… literature. Yet, he does his job and still manages to look pretty cool while doing it which has earned him a solid third place on my list.

And honestly it isn’t as though most anime priests actually act all that much like real priests so authenticity isn’t exactly a requirement here.

Number 2: Seishin from Shiki

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I really like Seishin’s character for a couple of reasons. The main one is that he provides a different perspective on the vampires and their invasion to his friend’s. Whereas the doctor chooses to rally people to fight the vampires, Seishin chooses to seek coexistence even when it clearly becomes impossible. It’s another valuable perspective that the story kind of needed particularly during the gory conclusion.

I wonder what the world has in store for him after the events of Shiki as this anime priest definitely made some questionable decisions along the way and his actions were noted. Still, he was a complex character and one who provided a needed alternative perspective to both the vampires and humans in the story.

Number 1: Nicholas D Wolfwood from Trigun

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Seriously, what is not to like about this awesome character. He and Vash are perfect as a team and Wolfwood very clearly highlights the path Vash might have taken rather than the one he chooses. Wolfwood, you will be missed.

But in the meantime you were my very favourite anime priest and quite the entertaining character before that whole tragic end thing. And, seriously, using the giant cross you lug around as a weapon is just kind of awesome.

Who is your favourite anime priest is and why?


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Top 5: Christmas Episodes in Anime

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I will admit, I am not the biggest fan of Christmas episodes whether they be in anime or anything else. They all kind of feel the same after awhile.

When narrowing down the list I decided to stick with shows where I just enjoyed the Christmas episode rather than found it a bit of a tag on annoyance. That said, Christmas isn’t as pervasive in anime as Valentines or New Years so trying to remember which shows actually focussed on Christmas proved a bit of a challenge.

As always, I’d love to know your favourite episodes below.

Favourite Christmas Episodes in Anime

Honourable mentions to Haruhi Suzumiya (not an episode but the movie focussed on Christmas), Clannad After Story, and the Sailor Moon second movie (again not an episode).

Number 5: Karin Chibi Vampire

Episode 19 gives us a Christmas Eve episode where both Karin and her friend Maki are trying to make gifts for the objects of their affections. It isn’t all happy news for the pair but there’s enough sweetness in this episode to make it an uplifting experience for the most part. That and it seems like another logical step in Karin and Usui’s relationship rather than an added in episode for the sake of having a Christmas episode.

Number 4: Hayate Combat Butler

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Alright, this one probably isn’t really capturing the spirit of Christmas given his parents leave him their debt and run away and then Hayate tries to kidnap someone (fairly unsuccessfully) but Santa’s dream response to Hayate asking why he didn’t get a present is pretty amusing.

Again, the Christmas element doesn’t feel like an add in because it is used to make you feel genuinely sorry for Hayate and the end result is reasonably positive (unless you truly feel that Hayate got a bad deal having to work for Nagisa) so go Christmas.



Number 3: Sword Art Online

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Definitely not capturing the spirit of Christmas, I liked this episode because it tapped in to a few different ideas.

Firstly this Christmas episode consolidates the fact that death is going to be final in the game world. Sachi is dead and all of Kirito’s actions won’t bring her back. Secondly, it presents Santa in a way you never wanted to see him and visually this is one of the more interesting boss’ that show up in the series. And finally, I like this episode because there are events in games and they do tie in to holidays so this just worked.

Plus it kind of broke my heart as they gave us a promise  of resurrection, we watched Kirito fight to even get to the location of the event, Klein first trying to stop Kirito and then assisting him to get to where he needed to be, watched Kirito succeed at defeating the boss, and then the realisation that it won’t help him anyway because of the time limit. Everything about this episode was perfect (though perhaps not really within the spirit of Christmas).

Number 2: Kobato

A near love triangle resolved when one of the suitors bows out realising the girl he likes only has eyes for one guy. Using the Christmas episode as a chance to get the two together is just the great kind of excuse everyone needs. Except that the guy in question (Fujimoto) has genuine issues about being abandoned on Christmas Eve so his surly tone for the earlier parts of this episode are completely understandable even if he is misdirecting some of that angst at Kobato.

And Kobato doesn’t really get Christmas anyway and is just fluttering along as always. Still, this episode marks a change in the tone of the show and the central relationship being built and so is pretty important from a plot point of view.

Number 1: Kimi ni Todoke

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The class Christmas party that Sawako couldn’t go to because… she never got up the nerve to ask her parents? This episode was a really important one as we saw Sawako actually want something more than just Kazahaya to speak with her and we saw her genuinely struggle as she didn’t want to let her parents down. More importantly, she finally comes to the realisation that perhaps she’s been too considerate and it is okay to want things.

Good thing her parents are both alive (a novelty in anime) and actually pretty supportive and understanding. She might not get to see much of the class party but it’s enough that she did actually develop another step as a character.

So that’s my top 5 but I’ve probably missed a bunch so feel free to tell us about your favourite Christmas episodes in anime.


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Top 5 Characters Voiced By Miyano Mamoru

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I don’t give voice actors enough credit on my blog. They can really make or break a character and an anime, but other than Daisuke Ono I’ve never really focused on the voice actors in shows. However, with the return of Bungo Stray Dogs I decided to turn my attention to yet another voice actor I’ve really enjoyed over the years and am sharing my Top 5 characters voiced by Miyano Mamoru. I’d love to know some of your favourites so be sure to let me know in the comments below.

Number 5: Setsuna F. Seiei from Mobile Suit Gundam 00

While some of his other roles will show off a much wider range of emotion and expression than Setsuna, I really love the way Setsuna was portrayed in Gundam 00. His level and unemotional delivery for the most part really sells the tragedy that has occurred as Setsuna is very much a product of having grown up surrounded by war and conflict. Where a lesser voice actor might have made his character come across as dull, there’s intensity and nuances to the delivery of Setsuna F Seiei that make for an interesting performance and one that made him a fairly memorable character even if I didn’t realise until far later that Setsuna was voiced by Miyano Mamoru.

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Number 4: Dazai from Bungo Stray Dogs

Arguably the reason this list exists as Dazai’s character continues to both amuse and frustrate, I have to give absolute credit to the performance delivered by Miyano Mamoru here. Dazai can be an infuriating character for both the audience and the rest of the cast but the changeable nature from serious to playful and back again, the vaguely knowing and taunting tone that he delivers when teasing others, the sheer crazy or bored depending on the situation, everything about the performance is tailored to the situation and it works. As much as I might criticise aspects of Bungo Stray Dogs, I certainly can’t fault the voice acting for Dazai’s character.

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Number 3: Fushimi from K

Another fairly over the top performance but one that again shows a nice range as Fushimi can go from the bored and disinterested character to intense and borderline obsessed in a very short span of time. Fushimi is definitely a character who stands out in K, which is saying something in a large cast of zany and interesting characters, and a lot of the reason for that is the vocal performance. Regardless of the situation, Fushimi delivers his lines in a way that makes you pay attention and again we see that even when delivering lines as though bored, there are nuances to the performance here that make it interesting rather than dull to listen to.

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Number 2: Okabe Rintarou from Steins;Gate

Come on, there was no way I was making this list without Okabe being on it. Given the sheer amount of dialogue packed into Steins;Gate, if the VA’s weren’t spot on it could make for one very dull viewing experience. Fortunately, the cast are all superb and none more so than the lead. Miyano Mamoru is the cackling self-proclaimed Mad Scientist who can deliver insane statements as if they are solid truths and can declare the invention names with absolute conviction even when they aren’t complete. While there are plenty of reasons to love Steins;Gate, the vocal performance delivered here is probably one of the best.

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Number 1: Light from Death Note

It is a tough act to beat Okabe Rintarou in terms of vocal performance but I’ll have to put my favourite character voiced by Miyano Mamoru as Light Yagami. Sure, Light has his moments of crazy, declaring himself a god amongst other things, but he’s also the model student, the good son, the seductive manipulator and takes on literally whatever role he needs to in order to achieve his goals. All of that means he needs a versatile voice that matches the occasion and Miyano Mamoru rises well and truly to the occasion to create an unforgettable character.

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That is my list for this week but there are a lot of other great characters voiced by Miyano Mamoru so please be sure to let me know your favourites.


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Top 5 Cute Anime Demon Girls

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Alright, we’ve had a plethora of cute anime demon girls showing up recently and they aren’t exactly a new trend so today I’d like to count down the 5 demon girls I think are the cutest (keep in mind this is cute not sexy – that would be a very different list). However there are so many to choose from so I’ve pretty much narrowed it down to character design for my choices and as always I’d love to know who your favourite cute demon girls are.

Number 5: Latina from Uchi no Musume

Generally I do avoid putting new anime on top 5 lists, particularly as I have no idea how the characters will change or develop as the series goes. However, given I’m basing this list on character design I think most people would be hard pressed to tell me that Latina is not a cute demon girl. She’s actually just this side of a adorable and I think if I’d had a few more episodes she’d be much higher on the list.

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Seriously, can I take her home too? – I don’t even like kids and I think she’s adorable.

Number 4: Ai Enma from Hell Girl

While I’ve never been the biggest fan of Hell Girl, I can really take it or leave it, Ai Enma has always been a character I’ve liked the look of. She is seriously cute in a reserved and serious kind of way and honestly she just makes me want to hug her. Probably not such a great idea, but she’s still pretty adorable.

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Number 3: Maou from Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

I may be stretching the definition of ‘girl’ on this one but there’s something inherently cute and girly about this demon lord. The way she playfully breaks down the hero’s preconceptions and recruits him to her side and even the way she negotiates with the merchants is just cute and delightful to watch. Besides, the horns on the head-band are what really gave her the place on the list. A demon concerned with keeping up appearances who knows how to accessorise totally deserved a spot on the cute anime demon girl list.

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Number 2: Ririchiyo from Inu x Boku

Another cool and quiet kind of cute, but adorable nonetheless. Here the cuteness comes in the gap between her calm and sometimes quite cold exterior and her inner freak outs as she starts having feelings for others but doesn’t know how to deal with them. I love the episode where she’s trying to figure out how to invite Miketsumaki to tea and is writing out each scenario before scrunching it up in frustration. Totally adorable.

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Number 1: Nezuko from Demon Slayer

Right, so when it comes to cute designs, they pulled out all the stops with Nezuko. Whether it is her big, expressive eyes, her two toned hair, the adorable way she just kind of goes to sleep or kicks her legs into the air while lying on the mat, she’s just all kinds of cute. Of course, she’s also all kinds of dangerous if you happen to be on the side that she considers to be an enemy so probably wise to remember that kittens are cute but they have some sharp claws.

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Here we are at the end of my top 5 cute demon girl list. Now it is your turn to share.


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Top 5 Magical Girl Anime

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Welcome to another top 5 list for Tuesday and this week I am counting down my favourite magical girl anime, mostly inspired by how much I’ve been enjoying Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka (while not perfect, it has been quite fun as a darker magical girl series). I’m not convinced I haven’t already done this but if I did I can’t find it so let’s all just go with this is the first time I’ve put this into a top 5 list.

Now magical girl anime and I have a real nostalgia thing going on as some of these were the shows that got me into anime and they really stuck with me. While there are some more recent entries in the list, the nostalgia is strong with this one.

With that in mind, I’d love to know what magical girl anime are your favourites and why. Is it something a bit older that reminds you of your childhood or are you into some of the more recent entries into the genre. Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Honourable Mentions: Kamichama Karin

This one is a bit of a weird one, but for whatever reason I kind of got stuck on it a few years ago and I’ve binge watched it a couple of times since. While it doesn’t stand out as much as some of the other entries on this list, it is a fairly functional magical girl show and it is very easy to get caught up in it and lose track of time.

Number 5: Is This A Zombie

It feels weird to give the number 5 spot to a comedy anime about a male zombie character who manages to acquire the power of a magical girl and then undergoes a transformation into a cute pink dress complete with chainsaw. I do love that as his power level rises the frilliness and flowery add-ons on the dress get even more over the top. It is a great jab at some of the impractical magical girl costumes out there.

Whichever way, when I think about magical girls, there is literally no way to not think about Ayumu so that is why he got the number 5 spot on the list even though technically he’s a zombie who is borrowing magical girl powers.

Number 4: Madoka Magica

The only ‘dark’ magical girl story that made it onto my list. What can I say? As much as I love horror and dark stories, when I got to watch a magical girl story I kind of go wanting something a little bit more sparkly. Madoka Magica managed to balance its darker subject matter with some really great magical girls, cool powers, and spectacular fight sequences in a way that while it was dark and serious, it still felt like a magical girl story and not a horror that just happened to feature magical girls right before they got slaughtered. I really did enjoy Madoka Magica and it is another anime I regularly binge watch.



Number 3: Cardcaptor Sakura

Despite the heavily edited version of this that I saw originally, complete with a truly terrible English OP, I really did get caught by the plot of Cardcaptor Sakura so when I was older and I could access a translated but less edited version of it, I jumped at the chance to watch this anime again. Syaoran and Sakura are beautiful in the leading roles and I just love how cute and happy this anime is.

While Sakura doesn’t include some magical girl tropes, no spinning costume transformations, Sakura actually has to change clothes if she wants to wear one of her friends’ hand-made costumes, it very much captures the spirit of Magical Girl anime and is an excellent started anime if you have kids you want to introduce to something without worrying too much about some of the anime tropes out there.

Number 2: Shugo Chara

Another super adorable, super pink Magical Girl anime. This one grabbed me because of Amu. She’s got such a mismatch between her inner and outer personality and I love how she struggles with figuring out who she is, particularly when she has so many guardian characters with each one presenting a different aspect of who she might be. While the overall plot of this one is a bit harder to take seriously, there are some really excellent character arcs for a lot of the cast and it ends up being a story well worth the effort of investing your time into.

Number 1: Sailor Moon

Did you expect anything else to top this list? I mentioned at the start that this was a nostalgia fuelled list in the first place and Sailor Moon is the starting place for me and anime so of course it was always going to be number 1. Serena and the Sailor Scouts are characters I grew up loving and I don’t think anything is going to change that anytime soon.

While Sailor Moon villains might border on the idiotic or ridiculous, the core cast remain full of heart and life and if you want cute costumes and pretty sparkles, Sailor Moon has you covered. Also, some darker moments and real danger which certainly pushed beyond what a lot of ‘girls’ TV shows were doing when it came out.

So that is my list of my favourite magical girl shows. I’d love to know yours.


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Top 5 – Female Anime Characters Who Wear Glasses

Top 5 Female anime characters who wear glasses

Let’s be clear, glasses are very cool. Characters who wear glasses are therefore cool.

It’s a solid argument and there’s absolutely no self-serving purpose behind that statement.

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In seriousness though, here is a list of my favourite female anime characters who wear glasses (updated as of November 2021).

Top 5 Female Characters Who Wear Glasses

Honourable mentions to Chizuru Honshu (Bleach), Margery Daw (Shakugan no Shana) and Ririchiyo Shirakin (Inu X Boku).

Number 5: Okuda from Assassination Classroom

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I love Okuda. While she is only a minor character in Assassination Classroom she is definitely an entertaining one and her unique approach to trying to assassinate her teacher by asking him to drink poison is pretty entertaining. Plus, if Okuda ever does get together with Karma those two would be lethal.

And look how this glasses wearing character managed to keep her glasses on in the face of an explosion. Well done.

Number 4: Kirihara Misaki from Darker than Black

Misaki is probably one of my favourite female characters with her down to earth nature, love of junk food, and general desire to actually find the truth and protect people rather than accept hearsay and rumours. She’s also good at her job and just a nice person while still being cool, calm and logical.

Her glasses are very much a part of who she is and when she takes them off (during a party) we really see just how disconnected she becomes (mostly because she can’t see). All and all, Misaki is definitely a character who wears her glasses with style in Darker Than Black.



Number 3: Mizuki Shibata from The Irregular at Magic High School

While her glasses serve a practical purpose, you have to admit Mizuki looks pretty adorable with her glasses on. While she’s not as talented as many of her friends (then again, who is) Mizuki certainly pulls her weight in the series. I’d have loved for her character to have had more screen time, but from a cast of mostly generic characters, Mizuki managed to stand her ground. She may not be as direct and forthright as some of the others on the list but she’s hanging in there throughout every conflict in the series.

Number 2: Mirai Kuriyama from Beyond the Boundary

The main character of this anime has a glasses fetish so who better to try and kill him than a bespectacled beauty. Okay, it might have worked better if she wasn’t terrified of her own power and hadn’t actually fallen in love with him, but you have to admit, she does look great in glasses. This show talks a lot about her glasses and she spends a lot of time cleaning them (which makes you wonder whether she actually needs them at all given how often she takes them off).

Mirai is a great character in Beyond the Boundary. She’s amusing and sulky and traumatized by her past, but she’s also really just wanting to reconnect and find her place in the world. While the plot may not have resolved beautifully, Mirai’s character is fantastic and she completely deserves the number 1 spot on this list but I just couldn’t put her ahead of the next character.

Number 1: Nagato Yuki from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

When I started this list there was almost no doubt that Nagato would end up as number 1. Even though her glasses wearing days are limited to a few episodes before she forgets to recreate them after a fight and Kyon tells her she looks good without them, Nagato Yuki is the definitive glasses wearing female.

So, who would you include on your list?


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Top 5 Kaede Hondo Voice Roles in Anime – Plus One I Hate

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I really need to do more posts about voice actors in anime because there are some truly excellent ones out there. Which I’ve been reminded of yet again this season with Mieruko-Chan. Kaede Hondo voices the best friend, Hana, and while Hana might have become quite an annoying character with a less skilled vocal performance, instead we get a really great portrayal and Hana works wonderfully as a supporting character as she bounces off of the protagonist Miko.

Anyway, I was so impressed with Hana’s voice work that I decided to look up what other roles Kaede Hondo had voice and which characters had really left an impression on me.

While I was doing that, I was surprised to discover that this Fall 2021 Kaede Hondo is also voicing Sumire Mochinoki from the train-wreck of a show that is Deep Insanity. Sumire being a particularly unimpressive part of that. In fairness to Kaede Hondo, it’s probably the writing because I legitimately have no idea how you could make the script and story of Deep Insanity any better than what they are doing, but wow the contrast between Sumire and Hana couldn’t be greater.

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Top 5 Kaede Hondo characters in anime.

But rather than complaining about one character I’m not particularly fond of (understatement), I’d rather talk about five very solid performances from Kaede Hondo. As always, I’d love to know what your favourite roles are so be sure to leave a comment.

Number 5 – Hikari from Interviews With Monster Girls

Now, those who have followed my blog a long time will know I dropped Interviews with Monster Girls at episode 10 (even though it is only 12 episodes) because I was bored.

But as bored as I was with the seemingly absent plot (in fairness it is a school comedy), one shining moment did stick with me and that was the enthusiastic Hikari.

Largely because in what was a fairly flat show (for me at least) every scene Hikari was in became that little bit brighter in its own way. So making a character in a show I wasn’t enjoying the stand-out moment earns Hikari a spot on this list.

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Hikari - Voiced by Kaede Hondo

Number 4 – Laika from I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years

Now Laika I only placed at the mid-way point when ranking the girls from I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years, but that was largely because her character was criminally underused in most episodes. In her introductory episode and one or two others that allowed her character to shine, Laika was brilliant and honestly I’d have happily watched a show about just Azusa and Laika without the rest of the crowd.

And if you don’t think Laika deserves a place on this list, just go back and watch the episode where she first confronts Azusa. This was a character who made an impression. It was just too bad the rest of the script short-changed her on giving her interesting things to say.

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Number 3 – Hana from Mieruko-Chan

Clearly a most recent addition but Hana was the character who inspired this list. Honestly, her exchanges with Miko as they discuss desserts or anything else are always delightful. I also love how she gives herself pep-talks and also tries to put a brave face on things.

Hana is just a bundle of fun to have on screen and she’s an excellent balancing factor when you put her next to Miko.

It would be fair to say that Mieruko-Chan would not be half as interesting without the excellent vocal work by Hondo Kaede as Hana and honestly Hana totally deserves a place on this list.

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Number 2 – Maple from Bofuri

Like, seriously Maple had to end up on this list.

BOFURI was the cutest anime ever about playing an immersive RPG and that was largely due to Maple. Much like Mieruko-Chan, BOFURI’s real strength was in the friendship of Maple and Sally, and Maple just sold every single line. Whether she was learning about the game, trying out a new power, or celebrating something, it was just a joy to spend time with her character.

Kaede Hondo really brought Maple to life and what could have been a rather ho-hum experience was one where Maple really just made you want to spend time watching her play this game.

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Number 1 – Elaina from Wandering Witch

What makes or breaks a slow travel story of a witch moving from town to town and just kind of seeing what is there? Yep, that is how much we enjoy spending time with the protagonist. And honestly, Elaina made me want to spend time with her.

She had just enough sass but also wasn’t just a one quip kind of character and her musings as she travelled about were all pretty entertaining. With Elaina being one of the few consistent characters throughout the series, most others came and went, Kaede Hondo had a lot of heavy lifting with the voice work in the anime and to be honest, she nailed it.

Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina isn’t an anime for everyone, but it is a great role for Kaede Hondo and one that I would like to celebrate.

Top 5 Kaede Hondo Voice Roles in Anime

And that’s my list but as always I’d love to know what would be on your list so feel free to leave me a comment below.


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Top 5: Use of Phones in Anime

Top 5 Use of Phones in Anime

We’ve all seen anime characters using their phones. Whether they are flip phones or the more recently prolific smart phones, characters do love their phones. My list today looks at 5 interesting ways characters use of phones in anime (okay, four interesting uses and one use that just worked well with the story).

These are the uses that stood out to me and felt like they were fairly integral to the story. Please feel free to add your favourite use of phones in anime in the comments below.

Top 5 Use of Phones In Anime

Please Note – There will be spoilers below.

Honourable mention to Haganai for having two characters who both owned phones being completely unable to use them.

Number 5: Yuri on Ice

This is the one that I said wasn’t all that interesting but worked well with the story. All the way through Yuri on Ice the characters used their phones to update where they were, take and post pictures and video and generally stay in contact. It was nice to see these characters simply using phones as part of their everyday rather than having them as a gimmick or an add on.

Plus, the camera rolls and videos stored on the characters phones were used for a fairly significant plot reveal toward the end of the series which would have seemed really lame if we hadn’t seen the characters using their phones all the way along.

Number 4: Mirai Nikki

Yes, future diary. I still don’t know why anyone would keep a diary on their phone but it is the basis for this anime that sets up a death match between diary users and each diary is given a power based on whatever the person was using the diary for. Our main character was recording everything that happened around him but not a thing about himself so his diary shows him the future for everything around him. Good thing his stalker/girlfriend was recording everything about him.



Number 3: Steins;Gate

Who wants to send a text message and change the past? Well, hopefully no-one after seeing the mess it got these characters into. It probably would have been better if they’d had a clue how they’d managed to accomplish building a time machine that could send text messages but even then they probably would have still gotten into the mess by changing world-lines and then having to essentially undo every single change.

Number 2: Noragami

Alright, the phone aspect isn’t very big in this one but I like that a god has been reduced to spraying his number all over town and that he can teleport to the person who has called him. During the first season at least this was one of the many ways this story was made to feel modern. The second season kind of loses a bit of this and that is probably to the show’s detriment.

Number 1: Eden of the East

It absolutely had to be. Phones given to a group of selected individuals with a large amount of money on it and charged with saving the country. What could possibly go wrong? I think it is the operator on the other end who is more extraordinary given pretty much any request can be answered provided they still have enough money.

If it wasn’t for the deadly consequences of participation this would very much be the best phone on this list to have. Aside from the Selecao’s phones though the other characters use their phones to connect and interact. Removing the phones, Eden of the East does not work as a story.

Top 5 Use of Phones in Anime

And that’s my list this week. What do you think about phones in anime?


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Who are the best anime characters in suits? Here’s my top 5.

Who are the best anime characters in suits?

It kind of surprised me when I started short listing anime characters in suits just how many there were. Not just characters who perpetually wear a suit but characters who had that suit for a special occasion and just looked awesome in it. So many characters ended up on my short list I had to be pretty brutal to narrow it down to just 5 characters.

Naturally, as with all my lists, these are my choices and I’d love to know which characters would appear on your list (if you were to write one). So be sure to leave a comment or you can add your picks on Twitter.

Who are the best anime characters in suits?

Obviously this one is an incredibly subjective list. I mean we could be looking at just good characters that happen to wear suits but no, I’m being far more superficial. I’m just looking for characters I loved seeing in a suit because I thought they looked good in it.

So on that note I actually excluded one of my more obvious choices, Sebastian Michaels from Black Butler, because I decided that his suit was his butler uniform and when I let uniforms onto the list it just got way too long. Similarly the cast of Psycho Pass (specifically Shinya Kogame and Yayoi Kunizuka) were also excluded on the same grounds. Shame, because they look awesome so here’s a look anyway.

One more exclusion and that was Tuxedo Mask. Honestly this one was just because he’s so incredibly lame in a fight and while Sailor Moon Crystal actually gives him a little bit of bite, my main memory of this character comes from the 90’s version of the anime and well I mostly thought Tuxedo Mask was a dork.

Number 5: Sven from Black Cat

For a broke sweeper, Sven sure doesn’t let that effect his dress sense.

Of all the anime characters in suits, I kind of had to include Sven on this list because he’s largely overlooked. However he’s a character with a magic eye that can see a few seconds into the future (wait that seems weirdly familiar like something I saw just this season in another anime) and also manages to deal with the infamous Black Cat and keeps him alive even when Train (the Black Cat) himself doesn’t seem to care whether he lives or dies, Sven really does deserve more credit.

Besides, this suit wearing, down on his luck, broke, chain-smoking bounty hunter shares a lot of similar traits with another one that will appear later on the list and it only seemed fair to share the love.

What I really want to know is how this Black Cat character manages to keep that white suit looking so pristine while living on the road and going through half the situations he survives.

anime characters in suits - Sven from Black Cat

Number 4: Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop

Weirdly I still haven’t reviewed Cowboy Bebop even though I finally watched the anime in 2020 and bought the DVD of it. Every time I think about starting a rewatch something else kind of comes along and distracts me and I really do need to do a deep rewatch before I review it. I somehow suspect I’ll review the live action adaptation before I actually get to reviewing the anime but with a well-loved property like Cowboy Bebop I kind of have to give the review a little bit of extra love and care.

That said, I can safely say that Spike Spiegel is one good looking anime character in a suit.

While he shares many characteristics with Sven (other than lacking a magic eye), I will admit Spike is several levels cooler and honestly he’s just such a well put together character.

Plus, blue is a much better colour for a suit than white particularly if you are going to be chasing people and getting into shoot outs in bars. I’m still not convinced it’s the best attire for someone in that line of work but there’s definitely a fashion statement being made here.

anime characters in suits - spike spiegel

Number 3 – November 11 from Darker Than Black

What is it with anime characters in suits who are also smokers? Is there some weird correlation that says if they wear a suit they also need to smoke. Sorry, I just realised that my number 5, 4 and 3 are all smokes even if number 3, November 11, is not a voluntary smoker.

November 11 is with MI-6 and is a contractor who uses ice to great effect (don’t be near any liquid if you are about to tick him off). He also has a really dry sense of humour and quite regularly delivers quite out-there statements in dead-pan delivery making it hard to discern when he is being serious or when he is having you on.

Now, it could have been argued that the suit was his uniform but given all of the other members of his team are pretty much wearing what they like, I’m going to assume that snazzy suit is very much his own preference and that makes November 11 a powerful character who makes me laugh and realistically could (and should) have his own series. I’d love to know what adventures he got up to prior to the events in Darker Than Black.

anime characters in suits - November 11


Number 2 – Firo from Baccano

We had to get a gangster anime on here eventually and Baccano is still my favourite that looks at gangsters in America. And of all the characters I really narrowed it down to either Isaac, who along with Miria nearly steals the whole show, or Firo. Ultimately though that choice of green and that hat just sold it to Firo. Plus as the anime itself says, Firo is kind of main-characterish.

Firo is a member of the Camorra family and rising in the ranks despite being a pretty nice guy who doesn’t really come across as a criminal. However, he spends a lot of the series, at least when he’s on screen, getting shot at or chasing after Ennis. Still, he’s a lot of fun as a character and he’s got some skills. Also, he’s either really brave or really foolish (as only the young can be when they assume they are bullet proof) and either way that makes him look pretty cool on screen.

And that’s all before he actually becomes bullet proof.

That he’s an anime character in a great suit, even if it is a little dated, just makes him even more awesome.

anime characters in suits - Firo from Baccano

Number 1 – Yuri and Victor from Yuri on Ice

Do I need a justification for putting Yuri on Ice on a list?

Anime characters in suits and looking good? yep, that’s Victor and Yuri. I mean, Victor wears a suit as Yuri’s coach several times throughout the series but it is episode 10, when we see the events from the night of the party where Yuri first asked Victor to be his coach where we see the both of them in suits and through the various camera reels on the phones of the characters we see that Victor and Yuri looked really good in those suits, or in Yuri’s case as he started losing the suit.

I also love that Yuri finds an appropriate use for Victor’s tie as Victor stands beside the rink. I mean if you are going to have an anime character in a suit, at least the suit needs to serve a purpose.

Anyway, it is pretty clear for anyone who has followed my blog since the beginning, I fell in love with Yuri on Ice, I still love it now, and these characters look great in suits. I love all the fan-art out there with these two and both their ice-skating costumes and various suits and casual wear. Basically they look great together and I want more of them.

These were my favourite five anime characters in suits but as always I’d love to know what my readers think and who they would nominate so be sure to leave a comment before you go.

Who are the best anime characters in suits?

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