Three or so days ago, everyone was doing the KyoAni one, so naturally I followed the bandwagon and did it as well. Then for this post, I redid it with a subset of the anime and figured I’d talk about a lot of the match ups.
Anime I didn’t include
Lucky Star, K-On!, Air, Kyoukai no Kanata
Didn’t watch them (or maybe I watched like 1 episode of Lucky Star & Air many years back). Oh, and I did watch one episode of KnK and I am glad I didn’t stick with it.
I never finished season 2, so I can’t really judge many of the news boys. And quite frankly, for me, the Free boys seem to exist in their own little pool. When I was comparing them to the other characters I kept pushing them down to the bottom despite liking them when I watched the anime.
Chuunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai!
I am not including Chuu2 for the same reason as Free!. I never touched season 2, so I can’t form an opinion on Pink Girl! And I am sure the Chuu2 kids would be ranked low anyway.
I watched Kanon so many years ago, I remember near nothing. I have a vague idea of which of the girls aren’t bad, but beyond that I can’t say much.’
Full Metal Panic
This is a strange exclusion since I am actually a pretty big FMP fan, but it has been a while and while doing the earlier comparison, I struggled to rate the FMP cast well.
It is weird. Maybe it is because the more serious nature of the characters shown in S1 and S3 (neither of which were made by KyoAni mind you) did something to my memory.
I don’t remember most of the cast all that well and more importantly, when I was doing this earlier, the only characters that were doing well were the main three girls. Nichijou has a lot of characters and while many are certainly great, they haven’t aged so well in the recesses of my mind.
If I had to pick one, I’d pick Mio as my favorite Nichijou girl. She really grew on me towards the end.
Anime I shouldn’t include, but did.
It has been a while since I saw Clannad and I can barely remember my feelings for some of the girls. That said, I really like some of the cast, so I am including this anyway.
I still haven’t finished Euphonium (I didn’t watch past episode 8 yet), but it aired recently enough, so I remember most of the characters and should be able to rank them.
I am not going to bother talking about the really boring comparisons, but I will make note of most of them. I think this is better than just throwing out a results list.
Shuuichi is cute, but his failures as a childhood friend and him getting in the way of the YURI OTP make him a dud. Sensei is hot and brutally savage, so the choice is clear.
Kumiko is a pretty great lead actually. She is interesting. She gets some character development and is pretty cute as well. Natsuki is of course no slouch and I haven’t yet watched the later episodes where she probably shines more. I will give this one to Kumiko.
I am generally not fond of either of these characters archetypes, but they were unique enough here for me to like both.
Sapphire is not bad and is kind of amusing, but I will give this one to Hazuki for the courage she showed in confessing and her general attitude towards life and music.
I had some personal issues with Haruka that I wrestled with, but she sort of won me over or at least became amiable. That said, Gotou is awesome. He is probably the best boy in the show after sensei and sensei only wins because sensei is hot.
This comparison is hard and not only because I like both of these two girls. It is because they are very different and likeable for very different reasons.
Reina gets a lot of development and her character is quite deep. I mean, just watch episode 8. I was not expecting those lines, but they were perfect and totally appropriate. Dialogue of that depth (Yuri or otherwise) is just so uncommon.
On the other hand, Asuka is embodied perfection. Her character is ultimately shallow (you don’t have to dig deep to figure her out), but she is basically every awesome trait we shallow anime fans look for. I disagree with all the other characters who complained about Asuka being too good for them to keep up with. They should stop being crybabies.
In the end, I will pic Reina because her character obviously had more work done and she has stuck in my memory. Still, Asuka is perfect waifu material (whatever that entails).
Making me pick between a granddad and his granddaughter is rather cruel. I will pick Ushio anyway because she is adorable.
They may be twins, but this isn’t even worth asking. Kyou is so much better.
One of my favourite harem leads and Fuko. Yeah, I am picking Tomoya.
This is a hard pick between best Clannad girl and one of anime’s better sidekicks. I will pick Tomoyo. She is great.
You can hate Nagisa if you really want, but you gotta admit, she is nowhere near as bad as Kotomi. I also have an irrational fondness of Nagisa. After Story did weird things to me.
The two go well together, but Macaron is much more tolerable.
Muse is second best girl in Amagi Brilliant Park and no, Eiko is not number one (though honestly she isn’t bad).
Out of respect for my rap filled childhood, I should pick 50 Cent, but Kanye West’s smug face and narcissism are great, so I will pick Kanie.
But yes, Sento is actually best girl in Amagi Brilliant Park.
I don’t like Sylphy and Koboli is okay, so I will pick Koboli.
Moffle is great. I don’t care for the loli.
Dera once saved anime. Latifa couldn’t even save her own damn amusement park. Clearly Dera is superior.
Shiori isn’t bad, but Choi is cuter.
Mochizou is cute and adorable. Kanna, though, well you are going to see a trend whenever Kanna is in one of these (spoiler: I will ALWAYS pick Kanna).
Midori is a well developed character and is actually in love with Tamako (which is both cool and rather rare in anime). Tamako is a lifeless moeblob. Sadly, I like the moeblob better (bad personal taste here, nothing more).
They are both so good! I love the back and forth between these two and contrary to what you might initially think, they are genuinely good friends. That said, Oreki is one of my all time favorite anime characters, so I will pick him.
Irisu is good! She really grew on me by the end of Hyouka. I neither remember nor care about this Ayako person.
One of Hyouka’s greatest injustices is that we see so little of Houtarou’s “perfect” sister. She seems pretty awesome though. That hair twirl she did with Houtarou’s hair is legendary. I don’t remember or care for this Misaki girl.
If you asked me this at the beginning of Hyouka I’d have said Mayaka is better, but I came to really like Chitanda by the end. Her overbearing nature became much more tolerable. I think she actually did grow a little though it was far less obvious than Oreki or Satoshi or even Mayaka’s growth. It also helped that she had that really nice bath scene. So yeah, I am picking Eru here, but it is pretty close. Mayaka is amazing as well.
Tsuruya is cute and one of the few genki characters I actually like. Koizumi is sexy goof incarnate. I love him, so yeah I am picking him.
One of the more controversial anime opinions I hold is that I don’t consider Nagato best girl in Haruhi. In fact, I think I might like Asahina a smudge more (though it is probably the shallower side of my brain that is making this decision). Don’t get me wrong, Nagato is great and she is the one true friend Kyon has. I just don’t like her as much as Haruhi or Asahina.
Haruhi is actually my favorite girl in The Melancholy of Haruhi. I love a lot about her, and Haruhi x Kyon is my OTP. That said, since I have to pick one, I am going to pick Kyon. Kyon is sarcastic, funny, cynical and the greatest narrator in anime. He is one of my favourite male characters. Heck, the studio is named after him.
I like Hazuki, but I like Kumiko more.
I like Natsuki, but I like Hazuki more.
Pretty much a tie, but I will give this one to Natsuki.
Maybe if we had seen more of Gotou…well, even if we had, I doubt he’d have won this.
Pitting a grandmother against her granddaughter, huh. I will pick Ushio, though Sanae is on my anime mothers list for a reason.
I will pick Sanae, but they are the best couple and they have their relationship is the most genuine relationship in Clannad.
They are both great, but again, I have a crush on Tomoya.
See, I think Fuko is the worse character. Here though, Fuko is making a nice face and Ryou looks real dumb and useless. Actually even in the anime, Ryou was useless. At least Fuko tried and had a sort of sad backstory. So yeah, out of spite, I will pick Fuko. How does it feel Ryou? How does it feel to be rated below Fuko.
My childhood crush on Nagisa is wearing off. Tomoyo is probably much better, so I am picking her.
Sunohara becomes very likable, but I can’t get his earlier delinquent days out of my head, so I will give it to Nagisa.
Again, Sento is best girl. I also don’t like Salama.
Choi is great, but Dera is amazing.
Choi helped save a market; Latifa served tea, so yeah, Choi.
Tamako may be the lead character, but she can’t hold a candle to Kanna. No one can.
I am half-tempted to say Mochizou, but I can’t get pretty moeblob Tamako out of my head.
The two love rivals. Sorry, Midori, I really want to like you, but for some reason, I don’t like you that much.
We saw almost nothing of Tomoe, so Eru it is.
Asahina is a gorgeous moe blob, but Kyon is perfect.
I said it earlier, but Haruhi is probably my favourite girl in the series, so, I am picking her.
This one is cruel, unfair and unjust. They are both pretty great and even better together! Since we can’t have ties, I will pick Kumiko, but only because she has the better face game. I think Reina is prettier though.
Dad and daughter this time around. I will pick Tomoya.
What a dumb comparison. I will pick Nagisa.
They are both amazing, but as alluded to earlier, Kanna is unbeatable.
Goddamit, these two! I will pick Dera, but out of all the relationships in Tamako Market, the one between Tamako and Dera is my favourite. Dera isn’t a good role model nor is he particularly wise, but he genuinely cares for Tamako and he wants the best for her. When everyone else is thinking about what decision Tamako should make, Dera is the only one who actually bothers to consider her opinion. That is how awesome he is.
Blue-eyed moeblob beats red-eyed moeblob. (Though they are both good moeblobs!)
I will give this one to the cute boy.
Poor Midori. She is going to lose to Choi too. 😦
Ah yes, Hyouka’s two leads and my OTP. Sorry Chitanda, I might have come to like you, but you can’t outdo Oreki. No one in Hyouka can.
Tough! See, this is where I am supposed to demonstrate I can overcome physical attraction and pick the better character, but nope, I can’t. Sorry Satoshi.
Ah yes, the angst doomed OTP. I will pick Satoshi, but again, I do love Mayaka.
The four main characters in Hyouka are also its best. Sorry, Irisu, you can be fifth best.
Ah yes, one of anime’s best gay ships. I will pick Kyon because it feels like there is more to him (he has all that narration you know).
I will pick Haruhi since we see more of her character, but this one is pretty close.
Koizumi and his dumb philosophical rantings make him significantly better, though I will admit that I am always charmed by Asahina’s clumsiness.
I hate these two because I always get their names mixed up. Tomoyo is awesome, but my man-crush insists I pick Tomoya, so purple haired failure dad it is. Tomoya also has that super sexy voice (Yūichi Nakamura) going for him.
This is where my bad memory is beginning to show. I know Kyou is awesome and I know Tomoyo is awesome, but my memory is bad, so I am having a hard time comparing the two. I will pick Tomoyo because I think I liked her more (at the very least, it is the more conventional choice).
Nagisa tore my heart apart in After Story, but if I am being honest, Kyou was probably a better character, so I will pick her.
Mother and daughter this time around. That picture of Nagisa is really not flattering. It makes me hate her a bit every time she pops up. I will pick Ushio (partly because of that built up Nagisa image inspired hate), but also because the little kid made me cry like a baby in that meadow scene.
Fuko > Kotomi. Sorry, not sorry.
I will give it to Ryou, but really that picture is terrible. It really makes me dislike Ryou.
Kanie is awesome, but Kanna is unmatchable, unbeatable and unstoppable.
They are both narcissistic goofs, but Dera is more endearing.
Getting some lead on lead action here. Tamako Market as an anime is just better than Amagi Brilliant Park (though Amagi is still a lovely watch), so I am picking Tamako.
Ah yes, the one choice everyone complains about when they get to it. I am going to pick Kyon because of nostalgia, but both of these two are awesome. If I were to make a top anime character list, both of these guys would be on it and both would be near the top.
Comparisons like this highlight the flaws inherent in ranking characters across series. My heart is telling me I like Chitanda more, but part of that is recency bias and a better look. Haruhi as a character is definitely fun and more dynamic. I will go with my heart and pick Eru, but eh…
Battle of the sidekicks, huh. I will pick Satoshi because I think there is more dimension to him though they are both great.
They are the main leads in their respective series, but this is a hard comparison. Tomoya is being backed by nostalgia, but Kumiko is being backed by recency bias and shinier character design. I will pick Tomoya because I am not really sure if I will remember Euphonium 5+ years from now like I do After Story.
Putting this one in because of the 69%. I like Natsuki, but I doubt I will remember her, so I will pick Akio.
Spoiler: This one determines 1st and 2nd place.
What a weird comparison. Oh well, I generally like humans with purple eyes, so I will pick Chitanda.
Once more, the shallow part of my heart is telling me to pick the moeblob, but my brain insists that I must have loved Haruhi for some reason. Sigh. I will pick Tamako I guess.
They sort of play similar roles as secondary cute boy leads, but they are quite different. Satoshi’s development is on a whole other level than poor Mochizou’s (though Mochizou is one of the better developed characters in Tamako Market). So, yeah, I am picking Satoshi (Mochizou is real cute though).
I will side once more with the moe loving side of me and pick Mochizou.
I relate to Kanie because I was also once openly narcissistic. Sadly, I was never an openly fake philosopher. Sorry Koizumi.
Choi is cute, but poor Nagato doesn’t deserve the treatment I have given her, so I will give her a win here.
I love Tomoya (for reasons not entirely clear), but Kyon is better.
Again, Tomoya is great, but Oreki is better.
Another one of those “the methodology is flawed and I hate myself” comparisons. I will give it to Chitanda because I think I have been too nice to Clannad (it is mostly nostalgia fuelled).
Dumb comparison. I will give it to Dera.
Tamako wins this.
When I clicked Tamako and this popped up, I -out loud- said “fuck”. That said, I think Haruhi struck a greater chord and to be honest, Tomoyo doesn’t do anything (unfortunately). So, I will pick Haruhi.
Rough! I will pick Mochizou because he was able to make his love come true.
I am feeling some regret because in Battle 230, I picked Tomoyo over Kanie and can no longer undo it (can only do that once and I accidentally advanced too far). Kanie’s narcissism is near and dear to me!
Sento is funnier, so she wins.
I will give this one to Midori (mostly because I feel sorry for her).
Has Kyou ever saved the main character’s life? Has she survived through thousands upon thousands of time loops? Has she ever tried to destroy reality? Okay, maybe that last one isn’t a plus, but you get the idea. Nagato wins.
Weird matchup. I will give it to Nagisa.
I will comment on this one because I haven’t said much about Asakura. I have generally been ranking her down because I don’t quite like killer aliens. She is better in the Nagato anime, but I didn’t see much of that.
I am including this one because I haven’t talked about Aoi yet. I respect Aoi for quitting the band when she realized it was going to be hard. That said, something else about her never really meshed well with me. Maybe it is because the show tried to make such a big deal out of one person quitting a high school band. Anyway, I just wanted to say that. I will pick her over Ryouko.
This was the final battle. I picked Shiina because lol, Fuko. If you made it through this far, I congratulate you. I don’t think I could do that.
Oh, dear Lord. That was exhausting. Sorry about that. Here is the image summary:
Thoughts & Excuses
I think having Kanna as number one is sort of unusual as far as this thing goes. I am not deluded enough to think that she is a particularly complex, deep or even funny character, but I just really liked everything she did on screen. It is not like I am even part of some Kanna obsessed fandom. I don’t even have any artwork of her collected…, but I could never not pick Kanna for reasons that are still unclear.
Leaving aside Kanna, I think my number 2 and 3 choices are pretty standard fare. Kyon is one of anime’s most beloved lead’s and for the most part, he deserves that. Oreki is fantastic, and I really have nothing else to say about him. Chitanda could have been lower. I am still iffy on her placement, but I don’t mind her at #4. Oreki wouldn’t have made it to the top if Chitanda wasn’t there, egging him on.
Tomoya as number 5 is a more controversial choice. He has a sexy voice, some snark and a rather mischievous side to him. And if I am allowed to be real for half a second, I still think Tomoya is one of the better harem leads we have seen (even 11 years after the first season aired). Tomoya isn’t bland. He gets some good development. He isn’t overly nice (poor Ushio gets ignored for five years), but he also doesn’t outright hate people. Or at least, he can’t bring himself to hate them (despite wanting to because of his own dad). I don’t know, Tomoya is strange. He has stuck with me for a long time and his struggle in After Story really did strike a chord. I think if I rewatched Clannad, I’d like him a bit less, but for now, I will leave him be.
Dera at 6 is amusing. I am not sure if Tamako should be lower, but I like her enough that I don’t mind her there. I have to rewatch or reread Haruhi to get a better grasp of where Haruhi should fit, but I think she would still be top 10. The rest of the entries are probably reasonable, so I am not going to discuss this any more (feel free to inquire in the comments though!). Thanks for sticking with me if you did!
Tweet I made of my initial attempt:
edit: Oh and as a cool reference, I found one I did early this year. And yes, Kanna was still number one.