Just a friendly reminder that UR WAIFU IS SHIT.
I freely admit it: I’m biased. There are certain types of anime girls which I like and certain types of anime girls which I hate.
It’s a lot like anime in general. Theoretically, every genre has the same potential to be good. In practice, it rarely ever works out like that.
Still, the most important thing is how the character is written, not necessarily their type. So there are lots of exceptions to this list. But this should give you a general indication of what I think is attractive in 2D women.
(Disclaimer: These preferences do not extend to the 3D world.)
Let me begin with my SHIT LIST of anime girls that I hate.
Just can’t get into glasses. Sorry.
Flawfinder seems to be labouring under the assumption that I am a slimy pedophile. I won’t deny the slimy part, but I can say with confidence that little girls just don’t do it for me. I would say it’s because I prefer someone closer to my own age, but perhaps the big reason for this is that lolis don’t have tits (well, except for that one girl in Ro Kyu Bu…) Mind you, I can still like the character’s personality, but this is rare, since lolis usually act like little shits.
My hatred extends to high school girls who look, act and think like six-year-olds. This is the main reason why Lucky Star pisses me off.
3) WIMPY SHOJO HEROINES
GROW A PAIR, SAWAKO
The main reason why shojo manga irks me is because the heroine usually has no capacity to think for herself. I like to believe in this concept called “feminism”, and it is strangely disorienting to watch characters whose only ambition in life is to become a housewife. With an abusive hubby, no less.
There are good shojo heroines, of course, like Risa from Lovely Complex and Yukino from Kare Kano, but they are sadly few and far between. Reverse harem leads are the worst of the lot.
2) SENJOUGAHARA CLONES
I never really bought into the whole “Senjougahara Fascination” thing. She’s a well-written character, but I would shudder to be in a relationship with her. What made her so compelling, though, was her inner insecurity and how she genuinely did her best to overcome that. Her behaviour was explained but never excused.
Unsurprisingly, characters who try to be like Senjougahara but forget what made her such a great character end up sucking and coming across as insufferable twats. Masuzu a shit.
1) ABUSIVE TSUNDERE
The “tsundere” archetype has evolved to such a degree that there are now an endless amount of variations and spins on the tsundere concept. (In fact, Senjougahara referred to herself as a tsundere in one of the early episodes of Bakemonogatari.)
But basically, most tsunderes can be sorted into two types: abusive and non-abusive.
The type of tsundere which I hate and despise is the abusive kind. I don’t know about anyone else, but I cringe whenever I see girls hitting boys, only for the whole thing to get played off as a joke or that “he deserved it because he’s a pervert LOL”. It’s double standards, plain and simple.
Louise has to be the worst tsundere of all time, or at least pretty high up there on the list of suckiness. The only thing that is worse than a tsundere is a loli tsundere. Why is your taste so shit Saito.
Now with all the negativity out of the way, let’s get to my five favourite types of anime girls.
When I was first getting into otakudom, I was really into the ideal ~PURE PURE~ kind of anime girl. (Lacus Clyne from Gundam Seed was my very first waifu.) Since then, I’ve gotten a bit disillusioned with that archetype; I think pure girls tend to have boring personalities because they’re too perfect.
The yandere is a really fascinating spin on the pure girl concept. Yandere girls are almost always sexually pure, saving themselves for that one boy they’re interested in. And by holding so fast to their notion of pure love, they become distorted, corrupted. What makes them so scary is that their basic intentions aren’t so bad. They just take it much too far.
If nothing else, watching yandere characters gives me an adrenaline rush.
I didn’t always like imoutos very much, but they’ve grown on me a lot. This is admittedly a character type that is really hit-and-miss (mostly miss), but when they get to me, they get to me. HRRRNNNNGGGHHHH
Rin from Little Busters! is probably one of the best imouto characters I’ve ever seen. She acts like a real little sister and yet still manages to be charming.
3) TOMBOYS / GIRLS WHO LOOK LIKE DUDES
I don’t think these types of characters actually challenge gender roles in a meaningful way. But that doesn’t stop them from being mother-effing adorable. There’s something about a girl who’s awkward about expressing her femininity that’s really cute. Bonus points if other girls think of the tomboy girl as the pinnacle of masculinity.
Pretty redundant opinion, but yeah, Charlotte was the Best Girl in Infinite Stratos. Pity she was broken in S2, just like everybody else.
2) NON-ABUSIVE TSUNDERE
Despite my hatred of abusive tsunderes, I really like the idea behind the archetype. After all, everyone struggles to admit they want love and affection to a degree, because it makes us feel vulnerable. I feel as if this archetype is misrepresented as a cynical invention designed to appeal to the otaku’s masochistic fetish. That’s not the only dimension to the tsundere character, though. Sometimes, when the tsundere is well-written, I can really connect to her emotional struggles.
The best tsunderes are drawn from life. In fact, most of my absolute favourite fictional characters (inside and outside of anime) are tsuns. They’re great.
1) GENKI GIRLS
What can I say? I love cheerful, hyper girls, especially if they have pink hair!
Sometimes, there’s more to a genki girl than you might assume at first glance. Maybe her energy is a front to hide away the sad feelings locked up inside of her, or sometimes it’s a defence that she puts up so that she doesn’t have to deal with difficult relationships. I really enjoy stories which explore the genki girl through this angle. (Minori from Toradora! comes to mind.)
Actually, my initial inspiration for this post was the latest episode of Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai! Ren. When I saw it, I thought to myself, “Man, Satone is such a GREAT character!” I knew from the moment I first laid eyes on her that she would become mai waifu and she did NOT disappoint.
Like with the well-written tsundere, I can relate to a well-written genki girl on a really profound level, so perhaps calling these characters my “waifu” is the wrong term here.
But if Yuuta rejects Satone it’s okay I’ll marry Satone so she really will be mai waifu
I know what you’re thinking. You’re about to tell me that my waifu isn’t real. Why are you such a dick? :(
I think my expectation for 2D girls is very similar to my expectation for 2D boys. I like characters I can relate to and whom I feel are drawn from life. There are exceptions, though. I’ve never met a yandere, and hopefully never will. That doesn’t stop me from thinking it’s one of the more interesting tropes out there.
The big appeal of anime girls is that they’re not real and therefore “superior” to 3D girls. I can’t say the things I look for in a 2D girl are the same things I’d look for in a real girl. Common decency and respect for other human beings is high up on the list for both, though.
(Oh, and as for other character types like the childhood friend, ojousama, kuudere, etc. they’re on my “Okay Tier” list. I’d elaborate, but this post has gone on for too long already.)
Feel free to bash me for my tastes and/or ask me for my opinions on certain fictional characters. Or you can tell me what kind of anime girls you like or hate!