View Full Version : Which anime characters do you respect the most for personality, & why?
10-01-2009, 09:31 PM
Which anime characters do you have the most respect for, & why? For personality & ability more than body.
10-01-2009, 09:59 PM
Has to be Furukawa Nagisa of Clannad. She's certainly not someone with strong physical abilities, nor exceptional mental ability (although she's quite smart, her good grades are mentioned often) but in strength of character, in growth over the course of the series, and in the sheer amount of unadulterated love and affection and adoration she elicits from me, there is simply no equal. I have the most immeasurable amount of respect for her and for what she was able to help create for herself and for her friends and loved ones.
After that, for two characters who exhibit strength in rather more... epic... situations, I'll give the nod first to Dhianeila Y Leisha Altria Ol Yunos of Heroic Age. I ranted at length in the discussion thread about how incredible a person she is. I don't know how many times I teared up when I saw whole fleets and planetary systems bow in awe and reverence of her determination, generosity, and skill. Rarely has there been a character more qualified to be followed to the ends of the universe, even to death, and then some. And more deserving of getting what it is she's fought so hard for.
The other would be Nia Teppelin from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, for reasons similar to Dhianeila. Only in her case the reverence she received was on a smaller scale, and the lives she affected were fewer in number as well. There was also the issue of her [slight spoiler] having a much less active role in the second half which just gave her less overall screentime than Dhianeila in general. But the time she did get, my god it was just absolutely incredible. Despite coming from the most sheltered background and the most naive worldview imaginable, the rate at which she came to grasp human relationships, the gravity of the situation she was in, and the importance of the comrades fighting and dying alongside her was just unparalleled. Few characters can compare to her strength.
I get choked up just typing about these three.
All three are among my favorite characters ever. Interestingly, my #2 character right behind Nagisa, Suzumiya Haruhi, is much harder to describe in terms of "respect". With her it's more that I just find her, flaws included, utterly fascinating, rather than seek to hold her up as a model for emulation. Perhaps I should give an honorable mention to her SOS-dan members? :sd:
10-01-2009, 11:59 PM
Seconding Nagisa. Also:
Sora Naegino (Kaleido Star): Mostly because of her perseverance and relentless pursuit of her own definition of success.
Youko Nakajima (The Twelve Kingdoms): Awesome ability to continously judge herself and adjust accordingly. Rare to see that.
10-02-2009, 03:33 PM
I'd have to say Yue (yes, again :sd:), because even though she tends to be snarky and sarcastic on the outside, deep down inside she still has a soft side to her and those who have known her well (Nodoka, Haruna, Konoka) are aware of her troubles with emotion.
10-02-2009, 07:48 PM
Many names start coming to mind.
Triela (Gunslinger Girl): Of all the girls at the Social Welfare Agency, it always seemed to me that Triela had the most realistic outlook on her situation. She is able to accept the reality of her new life, make the best of it, and serve as a mentor of sorts to the others.
Shima Katase (Stellvia) and Arika Yumemiya (My Otome): While you could say that both of them are almost stereotypical "do your best" type characters, they are also both extremely capable when the chips are down.
Yamamoto Yohko (Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko): She's a very capable person, and she has no problem letting just about everyone know that fact.
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