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Character Spotlight: Akatsuki

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Only in anime can you make a ninja one of the most adorable characters you’ll ever lay eyes on.

Akatsuki from the awesome virtual-reality video game MMORPG anime Log Horizon, is the main female character of the show, one who you could argue as being the best in battle in the main group. She’s a great example of a strong, female lead character without having to make sacrifices just to check off a couple more boxes to make the SJWs and extreme feminists happy.

Her first moments are super interesting, which is probably what got me so intrigued by her right off the bat. The first time we meet Akatsuki is while she’s still under her original male avatar, likely playing as such to avoid unwanted attention from male gamers, a common decision that many female gamers end up choosing. It’s nice to see the show put that subtle reference to real issues in there, without making too big a deal of it. But since everyone’s trapped in their avatars like it’s their real bodies, she asks Shiroe to give her a limited edition item that can change her avatar’s gender so she can, y’know…live like her own gender. I’m sure that was quite the experience for her for as long as it took to transfer over.

Post-Transformation
Post-Transformation

Once we get the real Akatsuki on screen, all hell breaks loose and the hilarity and pure beauty that is this little ninja girl arrives. With party member Naotsugu being a bit of a pervert, just hearing him start to talk about panties causes her out of pure instinct kick him in the face, followed by asking party leader Shiroe “My lord, may I kick this pervert in the face?” after already doing so. And this continues on through the entire series, even when she’s not there, Naotsugu often having things fall on him when he starts, calling it the Akatsuki Curse (which we see her sneeze after this, it’s so funny).

What’s interesting about her also is her speaking mannerisms. She’s very formal, rarely addresses Shiroe by his name, instead often replace that with “my lord”. It’s hard at first to tell if she’s just a hardcore roleplayer when it comes to her character, but at least with Shiroe it becomes more apparent (though I haven’t finished Season 2 to know if this is 100% true) that she likely talks how she does around him as a way to hide her feelings for him, regardless of the fact they’ve never met in person before. It’s a very interesting perspective on potential love through an MMORPG, something that often does happen (at least when both players know each other’s gender, of course) to people around the world while playing these games.

Akatsuki being "tortured" by Henrietta
Akatsuki being “tortured” by Henrietta

Of course, the crowning jewel of Akatsuki is her various facial expressions, something the show is fantastic for. Especially when under the torturous grasp of Crescent Moon Alliance member Henrietta, Akatsuki has her best moments when cowering in fear of this woman hugging her senseless, brushing her hair and dressing her up in various adorable outfits, something she absolutely despises the most. Perhaps it’s embarrassing to her, maybe she doesn’t see herself as a cute girl in real life, maybe she’s a tomboy and can’t stand pretty dresses and such. Whatever the reason, she hates it and any time she’s put into these situations, it’s memorable and hilarious to watch.

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While Akatsuki is super adorable to watch and enjoy every moment she’s on screen, she’s not just that pretty face and figure. In fact, like I said at the beginning of this post, she’s probably the best fighter in Log Horizon as an assassin. With her lightning-fast movements, the ability to go invisible and hide herself from all scanning abilities and of course her many quick and deadly attacks, she’s a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield, even with characters like Nyanta and Naotsugu who are no slouches in their own right.

And that’s probably my favourite thing about Akatsuki, the fact that not only is she this tiny, absolutely adorable girl who blushes constantly and is very proper, she can whip so much ass it never ceases to amaze me. She’s not designed specifically to be a badass, she’s not overly muscular with short hair and a deep voice, she’s just a badass no matter what she looks like. That’s what should be done, pretty girls can be tough too, we don’t have to stereotype what a badass tough girl looks like.

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Akatsuki is one of my favourite anime girls of all time, one who demonstrates that it is possible to have a girl that can kick tons of ass and doesn’t have to compromise her looks or her personality to do it. She’s a tiny, beautiful yet badass assassin, that’s all there is to it and she succeeds with flying colours.

Seriously though, those facial expressions…

(left to right) Akatsuki, Shiroe, Naotsugu
(left to right) Akatsuki, Shiroe, Naotsugu

Top 10 Anime Girls I’d Marry

A couple weeks ago I had the difficult decision to pick the Top 10 girls in all of anime that I’d list for a one-night stand. That was all fun and games, but now it’s time to get serious! These ten have to be more than a pretty face and body, they have to also have the personality that would work with me and the feeling that I’d want more than to just hang out with them. Also it helps that they aren’t likely to kill me or hurt me pretty badly…

As usual this is my own list taking into account my own preferences, so my list will be way different than yours. And there’s always characters I’ve never heard of or haven’t watched so I don’t know them inside and out. And because some characters may have difficulty applying to real life (cause, y’know…it’s anime), there’ll be a couple characters I adjust slightly to work with this situation.

Anyways, let’s get to it!

 

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My first anime crush, Cagalli has been etched into my psyche for a long time now. The downside to that is there’s been plenty of time to take her further and further down the totem pole. However she’s still leaps and bounds more interesting than the majority of anime girls out there, she’s a tough girl with a tiny bit of a laid back personality when she’s not fighting for her life. She of course gets extra points being a tomboy, something that always works well with me. Man…I still can remember that sequence in Gundam Seed with her and Athrun on that deserted island as if I watched it yesterday.

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Lynette’s an absolute freaking sweetheart, she’s awesome. She’s also got that shy side of her as well that’s really cute. A huge plus for me is she’s a pretty good cook (I’m god awful in the kitchen right now), so it would certainly be nice to have someone directing me rather than leaving me to burn the house down. I suppose her being in an alternate WWII-era anime requires some change to bring her into the present day, but given her look and attitude, I don’t see that being an issue.

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Right off the bat, yes I know she’s a tiny alien inside an AI unit designed exactly like her in human size. So let’s just assume the AI unit is the actual human body for this. Nagisa is a crazy mixture all over, she can be that adorable girl, but she’s also so unpredictable and a little crazy, which can be fun (when she’s not holding a Memory Erasure Apparatus, I mean…hammer…) as well. Not to mention the blue hair/green eyes combination looks fantastic on her. One of my favourite girls from this year’s worth of anime.

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I seem to like a lot of girls in sci-fi kind of anime, the third character of the first four so far that has something to do with outer space. I’m not even convinced I’d need to take away Marika’s space pirate work, she doesn’t seem to let it change her to the point of the stereotypical rum-drinking, cursing, violent pirate. Instead she’s an absolute sweetheart, very fun loving and let’s be honest here, she’s gorgeous. I don’t think even in full pirate getup and holding a gun right to my head, I still wouldn’t think in the back of my head “Damn she’s pretty…”.

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Granted, this character is inside a video game, so we can safely assume the role of the character’s self in the real world, Shizuka Hanekura. Specifically in Log Horizon, Akatsuki is easily the cutest assassin I’ve ever seen in any form of media. She has to be when one of the side characters tries to dress her up in pretty clothes and hugs the shit out of her every time she comes across her. Personality-wise, I really don’t pay much attention to her “my lord” portion, other than the fact you know she’s loyal to you once you’ve earned her respect. Otherwise, she is clearly very shy and reserved, looking even more adorable when doing so. I just hope Akatsuki is the only part of Shizuka that’s swung a sharp object.

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Looking at the rest of this list, I can safely say we’re away from all the outer space ladies, but something will remain consistent for almost the entire Top 5: tomboys. Makoto is the tomboyish character in Idolmaster that wants to be a girly pop idol like everyone else, but her tomboyish figure for the most part prevents that, everyone prefers to dress her more like a guy. Honestly, I could go either way, she looks really good in her more masculine clothes such as the tanktop and shorts she’s wearing in the picture above. But I’d have zero issues with her in a cute top, skirt and thigh high socks if that’s what she wants to do. She’s pretty enough that she can pull off both sides.

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It’s crazy that in an anime/visual novel where there’s so many to choose from, especially ones designed to be perfect (Nerine, Lisianthus, Kareha, etc.), Asa’s the one I’d pick by not just a small margin, but by a landslide. This green-haired sporty tomboy is fucking awesome, she really gives off that best friend in the entire world attitude. But she also backs up her awesome personality with pure beauty, past the joking and stuff she is an absolutely beautiful girl and is very adorable when you get close enough to her to unlock that part of her personality. Though the denim shorts cut into bikini bottoms still baffles me. Tomboy, I guess.

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Rikka’s probably the closest character in terms of her overall looks and personality to my actual real-life girlfriend and before you even think it, no, my girlfriend is 27 like me. Minus the acting like she’s still an anime heroine, Rikka is easily the cutest of all the girls on this list in terms of personality. She’s very over-exaggerating with her emotions, whether she shows that by her facial expressions, or waving her hands about (my girlfriend does this a lot when she speaks). She’s totally adorable, you just want to give her the biggest hug ever. I imagine once she’s grown up a little more, probably after high school, she’s the perfect mixture of a young adult who still has a little bit of their inner child out there.

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I said so many good things about Charlotte in my Top 10 Infinite Stratos Girls list, but she just misses the #1 spot. But it’s no easy feat to get #2 and Charlotte works hard to do that. She’s one of very few blonde-haired characters that’s really gotten my attention, it helps that she dressed like a guy for half the first season and has a curious mixture of a tomboy, but seems to lean to a more girly side once her real gender is discovered. And then there’s that French accent of her, which is sexy as fuck. She really gives off that sweet girl feeling, the kind of girl you’d want to take out to a nice dinner to, not just a movie or something trivial like that. You think she’s worth the effort, as certainly do I.

 

But if Charlotte, the girl I’ve been talking endlessly about these past couple weeks isn’t #1, who is? Well…

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I don’t even want to remove her cat ears and tail, fuck it, have nekojin exist in our world for this, it only adds to how beautiful this woman is. The first time I saw Kuon in Episode 1 of Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen, I thought she was really cute, but wasn’t sure how I’d feel about her personality. Generally speaking, characters that look like how she does can often be a little hyper, or too overly cute. But by the end of Episode 1 after watching how this woman acts, the only thought coming to my head was “Holy shit, if this girl was real…”, though of course I am in a great 8-year relationship, I’m not the kind of terrible guy who’d drop a girl just because he came across a prettier one who’s into him. Putting all that aside though, there’s no denying the perfection that is Kuon. She’s one of the prettiest girls in any fictional media I’ve ever come across and may just have the best personality out of all of them. She’s sweet, she’s loving, she’s caring, she’s funny, she’s adorable and she has no problem getting serious when she has to. She’s the total package and easily the #1 candidate for an anime marriage if one could ever exist.

 

Hope you enjoyed the list, once again I had a blast/hard time making this one up. If you’ve got your own opinions, especially involving characters I didn’t even mention, don’t hesitate to share them in the comments below!