Our first character spotlight that’s originally from a hentai visual novel! Woooooo! When a character is from that kind of media and is worthy of being one of the many lovely ladies featured in this series, you know she’s something special. Granted, there are actually a number of girls in visual novels that will be in this series at some point (Angela from Princess Waltz, you’re next!), but out of all of them, Asa’s the shining example. After all, she is #4 on the anime waifu list.
It’s crazy to think that out of all the girls in the entire Shuffle! series, I essentially picked the one who is the only one without a gimmick. Think about it. Lisianthus, Nerine, they’re sweet girls but they’re also a God or a Devil. Kareha is a god, but also has the “head way too high in the clouds” personality. Primula is the tiny, quiet girl…who may also be severely underage. Kaede seems normal, except she’s given the “perfect wife” treatment and oh, SHE SNAPS INTO A VIOLENT RAGE SOMETIMES! No, thank you! Mayumi’s probably the closest thing we have to a normal girl, except she’s got the anime distinction of being the girl with heterochromia (two different coloured eyes).
While Asa is indeed half-human, half-devil, there’s nothing physically that shows that and personality-wise, she’s a normal as you can get in the series. She’s very energetic, that happy-all-the-time kind of girl that you just can’t help but smile when you’re around her. But the biggest feather in her cap is that she’s a tomboy, which is an immediately plus for me and a giant one at that. I absolutely adore tomboys (need to make an article on this), almost every major tomboy character in an anime or video game (and is at the very least decently good-looking) I’m an absolute fan of and Asa is no exception. The upside though with her, is she’s not the cliche “I only like manly stuff” kind of tomboy, she still dresses very much like a normal girl, hell she’s still super good at cooking, though that’s not exactly reserved as a girly skill anymore, we’re finally getting past the woman stays in the kitchen bullshit. She doesn’t sacrifice her looks because she’s a tomboy, she dresses how she wants and acts how she wants.
Asa plays both sides as well when it comes to how she dresses and acts. She can be very innocent, beautiful and elegant. She’ll look nice and pretty when she has to, after all she clearly spends a little time with her hair and makeup. But she can also be a little cheeky, a little sexy, she has no problem showing herself off to the one she loves. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, in fact it’s freaking fantastic to have a girl that can nail both sides of the coin without hating either side. When it comes to her attitude, it’s no different. While she’s very energetic and sometimes a little too straightforward, she can be very polite when she has to be. But when it’s time to get serious and you’ve got a man you want to nab before the infinite amount of sexy Gods and Devils get to him, you’re willing to wrap your arms around him from behind and hug your topless body right up against him and be just a little flirtatious. While wearing this weird…jean bikini bottom? Oh, and you never intended for your bikini top to fall off, shit just happened. Perhaps it was a sign? I don’t think Rin gave a shit at that point, he had the best pair of breasts in the entire series against his back.
And that’s the thing about Asa that really sets her apart from the rest of the girls. While most of the rest have visual gimmicks like the long, pointy ears, Asa is as pretty as the rest of them without having something extra to set her apart physically from the rest of them. There’s a lot of emphasis on the rest of them as being drop dead gorgeous, though unless you pick Asa’s story arc in the visual novel, you don’t get that from her nearly as much. She’s just cute the majority of the time, until you get to the sexy scenes with her, where she shines brighter than all. She pretty much has the perfect body, I love her hairstyle and colour, beautiful violet eyes, the perfect bust size, not too big and not too small, and of course that perfect ass of hers. And with all that, she still comes off like a best friend, she’s not a bitch, she’s not a princess, she’s just a girl. And she isn’t held down to one style. Like I said earlier with her elegant to sexy traits, she’ll wear odd stuff like the jean bikini bottoms and the overalls kind of looking dress, to well…super cute panties like these:
The most shocking thing with Asa though is how the anime handles her, specifically the plot. Honestly when it comes to the girls in the first half of the anime, Asa feels like #5 on the totem pole underneath Primula, then Lisianthus and Nerine, with Kaede on top as the girls destined to be with Rin. And then out of nowhere, she’s the one picked to be the love interest of the anime, which is actually even more surprising, given most harem anime never show their hand at the end, you’re left with no clear winner. Not only does Asa win, but she wins outright and crazy shit happens, which I’ll discuss in the Anime Spotlight tomorrow, which just happens to be the Shuffle! anime.
Y’know I feel like this article is a little light on words, like there’s nothing too special about Asa. I think that’s the beauty of her, she is just that, normal. She’s super pretty, a tomboy and just feels like your best friend in life. And when it all comes down to it, the girl you end up spending the rest of your life with (or guy, whatever you’re into) should be just that, your best friend.
And if he/she’s this damn sexy too, that’s a major freaking bonus!