It’s week #2 of the new weekly article on Tuesdays, Waifu, Friend With Benefits or One-Night Stand!
For those new to the article, this is not a post that talks about the “fuckability” of three randomly selected female characters from various anime and video games. I’m already attracted to them, it’s to be implied that I would share a bed with them already. What this article is meant to do, is go through their personalities, interests, anything pertinent to answering the question if they’re a one-time only, a friend that I might accept the occasional booty call from, or someone I would absolutely spend the rest of my life with.
So without further to do, let’s meet this week’s contestants!
This blonde-haired beauty from Infinite Stratos has been a mainstay on the top of the list when it comes to my favourite anime girls. Charlotte is just one of those girls that no matter how much anime I soak in and furthermore how many more female characters I take a liking to, no one can seem to take this girl off the top.
Starting out, Charlotte wasn’t even Charlotte, she was disguised as Charles Dunois, the second boy to be able to pilot as IS unit, essentially what would happen if you took a Gundam, made it human-sized and then removed the parts that cover up the chest and butt, for obvious reasons! But anyone who’s watched anime for more than five minutes could tell right from the very start (especially with the knowledge that Infinite Stratos is a harem anime) that Charles was not packing anything, at least not in the lower regions. So not long after, when “Charles” and Ichika are rooming together at the academy’s dorm, being the only two guys, he walks in on Charles in the shower and as it turned out, Charles was indeed packing…some pretty large breasts that somehow could be wrapped up to hide her true gender. But y’know…anime logic.
Deception aside, Charlotte makes no buts about it, she’s an absolute sweetheart. Even when disguised as a boy, she was an absolute wonder to be around. She comes from a wealthy family, though being born a baby from her father’s mistress, rather his wife. Not knowing her father, she lived with her mother until her sudden passing and was then adopted by her father. Being from France and from a wealthy family, she’s stereotyped as the elegant girl of the group, but doesn’t fall into the posh, holier-than-thou attitude that Cecilia does. Instead, Charlotte puts aside the negative connotations that comes with being from a rich family, in fact her father’s company being a top producer of IS units. She rarely gets angry, she’s not overly pushy and she doesn’t exert the common tsundere trope in anime girls.
However that doesn’t mean she’s free from anime tropes, she still falls into the trap of wanting to be with the MC, however will still call him a pervert if something happens out of her control (like having her breasts grabbed accidentally while going down a couples waterslide with Ichika). Though there have been times, especially while they were still rooming together where she even flat-out admits that she’d gladly partake in such actions if he at least talked to her about it first. It’s clear that her heart is open to romance and she’s not shy about it, she’d just rather it be on her terms.
Romantic preferences aside, Charlotte has essentially two sides to her in the show. She’s the elegant sweetheart of the group outside of battle, but when the IS unit gets put on, she’s a confident and strong young woman. She has zero issue protecting her friends, she’s not a damsel. In fact, she’s the one who really teaches Ichika how to pilot his IS in the beginning when the other girls are more concerned about spending time with him and trying to get into his pants than actually teaching him something.
So with me finished just going crazy on all the things I like about Charlotte, if you’ve kept up with my content, this decision will come as no surprise:
♥♥♥ #1 WAIFU ♥♥♥
Though Charlotte gets special treatment because she is my #1 choice for a wife within all fictional girls. If I only get to pick one fictional girl to make into a real person, it’s Charlotte without question. I’ve said it before, I’m not sure if someone will ever capture my heart as much as she has, she just the perfect girl for me. To quickly get her looks out of the way, she’s built so perfectly, she’s a smaller girl, doesn’t have massive breasts, an adorable hair style and dresses very cute. Hell, even when she was disguised as a guy, I thought she was attractive as all hell!
In terms of her personality, I can’t see many flaws with her. She’s not crazy, angry, selfish, snobby, anything that would completely turn me off of her. Instead, she’s calm, kind, caring, fun-loving and she has a bit of a romantic side to her, so long as you don’t grab her breasts on a waterslide or pull down her panties when she falls over while getting dressed and you trip over yourself trying to stop her from screaming in a dorm full of girls. She’s shown me over the course of the anime’s two seasons that she’s not just a friend, she’s your best friend. And one as beautiful as her, I would never ignore if such a person existed.
From a show that I’m still very salty about not getting the kind of attention it deserved, Kinoa from Bubuki Buranki is a very interesting personality to go through. There’s a lot of good to go through, but at the same time there’s a lot of issues the girl has had and gone through that’ll make this whole process a lot tougher than some of the other girls out there.
Right off the bat, Kinoa has a real temper. She’s very snappy at times, especially with Hiiragi, though I can accept her getting pissed off at him constantly, he’s a giant douche. Regardless, she does have a temper that often flares up and she’s quite cynical and pushy.
However we have to take into account the mental trauma the girl has gone through before the anime even begins. Aside from the whole world being in chaos under Reoko’s rule and possibly her parents being killed (can’t remember if hers were killed like others were, can’t find the answer online either), she was taken advantage of by the much older Souya when she was younger and obviously more naïve and trusting. While we’re left to assume it wasn’t a rape-level situation, we are told to assume that the two of them at one point had a sexual relationship and that once Souya had his fun, he left her high and dry, sending her into the vengeful badass bitch she is as the series starts.
So it’s really hard to fault her for some of the more negative personality traits she has. The question I’m left with is if I should take everything as is, or judge her more based on what she’d be like without all that trauma. So when I cast aside all that for the time being, what I see in Kinoa is a cool, fun-loving tomboyish girl who has a sweet side to her once you get close enough to her. We see flashes of that sweet side in the flashbacks of her, she doesn’t really ever bring it out in the present time though.
Taking her full personality into the fray though, it’s a little different. With her vengeful status, she’s a lot more on the take no prisoners, hot-headed side of things personality-wise. She does carry that confidence and swagger about her with her fighting ability and is a very strong young woman.
Unfortunately, the reality is that we are taking the character in full, so because of the added effects of her mental trauma, the decision is as follows:
♦ FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS ♦
I imagine behind all the problems she has because of the entire situation going on and especially Souya’s “game” he played with her, Kinoa would probably be a super cool person to be around and may have even crossed into Waifu territory, as I really do like her. But with the temper she has and the other issues, it’s too difficult to go that far down the road with her. Granted, I can easily see her being much more approachable down the line once you’ve gotten her comfortable around you and trusting you unlike the 99.9% of people she comes into contact with. She’s a drop dead gorgeous girl who deserves better than what she was given.
Specifically using the Harvest Moon 64 version of Karen, she’s quite the interesting character throughout the entire series. A wine connoisseur, a brash and rebellious girl, there’s a lot to talk about with her.
Right off the bat, she has massive walls when it comes to be social with people. Anyone meeting her for the first time will not get much out of her, she’s very cold and distant at first. When you add massive family troubles into the mix, you get a girl who at first glance while is attractive as all hell, in terms of her personality she isn’t attractive at all. She’s a vineyard’s owner’s daughter who wants to leave the countryside to go to the big city, but her father’s having none of it, being the typical asshole father you see in fictional works. Because of all this, she’s become very apathetic to everything else around her, you the main character as well. She only has one real known friend in the game in Ann, who granted is as bold as Karen can be.
It’s once you get through those barriers of hers and see the real side of Karen that she really gets fleshed out and brought into the forefront. When her normal self, she’s an absolute treat to be around, she’s very cool, funny, has a bit of a sweet side that she still tries to hide a bit and then of course she keeps that rebellious fun-loving spirit going at all times. If you took this girl out of the 1999 released game and put her in today’s society, she’d pretty much be a punk rock rebellious kind of girl, I think. Hell, it’s very possible she’d lean as far as being a lesbian or bisexual, possibly giving Ann something to think about.
The only weird thing about her and I won’t put too much stock into this, is once you marry her, her attitude kind of changes a bit too much when she starts calling you “Honey” and other sweet names. I don’t think she’d actually go that route at any point, so I attribute to that more to bad writing from the game developers. Regardless, she’s still a good wife in the game, a lot more like your best friend than anything else.
So with all that being taken into account, where does Karen fall into the fray here?
♥ WAIFU ♥
It was a tough decision, but in the end I decided to take Karen as far as I could go. There’s a few challenges in a potential relationship with someone like Karen, obviously the first month or so around her will be a game of trying to get closer to her without getting so close she backs off. The other wildcard in this that I didn’t talk about much before is her drinking. She’s commonly known as a champion drinker and she also has the wine connoisseur to her name, so the challenge of being a straight-edge companion of hers is definitely a hard one to overcome. But I think in the end it’s worth all the work. I see her as your closest friend in the world and while Charlotte is the sweetheart kind of best friend, Karen’s the free-spirit kind of best friend.
So that’s this week’s editon of Waifu, FWB, or One-Night Stand, hope you enjoyed it! Leave any comments you’ve got below, whether it’s your own choices between the three or maybe I’m missing something that could’ve turned the tide on my decision with any one of these girls.