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Waifu, FWB or One-Night Stand? #5

It’s week #5 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!

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(NOTE: There’s like three different spellings of her name, Toka, Tooka and Touka, the latter being the one Google goes to, so that’s the one I’m using)

In a show where it’s a bunch of high schoolers pretending to be wizards and sorceresses, there needs to be one mature voice throughout the series and that person is Rikka’s older sister, Touka. She is extremely strict, sometimes to the point it actually causes some mental (and physical with the ladle) trauma to Rikka in particular. She’s not a fan of Rikka’s delusions and acting like she’s some magical being from Hell, at least that’s how Touka probably looks at it. While I’d like to throw the book at her, you have to wonder what’s going on from her point of view. She lives with Rikka and their parents are no longer around (their father is dead), so she’s essentially the one taking care of Rikka and she’s basically a high-schooler who still acts like she’s in grade school wanting to be a Power Ranger or some shit. There’s probably a ton of pressure on her mind, not to mention her job as a chef in a very famous restaurant, so there’s a lot on her mind, she clearly doesn’t have time to be babysitting her 16 year-old sister.

Weirdly enough, this strict woman has some curious skills as well. When she was younger, she was a rhythmic gymnast as she shows off several times during the series with her extreme flexibility. She also has a rather dry sense of humour, pulling out the odd joke in probably the worst of times. Lastly, she’s not exactly super serious all the time, she actually does have a bit of a shy side, usually when she’s complimented, which happens rarely in the series, but she does blush the few times it happens.

However there’s a big factor that comes into play and ultimately makes my decision the following:

♦ FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS ♦ 

She’s allergic to cats. Well that’s it, we can’t be together. So unfortunately if we are to have any sort of a relationship, my place would not be involved. However I do like her as a person, I do understand that behind her strict and tough exterior, there’s actually a really nice girl inside, she’s just under an immense amount of pressure and stress that has ultimately caused her to revert to the form she takes throughout the series. There’s a beautiful personality hidden within Touka, I’m sure of it.

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The student council president from the Seiga Academy from the surprisingly good Phantasy Star Online 2 anime, Rina is your typical perfect girl anime character. She’s smart, top grades in her class, very dependable, very honest and loyal, all the things you’d expect from the girl placed as the student council president of an anime.

In the early stages of the anime, you’d think she’d never get away from that cliched character, but once she starts making it more obvious that she’s way fallen for Itsuki, she starts to open up and show you a little more of her personality beyond the perfect girl she tries to present to everyone throughout the academy. She still retains her sweet personality but she can also be very jealous, stubborn and demanding when she knows what she wants. The problem is that she doesn’t exactly make it clear what she wants, because as we learn with most anime girls, they don’t exactly tell their love interest what they want. Ever.

In terms of her inside PSO2, she’s much stronger, especially when she finally stops hiding behind her secondary character SORO, which is a giant robot and reverts back to her original avatar which looks almost exactly like her to a tee. She does have a strong side to her, more than willing to put herself secondary in order to help people.

Don’t really have much else to say about her, so here’s what I’ve figured out for her:

♠ ONE-NIGHT STAND ♠

I absolutely adore Rina in terms of her looks, she’s one of those average-looking girls that are actually super pretty when you actually give them a chance. The problem is that with her perfect girl character, I can’t get that much into her, it’s one of those character archetypes that I just can’t ever get into. I’m sure in Japan and their culture, she’s a fantastic girl to the majority of men considering the culture is far different than ours. But in my particular case, she’s just plain boring to me, I don’t care that she’s super smart, super nice and all that jazz. There’s no real excitement about her beyond her looks and that’s just not enough for me.

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Oh my god, how the bloody hell can I go through this girl?! If you’ve watched FLCL you know exactly why this is going to be a troublesome decision to say the least. The show is all over the place and so is Haruko, to the point that I’m not sure how to look at her, given her attitude changes constantly. But I will try my best.

This power-hungry space police officer just suddenly shows up on Earth, looking for the power of Atomsk, the most powerful space pirate in the entire galaxy. She’s extremely eccentric, violent and completely unpredictable, one second she looks to be nice and sweet, the next she’s raising that blue bass guitar of hers and ready to bash your head in with it.

The moments that we do see her without her crazy face, she seems to be somewhat of a nice girl, though it’s hard to tell if she’s acting the entire time. But if we are to take her seriously during those sections of the anime, it appears that when she’s not trying to take something, especially an immense level of power, she’s relatively cool to hang around and quite possibly a real sweetheart, a fun girl to be around.

But because of her brash behaviour, I have to come to this decision:

♠ ONE-NIGHT STAND ♠

I really like Haruka and I really wanted to bump her up to Friends With Benefits status, but the problem is that would mean I risk being run over by her Vespa more than once and any other of the crazy shenanigans that she may put me through while being around her. So because of that alone, I have to limit our meeting to one time only. She’s just too risky to be around, regardless of the potential that maybe without all the craziness, she’s actually a super cool girl.


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.

Anime Spotlight: Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai

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After going through the many shows I’ve watched and would want to do one of these spotlight articles on, I came to the conclusion that I’ve somehow completely forgotten to do this show, one of my favourites of all-time. It’s an adorable show worth your full attention!

The anime revolves around two characters. The first is Yuuta Togashi, a boy starting his new high school life. He tells the story about how in the eighth grade he was one of “those kids” who would pretend to be a hero from an anime or manga, making up a fake name, dressing up, using non-existent magic, even coming up with a gimmick to their character. In Yuuta’s case, he wrapped up his forearm, claiming by removing the wrappings, it would unlock his powers as the Dark Flame Master.

Naturally, he’s embarrassed by that past and transferred to a school much further away than the one he would’ve gone to, so no one knows him in his new class. His intentions are to be 100% normal, to not ever deal with “Chuunibyou” or “Eighth-Grader Syndrome” ever again. But that lasts about…two minutes.

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Enter Rikka Takanashi, a girl who happens to be his next door neighbour at his apartment complex…and a girl still suffering from the dreaded Chuunibyou! Her gimmick is of course, her eyepatch and her shining golden third eye (aka a coloured contact lens). She also fights with a massive weapon (an umbrella) and has a chimera at her disposal (a cat with a costume on it). Naturally, she plays the game with Yuuta after discovering him doing his routine one more time to get it out of his system for good and thus the entire journey begins.

The first season is a solid mixture of comedy, silliness and then some real-life situations to bring the serious mood into the picture. The entire season pretty much focuses on Yuuta trying to deal with Rikka and her antics (soon bringing more people into the mess of things) while trying to distance himself from her, again trying to get away from that kind of character and start his “normal high school life”. Eventually he understands her won’t be able to get rid of her, so he starts to try and get her to snap out of her delusions.

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Yuuta’s not the only one who wants Rikka to grow up, so to speak. Her entire family is tired of this shtick of hers, to the point her older sister essentially blackmails Yuuta into being more aggressive in trying to get her away from this chuunibyou side of her and become a normal high school girl. A lot of this season really spends time with the hardships a lot of kids face during that transition into their teenage years and adulthood soon after. We all had that time as we grew older that we didn’t want to grow up, we wanted to stay a kid forever. That ideology gets fought with throughout the entire season.

The second season is far different than the first. While there’s still that wish from her family to change, Yuuta’s fully accepted her for what she is and supports her, whatever she decides to be. And that’s where the focus comes in, it’s clear there’s a loving relationship between the two and finding their own way to make it work, as well as hide it from almost everyone is a challenge. Though it is absolutely adorable how Rikka comes up with ways to say she wants affection from Yuuta, without actually saying it point blank.

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In terms of the remaining characters, there’s more than enough quality to keep any other moment in a good place. Shinka acts as a great fence-sitter, being a harsher female version of Yuuta. Sanae is pure comedy, constantly causing trouble for the other characters, particularly Shinka. Kumin basically naps all over the place and at the perfect times it seems. And Tooka as Rikka’s older sister does her job very well at being the serious character of the show, while still able to work within the craziness of the show.

Speaking of, the best parts about the show (other than Yuuta pretty much concussing Rikka by chopping her repeatedly) are the “magical battles” that take place often during the show. Since Rikka and others believe they’re real anime characters, they often have crazy battles with over-the-top weapons and explosions. Which becomes super funny when they cut to reality and it’s really just Rikka hopping around on the ground with an umbrella.

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Overall, this show is an absolute wonder to sit through. If you have a problem with over-sexualisation, this show doesn’t go for that. It’s a cute show that has a bit of over-the-top anime comedy, nothing you haven’t seen before if you’ve watched anime for any substantial amount of time. But what sends this show over the top for me, is honestly Rikka. She’s one of my favourite female characters in anime, adorable in every possible way, you can’t help but cheer her on. And when the story goes from laugh out loud to a lot more somber, you’re invested. I certainly was.

I mean come on, how can you say no to this face?

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Character Spotlight: Rikka Takanashi

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Any time I can take a female character from a video game or an anime and compare her to my girlfriend in terms of her body type and personality, it’s always a plus. Now my girlfriend isn’t a 16 year-old high school girl who thinks she’s a sorceress possessed by the Tyrant’s Eye and goes around town on her skate shoes thinking she’s having epic anime magic battles. But she has a very similar frame even today (she’s a tiny girl) and shares similar mannerisms to Rikka.

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I’m not sure that in all of the anime I’ve watched, there’s been a character that I’ve been associating the word ‘adorable’ with more and keep in mind that’s counting all characters, including children and animals. There’s no doubt in my mind Rikka was created to be the epitome of cute. I’ve always personally been a fan of smaller-framed girls, and as I’m sure you’re also aware of if you’ve been ready any of my content relating to the looks of anime girls, I’m not a big fan of big tits. Though no one in this particular anime crosses that line for me, when you have a girl like Rikka around (and she’s not 12), it’s an easy pick for me, girls like Laura from Infinite Stratos and Akatsuki from Log Horizon come to mind and those two names also fall into the top of my list, as Rikka and Akatsuki did make the top 10 anime girls I’d marry list, Laura only not making it due to my “one girl per series” rule, Charlotte beating her out. When it comes to girls with less of a bust, which in turn means less cleavage, the show relies more on their personalities to get them over with fans, rather than just putting them in precarious positions or just flaunting them off (see Mai from Myriad Colors Phantom World this season). And in Rikka’s case, her personality is what shines the brightest the entire series.

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Taking her “Eighth Grader Syndrome” and putting it aside, Rikka is a hyper-active, super peppy, all over the place adorable girl. It’s pretty apparent to me that if she had grown out of her sorceress phase by high school, she’d have a ton more friends than she has in the series. Her smiles are contagious, her happy-go-lucky attitude is infectious and I can’t see a scenario where she wouldn’t just be a joy hanging around. She’s definitely got a nerdy background, so talking about anime, video games, all that jazz would be a must, so another notch in her belt. But most of all, the unpredictability of her personality in terms of what she’ll do and what she’ll say is the biggest draw. I don’t mind unpredictability as in she might say something really rude or whatever, it’s just the randomness of her behaviour that would end in laughs for everyone. There would never be a dull moment hanging around with her.

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And the thing with Rikka as well, is that while she’s smaller-framed, it doesn’t necessarily mean she under no circumstances can be sexy. Being into smaller-framed girls myself, as my girlfriend can attest to, Rikka makes up for the lack of breasts with a cute face, a cute and slender body, and of course, a really cute butt. Both times we see her in a swimsuit, she’s absolutely gorgeous. I say it all the time, but the best female characters in terms of their looks, for me they’re the ones we see the least sexy-oriented moments of them in their normal attire, so when we do get to see them showing a lot more skin than usual, it means something more. And in Rikka’s case, that’s exactly how it is, the majority of the show, she’s in her school uniform, which really hides the small set of breasts she actually has and since the series doesn’t go the panty shot route, we don’t get to see much of her cute butt that she has. To add onto her looks, some artwork of her (here and here) is absolutely gorgeous and just adds onto the secret sexiness she holds. And to finish, given how her sister Toka has shaped out, there’s still a chance that Rikka may shape out just a little more in her late teens.

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Rikka is a prime example of a character that doesn’t need to be overly sexualized, prettied up, or simply displayed as someone who you’re going to fall in love with, she does all the talking herself. She’s easy on the eyes, but when the uniform’s off and the bikini is on, she becomes far sexier than you would’ve first thought. And of course, her personality is just the best thing about her. She’s a 24/7 all the time ball of energy and joy, it’s nearly impossible to not smile around her. But most of all, when you’re close to her, she can be the cutest shy girl you ever saw. And once you make that final step with her, she’s your best friend for life, one that I’d certainly be happy to spend the rest of my life with if such a person existed. Oh wait, my girlfriend’s pretty damn close to Rikka, so I think I may have accidentally succeeded. Who wouldn’t love to have a girl like her to wake up to every morning?

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