It’s week #8 of 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!
There’s going to be few girls that the randomizer pulls out that will be as easy to define personality-wise than Naruko. It’s a product of AnoHana being as emotional and depressing as it is, the entire show runs around showing everyone at their worst and the most vulnerable, so we see them opening up more secrets than you could shake a stick at.
At face-value, Naruko seems like just one of those girls that when you were in high school, you thought was super hot but you’d never have a chance in hell of even getting her to acknowledge your existence, let alone hang around with you. She dresses and sort of acts like those kinds of girls, ones that in the anime, one of the main cast in Chiriko calls “sluts”. No sugarcoating there. But in actuality, Naruko really has nothing in common with those girls, she’s merely a follower, easily influenced by other girls.
On the inside, Naruko’s actually (at least to me) just your average girl next door kind of character, or at least she would be if not for all the baggage she’s carried with her ever since lead character Meiko’s death when both of them were kids. From what we do see of her, Naruko is a very caring girl, more than willing to help people, especially those she’s close to. She’s also got a nerdy side, collecting video games and manga.
In terms of downsides though, we do see that she has a major jealous streak, to the point that even though Meiko’s passed away, the fact that Jinta is the only one that can see her ghost, she’s still jealous because even then Jinta still doesn’t look at her, he looks at Meiko. She’s also got the ability to be very cold, particularly when she’s around her “slut” friends.
So all that in mind, here’s my call on Naruko:
♦ FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS ♦
I’m not 100% sold on Naruko, I’m not convinced that we’d be a perfect match, even if I snapped her out of this cold, jealous side she has. But at the very least, I can see her as someone that if I could get her away from the bad influence friends she has, she’d be a great person to hang around, she does have that best friend kind of vibe to her. The issue at hand is being able to get her away from those other girls and snap her out of the jealous streak she has. Unless we’re past the end of AnoHana in which case it’s a lot easier.
With my #1 pick from Infinite Stratos already done (Charlotte Dunois), it’s time for the girl next in line to take her shot. This silver-haired beauty (I know it looks blue in a lot of pictures) has a lot to live up to, so let’s see how Laura fares.
Let’s not sugarcoat things here. At the start of the anime, Laura is a complete and total bitch. No question, when she’s introduced as potentially the villain of the season (technically there never was one in Season 1), she’s not a pleasant person. She’s still adorable, but not pleasant whatsoever. She has a massive superiority complex and pretty much demands Chifuyu to return to Germany to train her and the other soldiers there, as her time and skill is being wasted teaching a bunch of “useless students” at the IS Academy. The only saving grace from this side of her personality is that she can and will admit defeat or if she’s outclassed by an opponent.
Now let’s dump the shitty side of her and talk about the best side. Once Laura is saved by Ichika after her IS goes completely off the wall, she falls in love with him and we see the much more adorable and downright ridiculous side of her. As we saw with her more aggressive form, she doesn’t waste time going after what she wants, immediately attempting to claim Ichika for her own, becoming the first and only person in the anime to actually plant her lips on his. She also has a misunderstanding of Japanese culture and calls him her “wife” or “bride” when she claims him, much to the shock and then later absolute rage of the rest of the girls. When it comes to her intentions and thoughts, her self-confidence is so high, she doesn’t hide a damn thing, she’ll come out and say it right away.
However, when it comes to her appearance, it’s a whole different story. Being trained in the army pretty much her entire life, she doesn’t have the traditional traits of a teenage girl, so once she’s hanging out with the group outside of the school, she has to adjust to the idea that she has to pay more attention to how she looks and what she wears, especially taking into account that she wants to keep Ichika’s attention on her. There are several times where she looks and dresses very cutely (usually because of Charlotte) and it turns her into the cliche red in the face shy girl and that’s when Laura is at her best in terms of being adorable. Up until this point she was unaware of how cute she actually is, so when Ichika comments on her being just that when she’s in her swimsuit (which was actually one of the skimpiest of all the girls in that episode), she cannot handle the compliment and just runs (literally) into the water.
And yet after all this, all the blushing madly over being in cute clothes, being called cute, anything related to her having to acknowledge how cute she is…she has absolutely no issue being naked around Ichika. Not long after she claims Ichika as her wife, possibly even the following day after that kiss, Ichika wakes up with Laura in his bed and completely naked. When he tries to question her, she immediately puts him in an armbar as if this is something a loving couple would do together. Also, in a show where girls beat the shit out of the MC just for seeing them in their underwear, she’s absolutely content with his hand rested on her chest and his forearm right between her legs. And again, she’s naked. Holy shit, Laura.
Finally, we see that while she keeps her share of enemies with the girls, she is more than capable of being friendly to the point of best friends with people, Charlotte being the one she really gets attached to, almost like sisters in Season 2. Laura is a really sweet girl when she’s not trying to swing the biggest dick (metaphorically of course) in terms of battle prowess amongst the other girls. When she actually opens up her heart to someone, she does erase the aggressive side to her. She does still say whatever she wants, but thankfully when she’s around people she likes, those things she wants to say aren’t usually negative.
So all in all, here’s my decision with Laura:
♥ WAIFU ♥
Now there are of course some ground rules with Laura. For starters, she has to keep her soldier training out of the bedroom, I’m not waking up with the potential of having my arm broken every morning. Jokes aside though, there is no doubt in my mind that Laura is easy wife material for me, to which I assume I’ll have to properly explain to her who’s the wife in this relationship. When Laura got away from her villainous form halfway through Season 1, she became an absolute sweetheart. I’m not sure there’s anything more adorable in that anime than when she gets super embarrassed, particularly when she’s complimented on her swimsuit. The thing with Laura too is that with her self-confidence and the fact she doesn’t hide anything and will say how she feels right away, you know there’s no secrets with her. We’d be in a 100% honest relationship.
So I’d be more than happy to share a mixed berry crepe with her.
I’m glad that Julis came up just as Season 2 of Asterisk War was coming to a close, because the majority of her personality in a positive manner has really come out in this entire season.
In the early going of the anime, Julis is just your classic beautiful girl who gets seen in an ecchi situation right off the bat, so she’s cold to the MC for the majority of the season. Because it’s a harem anime, she can’t stay mad at you forever, she’s gotta fall in love with you eventually, or in Julis’ case with Ayato, tolerate him eventually. She’s a very hot-headed girl, especially in the early stages of meeting her, she’s the kind of girl who keeps her few friends very close to her and goes out of her way to ensure they’re protected, even if it means pushing people away. She’s a very loyal person to those actually close to her, willing to do anything for them, so it’s no surprise that those outside of that bubble are almost perceived as enemies by her.
Once she starts to get comfortable with Ayato and his friends though, she’s a lot more tolerable. She’s not necessarily opening up like crazy to everyone, but she’s not just being a cold bitch anymore. When she’s on friendly terms with people, she’s actually super adorable, easy to embarrass and a real joy to be around. It’s really hard to pull out those moments in the anime, cause so much of Season 2 is devoted to the Phoenix Festa, but the late end of Asterisk War, especially Episode 11 really shows that much calmer, beautiful side of her. Though to be honest, it’s not surprising to see her true colours coming out when the prospect of marriage is suddenly thrown onto the table without warning to her.
I’d say more on her personality, but I’m going to use my remaining thoughts for why I came to the decision I have. So without further to do:
♥ WAIFU ♥
Up until Episode 11 of the second season of Asterisk War, the best Julis could have ever hoped to achieve was a Friends With Benefits decision and even then it might have been an uphill battle for her to get there. The majority of what I had seen of her up until that point was this hot-headed, cold young woman who wanted nothing to do with anyone. Season 2 really began to change that as she got really comfortable with Ayato, accepted/tolerated Saya and Kirin and just stopped being such a bitch every episode. Once Episode 11 came around though, I saw a completely different side to Julis that completely changed my perspective on her.
She really becomes someone I can see being much more than just a pretty face. Seeing her completely in her comfort zone, playing with the kids at the orphanage, she’s a completely different person from the Season 1 angry girl we were used to. And given that this is how she acts at home, this is her normal self. And if this beautiful, loyal, caring woman is like this around the people she’s close to and loves deeply, there is no doubt in my mind that she’s more than worth the initial rough patches of our first few meetings.
So that’s this week’s edition 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.