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Top 10 Favourite Wrestlers of All-Time

So after basking in the glory of becoming the WrestleCircus Sideshow Champion, I had wrestling on my mind again. Now I’ve said it before, I try not to talk about wrestling on this page too much, because I wanted to stick to anime and games as the major subjects on the page. But hey, it’s Top 10 time and it can be about anything, so allow me to indulge myself a little bit as I gush about my all-time Top 10 favourite wrestlers!

And to those who know wrestling well enough to know most, if not all the guys on this list, yes I’ve been watching since the 90s and no, this list is not being skewed by the recency effect. This is a legitimately unbiased Top 10.

Also going by Prince Puma in Lucha Underground, Ricochet may just be one of the most amazingly athletic and agile wrestlers I have ever seen and may ever see. The amazing things I have seen this man do in the ring are just astonishing, flips and twists galore, of course the main move being his 630° senton, basically a double somersault in the air. Also, he just looks fantastic, he’s the kind of guy that each passing year it amazes me that WWE has not signed this guy. He’s got the look, he’s got the swagger and he’s certainly got the moves.

One of the old guard from my childhood, the biggest name in the legendary Hart wrestling family, Bret “The Hitman” Hart was my first favourite wrestler ever. He had the advantage of being a fellow Canadian, but I always thought he looked so cool coming out to the ring in that leather jacket and those ridiculous shades. On top of that, he was at the time one of the best technical wrestlers in the world when he was in his prime. There just wasn’t anybody better when they shared a ring with Bret, which made it such a shame to watch his career go so sour after the infamous Montreal Screwjob and a very lackluster run in WCW that was cut short to injury.

Another fellow Canadian and a guy who’s grown on me more and more over the years. “Y2J”, “The Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla”, Chris Jericho from the moment he debuted in WWE (WWF at the time) got my attention with his insanely high charisma and his unique look. I knew of him in WCW, but I didn’t watch enough to really get into him until his WWE run. Over the years, there’s few people who have been able to stay relevant and able to completely change gimmicks so seamlessly as Chris has been able to do. When it was finally time to become a bad guy after years of being a crowd favourite, he changed his hair, changed his wrestling attire and went from speaking with all that charisma, hard and fast, to speaking very slowly and using big words that the average fan would never use in their own speech. Now, Chris is getting a scarf and a fictitious list over with the crowd. A list of names is one of the biggest things in wrestling right now. He’s that talented.

I’ve only been aware of Kenny for a few years now, but holy freaking hell has he made an impression on me. For starters, he’s currently one of the best wrestlers in the world, is Canadian and oh, HE’S A GIANT GAMER!!! Yep, I like this guy already. There’s no one I have seen in wrestling who’s been able to go from wrestling a blow-up doll and a nine year-old girl (both of these are 100% true and real) to becoming a top star in the biggest wrestling company in Japan that is 100% about being a serious, hard-hitting promotion. He’s gone from being a cheesy over-the-top character who uses the Hadoken from Street Fighter, to one of the most badass looking guys…who once in a while still uses the Hadoken. He’s recently become my current favourite wrestler and will continue to climb the all-time ranks at the rate he’s going, especially if he ever makes a trip to WWE before he retires.

There is no tag team in the history of professional wrestling that has given me more entertainment value than Matt and Nick Jackson, The Young Bucks. A tag team that at best I can describe as walking, talking, wrestling representations of all the silly things and cliches of wrestling, ranging from the tassels, to overly colourful outfits, to constant flexing, to over-the-top moves that make no sense, they cover so many bases and yet they manage to still be extremely entertaining and very polished wrestlers. They single-handedly made the superkick the most iconic move in wrestling, one worthy of partying over. Superkick Party, anyone?

Before his WWE debut in 2016, I remember watching AJ Styles when he was really starting to get going in TNA as the company was also developing. He was so damn impressive back then and to think what would come of him with more experience and understanding the business better, it blew my mind. Then he left TNA and went to New Japan Pro Wrestling and I saw just that, a man of many years of experience, knowing what he has to do to get himself over. So in 2015, I’ve never been more happy in my life to see the debut at the Royal Rumble of “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles. Now in WWE, he truly is the best wrestler in the world right now, I don’t feel there’s anyone even close to him.

But if you’re curious who is sitting behind him as the second-best wrestler in the world today…

I was introduced to New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2015 after hearing so much about the upcoming “Japanese WrestleMania” in Wrestle Kingdom 9 through various wrestling podcasts and was really excited to see what the Japanese were doing in pro wrestling. I enjoyed the show all the way through, but in the second last match of the night, I got introduced to quite possibly the most charismatic wrestler I will ever see in terms of showmanship and swagger. Shinsuke Nakamura does speak a little English, but quite frankly he doesn’t have to in order to get the message across that not only is he a star, he’s THE star. Some people may think he’s a little goofy, but in my eyes he truly is the shining star of professional wrestling, Jim Ross put it best, linking him to legends like Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury. And on top of that mountain of charisma is one of the best wrestlers I’ve ever seen, mixing solid technical wrestling with a flurry of MMA strikes, holy shit watch how this guy uses his knees! I actually got the chance to see him live at NXT Takeover: Toronto and words cannot describe the aura that he carries and how the crowd is literally in the palm of his hand before he even walks out onto the entrance ramp.

The top guy for so many wrestling fans. Side note, I’m just gonna semi-spoil the final two spots, The Rock isn’t on this list. I like The Rock, but I was never a big Rock fan, he didn’t capture me the same way these ten guys have. But anyways, if there’s anyone from the Attitude Era of WWE that people remember the most, obviously it’s the trash talking, middle-finger waving, beer drinking redneck in Stone Cold Steve Austin. There was no one back then who was more loved and given the ratings today in comparison to back then, I don’t know if there ever will be a wrestler so universally loved by so many fans. Was he the greatest wrestler? I don’t think anyone would ever say that, but he sure as shit was the best wrestling character in the history of professional wrestling and still is to this day.

It’s funny too because as I’m writing this, it’s March 16th, aka Austin 3:16 day.

A guy that’s way higher on my list compared to the vast majority of people’s lists, Edge is a guy that I always liked as my sleeper favourite. When he first started out in WWE, I thought he was the coolest guy I’d ever seen, his look was so badass with the long leather jacket, long hair, glasses, just an enigmatic character. Then you put him in the vampire group the Brood, who I loved to death mainly because their music was so awesome. Then pair him with Christian in a tag team and they became two of the funniest tag teams of all time, basically what the Young Bucks are today. Lastly, he went away from all that and became one of the most hated wrestlers in that era. I know this because for a number of years I hated him, even though before that he was one of my favourite wrestlers. That’s how good a bad guy he was, he managed to make the teenage fan in me hate one of my favourite wrestlers. And to be fair, he also has the unfair advantage of having two themes done by Rob Zombie (“Never Gonna Stop”) and Alter Bridge (“Metalingus”) respectively.

He was at one point the best wrestler in the world. He was at one point the best talker in the world in terms of professional wrestling. He was at one point the hottest name in wrestling, even beating the legendary John Cena in merchandise sales. He beat the Cena kids in sales! At that time, no did that! For those reasons and for admittedly reasons that paint him like the ultimate martyr of professional wrestling, my favourite wrestler of all-time is CM Punk. When I first saw him in WWE on the ECW brand with his Killswitch Engage (“This Fire Burns”) music blaring and he had such a unique look, I was immediately interested and followed him. He toiled in near obscurity so many times and became the ultimate underdog, or as the higher-ups in WWE would call him, an “internet darling”. Finally, after the Straight Edge Society and the new Nexus, he did the ultimate thing that no one thought would ever happen, he got a mic put in his hand and was allowed to speak his mind. And boy oh boy he didn’t disappoint.

At that moment, it didn’t matter, he was my #1. Why? Because he at that time was the only person in the business that was visibly voicing the opinion of myself and the other wrestling fans out there who feel like our voices aren’t being heard. In an era where the only opinions cared about are that of kids and their mothers (which for a “violent” show like wrestling is hilarious to me), CM Punk was our voice, he was the voice of the voiceless. And then when he felt like even after bringing more attention to the WWE than they’d had in years, being the top of merchandise sales and easily having the loudest following in a long time, the WWE still didn’t give two shits about him, he left. Didn’t give his notice, he just quit on the spot. He wasn’t going to be held down and decided that it was time to leave. Obviously since then he’s been pursuing an MMA career in the UFC and it’s gone about as well as I think it ever could have, but the guy does what he wants and works his ass off to get there.

And as a fellow straight edge guy myself, it makes me so happy to see someone who accomplished so much and yet didn’t follow the usual stereotypes of being a drinker, or a smoker.


So that’s all for this week’s Top 10, thank you very much for checking it out and I hope I didn’t bore the majority of you with my wrestling banter. See you next week!

Top 10 Songs I’ve Performed To An Audience

Originally when I planned out these Top 10s, I only intended to do a guitar and a vocal one, but then I remembered that I’ve played a number of songs live myself. So I’ve got room for one more list and this is my Top 10 songs I’ve performed live to an audience. These are songs I have played to more than a few friends in the room, this is to an audience of 10 or more people and actually, I think the lowest number on this list is maybe around 30-40 people with all these songs on the list.

So without further to do, here we go!


#10 – “I Got Erection” by Turbonegro

Yep, you’re not reading the title of the song and the band that sings it wrong. The only real bar band I ever played for was a punk band called Inept Inc. We played a lot of your average punk music, Bad Religion, NOFX, bands like that. One band we had a blast playing a song from was Turbonegro and their aptly-put title, “I Got Erection”. It’s an easy song to learn and ridiculously stupid. Hence why we loved it so much that we had to play it live at least once.

#9 – “Plug In Baby” by Muse

The place I learned guitar from had a rock band program. My band for most of my time in it was called Cardboard Baseboard and we played together for I’d say six years or so. One of our favourite bands to use was Muse. “Plug In Baby” was the last one we did, a song that really summed up how much we’d improved since starting years ago, granted with a few people changing in and out of the band over that time. It’s a song that while wasn’t the most fun song we ever played, it was certainly an awesome track that really showed how polished we were.

#8 – “Open Your Eyes” by Alter Bridge

At competitions the music schools would have to compete against each other, there was a ‘Vocal Entertainer’ category, which was basically sing and play and instrument. The first song I chose to do for that, you’d think I’d pick something easy, right? Nah, I went right for Myles Kennedy and shot to the top with Alter Bridge‘s “Open Your Eyes”. Luckily my range was still a little higher than and I could pull it off-ish. But it also introduced me to a completely different guitar tuning I’d never used before and back then, holy hell did that unlock a lot of musical inspiration in myself.

#7 – “Glass To The Arson” by Anberlin

A band we at Cardboard Baseboard also listened to a lot, we played two tracks from Anberlinour favourite easily being “Glass To The Arson”, which was one of the few Anberlin songs that really carry a hint of badassery in it, as the band’s tracks tend to be more polished and serene. It wasn’t the hardest song to learn, in fact it was one of the easiest for us, but it’s a song that just sounded perfect with the members we had and the attitude we carried into our performances.

#6 – “Hysteria” by Muse

Our personal favourite Muse song, “Hysteria” is just such a fantastic track. I loved the song, but funnily enough I can remember being depressed about it, because I didn’t get to play the bass part, which is easily the best part in the entire song, the bass line in Hysteria is so freaking badass and cool and stands out when most bass lines never do. If you’re a bass player, this is a song you learn, no doubt about it!

#5 – “Roots Radical” by Rancid

Speaking of amazing bass parts, this was the second song I ever learned in the program. Looking back on it, I should not have been able to play this song’s bass lines at the skill level I was at. But the song was just so cool sounding that I couldn’t stop and I kept pushing myself to my limits and broke through. Rancid‘s “Roots Radical” is the lone punk song I ever played with Cardboard Baseboard, but man did we make a great pick with having that song as the only one we ever did. I still play that bass line today, granted on an electric guitar as I don’t actually own a bass.

#4 – “Lift And Fall” by Cardboard Baseboard (original song)

It sucks because I can’t put up a recording of us playing this song, we really should’ve thought about that. One year we were having trouble picking a song to do, so eventually our teacher suggested we try something really different: write a song. He had his own band and had some lyrics written that weren’t being used, so he brought one specific sheet for us, called “Lift And Fall”. We slowly but surely built a song around those lyrics and holy hell that felt fantastic to be able to accomplish such a task. For me at 14 or 15 to be in a band and have written a song that I felt was actually really badass, that felt so goddamn amazing, especially when people were amazed how good it was when we played it live.

#3 – “Broken Wings” by Alter Bridge

The only song that isn’t concert-related, I sang this song from last week’s Top 10 list at a karaoke bar that was absolutely packed. I knew no one would know the song, but that’s how I’ve always been with karaoke, I’ve never been a mainstream kind of guy. I was worried when I picked this song that my voice wouldn’t hold all the way through, but I have to remind myself that when I’m on stage, I’m a completely different person. If alone I can’t finish the song without a hiccup here and there, put me in front of a bunch of people and I’ll do it perfectly. As I got to the chorus, I hit Myles’ insane vocals so perfectly, I couldn’t believe my own voice. I was so happy and it served as a reminder to me just how much fun I have when performing in front of people, as it had been years since all my band stuff from my teenage years.

#2 – “Do You Call My Name” by RA

My personal favourite song that I played with Cardboard Baseboard, but serves at #2 for specific reasons I’ll get into later. This song from the band that loves to sound like Egyptian hard rock, RA‘s “Do You Call My Name” is one of the coolest songs I’ve ever learned, both from a guitarist and a vocalist’s standpoint, as I had backing roles in this song. Having to whisper and growl words in this song, it was such a fun and cool experience being able to do something like that. It was also absolutely hilarious watching people’s reactions when we played that song live. Generally speaking, people at these shows and competitions don’t play anything too edgy, because it “scares” the elitists.

#1 – “Blow Me Away” by Breaking Benjamin

In terms of overall value for how we played the song live, Breaking Benjamin‘s “Blow Me Away” is easily the best song I ever had the pleasure of playing in front of an audience. It’s one of the heaviest songs I’ve ever played, one of the most badass songs I’ve ever played, but that’s not even why I love it so much. Our second singer in Cardboard Baseboard was these really polished Chinese girl who I knew as being your cliche piano playing singer who only did more soft and vocal-driven songs. We in the band broke her pretty good with all our choices. This song in particular really unlocked a side of her I’m not sure anyone knew existed. There’s a part before the final chorus where Benjamin Burnley screams and the guitar solo kicks in. We joked around with our singer that she should totally do the scream and naturally she was like “No way!”, but we kept teasing her for fun, not expecting anything to come out of it.

Come show time, we’ve never gotten her to do the part. So we start playing the song in front of everyone, of course not expecting her to do it. That part comes up, I’m already lost in my musical trance as I concentrate on my own part. Then out of nowhere, I hear “RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!” and I look over confused…sure enough she’s screaming and holy shit does she sound incredible! I nearly completely lost my place because I was so surprised. She looked at me first, clearly embarrassed and I just started laughing and started really bouncing around on the stage. After all, I’m a showman, I can’t let her top me, right? Needless to say, I still lost to her that time…


Thanks for checking out this week’s Top 10, hope you enjoyed it! Have you ever performed to a crowd? Doesn’t matter the size, if you have, talk about it in the comments below!

Top 10 Birthday Memories

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So I’ve turned 29 today. Hooray! I’m old. I’ll make that post when I’m 30, because that’ll definitely be my reaction when that happens. This year, I’m having more fun with it and since my birthday this year has fallen on a Sunday, it feels like the best possible option to put this into a Top 10! So here’s my Top 10 memories that I have from the various birthdays I’ve had in my life:


#10 – In-House Hockey

I’m Canadian, so naturally hockey runs through our veins. I think it’s actually against the law and a deportable offense to not like hockey here…

Anyways! The old house I used to live in had a long hallway-like room in between the living room and the back porch. It was usually the place me and my younger brother would play in, usually tossing a ball around and such. So on my birthday after me constantly talking about playing mini-sticks with kids at school, my folks saw an opening and got me two plastic hockey nets and mini-sticks. Now me and my brother had an awesome place to play hockey. And we did, almost every day.

#9 – Somehow Not Dying of Exhaustion at Chuck E. Cheese’s

There was one place that we as kids all wanted to go to, especially for birthday parties: Chuck E-motherfucking-Cheese’s! It’s a place that I’d always missed. So when I finally got the chance to go for one of my birthday parties, I was in. I don’t think I could run that much in my lifetime than I did that day. The amount of running, climbing, crawling, I’d probably have a heart attack today if I did that. Hell, I remember working a midnight shift at McDonalds and a couple of us on our lunch break tried to go through it and we were dead tired after one run through. But yeah, I finally got to play to my heart’s content at Chuck E. Cheese’s and holy shit was it fun!

#8 – Motherfucking S’mores Cake!!!

I’ve had some great birthday cakes, I’ve also had some bad ones. I remember my folks getting me a black forest cake, thinking it was my favourite (it’s my least favourite) and that was fun. But a few years ago, I got full freedom of picking out a cake from Marble Slab Creamery, an awesome ice cream shop. I could’ve gone with the usual stuff, strawberry shortcake, chocolate, all that jazz…but instead I tried something a little more interesting: they had a S’mores cake. An ice cakes laced in whipped marshmallow and chocolate sauce, topped with graham crackers and more marshmallows. It’s not the best birthday cake I’ve ever had, it’s the #2, but I was so proud of myself for picking out what at the time was easily my favourite cake.

#7 – “Man…I used to have girl-friends!”

It’s funny looking back on my life and laughing at some of the things I did and saw back then. One of the things that I always laugh at is how one year, I think I would’ve been either 8 or 9, I had a birthday party at my house, pretty normal, right? Except this young boy had five friends over to celebrate…and four of them were female. It’s so funny thinking back then that hanging out with girls was so normal, you weren’t worried about cooties, puberty hadn’t hit yet, girls were just…people. Not these scary creatures you were afraid to talk to at the risk of getting kicked in the balls or smacked. Most of my parties were an all-male crowd, but this one specific year was an anomaly and it was so much fun, we played tons of board games, watched movies, it was a fun time!

#6 – New House, Old Friends

At the age of 14, it was a big year. I had moved away from the small village town and into a much bigger town. The new school had 4-5 classes for each grade compared to 1-2 at my last school, there was a flood of new people I was being introduced to, just so much had changed. And with such a big change, there comes a lot of reminiscence, you really miss the things you used to have. So when my birthday came up, I made the ultimate attempt, I tried to get a few of my best friends to come down. It wasn’t the longest drive, at most a half-hour for them. Only two came forward, but I would’ve taken just one. My two best friends came and the flood of memories pouring back it was so amazing. For years after that, I rarely saw them again, but for that moment in time, it was such a fantastic moment for me, emotionally

#5 – Every Single Playdium Trip

Most years after 14, every party went to the same place, the Playdium, a massive arcade. There were go-karts, rock climbing and other stuff, but it was February so outdoor stuff wasn’t exactly available. They were smart to at least make the batting cages indoors though, so that was awesome. Every year when I went there, it was always so much goddamn fun, playing endless shooting games, racing in the Daytona USA car that moved with you, even the bicycle racing game that tired my ass out was so much fun. Every year I went there for like five, six years straight and I never regretted it.

#4 – Tickets To My Favourite Concert Ever

My girlfriend of nearly 10 years now isn’t the best at hiding presents, whether it’s her ideas or the actual present itself. Last year in particular, she did the most horrendous job. She got me tickets to a concert in the summer, but the problem was she couldn’t decide what seats to pick. So she pulled me aside and asked me to pick them. SURPRISE!!! This was weeks before my birthday by the way.

All that aside though, this show was the best concert I’ve ever been to. I’ve been to Iron Maiden, Reel Big Fish, Dream Theater, amazing acts, but this show had three acts that I was blown away by. Saint Asonia, Alter Bridge and Breaking Benjamin. All three sets were fantastic and didn’t stop, to the point I lost my voice singing so much. I’d never been so happy at a show ever, sure the present was given to me months beforehand, but what a birthday present it was.

#3 – Finding Out How Much I Like Lacrosse

I’ve seen plenty of sporting events in my life. I’ve been to many hockey games, baseball games, a couple basketball games, a bunch of stock car races, hell I even went to a golf tournament once and holy shit was that boring! But one birthday I got to see a sport live I hadn’t seen before, lacrosse. I’d watched a bunch of games on TV and took a real interest in it and my parents noticed that. So we got tickets to a NLL game and holy shit was that fun! For a long time that game was one of the best things I’d ever seen live, it was an action-packed game, it was not at all boring to watch live, even though you don’t have the liberty of close-ups and better views like you would on TV. Unfortunately, the sport really lost viewership and it’s so hard to find it on TV, which is a real same because it’s a fun sport to watch.

#2 – “I’M GONNA SEE KANE!!!”

I still remember exactly how it happened. I should’ve sensed something weird when we took two cars just to go to Wendy’s for dinner. After that, my dad put me in his car and we started driving off…heading in the opposite direction of home. He then handed me and envelope, saying “Happy Birthday”. I opened it up and found two tickets to a WWE (WWF at the time) house show. This was just months after Kane had debuted, a character that for whatever reason (I’m sure it was the pyro) I was so into. I saw the tickets, freaked out just on the idea of going to see wrestling and then the realization of who’d be on the card, I didn’t go nuts cause Stone Cold Steve Austin was on the card or anyone big like that, I screamed “I’M GONNA SEE KANE!!!”. And that show was so much fun to watch, the last wrestling show I saw for a long time as the coming 2000s really turned me off of wrestling for a while.

#1 – My First Guitar

 

Last week you got my Top 10 songs I enjoy playing on my guitar. My very first guitar, the instrument that started it all, my love for music, the years of musicianship I’ve worked on since the age of 13, it was a birthday present. An acoustic guitar and music lessons, that was my 13th birthday present. I’d mentioned plenty of times wanting to learn guitar, hell I broke a string on my dad’s old guitar trying to play it. I’m sure my folks thought it was something I’d do for a little and get bored of, but that was definitely not the case. Now 16 years to the day later, I’m still playing and other than not being in a band right now, I’ve never played more than now. Music is such a major part of my life, it’s where I go to relax, to get psyched up, to deal with any level of emotions I’m experiencing, it’s always been there. And being given the chance to generate the ability to play music, that will remain the best birthday present I ever got and kickstarted more awesome moments in my life than anything else.


Thanks for checking out this week’s list, hope you enjoyed it! What are your favourite memories and birthday presents you got? Put ’em in the comments below!

Top 10 Anime Pictures On My Computer

So I was having a lot of trouble thinking of a Top 10 this week. It’s one of those times where you draw blanks. So as I’m typing this, it’s Saturday and I’ve still got nothing, so it’s finally time to go to an emergency backup that I’ve been saving for a long ass time…

This Top 10 is very simple, my ten personal favourite anime pictures that are sitting in a folder with all the others on my hard drive. At the moment, the current count of pictures saved in that folder are at 1,317. So picking out ten pictures is going to be quite the challenge. But when have I ever backed down from one?

So here’s a real interesting look into what I like when it comes to anime girls and such, here’s my ten most favourite pictures on my computer!

…Oh! And in case you’re wondering, obviously there will be no pictures containing sex. That’s in a different folder. *wink*

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If anyone has ever heard of the artist, Rezi, you’ve seen a whole whack of absolutely gorgeous artwork. Out of all of them, this is the one that’s struck me the most. It’s certainly not the sexiest piece of art Rezi’s done, but out of them all this particular one is able to mix in sexy with beauty and a tomboyish side as well. It’s not often a girl in boyshorts looks that damn sexy and in this case, it does 100%. Not only that, but the detailing on her underwear as well, it looks so damn good!

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Managed to do a tiny bit of research on this one, no idea what it was from. This is “Curse Maker” from an Atlus game called Etrian Odyssey, which I never played cause I don’t play many handheld games. But if this girl is a walking, breathing curse waiting to happen…I’m almost tempted to take the risk. I mean look at her! Gorgeous body, looks so innocent and those striped thigh-highs look fantastic. The pose is very well set up and the background as well is beautiful. I’d have a hard time leaving this girl behind if I ever came across her, even if she was a living Pandora’s Box.

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I played a ton of hentai visual novels in my teenage years and one I remember a lot was Lightning Warrior Raidy. Not because of the hentai, story or anything, just because it made me realize I’d rather just find the CG sets of these visual novels, rather than play ones that have actual gameplay beyond multiple choice. There’s definitely one thing I remember well about Raidy and that was the redhead’s perfect butt in the most unpractical armor ever. Given the amount of possible things that will happen to her in the game, it’s one final shot before it all begins. I mean I’m not complaining, but if you’re going to fight sexy monsters that are much more powerful than you…might want to wear more than an armored thong.

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Well it wasn’t going to be long before at least one Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica picture made its way onto the list. I’ve made it no secret how much I adore the artwork from the anime (that I still haven’t watched more than two episodes of…) and while the red-haired Corticarte is a major part of why, this piece of artwork featuring Princesca Yugiri who usually plays third fiddle to Corticarte and her sister, Perserte. But this picture, holy shit the butt on this one! Now granted, I’m a little perplexed on how the legs are working in this picture, I’m assuming she’s in the traditional Japanese pose when they’re sitting down on their knees, but regardless, that butt completely directs me away from any questions I have. The shrine maiden robe works perfectly with this pose and as the majority of Polyphonica art is, the detailing on the skin are second to none. Just gorgeous!

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No idea where this picture is from, can’t seem to find out where it’s from either. But this is one of the original pictures that made it onto my hard drive and has stuck with me ever since. Honestly, it’s really just the green-haired girl, the other one doesn’t really do much for me. The green-haired slightly tanned girl, just wow! She’s absolutely stunning and there’s just enough of a tease with the sideboob that you just can’t help but want to see more. On a more side note though, her feet are so beautifully drawn, especially the one where you can see the bottom. I don’t have a foot fetish, but in this case I can see why some people do.

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No clue where this came from either, but holy hell if there was a picture that got me starting to daydream about girls in space, this was the picture that kicked that off. The art style is so unique and to see a girl who looks as normal as she does really sells it well. She looks like your average pretty girl who even in a cramped space in a spaceship, she wants to just kick back and play video games. And apparently not wear underwear while she does so, geez those shorts aren’t staying on that well, are they?

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I absolutely adored the hentai visual novel Princess Waltz. The anchor of that, of all girls was Angela who is easily the most evil of them all in the game. But holy freaking hell is she gorgeous and her sex scene easily has the best pose (with her up against the cliche hotel glass window) where she looks like a million bucks. But out of all her pictures, this is the one I love the most. It’s a perfect mix of sexy and badass, you can look at this picture and think “I don’t want to fuck with her!” and yet at the same time go “Well…I’d still like to, but…” as well. The only crying shame is that really at no point in the game there’s ever a good butt shot with her, because I’m sure she easily has the best one too.

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Now I said no sex, but that wasn’t going to leave some anime boobs out of the equation. The only picture on this Top 10 that required a little censorship, this is easily the best anime drawing of a video game character I’ve ever seen. This is Ramlethal Valentine from the Guilty Gear series and holy freaking hell did the artist behind this picture get her right and made her look like the most beautiful girl on the planet! Her body is perfectly shaped, boobs aren’t too big, they aren’t too small, the pose perfectly shows off everything you’d want to see from a frontal view, her chest, stomach and hips. Even the style of panties she’s wearing really grab my attention and honestly, usually underwear that takes away from my imagination don’t usually work with me, but since it’s only showing pretty much all of her legs, it’s more than acceptable. And because I’m biased as all hell, of course the dark skin is an extra plus.

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The ultimate butt picture I have on my hard drive. The first time I saw this picture, I was solely locked on the third girl with the pink/white striped panties, but since then I’ve completely opened up to all four, in fact striped panties girl is now third out of them all. For those curious, it’s literally 1st to 4th if you go left to right. I always enjoy pictures like these, not even just because it’s a bunch of butts. In the case with this one especially, I don’t have any idea how three of the four girls look face-wise. I’m big on imagination when it comes to pictures, I’d much prefer a girl in her underwear or a bikini than completely naked, it allows my imagination to fill in the blanks, rather than having all the answers right from the start. Same goes here, I love the idea of imagining the pretty faces these girls obviously have. But all right, fine! The butts are really nice too! There, happy?!

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But of course, as I said earlier, I absolutely adore Polyphonica art. There is no picture that I have been so mesmerized by than this one of four of the girls in the series as they enjoy a lovely day at the beach. The Yugiri sisters are at their best here, looking absolutely gorgeous, while Eufinley is looking gorgeous yet just a little tomboyish still, regardless of how much skin she’s actually showing. But of course, Corticarte in all her red-haired glory is taking center stage here, even though she takes up the least amount of space in this picture. Just that pose, seeing her stomach, a little bit of the lines between her thighs, she looks absolutely perfect here. And the look on her face, you know that she knows just how goddamn hot she looks right now. It’s not fair, man! Anime is just too damn perfect an artform!


Thanks for checking out this week’s list, I hope you enjoyed it, or at the very least survived the awkwardness that’s me gushing about how pretty an anime girl looks. Hopefully next week the Top 10 writer’s block comes to an end and I have a much better idea for you guys!

Top 10 Things I’m Looking Forward To In 2017

So last week I gave the top 10 things I enjoyed all of 2016, this time around it’s time to countdown the top 10 things I’m looking forward to in 2017. I was hoping to have some anime on this list, but so much still isn’t dated for the rest of the year, so I can’t officially put them on the list. Anything listed has to have a solid release date, so because of that the only things on this list are games and films.

Anyways, let’s hop to it, shall we?

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When the original film came out in 2002 (I don’t want to talk about the 2005 one with Ice Cube), I absolutely loved the film. It was funny at 14 years old thinking I was staring at a porn billboard whenever I’d see a big poster with the movie title on it, but that was probably the point of the film’s marketing, it got your attention. The stunts, the badass characters and fucking Rammstein performing in the movie, I was sold. And then they never followed through. So 15 years later, we’re finally getting Vin Diesel back in the Xander Zone and I’m more than ready for it!

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Now hold on, folks. Yes, I am aware of the odds of this movie just being another bad anime-based film and when I watch this movie, I fully expect it to be bad. But from the trailers, I at least see some promise. Unlike the fucking Power Rangers movie, which continues to stress me out to the point I now have to see it so I can trash it, Ghost in the Shell at the very least is giving me reason to believe the writers, directors and producers actually gave two shits about the property they were using. Again, it’ll probably be bad, but hopefully it’s not too bad.

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If I did this just after E3 this may be in the Top 3. But as time has gone on, it’s not that my excitement for Horizon: Zero Dawn has gone down, I’ve just become more aware of getting myself too hyped up. Now what relieves me a little bit is that the game has not been shoved down our throats like Watch Dogs and No Man’s Sky were, so there’s a lot of hope there. But I’m now a lot more jaded to big, shiny, new IPs, so instead of being super excited, I’ve tempered down my expectations for a game we just haven’t seen before. I hope it’s got GOTY potential like I said it did after I saw it at E3, but I’ll be walking into this game just looking for a solid 8/10.

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If you played South Park: The Stick of Truth, you’ve been looking forward to this game since you finished Stick of Truth. And now, instead of poking fun at fantasy tropes, we’re now going to be playing through essentially a season’s worth of South Park episodes designated towards making fun of the Marvel vs DC rivalry. I cannot imagine this not being one of the most entertaining and funniest games of the year and the idea of the already solid battle system from Stick of Truth getting a huge upgraded is also a potentially fantastic addition.

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This could be much higher, but I’m coming at this film the same way I did with the first. I still know nothing about Guardians of the Galaxy, I haven’t researched much into it since the first movie, because honestly I find much more enjoyment just sitting back and watching the films without knowing anything. After all, the first film for me was one of the funniest films I watched that year, I loved it. So with the second one looking to be even funnier with Baby Groot and Drax upping the ante, I’m sold and can’t wait to sit down and for two hours straight have a massive smile on my face.

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A lot of why this movie now means so much is absolutely the passing of Carrie Fisher back in late December. It will be a very somber moment in the theater the first time we see her on screen and I imagine every moment afterwards almost being awkward. Aside from that depression, I was shocked by how much I actually enjoyed Episode VII, I fully expected to not necessarily hate it, but leave underwhelmed. Instead, I left excited and actually looking forward to a Star Wars film again (then Rogue One surprised us and holy shit I loved that too!). Now I’m just waiting for what I want to happen so bad: Rei turning to the Dark Side. Because she’s a bad girl…or at least I want her to be.

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I know, I know, why am I putting a Spider-Man movie over Guardians and Star Wars?! Well it’s simple, for the first time in years, I actually trust a Spider-Man movie, because after Captain America: Civil War, they’ve shown that they can treat Spider-Man with respect and write him properly. Peter Parker as everyone’s friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man remains my favourite superhero, because I grew up with the 90s cartoon, the SNES video games, all that jazz, he was front and center. So for me to believe this movie is actually going to be amazing (pun half-intended), there’s no way I’m not putting this high on my list. It’s a biased list, come on!

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Out of all the movies I’m going to see this year, this one holds the most value to me. Not because of anything specific to the film, but because this movie holds a place with my girlfriend and myself. The film is being written, produced and directed by Luc Besson, who also did the same for The Fifth Element, the film that my girlfriend and I watched together not long after we started dating and became really the film I associate with her and our relationship. So to actually have a movie coming out that I have to watch with her, instead of a movie I could watch with her, I’m super excited to bring her into the theaters and watch this movie like we’re nine years younger when we were first dating.

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I know, you’re probably so shocked that this game is on the list and so high on it. Persona 4 is one of my favourite games, not just JRPGs, but one of my favourite games of all-time. So for me to have to wait this goddamn long for the sequel has be chomping at the bits and salivating at the opportunity to finally get to play a brand new Persona game and re-experience what was really the last JRPG to have me fully invested and immersed in its world. It’s to the point that I’ve pretty much looked at nothing related to the game, because I want to go in blind and learn everything myself, the same way I did with Persona 3 and Persona 4, when we lived in a time where there weren’t a hundred trailers and tens of thousands of informational videos on every single game.

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And speaking of games I’ve looked at absolutely nothing on, here’s my #1. In the last decade, there has been no franchise out there that I have been more excited for, that I’ve enjoyed more, that I’ve talked about more than Mass Effect. Despite the questionable ending to the original trilogy, I will argue until the end of time how that trilogy was one of the best piece of game writing I may ever play. But if there was one thing I wanted to see from Mass Effect it was this:

I want a Mass Effect game where I’m not a warlord, a badass, a legendary soldier. I want to be an explorer, find new worlds, make first contact with new races.

I had no idea how fast a Mass Effect game would go that route. With Andromeda, that’s essentially what the game will be, a single-game story where you are the first explorers going outside the Milky Way. Which is exactly why I’ve watched nothing on the game, I want to treat the game the same way the characters will, I want everything I see to be the first time I see it, so that my reactions to it are unbiased and they’re not changed based on what I’ve seen videos or images on. And that potential is so exciting to me, a game that’s literally unknown to me. It sounds dangerous when it could be an awful game, but when BioWare has earned so much trust from me, to the point that even Mass Effect 3’s ending didn’t really burn any bridges at all with me, that means something. Because unlike a lot of pissed off players, I enjoyed the other 200+ hours I put in the game that the ending just wasn’t bad enough to break me out of that love for the prior time I put into it.


Thanks for reading this week’s top 10, hope you enjoyed it! Don’t forget to list the things you’re looking forward to this year in the comments below. Keep the conversation going!

Top 10 Sexiest Final Fantasy Girls

So in response to Maxim’s own shitty list (here), I’m naturally making my own list, one that is accurate, involves more than just two games (for 80% of their list) and actually is a decent representation of the ten girls in the history of Final Fantasy that fans of the series can actually agree with. The order may not necessarily be correct, since this is still going off my own personal tastes, but I’d like to think the ten I list most people will not take issue with, unlike Maxim’s list.

And also, because I love to go the extra mile, I’ll also sexy up the pictures better than Maxim ever could too!

So without further to do, let’s get to it!

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I don’t care what anyone says about Yuffie, I think she’s a great character in the Final Fantasy series, there are just apparently a lot of people back then who didn’t understand Japan’s fascination with small, peppy female characters. Yuffie’s eccentricity aside, she is a gorgeous girl, showing that you don’t need massive boobs to be a real beauty in the Final Fantasy series. Because she makes up for it completely with her butt in those short shorts. All three main outfits of her are really good, the original game, Advent Children and Dirge of Cerberus, she’s a real cutie in all of them. Also, it’s understated, but girls with short hair are really hot to me.

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Speaking of a cute short-haired small girl with not-so large breasts, here’s my Final Fantasy waifu, Rikku! On this list however, #9 is as far as she goes, due to the nature of the list. But that doesn’t take away just how hot she is. While I still prefer her FFX outfit the best, it’s granted that her FFX-2 main Thief outfit with the bikini and mini-skirt is definitely the sexy version of her, though I still don’t understand why in the hot springs secret scene, she doesn’t just slide her skirt off and jump in with the bikini she’s already wearing, she puts on an entirely different swimsuit! She’s also very sexy in some of the other Dresspheres throughout the game, including Lady Luck, Warrior and Berserker. See? Sometimes good things do come in smaller packages.

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While due to the pre-3D era of games she doesn’t get so much attention, there really is a lot of beauty to behold with Celes from FFVI. Especially when her battle attire, at least from what the majority of art tells us, is essentially a one-piece swimsuit and a cape. And oh boy does it appear like she fills that out. Can you imagine Celes in a present-day remastering of FFVI? She would be absolutely stunning, not to mention there’s also the Opera House to consider as well, when she’s really prettied up for her masterful performance. Hidden potential here with Celes that we may never see.

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While I really didn’t get into FFXII that much, there was certainly a beautiful female cast to marvel at throughout the game. Ashe is certainly one of them, already getting an unfair advantage being portrayed as the stunning Princess of Dalmasca and then they give her that tight as hell looking pink mini-skirt that’s just asking every gamer who’s attracted to women immediately start thinking about what a slight tilt of the camera would reveal if it’d let us see. She’s extremely beautiful, probably more stunning than sexy, but with a body like she has, it’s hard not to notice her regardless.

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It’s funny, because if you asked me maybe even just a few years ago, I wouldn’t have even considered Lulu one bit. I was completely unattracted to her when I was a teenager playing the game, because to me I thought she looked like she was in her early 30s and to the average teenager, that’s a “gross” age. Now I’m 28 and holy shit has my mind changed since those days. Granted, there’s still a few things I’m not so hot about, particularly her makeup, she looks a little too slutty goth to me. But at this point, when as a teenager her body did nothing for me, fast forward to today and I think she’s one of the sexiest women in the entire series now. Just goes to show you what a few years can do.

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If there’s any character that fan art has really done wonders for over the years, it’s FFIV’s Rydia. Now granted when the game got a bit of a remastering, better official art also came out for the older version of Rydia, but it’s really the fan-drawn anime art that has really gotten Rydia over through the years. What helps is how unique she is, at this point the only other girl in the entire franchise I can come up with who also has green hair, is Terra from FFVI. So take that unique look and then add the absolutely perfect body she has as well and you get a legendary sexy girl in the Final Fantasy series.

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This is the only real biased pick I have right now on this list and yes, it’s due to me currently playing Final Fantasy XV as I’m writing this. But I don’t really care, you tell me what’s not sexy about Cidney and yes, I’m aware in the game she’s called Cindy, but I don’t care, I like how we initially called her Cidney when we first saw her and it’s just kind of stuck with me. She’s a hot Southern-accented girl with an open jacket and daisy dukes that both reveal her pink swimsuit underneath. I think someone was watching the new Dukes of Hazzard with Jessica Simpson as Daisy Duke. She’s got a sexy accent, a sexy outfit, a sexy body, what more do you want. Well…aside from her being real and needing someone to join her in the shower…

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Once again, while FFXII to me is so forgettable, when it comes to any female character in the entire series that isn’t forgettable, it’s “Sexy Chewbacca” aka Fran. You wanna talk unique, let’s talk about her being the only dark-skinned playable female character in a major Final Fantasy title (since there’s the other Viera in the Tactics games). I don’t know what it is, but if you give me a female character with dark skin and silver hair, I’m beyond sold, she’s on the list immediately. And if that wasn’t enough, her outfit is basically demanding that you stare at her forever and ever…and ever…and ever…and holy fucking shit, I don’t want to stop staring!!!

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This is solely directed at the FFX-2 version. As far as I’m concerned, FFX Yuna doesn’t exist, she’s boring and unattractive. The sequel version however features a Yuna that has broken free of her religious summoner shackles and has become a free-spirited woman. Now that could’ve resulted in many different costume changes, but of all things, she picked a top with a ton of open cleavage and the shortest of short shorts I’ve ever seen in a video game that wasn’t carrying an M-rating! And she’s got the perfect body to boot, along with those sexy boots too! And then if my heart wasn’t fluttering enough, her bikini in the hot springs scene is so perfect. Holy hell, imagining that in FFXV-level graphics…I might faint from the overwhelming shock of how hot she’d look.

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While I’d love to give Yuna or Fran the #1 spot, I just can’t in any state of mind not give the spot to the Queen of Final Fantasy, Tifa Lockhart. I don’t even like her that much, but ever since her 1997 appearance, she has become the series’ sex idol through endless pages of fan art (where her boobs also get bigger and bigger every time) and rightly so. There really isn’t a girl in the series that has garnered so much attention from female-attracted gamers and hell even just anime and 3D art lovers alike. Granted there’s Lightning, but she’s a bitch, so no one cares. Tifa on the other hand, is a cool girl and has no problem flaunting herself too, so there’s extra cool points. If there was one thing I’d change about her though, I would’ve just given her short shorts instead of the skirt, because back then with the graphics the game was pumping out, a mini-skirt just looked kinda weird, even in the game’s CG cutscenes. But regardless, there’s no one more known for being one hell of a sexy girl in the Final Fantasy series and the fact that Maxim didn’t even include her on the list is quite frankly one of the biggest blunders on any Top 10 list I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a lot of WatchMojo’s shit!


So that’s the list, everyone! Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it! Don’t forget to put your own lists in the comments below and share the list to anyone and everyone who enjoys the series. Also, send them the Maxim list too, it’s so ridiculous!

Top 10 Sexiest Red-Haired Anime Girls

We have reached the final week of the “10 Weeks of Anime Hair Top 10s”. We cap this almost three-month long event with my biggest sucker when it comes to hair colours: Redheads.

Now I’ll lay down the rules I’ve had from previous weeks. The usual rules to these top 10 sexiest girls lists apply, this is a list based on my personal tastes, so depending on what you’re into, my list will be EXTREMELY different to yours. Also, I’m not just opening this up to girls from shows I’ve watched, I’ve opened it up for any and all anime, as I’ve come across a ton of artwork of men and women from shows I’ve yet to watch, so there will be a few names on each of these lists that I’ve never watched the show they are from.

No puns or jokes this week either, I love redheads more than any other colour, I can’t joke about it, I love ’em too much. So let’s get to this final list and let me gush for a while!

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Kicking off the list is this stunning deep sea excavator from Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet. While some characters on this list dress with a little more class, Bellows just hits it off with her rugged, dirty combination of shorts and a tanktop, knowing that there’s no point in wearing anything nice, it’s gonna get dirty real quick. And having an outfit like that really fleshes out the hotness she has, there’s nothing hiding the assets she has, she’s sexy from the moment she shows up, all the way until the very end. And when you get her in even less, like in the swimsuit episode of the show, whatever doubt you had in her figure is gone immediately.

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I never finished Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry, only got about halfway, but man oh man was Stella a super attractive young lady. Fiery red hair, quite the chest to her and a bit of elegance to her that makes her both beautiful and sexy at the same time. It’s a shame that early on she’s pushed too far on the sexy side, even being forced to strip down to her underwear by a few terrorists (which wasn’t necessary, could’ve found a better way to having her undress, like say…just undressing?), but aside from that uncomfortable moment, Stella used the time she had when I was watching the show to good use. Bonus points for actually being a female character that admits her feelings to the male MC.

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I don’t know why, but eyepatches make girls sexier! This knockout German soldier in Majikoi while I have not seen the anime she’s from, just looking at a couple pieces of art on her makes it extremely easy for me to add her onto this list. She’s the kind of anime girl that I really like, she’s dressed very conservatively the majority of the time, making her seem very unapproachable and unenticing, but you get her out of those clothes and into something just a little more revealing…holy shit! She’s got quite the body to her, no doubt about it and seeing that tough face suddenly blushing because she’s with someone she likes and wearing something showing a bit of skin, she’s super cute too.

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Hey! An Infinite Stratos character and she’s not even in the top 5! Imagine that! But make no mistake, Ran is more than worthy of being on this list and this is her being a character that shares at most five minutes of screen time over two seasons. The sister of Ichika’s best friend, they only cross paths in two or three episodes the entire series, but she makes the most of her time there. While being in a nice dress while swimsuit shopping in one episode, the time she’s half-dressed in her own home with her tanktop drooping down a bit and her shorts not buttoned up, holy hell did she ever blow me away. It’s a shame we never get to see her in a swimsuit episode, nor does she ever become a part of the harem, regardless of her feelings for Ichika. She would’ve been a cute addition.

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Man, here’s a show I’ve gotta go back and watch, I only watched the first episode and it never got played again. But Cecily from The Sacred Blacksmith really left her mark on me as a redhead connoisseur. She looks beautiful in armor, in a dress, or in a little less. But while some girls on this list are sexy in terms of how they’re presented in clothing, size and stature, Cecily is just purely one hell of a beautiful woman. Perhaps even the most beautiful woman on this list.

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In a show where if every female character doesn’t lose an article of clothing, the show believes it failed, Ganessa from Freezing certainly has a lot of advantages on a list that defines the sexiest girls in anime. Perfect body, large breasts, super sexy in terms of her clothing choices and her posing, she really flaunts herself off like there’s no tomorrow. Granted her attitude is not exactly that enticing, but this list ain’t got a damn thing to do with that, so when she’s got a body like that, who cares if she’s a bitch, top 5 it is!

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I’ve never watched Code Geass, probably never will either, it’s not a show I’m really interested in watching. But holy freaking hell the art I have seen over time of Kallen makes me wish the show was interesting enough to get me to watch. Good looking in a skin-tight suit? Check. Dress? Check. Shirt and shorts? Check. Swimsuits, underwear, towels and showers? Check, check, motherfucking check! What I think really sets her apart though is the more unique hairstyle she has. While some girls on this list are just the standard long hair, or tied-up hairstyles, Kallen’s unique sort of spiky look really sets her apart and makes her that much more memorable to me.

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Come on, how could I not list the main girl from one of the most notorious ecchi anime in existence? I think Highschool DxD is a terrible show, one of the worst shows I’ve come across over the years (until Masou Gakuen HxH showed up this season), but holy fucking hell is Rias Gremory one of the hottest red-haired anime girls I’ve ever seen. Yes, she has a clear advantage being designed to be eye candy, yes she has giant breasts, yes she is constantly in various states of undress, yes to all of that. Which of course is why not only she makes this list, but makes the top 3.

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Some people may be shocked how a girl with significantly less good to show off could ever beat girls like Rias, Kallen and Ganessa, among others. But for me, it’s a bit of a bias. Not because I’m a huge Polyphonica fan, I’ve only watched a couple episodes. What does it for me though is the official artwork released of her, quite possibly the most beautiful art I have ever seen. Kannatsuki Noboru may just be my favourite anime artist of all time because of the stuff from Polyphonica, holy hell is it beautiful. It takes your standard cute high school redhead girl who’s a bit smaller in size compared to the other girls, but the art quality and the clothes they choose to put her in and the poses she’s in, Corticarte if not for the girl ahead of her, she would easily take this spot. The eight girls below her on this list are not even close to her.

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But I would be doing every anime fan on the planet the biggest possible disservice by not having Yoko Littner from Gurren Lagann in the #1 spot for sexy red-haired anime girls. Like it shouldn’t even be a question, she’s a legendary female character, both from her beauty and her personality, not to mention what she accomplishes as a lead female character. Bikini top, super short shorts, thigh-high socks. Holy fucking hell, you can’t get much hotter than that without taking away the imagination of the viewers. I cannot think of a better girl to finish off the ten weeks of sexy anime girls than Yoko freaking Littner. There’s just nobody better.


So that’s the Top 10 sexiest red-haired anime girls, hope you enjoyed the list and the other nine before them, it was a blast making them! And of course, don’t forget to put your own favourites and Top 10s in the comments below.