The tenth post in “100 Characters For 100 Otaku.”
It’s the halfway mark in “100 Characters For 100 Otaku!” Did you think we’d make it this far? This is certainly the biggest post series I’ve ever done in one time-span! But it’s still very exciting! Today we’ll have numbers 55 down through 51 and things continue to get even more exciting! Let’s see what’s in store!
(sorry that this post was so late, today was a really fucking insane day, but at least it’s out within the time limit!)
55. Faye Valentine (from Cowboy Bebop)
Why I Like Her: The case has been made well for Faye Valentine by such bloggers as Ghostlightning and Anime Kritik, and I can’t do much better than either of them. I’d say that I love Faye because she is enchanting, and possibly because I’m just used to her, what with Cowboy Bebop having been my first anime. I hadn’t been such a huge fan of her in my youth when I thought she was just a sexy badass, but I fell for her in adulthood when I realized that inside, she had her weaknesses.
A Mirror For Otaku: Faye Valentine is perhaps strong in comparison to many, but her heart falters and is easy to break on the inside, while ostensibly, she seems like a cold and cool badass. Otaku often put on a facade on the internet – they pretend to be some tough motherfucker and put others down while in real life they are a weak little bitch (see: Link from Megatokyo Forums. Online, evil bastard, met him at otakon, sunny, happy, nerdy bitch.)
Reflecting My Otakudom: I could say that on the outside, I make it look like I care more or less about certain series than I actually do. I often do this for dramatic effect in posts, where I may over-emphasize my feelings in order to convey a message that I want you to feel, when in actuality, I couldn’t care less. This got me in trouble yesterday when Ghostlightning thought I really meant that Kampfer was awesome, and I actually don’t care much about it.
The First Episode of Crest of the Stars: Much like the Abh travel in spaceships, Faye is an excellent pilot. She can pull off an Itano Circus like nobody’s business.
Why I Like Her: I couldn’t justify putting Hatsune Miku further up on this list simply because she has no set personality – she’s a voice program with a character design, but it also happens to be my favorite character design of all time. Evidently many people feel the same, because she alone has an almost Touhou-scale fanbase. Miku can be your anything, and therefor is hard not to adore. Plus she gave us Black Rock Shooter.
A Mirror For Otaku: Just as Miku has many interests and looks (almost like an anime version of Barbie) otaku can have a broad range of anime-related interests, as Miku shows us. Miku has games, an upcoming anime, figures, and is in fact a vocal program, branching across all otaku interests.
Reflecting My Otakudom: …which is exactly why I love Miku as much as I do, because I have a broad range of interests. I love her figures, I love her games, I love her songs, and I already know her anime is going to be fucking awesome.
The First Episode of Crest of the Stars: Okay, so Crest of the Stars is an epic space opera, and as such is part of a natural progression of space operas in anime. Because it contains heavy romance elements, we can say that there is a possibility of it having been influenced in some way by Macross. In Macross, one of the recurring themes is of the idol character, originally Minmay, and just as she is an idol, so is Hatsune Miku a virtual one.
53. Kino (from Kino no Tabi)
Why I Like Her: I have a very soft spot for androgynous women (and ones who ride motorcycles). Kino is like the king of androgyny, and would lead to more androgynous travelers in the future (Shoulder a Coffin Kuro). Anywho, besides that, I think it’s somewhat interesting to see how Kino decides to handle the various situations she finds herself in. She seems to lack a moral compass at times, and yet she will bend things to her liking when it fits into the natural progression of the situation. Is she passive, or vicarious towards the situations? Sometimes a little of each? Kino’s entire being seems to hinge on such ambiguities.
A Mirror For Otaku: Kino never stays in one place for more than three days, and otaku can be said to only stay in one series for a small amount of time. There are a great number of otaku who actually singularly love certain series and franchises, but a lot of us are the types to beam between every new creation in a way of trying to experience everything and not necessarily experience it as fully as imaginable.
Reflecting My Otakudom: I could be said to do the same, because while I do have my Epic Journey to get deeper into shows (which I will be comparing to Kino in a post all it’s own at someone’s request), I also watch a lot of shows that I do little more with. I doubt I could have seen as much anime as I have if I put the same amount of effort into viewing each one, but that’s what defines a favorite series.
The First Episode of Crest of the Stars: Once again, my thoughts turn to the possibilities of what went on aboard the Lief Erikson. This exploratory vessel must have gone long and far, so how much did it see of every place it visited? And what kind of judgments did it pass on the people and civilizations that it discovered along the way? I wonder how much Kino’s approach was taken.
52. Kusanagi Suito (from The Sky Crawlers)
Why I Like Her: God damn she looks sexy when bowling! Plus she does well on the checklist (Short hair, androgynous, has a child, smokes, drinks, drives). Kusanagi is a bit of a train-wreck going through the movie, and a sort of broken girl that opens a pretentious avenue into connecting moe with the greater body of arts out there (she’s like the missing link, so to speak). Kusanagi goes through a very sexy emotional whirlwind, and I enjoyed the ride.
A Mirror For Otaku: Kusanagi doesn’t really know what the fuck to think about this whole idea of ‘life’. She knows that her existence is meaningless, and as such, she seems desperate to end her life. Otaku have a very similar mentality that keeps them down. One of the biggest reasons otaku never try to progress in their lives is because they are addicted to the idea that it is impossible. Thus, they become hikkikomori.
Reflecting My Otakudom: Kusanagi beats through life like a bat out of hell sometimes, and I could be said to do something similar with my otakudom. I consume like I’m desperate to get it all done for fear of dying unfulfilled at any given moment.
The First Episode of Crest of the Stars: The Abh are a race of war in many ways. They are an empire that collects planets like nobody’s business in the interest of conquering. Similarly, the Kildren are literally children born in the name of war. Kusanagi is one of them.
51. Chiba Kirino (from Bamboo Blade)
Why I Like Her: Kirino is like the sun, and not just because she is thematically yellow. She gives life to those around her and truly keeps them going. Kirino is the backbone of her kendo team, and were it not for her, not one of them could have held on the entire time. Kirino’s strong conviction, eternal motivation, and generally fun, chill attitude make her one hell of a cool cat. After all, she even almost won the 2009 Megatokyo Forums Anime Grand Prix!
A Mirror For Otaku: I can’t try to claim that otaku have sunny attitudes like Kirino, but perhaps they share her conviction. There are quite a few things that could make you want to quit otakudom (societal pressure, other otaku being annoying, shitty anime), but otaku manage to hang on through all of this.
Reflecting My Otakudom: After all, I’ve been tried at many turns. Society was never a problem for me because I just don’t give a fuck, but I can say that other things have made things hard at times. It gets difficult to put up with certain elements of otaku culture, but in the end, it’s all worth it when you see a great show like Bamboo Blade and a great character like Kirino.
The First Episode of Crest of the Stars: Kirino doesn’t give up when it comes to kendo, but more importantly, she never gives up on her friends. Human kind didn’t want to give up their way of life by giving in to the Abh, but Jinto’s father saw something more important and didn’t give up on life itself, thereby making his deal.
There’s 55-51, tune in tomorrow for the next five! We’ve got a great teacher, an axe-wielding girl, and who knows – maybe your favorite character!