Honestly, Chihayafuru is the only thing truly clicking for me to the point I crave new episodes. October's initial smorgasbord seems to have been only a fraction of what it had on offer.
F/Z - good but always a major flaw in each episode.
Mirai Nikki - somewhat hare-brained and bad at days in between battles. Only Yuno keeps me going.
Boku wa Todomachi ga Sukunai - Wasted potential in some ways. Although I never had high hopes for it. Sena is delish though and keeps me watching.
Last Exile 2 - I feel betrayed.
UN-GO - You can't have a proper story by ignoring main character development and leaving it to a movie screening 9 episodes in...
It's cool, you have the ability to appreciate difference of opinion - something that is rare these days. I respect that big time.
For a contrast, here's what I like.
Ten fave males:
10. Ginko from Mushishi. Chill, natural, takes life in his stride, accepts that he can't fix everything but does what he can.
9. Okabe from Steins;Gate. He be crazy - but in a good way. Charismatic and entertaining.
8. Alex from Last Exile. Dead on the inside but summons the will to do what only he can. Amazing strategist and handsome to boot.
7. Kaiji from Kaiji. For all his failures, I do admire his insane ability to survive what no one else can and how his morality stays intact in a very evil, immoral world.
6. Ed from Full Metal Alchemist. Brash youthful optimism meets sobering reality. Guy has more sense in him that almost anyone else in that show.
5. Okita from Space Battleship Yamato. Now there is one manly man that just does it. Balances reality and optimism as only he can.
4. Lelouch from Code Geass. He was a bastard but was fabulous at being one. Plus he grew a heart in the end and did what only he could do.
3. Mugen from Samurai Champloo. Free spirit that did whatever he wanted but within (some) reason. Plus break-dancing fighting.
2. Tokuchi from One Outs. He's damn sly, damn calculating. But the guy won with brilliant mind games and was able to motivate a team to aspire to reach for the stars. His confidence was so damn alluring.
1. Tenma from Monster. Resourceful, amazing survival instincts and incredibly morality. To be able to eliminate the ultimate evil and prevent it from consuming him in the process - there's a real man.
10 fave females:
10. Horo from Spice and Wolf. Mature, teasing, hot and intelligent. She was just enthralling to watch.
9. Chihaya from Chihayafuru. Looks of a model yet acts like a tomboy and lot of heart. She's so fun to watch.
8. Honey from Cutie Honey. Old school feminista win with a lot of filrtation to boot.
7. Kurisu from Steins;Gate. Non-typical tsundere and was an adult. Throw in some Western traits and cute banter with Okabe - she was great.
6. Maetel from Galaxy Express 999 - Incredibly kind, sizzling hot and also a fair feminista. And the 30-odd versions of space bikini.
5. Kyou from Clannad. Intelligent, spunky, cutesy, very well rounded in skills and talent. Also an amusing temper and sharp tongue. But also incredibly kind and tender once you get to know her. Also cuts a fine figure in casual clothes and that sports outfit.
4. Lina Inverse from Slayers. Insanely hilarious, damn powerful and has a fiery spirit to match. Lot of spunk and determination in her - as well as elements that brought her down to earth when needed.
3. Madoka from Kimagure Orange Road. Has the air and soul of a mature adult woman but the body and spirit of a high school teen. Feminista, sexy, attitude, style - she set the mark pretty high.
2. Nina Fortner from Monster. Complex, enthralling young woman. One can only wonder how her sanity remains intact after what she's been through. But her ability to stay human, pursue justice and utterly own face when she needs to was pretty impressive. So freaking cute in a girl-next-door way then kickarse feminista minutes later.
1. C.C. from Code Geass. Explosive mix of confidence, despair, selfishness, compassion, beauty, scarred, cold-hearted and inspring. She was a mix of extremes from both ends of the scale. A character with plenty of glaring flaws that could make it very easy to dislike her. But it was a rewarding challenge to be willing to look into her more and she her true self. She was truly special.
It's scary how many of my favorite anime characters are on your two lists.
However, I guess I just expect a certain level of drama in anime, and so anime characters doing things that create needless drama (being drama queens or male characters that take difficult paths) is something I roll with. As much as I love Kamina, for example, I don't think I'd want to be friends with somebody like that in real life, because he'd become awfully tiresome after awhile. But it's that sort of "larger than life" and real loud personality that I like in fictional characters. I look at it the same way I do pro wrestlers - being entertaining is more important than being someone I'd want to be friends with.
As for Tomoya, I admit you have a good point with how he treated Ushio. Yeah, that really bothered me as well. However, I'm a firm believer you can't really help falling in love with a person... but given your take on Nagisa, I can understand how this doesn't really help your assessment of Tomoya.
Though I consider Kyon to be a good character, it's nice to see somebody else realize that the dude can be every bit as hard to deal with as Haruhi is (just in different ways), so their conflicts are a two-way street. Kyon isn't as innocent in their personality conflicts as some people make him out to be.
Oh, and I pretty much agree with you on Kuroko (she's the main reason why I dropped Railgun, lol), Mikuru and Renton Thurston. Some other characters on your two lists I don't care much about either way.
Anyway, thanks for the response. If nothing else, your honesty and frankness are refreshing. You're certainly not afraid to knock down some of the most popular anime shows and characters around, but you don't troll about it either. You're simply honest and up-front about your assessments and tastes, and it would be cool if more anime fans were like that.
Okay. The reason I watched Clannad/played it was for Kyou and Tomoyo. Also Kotomi to an extent. Tomoya would be about #3 on my most despised males in anime list and Nagisa is #2 on my most despised females list.
My 10 most despised females:
10. Kyouko from Working. Slack, cold and does nothing but eat and put down her customers. Get bent.
9. Mizuho from Please Teacher. Spineless crybaby that just lets things happen to her.
8. Eureka from Eureka Seven. Emo as hell, elusive, then sickeningly sweet at other times.
7. Revy from Black Lagoon. Never seen an anime chick be so unattractive when naked. Thanks for ruining my shower fetish, bitch.
6. Yuki from Haruhi Suzumiya. So what if she's cute? Bores me to no end.
5. Mikuru from Haruhi Suzumiya. Spineless and a rape joke target. Sickening.
4. Shana from Shana. RieKu and loli filth.
3. Kuroko from Railgun. Even more extreme loli filth.
2. Nagisa from Clannad. Miss 'I forgive anyone and accept anything, I'm the perfect otaku/jerk companion!' doll.
1. Madoka from Madoka Magica. Useless as anything and I get denied the satisfaction of seeing her get owned. Damn it.
10 most despised males:
10. Renton from Eureka Seven. What kind of idiot cuts his arm open to settle someone down?! Or does all the other stupid crap he does?
9. Koyomi from Bakemonogatari. Smarmy prick.
8. Amuro from Mobile Suit Gundam. Immature brat that never grows up and makes the worst decisions. How the hell did he start a never-ending franchise?!
7. Touma from Index/Railgun. Smarmy, sleazy, slimy prick!
6. Ryner from Legend of the Legendary Heroes. Emo slacker lead that helped bury what could have been a good title. Freaking dirtbag.
5. Ichika from Infinite Stratos. For the love of...You naive, insensitive fool! PICK ONE! JUST PICK ONE! OR AT LEAST NOTICE!
4. Kyon from Haruhi Suzumiya. You arrogant, egotisitical, ever sarcastic killjoy!
3. Tomoya from Clannad. He had all the potential in the world. And he wasted it. He was the victim of his own decisions. He chose to not overcome his troubled childhood and let it weigh him down. He toyed with everyone's emotions. He let himself be carried by Nagisa and her family. He let Ushio down for five years. He made the decision to go with a girl destined to die young. HIS DECISIONS were what caused his misery and misfortune! No sympathy from me!
2. Shinji from Evangelion. Thanks for making spineless males in fashion for forever and a day, you little worm!
1. Kamina from Tenga Toppen Guren Lagann. Biggest cock-thrusting, jockish, arrogant, egotistical, reckless, brainless fool I've ever seen. Only good thing he ever did was die. Listening to him is the equivalent of having oral forced upon oneself againt one's consent.
That IS OVA was a joke...1 minute of Houki service and 23 minutes of pandering. Seriously, that show should have been much better but it can always flaunt its 15k average as justifying its existence.
The FMA v FMA:B argument is ongoing. Yes, the second one was more loyal content-wise. But I liked the music, animation and vibe of the first one more. I've never been able to watch the second one much. Also find it hard to read the manga because Arakawa's art style bugs me big time. Plus the factor of having to watch nearly 20 episodes before the divergence point - that's a real trial.
Meh, most of the animes I've liked this year have sold low or will. Chihayafuru, Usagi Drop, Mirai Nikki, Boku wa Todomachi ga Sukunai. Fate/Zero and Steins;Gate would be bigger selling ones. I still have no idea how I feel about Steins;Gate though.
Just noticed that you expressed satisfaction over Tomoya losing in ISML. What's wrong with Tomoya? I thought he was a really great character. Mind you, I don't think I've ever read your take on Clannad or its characters, so there's a lot I probably don't know here.