Arakawa Under the Bridge, Chihaya, Chihayafuru, Dandere, Genki Girl, Hitagi Senjougahara, Holo, Kuudere, Nanami, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Nino, Rei Ayanami, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Senjougahara, Spice and Wolf, Tsundere, Yandere
Sometimes you want to watch a show that has an all-star cast wherein every character is over the top and you cannot even decide who to cheer for. Since Yerocha of Shades of Grey came up with a blog carnival idea of enlisting your ideal anime or manga cast, I decided that it’s the perfect time to unleash my fan girl mode.
I’m not really into heroes and villains that’s why instead of following the TvTropes formula of five heroes and a main villain, mine will be like the Idols formula–since this set-up is so in demand nowadays.
If you’re wondering if there’s a TvTropes formula for this… I’m not sure. My idea actually came from the SPICE Girls. Aside from the Girl Power message that they popularized, I like the concept how this group is comprised of the perfect ingredients.
So without further ado, here’s the list of my ideal anime cast.
Pseudo Yandere (Hitagi Senjougahara – Bakemonogatari)
Senjougahara is complicated because she’s like a bit of every [prefix]dere. However, since I don’t have a favourite yandere, I’m just going to fit her in this category. Hitagi appears to be unconcerned but actually she’s tremendously possessive that she’s willing to kill her lover and her lover’s lover if she catches them cheating.
Tsundere (Holo – Spice and Wolf)
Holo is wise and bossy, but underneath her goddess attributes is a sensitive and loving heart. Plus mind you, she’s so cute whenever she’s being jealous.
Dandere (Rei Ayanami – Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Rei Ayanami brought me back to anime. I was so intrigued by her mysterious personality. Oftentimes, I was watching Evangelion just to hear her talk and react. And of all the danderes whom I know, she’s hottest one.
Kuudere (Nino – Arakawa Under the Bridge)
Aside from her mysteriousness, Nino is just plain weird. She can have the wackiest ideas but they rarely show up on her Venus-like face. Also, it seemed like she’s apathetic but she actually never hides how sincere and caring she is.
Genki Girl (Chihaya Ayase – Chihayafuru)
Chihaya never fails to make me smile. Her energy, willingness to learn, and clumsiness are lovely. Most of all, she’s beautiful in and out and it’s so easy for anyone to like her.
Not-So-Villain (Nanami Kiryuu – Revolutionary Girl Utena)
When it comes to villainous acts, Nanami is my favourite character because of her Cowstian Dior scene. I’m not really into nastiness that’s why if there’s going to be a mean girl, I would prefer someone who has a hidden kindness. Nanami might be catty and childish however once in a while she knows how to show some humility.
Having said all of these, the advantage of having different kinds of characters is that everyone can engaged with the cast. It’s just like reading horoscopes. It feels like something really defines who you are but the thing is the signs are just too many that there’s a high chance that you can relate at least in one of them.
Some Fun Musings
As a yuri fan, I chose these girls because all of them are shippable. In total, there are 15 scenarios on how we can ship them.
- Senjougahara is confirmed to be a tsundere in Bakemonogatari ep.14.