Monday, January 21, 2013

2012 Anime Character Awards

Just like the anime characters awards I did last year, this year I will not have a top 10 or 20 best and worst characters, but instead there are both positive and negative categories for character awards. They are all based solely on my own opinion, and if you care to disagree or name whatever character you felt more suited for the award, feel free to do so.

Now, for the awards.

The Awards

Cutest Male Character:

Aladdin from Magi
Though he's a little pervert, one cannot deny the cuteness that is Aladdin. He doesn't know they way the world works or what exactly he is and his first wish was purely to have a friend, all of that contributed to his innocent domineer.

Runners Up: Assistant from Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita, Yuuya Mochizuki from Another, Tetsuya Kuroko from Kuroko no Basket

Cutest Female Character:

Rikka Takanashi from Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!
It's hard to know where to start with describing how cute Rikka is. Yes, her appearance is very much adorable, however, her personality also plays a big role in it. She's innocent and clumsy, but she's also adventurous, and crazy delusional. The more you're acquainted with her character, the more you'll love her. She's completely and utterly adorable.

Runners Up: Kudryavka Noumi from Little Busters!, Morgiana from Magi, Konatsu Miyamoto from Tari Tari, Michiru Morishita from Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate, Mayaka Ibara from Hyouka, Karuta Roromiya from Inu x Boku SS

Sexiest Male Character:

Soushi Miketsukami from Inu x Boku SS
He's gorgeous, the different color eyes especially are very attractive. He's also extremely loyal, and he's a complete and total masochist (potentially a sadist in disguise). He's also very sweet, and seems to be moved by nothing but his "master."

Runners Up: Sinbad from Magi, Oreki from Hyouka, Kazunari Takao from Kuroko no Basket

Sexiest Female Character:

Satsuki Momoi from Kuroko no Basket
She's got pink eyes, pink hair, big boobs, and a big brain. She is the ever so informative manager of the Teikou basketball team, as well as a girl who is very much in love with Mr.Kuroko. But hey, she's pretty damn attractive.

Runners Up: Raika Oda from Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai!, Sawa Okita from Tari Tari

Prettiest Male Character:

Tomohiko Kazami from Another
He abides by all of my fetishes for a bishounen. Pale? Check. Glasses? Check. Dark hair? Check. He's also pretty intelligent, but that doesn't seem to help much in the series he was in. I won't delve too much into that, so for now, enjoy his beauty.

Runner Up: Kaoru Nishimi from Sakamichi no Apollon

Prettiest Female Character:

Kuroyukihime from Accel World
She has the appearance of a doll and her avatar has butterfly wings. She's extremely graceful, but she's also kind, and a bit intriguing at the same time. The only issue I had with her was that she had a thing for the fat kid. She should've just become a lesbian with that lady friend of hers.

Runners Up: Eru Chitanda from Hyouka, Hakuei Ren from Magi, Izumi Akazawa from Another, Satsuki Shinonome from Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate

Most Fabulous Male Character:

Soushi Miketsukami from Inu x Boku SS
He sparkles more than a vampire from Twilight. He attracts attention wherever he goes, and of course, serves his female master oh so gracefully and ever so loyally. He also seems to appeal to just about anyone.

Runner Up: Joushi from Tsuritama

Most Fabulous Female Character:

Mask from Joshiraku
She appears on a few occasions in the series, but I was more interested in seeing her than I was in seeing the usual female cast members. Also, she's able to stand out even when they don't point out that she's in the scene.

Best Character Development (Male):

Houtarou Oreki from Hyouka
He started out as a lazy kid who only did things when they were completely necessary, but all of the activities of the Classics Club made him into a much more passionate, mature, and involved person.

Best Character Development (Female):

Shizuku Mizutani from Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
She starts off not having and not wanting any friends, but as the series progresses she becomes less and less of a distant person. She's still a bit apathetic, but she still has improved very much since episode one.

Runner Up: Ririchiyo Shirakiin from Inu x Boku SS

Most Badass Character (Male):

Sinbad from Magi
He can easily beat just about any opponent, he's conquered many dungeons, and he possesses multiple djinn. He's also quite popular with the ladies (an example being Kougyoku). He's also an extremely charismatic leader, one that can make any other leader feel inferior.

Runner Up: Genjurou Kazanari from Senki Zesshou Symphogear (AKA the best thing about Symphogear)

Most Badass Character (Female):

Morgiana from Magi
Morgiana is part of the Fanalis race, which gives her great strength physically. But it's more than just that, she's also strong mentally, and will not give up her freedom. She may be a small girl but she can take on opponents that are four times her size. Now that right there, is fearsome.

Runners Up: Sofia "Valmet" Valmer from Jormungand, Black★Rock Shooter from Black★Rock Shooter

Best Male Protagonist:

Mutta Nanba from Uchuu Kyoudai
Although I generally prefer Houtarou as a character in general, Mutta is most definitely a better protagonist. For one, Mutta is the most interesting character in his show, in fact, I think the reason the show entertaining is because of Mutta. Whenever he is off screen the show becomes a bit less interesting, but when he's involved, thing are always entertaining.

Runners Up:
Houtarou Oreki from Hyouka, 
Alibaba Saluja from Magi

Best Female Protagonist:

Shizuku Mizutani from Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
She, unlike most of 2012's female protagonists, has a unique character. She's obsessed with studying, and she has a goal of becoming a working woman. She puts having friends aside and works hard. But, after making friends she starts to open up more and break out of her shell. She reminded me a lot of myself when I was younger (except I wasn't obsessed with studying). Which made her very relatable and likable for me.

Runner Up: Ichiko Sakura from Binbougami ga!, Ririchiyo Shirakiin from Inu x Boku SS

Best Male Character:

Houtarou Oreki from Hyouka
One can't help but love Houtarou. Yeah, he's lazy at first, but he develops into a really involved and caring guy. He's also a great detective, being able to solve all of the club's mysteries ever so easily.

Runners Up: Mutta Nanba from Uchuu Kyoudai, Soushi Miketsukami from Inu x Boku SS, Alibaba Saluja from Magi

Best Female Character:

Morgiana from Magi
Morgiana is not only my favorite female character of 2012, but she's my all time favorite female character in any anime I've ever seen. She's strong, she's cute, she's funny, and she's got a gentle side to her. It's hard to describe how much I love her character, but regardless, she wins this award by a landslide for me any day.

Runners Up: Rikka Takanashi from Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!, Shizuku Mizutani from Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

Scariest Male Character:

Deishu Kaiki from Nisemonogatari
He's like a nightmarish version of a scammer. Not only does he claim to help you and not do so, but he also curses you. Plus, he's devoid of any emotion, and he looks like a fresh corpse.

Runner Up: Danichirou Sanka from Sankarea

Scariest Female Character:

Rikako Ouryou from Psycho-Pass *SPOILERS*
She seduces young girls through her model student persona, but then murders them, and turns them into works of "art," and frightening ones at that. I wish that her arc in the series was longer, she was scary, but she was also a very intriguing character.

Runner Up: Kagari Izuriha from Black★Rock Shooter

Biggest Creeper (Male):

Danichirou Sanka from Sankarea
This man has a sick obsession with his daughter, and he will not let anyone interfere with her. If anyone points out what he does is wrong, he gets them out of the picture.   I wish I could say more, but I don't want to spoil any more.

Runners Up: Oboro Yumeshima from Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate, Shuntarou Sako from Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai!

Biggest Creeper (Female):

Akane Akaza from Yuru Yuri ♪♪
She's pretty much in love with her little sister. Her room is filled with pictures, posters, body pillows, and articles of Akari's clothing. When no one is around, she wears Akari's panties on her head. Though, she is somewhat endearing for being the person to always notice the presence lacking Akari.

Runner Up: Nyaruko from Haiyore! Nyaruko-san

Biggest Troll (Male):

Kagerou Shoukiin from Inu x Boku SS
He shows up out of nowhere, he brings gifts for his friends, but they're of course S&M related things (whips, ball-gags, etc.). He kidnaps his fiancé and tells her whose a sadist and whose a masochist. I could go on, but you'd have to watch the series to understand.

Biggest Troll (Female):

Remon Yamano from Ano Natsu de Matteru
She makes people participate in activities purely for her own entertainment, just about everything she does has an ulterior motive, and her age (17) is fairly questionable. She also claims to have written a script for George Lucas.

Runners Up: Literature Girl from Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou, Mask from Joshiraku

Male Character that Should've Gotten More Screen Time:

Tadakuni from Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou
How is it that one of the main characters appears so little in their show?? I mean we don't even know the guy's first name. His only guaranteed appearance in each episode is during the opening sequence. That's just not right!

Female Character that Should've Gotten More Screen Time:

Kaho Juumonji from Hyouka
I really wanted to see more of Kaho in Hyouka. I mean, something about her, I'm not sure what, was just so mysterious (even the mysterious part of her is a mystery -_-) I wanted to learn more about her character. But, just like all of the other Hyouka supporting characters (apart from Irisu and Houtarou's sister) she gets brushed aside after a handful of appearances. What a pity...

Runner Up: Nadeshiko Ohmuro from Yuru Yuri♪♪

Most Annoying Male Character:

Kouga Amagi from Zetman
He's obsessed with "justice" but really, he can't do anything without a problem. Even when he gets an awesome power suit, he still can't go on without any issues. His sense of justice is warped and he gets pissed when someone outshines him in heroism. 

Runner Up: Banri Watanuki from Inu x Boku SS

Most Annoying Female Character:

Ruri Tsugumi from Hayate no Gotoku! Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Her voice alone was enough to give me a headache. She's really loud and whiny and she's nothing but consistent trouble. She's the main reason I didn't like Can't Take My Eyes Off You (aside from the animation, the lack of Norio Wakamoto, etc.).

Runners Up: Isanami from Brave 10, Yuka Hanaki from Natsuiro Kiseki, Yumi Itaba from Senki Zesshou Symphogear, Erica Blandelli from Campione!, Yuuko Kanoe from Tasogare Otome x Amnesia

Dumbest Male Character:

Shougo Mikadono from Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!
He's in a situation where one of his potential girlfriends can be his blood-related, not step-sibling but, blood-related sister. One of his potential girlfriends blatantly denies to getting a DNA test, but he doesn't find it the least bit suspicious. That was not a situation where you could trust your friend, but, he did anyway. What an idiot.

Dumbest Female Character:

Madoka Kyouno from Rinne no Lagrange 
She doesn't seem to understand the seriousness of everything that's going on around her, and instead pretty much goes about doing everything with an overly-optimistic attitude. But hey, props to her for saving the world despite being stupid.

Runner Up: Hibiki Tachibana from Senki Zesshou Symphogear

Worst Male Protagonist:

Shougo Mikadono from Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!
Pretty much the same reason as the one I had to give him the dumbest character award. Also, I'm not too fond of stupid protagonists, unless they actually take initiative, like Madoka does, but this guy doesn't even do the most basic logical thing to do in his situation. Pissed me off the entire time watching this show.

Worst Female Protagonist:

FelicitĂ  from La Storia Della Arcana Famiglia
She has no personality, I mean, none whatsoever. She also doesn't show very much emotion, but, either way, all the guys want her in this show. Her appearance isn't really bad, but considering that's the only positive I can think of for her character, that isn't too good.

Runners Up: Hibiki Tachibana from Senki Zesshou Symphogear, Sakura Sakurakouji from Code:Breaker

Most Hated Male Character:

Judal from Magi
I think it's pretty good to hate the villain of a series, in fact, it makes you root for the main characters more. I hate Judal because not only does he do evil deeds, he doesn't even have any reason to. When asked why, he also asked why. So, he's pretty much the bad guy for absolutely no reason. He wants to shroud the world in darkness for no reason. None.

Runners Up: Seiji Noumi from Accel World, Balance T. Moid from Rinne no Lagrange, Kouga Amagi from Zetman

Most Hated Female Character:

Megumi Kitagawa from Sukitte Ii na yo
She's a generic bitch from a shoujo anime. She's also the frequently used model/rival character, isolates the main character for a period of time, blah, blah, blah. What I hated the most was when they spent time trying to make the audience pity her. You're in control of your actions, no one else. I don't care if you were teased for being tall, that still doesn't give you an excuse to want to steal some innocent girl's boyfriend. Give me a break.

Runners Up: Yuina Oosawa from Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate, Naoko Takakura from Tari Tari

And thus concludes my 2012 anime character awards. There were a lot of good characters, and there were a few that made me want to punch the screen. Still, 2012 produced many great anime, and a lot of great characters to go with it. I hope 2013 will do the same.

This will be an annual thing, and I may do a 2010 anime awards and anime character awards over summer break. Stay tuned for my other blog posts as well!


  1. Kagerou was the most interesting indeed, I didn´t stop laughing. Nice review I think I will give a try to some of the series you name here