seawasp (seawasp) wrote,

Thirty Days of Anime -- Day 24: Favorite anime hero or heroine

Getting close to the end now...

Now THIS one is really hard to do. Anime offers a lot of heroes and heroines to choose from and many of them I like a great deal. Angsty Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury, the Bronze Boys from Saint Seiya, Hitomi from  Escaflowne, Jean from Nadia, the irrepressible Miku from Metal Fighter Miku, the overly cynical Genjo Sanzo and his group of misfits from Gensomaden Saiyuki, Ken and Ryu from Street Fighter II: The Movie, the Samurai Troopers, Dark Schneider ( Bastard! though he is), Space Adventurer Cobra, Cutey Honey...

But it really comes down to a very few hard choices. Naming a SINGLE choice is especially hard, since many shows have ensemble casts which shine best as a group, even if they have one "main hero" who does the heavy lifting. There's Son Goku from Dragonball/Dragonball Z (Not linking because it's hard to figure out which one to start on...), one of my absolute favorites for years... but there's also the other heroes of that saga, ones who aren't as powerful but are, in some ways, more interesting as heroes. There's Naruto and the cast of dozens behind and in front of him -- Kakashi, Gaara, Asuma, Juraiya-sama, Tsunade-sama... And there's the Fullmetal Alchemist and all his friends and allies (I really can't choose between Fullmetal Alchemist original series and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)

And much as I'd like to inject more variety into this list, in the end, the winner is

Uzumaki Naruto, from Naruto Shippuden. Undoubtedly inspired by Son Goku from DBZ, Naruto is a much deeper character and much more a rounded hero. Cursed from babyhood with the Kyuubi Nine Tailed Fox Demon sealed within him, Naruto manages to somehow keep a belief in the basic goodness of people even while he's subjected to their worst side. He brings out the best in everyone around him through nothing more or less than sheer chuzpah, sometimes overblown overconfidence, and a supreme belief in the idea that good guys will triumph. All this while in a village dedicated to basically being ninja warriors concerned mostly with protecting their village.

He awakens humanity in another boy who's been so mistreated that he's practically dead inside, changing Gaara from a four-foot-tall sociopath into a quiet and thoughtful warrior who wants nothing more than to one day be like Naruto. He convinces Tsunade to come back and become Hokage through sheer unbreakable tenacity of will. He wins over the ENTIRE VILLAGE that used to fear and hate him. And when he's backed to the wall he fights like no other in that world, willing to risk life and soul just to protect those he cares about. Even his annoying dedication to Sasuke comes from the same heroic and unbreakable belief that there is no soul so lost it cannot be saved, and no friend who cannot be redeemed form any fall.

The List:
Day 1 - Very first anime:Saint Seiya
Day 2 - Favourite TV series: : The Vision of Escaflowne
Day 3 - Your anime crush: Belldandy, from Ah! Megamisama/Ah/Oh My Goddess! and Shun from Saint Seiya
Day 4 - Favourite Film: Tonari no Totoro/ My Neighbor Totoro
Day 5 - Anime character you feel you are most like (or wish you were): Shikamaru from Naruto Shippuden
Day 6 - Most annoying anime character: Mihoshi, Tenchi Muyo!
Day 7 - Character you’d most like to slap: Sasuke, Naruto Shippuden
Day 8 - Most epic scene ever: End battle of YuuYuu Hakusho: The Poltergeist Report Movie
Day 9 - Saddest anime scene: Belldandy erasing herself from Keiichi's life in Ah! Megamisama/Ah/Oh My Goddess!
Day 10 - Favorite slice of life anime: Koko wa Greenwood
Day 11 - Favorite mech series: Giant Robo: The Day The Earth Stood Still
Day 12 - Best instalment of a franchise you don’t like: Nihao My Concubine
Day 13 - Worst instalment of a franchise you do like. Dragonball GT
Day 14 - Current (or most recent) anime wallpaper: Picture of Son Goku with Shen-Long done by my wife Kathleen
Day 15 - A reality check for a genre you like : Power-warrior anime and internal sanity/consistency!
Day 16 - An anime classic that simply doesn’t work for you: Neon Genesis Evanjellydonut... er,, Evangelion
Day 17 - Best Background Music: Giant Robo: The Day The Earth Stood Still
Day 18 - Best Five-team: Yoroiden Samurai Troopers/Ronin Warriors (no link, too expensive)
Day 19 - Change you’d like to make to any one anime: Specific Change: Eliminate one nasty action from the history of Juraia-sama in Naruto/Naruto Shippuden. General Change: Eliminate the Saiyajin focus and expand capabilities and screen time for all major characters in Dragonball Z.  
Day 20 - Most ambiguous anime character: Selected Maraich and Patalliro, from Patalliro!
Day 21 – Favourite OAV Series : Except for two I've already mentioned, Bastard!!
Day 22 - Animation studio you'd most like to slap: Gainax, for Neon Genesis Evangelion
Day 23 - Anime you think had the best, or most intriguing art: The Five Star Stories
Day 24 - Favorite anime hero or heroine: Uzumaki Naruto from Naruto Shippuden
Day 25 - Best anime villain
Day 26 - Your favorite harem anime
Day 27 - Favorite anime opening theme song
Day 28 - Favorite anime companion/summoned creature
Day 29 - Best Anime Music Video
Day 30 - Favorite anime ending theme

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