Day 7 of my continuation of an already botched experiment will cover none other but my top seven guys of the year as far as notability goes. Just as 8 vaguely looks like a pair of tits, 7 looks very slightly phallic if you look at it in the right direction. So of course, that was my next logical step. Here are the penis-possessors of this year’s anime who somehow managed to make an impression by either bucking pre-established trends or obeying them to the letter and being utterly unlikable in the process. Unlike the best girls of the year, this is a hell of a lot less difficult to narrow down.
3. Kyouhei Kuga, Kamisama Dolls
I’ll bet that if I never told you the series he was from, you’d just assume I pulled this from the anime file of stock milquetoast protagonists. But in a show that was supposed to revolve around him, Kyouhei did very little to make himself remotely interesting. However, I think I can pin the blame less on him and more on the direction, which chose to focus on Utao, his perpetually aggravating younger sister. But Kyouhei has all this horrible or just plain bizarre stuff happen to him, and he summons about as much emotion as Keanu Reeves on sleeping pills, which is almost as bad. In short, the only reason why he’s not lower on the list is because I’m sure that with some different direction, he would have been just fine. Not worth mentioning, but that’s still better than ending up on this demerit list.
2. Takeru Ooyama, Maken-Ki!
I only watched this show for one episode, which was 22 minutes of my life that I’ll never get back that I desperately wish I could, but already just seeing this guy in action made me want to vomit. Everything about him makes me want to erase his existence from whatever page/screen it happens to be on at any given moment. His design’s horrible, his personality is practically nonexistent or just impossible not to loathe… and seriously, who decided to greenlight this piece of shit? I can’t even see it making much money, mostly because of this tool.
1. Shu Ouma, Guilty Crown
Unlike the others, I can understand perfectly what they were going for here. Sunrise wanted to see what Code Geass would be like without the charismatic, charming, intelligent, witty lead, instead replacing him with a barely functional, entirely average protagonist with no redeeming or memorable qualities. And as you can see, the experiment hasn’t exactly been a success. What’s weird is if he weren’t so insufferably useless of his own volition despite having a godlike power, this show would be amazing. Most of my dislike stems from Shu’s total lack of… well, anything likable. Every other character has something worth mentioning about them, something that keeps them from falling into the same pit of horrid character building that Shu tripped into long before the series began.
In the words of Dr. Zoidberg, except replacing ‘music’ with ‘character’:
Actually, come to think of it, the OP’s pretty bad as well.
4. Takahashi Natsume, Natsume Yuujinchou San
Natsume is one of the undisputed most sympathetic characters of the year. I’ll just let this lovely post by Cara say why. Natsume is so unfailingly good while still developing as a character and overcoming his loneliness that it’s hard to imagine three better characters to outdo him as far as the ability to stand out goes. However, three better characters I have found from this year.
3. SHINING Saotome, Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love 1000%
Is it possible for a personality to overtake the shitty premise of a series and make it bearable for every moment that said personality is onscreen? Uta-Pri proved it so with Saotome, the latest in a long line of Norio Wakamoto-voiced characters that make something infinitely better with his presence. While he couldn’t save this utter piece of shit from disaster, almost every moment with him was solid gold. If they just made a series involving him and Trap-sensei, I guarantee it would sell like charismatic/deceptive cupcakes. Or at least it would be much better than this turned out to be.
2. Rintarou Okabe, Steins;Gate
Okabe’s eccentric, to say the least. From his constant talks with nonexistent people on his cell phone to his constant ramblings about conspiracies, he’s like the anime version of Dale Gribble with some bite behind his bark. If he were just eccentric without eventually losing some of his humanity by the end, he’d still be entirely memorable. But it’s his journey that defines him, and by the end he’s not the same plucky 20-something year old he was at the beginning of the series. He’s aged mentally and physically, scarred by the constant use of time travel to save the life of his closest friend. He doesn’t give up his urge to invent, nor does he lose that spark that makes him who he is.
Without a doubt, Okabe’s amazing for coming out on the other end of this ordeal smelling like a rose. And it takes some excellent writing to pull that off with subtle details that are a little too spoiler-ish to give away here.
1. Rider, Fate/Zero
Rider makes these lists twice, and he might make them more. I was hesitant to put him here, but how could I not pass up the chance to once again heap accolades on this king among mortal men? Rider’s like an amalgamation of every enjoyable quality of a male lead without all the baggage. As boisterous as he is thoughtful, his bravado is without a doubt well earned. I don’t think there’s much else to say here.