And as is equally traditional, I present my anime GARem of 2012!
As it’s something of a tradition at this point, I present my anime harem of 2012! A chance for me to show some appreciation for a small sample of my favorite anime characters of the year. In a lot of cases, characters can be more important in deciding my favorite series than the plot itself, while in others they have proven to be a show’s sole redeeming factor. So, making the list this year are:
This year has certainly been a better year than last for awesome male characters! Some of those which made my list fit the usual GAR requirements (inspiring, incredibly manly, look as though they could punch through a brick wall. Norio Wakamoto’s voice desirable, but not compulsory); however, I’ve thrown in a number of others who are just as awesome in other ways. Here it is:
I’m not entirely sure why I still do this… probably because it takes all of about 10 minutes to throw together, and it’s a chance for me to show some appreciation for anime characters with little regard to how much I enjoyed/how highly I rated the shows they came from. Anyways, here is my anime harem of 2011:
Well that took longer than expected. The Christmas period is a busy time in this household, and even after relatives left and new years celebrations were over and done with, I still had assignment work to do and anime to catch up on. But here we have, at last, my 2011 anime GARem. Read the rest of this entry »
Well, I’m home. Still going to bed at 3 AM, but unfortunately the freedom of being able to sleep in as long as I want has been taken away from me. They always find an excuse to wake me up. I’ve also been subjected to 12 inches of snow, power cuts, poor central heating and the slowest internet speeds since dial up. All I hope is that I can make a quick escape early in the new year, I DO NOT want to be stranded here due to the snow. But complaints aside, at least I’m being forced to eat!
On to the main topic of this post: my anime harem of 2010:
From the top left – bottom right: Kinoshita Hideyoshi (BakaTest), Miyako (Hidamari Sketch), Batai/Tanpopo (Shin Koihime Musou), Togame (Katanagatari), Merona (Queen’s Blade), Ritos Tortilla (Shukufuku no Campanella), Stocking (PSG), Soga Keena (Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou).
These are the (mostly) female characters that sum up this year’s anime for me. Apart from Merona, who’s more of a 2009 character, but she qualifies due to the current ongoing Utsukushiki Toushi-tachi OVAs. It’s nice to have some overlap, afterall! In order to get into my harem, character design is of course important, but so is personality. I’m not sure I’d be able to live with some (let alone all) of them in real life, admittedly, but on screen they’re a lot of fun. Unlike my theme posts, I can look at this list and say my choices aren’t biased in favour of more recent seasons. But this even spread didn’t happen deliberately, I only realized after I finished and looked at them all together. I guess my likes in terms of characters are more consistent than my changing tastes in music, which has got to be a good thing, right?
The one thing I did refer to when putting this together was my harem of 2009. I tried to fill the gaps with similar characters, to keep up the same variety I had last year. I’m sure some of my thought processes are more clear than others. 😛 But while it was difficult to find matches for characters such as Nobue, this year has also resulted in some ‘unique’ characters such as Togame.
Where is Nick, I hear you say (or was that just my own echo in this empty room)? I haven’t forgotten him. All will be revealed in my next post…