Character Cache: Yasuri Nanami

 

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Given that Katanagatari is the only show I’ve seen four times since I picked up anime in mid 2011, I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say Katanagatari is the anime which has fascinated me most.  And within Katanagatari, Yasuri Nanami is the character who fascinates me most.  There will be spoilers, so if you’ve not seen Katanagatari yet I highly recommend you do so.

Before it even comes to character traits what I love about Nanami is her character concept – namely that she’s a character who is so strong her power is killing her.  Actually it’s so strong it’s been crippling her since birth and she’s now reaching the point where it will kill her at age 21 (I think), but that’s too in depth to sound slick and cool.  This is concept is not unique but it is sort of a more typical “stronger spells/jutsus/techniques/etc. have greater consequences when used” just taken to an extreme.  What really sets Nanami apart though is that she can’t turn her power off and she did not do anything to obtain it – she’s just born with an awesome power which was always too much for her body to handle.

I’m a huge fan of the general stronger move has stronger consequences concept and I hate it when shows just sort of sidestep it *oh shit we can’t have Sasuke go blind from overusing his power, quick get him new eyes so his powers no longer have consequences that sounds cool right?*  The fact that Nanami has had this power from birth and suffered the consequences from birth makes it a cut above though, especially as it helps play an important role in the kind of person she is and the decisions she ultimately makes during the course of the show.  For context her power is that she can copy any move she sees, with the caveat she needs to see it twice for the copy to be perfect.  If her claims are to be believed she can see through the all the moves any martial art might have just based on the stance her opponent takes, which is why she doesn’t ever use stances when fighting – in sharp contrast to her brother Shichika who puts a lot of emphasis on his stance throughout the course of the show.  Also this power allowed her to absorb the superhuman strength of one the mythical clans present in the show, the Itezora clan, still not sure how that works but whatever.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.  Katanagatari is set in alternate timeline of Japanese history where a certain soothsayer creates 12 magic swords during the Sengoku Jidai – the war where Oda Nobunaga becomes famous – to distort history.  He does this because he can see the future and knows about Japan’s downfall under the Tokugawa Shogunate and thus manipulates history to attempt a different outcome.  Because of this history meddling Katanagatari is full of abnormal abilities and clans which are described as something which could have potentially taken place in our history – though obviously they didn’t.  The 12 magic swords are only known to high level government officials and their agents, the sword masters who wield them and the Maniwa Ninjas.  What no one realizes until very late in the show is that Shikizaki Kiki – the soothsayer who made the swords – actually made a 13th sword, the sword which isn’t a sword, Kyotou Yasuri.  This manifests as the special martial art which mimics swordsmanship native only to the Yasuri family, Kyotouryuu – the flow of the empty sword.

Despite being the eldest child Nanami isn’t taught Kyotouryuu by her father, who appoints Shichika as the head of the clan – but she watches Shichika learn so she learns it anyway and is ultimately far better at it than Shichika due to her eyes.  The Yasuri family and the 7 siblings (there are only two siblings but Shichi and Nana both mean 7 and they are the 7th generation of the clan) are all a peculiar bunch but it’s most heavily pronounced among Shichika and Nanami.  The two live on an island with only their father for company for 19 years and live another year alone after he passes.  In addition both are raised to think of themselves as swords instead of people, which is why Shichika initially has no compunction killing female or weak opponents.  But Shichika is ultimately recruited on a mission to retrieve the 12 magic swords and that journey humanizes him – Nanami on the other hand only really sees Shichika and the woman who recruits him, Togame, as humans.  Her relationship with Shichika largely maternal as most of what she does is in his bests interests and she thanks Togame for taking him away because she thought it be a waste to see him rust away unused on the island.

Regarding everyone else Nanami is a psychopath.  In fairness this in part her father’s influence since he taught her to be a weapon instead of a human.  However as the show progresses Nanami gets borderline genocidal as she wipes out the entire populations of three key locations in the story.  Perhaps genocidal is too harsh as it’s not as though race has any bearing in her decision making, she describes the rest of humanity as weeds and thinks of her mass murder sprees as nothing more than weeding.  She also has a very dark and twisted sense of humor and seems to believe she should’ve either never been born or been killed long ago – and when she enters the story as Shichika’s opponent for the 7th magic sword in episode 7 – she does so because she wants Shichika to kill her.

In retrospect I have to wonder just how genuine her behavior is.  She makes it quite clear the reasons she confronts Shichika is that she wants to die and for whatever reason suicide isn’t an option, though she also wants him to learn the weakness of the new special technique he invents in episode 1.  She also makes it clear that she would’ve have been fine with their father killing her the previous year, something Shichika stops by killing their father.  However as Shichika has progressed on his journey, and more specifically his last two opponents, he has learned to show mercy where he can and given his natural instinct to care for Nanami as seen in episode 1 it wouldn’t be all that unthinkable for Nanami to believe she would need to resort to extreme measures to get him to kill her.  He in fact proves that to be true as he doesn’t agree to fight her to the death until she threatens Togame.  That being said their odd upbringing, her knowledge of the fact that her father allegedly killed her mother, and by extension her belief that inter-familial killings were part and parcel of the Yasuri clan and her generally weird state of mind make her thoughts difficult to track even if her endgame is clear as day.

Another fascinating thing about Nanami is that she proves herself to be the most dangerous being in the entire show, to the point where Shichika can’t beat her in a fair fight.  Though Nanami herself has few cryptic lines to suggest her strength in earlier episodes it’s not until episode 4 that Nanami bursts off the page and jumps to the top of Katanagatari’s power level charts.  Personally I find the scene where she fights Maniwa Chocho to be what seals the deal, she ends their pre-fight banter with this evil little smile that sends chills down my spine every fucking time I see it.  Though the fact she takes on three Maniwa ninjas and kills them in quick succession help.  She also wipes out two “Special Disaster Zones” which are areas so dangerous the Shogunate won’t touch them, with remarkable speed as she has strict time limit while fighting.  And the sole survivor of the Nanamicide, Shichika’s opponent in episode 6 remembers her in this split second artsy flashback shot where she looks like some hellish spirit, it’s fucking rad.  And like I said she is the only opponent Shichika seriously loses to, as he and Togame have to use a special trick to temporarily blind her so Shichika can steal the 7th sword from her.

One of the more interesting parts of Nanami’s mindset is her relationship with geniuses and talent.  Geniuses and talent, as well as how geniuses interact with normal people are themes which consistently appear in NisioisiN’s – Katanagatari’s and the more famous Bakemonogatari’s author, works.  In Bakemonogatari for instance there are entire arcs dedicated to the weirdness surrounding Hanekawa due to her genius state of being.  And in Medaka Box arguing about the nature of talent, luck and geniuses is central to several major arcs and all the important characters’ development.  In Nanami’s case specifically she envies everyone else’s ability to work hard and achieve something because she can take up anything with ease and as such can never get that feeling of accomplishment.  And I have to say that while nothing will ever come as easily to me as it does to Nanami and I don’t think I’m a an actual genius, I agree with her sentiments – I’d rather feel accomplished after hard work that just get everything without breaking a sweat, no matter convenient or helpful that might seem during moments of frustration.

Another of the many bizarre facets of Nanami’s character are some her dying words.  She mentions how relying on the 7th magic sword, which forcibly healed whomever it was stabbed into was absurd and weakened her despite ostensibly removing her time limit while fighting.  Part of her justification was that a sword shouldn’t use a sword though I feel like relying on it did in fact weaken her as Shichika is able to kill her in fair fight once the sword is removed – something he previously couldn’t do even before she got the sword.  She also said that by gaining powers with her eyes she was ultimately weakening her powers, a dubious claim considering the range of powers she gets but one that might not be entirely false as she was able to handily defeat Shichika with non-lethal techniques, something she wasn’t shown to be able to do previously – though in this specific case it’s hard to say what other options she had as she had no intentions of killing Shichika even if she wasn’t just going to let him win.

Nanami is a difficult character to parse.  One second she is the caring maternal figure, the next a mass murdering maniac – though I suppose she can be both at once given that she taught Shichika to stop chewing on his fingernails by ripping them out.  Until she obtains the 7th sword her thoughts appear entirely lucid even if they are abnormal or outright fucked up.  Even with her “it’s good, or maybe it’s bad?” lines after she grabs the 7th sword it’s hard to tell if she’s genuinely losing her mind or if that’s the result of her naturally warped sense of humor.  Likewise when she really goes overboard and seems to showcase a total lack of regard for humanity, is that genuine or was it an act to convince her brother to kill her?  Probably both given her upbringing, though she shows no outward sadistic tendencies or overblown personality traits prior to episode 7.  The only thing which I believe one can rightly attribute to Nanami is an acceptance of and familiarity with death.  Nanami wants to die.  Nanami also kills more people than anyone else in Katangatari.  Therefore Nanami and death go hand in hand.

The difficulty and darkness associated with Nanami as a character, as well as her overwhelming power and its consequences, are what draw me to her – though her fantastic character design certainly helps.  I’ve yet to find another character even remotely like her and trying to plumb the depths hidden behind her all-seeing purple eyes is an endeavor I find endlessly intriguing.  That, among many other reasons, is why Katanagatari is one of my favorite anime of all time, and if you made it through this entire post without having seen it, I once again highly recommend that you do.  Hope you enjoyed this post.

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Raging Rant: Fuck Nobunaga and the Shinsengumi (and Japan)

History anime are by and large a joke.  I say this not because I hate history, in fact I love history the way a normal American loves football and apple pie.  But just fuck Nobunaga and the Shinsengumi.  With only a few exceptions I’m aware of, all history anime take place during the Sengoku Jidai (Warring States Period) in the 1500’s and Loyalist Rebellion in the late 1800’s.  Their have been some fun, good and even famous anime from these time periods, like Rurouni Kenshin or Gintama.  But I, and many people who I’ve also heard complain about this topic, are sick to death of Nobunaga and the Shinsengumi.  They’re fucking everywhere, and even when it’s not about them specifically when I see a show like Onihei roll around I can’t help but be a little disappointed by the fact that it looks just like a show about the Shinsengumi, because the main guy has a similar job.  And Nobunaga is in everything, some of it’s good like the recent Drifters or Nobunagun.  But the stories of these figures are so well trodden and their notable traits, beahviors and even verbal ticks so popularized that they’re pretty fucking boring.  Even in a fantasy show like Drifters you can totally predict that Mitsuhide would show up as an End because Nobunaga was a Drifter, everything about these characters is predictable and that’s rather boring really.

This is why I consider most of the best history shows to be historical fantasies like Seirei no Moribito, which builds a phenomenal setting and society to recreate the feeling of a history show, or Akatsuki no Yona which is great fantasy historical action-romance-drama thing, or Arslan Senki which I’ve praised in detail multiple times, or Katanagatari, which is all about possibilities and subverting history, or Junketsu no Maria (Maria the Virgin Witch) which mixed witches and mythology into the Hundred Years War.  These are all great shows and I highly recommend them but it would be great to get a more normal, realistic history show which avoids Nobunaga and the Shinsengumi somehow.  And we just don’t.  The only example I can come up with is Kingdom, which is fantastic.  The thing that really gets me about this is that it’s not like Oda Nobunaga and Shinsengumi are necessarily the coolest figures, or their eras the coolest points, in Japan’s history.  I think the Gempei War, which completely redefined how Japan’s military, social and political organizations would function from the 1100’s to the 1800’s is far more interesting.  Which is why I was really glad they brought in Yoichi in Drifters and Himiko, a semi-mythical prehistoric queen of Japan, in the awful Nobunaga the Fool, they shed a hint of light on interesting and largely unexplored, in anime at least, periods of history.  Hell a historical fantasy anime featuring Himiko fighting monsters and/or ancient gods practically writes itself.  But what would be even better would be if Japan just branched out a little.

Kingdom and Arslan Senki, and arguably a few scenes from the Fate series are steps in this direction but if we could get a mostly realistic anime of of ancient history outside of Japan I would kill the nearby peasants and loot the local castle to pay for that shit.  There’s so many possibilities, any time period for Rome, the Greco-Persian Wars, the Hunnic invasions and the rise of Attila, maybe go for some original story set in Mesoamerica because most of their history is a mystery, or maybe some Viking story about invading Britain or discovering North America, Egypt, the famed Gupta empire and Chandragumpta of India, the great Arab conquests, the Crusades, the Mongol invasions of Europe or China, an original story featuring the Sea Peoples who suddenly ravaged most of the ancient world without warning, you could even do a Gilgamesh spin off set in ancient Sumeria, etc.  The possibilities are endless and that’s just ancient history, what about the Bolshevik Revolution, the Crimean War, the Opium Wars maybe go for the Protestant and Catholic wars following Luther’s 99 Theses, Vietnam, the Cold War, etc.  There are so many possibilities I can’t even list them all and that’s just the the shit I know, there’s tons of history I don’t know jack about that could make great anime too.  But instead we just get Nobunaga and the Shinsengumi on repeat at least dozen times each and they get mentioned in almost everything with even the slightest connection to history and historical figures.  Stop it Japan.

This leads me to my next point and if you read my Patriotism Problem post then this will sound familiar but Japan really needs to work it’s tendency to make Japan always look good.  I’m not even talking about really controversial shit like admitting to the Rape of Nanking,  I’m talking about basic shit not making the JSDF invincible when fighting dragons *cough Gate cough*.  I can’t tell if it comes from the insecurity of an inferiority complex or the ego of a superiority complex but Japan always goes way out of it’s way to make sure it’s the best.  Oh UBW you have super powered historical figures eh?  Fine be sure to give Sasaki Kojuro a technique so good it transcends heroic abilities and enters the realm of divine swordsmanship to make us look better (I’m not making that up UBW’s Assassin technique, the fabled Tsubame Gaeshi, is explained as being better than the power of mere heroes and stepping into the realm of the gods at least in the wiki, can’t remember if that made it into the show itself).  Nobunagun you have people with super powers based on their ties to historical figures? Make sure to give the girl tied to Nobunaga the all-around best abilities to make us look better.  Drifters you have a bunch of historical figures fighting in Middle Earth?  Ok make sure to have an unusually large portion of the heroes taken from Japan and make them all super badass to make us look better.  I could give examples like this for days.

Japan it’s fucking embarrassing, and more than little irritating sometimes.  Look I’m from America and I have no problem with patriotism and being proud of your heritage.  But it intrudes on the story when you say deliberately make Hannibal Barca, one of the most revered generals of all time, a senile old man to make sure he doesn’t outshine his Japanese contemporaries in Drifters for example.  Japan’s obsession with inflating it’s own image and/or worth in historical shows is a complete waste of time.  It’s a minor nuisance at best and can totally break a story at worst.  I just don’t really get why it even exists.  To me it projects an arrogant fragility more than anything else and it severely limits what most anime with even the loosest ties to history can do and where they can take place.  There plenty of western medieval fantasies or recent WWI/WWII era fantasies like Shuumatsu no Izetta but the, in my opinion of course, far more interesting ancient world is left frustratingly untapped because of Japan’s need to always look like the best.

That’s it really, just wanted to flip Japan the bird and scream ineffectually at it like a bunch of liberals at an anti-Trump protest, which is the kind of thing I can only say here because California is overrun by liberals and trying to argue with them is an exercise in futility.  I don’t expect many people to care much about this, I don’t typically envision most readers as history buffs, I just needed to get it out of my system.  On the off chance you are interested give some of those shows I recommended a shot or if you just want to talk history for a bit that’d be fun too.  Thanks for reading and see ya next time.

Raging Rant: We Need More Attractive Mature Women

So after a whole bunch of posts bitching about pandering body types, waifu bait, the need for strong women and the like, I feel it is finally time to argue in the opposite direction for once.  Anime needs more hot milfs.  Now I’m being facetious insofar as the milf moniker is concerned, but in all seriousness I do feel that having some more hot adult women is something anime could benefit from for a variety of reasons.  Let’s start with the basics of the situation.

Anime is incredibly high school-centric, we all know this.  Hell I’ve even bitched about it before.  We need more shows that go beyond high school, and by extension we need more attractive adult women to go with them.  Anime has a habit of filling as many shows as it can with as many cute, attractive characters as it can, and on the whole that’s fair enough.  I might disagree with the methods used sometimes but I’m not against a cast full of hot women.  But like many stereotypical anime Youtubers, I’m a twenty something white guy, and I think we need more attractive female characters in the 20s-30s and even 40s range, because frankly I’m starting to outgrow the high school bullshit and with every passing year I get more removed from teenage girls.  This is not to say no attractive adult women exist, they certainly do, it’s just that there are so few of them in comparison to their 15, 16 and 17 year old counterparts.  Now I’m not so “mature” that I can’t find fanservice shows full of hot young women appealing, I’ve yet to outgrow that appeal by any stretch of the imagination.  But while some new teenage fanservice romps do catch my eye every now and then, those kinds of shows just aren’t as appealing to me as they used to be.  Part of that is on me for watching a lot of those kinds of shows, but another is just that I’m ready for something new.  In my rant about the abundance of high schools shows, I mentioned that I thought Golden Time made Toradora unwatchable to me, not because Toradora was bad, but because I could better relate to the characters in Golden Time, having been a college student myself when it first aired, and as a bonus I didn’t have to put up with Taiga’s tsundere bullshit.  Sure Koko is her own mess of crazy like Taiga was, but shes a different and much less explored kind of crazy, which would make her more interesting by itself.  And like Koko, hot adult women are relatively fresh compared to high school girls.  Part of this ties into making anime for an older crowd to enjoy but I’ve explained that before.  The problem with a many of the hot older women anime already has is that they usually aren’t focused on at all.

In To Love-Ru and Monster Musume for example, Rito’s mom and Mrs. Smith are both fairly attractive but they aren’t given much focus, or in Mrs. Smith’s case much of the focus put on her paints her in a negative light that makes the overall character less attractive despite her physical appearance.  This is not to say I want to see older women objectified or being forced into moe roles for the sake of the audience though, I was inspired to write this after watching this random Rokka no Yuusha AMV like a hundred times and thinking to myself over and over “you know I vaguely noticed this back when I was watching the series, but goddamn Maura’s hot.”  In case you never saw Rokka no Yuusha or have since forgotten it here’s a reminder.  Maura is the oldest of the Six Braves, the one who often assumes the position of authority based on her age, I think she’s in her 30s, her status as the leader of All Heavens Temple, which makes her the leader of all the Saints, and her power as the Saint of the Mountains.  The point I’m getting at here is that Maura is not some objectified girl with cartoonishly big breasts (though she does have those) and some kind of stupid moe quirk, she arguably has more agency and decision-making power than anyone else in Rokka no Yuusha and is kind of a badass to boot.  Also she’s really hot.

Anyway besides me understanding how hot one particular character is, the important thing I realized while watching that AMV was just how few characters like Maura I knew about.  Off the top of my head the women closest to Maura (by which I mean older, has agency and someone I found attractive) I could think of are, Rin from Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne, Tsuruga Meisai from Katanagatari, Kikyo from Inuyasha (she might be younger than I remember but either way she certainly seems older than Kagome or Sango so that counts in my book), Re-l from Ergo Proxy, Karula from Utawarerumono, Iga Oboro from Basilisk, Ren Hakuei from Magi, and Emma from Garo: Hono no Koukuin and that’s about all I’m coming up with at the moment, thought I’ve surely seen more.  I should also note this list is shrunken somewhat by my personal tastes, Balsa or Kusanagi fit a role similar to Mauras for example, I just don’t find those two attractive even if I love the characters because I am a flawed and shallow human being.  By comparison if I tried to list every attractive high school girl in the shows I’ve seen, even if all I did was list the name and show, that list would probably be one of the longest things I’ve ever written.  Incidentally most of those characters I just listed are the among the characters I find most interesting in their respective shows, and am interested in in general and there a few important reasons why.  Mature women have more going for them than just being fresh and new compared to the onslaught of high school moe girls.  See the thing about mature characters is that they tend to be a lot more complete, fully realized characters, hence the descriptor mature.  They also just usually have a more interesting life story by virtue of having lived longer and by having more interesting years of life to look at.

Society loves to romanticize the magic of youth and adolescence and that is totally fair, you really start to appreciate the freedom and fun of youth and adolescence after you start working 9-5, paying taxes, paying rent and dealing with all the other headaches of adulthood.  But this romantic portrayal forgets a couple of things.  For starters life before adulthood is far more uniform than life as an adult.  Sure there is a lot variety between individuals based on where they’re from, their race, religion, financial situation, interests, personalities and so on.  However, barring the difference between first and third world countries, we all follow the same basic template for the most part, we go to school from 8-3 five days a week and often do an extra-curricular activity like playing a sport or an instrument.  Within that broad generalization is plenty of potential for variety, but adulthood doesn’t even follow those same broad generalizations.  It’s expected for you to get a job in most places in the world, maybe you can still be a housewife if you’re a woman but women have been moving into the work force in growing numbers for decades, save when cultural and/or religious rules dictate otherwise.  But unlike kids, who are required to attend school or be home-schooled, adults don’t necessarily have to get a job, it just means you’ll likely end up homeless and will die sooner.  Likewise the idea of the 9-5 being the only job available is rapidly vanishing as Youtube and other internet related careers are providing people with all kinds of new job opportunities, in addition to more traditional non-9-5 jobs like self-employment and being an author.  More important than all of that though is agency.  In the real world children have limited agency in a strictly legal sense, whereas adults are allowed to do as they please within reason.  But what does all this have to do with anime?

One of the benefits of anime, for young people anyway, is that generally gives it’s high school characters the same kind of agency as adults and often removes adult oversight from the story by just having the kid live alone.  But even with that agency there are limits relative to adults, teenagers living on their own can’t legally walk into a bar and get wasted on sake for example.  Adults can do that kind of shit and that quite believably lends itself to character archetypes you can’t have in teenagers, like the alcoholic.  So adult characters can have a bit more variety without straining suspension of disbelief by mere virtue of being adults, this is a bonus.  However the true beauty of adult characters is the variety of life experiences I was describing in the above paragraph.  High school kids come with certain expectations that adults just don’t.  That’s why so many high school characters seem the exact fucking same, while adults can vary more.  Sure there are plenty of generic Caring Parent A type characters in anime, but get beyond those and you see a world of possibilities.  You can have literal hobos as main characters like in Tokyo Godfathers, you can have adults who feel lost and adrift despite having a normal job like the teacher from Kotonoha no Niwa (Garden of Words), you can have self-employed private detectives like Rin, you can have professional race car drivers, mad scientists, generals, fucking just about any kind of character and occupation you can think of.  This is half of what makes adult characters more interesting, their life stories can be totally different once they are out of school, hell even when they get out of school can be a difference between them.  But with high schoolers, even though they can have a lot of differences between each individual, they also have enough shared traits, activities and experiences that they can get stale faster.  And given just how many high school characters anime has already, for a lot of people, many kinds of high school kid characters are getting old and cliche.  By contrast adult characters have all the space in the world to be free and grow and we don’t have anywhere near enough of them.  But variety of characters is only half of the story.

More so than the variety of character types which adults can play, it’s the depth such characters can have that makes them truly appealing.  You can have some well realized and detailed high school kids too, but it doesn’t happen often.  But adult characters who do get a lot of focus usually are.  For example, earlier I mentioned a character called Tsuruga Meisai from Katanagatari.  Now I’m a huge fan of Katanagatari so it shouldn’t be big a surprise that I like a character from that show, but the reason I mentioned her specifically is because of her backstory.  Like many characters from Katanagatari, Tsuruga Meisai is only around for one episode but I found her to be the most interesting of Shichika’s (the main guy) opponents.  She practically radiated authority, had developed a strong philosophy that she dedicated herself to, ran a shrine that helped women who were victims of war and sexual assault, and had what I consider to be some of the most interesting conversations with Shichika in the entire show and it all came from her backstory.  Unlike the average high school character who has usually has one major event, person or hobby that defines most of their life and character, Meisai had a decades of experiences to draw from that turned into the person she is when Shichika meets her.  In fact, her story only really begins after she’s done being a “normal” teenager and starts living life with the agency and freedom of an adult.  When you put all of Meisai’s backstory under the spotlight and see how it weaves together and defines who she is in the story, what you have is a rich tapestry the likes of which a high school kid can’t really match up with.  Even the really cool and interesting teens like Layfon from Chrome Shell Regios or the Elric brothers from Full Metal Alchemist, just don’t come with the same kind of depth and detail that Meisai and characters like her have.

Look, the main reason I’m bringing this up is because to me, the ideal hot character is not someone who has a sexy design, huge boobs, moe or otherwise very feminine traits and  clothes that showcase her “assets.”  Now having any or all of those things can be a bonus and they can make a character look great, but for me the absolute priority is making the girl someone who I can appreciate as an individual, someone whose life, actions and relationships I can get invested in.  For me a truly gorgeous female character are the kind of women I was talking about in the long post about strong women, women who register to me as people first and foremost, and ideally as totally kick ass people.  Yes because I am a shallow and imperfect being (and therefore a normal human being), the trappings of big boobs, revealing outfits, and feminine traits do add to the appeal of characters.  There’s a reason I find someone like Maura a bit more attractive than someone like Balsa (you might be thinking it’s the difference in cup size and that is part of it, but it’s mainly the lips, I just can’t handle the Balsa-Kusanagi lips).  And the reason I want to talk about older women specifically in this this context is because I believe they have greater potential for being characters I can appreciate as people when compared to the average moe high school girl.  Not that high school aged characters can’t be drop dead gorgeous, I think Erza Scarlet pre-Fairy 2014 is one of the hottest anime women of all time for example.  But all the same I find myself impressed by adult women characters far more often than I do teenage girl characters despite their relative rarity.

So in conclusion, anime needs more hot milfs.  I think it would benefit the anime industry to be willing to try more original, nuanced, adult shows instead of making a SAO or AoT clone every season.  And in that same spirit I think we need attractive adult women to populate these new adult shows.  Or even if they just showed up in more traditional shows more often to shake things up, I think that would be good too.  I mean one of my favorite parts of Garo: Hono no Koukuin was when Leo and Emma hooked up after they both overcame their respective emotional traumas.  Even aside from the fact that we actually saw a show where the main character had sex, which happens way way WAY less than it should, it was just satisfying as fuck to see the two come together and heal each other’s emotional wounds.  And I think we can get more scenes and relationships like that, if we have more adult women involved.  It will be good for the medium from a creative standpoint, to work on new kinds of scenarios with a mostly untapped type of character.  It will be good for pandering fanservice too, I know I’m not the only twenty something anime fan wishing we had more hot adult women to appreciate.  And lastly, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it will be good for anime’s image.  There are a lot of non-otaku people in the world who are uncomfortable with and/or look down anime’s apparent love of little girls, made worse by merch like seuxalized full body pillows of said girls.  And while I like to have a “I don’t give a flying fuck about what other people think about me or my hobbies” attitude,  couldn’t we maybe, just maybe get some people to change their minds from “anime is weird and perverted” to “anime isn’t that weird or bad” or even “hey maybe I want to check anime out” if we had more adult women characters involved in making up anime’s image?  But whatever, having more hot adult women will be good for anime as an art form and may even contribute to sales for a certain niche audience, and in my book that’s a win.  So let’s have more milfs please.  Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in the next one.