First of my multipart installment of looking back at 2007. Actually, I really hate writing this things, mostly because I always feel I will leave out something, but what the heck.
Anyways, kicking it off, here are my picks of the moe and GAR characters and moments of anime in 2007. They’re mostly dominated by a few shows, but then it’s expected :).
Moe-est Female of the Year
Hiiragi Kagami, Lucky Star
A no brainer for this one, since anyone who reads this blog already knows how much my love for Kagamin is and are probably Kagamin fans as well. Truly, her tsun-tsun and tsukkomi-ness provided much of the fun of Lucky Star and gave the otaku-centric show the voice of the common people. My moe for her will probably last a long while, and she’s already himegimi status in my heart :).
Honorable Mentions: Katsura Hinagiku, Hayate no Gotoku!; Potemayo, Potemayo.
There are actually quite a number of contenders also, but I’ve gotta give honorable mentions to those stated above even if they didn’t win. Hinagiku, god damn she’s so awesome. Her character is well described during her first appearance in the show, where she climbs up a tree to save a chick, which being morbidly afraid of heights herself. That combination of being perfect, yet a sore loser and tsundere seriously makes her one moe character.
Potemayo was just…. so cuddly! Honi~ honi~. I really attribute much of her moe-ness to having Kana Hanazawa as her seiyuu.
Moe-est Male of the Year
Moe-est Moment of the Year
Kagami switching places with Konata at the Haruhi Live, Lucky Star.
Oh yes, this single moment really, REALLY hit me there at that moe spot on my heart, with Kagamin’s kindhearted gesture of changing places with Konata, noticing her spot was blocked. At the first place, she actually followed Konata to the live. I probably couldn’t persuade my normal friends to actually follow me to any otaku-ish events in real life, so this was really a sign of their strong friendship.
GAR-est Male of the Year
Simon, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagaan
No question. Simon has to be the GAR-est male of the year. GAINAX really did a good job in fleshing his character out. While at first he seemed to be another Ikari Shinji, but that quickly changed with the death of Kamina and his subsequent meeting with Nia that raised his spirits and gave him back his motivation, which proves to go even further heights than Kamina did. From the battle with Lordgenome and the final faceoff with the Anti-Spirals and subsequently his decision to retire and wander alone, Simon definitely proved himself to be a real hero.
Honorable Mentions: Kamina, TTGL; Michishio NaGARsumi, Seto no Hanayome; Yagami Kazuma, Kaze no Stigma
Of course, Kamina has to make this list, and his influences were no doubt the biggest reason that Simon grew up to the man that he became. NaGARsumi practically makes this list for all the shit he had to endure for being San-chan’s bride and the awesome finale that earned him this moniker. And while Kaze no Stigma was a so-so show, Kazuma’s antics made it very much watchable and his attitude of casual indifference towards everything, plus his penchant for teasing Ayano every chance he got makes him one of the GAR-est males this year.
GAR-est Female of the Year
Seto San, Seto no Hanayome
Who else would win? San-chan’s spirit of chivalry was the cause of much trouble to poor NaGARsumi, but yet, her intentions were always pure, even if it was misguided. Not to mention she’s actually pretty awesome with swords, managing to even match up to the trained Akeno Shiranui definitely makes her one of the rare females that are GAR. Also worthy of mention, her awesome Nemuri no Uta.
Honorable Mentions: Alice L. Malvin, Pumpkin Scissors.
Second on the list of Alice L. Malvin of Pumpkin Scissors, of which I wonder how many actually completed this show. While the show itself was rather mediocre, but Alice’s GAR-ness was truly awesome and she was one of the sole reasons I finished the show. Thanks to this role, I also became an Itou Shizuka fanboy for real :).
GAR-est Moment in Anime of the Year
Kittan’s death, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagaan.
While Simon was all round GAR in TTGL, Kittan’s death was, to me, the pinnacle of GAR-ness in it. His selfless sacrifice made it possible for the whole Gurren-dan to survive, and not to mention he managed to actually kiss Yoko before dying off. Even now, every time I rewatch this scene, I really can’t stop shedding some manly tears for him.
Honorable Mentions: Alice L. Malvin fighting in a ballroom dress and high heels, Pumpkin Scissors; NaGARsumi catching bullets with his bare hands, Seto no Hanayome; The LICK, Kaze no Stigma
Honorable mention also has to be given to the part where Alice actually fought using a dagger in a full ballroom dress coupled with high heels. I’ve always had a lot of respect for women who willingly wear them, and for Alice to actually fight and win while garbed in such finery was no less than awesome and totally defined Pumpkin Scissors for me.
NaGARsumi catching bullets with his bare hands is also awesome, as it truly showed his love for San-chan. Truly it was exaggerated, but damn, it was epic.
As for the LICK, oh it truly reflected on how awesome Kazuma was, for him to casually do that so as just “not to waste some good wine”.
Thus ends my first installment for now, honestly I’m still not sure on what will be next, so you’ll know when I post it up.