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Top 10 Female Anime Characters in 2016

And so we come to a close on these character lists for 2016 with my favourite female characters of that year. Much like with the male characters, this was a hard list to compile with so many interesting and fun characters. Some that had exceptionally emotional moments and others that stand tall in front of adversity. Comedic leads that bring us to tears with laughter and even some of the best antagonists we have had in a while. There is this great diversity in the female characters of last year in so many surprising series that some are bound to be left out. So let’s put 2016 to bed finally on this blog with my final list!

Spoilers for the following series: Danganronpa, Flip Flappers. You have been warned!

 

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Top 10 Male Anime Characters of 2016

Moving on from antagonist to just my favourite characters in 2016, let’s tackle the male characters first. Both of these categories, favourite male and female characters, were far harder to place than the antagonists. None of the antagonists will show up on this list even though some deserve to be, I feel like they had their time and if need be after my top female anime characters list I’ll make a makeshift favourite characters of the year list. That being said, there really is no great segway to effectively transition into the below list. I guess…uhhhh…males that deviate from the occasional norm are hard to come by. Often the male character is limited to its scope by the many stereotypical personalities and beta existences given to them out of a need for the audience to have a hollow shell to be empowered by. So here’s to those who thankfully don’t fit that mold! I won’t have every character I liked in this list unfortunately, so if they are not there its not really because I didn’t like them more that I didn’t have room for them.

Spoilers for the following series: Danganronpa 3. You have been warned!

 

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Top 10 Anime Antagonists of 2016

So travelling back to things I still need to finish up about last year, I decided it was about time to finish my lists. I probably will do them in a more timely manner for this year, but who knows.

Antagonist is a very broad term. It could be the protagonist themselves, a villain, a rival, a force of nature, but the primary component of being an antagonist in a series is to be in direct opposition with the protagonist. The hardest thing to do though is to make the antagonist a worthwhile character in their own right rather than merely an obstacle in the path of the protagonist towards their goal. They need to have formulated enough personality and depth to be memorable, and sometimes the antagonist can easily walk away as the best character from their respective show. Char Aznable to this day is heavily considered one of the best antagonists by many people, mostly in the Gundam fanbase, creating tropes some still follow to this day in anime. The hero is only as good as their opposing force, so I am here to honour the top 10 antagonists I loved in 2016.

There are spoilers for the following anime: Iron-Blooded Orphans 2nd Season, Danganronpa, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, 91 Days and possibly some others. You have been warned!

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Kuzu no Honkai and Modern Anime Sexuality

I only recently decided to make this post because of the impact of a certain episode. While everything leading up to episode 4 may have been alright, episode 4 in my opinion culminates in a great explosion of sexual toxicity that is hard to look away from. Kuzu no Honkai is certainly one of the most risque anime that has been produced in a while, not for the fact that the saliva kissing happens in every episode or there is…GASP! NUDITY! No, Kuzu no Honkai merely uses sexuality as a vehicle for its uncomfortable takes on love that still to this moment make me uncomfortable. So I thought a post explaining the interesting notion of Kuzu no Honkai in modern anime seemed like a fitting thing to do. Well enough with the introduction! I want to dive right into this world of toxic relationships!

This will cover the series, Kuzu no Honkai, up until episode 4 of the anime series. You have been warned about spoilers!

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The Brilliant Use of Iok Kujan and Hate Watching

In Mobile Suit Gundam, often there is one character that garners hatred from the fanbase no matter what season. For this season of Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans, we have that one central hated figure. Iok Kujan is undeniably the most hated character so far in the show and you can ask a lot of fans and they will give you multiple reasons why. Yet many do hate the life out of Iok, this type of character has been used before. Many people watch characters like these just for that moment in which they receive their comeuppance, aka hate watching. So as much as I myself hate Iok in a similar passion, I’ll be tackling the ways in which Iok Kujan is one of the best things to happen in Iron-Blooded Orphans.

This will be spoiling elements of the second season until episode 40, so you are warned if you haven’t caught up in Iron-Blooded Orphans.

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Character Spotlight: Jean-Jacques Leroy

While watching Yuri on Ice this year I found myself falling in love with the journey of its characters throughout the grand prix. Their themes helping to symbolize elements of what they desire and who they want to be. While the story is all about Yuri, Yurio, and Victor I found myself falling in love with other skaters that shone in the grand finals. One such person who has captured my attention in the end was the Canadian figure skater, Jean-Jacques Leroy, or better known as JJ. Yes that very same narcissist, and one of the least liked characters in Yuri on Ice.

I will be spoiling elements in Yuri on Ice that regards JJ, and others who directly impact him. You have been warned.

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My Top 10 Least Favourite Anime of 2016

I know this is always a controversial topic whenever it is brought up, but it needs to be said just as much as the good anime of the year need to be told. Not every anime can have critical appeal, be entertaining or be popular. There are shows like Pupa that stand out within a year, shows that do show up and attempt to be more than they are and fall flat. One’s that you need to warn people about or give disclaimers for. You can’t have the good without at the very least some bad. So here are my least favourite anime of 2016!

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