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I have several characters I'm really fond of, but I guess my absolute favorite character (until someone else kicks him out of his spot) is Lavi from D.Gray-man. Appearance aside (yay red afro, yay headband, yay eyepatch, yay earrings), his carefree personality is probably the main reason I like him. When he's involved in a scene, one of the following happens:

1) something awesome
2) something hilarious
3) something hilariously awesome

Oh, and I don't hate his voice. (well, in japanese anyway. I have to wait until 2009 until I can hear the dub.) EDIT: Okay he's voiced by my favorite voice actor in the dub so I love his voice even more. :3

There were other close candidates (Allen Walker, Abel Nightroad, Vash the Stampede, yes I do tend to like the "nice guy" protagonists), but Lavi has a hammer. A hammer that can grow huge and flatten things. It can even engulf them in flames! :D


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From least annoying to most, it'd be Naruto, FMA, Eva. Shinji is the worst protagonist ever, ever. He literally allows everyone in the anime to die; he was an animated Neville Chamberlain. I'm talking about the movie of course with regards to everyone dying. I actually liked the beginning of the show before it went mindf--k. I thought I was getting a good show with robots from Adult Swim but ended up get a half-assed story with a fake ending because the writer was too lazy to meet his deadlines and decided to throw that crappy ending together. I'm pretty sure that's why the movies were made in the first place. Truth be told it could have been good if Shinji wasn't such a coward, they focused on battles, and it had a decent ending.


Unfortunately I haven't seen the movie, but yes the show did go on the decline at the very end. To me the least interesting parts (excluding last two episodes) was the mecha. The only cool fighting scene was when his giant mecha thing went nuts and tried to eat the enemy angel, because I'd never seen anything like that before. Mecha battles are a frequent display in any mecha-related anime, so they didn't interest me that much. I much preferred the focus on the individual characters, which I think is what the creator tried to focus on(which is why the last two episodes were just Shinji's mind).

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FMA was boring to me because the mindset of Ed. He reminds me of all the snooty, know it all punks I've known in New Jersey. Kids with angst annoy the hell out of me. I don't dig the story either. They go against the law and wind up broken because they ignored conventional wisdom. I'm not one to rely heavily on what the majority always think, but wow, those kids were stupid. And the parts of the story revolving around corrupt figures behind the government there starting unjust wars and the plight of a bunch of dark-skinned foreigners who are abused by what appears to be colonial wars and genocide or "Custer's Last Stand" type attacks... it rubs me the wrong way. I don't know if it's because I'm a paranoid SOB and get it in my head that the makers of this stuff went out of there way to make the viewer draw parallels to real life events. I don't like that kind of propaganda in my cartoons; it's why I stopped watching Justice League Unlimited after the episode "Patriot Act." I mean really, knock that off. But I could be overreacting; it's just that with the topic at hand and the timing (2005-ish, I think), I couldn't help but get bored with it quickly.


Ed is hardly an angsty kid. He's mentally strong, which is why he's been able to get through all of his hard-ships. His father's left, his mother's dead, his brother has no body and he has a fake arm and leg. He's been through a great deal, and he keeps going. While they did do something stupid (try to bring their mother back), don't forget they that were kids, and their mother was extremely important to them (like any mum is). With the death of their mother, they had no parents whatsoever, so you can understand why they'd be determined to grab onto any strand of hope that they could bring her back. While the genocide could have inspiration drawn from the holocaust, I doubt very much that the Japanese would try to remind their people of that through subliminal propaganda. The Japanese do not like to talk about their participation in the war as they were with Germany against England, America, Poland, etc.

I can see that perhaps you don't appreciate these shows not because you think they're just crap in general, but because you yourself don't like them. We all have personal opinions, and I respect that. =)

You might like the show Getbackers (up to about episode 25). It's got a lot of interesting fight scenes, new characters frequently and occasional comic relief.

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Ed is hardly an angsty kid. He's mentally strong, which is why he's been able to get through all of his hard-ships. His father's left, his mother's dead, his brother has no body and he has a fake arm and leg. He's been through a great deal, and he keeps going. While they did do something stupid (try to bring their mother back), don't forget they that were kids, and their mother was extremely important to them (like any mum is). With the death of their mother, they had no parents whatsoever, so you can understand why they'd be determined to grab onto any strand of hope that they could bring her back. While the genocide could have inspiration drawn from the holocaust, I doubt very much that the Japanese would try to remind their people of that through subliminal propaganda. The Japanese do not like to talk about their participation in the war as they were with Germany against England, America, Poland, etc.

I can see that perhaps you don't appreciate these shows not because you think they're just crap in general, but because you yourself don't like them. We all have personal opinions, and I respect that. =)

You might like the show Getbackers (up to about episode 25). It's got a lot of interesting fight scenes, new characters frequently and occasional comic relief.
Minus losing his limbs, Ed hasn't suffered any more than most people I know. As of now my father and step father both left me and my mother to fend for ourselves. Not only that, but I never grew up in a happy home. My childhood was that of poverty and legal battles. Never once, though, did I act like a snooty punk because of my situation. I got over it and move on and tried to make my life better. Ed never learned his lesson even after he lost his limbs and his brother's body, which is why the whole show was pointless to me. He's a stubborn punk. And Regardless of my past, I admit that my life isn't that bad right now. I doubt Ed could ever think that things could be worse. He's always had something to complain about, and I think he's ungrateful. He turns away those that care about him and, despite wanting to get his brother's body back, he's a self-centered punk.

I actually wasn't just talking about the Holocaust. But now that you mention it, I think that's part of it. The story takes place in what appears to be a universe opposite of our own. In the movie and end of the anime Ed travels to the "other side" and winds up in Germany. In fact the movie takes place in Nazi Germany I believe. This could account for Pride being called fuhrer on Ed's side. I think the attacks and displacement in the show mirror that of the Nazi persecution of the Gypsies/Roma. I honestly don't think the makers care about historical ties to things they weren't involved in.

Regardless, I saw it as a subtle insult to America. Not because it was, it might not have been, or because we commit genocide because we never have. But as I said with Justice League Unlimited, I start to question the motives behind an anime or cartoon the minute I feel like I'm being preached leftist garbage. Now at the time I first watched it, again, the GWOT was still fresh and people as always were badmouthing it, so when get to this Nazi-esque, ethnic cleansing-like series of wars and massacres against these apparently unarmed and innocent people with darker skin then I get to thinking maybe this is some messed up portrayal of the Global War on Terror or specifically Operation Iraqi Freedom. Now, I still see no evidence that this was ever the intention of the makers of the show, but I still wonder if Adult Swim was trying to imply something by showing it tso people would draw those connections. Adult Swim has never been above putting up shows like Eureka 7 which is about a bunch of eco-terrorists overthrowing a government, Ghost in the Shell where America's Union breaks and part becomes an imperial power dubbed Imperial America that starts wars for power and resources, and so on... So I know simply from GITS that animes can attack America if only in a "what if" scenario kind of way. It's all nothing but a bunch of cartoons and not worth getting annoyed over even on the off-chance I am right, but I guess I just can't let go possible intentions of those providing me entertainment.

I'll read up on Getbackers.


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I wouldn't call Ed a punk. His only reason for an attitude is because he hasn't had many role models in his life, so he's had to learn a lot himself with his brother. He's also extremely independent, never relying on others to fix his problems, which is why he's reluctant to let anyone meddle in his affairs. You may say that he didn't learn his lesson, but really he's just determined to recover his brother's body and his limbs. You may call him selfish, but if he truly was a selfish being, he would have sacrificed lives to use the Philosopher's stone.

I never really paid much attention to any subtle messages in the show, to be honest. Perhaps it draws influence from a lot of historical and political issues, but most likely just to make the show more interesting. You seem pretty patriotic there. =P

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Here's my favourite anime character :

1.Doraemon and Shizuka (From Doraemon,duh) because They are cute!!

2.Rudy Tabootie (Chalkzone) He's smart and cute

3.Cyborg #17 (DBZ) He was too handsome and cute for a normal boy =)

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there is something messed up here!!!MY fav 2 anime characters r
1.inuyasha
2.sesshomaru
both r from inuyasha thus the best anime there is

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Haruhi Suzumiya from Her Melancholy.

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I'd say 1st place mine is Sakura Kinomoto.
She's from Cardcaptor Sakura.
An older alternate universe form of her appears in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles and on occasion she is metioned in XXXHolic.

2nd place would be Tomoyo Daidoji. She's Sakura's best friend. I like her because how she can be just plan creepy. She is breifly shown in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles in an alternate universe form as a Princess who sends a charactor named Shirogane to Yukko the dimensional witch.

3rd would probably be Eureka from Eureka Seven. I just plain like her I don't exactly know why.

4th would be Anemone also from Eureka Seven.

And 5th would be Anju Makka from Karin.

Anyone else notice that there are so many anime charactors named Sakura? And I know for girls names Ichigo means Strawberry but what's it mean for boys? Becuase in Bleach theres a boy named Ichigo and I certainly doubt he's named Strawberry.

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Hatake Kakashi from Naruto. I love how he's comedic and powerful at the same time, and how he's oddly obsessed with those dirty books.

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The Simpsons is not an anime. MOVING ON!


Ichimaru Gin- BLEACH
Zolo - One Piece
Kamatari (made me lol)- Rurouni Kenshin
Saito - Rurouni Kenshin

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Phantasmagoria wrote:
Shiny Dialga2 wrote:
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The Simpsons is not an anime. MOVING ON!



Zolo - One Piece


It's not zolo its zoro you have probably watched the 4kids version which pretty much ruined the show, there is a new funimation dub or you can watch the subs

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1) Conan/Shinichi Kudo from Detective Conan
2) Luffy D. Monkey or Zoro in One Piece
3) Spike from Cowboy Bebop
4) Ryoma from Prince Of Tennis
5) Golgo from Golgo 13

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Well, only one of my top two has been mentioned yet. My two absolute favorite anime characters are Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop and Major Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Spike is just the epitome of cool to me, through every situation the crew of the [i]Bebop[/] encounters. The Major is much along the same lines, but she also takes the lead in one of the more complex and interesting stories I've ever seen in Ghost in the Shell. She's a fascinating character, and the many different facet of her continue to intrigue me.

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1. Spike Speigel - Cowboy Bebop
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For me, Lelouch Lamperouge of Code Geass takes the top spot. His uncanny intelligence makes me admire him, and he's a rather efficient leader for being a kid with no experience. Other favorites include:

Lucy from Elfen Lied: she's as bad as they come! She ruthlessly rips people to shreds all while looking pretty.

Maes Hughes from Fullmetal Alchemist: this guy is awesome! While it seems like the military is completely corrupt, Hughes always has good intentions, and does his job well. In addition, he's a good mentor and friend to the Elric brothers and a dedicated family man (who won't let you forget about his daughter)! It's really a shame that he dies.

Hajime Saito from Rurouni Kenshin: Saito was a match for Kenshin in swordsmanship, but he wasn't afraid to kill people. Seriously, I wish Kenshin would just get a real sword and kill somebody. Kenshin's master Seijuurou Hiko also seems pretty cool, but the creators try so hard to make him flawless that it's just kind of...meh.

Miroku from Inuyasha: this anime kind of wasted a lot of time, but I liked Miroku. He was honorable yet not afraid to go for it with the females.

Haruhi Suzumiya from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Ok, I just had to include her... :P. She's pretty strange, and her odd sense of humor and complete capriciousness guarantee that anything involving her is sure to be off the wall. That makes her a fun character to have around.

Misuzu Kamio from Air: despite having a sucky life, Misuzu is very optimistic, and is as friendly as they come. It's kind of hard to not like her as you watch, so it also sucks that she dies. Gao gao stegosaurus! :O

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Kazuma from sCRYed and L from death note


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Misuzu Kamio from Air: despite having a sucky life, Misuzu is very optimistic, and is as friendly as they come. It's kind of hard to not like her as you watch, so it also sucks that she dies. Gao gao stegosaurus! :O


Misuzu Kamio is definitely one of my favourites, and Air is my favourite anime hands down. I also really like Yukito Kunisaki, especially in the first few episodes when he's playing with his Ningyou and trying to get the kids to pay him so he can eat. I don't know, it's kind of adorable. That anime is just too perfect.

Sebastian from Kuroshi tsuji (damn censors): I mean really, this guy's just badass. Ciel is cool too, but Sebastian is just amazing. I'm only a few episodes in though.

Kyo Sohma from Fruits Basket: I'm a sucker for shojo, especially Furuba. Kyo's usually really angry but actually has a heart and the whole anime is just so overly dramatic and I like that kinda thing. Shigure Sohma and Hatsuharu Sohma are really awesome too. Shigure mostly because he's a total perv and it's kind of adorable.

Sato from Welcome to the NHK!: I've read the book and seen SOME of the anime, but I'll include him here anyway. He's a hikikomori/NEET who thinks that this television station has a conspiracy to turn people into hikikomori/NEETs and hides up in his one-room apartment trying to make an H-game with his only friend.

oh, and kamina from ttgl because he's even more badass than sebastian

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I like Kaname Kuran and Zero Kiryu from Vampire Knight.

I also like the Chairman... Can't stop laughing when he does something funny...

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I must say L from Death Note. :D


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Does Naruto count? That's the only anime I've seen.

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I'm gonna put this in top 3 format.

1: L -Death Note
2: Itsuki Koizumi -the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
3:Ichimaru Gin -Bleach

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Not in any order...

Vegeta (DBZ): It was interesting seeing him transform from villian, to rival, to father, to hero. Not many characters make a full bad guy to good guy like that, and no one did as awesome as Vegeta did.

Akito Hayama (Kodocha): He starts out as nothing more than a troublemaking scamp, but after his past is revealed (his mom died while giving birth to him) and with the help of some friends, he comes out of his shell.

Yusuke Yurameshi (Yu Yu Hakusho): Yusuke is nothing short of a badass motherf*cker. He's a troublemaker, he died, comes back to life, and gets supernatural powers in the process. Oh, and he's also part demon. Goddamn he's awesome.

Haruhi Fujioka (Oura High School Host Club): A "commoner" in a high-up academy, Fujioka's forced to disguise herself as a boy when she has to repay the host club 8 million yen. She someone retains a sense of normalcy in a world that supposedly shouldn't suit her at all. Still, she's independant....and she's kinda cute.

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