(And why I don’t want to watch Sayonara Zetsubu Sensei and Pani poni dash.)
Everyone has preferences, and I happen to have certain ones reserved for girls.They do apply to characters in general, but since too many male characters are just clones of each other I usually don’t usually use these preferences on them (seriously, as a girl I can’t even think of a male character who left a lasting impression on me in terms of personality).
Preference #1? The ablilty to kick ass.
You’ve seen spineless girls before. Submissive, introverted, soft spoken, usually linked with either mastery or the total lack of cooking skills. I find them to be boring, not to mention an insult to the rest of the female population. People moe over Tsukasa Hiiragi and the rest of the girls like her, but I can’t seem to ever like them (how can anyone like a girl who doesn’t have the brain capacity to operate a cellphone is beyond me).
The opposite of these girls are those who have an assertive personality, who can happily kick a guy when he’s down and not feel guilty about it (I’m not promoting violence here, don’t get me wrong, but you KNOW you cheered when Kyou kicked Sunohara in the face). They either have wit, the physical capabilities to kick ass, or both, like Kyou. Some other examples are Rin from Fate/stay night (who else can create miracles on an indefinite amount of parallel spaces?), Konata (ass-kicking domination when it comes to games), and Nao from Mai hime (she has 2 of the most interesting weapons every imagined by a human being).
Preference #2: Intelligence
Ah, intelligence, it can lead to so many wonderful things. Witty comebacks, diabolical plans, the birth of giant robots! When applied correctly wonderful characters such as Anzu Yukimura (the master of witty comebacks), Chao Lingshen (the most intelligent martian ever who hatched a grand plot to change the world), and Yuki Nagato (master hacker and the most well animated out of the three) are borne.
Sadly there are characters who are so stupid the moment I see them I realize I’ve lost all interest in finishing the series. The girl from SZS was so thick that I couldn’t bring myself to watch the series past the first 5 minutes, and Fuuko’s appearance almost made me drop the show.
Preference #3: Interesting
Now, when I say interesting, I mean new things are constantly happening around them. For me, this generally goes to girls who are perky on the outside but is actually a well developed, complex person with secrets hidden inside (Sakura from D.C.II, Mizuki from Ef, Ilya from Fate/stay night, Lilu from Watashi wa Messiah sama, etc). After, if a character is so flat their entire being is revealed at scene of introduction it’s hard for them to be interesting. Unfortunately, this requires characters to actually do things that affect the plot.
Following that kind of logic, it’s easy to see why I dislike Characters such as Marina Ismail and Asahina Mikuru. What do they do besides walking around, moping/crying, and singing (badly)? NOTHING. I read Haruhi, and even in the volume that focuses on Mikuru, there was nothing that she did which was particularly important and couldn’t have been done by someone else.
This is why I like Kyou: she’s an interesting character who brings a fresh breath of life to the story who can kick ass, dish out witty comments, and create the funniest scene in the entire series (don’t tell me you didn’t laugh at the storage shed episode, if you didn’t I don’t consider you human). Sure, she las little contribution to the overall plot, but that can be easily forgiven as she’s a shining beacon of love in her path in the game.
Ushio, on the other hand, has a flat character, almost no developmental, not the brightest kinder gardener ever, and the only thing I can remember about her was her crying, eating rice, and walking. She’ll only be a plot device because she’s so young and so dead!
USHIOOOOOOO! COME BACK!