Seeing the comments on the Winter 2019 anime season, many people seem to prefer Chika Fujiwara to Kaguya Shinomiya, the main character of Kaguya-sama: Love is War.

And while I strongly disagree with that opinion, it has become an inspiration for this post, as I got reminded of the situations when I liked the side character of an anime more than the main character.

Here are five such situations I could think of:

New game! (MAL link)

I didn’t really had any problems with Suzukaze Aoba. She was an enjoyable character and her story left a similar impact on me as the story of Shirobako did.

It motivated me to work harder towards my goals of working as a video editor, and perhaps one day in anime.

In fact, it helped me feel better about not being in my first choice university. My current one, computer science, isn’t exactly the media editing course I aimed for, but it does have some subjects related to it.

And one of those subjects is “video game making”.

But the most relatable character of New Game! for me was Takimoto Hifumi.

Her battle with social anxiety reasonated with me more than I’d like to admit, and seeing her try her best and doing well really warmed my heart.

Boku no Hero Academia (MAL link)

To be honest I’m not sure what to write about Izuku Midoriya.

Good shonen protagonist, nice growth, some funny moments here and there.

I just find Shoto Todoroki, his quirk, personality and background much more interesting.

Heck, even Bakugo who I used to hate just stands out that bit more.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (MAL link)

The bond between Edward and Alphonse was fantastic and I really can’t think of much to criticize about the Elric brothers.

But the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood character that ended up among my favorites on myanimelist was Roy Mustang.

There is only one word I can describe him with: badass.

His fight with Lust tells you everything you need to know.

Or wasn’t it too one sided to be called a “fight”?

 

Madoka Magica (MAL link)

Like with some other entries on this list, I don’t have much bad to say about Kaname Madoka.

She is just not as memorable for me as were Kyouko Sakura or Akemi Homura.

I mean just think of what Akemi Homura went through for Madoka. It’s a whole other level of friendship goals that you can’t help but think may be even more than just “friendship”.

Hunter x Hunter (MAL link)

For Hunter x Hunter it’s a bit difficult to define, as myanimelist considers Gon, Killua, Kurapika and Leorio as main characters.

On the other hand, many consider only Gon and Killua to be the actual main characters.

For the purposes of this article, let’s say Gon is the main character.

His motivations are nice and all, trying to find his father. It made for some really sweet moments and a great mystery surrounding Ging.

But I couldn’t help but feel a bit annoyed with Gon at times. Especially because of what he told Killua in episode 116.

Instead of Gon, my favorite character is Kurapika. His fight with Uvogin on episode 47 remains probably the most hype-inducing moment I’ve ever had while watching anime.

Let me know what anime did you think had better side characters than the main character!

rating anime

Ratings.

The first thing on my mind when I see this word in the context of anime is myanimelist. This is probably because that’s the only place where I actually rate anime.

And really it’s the only place where I’m looking at anime ratings. At times they are one of the factors I use to determine if an anime is worth watching.

Sure enough, they can be too high or too low, depending on the show, but they sort of give the general idea of how good the series is. In most cases at least.

At first I decided not to rate each anime I watch, because I thought I will too often think about the score I would give. I thought I will give it too much importance.

Later on I changed my mind and realized that rating shows really isn’t that deep. There is really no need to sit down for 2 hours and think of every single detail that would increase or decrease the score.

I don’t have any special rating systems in my head. Things that automatically increase my score if I see it in the anime. Or things that automatically do the otherwise.

I don’t write down a score for each segment of an anime (story, plot, characters, etc…) and then combine it into one single score. That would take too long and I would probably struggle to pick the right score for each segment.

I just want enjoyment

There are loads of reasons for an anime to be enjoyable or the other way round. It can literally be from the theme of the anime to the mood I’m in on the day of watching. Or there can be a character that reminds me of certain people and situations from my life that I’d rather forget.

That’s why rating each show is different.

You have the most emotional, tear-jerking story possible? Great, but what’s the point if I can’t relate to the characters or if I find them unlikeable?

Sure enough, combined with emotional music it could still work and make me cry, but I would tell you that I’m missing that “something” to call it a masterpiece and you would get an 8/10 instead.

So what makes a “masterpiece”?

Fascinating plot. Well developed or relatable characters. Heartwarming moments. Sheer emotion. The setting. The timing of watching.

All of that and more has influenced me when I gave certain series the “perfect” score.

For Hunter x Hunter it was put simply – everything xD It has managed to balance everything. Stunning, deep and meaningful writing, the characters, the music, the levels of hype, the animation quality, the emotional moments. Simply everything was on point.

Ofcourse Hunter x Hunter has flaws too, just like every anime in existence, but all the positives heavily outweigh the negatives.

I could say the similar for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Both are just the perfect balance of everything.

In Steins;Gate I felt a strong connection to the characters, which led to a lot of emotional moments accompanied by the beautiful music. The plot and the way everything comes together has been mindblowing.

I was fascinated by the themes of the series and it’s references to real events/organizations/people.

I watched Madoka Magica soon after Steins;Gate. It taught me to never judge an anime by its cover.

Toradora is an anime that will always make me happy, it just works so well for me in every single way. I simply love everything about it.

Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho reminded me how much I love travelling and need it in my life. And it managed to bring a unique story that is both emotional and motivational. With 4 best girl characters along the way.

Assassination Classroom amazed me with the way it turned something absurd into one of the most emotional and touching things I’ve ever seen.

To sum it up, I’m rating everything as an overall package. Package of enjoyment. That package includes different things from anime to anime.

If the positives outweigh the negatives so much that I have to think hard to actually think of the bad parts of the anime, you are probably looking at a “masterpiece”.

If I’m thinking more about the negatives than what I actually enjoyed, you are probably looking at a 7/10 at best anime.

 

Do you have any special ways you rank each anime? I’d love to know your thoughts!

 

 

Let me tell you a very fun fact about me: I wear glasses at home.

And I love making top-list posts so I thought why not make a top list of characters who wear glasses?

*adjusts glasses* let’s get into it!

10. Iida Tenya (Boku no Hero Academia)

We start off with the president of class 1-A. He really fits the role of class president. Maybe even too much.

His brother, pro hero Ingenium has inspired him to become a hero.

He may seem intimidating at first, but he is actually a really good friend and is very kindhearted.

9. Shiroe (Log Horizon)

The Elder Tale expert, the master strategist.

Wants to achieve his goals at any cost, and for that reason many call him “the villain in glasses”.

The glasses, which he really loves to adjust. Doing that gives him enhanced focus and confidence for a short period of time.

And he is not the only Log Horizon character who uses these powers. Other characters in the anime who wear glasses have also recognized the advantages of this special move.

8. Nagato Yuki (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu)

Now Nagato is one of those cases that hasn’t always been seen with glasses.

In the first two seasons of Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu she was usually seen without them, but her debut with glasses came in the movie, Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu.

And she also wears glasses in her spin-off series called Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu.

Probably the most non-talkative character in anime I’ve seen so far, I really enjoyed her for that exact reason. It was fun seeing an introvert at such extreme levels.

That is, if you can call an alien an introvert.

7. Kitamura Yuusaku (Toradora!)

How could I not mention one of the main characters from one of my favorite anime ever?

The student council vice-president, the class representative, captain of the softball club.

And ofcourse, Taiga’s love interest. For a while, at least…

Can act a bit weird sometimes so be careful.

6. Kousei Arima (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso)

Ahh, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.

*cries*

Arima has been a renowned pianist in his childhood, till his mother’s death, which left him unable to hear the sounds when he plays the piano.

But meeting Kaori Miyazono has changed that, and he returned to music because of her.

This may be *spoilers* but I couldn’t believe how cruel his fate is, with his mother not being the only person dear to him that he lost.

And the way he seemed to be handling it… Massive respect and I just want to give him a big hug that he deserves.

5. Leorio Paladiknight (Hunter x Hunter)

This picture is just too funny for me not to use it xD

Leorio is friend goals, he really cares a lot for his friends, as shown the best in the final arc of Hunter x Hunter.

He is often short-tempered, a lot of times he doesn’t understand things from first glance, but it doesn’t necessarily make him an incapable hunter.

His motivation for becoming a hunter is the money, but it’s because he wants to be able to save people for free. Isn’t that admirable?

Also, his nen reveal was the most epic nen reveal in the series. Damn how satisfying that was.

And speaking of Hunter x Hunter, Kurapika wears contacts. Just like me when I’m outside.

He doesn’t even wear contacts because of his vision tho, so it’s kinda pointless that I’m even mentioning that, but yeah.

4. Hashida Itaru (Steins;Gate)

It’s the super haka, Daru.

I will forever remember him for his relatable moments like this…

…as well as his relatable problems when it comes to girls…

Oh and his programming skills are godlike and he seems like such a fun friend to have.

3. Asada Shino (Sword Art Online)

Another case where you don’t exactly see the mentioned character wear glasses all the time.

Or maybe we can say Asada Shino actually does? Since that is her real life name, while Sinon, who doesn’t wear glasses, is her in-game character.

In any case, what makes me love this character so much is her determination.

Determination to get over her traumas and dark past, and the determination to become stronger, little by little.

It’s also a big part of why I mentioned the ED sequence that features her character, in my 7 Openings and Endings that make you feel everything will be alright article.

2. Akemi Homura (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

Speaking of very determined characters who don’t wear glasses all the time…

Akemi Homura is only seen with glasses during THAT episode and during the third movie.

But her wearing glasses during THAT episode means she actually did wear them for most of her life, till certain events.

All she wants is a friend. Just let her have that please.

And don’t do to her what you did to her in the last movie.

If there ever comes a sequel, I hope there will be a way to undo the damage they did there. Or I will just consider the TV anime canon and forget anything else that happened after that…

1. Kiriyama Rei (3-gatsu no Lion)

A few days ago, I finished season 1 of 3-gatsu no Lion.

This anime is truly a gem, and it has one of the best written main characters I’ve seen so far.

Living a tragic childhood full of hardships, Kiriyama Rei had to become independent earlier than most.

As only the fifth shogi player to become a professional in middle school, he spends his days in solitude, preparing for his shogi matches.

When he does come to school, he eats alone, with the only person joining him being his teacher.

The anime follows his growth as a person, influenced by the events and the characters surrounding him. Most notably the Kawamoto sisters.

 

Are there any characters you expected to see but weren’t on this list? Do you also wear glasses? Let me know 😀