With the current situation on the Philippine politics and daily life which is riddled with impunity, hypocrisy, and wretchedness, I sought respite on the anime world to reassert my status as an otaku. I’m not ashamed of it now, unlike in the past where I kept it to my myself…thanks to somebody.
Wallowing on the sadness of the reality of the Philippine scene, I wished that I’ve lived in the anime world instead. Many people shared the same wish. Most of us wanted an escape from reality. The anime world is my way of doing so. Others ended up taking prohibited drugs. With abomination and misery lurking on every corner, we sought escape or sometimes release. The single-minded president and his fanatical supporters did not bother to inquire on that plight, because they wanted to retain their prejudices and belief systems, fed by pride and ignorance.
This is a time of moral crisis. People who were depending on us, the intellectuals, the cultured Filipinos, will of course feel betrayed by our apparent cessation of opposition towards the ignominy and impunity being promoted by those in power. We suffered personal attacks, tirades, and repressive counter-measures, not only by the trolls and the fanatical supporters on the internet, but also by our relatives who are yet to see the impending disaster that present administration was about to deliver and who preferred to remain selfish because they find no personal benefit in involving themselves in the struggle to defend what is right.
We have given our warnings…yet the masses have yet to react. We are thinking that maybe we should let them “reap what they sow” and let the folly unfold. It tempts us to abandon our duties. However, we find that it is still not yet past the point of no return, except on the lives senselessly lost. We will find our right opportunity to prove ourselves right. Let the government reveal its stench to the point that no spin-offs would be able to cover it.
As for now, let’s go to my otakudom. I don’t want to immerse myself fully, for I am taking graduate studies and I still have academic and athletic obligations to fulfill. I am self-studying Japanese, because I plan to take a doctorate in Japan. I have read light novels and watched anime. And learning Japanese, really helps. Saa, boku wa saikou no heroine wo misemasu:
10th place – Nagase Jun (The World God Only Knows)
The teacher that pushes her ideals to others, Nagase Jun was my favorite non-goddess conquest target in the series. Her kiss with Keima was my favorite kissing scene in the series. What makes my heart skip beats is the way she places her hand on Keima’s chest, after Keima’s lesson and during their kiss. The message of her arc applies to everybody who is holding their ideals. Just like our search for an ideal in romance in anime, we should protect our ideals from the corrosion brought by reality.
9th place – Neferpitou (Hunter X Hunter)
Pitou is probably my weirdest pick on this list. Yes, her…a este…its gender was still under debate. Yes, it was a villain in the Hunter’s perspective. But when Gon killed it, admit it: you feel sorry for it. It proves how it managed to attract us not only because she is a bakeneko (Catwoman. I wonder how much Yukinoshita Yukino will despise Gon if she were to watch Hunter X Hunter), but also because its had a tremendous character development in the arc that blew the minds of its readers/audience with its masterful writing.
8th place – Yukinoshita Haruno (My Romantic Teen Comedy SNAFU)
Probably the most subtle character written in the series, Yukinoshita Haruno’s subtlety scares even the mighty motive-decoder Hikigaya Hachiman. Yes, I have a weakness towards the onee-san types. Even though she would definitely bring annoyance with her constant probing, teasing, and meddlesomeness, I would definitely want to have an onee-san type of colleague by my side, even though I don’t know if I would be able to draw her attention in the first place. Deconstructing the subtleties, Haruno is not actually a villain, but a heroine who needs to be saved. Any HaruXHachi shippers there?!
7th place – Kasumigaoka Utaha (How to Raise A Boring Girlfriend)
Like I said, I have a weakness towards onee-san type heroines. Kasumigaoka Utaha was like a variant of Yukinoshita Yukino (since Feel also made the art for this series), although unlike Yukino to Hachiman, she was more aggressive with her romantic advances towards Aki Tomoya. Minus the ecchi moments, I would definitely fall heads over heels to her, although her anti-social personality (which had an exemption towards her former circle, Blessing Software) makes me doubt if I would get to be close with her. I would feel sorry for Utaha after Tomoya (constantly) idol-zoned her.
6th place – Tooru Amami (The World God Only Knows)
Katsuragi Keima’s conquest on Tooru Amami (in the light novel only) was his most difficult yet his most coolest (double superlative is not enough) conquest. Keima cracking into the world of the daydreamer Amami was a reflection to us of wanting to know the people that we hold dear. We peek into their worlds so that we can either get hope from theirs or give hope to theirs. All the minuses will become pluses and Amami will remain a tenshin (Angel) towards the readers she has charmed.
5th place – Kongou (KanColle)
Her constant code-switching between Japanese and English and her seemingly endless energy definitely makes Kongou the best kanmusume, not only on the anime adaptation of KanColle, but also on the game itself. Kongou is the one you would definitely make as the secretary of your fleet. In the anime, not only that she has provided constant comic relief and burst of energy, but also she has proven to be sympathetic and so dependable for a perso…a este.. Kanmusume. BURNING LOVE!
4th place – Yuigahama Yui (My Romantic Teen Comedy SNAFU)
Yuigahama Yui is the first girl to have definitely developed feelings for Hikigaya Hachiman. She knows that Hachiman would not be making a move to her. Therefore, she makes the first move(s) herself. Although she played unfair during their seemed love triangle, her pure heart served as the counterbalance to Hachiman’s pessimistic, nihilistic, and pragmatic philosophy. Her route on the Visual novel on the Oregairu Zoku was definitely the best route, with my heart skipping beats every time she calls Hachiman with his first name rather than Hikki. Hikki, like his audience on the anime series and the light novels, is constantly being torn apart, because she definitely deserves a happy ending. However, almost all her rivals also deserved the happy end. And that is the nightmare and reality of harem situations. We are not Keima-sama. We are humans.
3rd place – Nakagawa Kanon (The World God Only Knows)
And speaking of Keima-sama.. Damn. I’ve never been so envious of him until this moment on the photo above…Nakagawa Kanon…the one and only Nakagawa Kanon…the idol that brought the smile in me and those who listened to her songs…confessed her feelings publicly to Katsuragi Keima. I guess that the idol-falls-to-a-commoner stories have charms that brought hope to everyone who are pursuing something or someone that they deemed as impossible. During Keima’s conquest on her, her overdependence to Keima (Yoroshiku, ne?) wells up our desires to do anything just to get close to her. How Keima ended her conquest surprised me. However, the positive results of that rejection made my heart flutter even more. And that kissing scene was what inspired me to pass the board exams in Civil Engineering even without reviewing or studying.
2nd place – Onodera Kosaki (Nisekoi)
Onodera Kosaki is definitely the sweetest girl ever introduced on anime. Though #TeamChitoge wins in the quest for Raku’s heart, Kosaki goes out there to prove that she doesn’t deserve anybody. One has to reach the pinnacle of deserving just to have her really! What more can we ask for her, she is sweet, caring, kind, and courageous. However fate, or should I say the writer(s), did not give her a moment to confess to Raku. And when she was finally given a chance, it was already too late. I felt sorry for her. I really do. My tears were the same as Raku’s. It made me remember a similar regret in my past. #TeamOnodera
1st place – Katou Megumi (How to Raise A Boring Girlfriend)
Katou Megumi being too-much normal was a breath of fresh air to the anime world. She was like a female version of Kuroko, not with his passes but with his stealth mode. She represents a real-life woman, not like how The World God Only Knows portrayed with Kosaka Chihiro. Her “incompleteness” as Tomoya pointed out is what made her stand out. Her “incompleteness” instead brought great impact when the situation has willed her into developing her character. Megumi’s character development, showing her “dark” side, and her betrayal of her disinterested nature, are what Megumi stand out amongst the anime heroines. She was not like Kanon where people felt honored and dreamy just by being with her or Kosaki where people were appeased with her sweet personality. Kanon and Kosaki felt like they were too-good-to-be-true dreams that might melt away as time passes on. But with Megumi, you would grow closer and attached to her, even without noticing it yourself. It is not with the personalities or the attributes that Megumi has found her charm, but with the moments that she has willingly committed into pulling off. This quote of hers has settled in my heart as my all-time favorite:
It’s not like I want something like a confession.
I’m fine with a chance to fall in love, just a little.
I just want simple, casual words.
Words that can make one say,
“ah, so I could fall in love just like that…”
-Katou Megumi (Volume 11, How To Raise A Boring Girlfriend)