Lovely Dee from the josei next door tagged me on her tumblr blog to confess my anime and manga crushes, so here I am with… 2 lists please -one with my female harem and one for the male one. *drum roll*
First of the ladies to catch my heart comes Saki Watanabe from Shin Sekai Yori. The reason I proritized her over Horo, is that she reminds me of Hikari Yagami from Digimon, my very first crush on a female character. I preferred to put her instead of Hikari on the list because she’s everything Hikari was, and way more fleshed out as a character. She’s decisive and persistent at her pursuits, all the while being compassionate and radiating trust. She’s a mature leader who brings hope and I’d follow her to the end of the world.
Horo from Spice & Wolf shouldn’t really be a surprise to anyone who’s followed me over the years or even to someone who’s just read the About Me page. She’s witty, she’s pretty, she’s vulnerable and strong. Her design from the first season is especially attractive as it gives a depth to her wonderful scarlet eyes and lets on her wisdom. Her ears and tail are adorable, too; don’t look at me like that, I’m not a furry, ok? And she loves apples -I generally love fruits and we could drink apple juice and some apple cider to our hearts’ content while teasing each other.
Shinobu Oshino, former Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade, from Bakemonogatari shares many common traits with Horo. They are powerful beings who have fallen from grace, in a human disguise that is way younger than their true form. They both have sharp tongue, but they aren’t wild tsundere. And they are assertive and can use their feminine wiles to enchant you. I’m fond of her teen looks, both because she doesn’t have huge breasts and because her fashion sense speaks volumes about herself. Her sportive attire and ponytail says she’s ready to kick some asses, but you’ve got to reward her with doughnuts afterwards.
I’m not the person who would sacrifice personal time for work, but Hiroko Matsutaka from Hataraki Man is a person who could bring out the best of me. She’s really hard-working and surely an inspiring person to live with. I’d probably have her quit smoking, and I’m not sure how I’d cope with her lack of free time, but I’d love to be there for her, support her both with good food and encouraging words. It’s the type of person I’d probably would be content just to sleep with in a hug.
When I was a teen I realized I had a thing for people with curly hair. I find Karen Kasumi from X particularly sexy basically for this reason. Ok, and her taste in lingerie is impeccable. She’s also a very sensitive soul, who needs to be given love and understand she’s valued. She’s got a way to connect to those around her and find the good in them. The only doubt I have is how we’d work out our religious differences.
I might not have enjoyed Red Garden as a whole, but Claire Forrest had my full attention. She’s a proud and capable person, who despite having an affluent financial background she denounced it to live a harder but independent life. During the series she’s shown to not disclose easily her troubles, but she make up by being a resilient and adaptive person. She dresses more casually and tomboyish than the other three but she does have a fashion taste as implied by her colorful tights, scarves or belts. She’s sassier and more-extrovert in the film, but no less lovely.
Oh, Ran Tsukikage, the handsome samurai! She’s a bit of a drinker but that aside she’s badass and gorgeous. She’ll pretend she doesn’t care, but she won’t tolerate injustice. Her voice is low and sweet, something that intoxicates me. Ran is implied to have run away from her family and surely is someone who carves her own path in life; in that aspect I admire her a lot. She takes joy in simple things, like a nap on a sunny day, and I wouldn’t mind accompanying her in her travels as long as she didn’t abuse my wallet.
Then we have another fighting woman, Riza Hawkeye from Fullmetal Alchemist. Yup, I like her more than Roy somehow. She’s got more personality than her partner in crime. She’s reliable both as a bodyguard and as a confidant, she’s very intelligent and cool overall. I like her strict attitude towards work and that at the same time she can have a restricted yet good sense of humor. Riza has a very strong resolve and her ideals might be a priority but with a firm grasp of reality. She’s also well-built and I found her short hair rather appealing.
Sailor Moon has a wide cast of beauties and it’s difficult to pick one, but I ended selecting Taiki Kou. She’s got beautiful purple eyes like Saturn, brains like Ami, and style and a similarly aloof air with Michiru (in the manga her suit isn’t that garrish banana of the anime so don’t talk bad about her taste). She values logic a lot but she also loves poetry which goes to say she isn’t a stone cold operating machine. She also plays the guitar.
Kohane Tsuyuri from xxxholic is someone whom we meet as a small girl who’s perceptive not just in the supernatural sense but also of the human psyche. Despite her age back then she understood she was being in a sense abused and was willing to pursue her freedom. She was also mature enough not so seek revenge. She’s the sensitive and tough woman I get attracted to. As an adult we unfortunately don’t see her much, but she’s grown up to be a really beautiful woman with traditionally feminine features and determined eyes.