Best of Anime 2016: Character

Characters have the ability in an anime to turn it from really good to a masterpiece. With any character having the ability to have any personality and any style to match that, it is important to get the right combination. This must then mix in with the story in order to make that character the stand out.From their personalities to other niche features, these different characters make us love them (sometimes even worship for some people) and what we see as their development and story unfold is something that makes us feel good or bad. This year in anime characters that face adversity stood out, with a bunch of them showing us different pathways we can take in order to do so. With that being said:

Deirii Raifu’s Pick:

Natsuki Subaru (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu) – ‘Despair’

“My favorite blade, Shooting Star will show you a thing or two-“

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Natsuki Subaru takes the top spot for character this year. Subaru was always a peculiar character, with an energetic and positive outset, the journey he takes changes him into one that is dragged through the mud, seeing the worst of the world and trying to rise from beneath it. Subaru is a well written character, from love to hate all of the expressions he provides fit into context of what he experiences. Though it’s not always serious, with a nice bunch of snappy lines, to a mask in which covers despair, Subaru plays his role perfectly.

Runners Up:

2) Betelgeuse Romanee Conti (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu)
3) Tennouji Koutarou (Rewrite)
Special Mentions: Megumin (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!), Mizuki Usami (Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!), Haruhiro (Hai to Gensou no Grimgar), Haku (Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen), Suzukaze Aoba (New Game), Ikta Solork (Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin), Higashida Daisuke (WWW.Working!!)

Deirii Raifu’s Special Section – Best Girl:

Here’s the more important part, every year I compile who is believed to be the best girl/s from each series, I show them in each of my reviews, so here’s the list:

  1. Endou Saya (Dagashi Kashi)
  2. Megumin (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!)
  3. Mizuki Usami (Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!)

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Special Mentions (In no direct order):

  • Yume (Hai to Gensou no Grimgar)
  • Lelei (Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri 2nd Season)
  • Tobisawa Misaki (Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm)
  • Arcadia Airi (Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut)
  • Einfolk Krulcifer (Saijaku Muhai no Bahamut)
  • Utsugi iroha (God Eater)
  • Kobayakawa Yuuka (Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu)
  • Izumi Reina (Musaigen no Phantom World)
  • Sasamiya Saya (Gakusen Toshi Asterisk S2)
  • Kobayakawa Anna (Nijiiro Days)
  • Nosa Kouko (HaiFuri)
  • Sakaki Rio (Momokuri)
  • Rem (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu)
  • Watanabe You (Love Live Sunshine!)
  • Hoshino Yumemi (Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume)
  • Chigusa Asuha (Qualidea Code)
  • Mirage Farina Jenius (Macross Delta)
  • Nakiri Alice (Shokugeki no Soma S2)
  • Kariu Rena (ReLife)
  • Kanbe Kotori (Rewrite)
  • Hoshi Asami (AniTore XX)
  • Wakana Ui (Okusama ga Seitokaichou!+!)
  • Katajainen Nikka Edvardine (Nipa) (Brave Witches)
  • Miyata Sayaka (Keijo!!!)
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