Unbreakable: Mikasa Ackerman

Hello ani-bloggers and friends! Today is an exciting day as we’re embarking on a new year with of one of my more popular segments’ Women Crush Wednesday. If you’re new around here, WCW focuses on more than a celebration of these ladies in comparison to the eyecandy of MCM. I highlight female leads that stand out due to their bad-assery, they’re independent attitudes, accomplishments, and character development in a series.

In previous WCWs, I’ve written about a few other strong Attack on Titan ladies, specifically Ymir & HistoriaAttack on Titan is no stranger to lots of strong females, after all the world is cruel and most of the ladies here have a story to be told.

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This week, we celebrate Mikasa Ackerman of Attack on Titan. As, this week is her birthday week! Her birthday is actually this coming Saturday, February 10. 

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Zero Gravity Hero: Uravity!

I got into My Hero Academia a bit late in the game, as I started watching Season 1 midway through mid-season 2 was airing. And yes, I caught up real fast. There’s no doubt that all the females on this show are ambitious women striving to be hero’s at UA. But there’s one that stands out to me the most.

I’ve been a bit obsessed with since she graced my screen in the first season, and even more of a stand out character in season 2. That’s right, none other than our Zero Gravity Hero: Uravity. Real Name, Ochako Uraraka.  Also, she’s best girl.

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Uraraka, stood out to me because of her sweet bubbly personality, and her overwhelmingly positive attitude. And if you’re new to who Uraraka is, she’s one of the supporting female leads, whose super power is ‘Zero Gravity’ a quick that allows her to manipulate gravity through touch. Her positive attitude bit resonates with me a lot, because no matter how bleak a situation may appear, I’m always striving to the something positive from it. And, if you’ve been following me on twitter, then you would have seen that I actually cosplayed as Uraraka for Halloween.

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Titan Fanatic: Hange Zoe

Welcome back to another segment of Women Crush Wednesday! I hope all of your weeks have been off to a great start!

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This week’s feature is Attack on Titan’s Hange Zoe. There are two sides of Hange that I couldn’t help but take note of. On one hand, Hange is the epitome of what it’s like to be a fangirl. On the other hand you have an incredibly smart, quirky scientist. It’s a great combination and honestly I think she represents a lot of us ani-bloggers. We all have that side of us that can fangirl about something yet have the professional side of us that the rest of the world knows us for. I promise there are NO spoilers in this post about her, even though I’m ahead in the manga! Continue reading “Titan Fanatic: Hange Zoe”

Nice Girls Finish Last: Rem

Hey guys, welcome back to Women Crush Wednesday. This week’s WCW came as a surprise. I always knew that Rem was a really popular character; moreso over Emilia it seems, but I didn’t understand why. As I mentioned recently, I finished Re:Zero. Although Re:Zero wasn’t up my alley in it’s entirety, I fully understand why Rem is best girl. While it took me awhile to warm up to her, I was in love with her by the end of the season. I was rooting for her (and still am); and was ultimately heartbroken at her circumstances at the end.

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The Foil of the Goddess of the 104th: Historia

It’s Wednesday y’all! I’m here with a pretty awesome WCW to get you through hump day!

Krista-Chara_DesignNow as you guys know by now, outside of my love for the sports genre I’m a pretty avid follower to the fandom that is Attack on Titan. In a previous WCW I featured Ymir; and that went into heavy spoiler territory. However, now with Season 2 under our belts, I thought it would be appropriate to feature this AoT character.

So without further ado, let’s talk about The Foil of the Goddess of the 104th: Historia.

When we first met Historia, she went by the name of Christa Lenz. A beautiful petite blonde girl with the kindest nature and personality; so much so that she’s labeled “goddess” by many of the men in the 104th. However, Christa’s true nature hides behind a façade. As I’ve said before these two are actually foils of one another; Christa’s friendly façade is really Ymir’s true personality, and Christa’s nature is actually the cold loner that Ymir pretends to be. Christa has been known to place herself in dangerous situations despite her meek nature. Ymir has called her out on her somewhat fake kindess because she’s wants to be seen as a “good person”. Ymir has also accused her of wanting to die a hero as seen on the Historia episode when she’s trying to save Daz even if it means putting her own life on the line. These rash actions of Historia deal with her backstory; all she wants is to be cared about and recognized.

Again, let me reiterate that I love the dynamic between Historia and Ymir. Previously, I mentioned before that they’re like soulmates; they’re understanding of another and their trust in their bonds have added another layer of complexity to the story as we now know who Ymir really is, and Historia’s true self is about to be unfolded.

Historia’s past is still a mystery in the season 2 of Attack on Titan; but we know for sure that she’s an illegitimate child of a nobleman and was forced to change her name and distance herself from the family if she wanted to live. Historia is on the brink of becoming a crucial piece of the puzzle. Warning: this will heads into spoiler territory past the episode of season 2 that revealed Christa’s true identity. So, proceed with caution after the break!

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Townsperson B: Hitoka Yachi

WCW is back!! I may start doing this post bi-weekly since I like to spend time really analyzing these women; I still haven’t decided quite yet. But today’s Crush is a bit on the more softer cuter lighter side of cool ass females; just because my OWLS post the other day was really heavy in content.

Hitoka Yachi was introduced in the second season of the sports anime Haikyuu!! She became Karasuno’s manager after Kiyoko Shimizu, the third year manager, recruited her looking for a replacement for when she graduates. Although she’s a first year like Hinata and Kageyama and mostly a side character, or as she would call it “Townsperson B”; there’s actually a few life lessons to learn in the very few episodes where she’s the center of attention!

5. Don’t Judge a Book by it’s Cover

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Very early on in her introduction she’s shown to quickly judge people by their appearances. For example, she judges Hinata, assuming that he was a manager due to his height; until Hinata corrects her and she sees him in action. She also makes a similar mistake when she meets Coach Ukai, she thinks he’s a delinquent that’s stalking Kiyoko based on his blonde hair, ear piercings, and flip flops and is completely embarrassed when she finds out that he’s actually the Coach of the team.

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Who Says Women Can’t Coach: Riko Aida

With Kuroko no Basket: Last Game on the horizon, it made sense to feature one of the very few females that are in a male dominated anime. Why I didn’t feature her sooner is beyond me, but I’m glad I thought of her for this week!

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Role Model: Haruhi Fujioka

Ah! Finally back with WCW, it’s been quite awhile I know. I took a break for work and also because as you know, I’ve been picking women to celebrate and write about for more than just their looks. I feel like I really need to take the time and do some research on these fierce ladies because they deserve the time. I’m still going to try to stick to a weekly post; but we will see.

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Symbolic Armor: Erza Scarlet

This weeks WCW post is a bit of a throwback to the woman that brough about my WCW posts to begin with. Erza Scarlet is one of top favorite heroines, and her name is byfar my favorite anime character name; so much so that I use it every chance I get when given the option to name my character in a game. I like it because it’s feminine sounding yet also gives off a strong fiery presence.

In my previous post about her found in Day 4: Favorite Female Character Ever of my 30 Day Anime Challenge, I really focused on her backstory and her overall personality. This week I’m going to recap on some of the points that really stuck out to me and will hopefully try to expand on those a bit more.

Erza’s armor is one of the most defining characteristics of who she is. Her signature magic though is a spatial magic in which she can “requip” her armor at an amazing speed. She’s also known to be one of the few mages that can requip during battle; and it’s rumored that she has about 100 different types of armor in her posession. This type of specialization of “requip” magic is often called “The Knight.” Erza is known throughout the entire kingdom of Fiore for this type of magic giving her the nickname “Titania.”  Although she may have over a hundred pieces of armor at her disposal, I find her armor to be symbolic through two lenses. One lens is how her Armor represents an emotional state and the second lens looks at Erza’s femininity.

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