The Ultimate of Ultimate Anime Crushes

Welcome back to Man Crush Monday! OMG guys, I’ve finally made it to the end of Mel’s 25 Days Anime Male Challenge. Granted it started off as inspiration for my MCM Series and was supposed to take 25 weeks. That, unfortunately was not the case. Lots of setbacks happened which prevented me from staying on top of this. You can see her original prompt here. Or you can see my own prompt here; I had wanted to do my WCW in the same way, but it evolved as you all know.

So, my Ultimate Anime Crush. I mean, I think we all know who this IS. Although, lately it seems Makoto Tachibana has been lowkey invading this spot. I still have a soft spot for this particular character. Can you guess who it is? Take a guess before proceeding after the break!

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5 Male Gunslingers that Have Their Target in Sight

Happy Monday! I love my fair share of action anime’s and of course the flashiness of a gun fight are really exciting to watch! With that being said, this week I bring you my top 5 Gunslinging men!

5. Emiya Kiritsugu (Fate/Zero)

Kiritsugu is the main protagonist of Fate/Zero and has a minor role in Fate/Stay Night as Shirou Emiya’s adoptive Father. He’s known as The Magus Killer as he hunted down heretical magi around the world. He was trained in assassination, tracking and is proficient with all types of weaponry.

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Blondes Have More Fun

Good afternoon! MCM is a tad bit behind schedule today due to my spontaneous weekend! Things will be a bit behind schedule this week, I apologize!

As most of you know aside from my sports anime bias, I have a soft spot for blondes in anime. I can’t really explain it, is it something about their golden locks? Is it because of who my ultimate anime crush that spurned on my love for these blondes? Or is just just because all of these guys have a surprisingly silly side to them even when they look so serious?  I could easily pinpoint my number one favorite blonde, but I figured I’d continue with the list format and eventually go back to posting regularly about individuals! So! Without further ado, here are my Top 5 Blondes!

5. DOPPO KUNIKIDA (BUNGOU STRAY DOGS)

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Kunikida is a blonde megane. I struggled whether to put him on the Megane list or on the Blonde list, I opted for the blonde because his hair was one of the most striking features for me. His other “feature” would be the fact that he carries around a notebook and pen for his ideals. Ah, everytime he brought out that notebook I couldn’t help but laugh, because in that sense I am Kunikida. Go through my purse and you’ll find a notebook and a planner! I’m always writing in one or the other whenever something comes to mind.

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30 DAY ANIME CHALLENGE | 30

IT’S THE FINAL DAY!! I’ll do a final wrap-up final thoughts post tomorrow as my complete wrap up. But moving on!

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The anime that came to mind for this prompt is Trigun. I’m picking Trigun for a number of reasons. Overall the story was good and the character development of Vash was really good. I wrote about him on Day 3 – Favorite Male Character Ever. But there were a lot of unanswered questions regarding Vash; I get that there isn’t much to say about him overall but there was a connection he had with the “plants” of each city on the planet and he called them his brothers and sisters. We weren’t given much explanation though which has obviously irked me. I felt the second arc of Trigun to be a bit on the rushed side, and felt that maybe it would’ve benefited from a second season. I also would’ve liked to see what the future held for the Vash and Knives after the latter’s defeat in the duel.  How would Vash help Knives at that point? I was always so curious! It’s probably time for me to read the manga to see what happened.

However, even though this series had it’s share of flaws, it had an overwhelmingly positive impact on me as anime viewer. Trigun, to me has withstood the test of time and is one of my absolute favorites, if not a classic, in my library. I wouldn’t mind seeing more of Trigun maybe even as a reboot if it were to come around. One that possibly stayed more true to the manga.  I don’t think the anime followed it completely.

Is there any animes you wish had another season? If so, tell me your thoughts in the comments below!lovenpeace

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Favorite male character ever. Hmm, this ones a little tough because I’m usually re-shuffling my Top 5 male protagonists. However, there is ONE that has never really been de-throned as my absolute favorite. And from my featured image, it should be fairly clear that it’s Vash the Stampede from Trigun. You can see the rest of the contenders hiding in the shadows…but if you weren’t sure who they were: Shinya Kogami, Makoto Tachibana, Kageyama Tobio and Archer from Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works.

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The Trigun series is probably my first “action” anime that I fell in love with. The story and the art itself had drawn me in due to the character designs (and the character’s personalities themselves!) as well as the cities that they occupy, and the space ships! What else more do I need to say?

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My love for Vash has really grown in multiple phases: from mere observations in the show, to actual research on theories and analysis of his character. My absolute favorite thing about him is his ability to be silly and be a bad ass all at once – such opposite ends of the spectrum and he encompasses both so easily. His character goes through some radical development changes in just 26 episodes. There’s something endearing about his silliness and his “peace and love” motto in the first arc of the series. But in the second arc we see how extremely flawed and troubled he is as he struggles with some internal issues that has formed his ideals. The third arc is where he has to confront those issues head on and how he deals with his ideals becoming shattered and how he forges his own path towards the future.

Vash’s entire being is a walking contradiction. In the world of “Gunsmoke” he’s the best gunslinger and is on the run for having destroyed two cities completely  which left him nicknamed the “humanoid typhoon” and labeled as “a natural disaster”. The bounty on his head is 60 billion double dollars so tons of bounty hunters are after him as well as a pair of insurance policy agents that follow Vash around reporting the damage that occurs. Despite his wicked reputation to the world; he’s quite the opposite. He’s a goofball that is a pacifist. He’s the best gunsman in the world and is quite modest about it. He’s never shot to kill and he refuses to kill. He’s also quite passive aggressive and tries to avoid confrontation if possible. But when push come to shove he won’t back down. Vash is the type to take the burden of many and make it his own. But on top of that his true character is so charismatic that he can’t help but touch the lives of the many people he encounters as he traverses the planet.

We see these different sides of Vash through the eyes of the insurance agents (Milly & Meryl) as they begin to realize that he’s nothing like the reputation everyone has given him. Vash just has unbelievable bad luck that follows him from town to town as outlaws and bounty hunters try to catch him thus putting innocent civilian lives on the line. When he’s confronted with this he uses his bad persona to his advantage in these situations to protect the civilians and in the end save everyone.

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His happy-go-lucky attitude is clearly a façade to hide the internal and physical pain he’s enduring. I mean…the scars on his body and metal patches that barely hold him together? That scene alone had me completely disturbed yet enthralled with his character.  Seeing him in this state was if he was atoning for the sins his brother has committed – or maybe his own sins for having unwillingly destroyed two towns on Gunsmoke. He also usually wears his sunglasses to mask the transition from his happy go lucky self to his alternate more serious persona when he encounters an injustice that needs to be corrected. Vash is also deeply philosophical despite his actions, he ends each  episode in a soliloquy that describes the upcoming episode. He’s just such a layered character and I absolutely love him for it. Ahhh, I could go on and on about him, but I won’t. Maybe I can revisit a blog about him in the future!

This show still has a million plot holes — where did Vash and Knives come from? Where did these “plants” come from? What purpose where their powers for? How are the beings inside each “plant” really related to them? I could go on and on, but it doesn’t take away from this being one of my favorites. As of right now, Trigun is the only manga I own and am collecting. 

Who are your guys’ favorite male characters? And Why?
Till next time!
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