What exactly makes a leading lady in anime “waifu” material?
Is it her devilishly good looks? Is it her over the top sexual prowess? Is it because she cooks, cleans, and acts like a potential wife for the main character? or is it simply because she is the best candidate out of the slew of girls gunning for the main character’s heart?
In otaku retrospect it is a combination of all the potential questions I stated above. A “waifu” is someone that makes a certain impression on the viewer. Whether that is their personality, their actions, or their very larger than life oppai (that means boobs if you didn’t know)….”waifu” material can mean anything to anyone. Gotta love things that are open to interpretation!
Let’s go over the definition of “waifu.” I mean…this isn’t called Senpai Saturday for shits and giggles. I am here to teach you guys (my general understanding) of what otaku terms mean. Today just happens to be waifu! You guys voted via Twitter (https://twitter.com/paperpandabears) and I am here to give you pandas what you want. Should I take a cue from Sebastian Michaelis and say, “Yes, my lord?” Bahahaha…If only I was cool as Sebby XD
“Waifu (noun). fictional character a person feels affection toward. 2. fictional character considered one’s spouse. 3. Japanese word derived from the English word ‘wife.’
synonyms: husbando, mai waifu”
In uncomplicated terms “waifu” is a fictional character that a person loves. Many people approach “waifuism” casually, while other fans take this term a bit more seriously. Some people be cray cray over shit like this!
Usually comparing “waifu’s” is just something that is entertaining and temporary, while other’s take this as a more ostentatious type of relationship. Some fans even take it as far as wearing a wedding band to symbolize their marriage to their waifu. This is where we insert the word “obsessed.” I mean…I feel strongly about my waifu’s but I’m not that crazy! Lololz….or am I!? You’ll never know 😉
As Chris over at (https://www.japanpowered.com/otaku-culture/what-waifu-means ) states, the word “waifu” is a more recent term in otaku culture. It isn’t as old as some of the other terms I have covered so far. Here is a little history to get you guys caught up to speed:
“Waifuism is a fairly recent development in otaku culture. Google records the first significant appearance of the word waifu in November 2007. The oldest entry for mai waifu appears in the Urban Dictionary in April 2, 2007. However, waifu has a longer history outside of otaku culture.
Waifu is an English loanword that appeared in the Japanese lexicon around the early 1980’s. Dynamics between husband and wife continued to change in ways that made the tradition way of referring to a woman as a wife offensive to young couples. Kanai, the word for wife that uses two Chinese characters that mean “inside the house” became objectionable for many young women. Likewise, the word for husband, shujin or danna, translate roughly to “master.” Because these words fail to match their relationship, many couples adapted the English words husband and wife. Of course, the words changed slightly in pronunciation. Wife became waifu. Husband became hazu.
These words were slowly picked up by American anime/manga fans and were used to refer to their favorite fictional characters. The anime Azumanga Daioh is thought to be one of the anime that popularized the use of the word waifu. However, the words were in the Japanese lexicon and used by anime long before this popularization.”
To me, a good “waifu” is someone who is strong, sexy, intelligent, a bit irrational at times, but also sweet on the inside. I am a sucker for “yandere” and “kuudere” girls in anime. Sometimes you just have to play hard to get. Which in most cases almost all girls in anime are! And or you a lucky and get thrown into a harem of anime girls
*Does best Katy Perry impression…breaks out into song and dance *
‘Cause you’re hot then you’re cold
You’re yes then you’re no
You’re in then you’re out
You’re up then you’re down…
*Ahem* I’ll stop being a weirdo now. Maybe I had too much coffee today? or not enough sleep? Yeah…it could be a number of things. I can’t keep track anymore. Send me a life raft when you find one my pandas. You could LITERALLY be saving my life right now. Ya’ll have know idea.
What does the term “waifu” mean to you? Who is your favorite “waifu” in anime/manga? Do you have more than one? or do you have a favorite “husbando?” Let me know in the comments section below! 🙂
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