You know there are a ton of anime characters out there that you all love to hate but also hate to love. You secretly wish they would die but also kinda hope they succeed with their evil plans. Like I said…this is a love hate relationship.
When we think about anime characters we often classify them as either the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist). It should be simple as black and white, but deep down we can all see a little of us in each type of character, whether that be the hero or villain. I actually talked about why anime villains appeal to us a few weeks ago (I’ll link that here in case you missed it: https://kawaiipaperpandas.wordpress.com/2017/08/15/topic-tuesday-why-are-anime-villains-so-alluring/) and it all tied into one factor…relatability. But we won’t get into that topic again today because we already had a nice long discussion on it! Just go check out my previous post if you want some more knowledge on this topic or to see my general thoughts.
Anime is full of many many characters, both equally loved and equally hated, but what about the characters we have a love/hate relationship with? Which side of the fence do they fall on? Are they a mix of both feelings or do their actions still cause them to be hated? I feel like there really isn’t a reason why we love/hate a character sometimes. I think it mainly boils down to if we can see ourselves in that “said character.” *cough cough* Why I wrote a whole post about character relatability. I do know that some of the most memorable characters in anime are the ones we “supposedly” hate.
So here is a list of my favorite anime characters I have a love/hate relationship with!
1. Reiko Tamura from Parasyte
Reiko’s personality in Parasyte was cold, emotionless, and cruel. She was a parasite (alien) from another world. So, of course she was going to be like her fellow parasite’s; a cannibal who eats humans to survive and gain power. This makes the viewer initially hate her, but as the story progresses Reiko starts to gain human emotions (mainly due to the fact that she gave birth to a human child). We see her develop/learn laughter and love towards her son, making her a bit softer. I really enjoyed Reiko’s character because of her high intelligence as a parasite, as she often studied the human psyche in hopes of understanding the species better. I felt like she progressed well in the anime and wanted to know more about her as a human and as a parasite.
2. Ferid Bathory & Crowley Eusford from Owari no Seraph (Seraph of the End)
(This image can be found here: https://dessa-nya.deviantart.com/art/Owari-no-Seraph-Crowley-and-Ferid-542269169)
Two characters you should automatically dislike because they are vampires killing off the human race in Owari no Seraph, but I can’t come to hate these boys! Ferid and Crowley have such amazing charm and wit about them (that you secretly want to date them). Plus just look at them! They are totes hot! Well…I mean most anime guys and gals are perfect…but I have a special affinity for vampires. Both of these guys are playful, sneaky, and enthusiastic to the point of unpredictability. I think that’s why I have a love hate relationship with them. They feed off humans but their personalities are spot on! I feel like the writers of these two characters should get a gold star.
3. Shougo Makishima from Psycho-Pass
If you have been following me for a while now you know Shougo is my favorite anime character of ALL time. I really don’t need to explain why I love/hate him. He is one of the best written anime character’s that I have ever laid eyes on…plus Psycho Pass is a PHENOMENAL anime period. I think the best way to describe him is how Wikia Fandom lays out his personality traits (http://psychopass.wikia.com/wiki/Shogo_Makishima):
“Makishima is a humanist on the dark side: someone hopelessly in love with cruelty, savagery and all the worst aspects of human nature with no qualms about witnessing or causing others’ suffering. He has the ability to manipulate people to do his bidding, possessing both uncommon charisma and a true gift for persuasive speech. He has no compunction about dealing death to those who either stand in his way or those of whom he has grown tired, either with his own hands or through subordinates. He enjoys reading dystopian literature and Shakespeare,as well as having a thorough knowledge of the Christian Bible. He is often seen reading and even quoting texts from these works on occasion. The thing that truly separates Makishima from the rest of humanity, however, is the fact that despite his diabolical intentions and actions, his Psycho-Pass remains unsullied.
Makishima personally states that he wants to see “the splendor of people’s souls” and outwardly disdains humanity’s way of living, considering humans worthless due to their dependence on the Sibyl System. He aims to alert people to their false ways and to force them to examine their motives and to determine the direction of their lives based on their own will.
This adamant belief extends to the point where he is willing to die by the hands of someone “who has the will to kill.”
4. Elsa Granhiert from Re:Zero
Elsa…the incredibly hot and dangerous “Bowel Hunter.” We all know she’s a crazy ass bitch who loves fighting. She will even continuously injure herself in order to fight strong opponents, but she has an abnormal healing rate so I feel like this doesn’t affect her persistence. This lady loves to cut people through the abdominal region in order to tear out her targets bowels. She loves the look and feel of people’s internal organs. This alone should make you gag and despise her, but not me! I wanted to see more of her throughout Re:Zero. She has this mysterious aura about her that made me super intrigued on why she was called the “Bowel Hunter.” Give me a spin-off of Elsa and her murdering sprees please!
5. Light Yagami from Death Note
Would Light be considered an anti-hero? You know…kinda like how Deadpool is? Where they do heroic deeds but don’t give a shit about anything else except their own agenda. I feel like that is the category Light would fall under. Light has a very strong sense of justice but that quickly becomes wraped after he gains the Death Note. *Insert God complex here* Light is decisive and driven to achieve his ambitions, without faltering one bit in his beliefs. Despite knowing the criminality of murder, Light would consider his actions the ultimate “sacrifice” to help the world. So…ultimately Light thinks he should rule the world and everyone in it. Light was super intelligent but got lost in his own goal that he went bonkers (which is actually my favorite part of the series). I wanted him to win but we all know how that turned out…lololz XD
6. Shiro from Deadman Wonderland
It isn’t Shiro so much that I hate, but really what lives inside her. You know *spoiler alert* the Wretched Egg. When the Wretched Egg takes over Shiro’s body, Shiro is essentially trapped in her own mind. Shiro is the bubbly and fun person Ganta knows in the show, but it is said that eventually Shiro and the Wretched Egg personas fuse together to form Shiro’s true self.
(Skip the next paragraph if you don’t want to know any more spoilers)
“This final, genuine persona contains characteristics of both personalities: it has Shiro’s strong love for Ganta and desire for happiness, yet with Wretched Egg’s bleak outlook on life and evident hatred (towards others as well as herself). Shiro’s ‘true self’ also appears to remember everything from her life, both as ‘Shiro’ and ‘Wretched Egg’. In the end, it is discovered that the reason she wanted Ganta to become a Deadman was for him to kill her and end her suffering. It is also revealed that Shiro’s wish to die was evident 10 years ago, when she caused the Great Tokyo Earthquake in an attempt to destroy her body before it could regenerate, therefore trying to kill herself.
In Chapter 57, Ganta finally understands her and states that dying is not Shiro’s ‘true wish’. At the realization, Shiro begins to cry and says that she wanted to ‘go to school, play with friends, ride on the ferris wheel’, but she could not do any of these things. She states that she has done so many horrible things and doesn’t deserve to live, but at the same time, she doesn’t want to die.
In the end, all she really wanted was to be happy.”
7. Fumito Nanahara from Blood-C
I think Fumito might be my ultimate love/hate relationship character. If you have seen Blood-C and Blood C: The Last Dark (Movie) then you know what I am talking about. You initially fall for him in the beginning of the series and then all of a sudden you DESPISE him beyond belief. Then at the end of Blood C: The Last Dark you can’t help but fall for him all over again. It is one hell of a roller coaster ride! I hate it but I also love it so much. It rubs me the wrong way from time to time, but eventually I get over it by the time I watch the final scene between Saya and him. Anime…WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME?! WHHHYYY???
8. Charioce XVII from Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul
I really really REALLY want to punch Charioce in the face. This season of Shingeki no Bahamut has my feelings all over the god damn place. I feel like once something goes right a plot twist ensues and we have to start all over from the beginning. Charioce is a very intelligent yet stupid man child. He needs to get his shit together. Either you be the King or you say you were wrong and ask for forgiveness. YOU CAN’T HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO CHARIOCE! For fucks sake. Give me something to work with! And stop pretending you’re not in love with Nina. Bleh…I see you. 😛
9. Black (The King of Despair) from Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)
Technically the King of Despair shares a body with Black. This happens during the first Great Collapse in Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront). Black’s personality is vastly different than the King of Despair’s. The King of Despair is laid back, cunning, and has little respect for others. They have an affinity for twisting peoples emotions against themselves. I guess I like characters that bend other characters to their will. Maybe that’s why I like villains so much? Because they are twisted and fucked up just like myself. The King of Despair is shown to be much more powerful than Black, and more in control of his power. He is capable of killing without even a single touch, and is able to move masses of rubble ten times his body size. Definitely one you don’t want to mess around with!
10. Miach Mihie from Project Itoh <Harmony>
For most of the movie you think that Miach Mihie is a ghost. A figure of Tuan’s imagination that haunts her endlessly, but in the end Miach is very much alive. She is brilliant and intelligent, who doesn’t agree with the present world. Her personality is that of a calm philosophical girl; she is very charismatic and capable of manipulating those around her to an impressive extent. No surprise here that I would have another manipulative character on this list! Seems to be a trend of mine. They was Miach speaks in this film is utterly captivating. It is beyond what I can normally comprehend in an anime film. You really have to pay attention to the theme of Harmony or you will be completely lost. If you want to feel super smart for a small portion of time then I highly recommend watching this.
What are some of your favorite characters that you love to hate and hate to love? Do you like any of the characters I talked about above? If so, which ones? If not, then why? I would love to hear your thoughts on this! Let me know in the comments section down below. ❤
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