I love Japanese style Anime and Manga. They often have some of the most over the top and awesome action sequences. Compelling characters, with whom you may or may not, identify with. A Cool protagonist that you, perhaps, want to dress up as when you go to your next Cos-play event or for Halloween. If I sat here and cataloged all the things I liked; we could be here awhile. However, I am going to speak on a topic, that honestly, is so annoying and frustrating to me. That, at this point in life, I refuse to read Manga or Watch Anime that it exists in. Regardless of the quality of said work.
I will term this: The annoying female character that is overly presumptuous with her presence and affection. (This character may be male as well, but it is mostly occupied by the female.)
To clarify, whenever you watch an Anime or read a Manga, sometimes you will come across a female companion to the main protagonist. I am not sure what purpose they serve, but I assume she is there for comic relief, to create interest – in the downtime between the over the top ass whopping that our Hero dishes – out or simply as a love interest. The problem is, most often than not they are not funny. In fact, most times they are so annoying, I feel like grabbing a unusually large mirror and slamming my head into it repeatedly to erase her presence from my mind.
Don’t get my wrong. I am not a misogynist, nor am I sexist. I do love Strong Anime/Manga female characters. Ala: Battle Angle Alita, The heroes of Bubble Gum Crisis, The Heroine from Princess Mononoke; just to name a few. However, the annoying ones really do get on my nerves. Like nails scratching on a Chalk/Black board excruciatingly slow, in a very quiet room.
Let me give you some concrete examples: I do not think there is anyone alive, that has never watched, seen or heard of Dragon Ball-Z (DBZ). So I will use this Anime as my first example. Having mentioned DBZ, we all know who the main hero is. But for those of you who do not – and I really don’t see how this might be possible- but his name is Goku or Son Goku. Which ever you prefer. Goku has a wife called Chichi, that is the most loud and obnoxious spouse a man could have. They have a son called Gohan, which means meal in Japanese, and seeing how his dad loves to eat; I am not surprised at this. Gohan had the potential to be even stronger than his father.
That is, Until Chichi decided that he should prioritise school over WORLD and UNIVERSAL CATACLYSMIC events; that come in the form of bad guys. This is annoying, simple due to the fact that most ,if not all, villains can just look at a planet wrong. And it blows up in spectacularly over the top pyrotechnic animations. However, Chichi – in her infinite wisdom, thinks going to school is more important; than making sure the planet still Exist so Gohan can even be ALIVE to attend school. She asserts her will on Goku and Gohan in an exuberantly vociferous manner. With a voice so highly pitched, my ear drums shatter each time I have to hear her speak. I am not at all sure, if they thought this would be amusing to the readers/viewers. However, all I got whenever she got screen time; was a large palm to the face. Such that, I am surprised my face isn’t permanently deformed with a hand-print as my most memorable feature.
My second example, will be Kagome form Inuyasha.
The titular character Inuyasha, is a half demon. A Dog demon to be exact. Yes, a demon. Some of the most bad assed evil guys you could meet in an anime; or anywhere for that matter. Or, that’s what I thought too. Except Kagome has Inuyasha neutered and leashed trained. In essence, Inuyasha is her B–tch, pardon my French.
Kagome is the reincarnation of Iniyasha’s crush; and almost, but not quite, girl friend a Priestess: Kikyou. Kikyou, a composed, calm, accomplished and competent Miko/Priestess. One would think that her reincarnation would have some (if not all) of those traits. You would think; but you would be wrong. Kagome is clumsy, annoying and guilty of false advertising. Because, I swear she was a blond who dyed her her black. The caveat: Inuyasha has a talismen around his neck that- if he was Superman- it would be his kryptonite. With the major exception that Kagome, and or, Kikyou are the only ones who can activate it (on account of Kikyou creating it to subdue Inuyasha in the first place) with the word “SIT”. How is this a problem? Well on account of being annoying, loud and overtly gregarious . Whenever Kagome gets annoyed at our hero. She repeats the word sit in rapid succession; which results in Inuyasha falling to the earth so hard. It is like his gravity was multiplied several thousand times over. And boy oh boy, does this girl get annoyed often. Which, considering her personality, is very ironic.
Let me paint a Hypothetical scenario. Inuyasha will be in a battle of life and death. Kagome – like usual- tags along on their quests. In the middle of a Battle for their life, limb and shards of the gem they are trying to collect. Kagome will sometimes just call out the word sit. Like she has no concept of danger, or enough sense to know, to at least wait till said battle is over before she expresses her annoyance. There are other things, that I can’t honestly remember right now. As I have been traumatised so badly, my mind blocked it off.
I know some people might find nothing wrong with the Anime/Manga mentioned. They might even be your favourite. The pillars of your childhood. As such, you may not agree with me. You might be angry – assuming my words can move you to such passions. So, here is my challenge to you. How can you prove that the characters mentioned are not indeed annoying. That you aren’t just being biased from you misplaced loyalty. They are indeed Iconic pieces of Anime History. I even liked them at one point. However, I really cannot stand annoying females or males – but that isn’t the topic here- in any Anime/Manga. That I have interest in.
So ladies, Gents. I know some of you will agree some of you wont. Ciao!!