30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 28: Favourite Quote From Any Anime Character

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I had to think to REALLY think about this one, but I think in the end it has to be this amazing quote from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood:

“Everything we see, everyone we meet, is caught up in a great unseen flow. But it’s bigger than that. It’s the entire world, the entire universe even. And compared to something as big as that, Al, you and I are tiny, not even the size of ants. Only one small part within a much greater flow. Nothing more than a fraction of the whole. But by putting all those “ones” together, you get one great “All”, just like Teacher said. The flow of this universe follows laws of such magnitude that you and I can’t even imagine them.” – Edward Elric


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I could go with something beautiful, epic, or philosophical here, but instead I think I’m going to go with a line that always makes me chuckle, and that I frequently drop randomly into conversation or just say to myself and chuckle like a weirdo.

It’s a quote from a film that I know so well I could probably recite all the dialogue off the cuff like a 40s radio play – Howl’s Moving Castle from Studio Ghibli. Howl is a young, beautiful, powerful, and rebellious wizard, but he also wears his flaws very prominently on his fancy silken sleeves. His house-guest-come-cleaning-lady Sophie (a young woman aged by a witch scorned by Howl’s rejection) spends hours doing some much needed scrubbing and re-organising of the Castle, including the bathroom’s bewitched hair products – unbeknownst to Howl.

Howl's Moving Castle Dirty Bathroom

Bachelor Pad = GROSS.

The rest of the characters are in the castle’s kitchen and dining area, and Howl suddenly comes running downstairs screaming and dressed only in a towel around his waist, clutching his hair which is magically morphing from it’s usual blonde into a multitude of strange colours.

Howl's Moving Castle Hair dying Scene

Bad Hair Day?

He scolds Sophie for mixing his potions up, and when she tries to comfort him by putting his misery into perspective – you know, because there’s more to life than just great hair…

Howl's Moving Castle Sophie: 'You should look at it now, it's even better.'

… he comes out with this priceless reply:

Howl's Moving Castle:

It’s not a snappy retort or a sarcastic quip. It’s a genuine, melancholic whine from an absolute drama queen who really does think you can most definitely judge a book it’s well-conditioned and magically coloured cover – and that’s why I love it so much. Who doesn’t want to look beautiful every day of their life? I feel you, Howl. I feel you.

Does it also make it even funnier that it’s Christian Bale (the voice of Batman) who says this in the English dub? I think it does.

Honourable mentions: “YOU’VE. GOT. MAIL.” Izzy (Digimon: The Movie)


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Dudes. My favourite anime quote comes from a source that most wouldn’t go to for epic/profound quotes, but it does have one of the most well-known and well-written quotes ever.

My favourite quote is from Mewtwo’s speech at the end of Pokemon: The First Movie. Don’t judge – just read it:

So wise.

So wise.

This quote can apply to so many people, as it resonates with all kinds of race, class, sexuality etc. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, what family you were born into – it’s what you do with your life and your actions that are the things that define you. Something we can all relate too, no matter who we are. We all have the need to show that world who we are, and what it means to be us. Powerful stuff for a kids show, am I right?

Here is the quote, spoken by one of the best voice actors ever, Jay Goede who sadly passed away in 2001:

R.I.P Jay Goede.


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 25: Saddest Anime Death

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One of the saddest deaths I’ve ever seen in anime is the death of Maes Hughes in Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood. I was genuinely distraught by his death, especially as we get to know his wife and young daughter who are left behind, and considering how much he also takes care of everyone including Edward, Alphonse and Winry 😦


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As I’ve said before during this blog series, I’m a complete wimp – I cry very easily at nearly anything, from TV adverts to just watching the news sometimes. That’s why for this post I decided to go with a death scene that I that I didn’t expect to make me as sad as it did, and also one that I never see come up on ‘saddest deaths in anime’ lists, and that’s Ciel Phantomhive’s death in the season one finale of Black Butler, or Kuroshitsuji.

Ciel Phantomhive's death, Black Butler

Ciel Phantomhive’s death, Black Butler

I was completely hooked on this anime when it came out in 2008 from the very first episode. In a genre that is totally over-saturated with cliche, Yana Toboso’s Black Butler breathed new life into the Supernatural, ‘monster-of-the-week’ structure of story-telling with it’s gothic style, ghoulish humour, endearing characters, and new twists on British legends and history.

Set in a Victorian-era England, the story follows orphaned thirteen-year-old Earl Ciel Phantomhive, who after witnessing his parent’s murder at the hands of a mysterious occult group, vows revenge on their killers. Hearing his cries for vengeance, a demon offers him a contract: assistance in helping him reek his revenge in exchange for his soul. Ciel accepts, and the demon takes the guise of Sebastian Michaelis, his loyal and extraordinarily skilled butler.

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Sebastian and the Phantomhive Mansion staff protect Ciel from harm.

But the path to attaining Ciel’s precious revenge isn’t a straight one. As well as heading up the Phantomhive’s toy company (which is clearly intended to be ironic considering Ciel has no interest in childish pursuits) the young Earl must also fulfil his family duties as Queen Victoria’s ‘Guard Dog’ and protect the Queendom from ‘abnormal’ threats. Werewolf attacks, Jack the Ripper, child prostitution, royal ghosts, rogue angels… These are all dangerous missions that Ciel and Sebastian take on together through the first series.

All the while, Sebastian attends to Ciel’s every whim and need with delicate precision to little to no expression of gratitude from his stoic master. It seems that Ciel’s heart has been hardened by the early trauma he has had to endure, to the point at which he has completely abandoned his own childhood. Instead of playing with other children he attends business lunches and signs documents in his study. Sebastian endeavours to melt his frostiness with a strange gentile touch, strange because every act of kindness his performs for Ciel is always tinged with that underlying feeling of hunger for the soul he is fattening up. You see, Sebastian doesn’t just want any old soul: he wants one he has grown and nurtured until it’s just right to eat.

Black Butler ending Sebastian carries Ciel to his final resting place

Sebastian carries Ciel to his final resting place.

This all reaches an inevitable climax at the end of the series when Ciel’s soul is indeed ripe enough for Sebastian’s tastes. But what caught me completely off-guard about the final sequence is how moving it was. I was expecting something bloody and monstrous, but it turned out to be strangely tender and peaceful. Sebastian rows Ciel to a strange deserted island and lays him down on a bench in an abandoned ruin. He removes Ciel’s eyepatch that hides the eye inscribed with the demonic contract, and Ciel smiles up at him – not fearful, or in pain, but relieved and satisfied. Sebastian leans in with a fanged smile towards his lips… and that’s it. I don’t know why it choked me up so much. I guess I didn’t realise how invested I’d become in these two over such a short episode run, or how cathartic a death I knew was inevitable would feel. Rather than a hunter consuming its prey, it felt more like a close friend helping anther to find a much-needed release from life.

Such a shame then that such a satisfying ending was kind of ruined by a bizarre second season :/ At least the manga is still going strong though!

Honourable mentions: L (Death Note), Maes Hughes & Nina Tucker (Full Metal Alchemist & Brotherhood), Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop), Asuka Langley Soryu (End of Evangelion), Koworu Nagisa (Neon Genesis Evangelion) Seita and Satsuma (Grave of the Fireflies), Kikyo (InuYasha).


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I’ve already talked about two deaths during this series, so in order to not repeat myself, I’ve had to really think hard about another anime death that left me feeling emotional. One of my saddest anime deaths (apart from the ones I’ve already talked about) is the death of Wizardmon in Digimon Adventures.

Wizardmon and Gatomon (left to right).

Wizardmon and Gatomon (left to right)

Wizardmon is the best friend of Gatomon, the Digimon partner to Digidestined Kari – sister of original Digidestined Tai. Gatomon is introduced to us as a Digimon who works for Myotismon, one of the many villains of the series, and one of her redeeming qualities is her friendship with Wizardmon, showing that maybe these two aren’t as evil as their master.

It is revealed to us that Kari is a Digidestined, and that Gatomon is her Digimon partner. Myotismon learns this and battles the Digidestined now including Kari and Gatomon, he tries to attack Gatomon, but Wizardmon takes the hit, sacrificing his life for his friend. I remember watching this as a kid on my VHS tape that I used to record Digimon on, and crying my eyes out. The most touching part of his death is how zen he is. Gatomon says sorry and blames herself, but Wizardmon calmly says that he has had a happy life, and the reason for that was Gatomon’s friendship. He thanks her for it and passes away.

Here is Wizardmon’s death scene for you to watch… you know, if you’re into that sort of thing:


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 12: Saddest Anime Scene

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I’m ashamed to say that there have been many moments in anime that have genuinely made me shed a tear, and so this is another hard choice for me. However, I think I’m going to have go with the Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood chimera scene as it truly ripped my heart out. How could a father do that to his daughter? Not only is it one of the saddest moments I can think of from any anime that I’ve seen, I don’t think I’ve ever cared so much for a minor character in the grand scale of the series!

Honorable mentions: Puella Magi Madoka Magica (Mami’s death), Steins Gate (Mayuri dying over and over), Death Note (L’s death) and Digimon (Leomon’s dies and his DNA gets absorbed).


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Ooooooohhh… All the feels 😦

I cry pretty easily, but out of all the anime that’s made me tear up, there is one traumatising film that I pretty much cried the whole through watching (as I’m sure most people did) and that is Studio Ghibli’s Grave of the Fireflies.

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Grave of the Fireflies

Set during WWII in Japan, an American firebomb separates two siblings – teenage Seita – and his little sister – Setsuko – from their parents, leaving them to fend for themselves in this heart-wrenchingly anti-war story. Undoubtedly one of the most tragic parts of the film comes when Setsuko deliriously hallucinates that rocks are rice balls, and tries to persuade Seita to eat them. The animators spare us none of the horrific reality of their starvation either:

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Seita and Setsuko.

Just when I thought I couldn’t weep anymore watching it, little Setsuko inevitably passes away. Following this, Seita wanders aimlessly into an underground station and slumps against a pillar to beg for money or food. People pass him by without a second glance – as though he is invisible – and eventually he begins to fade away until he is gone completely. And that’s it. That’s how it ends. No happy ending. No hope. Just the harsh reality of the human consequences of war.

Seriously – don’t watch this one if you’re in even a vaguely sensitive mood. It will destroy you!

Honourable mentions: Maes Hughes’ and Nina Tucker’s death (Full Metal Alchemist), L’s death (Death Note), Ash getting frozen by Mewtwo (Pokemon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back), Spike Speigel’s death, (Cowboy Bebop), Chiaki’s disappearance (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time).


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I’m an emotional guy and get invested pretty easily in things, I get a tear in my eye when I watch John Lewis adverts for crying out loud. So when it comes to talking about the saddest moment in anime, I do have a good list, but there is one scene that always comes to mind first. The funeral of the ‘Going Merry’ ship from One Peice is my saddest scene in anime.

The Going Merry.

The Going Merry.

The Going Merry was the first ship that the Straw Hat Pirates sailed on in search of the fabled treasure:  the ‘One Piece’. It was given to the pirates by Usopp’s friend, Kaya, after they defeated Captain Kuro – a pirate who was posing as her butler to steal her wealth. The Going Merry was the ship that took the Straw Hats to the infamous ocean, ‘The Grand Line’, and they even took the ship into the skies in search of Sky Island. It was during this arc that The Going Merry started to fall apart. She was splitting at the seams, but Usopp made sure she stayed together. However, the inevitable happened, and eventually the Going Merry sank.

Going Merry's Funeral

The Going Merry’s Funeral

The funeral of the Going Merry was so upsetting for me. Bear in mind that this boat has been with the Straw Hats for over three hundred episodes, almost eight-years of viewing. The Going Merry is a special ship as well in that the care that the Straw Hats gave the ship imbued it with a soul so that the ship could  communicate with it’s crew and act on it’s own accord. So when it sank, it actually died. The saddest moment of the funeral is when the ship herself apologies that she can’t take them all the way, she then thanks them for being her friends and goes down in a blaze of glory. It may sound lame, but I remember sobbing when I watched it for the first time.

Here is the scene remastered in a special episode if you want to watch it:


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 9: Best Anime Villain

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Most of the anime I have seen have all had really interesting and evil villains in them so it’s hard to pick the best one, but I think I am going to have to go with Shou Tucker from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Whilst he never actually killed anyone [SPOILER ALERT] he did use alchemy to turn his own daughter and their dog into a talking chimera – which is pretty awful! I was genuinely shocked and upset at his ability to be able to harm them. This is also after he did the same thing to his own wife and that chimera only said, “Kill me”, and refused to eat – basically committing suicide after it couldn’t deal with the pain and suffering of what he’d turned her into.

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Shou Tucker, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Honorable mentions: Lucy (Elfen Lied), Light Yagami (Death Note) and ALL the Titans (Attack On Titan).


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This may seem like an obvious choice, but I have go with Light Yagami from Death Note for my favourite anime villain. There’s plenty of big, bad villains out there in the world of anime to choose from, but what makes Light particularly interesting for me is the fact that he is the protagonist of the story – a role traditionally played by the hero, not the hero’s nemesis.

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Light Yagami, Death Note

Just by seeing the story through Light’s eyes, your opinion of him is constantly coloured by his perspective. Despite his actions as a sociopathic megalomaniac are completely psychotic and morally reprehensible, you also find yourself kind of willing him to not get caught so you can see just how far the story will be pushed. The tension you feel each time Light finds himself cornered is ridiculously compelling, and unlike most Shonen anime – which relies on brawn rather than brain and an assured victory for the hero nearly every time – Death Note’s battles of wits and magic keep you genuinely guessing who will be left alive by the end.

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Light Vs. L

Conversely, you also find yourself rooting for his opponent – the eccentric detective known only as ‘L’, which heightens the tension even more. Whenever these two are in a room together, the thrill of watching them verbally – and occasionally physically – dance around each other is akin to that of Sherlock and Moriaty.

I always think that the strength of a hero can be measured by the strength of their villain, and Light and L are definitely two sides of the same brilliant coin, and Death Note one of the greatest crime thrillers in modern fiction.

Honourable mentions: Lust, Envy, Shou Tucker and Father (Full Metal Alchemist & Brotherhood), Medusa (Soul Eater), Vicious (Cowboy Bebop), The Earl (D.Gray-Man), Siegfried (Sacred Blacksmith), Gendo Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion), The Puppet Master (Ghost in the Shell).


Huw Williams CO-Founder and Writer

A great villain for me has to be many things: they have to be evil (obvious, but true), they have to be powerful, and they have to be perfectly matched to their protagonist counterpart; and as much as you hate them, you also have to love them. But, a truly great villain for me must also have a huge impact on the story that they star in, and it’s for these reasons that my favourite villain is Frieza from the Dragon Ball franchise.

Frieza

Frieza, Dragon Ball franchise

Friza is powerful and likes to let you know that he is. His power is feared by many throughout the universe and during the lead up to Goku’s battle with Frieza, King Kai commands Goku not to fight Frieza as he will surely be killed because Frieza’s power enables him to destroy whole planets with just one blast.

Frieza isn’t alone in the planet destroyers club that is DBZ, but he still stands out. Frieza is regarded as one of the most, if not the most, important Dragon Ball villains. After all, it was Frieza who destroyed the Saiyan home world Planet Vegeta – the event that starts the whole Dragon Ball story as that was how Goku ended up on Earth. Frieza’s actions on Planet Namek were also the major catalyst for Goku’s Super Saiyan transformation, as after Frieza killed Krillin Goku’s rage and needed to be more powerful spilled over, resulting in one of the most iconic scenes in anime. Frieza himself started the trend of transformations as well:

Squad's out.

Squad’s out.

He’s powerful, he’s iconic, and most importantly: he’s also pure evil to the core. He’s seeking the Dragon Balls to gain immortality and he was willing to do anything to get them. When faced against Goku he had met his match and was willing to do anything to beat him. He will do anything, and everything he does is for himself. The worst thing of all was when he was forgiven by Goku, who also gave him enough energy to escape the dying Planet Namek, Frieza chose to use that power to try and kill Goku again. This was when Goku launched his final attack and killed Frieza. Even when he was given a second chance he still chose to kill Goku, proving that his hatred for the Saiyan race and Goku burns stronger than his need for survival.

Yet you also can’t help but like him: he’s so devilishly evil that he almost becomes a cartoonish villain in the Disney mold of Scar (Lion King) or Jafar (Aladdin). He’s so well liked that Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball‘s creator) brought him back in the most resent film, and with a new form. It’s also rumored that Toriyama was going to bring Frieza back after the Cell saga, but was advised by his editors not to. Frieza’s cool, powerful, and fabulous. What more do you want from a villain?

Come at me.

Come at me, BRAH.


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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 7: Your Anime Crush

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Why are all anime characters made to be so attractive? Goddamn it! Once again I’m really struggling to pick just one character that I admire, but I think I’ll go with Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Not only is he short like me, but he’s also caring, sensitive, and a bit of a bad ass with alchemy.

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Edward Elric, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Honorable mentions: Light Yagami (Death Note) and Kirito (Sword Art Online)


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I’m a definitely a sucker for a pretty face in anime. I don’t really find beefy amounts of muscle that attractive (Sorry, Goku), but I also tend to also have a weakness for the tortured, lone-swordsman types too. A guy who can wield a blade but also has outstanding cheekbones – is that too much to ask?

Because my crushes kind of come and go in phases depending on which anime I’m watching at the time, I’m going to pick my current biggest crush from the series I’m currently watching: Nicolas Brown from Gangsta.

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Nicolas Brown, Gangsta

I’ve been avidly reading the manga of Gangsta for a couple of years now, and was super excited when I heard it was being adapted into an anime – an adaptation which has not disappointed in the slightest so far. Nicolas is your standard moody and emotionally unavailable modern-Samurai archetype; but that’s not to say he doesn’t have secretly sensitive side he let’s out every now and again:

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*THOSE ARMS*

Okay, so he’s romanticised stereotype. But something that does truly make Nic especially different is that he’s a deadly mercenary with a disability: Nic is deaf. But he certainly doesn’t take neither shit nor sympathy from anyone about it, which is another reason why I think he’s such an admirable character. It’s so rare to see disabled people represented at all in pop culture, and rarely are they also represented as physically superior to most able-bodied people as Nic is. I discussed this issue in a post about ‘Disability Visibility in Comics and Manga’ a while back on my own blog, and found that other examples in manga/anime are few and far between, with most disabilities being represented as undiagnosed mental health problems such as the sociopathic tendencies of Light Yagami in Death Note, or the severe depression of Shinji Gendo in Neon Genesis Evangelion. The most well-known physically disabled character is probably the blind and wheelchair-bound Nunnally Lamperouge in Code Geass, and like Light and Shinji, her disability is unfortunately both her defining characteristic and the root of endless suffering.

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Nunnally Lamperouge, Code Geass

Rather than allowing him to be defined and/or held back by disability, his creator, Kohske, chose to make his superhuman abilities and his ‘Fuck You’ attitude his central characteristics, whilst his disability is just an extra layer of intrigue. Interestingly, this decision may have been self-reflective, as I recently discovered that Kohske suffers from a chronic illness called Idiopathic Eosinophilia, which basically makes her body attack itself, and means she has to be hospitalised every so often. This post on a fan-run site reveals her obstinate refusal to let this disabling illness affect her work:

‘It’s also important to keep in mind that Kohske is a woman who doesn’t fuck around with responsibility. If anything but a frequently disabling illness were to possibly cause her to miss a deadline, she’d put her tablet pen in her teeth and draw it all with her head if she had to. The only times GANGSTA. has taken breaks during its run were when Kohske physically could not finish a manuscript in time.’

Wow. Talk about dedication! Learning this about Nic’s creator suddenly makes his attitude to his disability appear as less of a politically correct choice and more of a semi-autobiographical mouthpiece. And what a good-looking mouthpiece he is…

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Nic showing some skin.

Honourable mentions: Ichigo Kurosaki (Bleach), Sebastian Michaelis (Black Butler), Haruka Nanase (Free!), Kanda Yuu (D-Gray Man), Takumi Usui (Kaichou Wa Maid-Sama), Gray Fullbuster (Fairy Tail), Howl (Howl’s Moving Castle).


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There are a lot of sexy women in anime, as we all know. But there is only one that I have had a genuine crush on, and that’s Aisha Clan-Clan from Outlaw Star.

Aisha Clan-Clan

Aisha Clan-Clan, Outlaw Star

Yes I know she’s a cat-girl (leave me alone!) but I can’t help but crush on her – she’s amazing. Aisha is a Ctarl-Ctarl (an alien race in the Outlaw Star universe) and former officer of the Ctarl-Ctarl Empire. Charged with the task of searching for the Galactic Leyline, Aisha hunts would-be outlaw, Gene Starwind, but later develops a friendship with him and his crew, and becomes a temporary member.

She’s funny, brash, proud, clumsy, hot-tempered, and loves to eat (Just like me!) She’s also super confidant with herself as well, even when she’s been kicked out of the Crarl-Ctarl Empire and is working at a fast food place, she still boasts about her importance, strength, and ability to survive. But not only that – she’s buff! I crush on buff girls, don’t ask me why… If this was a comic book list, She-Hulk would be here for sure.

God damn.

God damn.

Aisha isn’t buff for no reason though – she kicks ass and possesses superhuman strength, and just like the other members of her race she can transform into a wild beast in the full moon. She also has adorable moments that make me crush even more, but I have to be honest, the main reason for the crush is how fun she is – I think we’d get along like a house on fire… and then make out (fingers crossed).

Fun Fact: She was the first anime character that I saw show her boobs on TV. I mean there was the Chun-Li shower scene, but that was a film, and Outlaw Star was on Toonami!

Honorable Mentions: Nami (One Piece), Nico Robin (One Piece), Bulma (Dragon Ball/Z/GT), Mirajane Strauss (Fairy Tail) and Android 18 (Dragon Ball Z/GT).


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