Another year comes to a close and it is time again to list Nopy’s top 10 anime girls. This is the fourth year in a row that I’m making this post, so you guys should know the drill by now. Any girl in a series that aired this year and that I watched is eligible for my list. I try not to select girls that had a shot at the list in previous years. My criteria for selection is overall likability, meaning it could be anything from they look cool, have interesting personalities, make me laugh, or are just pure awesome. Here are my top 10 anime girls of 2013:
10. Ryuuko Matoi (Kill la Kill)
Ryuuko just barely made it onto the list with the help of the last few episodes of Kill la Kill. With only one transformation, she was starting to get boring, but now that we know she and senketsu can change into different forms, it makes her so much cooler (not to say she wasn’t already cool). Her guts and determination to avenge her father make the battles worth watching and who could ignore that outfit.
9. Maki Natsuo (Love Lab)
Maki is one of those perfect people that everyone loves. She’s the top student in all of her classes, runs the student council all by herself, is beautiful, and polite. The only problem is that she has a few screws loose, but that’s what makes her so entertaining and lands her a spot at number 9. Being a perfect little girl, Maki has had no contact with boys, but like all teen girls, wants to have a boyfriend. With that in mind, she comes up with hilarious sessions on how to interact with boys and even has a dakimakura to practice on.
8. Leviathan (Zettai Bouei Leviathan)
There’s something about Levi-tan that just made me fall in love with her and kept me going through a whole series that honestly wasn’t that great. Maybe it was her long blue hair, her dragon form, unhealthy obsession with her brother, her mannerisms, or a balance of all of the above that drew me to her. Whatever it was, it was only because I knew that I’d get to see Levi-tan that I managed to get through all of Zettai Bouei Leviathan.
7. Suzuno Kamazuki (Hataraku Maou-sama)
You can probably tell from my previous lists and even from the girls so far that I have a soft spot for perfect girls with some minor character flaw. Suzuno is another one of those perfect characters, she’s polite, takes care of her neighbours, and is for the most part a yamato nadeshiko. Her issue is that everything she knows about Japan has come from films about Japan’s past so when she arrived in our world, she knew nothing of the modern era. This made for some hilarious moments like the one below.
6. Kurousagi (Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu yo)
Bunny girls are awesome in their own right, but when you have a bunny girl that actually hops, has godly powers, and has a cute personality, then you get a shot at landing a spot on my list. What sealed the deal was how classy Kurousagi is. Typical bunny girls are made to be fanservicey, but Kurousagi wears a magic skirt that teases you with perfect zettai ryouki and never lets you see the panties underneath. If that’s not class, I don’t know what is.
5. Tomoko Kuroki (Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui)
You’re probably wondering why the heck Tomoko is on my list. She’s ugly, smelly, perverted, and no one likes her. You may think it’s pity, but lets think through this: she enjoys anime and manga, is an avid ero-gamer, likes alone time, and hates fakes. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect girl for any male otaku? Neglected and misunderstood no more, Tomoko makes it onto my list at number 5.
4. Yaya (Unbreakable Machine Doll)
As with Suzuno, Yaya has that yamato nadeshiko feel about her and I’d say has a leg up when it comes to looks. She’s also an awesome fighter and supposedly the world’s best automaton. Besides a doll-like look and cool fighting moves, Yaya is also pretty seductive, especially when it comes to trying to charm Raishin. That guy has no idea how lucky he is, even if Yaya isn’t a human girl.
3. Ai Fuyuumi (Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru)
Ah, we finally get to a tsundere-like character, Ai. I was starting to lose interest in OreShura when Ai appeared and instantly made everything better. She’s cute both visually and in terms of her reactions. In fact, her patented “Ai-chan wins!” is one of my favourite reactions of the year:
2. Kouko Kaga (Golden Time)
Kouko is one of those girls that turns heads everywhere she goes. I’ll admit her style is one of the reasons why I like her character, but the main reason I like her is because of how strong she is emotionally. She has no friends and she knows that everyone views her as a snobby rich “princess”. Despite that, she still holds her head up high and it’s no surprise that when she starts going out with Banri, she does everything she can to hold on to him. So strong yet so fragile, Kouko is one of those characters you can’t help but adore.
1. Emilia Yusa (Hataraku Maou-sama)
My top anime girl of 2013 is none other than Emilia the Hero, defender of mankind and sworn enemy of evil. Did I mention that she’s also a call centre office lady? Emi was by far the most unique, entertaining, and awesome anime girl of 2013. How many other anime have a female hero end up working a nine-to-five job while still keeping up their commitments as a hero. She even attacks the demon lord with a pocket knife! Some of her comedic moments, like the one below, almost made me fall out of my chair laughing.
Honestly though, Emi is still an awesome hero and I loved when she transformed to fight against Lucifer. If you don’t think that Emi deserves the top spot, then you’ll have this to deal with:
That wraps up my list for 2013. I hope you enjoyed the year as much as I did and lets hope 2014 brings more good anime and more girls. If you’d like to check out my lists from other years, click here.