Anime Girls: NagisaJune 4, 2008 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Articles, Top Ten | 17 Comments
Tags: Anime Girls, moe
Now entering week three of my blog and my little running series of my Top Ten Anime Girls. I’m departing from the shoujo girls a little now.
Yes, Nagisa from Clannad is my eighth favorite anime girl. I don’t think too many people should be surprised. Most girls I’ve talked to about Clannad prefer Nagisa over the others. It’s not very hard to see why.
Furukawa Nagisa is the main heroine of the Clannad game, TV series, and movie. She was unable to graduate because she missed too much school due to an illness. Despite this, Nagisa loves her school and enjoys going. She can be shy, but when she has to be, she’ll also be incredibly stubborn.
Ah~! Nagisa-chan is so cute. She’s my favorite Key heroine (that I’ve seen in anime anyway). For some reason, I’m always arguing with guys about how much better she is than Tomoyo and Kyou (even though I like both those girls too). But I’ve never had to argue with a girl about it.
I mean…obviously Nagisa is the best choice. (Haha, I say that like it’s a fact, not an opinion) Just look at her!
Why do I like Nagisa so much? Hmm…well somehow I’ve always felt that liking moe characters is just to be expected, so I haven’t thought about it much. I expect this post will have a lot less substance because of that.
But! I have come up with a reason. You know…aside from all the absolute cuteness I’ll be getting to later on in the post.
Nagisa is one of the most realistic and easy-to-relate to girls I’ve come across in anime. Now before heads explode at me calling a girl designed to appeal to fanboy fantasies “realistic” I should clarify that I mean realistic and relatable to me specifically.
I remember very clearly when I first discovered that I found I could relate to Nagisa. I was in a forum, arguing with a Tomoyo fanboy about which girl was better for Tomoya. Then somehow it became an argument bout which girl was more realistic and he slaps me with, “She was out of school for months and had to stay back a year because of an illness that’s not life-threatening! That’s just pure moe! That doesn’t happen.”
I was stunned and must have stared at my computer for five minutes. Because as I was sitting there arguing with him I was on my fifth straight month out of school and I was very much not in danger of dying. I was just sick. A lot like Nagisa (though without any discernible cause), I just get sick. And it’s even less serious than Nagisa’s case.
In fact…I’m not graduating this year.
Ah, I remember the first thing that went through my mind after, “Ugh…I hope this doesn’t mean I’m now an object of adoration for fanboys with a ‘sick girl’ moe. Ew…”
*sigh* But I really didn’t want to write this stuff up because it looks like I’m going for sympathy and no one believes anyone on the internet anyway. But it was either drop Nagisa out of the spot where she so rightfully belongs, just post some cute images, or suck it up and be a little personal. I wanted to go with option 2, but since I think some people I’ve known on the internet before this blog already know or are suspicious about how I’m so often gone from even the internet, only offering the lame excuse, “I was sick.”
Since everyone seems to think that being out of school for months on end means you’re dying just let me clarify what’s wrong with me (without getting into specifics, because that’s just way too personal). What’s wrong with me would best be described as exhaustion. Basically, I sleep more than the average person and I run out of energy faster than usual. I’m always tired. A lot of the time, i just can’t focus on my work and stuff. I’m pretty much better now and I can deal with it except for occasionally when I have a “bad day.” But mostly now it’s just that I get sick really easily. If anything is going around, I’ll catch it.
And just to let people know, I’m not the only one like this and I’m not just being a whiner about being tired (like I kind of thought at first too actually). It’s a legitimate illness that I have, with a real name. Just the name sounds all medical and scary so I just use “tired” and “exhausted” as words to describe it.
So…all that aside, I’m sure you can now see how I can relate to Nagisa.
But I only relate to her with the fact that we’re in the same situation. Aside from that I guess I…admire her? Yeah. I admire her. As much as you can admire a fictional character anyway.
I get to go to college next year because of a “dual-enrollment” program my school has. I won’t be the senior without any friends. In fact, when I had a meeting to discuss what I would do next year since it became obvious I couldn’t graduate this year, the first words out of my mouth were, “I’m not taking classes here next year.” All my friends were moving on and graduating. I was never in the same classes as any of them, but I did not want to be the oldest kid in class. I hated the idea.
Thus cute little Nagisa who is even shyer than I am who went to school with the intention of joining a club and then going so far as to restart that club…wow. Of course, without Tomoya it wouldn’t have happened, but still. Even if I had friends in the year below me, I still wouldn’t have gone back. I just hated the idea.
I’m a really stubborn and occasionally intolerant girl. I despise my school because as I see it, they failed me. It became clear early on that I would be out of school for a long time, but they didn’t offer me tutoring until five months after I’d been out of school. And by that point I was already so far behind…ugh. Schools are supposed to do right by their students and mine just failed. I hate it there now. I couldn’t stand to go back.
I do try to be nice and accepting, but eh…once I hate something, I hate it. That’s that. So I guess I just enjoy how perfect, cute, and pure Nagisa is.
We have a similar problem, or are in a similar situation, and she’s just so…moe. Look at her! Do not lie to me and say she’s not the cutest girl in Clannad. Tomoyo and Kyou are more beautiful than cute and Fuuko and Kotomi both have annoying parts of their personality, taking away from their cuteness.
Basically, I feel like Nagisa is the perfect girl. That’s really the best way I can sum her up.
She does everything I’d like to be able to do. She can make friends, she is able to love her school (despite her school failing her), she is able to overcome her fears. Nagisa is really…just great.
Obviously, I’m not aiming to be like her. Trying to become like a girl designed to fit a male fantasy…that’s just ridiculous. And being like Nagisa in real life…I get the feeling that Nagisa wouldn’t work as well in the real world. No Tomoya there to help her after all.
But anyway, I’m hoping people can see why Nagisa is on this list now.
So, sorry for all the random sappy blabbing. Here’s some small Nagisa pictures as a reward:
And as a final note…
Dangos rule. And I want that pillow.
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