Anime Girls: AmuJuly 23, 2008 at 10:00 am | Posted in Top Ten | 20 Comments
Tags: Anime Girls, cool
Finally Girl number 1, Amu-chan of Shugo Chara!. It feels kind of anti-climactic given my current feelings toward Amu…but whatever.
Amu is the Cool and Spicy heroine of the amazingly popular mahou shoujo anime, Shugo Chara!. She’s a fairly insecure girl with tons of dreams and an incredible amount of confusion when it comes to guys. But I’m sure almost all of you know that anyway.
(The Usual Spoiler…anime and manga)
Oh I was so looking forward to writing about Amu when I first started my ranking. Of course…it’s a little harder to give the same absolute glowing praise I originally wanted to considering certain manga events. She has slowly made my 99% into 85%.
But I will give Amu the benefit of the doubt and let her keep this spot since I’m loving her in the anime. She’s the most current girl on this list after all (well, along with the other Shugo Chara girls).
Seriously though…if Amu makes that bad choice that 15% of me thinks she might, she gets kicked off of this list entirely. Not kidding. She’s only the second favorite, if she does anything that is against my number one, Amu-chan gets kicked to the curb.
But that won’t happen. And even if it does, I’ll pretend like it’s something I don’t fear right now and I’ll fangirl endlessly about Amu anyway.
Hmm…I think the first thing that really drew me in about Amu was her freakin’ awesome clothes. Yup.
I was going back and forth for a long time about whether or not I should check out the increasingly popular mahou shoujo anime, Shugo Chara. Everything that I’d seen (just promo pictures really) seemed oh so typical. And as much as I love mahou shoujo, I do not love the typical ones.
But then I kept seeing pictures of Amu. And while in most of them Amu was all smiley and cute and made me go, “Ugh…typical.” I kept running into images of Amu having this, “I’m awesome” attitude.
So, I relented and decided to watch the anime. At least the opening. Though, truthfully, Amu became a typical girl again in the opening and if it weren’t for a certain pair of siblings looking awesome I probably would have stopped right then and there.
But the opening I watched on YouTube was interesting enough to get me to watch a full episode. And the opening scene did it. As soon as Amu went, “Are you stupid?” I went, “Oh shi–I want to watch this.”
Oh Amu, your Cool and Spicy-ness makes us all into mindless followers.
Except when you kind of piss me off. But I’ll set that aside for now.
Of course, once I found out Amu was a girl hiding her “true self” I kind of rolled my eyes at first, but then Amu’s struggles made me think of my own days as an 11-12 year-old and I couldn’t help but go, “awwww” out loud.
Because I don’t think any girls can say that they’ve never hidden their “true selves”. Most of us don’t turn it into an “outer-chara” but I think we’re all guilty of…being a little tsundere toward our friends, family, and yes, guys we may like.
I know I regularly pretend that I have absolutely everything in my under my control. When my parents offer help I say, “No, I’ve got everything covered” when I really want to say, “Oh Mommy! Daddy! I don’t understand this at all! I need help!!!”
But I’m going to be an adult soon, so part of it really is just, you know, trying to be mature.
Of course, I was much more guilty of being a fake around my friends and family when I was younger. Exactly when I was around Amu’s age actually. Up until I entered fifth grade, I was in a smaller elementary school. There were four in my town. Then you enter fifth grade and suddenly you’re shoved into a classroom that’s at least 3/4 filled with unfamiliar people.
And to familiarize everyone with my situation, allow me to break this down. The schools could all be separated by the sort of people who went to them; there was “the normal school” full of normal kids that is right in the center of town; “the high school” which was split evenly between rich kids and poor kids and caused all sorts of cliques and none of the kids acted their age; “the mean school” which was just full of kids who lived in “the bad part of town” and was full of kids whose older siblings and parents were not good influences; then there was the “nice school” which was the nicest school with three playgrounds, and took in the kids from the “family-oriented” side of town because all the parents that put their family first wanted to live near the nice school.
I went to the “nice school” and was stuck in a class abnormally full of kids from the “high school” and the “mean school”. I was the only kid from the “nice school” which had less kids total than the others, but this was definitely different. I was the only kid from the nice school in class. The classes even sort of came in pairs and my paired class only had two kids from my school and I had only been in the same class with one of them once in first grade.
And, of course, somehow everyone else had managed to get their friends in their class. So I was like the new girl…except no one was interested in me because the majority of people were new to everyone else.
I was an easy target for being picked on because I was the shortest girl in class and, let’s face it, I came from the nice school, I was nice. But after the first month, I started acting like I thought I was better than everyone else. Which, come to think of it, when I think of watch a bitch all the other girls were, I probably was.
One girl made a comment about my department store t-shirt and I’d simply smile and go, “Hmm? Funny how you know it came from there. It’s just a shirt I got from my grandmother. She’s coming to visit today. I wouldn’t be such a bitch to not wear clothes she picked out for me.” Of course, that’s just the nicest way I did things. Rumor-spreading was much more common.
And it was all, not me.
Fortunately, it only lasted the one year. After that, with few exceptions, I was able to be my normal dorky self because I luckily ended up in a class full of kids I knew, either through the one friend I made, or because they were in my previous school.
Of course, from time to time up until I entered high school, I was forced to pretend I was someone else. All girls do.
And that is the best reason I can come up with about why I love Amu. Oh, there are others, but that’s the main one for me, and I think for a lot of girls. We can all understand what Amu is going through. I bet most other girls can come up with their own long story about “pretending to be someone else” from when they were Amu’s age.
Even adults are always pretending to be someone else when they’re at work and stuff. Everyone has to act like a professional. At least most of the time. And teenagers too. In order to get through high school, you have to pretend like certain things don’t bother you, even if they do.
So yeah, the main reason why I find Amu such a likable character is because she’s so easy to identify with.
Now, let’s move on to the less personal and more fangirl worthy attributes that make me love Amu.
First of all, even if it’s supposedly a “fake” chara, Amu’s Cool and Spicy attitude is just…awesome. I don’t care why Amu has that attitude, if it’s fake or whatever (though personally, I think it’s become a real part of her personality since she’s been that way so long).
To state it simply, Amu has all the necessary cute traits for the heroine of a mahou shoujo series, but with less FAIL attached. Much less.
How many mahou shoujo heroines can we list that we want to just smack across the face because you just know they could never save the world. Doesn’t matter how awesome the anime itself is, or even if you like the character, she still fails. There’s nothing extraordinary about her except for her special powers. In fact, she’s usually below-average.
Here’s a small list: Maron from the KKJ anime (I think she develops well in the manga), Ichigo from Tokyo Mew Mew, Lucia from Mermaid Melody, and of course, Usagi from Sailor Moon. And those are just off the top of my head. I’ve never watched any of the Pretty Cure anime, but I have no doubt all those girls are likely mary-sues or made of fail.
But Amu is different. She has her problems, but I find it easy to believe that she has awesome powers, because she’s just so incredibly awesome.
Also, I find it actually pretty believable that pretty much every guy in Shugo Chara! is after Amu because she’s just so awesome. Though, in the real life, I think Amu is the kind of girl who wouldn’t be surrounded by guys. At least between pre-teens and teens I’ve found that guys tend to not go for the girl with the awesome personality.
But since all of the guys (except Tadase that moron) seem to have a genuine interest and reason to like Amu since they all started going for her after getting to know her.
Oh and while we’re on the subject of Amu’s reverse harem, I just have to say. Amu’s relationship with Ikuto probably helps to make me like her so much.
Not just because I’m an Amuto fangirl (though I can admit that plays a part), but because Amu just gets way too cute around him. All that blushing and stuff. It’s great. So cute~!
And we all know by now that I love my tsundere girls. And, of course, no one can bring out the tsundere side in Amu like Ikuto. One moment she’s yelling at him and calling him a pervert, then the next she gets all disappointed that he’s leaving and goes all shoujo eyes on him.
God, those two really do just belong together. But I will keep my Amuto out of it now…*sigh* But it’s really hard.
Also, about Amu, I love her sturbornness. It goes along with her tsundere-ness and her Cool and Spicy-ness, but it needed to be mentioned as well.
Amu can’t even be honest with herself sometimes and I think it’s so cute. Normally girls who don’t know much about themselves and are confused about their own feelings bother me, but because Amu is still just twelve she gets away with it. And because she gets so depressed and is so hard on herself, more points for Amu-chan~!
Besides, Amu’s been growing up and has gotten a lot of character development over 41 episodes and 31 chapters. She’s actually grown up a lot.
And another reason for me to love Amu is purely self-satisfying. She’s (almost) always right. Like me~!
Heh. By that I mean that we generally have the same opinion about things. If Amu usually says something like, “this is lame” around the same time that I’m thinking the exact same thing.
In episode 1 when Amu got all embarassed by the pink cheerleader uniform, I was right with her going, “That is freakin’ embarassing.”
She likes Utau, her clothes are awesome, her dreams (aside from the cheerleader crap) are pretty damn cool, and she always knows when things are lame. And her taste in guys is pretty good too if I may say so.
Well, the last two are most true with the enormous exception of Tadase. I really hope she kicks him to the curb one of these days. Personally, I’m hoping she confesses to Ikuto right in front of Tadase. That would be awesome.
Oh yeah. And back to Amu’s wonderful choice in clothes…seriously. I want her entire wardrobe. There’s a few exceptions (like the jacket from episode 18), but I want her clothes~!
And Amu always wears things so well. She has the look down, but without any of the crappiness that is usuall attached to the sort of clothes she wears.
Her hair always looks good, her clothes are always cool, but she does everything in moderation. No crazy-ass fugly hairstyles that just grab attention and make people go, “ew.” She doesn’t have an excessive amount of accessories.
Yes, Amu’s taste in fashion is pretty much perfect. That’s why so many of us girls want to go out cosplaying as her. She just looks cool.
Seriously, Amu’s clothes are…even better than the clothes for an Arina Tanemura character and I always love what those girls wear.
Hmm…and I guess that’s it. I’ll end on the final, rather shallow note about Amu’s wonderful clothing. After all, her style was so prominently displayed in all the pictures in this little article.
And…let’s leave off with a cute picture of anime Amu since I only seemed to go for the manga pictures up until now.
Aw, how cute. It’s the only magazine poster of Amu that I don’t have (and don’t really intend to get), but it’s currently serving as my desktop background.
And next week I’ll do a wrap-up of my anime girls and discuss what I’ll be posting on Wednesdays from now on.
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