Friday, July 2, 2010

Koji's Top Ten Anime Women - Sawako Kuronuma

Like Lonecow, I'm going to be diving into my top ten women of anime as well. He and I talk about it extensively at times, and while we genuinely agree on most things, I'm excited to see how our lists turn up.

I’m a shoujo nut. I’m a sucker for a good romance just as much as I’ll eagerly anticipate some ecchi madness. Maybe I shouldn’t be so emphatically proud, but it could be worse, I could be Mel Gibson right now. Anyways, everyone has his or her guilty pleasures, and I’m certainly no different.

Number 10: Sawako Kuronuma

Show: Kimi Ni Todoke

Background: Sawako is an introverted high school student that is yearning for some close friendships. Because of her likeness to Sadako from the Ring Series, most people are terrified of her. When a popular student in class reaches out to Sawako, her entire world starts to change as she undergoes a personal journey of self-discovery and self-worth.

How she climbed her way on to the list:

Her personality is too endearing. With her social awkwardness and ridiculous misunderstandings, with each episode she becomes so lovable. Shoujo heroines can be as boring as a Nickelback concert, but Sawako conquered the mundane and she is here to stay. I felt that she was a cut above the rest in terms of depth. Her sense of humor and her cute naivety are just a few of the things that kept me interested. Now while I am not THAT chronically shy, I couldn’t help but laugh watching her handle the situations that were presented in front of her, because I saw myself making some of the same blunders during my youth.

She is unfailingly loyal and honest, and not in a vomit inducing sense. She is not an air headed Belldandy running around, but even though we can see some obvious ambition in her, she is going to go about those desires in a just way. I was always expecting her cuteness to run it’s course, but it didn’t. Reiterating, her character had the potential to have been really formulaic. I am sure the show would have been fine, but they gave her real depth, which made the show and especially her a memorable experience.

Seiyuu: Mamiko Noto
Mamiko is a pretty well-known voice actress. She has actually voiced a few of my favorite characters in recent years, but I won’t divulge the names because they MAY be making an appearance on the list. So I won't go too into her back story because I am sure I will be seeing her lovely face again real soon. Her voice is soothing though. Once you watch a show that she has worked on, you will be able to identify the voice pretty well. Sawako speaks in a couple of different ways throughout the show, and it was amazing to see how much variety Mamiko's voice has. They are a terrific combination.

Yes, you guessed it; I would stick a large foreign object up Critic’s buttocks in order to receive a hug from her. Imagine what I’d do if it was Aya Hirano.

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