So in following up my initial piece, A Newbie's Introduction to Anime, I figured I’d address two very key themes in anime -- girls and guns. Now when I say girls, I really don’t just mean the girl next door type, but rather the girl you wish lived next door that sadly only exists in the gravity-defying world of anime. And when I say guns, I don’t mean pistols; I mean stuff that fires off rounds so fast that heads spin, or are so awe inspiring that BFG (Big F***ing Gun – from Quake) fans would turn green with envy.
In general, the most interesting leading female characters come in a couple of basic types:
1) Very caring and scarily subordinate -- this is very typical, as most traditional Japanese women were raised to be this way. As a result, the ideal female to a Japanese boy was this woman who was a domestic goddess, soft-spoken, and of course, unbelievably hot (though in anime they tend to be more cute than hot).
2) The tomboy -- these girls tend to tote guns, act out violently, chug booze like a frat-house champ, and above all have hard times expressing feeling of love for their male protagonists.
I should note, some other subject matter expert will argue that there are many more types of anime girls, but I really should emphasize that the two mentioned above represent what I consider to be the most interesting main character types.
Anime Girls with Guns
Similar to the girl segment, there are a couple of different types of gun related flicks:
1) Realistic weaponry -- this is usually set in present-day environments and involves a police force, assassin, or something along those lines.
2) Futuristic wars -- this can be sliced into things with big robots or things with characters in space who seem to only be able to resolve conflicts with BFG-type weapons.
Here I’m intentionally leaving out the stuff with big robots and focusing on the stuff that chooses to resolve conflicts with projectiles. As a result, I’d recommend Iria, and I’m in the process of reviewing Burst Angel, which thus far looks quite promising.
The Smug Dude
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