The second season of crazy popular shounen series Boku no Hero Academia is continuing to impress with its awesome battles, gripping story, and characters, and it's…cute girls? Yes, although, they don't tend to rely on it, even shounen series have their fair share of cute girls, and Boku no Hero Academia is no different. It's even got that quirky monster girl vibe going for it with girls like Tsuyu and Mina about. But today we're going to talk about one of the more ordinary girls in the cast: Ochako Uraraka. We'll be looking at what makes Uraraka so fantastic, and which other waifu you might love just as much as her!
As for what we'll be thinking about during this article: first is Uraraka's main charm point, her cheerful, enthusiastic personality, the part of her that's always rooting for her friends. Along with her cheerfulness, we're also thinking about the ditzy side of Uraraka, who sometimes says silly things or looks like she's not sure what's going on. This combined with her positive personality is what makes her so cute. Our second point is her relationship with the main character. The are two sides to this coin: one is their romantic relationship, with how Uraraka is obviously crushing on Deku, and the other is the supportive "sidekick" type relationship, of the best friend who sticks with you through thick and thin. Finally, we'll talk about the goals that Uraraka has for herself and how they are presented in the series.
So with all this in mind, let's plough on ahead and take a look at our 6 waifu like Uraraka!
1. Elucia de Lute Ima (Elsie) from Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai (The World God Only Knows)
A surprisingly lively 300-year-old demon, Elsie has been relieved of her duties as a cleaner in hell and sent to Earth to help capture a recent influx of escaped spirits. Each member of the Runaway Spirit Squad must have a human partner, however, and so Elsie has roped in series protagonist Keima to help her, who she always refers to as "Nii-sama". Despite getting a teenage boy involved in a death contract of sorts, Elsie is actually a sweetheart with the best intentions in mind, even if her plans do often go awry.
Elsie and Uraraka both have an innocent, go-get-em attitude, where they want to do the right thing even if they're not quite sure how. Their efforts often end up being displayed in a comedic way as well, regardless of whether or not they're successful, which adds to their cute and innocent character. As both have major roles in their series' they also have more serious story sections, as well as their own goals separate of the main protagonist, 's that we sometimes get to see, such as Uraraka's fight against Bakugo, or for Elsie her school band which becomes more important to her over the course of the series. While Elsie is a bit sillier than Uraraka we think you'll find a lot to like about the little devil.
2. Minori Kushieda from Toradora
How someone can be this excited all the time is both impressive and slightly terrifying. Minori is the crush of protagonist Ryuuji, and it's easy to see why with her bright attitude being powerful enough to lighten up any rainy day, along with her being one of the friendliest people you'll ever meet. A girl who probably doesn't know how to relax, she's always on the go, at some club activity, studying, or working one of her several part-time jobs. But although the outside might seem shiny and rainbow-filled, it's important to remember that even girls like Minori have their problems.
Two volcanoes of positivity, Uraraka and Minori are exactly the kind of people you want with you when everything has gone to pot, or things are just not looking great so that they can make things better with their relentless energy. Besides this though they both have a very similar reason for why they are how they are: a powerful dream that drives them and which forces them to sometimes make sacrifices. Uraraka has her desire to become a great hero so she can earn money for her family, and for several similar reasons, Minori is pushing herself as well, with her part-time jobs and clubs. A bit like Uraraka on a sugar high, Minori is another great girl you should check out.
3. Hio-tan from Denki-gai no Honya-san
A key member of the Uma no Hone staff (maybe), Hio-tan is the only employee of the Electric Town bookstore who isn't an otaku, which is kind of a weak point considering their products are all manga and light novels. Slowly but surely she's learning about the otaku way of life though and is very much in the perfect environment to do so. Despite her 'handicap' Hio-tan's sunshine-like vibrancy keeps pushing her forward in her, perhaps doomed, attempts to comprehend otaku culture, as well as keeping at her job. Thankfully such a cheery girl is bound to be popular with staff and customers regardless of her not really knowing what's going on.
Hio-tan and Uraraka both have an airheadedness about them which always makes you wonder if they really know what's happening. Hio-tan's is perhaps more literal, with her not actually understanding otaku culture, whereas Uraraka's cheeriness combined with her constant uncertainty gives her a ditzy aura. Especially compared to the more serious cast members. Their positivity added to their ditziness gives them both a kind of "ignorance is bliss" character trait, where despite their apparent lack of understanding, or perhaps because of it, the two can happily live in their own little world. Despite existing in very different genres, both Hio-tan and Uraraka have mastered the art of "it'll probably be fine".
4. Atsuko Kagari (Akko) from Little Witch Academia
She might not have a drop of witch blood in her, but Akko has a dream: to become a great witch just like her idol Shiny Chariot, spreading the joy of magic around the world. This, of course, would be easier if she could cast any spells. Despite ploughing forward like a raging bull, her constant efforts so far seem to be mostly in vain, and her short temper isn't helping her situation one bit. But it's hard not to root for someone with such drive, and so here we sit, watching her journey to become the world's greatest witch.
Being more focused on comedy, Little Witch Academia's Akko tends to flip out much more than Uraraka, but it feels like she calms down as the series goes on and ignoring her tantrums Akko and Uraraka feel like they have quite similar personalities. While at times they both recognise the true size of the dream they have and fear it, they also retain the optimism that things will be okay as long as they try their best. We also can't help but feel that their character design itself shares a similar style, with a rounded, bouncy looking face and huge eyes with small pupils that say "I'm amazed and excited about everything".
5. Chiho Sasaki from Hataraku Maou-sama (The Devil Is a Part-Timer!)
Working alongside the devil himself at MgRonald's isn't as troublesome as one might think for Chiho. Turns out he's really not that bad of a guy. Chiho is the normal human of Hataraku Maou-sama that reminds us of how bonkers everyone else is, though she can be a bit quirky herself at times. Her part-time job at the fast food chain gets her involved in the whole heroes vs demons kerfuffle, and to make matters more complicated she's now got a crush on her demonic colleague!
Chiho and Uraraka both share a secret-but-not-very-secret crush on the main protagonist, that although not a huge part of the overall plot, has a big effect on their character and hope they act throughout the series. This crush allows Chiho to ignore Maou's true demonic past, and it's what pushes Uraraka to team up with Deku despite everyone else turning against him. Additionally, they both occupy the cute, ordinary girl spot in the cast, with Chiho being pretty much the only human with a major part in the anime, and Uraraka being surprisingly normal compared to her weird and wonderful classmates. Here's hoping the two sweethearts can resolve their romance problems sooner rather than later.
6. Mako Mankanshoku from Kill la Kill
The punching bag of Kill la Kill, Mako is the girl who always ends up in a dangerous situation, but actually doesn't seem to mind it too much. Whether it's ignorance or plain old positive thinking, she can laugh off just about anything, though she can still get serious on those few occasions where it really matters. While Mako is effectively the sidekick to series protagonist Ryuuko, her absurd antics and loud personality often lend her the spotlight, as it's pretty much impossible for anyone else to keep up with her.
Mako is probably the most energetic character on this list, enough to make some of the others look like pessimists. Like Uraraka, Mako is the "sidekick" to the main protagonist, always cheering them on regardless of what they're facing, being the ever-present light in the darkness. While they both have their own troubles, which are individually addressed during the series, these problems generally take a backseat, and instead, we see their constant, enthusiastic support for their friends. Besides this enthusiasm, Mako and Uraraka are both quite airheaded, Mako more, and are often seen comically fighting or saying slightly off things during a conversation. If you love the excited,"ganbare" side of Uraraka, then you might like the always hyper Mako as well.
Positive characters like Uraraka are a pretty popular archetype in anime, although their individual personalities can vary significantly. These ridiculously cheery characters are warm and refreshing, which is the kind of feeling that a lot of people want to get from a series, though I do say that as a big slice-of-life fan. So we're looking forward to seeing a lot more of Uraraka over the coming seasons (yay for 25 episode anime) and we hope you are too.
So which of the waifu on today's list are you a fan of? Whether you prefer them super whacky, ultra-enthusiastic, or always by your side, we're sure that one of them must have piqued your interest, so why not let us know in the comments below!