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This top 10, my dear otakus, is just what the title states. 2016 has been a hard year. The only thing those fortunate enough to have holidays want to do, is to prepare the Christmas celebration. And what comes along with the celebration? Presents! Thus, here at Honey’s Anime we concocted a list of those anime characters that we would like to show our appreciation the most. Without further ado, let’s go!
10. Sapphire Kawashima from Hibike! Euphonium
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Apr 8 to Jul 1, 2015
This anime centers on an euphonist under the name of Kumiko Oumae. She has distanced herself from music due to an incident… until she enters high school. Everyone has interest in music in high school, so alongside her new friends, Kumiko gives a chance to the euphonium again. But the competition is harsh, so Kumiko will have to prove she is up for the challenge.
Among Kumiko’s gang, we have a certain Sapphire Kawashima. This girl hates her name, so she calls herself Midori. Sapphire lacks confidence and is shy, except when she is playing her bass. Even if it hurts her hands, she will keep doing music. That is why she deserves lots of love, a present… and some band aids for her hands.
9. Rem from Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr 4 to Sep 19, 2016
Imagine you go to your convenience store of choice late night. Back home, you suddenly find yourself in a totally different world. A world where anthropomorphic animals and people coexist. A place that looks like a fairy tale come to life. It surely sounds existing! But our protagonist, Subaru Natsuki, will have to find out why he is trapped in a time loop in this world.
Rem originally was a servant of the interesting Roswaal L Mathers. She fell in love with Subaru and becomes one of his most loyal followers, even if he does not feel the same way. But poor Rem is such a dear! She deserves a good Christmas present, like a nice dinner with Subaru!
8. Jyugo from Nanbaka
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Oct 5 to Dec 28, 2016
Nanbaka is a comedic story about a jail and the people who live there. We can expect some break out attempts, but we can also watch the daily life of the inmates. Jyugo is our protagonist, one of the most reliable and mature guys in the Nanba prison. He is somewhat of a leader without even trying, as he is kind and generally a nice person.
Jyugo’s only wish in life is to find the one who gave him his unlockable shackles. So… we can imagine which would be the ideal Christmas present for him. Anyone has a friend working in the FBI or something? We have to send him to Jyugo, preferably in a big box.
7. Sakamoto from Sakamoto desu ga?
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 8 to Jul 1, 2016
If you ever dreamt of the perfect guy, you probably won’t have any complains about Sakamoto. Handsome? Check. Intelligent? Check too. Resourceful and skillful? You bet it. Plus, he loves animals. This high school student will capture your heart from the very first moment you see him.
The thing with Sakamoto is that he is so admired, that many people are jealous of him. Thus, Sakamoto has to be on constant alert. Maybe a fellow student or a teacher will try to bully him. That is why Sakamoto relies so much in Yoshinobu, who stood up for him when he was bullied in the past. For Christmas, he deserves more friends like Yoshinobu, don’t you think the same?
6. Saiki Kusuo from Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan
- Episodes: 120
- Aired: Jul 4 to Dec, 2016
Saiki Kusuo has been a blessed boy. Like, very blessed. He has all the psychical abilities you could imagine. So, does that mean SAiki is a super hero? Nope, actually, what he yearns the most is for a normal life. But his school classmates are so eccentric that they always end up mixing him up in the weirdest adventures.
The guy deserves a break, don’t you think? So let’s grant Saiki a day away from all the people who seek him for his peculiar powers. Let Saiki be normal at least for 24 hours. Zero fans and zero opportunists around. That would be the best Christmas present for him!
5. Rory Mercury from Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 4 to Sep 19, 2015
This anime follows the adventures of Youji Itami, a regular member of Japan defense forces who loves doujinshi. One fine day, a multidimensional gate opens in the middle of the city and an army of medieval like humans appear! Now Youji will have the task to go to the world beyond the gate and try to strike a peaceful deal with them. Will Youji achieve his goals? You will have to watch Gate to find out!
So, among the characters Youji meets, he has a fateful encounter in the Battle of Italica with Rory Mercury. This girl is a powerful demigoddess who has 40 years of life left. Rory falls in love with Youji and wishes to pass the rest of her existence with him, who is her link to the emotions of human beings. Rory might be merciless in battle, but she is kind and fair with the people. She deserves a good present, like an engagement ring from Youji!
4. Yuri Katsuki from Yuri!!! on Ice
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 6 to Dec 22, 2016
Yuri Katsuki used to be one of the most successful skaters in Japan until he is defeated in the Grand Prix. The power of the media is on his side, though, as a video of a private performance goes viral. The famous skater Victor Nikiforov watches it and goes to find Yuri in order to train him for the next competition. But Victor’s former apprentice, a Russian also called Yuri, will do everything it takes to win back his teacher… as well as try to defeat Yuri on the way!
Should we remember that skating is an art and a sport at the same time? That’s years of training and perfectioning. Competition is real, and the minor mistake can cost dearly, as Yuri very well knows. The only thing we wish we could give him as a present is to win the Grand Prix. That would make Yuuri’s Christmas just in time!
3. Pikaia from Pikaia!
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Apr 29 to Jul 30, 2015
Imagine the future is here and now. Earth is no longer habitable and humans have colonized space. But that does not mean they have given up on their former home. A group of scientists including the young Vince, Hana and a creature called Pikaia, is looking for a way to unlock the secrets of the Cambrian era. On this era, the Earth was literally exploding with life, so it is key to restore the planet as it was.
We included an animal in the Top 10 because… just look at her! Isn’t she cute? The best part is that Pikaia is a real animal from the Cambrian era. So don’t judge her by her looks, she’s very old! Plus, her mission is really cool. The best present for Pikaia would be a healthy planet Earth, where perhaps her fellow pikaias would thrive once again.
2. Guts from Berserk
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 1 to Sep 16, 2016
In a dark world in great need of heroes, we have a legendary mercenary named Guts. Armed with a powerful giant sword and a prosthetic arm with a canyon, he will seek revenge and at the same time, to prevent the rebirth of Griffith. Griffith, who once was Gut’s best friend, has done something so despicable that not many could match him. Involved in this is Guts beloved Casca, a warrior who has lost her mind and wanders dangerously close to the Inquisition.
What can we say about Guts? Just look at his name and to the fact that he is condemned to be pestered by demons. Guts was raised without love, and once he found it, he could not enjoy it for long. Everything that can possibly go wrong, goes wrong with him, but Guts still tries to fight for what is right. Wish we could at least give him a hug for Christmas. Guts deserves it 🙁
1. Retsuko from Aggressive Retsuko
- Episodes: Unknown
- Aired: Apr 2, 2016 to present
So you would like to experience how is work in Japan? Aggressive Retsuko could be a starting point to see the… depressing side of it. Let’s face it, everything has a good and a bad side ^^U Anyway, Retsuko is an old red panda who works in an office along other animals.
Pestered by the typical annoying coworkers, the neverending after work hours, and the out of office compromises, we test the stress that builds up inside of Retsuko. The only way she can beat it is by singing heavy metal songs at karaoke. For anyone who has experienced how stressful office work can be, you will understand Retsuko very well. We need to send her to take vacations somewhere far away from the office and her coworkers. Retsuko deserves it the most!
And there you have! Our selections for this years anime Christmas present giveaway. We have had interesting characters in the latest years, don’t you think the same? But do tell us, do you think we missed someone? Remember we are open to all your comments and suggestions. See you next time and Merry Christmas!