24 Blondes of Fall ’14

Note: This isn’t every blonde in Fall, but it is most of them. If someone you like was cruelly left off this list, let us have it in the comments.

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1. Fuka Yuki

Ai Tenchi Muyo! – Leader of the Junai High Science Club and a ‘mad-scientist/inventor’ type who is constantly battling the ‘oppressive’ Student Council for resources. The ‘eyes’ in her large glasses mimic her moods.

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2. Leone

Akame ga Kill! – Sure, those boobs don’t seem possible for that waist, but google ‘human barbie’ and you’ll see there are living humans who look kinda like this! In any case, they can’t transform into half-beasts with ridiculous healing powers.

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3. Run

Akame ga Kill! – Baby-faced sandy-blonde Run hasn’t done much in AGK! other than observe from on high with his angel wings, but I imagine that will change soon in the last three episodes.

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4. Latifa Fleuranza

Amagi Brilliant Park – Latifa (or Latifah) is the park’s manager, and also the princess of Maple Land, whose subjects depend on the happy energy of people to survive. She also possesses magical powers that she can bestow upon people by kissing them, which is what she does to Seiya, who is prophesied to be the park’s next manager. She’s named after Queen Latifah.

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5. Sylphy

Amagi Brilliant Park – Sylphy is an employee of the park working at the Elementario. She’s rather ditzy and a bit of an airhead. She’s also a wind fairy.

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6-7. Aino Minako & Tsukino Usagi

Sailor Moon Crystal – If you’re a newcomer like me to the franchise, you might wonder why they’d have two blonde Sailor guardians. After ten episodes, it makes perfect sense now. And it’s not like they’re impossible to tell apart. One has buns!

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8. Ange

Cross Ange – The first of the several blonde leading ladies on this list, Ange has also probably had the roughest character route thus far, having been exposed as a Norma, stripped of her royal and human status, and shipped to Arzenal to die fighting fearsome DRAGONs in skimpy flight suits with other girls of her ilk. But I don’t see her dying anytime soon; despite her delicate upbringing she knows how to fight and survive.

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9. Suzuki Kana

Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai – Positive, cheerful, fun-loving, and funny, Kana would make a great match for the protagonist Kyouraku…if there weren’t two or three other girls ahead of her in the harem order of precedence. She’s also classically been the clown of whatever group of friends she’s been in, but more by default than by choice.

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10. Tsunashi Kaoru

DannaNani – The wife who can’t understand what her husband is saying.

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11. Saber

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works – A powerful legendary swordmaiden summoned to be Emiya Shirou’s ‘Servant’ in the newest iteration of the Holy Grail War, Saber is utterly devoted to, and patient with, her non-mage master.

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12. Alfonso Saint-Variante

GARO: Honoo no Kokuin – Heir both to the throne of his father’s kingdom and the armor of a Makai Knight, Alfonso was forced to flee the palace when the king’s advisor Mendoza started consolidating his power.

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13. Fredrica

Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle – One of the heroes who slew Emperor Gaz and brought peace to the land, Fredrica is a dragoon that comes in many forms, including metal dragon, chibi girl, and fully grown lady knight, and the form above, that of an elementary or middle school-aged girl in a frilly dress.

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14. Himeki Chifuyu

Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de – The only member of the literature club still in grade school, Chifuyu possesses the terrifying power to create anything out of nothing, from matter to portals and dimensions. Like the other girls of the Lit Club, she’s in love with Jurai, but the others won’t consider her a real threat for a few years.

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15. Sata Kyoya

Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji – The titular ‘black prince’, Kyoya is a bit of a sadist who agrees to pretend to be Erika’s boyfriend if he can treat her like his dog. Has intimacy and commitment issues probably stemming from his upbringing. Eventually he develops feelings for Erika to match hers for him, and they become a real couple. But both can still be jerks on occasion.

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16. Tachibana Marin

Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji – A shallow, self-involved older/richer guy-crazy Ganguro without the tan on the surface, Marin and her friend Aki start out as the friends Erika chooses by default, and the entire reason she has to pretend Kyoya is her boyfriend. But Marin and Aki actually grow into legitimate friends who care about each other’s fortunes in life, albeit perhaps not as close as Erika’s childhood friend Ayumi.

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17. Wakasa

Orenchi no Furo Jijou – Wakasa is a handsome merman who takes up residence in the bathtub of Tatsumi, leaving his old home, a polluted river, behind.

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18. Karanomori Shion

PSYCHO-PASS 2 – An Enforcer in MWPSB’s Division 1 who spends virtually all of her time supporting the rest of the group from her own computer-filled office. She’s quietly maintained a physical and possibly romantic relationship with fellow enforcer Yayoi for some time.

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19. Aiza Takeshi

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso – This Goku-haired bastard is a fellow gifted pianist and self-appointed rival of Arima Kousei, someone who didn’t even notice him when they competed in the past, but who was so inspired by Kousei’s greatness – and pissed-off by his aloofness — that he strove and grew into a great pianist in his own right.

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20. Miyazono Kaori

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso – Kao-chan is a gorgeous and brilliant violinist with an avant-garde style that traditionalists despise but really lights crowd up. She also ends up lighting up the life of Arima Kousei, becoming the muse who pulls him out of a dark sea where he can’t hear the notes he plays. Kaori can also be prone to violence…as well as the occasional sudden and worrisome bout of health trouble.

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21. Jeanne d’Arc

Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis – Unlike many anime characters who share their name with the legendary warrior maiden, This Jeanne lives up to the name, a young woman from humble beginnings possessing awesome powers bestowed upon her from the heavens. Her trusty holy sword Maltet comes when she calls it! She may be humanity’s only hope against Bahamut. You’d think she’d act aloof, especially toward a rogue like Favaro, but she’s surprisingly genial and down-to-earth.

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22. Leafa (ALO)

Sword Art Online II – AKA Kirigaya Suguha or “Sugu”, Leafa is the name of her avatar in ALO, which is blonde instead of her real-life black hair, and slightly bustier (or perhaps it’s just a push-up outfit). She had cultivated feelings for her brother Kazuto, and though they’re not related by blood, he couldn’t return those feelings. But that was SAO I! In SAO II, she plays a far smaller role. But she is blonde, so here she is.

23-24. Inubouzaki Fuu & Inubouzaki Itsuki

Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru – Fuu is a third-year in middle school and the president of the Hero Club. She is the older sister of first-year Itsuki, who she has been looking after following the death of their parents. She is knowledgeable about the Divine Tree and Vertex and was the one who gave her fellow members the app needed to fight against the Vertex.

Fuu uses a large sword in her hero form and her familiar is Inugami. As a result of using her Mankai form, she loses vision in her left eye. Itsuki uses vines to attack her enemies in her hero form and her familiar is Kodama. As a result of using her Mankai form, she loses her voice. (Wikipedia)

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou – 08

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For some reason, all the characters have left Orenchi no Furo Jijou…so this week is just Tatsumi and Wakasa clowning around again. This time Wakasa won’t eat his vegetables.

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The BL elements of the show were in full blast as well, though I’m not sure if the implication is Wakasa doesn’t know how BL he’s being or not.

In a nut shell: Wakasa is reading male magazines that end up in the river and they talk about being a meat-eater/carnivore man, which Tatsumi and I took to be about picking up dudes…

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At this point, I’m torn over dropping this show for having lost interest in it’s formula (silly creature of the week + antics) and for it’s stated/unstated BL angle and just keeping it because it takes no effort and no time to watch and review.

I’m not sure I have anything interesting to say about it though and, considering how few of you are reading it’s reviews, I feel like even that 10 minutes isn’t time well spent.

Thoughts? Keep/Drop? Comment below!

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou – 07

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou episode 7 introduces Kasumi-chan, Tatsumi’s little sister. She looks like she’s in kindergarden, which would make her more than a decade younger than her brother but I’m not going to think about those logistics.

Kasumi is staying over for the day so Tatsumi’s parent’s can get something done or whatever and Tatsumi is worried she’ll learn about Wakasa because I guess that would be a problem?

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She obviously learns about Wakasa but, at first, she’d assumed he was some evil woman who was stealing her brother away. The details aren’t important, really.

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Best Moment: during the credits Wakasa catches Kasumi inhaling her brother’s fumes out of an old stinky shirt. Wakasa says “Wakasa has witnessed this” and slinks away. Then DUCKY breaks the fourth wall and says he’s seen it too!

DUCKY WAS THIS WEEK’S TRUE CHARACTER REVEAL!

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou – 06

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou episode 6 changes course from the last few weeks and doesn’t introduce a new sea creature/boy. It doesn’t even feature either of the newer boys we’ve come to boy-love and expect either!

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Tatsumi and Wakasa take a bubble bath. Well, Wakasa takes one alone first but tells Tatsumi it’s a waste if they don’t both enjoy it, which they eventually do. Unfortunately, a bubble fight later and they are out of bubbles.

Then, while Tatsumi is drying off, Wakasa slips in more bubble packages and BOOM! The house is destroyed.

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Welllll? That was harmless…

Cute, uneventful, and half the episode is just opening and closing credits. I’m giving it a 5. Would you give it more or less? Explain in the comments below!

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou – 05

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou episode 5 goes trick or treating for Halloween. Strangely, for a holiday I would imagine Anime could have a ton of fun with (especially by not understanding the cultural details) Halloween is one of those rarely-given-an-episode events.

So seeing it here was nice, if not absurdly short like everything Orenchi does.

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Takasu is dressed as a Witch, because he’s a blonde and that’s his curse! Wakasa is dressed as a vampire and Mikuni goes as a mummy!

Since they can’t go anywhere else, they just keep saying Trick or Treak to Tatsumi who dutifully keeps giving them candy. Soon they realize he’s the youngest and should be treated more specially than they. Then its over.

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Reviewing Orenchi is a bit of an exercise in finding something to say. Honestly, there weren’t any jokes this week, unless you count Wakasa wanting to hide his head inside the jack-o-lantern because it’s a small dark space.

Uhm…

So this is a thing you could watch while brushing your teeth because you too ate too much candy a few days ago. Or you could skip it. Up to you really…

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou – 04

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Orenchi seems to get shorter and shorter with each passing episode. This week, we meet Mikuni, a jellyfish boy who Tatsumi worried was a ghost.

Takasu and Wakasa appear to to know Mikuni, though they too were worried at first. Weird…

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Anyway. Mikuni is a very nice fellow/BL character and he is want for nothing more than some water. In fact, he’s so ecological, all he can think of as a special treat from Tatsumi is fresh bottled water.

Tatsumi is very taken with him and very very happy to get him that bottled water and… this is getting pretty BL at this point isn’t it?

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Thankfully, Orenchi no Furo Jijou doesn’t seem interested in making its BL aspect especially physical, which is probably for the best. It’s goofy enough — awkward enough — as it is.

I’m not sure there were any jokes this week, which… uh… uh… I don’t know what to make of, really? There isn’t much to this show and calling it harmless over and over is an awful strange thing to say as a critical response.

Why am I still watching this? Somebody? Anybody??

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou – 03

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Takasu, a country Octopus…Man joins the crew. Where he came from or how he found out Wakasa was living in Tatsumi’s bathtub is not explained and I’m not even going to try. I mean, it doesn’t seem like Tatsumi lives too close to the river and, aside from a portable TV, Wakasa has no connection with the outside world!

But don’t over think it! This is a 3:30 long show when you deduct the opening theme. We only have time for the jokes!

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Takasu is a bit clumsy and, like Wakasa, he’s definitely taking advantage of Tatsumi’s easily exploited kindness and inability to kick people out. However, unlike Wakasa, he fixes what he breaks. (at least he fixed a flat-panel TV this week)

I get the feeling though that he’s more clever than Wakasa too. Not just in technical things, but in planning. He knows there’s an order to things — an order to the events leading up to asking someone to stay in their bathtub.

And hey, he even mooches Wakasa’s pizza! He definitely knows what he’s doing!

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Over all, the episode was was adorable…and kinda creepy. Concluding on an octopus massage, which was definitely arousing Tatsumi went a long way in that regards. It was very ‘happy ending.’ But with sucker popping noises. Ick?

However, during the credits we learn that Octopi love small, dark spaces and Takasu climbs into Tatsumi’s washing machine. Uh, I guess each creature will have his or her own place?

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou is a weird show and it’s getting weirder. It’s also getting decidedly more BL too! I’m not sure how I feel about that yet…but for now, it’s harmless short fun and worth at least 2 laughs, which is way above the average laughs per minute!

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou – 02

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Tatsumi’s gas bill is way high and he works such a low paying job he fears he wont be able to keep up with it. Worse, Wakasa is very wasteful with hot water, having no real concept of it’s cost.

However, Wakasa is completely aware of it’s value, having lived in the river during winter for many years. He hates the struggle of it and, even though he’s terrible at helping out, he does go along with Tatsumi’s attempts to make a compromise.

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First they try filling the tub with water bottles to reduce the amount of water used, but this looks and feels like living in a trash filled river. Then they try to put an insulated cover over top of the bathtub, which also works, but isn’t practical to move around under without making more of a mess.

In the end, Tatsumi remits and says he’ll work longer hours to sustain the both of them.

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou is a weird show. In some ways, it feels like it could go BL on us at any minute. I mean, it’s just 2 guys sitting in a bathroom, occasionally bathing together, having a relationship…

Still, I can’t help but watch. It remains charming, harmless, and under five minutes. The perfect length for my Monday lunch!

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou – 01

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Well this was unexpected! Orenchi no Furo Jijou is a delightful, nicely styled, 4-minute format show featuring a merman who’s living in a human’s bathtub.

It has a bit of Arakawa Under the Bridge feel to it, though there is no question that Wakasa is a real merman. Still, Wakasa is totally a goofball who is taking advantage of his host’s inability to kick him out.

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Orefuro is a nice and tidy 4 minutes. We see Tatsumi save Wakasa from the side of the river, not entirely realizing Wakasa is a merman. Then we learn from Wakasa that he used to live above the dam but construction has chased him out.

When Tatsumi tries to get Wakasa to leave, Wakasa breaks down crying over how awful the river is and his hatred of green water. Then they share a pink bath and Wakasa demands hamburgers, shampoo, etc.

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It’s charming, harmless, and under five minutes. With that checklist, I will certainly give it a chance!

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