But I Do Know Who You Are
Over the years there have been a lot of similar character designs in anime, after all there’s only so many ways in which you can give a character a wacky hairstyle and all kinds of accessories before you run out of ideas. What of the ones that seem like borderline copy pasting though. What about the ones that come out in such short intervals between one another that you can’t possibly imagine how one didn’t inspire the other because it was popular. There have been a lot of these, but here are my top 3 personal favourites from over the years.
Cham Huau (Aura Battler Dunbine 1983-1984)
Lilith Faw (Heavy Metal L-Gaim 1984-1985)
OMG cheap Sunrise/Tomino/Hajime Yatate. Apparently Cham was really popular in Dunbine so Tomino brought her back one series later in L-Gaim as Lilith and even hired the same voice actress to do both. I wish I knew the answer as to why if they wanted a fairy character in both series they couldn’t at least have come up with a new design.
Fate Testarossa (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha 2004)
Yami (To Love Ru 2008)
Three magical lolis, three that have long blonde haire and red eyes, three with a penchant for dressing in gothic back, three that prefer scythe like blades for their weapons……coincidence?
Grand Champion Number 1 Uno Supremo:
C.C (Code Geass 2006)
Amber (Darker Than Black 2007)
Sakura Shishidou (Sora Kake Girl 2008)
Aruka Schild (Needless 2009)
Holy crap C.C is not only immortal, but capable of reincarnating herself and travelling between anime series. That’s the only explanation I can possibly give for all of these long green haired yellow eyed girls. I’m guessing that cart she was on must also be an interdimensional time travelling machine as well. Considering the pattern I think we can look forward to seeing C.C again somewhere in 2009. Truly the girl has no name, for C.C is but a concept and an ideal that has no attachment to any given anime. Gilliam Yeager watch out, a new time diver is on the loose.