Unlike Day 3 of this anime challenge where I found it difficult to choose my favourite male anime character, Day 4 isn’t very hard for me. So my favourite female anime character is Yamaguchi Kumiko or more known as Yankumi from the series Gokusen (ごくせん) by mangaka Morimoto Kozueko (森本梢子).
Yankumi isn’t pretty, nor is she sexy. In fact, the plainness of her appearance is constantly emphasized throughout the series. Nevertheless, I love her character. She is very strong, not only physically but also emotionally and mentally. She is one of those rare manga/anime characters that I want to emulate.
I find her lack of sexual appeal very refreshing, especially with the current trend in the anime/manga industry to portray overly sexual female characters with flawless beauty and, ahem, big, bouncy boobs. (I still love you Nami & Robin! – ONE PIECE)
Yankumi is the heiress of a Yakuza family, but she doesn’t want to be the successor. Instead, she wants to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher. The series revolves around her often hilarious struggle to conceal her Yakuza identity.
Her character is such a paradox of what you’ll expect from a member of the Yakuza. She is technically the second highest in the Yakuza hierarchy in the series, yet she wants to pursue a “mundane” job as a teacher (I apologize to all my teachers!). She is surprisingly innocent, especially when it comes to matters of men and love. However, what struck me the most are her dedication as a teacher and her genuine desire to help her delinquent students. Although sometimes I find her dedication too much, bordering on foolishness, but still it’s admirable.
I love the manga and the anime, but I think the drama starring Nakama Yukie (仲間 由紀恵) delved into the characters and the story deeper. I watched all 3 seasons and all films. And until now, it remains as one of my most favourite J-Dramas.
Finally, what I love about her the most is her strength, specifically her physical strength. I wish I have the same ability to beat up a huge group of violent guys by myself. Hey, I’m a woman. I believe all women should have the ability to defend themselves. Although I train in self-defense regularly, thank God that I’ve never had the need to use my skills yet. I hope that it never comes to that.
So now you know that Yankumi of Gokusen is my favourite female anime character. How about you? Who’s your favourite female anime character?
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