I haven’t written a “top ___ list” post before. To be honest, I feel like I’m still learning a lot and I’m worried I’ll leave out a character or a show that really should be given recognition. But since Acacia Aurora graciously reached out to me about a collaboration, I came up with some topics the two of us can cover! We’re going to whip up five various top three lists as a challenge of sorts, so look forward to it!
Check out Acacia Aurora’s list here!
I’m going to start off this challenge by talking about tomboys. Ever since D pointed out that it’s a common trend for tomboys to feel like they’re not “girly enough” so they try to change how they act, this topic has been on my mind. I think it’s a shame that society has conditioned them to think like that or how such a message is actually seen in media, but I’ll talk more about that in some other post! For now, I’m going to be talking about my favorite tomboys. They
all wear their hair as ponytails at least once are proud of who they are and won’t let limiting ideals about gender or gender roles get them down!
3. Fujibayashi Kyou – Clannad
Fujibayashi Kyou is a woman of many traits. She’s violent, occassionally thoughtless, and a bit of a rule-breaker (despite being a class representative) as seen in how she rides a motor bike to school even though such a convenient mode of transportation is against school policy.
However, Kyou is also energetic, great at sports, supportive/overprotective of her younger sister, and an amazing cook. She’s not ashamed of any of her strengths, but she is a bit embarassed by the amount of attention she receives from other girls (Kyou’s fangirls have good taste). If only Kyou was a bit more honest in regards to her approach to love…
2. Chiba Erika – Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
Erika is a complex gal (in my opinion). While her swordsmanship is excellent, she was not allowed to use the Chiba surname until she entered high school (being born out of wedlock probably was a reason why she was forbidden to do so?); while she resents her father, she adores her older half-brother (and comes across as a bit of a bro-con); and while she does enjoy stirring the pot and teasing others, she’s sharp enough to observe minute details, come to conlusions much faster than others, and will comfort others should they need a kind word and a shoulder to lean on.
She’s also kind of made her own reverse-harem. You go, girl! Too bad she has been waiting for the wrong man to make the first move…
Was there ever any doubt she’ll appear? Probably not. I think people who’s been following my posts for a while probably already know that I adore Takakamo Shizuno. She’s the positive ball of energy the Saki franchise needs to offset the alarming amount of high school girls with tragic childhoods / pasts.
She is a bit rude, however, with how she’s prone to pointing at others or invading Ako’s private bathing time. Also, she’s prone to craving ramen late at night, haha.
And yet Shizu never fails to refer to everyone with honorifics (aside from Ako and Nodoka) despite her physical actions being a bit rough around the edges. She’s also considerate of her word– actually, that’s not remotely true at all since she usually talks or moves before thinking (see: episode one where she unintentionally snapped at both Nodoka and Ako). No wishy-washy characters allowed here!
I’m just inspired with how she never gives up, basically. In a world where high school girls have supernatural abilities, Shizu hangs in there with her normal mahjong until she manages to awaken her own power which levels the playing field. I do take issue with how her latent ability abruptly developed when it would have been easy for the author and artist to stick in some foreshadowing, but I digress.
Well, those are the tomboys who occupy my heart and mind. Do you all have any tomboys you particuarly like? I’d love to hear about them in the comments section!