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I was doing something dangerous last night and that was thinking. I noticed that a lot of anime seems to have MCs that are broken in one sense or another. From what I caught of NGE it appears that Shinji Ikari has father issues over his father not being at home when his Mom died and feels rejected by him too. He also is jealous that Rei Ayanami gets the attention he never got. But the reality of it is that his father cares deeply, but what good would it do to be with them if the Angels destroyed humanity? But two shows took this theme and ran with it: Shuffle! and Angel Beats! and I just noticed that both shows have an exclamation point in the title. Coincidence I am sure. Im Shuffle! all the characters that I can think of except Nadeshiko Benibara are broken in some way. (Perhaps Nadeshiko Benibara is broken too, but since she is my favorite character I overlook it.)




And for Angel Beats! the fact that the characters are broken is WHY they are at the Afterlife High School.




So now that the prologue is over the question is this: What other anime characters that you like who had to overcome serious personal flaws to achieve success?

EDIT: Added spoilers. Sorry about that.

p.s. I should explain that I am a relative newbie to anime so looking for shows like the two above that are uplifting of the spirit.
Posted 9/14/14 , edited 9/14/14
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Tomoko Kuroki from Watamote never really succeeds, but goddamit, she tries hard.
Posted 9/14/14 , edited 9/16/14
Yoko Nakajima from 12 Kingdoms.



How one unlikable, pretentious and weak girl who lived just for the compliments of others overcame her numerous flaws to become the next King of another land that she knows nothing of, is an incredible journey. Yoko's just a friendless high schooler from a male-dominated household who learns to stand up for herself, fight her own battles, develop a personality and become her own person. Her characterization is so well written that it is almost impossible to realize that she was once the shallow, annoying person she was at the start of her story, because she becomes so well rounded and extremely likable and mature by the end. Excellent, wonderful character.

One of the greatest character development I've ever come across. Ever.
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Raoh from Fist of the North Star.



As the central antagonists of the show, he exemplifies the 80's manly villain. He's large, intimidating, and aggressive. His soldiers bow before him and he is known to all as Ken-oh, Japanese for Fist King. He declared that his fists shall bring down Heaven, and to stray from this goal is to die.

As such, he vows that the day he loses is the day he dies. That he would gladly die before shrinking a single step backwards out of fear. Retreat? Nonsense! Ken-oh-sama knows only of advancment! He sets out to take over the entire continent as proof of his strength, to bring the entire after-Apocalypse world under his control.

Now, this may not sound like a broken person to some of you, and that's to be expected.. I didn't expect it myself, but here comes the kicker.

Spoilers ahead



I left out a lot, such as the reason why Raoh was broken in the first place(childhood drama and shit).
But this sums up why Roah is not only broken, but how he overcame those flaws and became who he is.
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Hmm, in regards to the original post, I think you should consider using some spoiler tags. I guess what counts as a spoiler is subjective but I think there are a few things that might count.

At least in the case of Shuffle:

Anyway, I did enjoy Shuffle. I haven't seen Angel Beats yet, I really should get round to it.

I recently watched Sweet Blue Flowers/Aoi Hana and I'd say it's mostly about people dealing with their issues. It's a "Yuri" title but I think it works as a "slice of life" with interesting characters even if you're not interested in the "Yuri" aspects (and I found that it actually had some decent comedy that appeals to me as a bonus). The anime isn't as long as I'd like, although it's not unsatisfying either (I haven't read the manga so I can't comment on that).

Living for the Day After Tomorrow (or "Asatte no Houkou", I think) is another possibility, it's about a girl who wants to grow up and a young woman who feels like she missed out on childhood who switch ages (well, not exactly, the young girl doesn't get quite as old and the woman ends up slightly younger). There's not really anything supernatural beyond the age switch and the main focus is on the characters (and it's not really just age related issues that are dealt with).

On the subject of changing ages, Nanaka 6/17 is about a girl who regresses into being a child after an accident. She has a very different personality as a child but it is who she was as a child and it does kind of examine why she became the way she did and if that's who she wants to be. It's also a bit of a silly comedy but it does have some more thoughtful moments, I'm not sure if I'd say the balance is perfect though so it might depend on your tastes (I liked it anyway).

Skip Beat might count, although it's more of a romantic comedy so I'm not sure. The romance isn't as big a factor to start with and the focus is more on the main character trying to work in show business but it's always very funny and the romance does build up. Still, the main character is said to have "lost her ability to love" due to a betrayal of sorts although in a sense it's more that she realises she's been defining herself by what others expect and doesn't really know who she is anymore. There are some pretty great moments of her making decisions and generally being awesome. The manga is maybe a better option since it goes further but it's also still on-going (the anime is pretty good, although I watched it as a fan of the manga so I might have been influenced by that). She also runs into other people with issues and usually helps solve them (deliberately or otherwise) or at least makes them aware of their issues so they can work on them.

Fruits Basket has characters with pretty serious issues, I guess it has similarities to Shuffle (though the harem is reversed). The anime is quite good, I haven't read the manga though so I can't comment on that (the anime doesn't resolve everything but it's not bad alone). I suppose you could say that it's mostly about people trying to figure out what "family" really means (most of them have significant issues with blood relatives).

I think Garden of Words might count too, it's a movie though (and not that long either) but I suppose it's a "slice of life" about two people learning more about themselves by interacting with each other (or something).

You might find Kino's Journey and/or Mushi-shi interesting too. They're kind of philosophical and basically deal with new people and new issues each episode. In Kino's Journey the main character tends to observe more than intervene, while in Mushi-shi the main character tends to be a bit more hands-on. Both are excellent if you don't mind something slow-paced and thoughtful.

I guess I like these kinds of shows, although I do think that everything is better with comedy too.
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Yoko Nakajima from 12 Kingdoms.



How one unlikable, pretentious and weak girl who lived just for the compliments of others overcame her numerous flaws to become the next King of another land that she knows nothing of, is an incredible journey. Yoko's just a friendless high schooler from a male-dominated household who learns to stand up for herself, fight her own battles, develop a personality and become her own person. Her characterization is so well written that it is almost impossible to realize that she was once the shallow, annoying person she was at the start of her story, because she becomes so well rounded and extremely likable and mature by the end. Excellent, wonderful character.

One of the greatest character development I've ever come across. Ever.

Youko's character arc is amazing.
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Tatsuya from Mahouka, goddamn like seriously people shouldn't even try anymore
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Smeelia wrote:

Hmm, in regards to the original post, I think you should consider using some spoiler tags. I guess what counts as a spoiler is subjective but I think there are a few things that might count.

At least in the case of Shuffle:


I am very, very sorry for not using spoilers. I thought these shows were so well known they wouldn't be needed. I apologize sincerely. As for your spoiler that was the impression I got. From where; I can't remember . wonky memory and all that.

Everybody else. Thank you very much for your suggestions.
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Youko's character arc is amazing.

Indeed.

This was one of the times I was quite thankful it is almost unheard of for me to drop an anime. At first I disliked her character and thought the series would be a long slog, but before then end of it I was wishing there were twice as many episodes.

The rare part of the story was that her change wasn't some overnight epiphany. I suspect many anime go that route simply to keep people from abandoning them due to an initially unlikeable character, but this proves the payoff can be worth taking that risk.

Posted 9/14/14

Insomnist wrote:


SoldierSangria wrote:

Yoko Nakajima from 12 Kingdoms.



How one unlikable, pretentious and weak girl who lived just for the compliments of others overcame her numerous flaws to become the next King of another land that she knows nothing of, is an incredible journey. Yoko's just a friendless high schooler from a male-dominated household who learns to stand up for herself, fight her own battles, develop a personality and become her own person. Her characterization is so well written that it is almost impossible to realize that she was once the shallow, annoying person she was at the start of her story, because she becomes so well rounded and extremely likable and mature by the end. Excellent, wonderful character.

One of the greatest character development I've ever come across. Ever.

Youko's character arc is amazing.


Absolutely - she goes from zero to hero in the most believable, powerful way. Excellent character, phenomenal series. Read the light novel? They're ever better!
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For a moment, I thought this was going to be a topic about posting lewd fanart about broken anime chars, but then it wasn't.
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For a moment, I thought this was going to be a topic about posting lewd fanart about broken anime chars, but then it wasn't.


Sorry not everything revolves around sex.
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Pretty much every yandere has one thing or another wrong with them.
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