They’re the characters that you worry for. You know – the ones that make you, the dazzling person you are, question – “would they make it in real life?” But before you answer. Keep in mind these personalities aren’t just tragically hopeless. Yes. They may mess up a lot. They may have peculiar ways of viewing things, be eternally confused or just be outright weird.
But to compensate for their flaws they have charm. So much charm that it’s hard not to like them. So without further ado, heres 8 hopelessly loveable anime characters you can’t help but adore.
Sailor Moon – Sailor Moon
What better way to kick off the list than with an all time favourite. To clarify this is just the old school Sailor Moon, for the Crystal version of Sailor Moon is not hopelessly loveable. She’s just hopeless. 1990’s Sailor Moon, or Meatball Head – as Darien would say, is clumsy, crazy but most of all caring. And we enjoy seeing her succeed almost as much as we enjoy her stroppy tantrums and less than subtle fails.
Harima Kenji – School Rumble
When a school bully falls in love it’s nothing short of adorable. Even more so when he chases his crush like the exceedingly dense madman he is. I mean, how can you not love an awkwardly reformed reject who struggles in his hilarious yet admirable pursuits. But in all seriousness, Harima is one of my all time favourite characters and there are few characters with a heart of gold quite like his.
Tamaki Suoh – Ouran High School Host Club
A little dense and notoriously over the top. Tamaki Suoh may know how to attract a girls attention, but accomplishing much beyond that is somewhat beyond him. Whilst exceptionally charming he’s also extremely amusing in his childish and somewhat goofy ways. It just goes to show that you can be rich, handsome and popular while still being a little hopeless. We can only laugh as he struggles to understand middle class culture and creates rampant assumptions to compliment any scenario. But if he didn’t do this he’d just be an outright snob – so keep being oblivious Tamaki. That’s why we like you.
Touta Matsuda – Death Note
They say a team’s only as strong as their weakest link. Whilst Matsuda might not be outright proof of this, he does get you thinking. No one fumbles around in an investigation quite like Matsuda. His skill as a detective is certainly called into question…by everyone, including you. But it’s ok because we forgive him like we forgive anyone who adds a bit of fun into the mix of something serious.
Juvia – Fairy Tail
Our love for poor Juvia definitely comes from that fact that she’s hopeless in love. Yes. We love the loveless. While many characters have love troubles none quite fail like Juvia. That’s right. When it comes to romantic pursuits, no matter how dire your situation is, Juvia is always the feel good story. Thanks, Juvia.
Sadao Maou – The Devil is a Part-Timer
When the almighty devil himself is reduced to a part-time worker at a fast food outlet it’s nothing short of puzzling. But go along with it because watching this guy forge through in his ridiculous state is oddly cathartic. While we love him because of his strange predicament and top-level attitude towards it, he also helps us understand that sometimes being the strongest or the best isn’t that important.
Akihisa Yoshii – Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
When you’re dumb, lacking money to buy food and continually thrust into disastrous situations, one would hope there’s a trade off. Unfortunately for poor Ahikisa there is none. But at least he’s a good sport and we adore him because of it. Being well-liked is a fair trade off…right…right? Okay no…
Takashi Kosuda – B Gata H Kei
Oh Kosuda. He’s the guy at the end of a perpetually confusing…relationship? Can we call it that? Let’s call it that. One of the kings of inner dialogue. When anything remotely intimate makes it’s way on screen you can be sure an awkwardly frantic inner dialogue from Kosuda follows. And while they expose him to be the clueless and conflicted person he is, they also show us he’s a pretty nice guy deep down.