Exactly two years ago I posted “my ideal family” if it were to consist of anime, manga and game characters. Basically the idea came to me when I stumbled on an amazing thread randomly in which people would post a list of characters to form a family. Think of Kyouran Kazoku Nikki and that’s pretty much the basic premise. I found the idea so amusing that I started seriously thinking about it and after some major contemplation I posted my list a few days later. Suddenly two years have passed and I’ve finally gotten around to updating my family roster. I’ve been planning to redo it for a while since I have an even bigger “gene pool” from which to select family members from. The list is divided into the family I grew up with and the family I raise as an adult. Continue on for some strange shenanigans.
Mom: Minase Akiko (Kanon)
Runner-ups: Fate Testarossa Harlaown (Lyrical Nanoha), Takamachi Nanoha (Lyrical Nanoha)
The choice for this category essentially had no chance to change. Personally I like the other candidates more as characters but as mothers maybe not so much. Nanoha would make a great mother as she has proven in StrikerS but without her magic potential I doubt I’d survive her training to adulthood while maintaining my sanity. The same could be said about Fate although she wouldn’t be nearly as hard so I wouldn’t have to suffer panic attacks when I come home. Fate only barely lost to Akiko but what can I say when Akiko is pretty much perfect as mothers come. Just like before I still have to worry about dying from JAM poisoning but I think that’s an acceptable risk. At the very least it’s safer than a Divine Buster in my face every time I mess up. (Oh wait…Fate’s the safest choice! Oh no, I might have messed up!)
Dad: Solid Snake
Runner-ups: Hosaka (Minami-ke), Konata’s Dad (Lucky Star)
This one was tough at first; I don’t really have much to work with since I’m not really interested in guys and shows with tons of them. In other words my gene pool of male characters is sorely lacking. However I started thinking of males characters from games I have played and I hit an epiphany–I could use Solid Snake. It was strange that I didn’t think about it earlier especially since I’ve been fangasming about Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker as new information is released. Sure he has a habit of smoking but overall I think he would make a great role model. However as Aorii pointed out to me last night he’d never be home. I think that this is because he would be too busy sneaking away from home to escape Mom’s jam. He’d probably just communicate with us via codec most of the time.
Snake: How are you doing in school sweetie?
Honya: Well Dad, I think I did well on my Human Genetics final exam.
Snake: Human genetics?
Honya: Yes Dad. It’s the study of DNA inheritance as applied to humans. Maybe one day I can help you with your nanomachines too!
Snake: Is Mom still at home?
Honya: Umm, I think she left to go somewhere.
Honya: …Hello Dad…?
Snake: …Ugh…Jam battle…
Poor dad. I hope his battle against Metal Gear can help him in the fight of a lifetime.
Big Sister: Fuyou Kaede (Shuffle)
Runner-ups: Ryuugu Rena (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni), Amami Haruka (iDOLM@STER), Maria (Hayate no Gotoku!), Haruka (Minami-ke), Toudou Shimako (Maria-sama ga Miteru), Alicia Florence (ARIA), Miura Azusa (iDOLM@STER)
With the very realistic chance that father would be sent to the hospital on a regularly basis this household requires a responsible older sister to keep a semblance of order. Otherwise this family would probably die of starvation. Thankfully Kaede-Oneesama would keep us together and help us everyday getting ready for school. I can’t leave all the responsibility to her though so I’d be a good little sister and help her out. I’d probably make sure to keep the house tidy since I love cleaning. I mean I spent hours yesterday fixing up my room but that’s a completely different story. I’m only decent at cooking so I’d leave Onee-sama to preparing the family’s meals. I think as long as I keep her happy and don’t interfere with whoever she likes, we’ll be fine. In other words I wouldn’t dare start a relationship with her object of desire not that I like guys in the first place anyhow. I think all the other choices would make great older sisters so the choice was mostly based on favoritism.
Big Brother: Ushiromiya Battler (Umineko no Naku Koro ni)
Runner-ups: Maebara Keiichi (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni), Aizawa Yuuichi (Kanon), Ayasaki Hayate (Hayate no Gotoku!)
Despite what I said earlier about male characters this one was pretty easy. The only real challenge was figuring whether I wanted Battler or Keiichi more to be my big brother but since I like Battler just a little more he ended up winning. He’s just so stubborn and rational and cries over everything that’s it’s almost cute. The only problem is that he’s kind of perverted and would probably mess around with girls too much in which case I would become Ange and chide him for wasting his time and not taking things seriously. He has a heart of gold and genuinely cares about protecting his family though so I could only stay upset with him for so long. In the case some crazy perverted witch comes to steal back my money that I borrowed from her I know just who to call.
Little Sister: Vita (Lyrical Nanoha)
Runner-ups: Furude Rika (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni), Yuno (Hidamari Sketch), Kouyama Mitsuki (Full Moon wo Sagashite), Kawazoe Tamaki (Bamboo Blade), Takatsuki Yayoi (iDOLM@STER), Ange (Umineko no Naku Koro ni)
This is pretty much the complete opposite situation as the father category. Instead of not having much to pick from I had too many potential little sisters to sort through. Theoretically I could have put them all as my sisters but that would be way too ridiculous. Honestly if I had to decide on the category that I’m the least sure about it has to be this one since I can’t have an infinite number of siblings. I ended up picking Vita since I kind of felt that I needed a Nanoha character as part as my family. Vita would probably get some of her survival power from Dad. I have no clue where her magic comes from though or for that matter Battler’s also. Maybe it’s a recessive genetic trait passed on through the family but I have no clue who those would be. At least I wouldn’t have to worry about her getting bullied since she could just destroy anything with Graf Eisen. I just hope she doesn’t get caught using it especially in school.
Little Brother: Mako-chan (Minami-ke)
Runner-up: Takagami Touru (Wagaya no Oinari-sama)
This is another case where my lack of interest in boys made this somewhat challenging and my list was literally just these two. Touru is pretty cute and responsible and the type of character you just want to hug. On the other hand Mako-chan is so funny and someone I’d love to play dress up with so the win goes to him. I can’t get rid of my old clothes or else how can I dress him up? Unlike Kana though I’d feel a little bad for making him question his gender especially if he ended up being a crossdresser as an adult. That’s kind of awkward to explain. I wonder what the rest of the family would think…
Persona: Kimura Takako (Kannagi)
This is a new category I added to replace the twin category I had before which was basically picking the the character I would best get along with as close siblings. In this case persona isn’t who I want to be but rather just the character I chose that I think best represents myself. I’ve talked to my friend’s about this and we came to the consensus that no other anime character we collectively know can come close to beating Takako on these terms. In fact she basically IS me with some slight changes. Physically speaking I pretty much style my hair in the same way as her’s swept back minus the braids although it’s not quite that long anymore. I’m also a meganekko and when I get my new pair of glasses later this year I’ll get some cool red ones just like her. Personality and interest wise we are really similar. The best way to put is to watch the karaoke episode of Kannagi (or read the image above if you’re lazy). After showing that episode to my anime club everyone agreed that was me. The only major additions I would make is sprinkle in a little reclusiveness that triggers when outside of school, amp up the yuri and fuse in Hirasawa Yui’s carefree nature and that’s basically me in anime form.
Wife: Ichinose Kotomi (CLANNAD)
Runner-ups: Estellise “Estelle” Sidos Heurassein (Tales of Vesperia), Shirai Kuroko (To Aru Kagaku no Railgun)
Ever since watching CLANNAD I’ve loved Kotomi. As a fan of weird characters I love everything about her from her strange sense of humor to her social awkwardness. Kotomi’s so smart and a great cook not to mention I’d enjoy listening to her voice everyday. The only real problem is that I doubt she has any yuri inclinations so convincing her to marry me would be quite hard though it would be worth it in the end. I guess this would be the advantage of picking Estelle or Kuroko over Kotomi since those two don’t quite need convincing.
Youngest Daughter: Miyazaki Nodoka (Mahou Sensei Negima)
My number one favorite character ever and original daughter. Sure it’s been forever since I read the manga but when I do or if I watch the anime I become so happy when she makes an appearance. Probably her most endearing trait is her general perseverance in everything despite being a shy and reserved person. I usually think of myself as kind of an overprotective parent but I would support Nodoka in her Negi love chronicle. Negi’s a little reckless at times but I know he’s a responsible kid and wouldn’t let any harm come to Nodoka (or else). Obviously she would get most of her traits like her smarts, shyness and voice from Kotomi so I think those two would get along better than the other half of the family even if they themselves don’t realize it.
Eldest Daughter: Hirasawa Yui (K-ON!)
Adding Yui as my other daughter changes the dynamic of the family quite a bit. She would definitely get her laidback, carefree attitude from me and on the whole be closer in personality to me than her other mother. Yui would be so lax that she would loaf around and have little sister Nodoka caring for her. “Nodoka, I want to eat some ice cream,” she would say while Nodoka fetches her some being the responsible type. Yui would be so happy but Kotomi would tell her to stop being a bully to her younger sister. Yui probably would keep doing it anyway to which Kotomi would become flustered. I’d probably just stay on the sidelines and laugh and get in trouble later.
Deity: Yakumo Yukari (Touhou)
Runner-ups: Tenko Kuugen (Wagaya no Oinari-sama), Nagi (Kannagi)
This is a new category that I added just because. Basically this is where I put my patron deity if I were to worship one. Yukari isn’t technically a god but with her power that surpasses that of Touhou’s goddesses she might as well be. Maybe if I donate enough faith she’ll lend me her gap powers or maybe she’ll just goof around and be lazy around the house. Not even the kotatsu is safe. Having Kuu-chan as well would be cool too but with her independent and cunning personality I doubt she would be Yukari’s servant. However if they were to work together then it would be plain amazing. Against those two I don’t think Nagi could do much besides light up the house when we lose power.
Compared to the last time I made this list my family has changed quite a lot. Only four original characters remain the same while four changed and three have been added. Overall though I think I like this list much better than last time. Even the unlimited imouto works problem wasn’t really a major deal.
Now the question is what would everyone else’s families look like? The family can be of any size and compostion from completely average to exotic. The selection criteria is up to you and can be serious like me or absurdly ridiculous. Just make sure to only select anime, manga and game characters so as to keep this project focused. The only thing I ask is that if you decide to participate to link back and comment here so I can look at your own families. Bloggers make it happen!