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    bambipie1 anno/i fa#53278205On the topic as a whole it comes down to 2 things for people; character’s design and the emotional connection you have to that character.
    Just like in real life, people are attracted to certain attributes. Anime characters are designed to appeal to certain personality and design stereotypes that people highly enjoy. These are things like hair color, style of dress, glasses, hairstyle, age, etc., From these attributes you can immediately gain information about the character. Sometimes it matches like Asuka’s bold red hair and her being a tsundere. Sometimes it contradicts like Shiros cute and small appearance yet her being an intelligent and cool character.
    A lot of people gain some kind of emotional connection from the character when they watch. Whether they’re inspired by their strength or perseverance, or they find the character relatable or want to be like the character. Or you’re sexual attracted to the character and want have sex with them.


    Part of this actually sounds kinda primitive, to be honest.
    Guess it depends on the person, but I can say from experience that it takes quite a lot of depth of a character for me to be a fan of them. Doesn't really depend on character design (except for Touhou girls).

    Of the particular characters mentioned by the OP, I know only Shiro, but I have to say that I was impressed by her awesome logical skill. However since it isn't really explained why and she's otherwise lacking depth, it stays at adoration.

    All that came to mind as to overhyped "characters" was a game, by name AoOni. I played it and never knew why there was a hype. It's just lacking any kind of story and the characters are ridiculous. It doesn't even have any kind of atmosphere due to the lack of music.
    I know a couple other in my opinion overhyped characters and origins, but I guess I have to experience to find out if they're really that lame.
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    Almost every character that acts as one of the main recurring characters in a popular franchise, ends up having a following. Asuna is from SAO which is a pretty popular show. Yoko is from Gurren Lagann which is also a popular show. Same for Shiro and the other character. Bottom line, if the show is popular and the character is featured frequently enough, they will gain popularity. Simple as that.

    To break it down a bit more, its like people in real life. If you meet someone frequently, you are more likely to build a friendship with them. So the same case applies here.

    P.S. I actually don't care for either of the characters, though I do wish and hope that I will one day be able to get the Yoko Real Image version (ITEM #7900). I think its a masterpiece :)!
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    On the topic as a whole it comes down to 2 things for people; character’s design and the emotional connection you have to that character.

    Just like in real life, people are attracted to certain attributes. Anime characters are designed to appeal to certain personality and design stereotypes that people highly enjoy. These are things like hair color, style of dress, glasses, hairstyle, age, etc., From these attributes you can immediately gain information about the character. Sometimes it matches like Asuka’s bold red hair and her being a tsundere. Sometimes it contradicts like Shiros cute and small appearance yet her being an intelligent and cool character.

    A lot of people gain some kind of emotional connection from the character when they watch. Whether they’re inspired by their strength or perseverance, or they find the character relatable or want to be like the character. Or you’re sexual attracted to the character and want have sex with them.
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    Moomoogirl11 anno/i fa#53266526You mention Saber Arthur and while I'm definitely in the minority here, I recently discussed with my brother (a big Fate series fan) that I don't see the appeal of her design. Now don't get me wrong, Fate has some excellent character designs in general, but Saber's just doesn't impress me. Granted, I have yet to watch a single series so I assume her popularity has to do with her swordsmenship and personality. Plus she has "several" designs so there's that (I really like Saber Lily's).
    So to finalize my thoughts, I think with all the girls you mentioned it's design but also personality and skill people take into account when choosing a "waifu". Thus leading them to popularity and ridding us of our money.


    Yeah I like Saber because she’s a very strong and likable character with an interesting back story. Same for Jeanne. Granted I grew up learning a lot about their heroic spirits and became interested in their stories (King Arthur and Joan of Arc), but they are well developed characters. Oddly I also am not a huge fan of Arthur’s design as Saber, but I love Attila Saber’s design. I can only imagine loving these girls better after playing the games, but I sadly haven’t.
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    You mention Saber Arthur and while I'm definitely in the minority here, I recently discussed with my brother (a big Fate series fan) that I don't see the appeal of her design. Now don't get me wrong, Fate has some excellent character designs in general, but Saber's just doesn't impress me. Granted, I have yet to watch a single series so I assume her popularity has to do with her swordsmenship and personality. Plus she has "several" designs so there's that (I really like Saber Lily's).

    So to finalize my thoughts, I think with all the girls you mentioned it's design but also personality and skill people take into account when choosing a "waifu". Thus leading them to popularity and ridding us of our money.
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    So I'm not really a fan of any any of the ones you listed (especially Yoko, I actually gravitated away from her), but I am a fan of Shiro.
    Why? Well, she's just cute. Super cute. The fanservice and stuff is kinda weird sometimes but at the end of the day her design is super cute, and I'm not the only one who thinks this, so she will continue to get more merch.
    I love her because she's super smart and super cute at the same time. Not like, smarter-than-you smart like some of the Kakegurui characters. Simply smart and cute. Makes up for what a lot of the other characters lack in the show imo.
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    I had the same thing, my friend that recommended the show loved Kamina and Yoko but I just adored Nia, she's so cute and weird and really stands out to me. Easily my favorite character. I also liked Yoko though, and don't think her popularity is completely from her design. She's really tough and strong-willed but also sweet and nurturing. People love badass women with a soft side, it's kind of a similar thing with Saber, Asuna, Tomoyo from Clannad, Erza from Fairy Tail, etc. As for the others, I can't say, but I'd assume design is a big part of it. Tbh, the popularity of certain male characters confuses me more lol.
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    Fenebrys1 anno/i fa#53257442Like you yourself and some other people here have already said, the looks seem to matter a lot.
    I haven't seen Gurrenn Lagann yet, but judging by her looks, she's seemingly a quite fanservicy character, which might have attracted at least a part of her fanbase.
    Speaking about Kurumi, yes, I really like her. I wouldnt't consider it an obsession but still my hype is real...
    On the one hand it's her looks, which made me become a fan of her. But on the other hand, her powers and ability contain some rather refreshing ideas. A kind of magical girl, with guns and the power to manipulate time and the ability to even create clones of herself? She's a threatening and at the same time pretty cool and unique antagonist, in my opinion. Furthermore she's got style, manners and for being rather mad, some of her intentions don't really let her seem that evil. So, a bit of mystery about a woman's always a turn on. I guess, that's true even for the 2D ones ^^
    As for Asuna, she's the main girl of the first anime that got me into the genre. That alone and the fact, that she's a bit of an allround character (not overly cute, not completely tsundere either, you get the gist of it...) might be a reason for many to like her, just like for myself.
    Last but not least, let me put in my two cents about Shiro. Her character and design fit pretty well into some "fetish archetypes" common in anime. She is a little loli sister seemingly in love with her older brother. That, her kind of cold cuteness and her extreme intelligence on top make her a rather unique character even though, the single traits in and of itself are nothing really new. I think her character traits have "something in it for everyone" without making her "just like all the others".
    If it's really about permanent character obsessions, I don't really get it either. But about possible reasons for the built up hype around single characters, you've got my opinion.
    But in addition to this, I think sometimes people watch certain animes just because of certain characters. People might see a cool/pretty/creative figure here on MFC, for example. They may get interested in it but don't know the character itself. So if they want to get to know the character they might go and watch the anime of it's origin. Well, it's out of question, which character will get the main focus of the viewer in this case...
    The last thought I want to add, is that sometimes the hype itself might be the reason for the ongoing growing of a hype. Just take a look at Hatsune Miku. Even people here on MFC who don't know her yet WILL reach a point at which they realize, that there's a really big hype culture around her. So they might try to inform themselves about her. They start listening to the music and are fascinated by the sheer unlimited amount of content and merchandise around Miku. If they find something to their liking they might fall into this "hype hole" themselves one day...


    I actually watched Gurren Lagan because of Yoko. She was so hyped up and adored by so many collectors, but as I kept watching I was waiting for that wow factor that I thought made her popular. I loved Nia and Simon though. I like many many different types of characters but these hyped up ones haven’t done it for me, and made me question how their popularity is so high
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    Like you yourself and some other people here have already said, the looks seem to matter a lot.
    I haven't seen Gurrenn Lagann yet, but judging by her looks, she's seemingly a quite fanservicy character, which might have attracted at least a part of her fanbase.

    Speaking about Kurumi, yes, I really like her. I wouldnt't consider it an obsession but still my hype is real...
    On the one hand it's her looks, which made me become a fan of her. But on the other hand, her powers and ability contain some rather refreshing ideas. A kind of magical girl, with guns and the power to manipulate time and the ability to even create clones of herself? She's a threatening and at the same time pretty cool and unique antagonist, in my opinion. Furthermore she's got style, manners and for being rather mad, some of her intentions don't really let her seem that evil. So, a bit of mystery about a woman's always a turn on. I guess, that's true even for the 2D ones ^^

    As for Asuna, she's the main girl of the first anime that got me into the genre. That alone and the fact, that she's a bit of an allround character (not overly cute, not completely tsundere either, you get the gist of it...) might be a reason for many to like her, just like for myself.

    Last but not least, let me put in my two cents about Shiro. Her character and design fit pretty well into some "fetish archetypes" common in anime. She is a little loli sister seemingly in love with her older brother. That, her kind of cold cuteness and her extreme intelligence on top make her a rather unique character even though, the single traits in and of itself are nothing really new. I think her character traits have "something in it for everyone" without making her "just like all the others".

    If it's really about permanent character obsessions, I don't really get it either. But about possible reasons for the built up hype around single characters, you've got my opinion.

    But in addition to this, I think sometimes people watch certain animes just because of certain characters. People might see a cool/pretty/creative figure here on MFC, for example. They may get interested in it but don't know the character itself. So if they want to get to know the character they might go and watch the anime of it's origin. Well, it's out of question, which character will get the main focus of the viewer in this case...

    The last thought I want to add, is that sometimes the hype itself might be the reason for the ongoing growing of a hype. Just take a look at Hatsune Miku. Even people here on MFC who don't know her yet WILL reach a point at which they realize, that there's a really big hype culture around her. So they might try to inform themselves about her. They start listening to the music and are fascinated by the sheer unlimited amount of content and merchandise around Miku. If they find something to their liking they might fall into this "hype hole" themselves one day...
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    I can't tell for others because they don't really speak to my personal aesthetic preferences (aaand that's basically the answer to your question), but from the characters you named I definitely think Yoko Littner has the strongest and most iconic design which is very very easy to fall in love with. It's simple and it's striking. There are no useless details that wouldn't add anything to the look, and the colour palette is extremely limited, which makes it easy to read. It's an impeccably well made and cohesive design. I can easily see why she's popular.

    I'm gonna go a bit off topic here but your post reminded me of something I've been thinking about a lot. To proceed with the Gurren Lagann example, the issue I have is that almost every noteworthy character in Gurren Lagann has an equally powerful design to Yoko, yet it's only Yoko that's constantly getting new merchandise.
    Simon (especially grown Simon), Kamina, Rossiu, Kittan, Viral, Rossiu, Rossiu and young Rossiu deserve spotlight as well. They all have very striking, fun and memorable designs.
    Do guy figures really sell so poorly that figure companies completely dismiss most male characters? What hopes do the Basaras of the world have when not even the widely beloved paragon of masculinity that is Kamina can compete with the waifu market... well at least we have Jojo lmao

    To end this back on topic, my choice for overhyped character would be Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier. Please can we just... have one less Sheryl fig... for one single Basara scale......
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