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Japanese Fans Rank Anime’s Worst (Best?) Female Perpetrators of Ultra-Violence

The anime world is full of tropes, but this is one of our favorites: the female perpetrator of ultra-violence. Simultaneously frightening and attractive, this character type (variations on which are referred to in Japanese as tsundere, yangire and yandere) probably made its way into the manga and anime world thanks to Urusei Yatsura’s Lum, who gives her “darling” Ataru an electric shock whenever he misbehaves.

But has any ultra-violent female protagonist surpassed Lum in the eyes of Japanese fans? Let’s find out via this poll from ranking site Goo.

10. Hana Midorikawa
Prison School

9. Kaori Makimura
City Hunter

8. Sakura Haruno

7. Mahiru Inami

6. Chitoge Kirisaki

5. Asuka Langley Sohryu
Neon Genesis Evangelion

4. Lum
Urusei Yatsura

3. Fumino Serizawa
Mayoi Neko Overrun!

2. Haruhi Suzumiya
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

1. Shimura Tae

Lum, the original ultra-violent female, ranked pretty high, but it looks like in the years since Urusei Yatsura, some even more frightening (and alluring?) women have appeared, including Mayoi Neko Overrun’s Fumino, known for telling people to “die twice,” Haruhi Suzumiya, who literally has the power to destroy the world, and Gintama’s frequently-violent Tae.

OUSAers, who’s your fave?

Source: Goo

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.