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The spring anime season is just about over. In a couple short weeks, we'll be making way for summer's hot new releases. But before we clear out and move on, there's still one all-important question to answer: who is Best Girl?
The past few months have given us lots of options, from schoolgirls to demons to kappa princesses. Choosing the absolute Best Girl of the season is a daunting task... and besides, choosing the Best Girl of 2019 will eventually be up to all of you when the next Crunchyroll Awards season rolls around! But for now, we're taking a look at some of our top girls from this past season. Who are they and what makes them great? And, more importantly, how do they stack up to your picks? Peruse our Top Five and talk it out in the comments.
On to the list... in no particular order, of course!
Hitori Bocchi (Hitoribocchi no Marumaruseikatsu)
Is there anything more relatable than social anxiety? That's not sarcasm. When Hitoribocchi no Marumaruseikatsu premiered, lots of viewers found themselves sympathizing with the title character. She's a loner - it's right there in her name, literally. She has one good, reliable friend. Or she did, anyway. Now that they're going to different schools, said friend has thrown down an ultimatum: make friends with everyone in her class, or she will never speak to Bocchi again. Rough.
After attempting to get out of the deal with such well-thought-out plans as "convince everyone school no longer exists," she finally realizes she hasn't got much of a choice. Somewhere between her awkward forced social interactions and the discovery that she's a lot more at ease talking via text message, she does start to befriend her fellow students. It's not smooth sailing, of course. But then again, when is socializing ever smooth sailing?
Sara Azama (Sarazanmai)
Idol? Princess? Greek chorus? Get you a girl who can do all that and more.
The shiny-eyed Sara is an ever-present figure in Sarazanmai's version of Asakusa, reporting on the day's Lucky Selfie items and generally knowing way too much about the goings-on of the series. Besides being an absolutely adorable starlet, she's also chock-full of cultural references, from E.T. to Castle in the Sky. Plus she really loves her prince, even if she does occasionally use him as a bowling ball or shatter him into a million pieces.
Between her constant info on monsters of the week, her cheery disposition, and her catchy image song (just... don't listen too closely to the lyrics), what's not to love?
Senko-san (The Helpful Fox Senko-san)
She's cute, she's friendly, and she makes the best tea ever. Senko-san the fox girl is already off to a good start.
In this day and age, most of us - even if we're not specifically overworked salarymen - could really use some comfort and pampering at the end of the day. Because work doesn't really end with work. We still have to get dinner, clean house, and take care of any lurking chores that may have built up over the course of the day. A fox goddess appearing in our lives to take care of all the tough stuff would be a welcome breath of fresh air.
The best part? She knows how to tell a workaholic to sit down and accept being pampered. Because, really, that may be the most difficult part of the whole thing. Now if only we could get in touch with the home office and find our own helpful foxes.
Nezuko (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
There's something to say for a girl who doesn't even let getting bitten and turned into a bloodthirsty demon stop her from being Best Girl material.
Nezuko started off lovable from the very beginning, but it wasn't long at all before the plot kicked in. Her transformation into a demon wasn't even enough for her brother Tanjiro to give up on her, though. Rather than letting her be killed, he decided to find a way to cure her. So far, it seems his instincts are in the right.
Despite her demonic transformation, the person Nezuko was is still in there. She's protective, caring, and... okay, maybe she's a lot more likely to bite a person's hand off now than she would have been prior. But she and Tanjiro still care for each other despite her condition. As an added bonus, she can get super-big or super-small as the situation demands.
Tsubasa Arihara (Cinderella Nine)
You know that one friend who's really into something, to the point that you just want to get into it too because they seem so happy? And then they're really welcoming and nice and supportive about it? If you don't have that friend, don't worry: Tsubasa is now your friend.
The ace baseball player just wants more friends to enjoy her favorite sport with, and the fact that they've never played and know nothing about it isn't a deal-breaker. As opposed to other sports anime heroes who are in it to win it, she's in it for fun and teamwork. Even a losing game is a win in her book, because it gives her the opportunity to take stock and improve.
Her positive vibes are infectious, both within the show and to viewers. If you're feeling down about yourself and need a pick-me-up, Tsubasa will be there to inspire you.
With a season this full of great characters, there's no way there are only five Best Girl candidates... so now it's your turn! Who are your picks for Best Girl of Spring 2019? Let us know in the comments... and get ready, because we're rolling out our picks for Best Boy soon!
Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and interviewer with bylines at VRV, We Are Cult, Fanbyte, and many more. She is also the co-founder of Altrix Books and co-creator of the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. Kara blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.