Commanders of Fate: Characters with a Reason

Warning: This post contains minor to major spoilers for Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (general).

As a sort of branch to my personal philosophy that I’ve yet to put into words, a few characters in anime came to mind that seemed relevant to what it is. There are quite a few things to factor in when thinking of a truly well written character, and to name a few they could be development, personality, motivations, and goals. One thing about characters that I truly admire is their actions in accordance with their ideology. Normally, characters tend to follow the general flow of the narrative they’re in, reacting dynamically to what happens around them, whether it’s an impending evil, or a common day-to-day adventure. The characters that I come to value the most are the ones who aspire to become the catalyst of that very flow, which distorts the direction of the future to their liking for whatever reason they may have. Following is a short list of characters that I believe to be candidates to fit this category.
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What influences how you rate anime?

When it comes to us avid anime watchers/manga readers, most, if not all of us, are part of some sort of anime/manga community such as MyAnimeList, ANN, AniDB and so on. And each of these anime communities have top anime lists that are compiled by the people of each community. But what causes the people of each community to give a certain rating to each anime they watch? Is it personal preferences? Is it story? Is it the characters? Or is it something outside all of this? Well, lets get balls deep into this and see what really goes into ratings and rankings of the anime and manga we enjoy (or despise) everyday.

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