Come join us in the Ani-TAY Café: your stop for discussing all things anime, manga, visual novels, and anything Japan. This week the Café has a discussion about everyone's favorite topic: "Best Girl" (or alternatively for others in the audience, Best Guy). Be sure to drop by and grab a drink with us.

Wallpaper from Grisaia no Kajitsu (visual novel).

This is a weekly discussion for all things Ani-TAY. The Ani-TAY waiters (writers) can coordinate on all things Ani-TAY and the customers (readers) can participate in discussions on anime.

It's been a quiet week for Ani-TAY as we transition from the winter to the spring season. The more prolific authors of Ani-TAY are almost surely busy delving into the shows of the season to give you our thoughts on the best picks of the lot.

Around the Café:

Today's Special:

It's the eternal war in entertainment. It's the genesis of hundreds of hours of fighting, blackmail, and backstabbing. Friends have been lost, shows abandoned, arguments ignited, and threats sent to writers because of this single, all-encompassing war.


That's right: Best Girl (or Guy).

This topic is brought on by a small-scale battle of this war that occurred earlier this week in the Buddy Complex review. There's a lot of tension among the anime community over who the "best" girl of every show is. Likewise, there's even more tension over THE "best" girl in anime and beyond.

You'll rarely find a more divisive argument among fans anywhere. It's by no means a war exclusive to anime. This is a war you'll find in visual novels, western television, and literally every other kind of storytelling there is.


When it comes down to it, a great deal of us are even conflicted ourselves. Personally, my recent stint with Muv-Luv left me quite confused over which camp I should fall into.

On one hand I have Mitsurugi Meiya, a decisive hard-working woman that (by the end of Alternative) proved she was willing to do anything to get Takeru to love her. She was willing to share his suffering, went to extreme lengths to protect him, and even pulled the "I Want My Beloved to Be Happy" trope at least three* times (doing it once just wasn't enough).


On the other hand, I had Kagami Sumika. She was the short-tempered childhood friend that morphed from my least favorite character in the beginning, to one of the most heartwarming by the end of Extra, to one of the most sympathetic and brilliantly written characters by Alternative. Her persistence was heartwarming and her devotion even more so.

Meiya or Sumika... I honestly can't tell you which one was better and it'll be a while before I'm able to make that judgement. The both are quite incredible characters in their own right.

So that's the topic today. Who's your "Best Girl" (or Guy)? Who's your Waifu/Husbando? Why is she (or he) the best? Any fun stories or explanations for us today?


Don't like today's special? Well there's plenty on the menu, so take a walk around the Café and talk with the other customers. Talk about anything.

*Technically speaking it was really more like nine.

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Update: The matter in the comments was amicably settled. Do not reply to it. Do not pay mind to it. Please enjoy the rest of the comments.