Hey guys! 😀
It’s officially 5 AM on the first day of NaBloPoMo! I should be sleeping, but I have reached the point where sleep is overrated and that I should type this before I leave my friend’s wifi connection. Priorities, right?
Let’s face it, at some point in our fandom lives we’ve reached the level where we have some form of crush on a two-dimensional character. Over the years these crushes earned the name “husbando” and “waifu“. Don’t get me wrong, I honestly didn’t know these terms existed until I started college, so I wouldn’t be able to tell you when they first came to be. (But if you want to read a post explaining the terms and relating to characters, then check out Rok the Reaper.) When I use the term “husbando”, it’s only used when talking to my close friends. Outside of my circle I usually use the term “fictional crushes”. When all else fails, I refer to my fictional crushes as “bae material”. Keep in mind most of the conversations involve me fanning myself and wiping away the growing tears from my eyes.
I feel that deeply and sometimes it’s pretty embarrassing. Especially to admit here, then again I can be very shameless.
But enough my introductory rant, it’s time to read about the fictional men that impacted my life (and my wallet)!
The original husbando: Axel
Kingdom Hearts © Square Enix
Axel is literally the reason why I always go for the red-head men in dating sims. (See, shameless?) After playing Kingdom Hearts 2, I was addicted to this man. That red hair and those green eyes should seriously be an illegal combination… I think it was early in my high school years when I realized that, “Hey, this guy is attractive. I dunno why, but he is.” After role-playing with a friend of mine during that time, I realized that Axel was rather melt worthy. If that doesn’t make any sense, imagine any attractive person of your choice and amplify that by ten. If you have to fan yourself, than they are definitely melt worthy.
Axel was bae material years before I even knew the word was an acronym. This man had some mysterious, edgy cool factor that drew me in while playing KH2 and I didn’t regret a second of my attraction towards him. Even to this day I still have nostalgic moments of me crying during his death scene. Spoilers for those who have not played the game. If you haven’t played the Kingdom Hearts series yet, I would definitely recommend it. Just not Chain of Memories. We do not speak of Chain of Memories unless you are a fan of rotating cards. *shivers* I couldn’t make it through the game.
The one that hit me super hard: Matsuoka Rin
Free! © Kyoto Animation
Another red-haired man that I fell for, but a little harder than I did with Axel. Axel may have set the standard requirements for a husbando, but this guy took it a little further. I honestly was NOT prepared when this dork came into my life. “Who is this shark-toothed gentlemen and why am I swooning?” I don’t know what caused this fellow to come into my life like a wrecking ball, but I decided to jump on and savor the moment. I wanted to watch Free! because it was something different, I was still on a sports anime binge and the hype was too contagious to resist. Season one Rin will always be my favorite, but I can easily appreciate season two Rin who mellowed out. Keep in mind that I still have yet to finish season two of Free!, but I am looking forward to seeing High Speed!.
Fans don’t like Rin, and that’s perfectly okay. This is a judge free zone. To be honest, my initial impression of Rin in the first few episodes was that he was selfish and had a big ego. Towards the middle of the first season I started to warm up to him. I admit, he had issues to work through in season one, which is all the more reason I can appreciate season two Rin.
The least loved, but still very important: Ryouta Kise
Kuroko no Basuske © Production I.G
Don’t get me wrong, I still adore Kise to pieces. Lately, out of all my husbandos he gets the least amount of love and acknowledgement. I realized Kise was my favorite when I got to see beyond the pretty eyelashes. He has his dorky moments, he cares about people and has his own unique swagger. The things this man does should be illegal sometimes. One moment he’s just pretty, the next he’s being a precious dork and then he brings out the smolder. Once those eyes narrow and he becomes serious, it’s time to hold on tight something because the bartender is really shaking things up. Sometimes I forget how to breathe while watching Kuroko no Basuke and that’s not very healthy. I cried so hard over Kise while watching KnB. Man tears are a huge weakness of mine and there were not enough tissues in the room at that time.
But it’s because of Kise that I go on guilty Tumblr binges. While watching a few episodes of season three my friend O-chan told me that I was blowing up her dash. Because he doesn’t get enough love I go on a reblogging spree and make sobbing noises. I’m a terrible person, but O-chan describes Kise as: the pretty husband who smiles, sits in a corner and waves. Kise is basically your trophy wife.
…….I’m terrible. Q____Q
The current favorite: Levi Ackerman
Shingeki no Kyojin © Wit Studio / Production I. G
First and foremost, my addiction to this man is at an extreme. When someone gives me something Levi related as a gift I hyperventilate if not get teary eyed and start making incoherent noise. I don’t see myself having any form of shrine (mostly because the commitment would financially break me and they sometimes weird me out), so I’m content with the collection I have growing. Slowly yet sure my Levi collection is growing.
Lately I’ve found myself leaning towards dark-haired older men. A great example if this is Chakura Johji from Dreamy Days in West Tokyo. Johji is just an example, but Levi is the one who kickstarted this new area is my life. The thing about Levi is that he’s not a character that is deeply examined. He’s not just a clean freak, he doesn’t just kick the shit out of Eren all the time (no I do NOT ship it), he’s not just some old man who drinks tea and makes shit-related jokes and he isn’t just a badass. This man seen a lot, lost people very dear to him and lives in a messed up world. So of course he’s distant, but there is way, way more to Levi than just his outer appearance. This man has exceeded the requirements for bae material and my shamelessness at RPing my OTP from Shingeki no Kyojin.
Whew! I would say we are off to a successful start guys! Not bad for a first day, right? Speaking of OTPs and shipping, that will be a future post for NaBloPoMo. Also some more language learning posts, posts about what I would like to do with my college degree, reviews and topics that you guys suggest. I plan to cater to a variety of interests and I don’t want anyone to feel left out. 🙂
Now it’s your turn. That is, if you would like to share: who are your fictional crushes / husbandos / waifus / baes / etc.? I’m honestly not familiar with the waifu territory, so I wouldn’t be able to do that area justice.
One day down, twenty-nine more to go. Bring plenty of blankets, pajamas, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, snacks, plushies and pillows, because we are having a giant slumber party this month!
Until next time,