But still something happened to me recently to make me rethink just what that title means.
I recently watched two of the new "Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru" movies ("Washio Sumi no Shou - Tomadachi" and "Tamashii"). I watched the original series when it first came out and I knew these were supposed to be prequels to that series, so I knew in the back of my mind what I should expect. But even so nothing prepared me for what I was about to witness.
So there's this character named Gin Minowa, and she's basically just like the titular charachter Yuuki from the original series. She's a bit of a tomboy and super athletic but with a super good heart who loves helping people. Pretty much just like a clone of Yuuki Yuuna. And well as you can guess, after seeing her it made me think real hard about that term "best girl". I mean seriously. If you've seen the movies you know what I'm talking about. And if you haven't yet, while I do want to highly recommend them as required watching for ALL anime fans, I have to forewarn everyone: they're definitely NOT for the faint of heart. Especially the 2nd one.
When I first watched it I was like "ooh man, this is intense". This was last Saturday. But by the next day I was like "OMG, thinking back on it, wow that was just too much!" By Monday the entire ending of that 2nd movie was haunting my thoughts all day while at work and it was getting hard to concentrate on anything else. Every once in a while you come across those animes where you watch something shocking and/or super sad or dramatic but it doesn't really hit you real bad at first because your brain is still processing it all. But as time goes by you keep thinking back on it and the more you dwell/contemplate what you just watched, the more and more you slowly start to feel the gravity of what all just transpired. I haven't felt this messed up internally since watching the Hughes death scene in the original "Full Metal Alchemist" years ago (and yes that includes that one episode of "Re:Zero" with the head decapitation scene at the very end).
So here I am writing about it all in part to vent some of what I've been feeling the past few days, but also to promote the movies and especially Gin to more people, and if I've gotten anyone to rethink their definition of 'best girl', then all the more better. In any case I definitely will be campaigning hard for Gin in future upcoming Saimoe tournaments.
I mean how can i not, when:
One last parting gift.