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Top 10 – Goats

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I can’t believe by the hair of my chinny chin, chin that you’d actually bleating vote for this one. I don’t know if you, our readers, are just a little bit gruff, or if you think we might have bitten off more than we can chew, but I can assure you now that you’ve only motivated us to tackle this problem head on. A Top 10 wouldn’t be complete without absurd choices, so this week, you’ve given us a bit of a conundrum.

We understand the (ram)ifications, of if we don’t get this right. For one, a ram cannot count as that’s actually a sheep. We can’t include things such as Fauns for instance, for they’re not goats, even if people sometimes confuse them. So if you’re feeling a little bit woolly as to what this week’s vote is, it’s our Top 10 Goats. So it’s time to milk these puns for all they’re worth, because they’re so cheesy. Ah enough of this, let’s charge on!


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10) Escape Goat

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Escape Goat is a really sweet little puzzler where you get to go around as a goat, saving other goats from danger. It’s a simple little tale of a goat going on his goatly missions to go and save others from a massive tower. It’s nothing that’ll blow your mind in terms of story, neither is the gameplay all that impressive, but it is a nice little game.

It makes it into our Top 10 list just by the hairs of it’s chinny chin, chin (how many more times can we use that pun?). Escape Goat is one of those adorable things that happens from time to time: You see something that you can’t help but like, but when you finally get it, it’s nothing special. That’s not to say it’s not a decent game (which it thoroughly is), but don’t expect this game to be the one that gets your goat! Fun little puzzle game, worth checking it out.

9) Missy – How I Met Your Mother

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Here’s a daft little joke that was a full year in the making.

Grown up Ted tells the story of his 30th birthday, during which Lily introduces her kindergarten class to a goat, and resolves to rescue it when the farmer tells the children in no uncertain detail what will happen to said goat, hiding it in Ted’s place until she can find somewhere more appropriate. Ted’s battle of wills with the goat is epic, but pales in comparison to the fight… oh but wait, that doesn’t actually happen ‘til next year!

It’s a reminder that we’re listening to an anecdote that’s being told wrong, reveals a few details about the season that would follow, and raises some very interesting questions in the process. How does everyone know that they’re goat droppings? And what did Missy see in that washcloth? The story of Missy the goat is testament to the planning behind the show, and how clever it could get about being stupid.

And seriously, How I Met Your Mother is an oddly nerdy gem.

8) Satan – The Binding of Isaac

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Technically Satan isn’t really a goat, but he’s basically a goat as that’s the typical representation of Satan! Goat-like and with large wings in appearance, but also partially that of a man, Satan is a dangerous opponent in The Binding of Isaac. Able to take on the form of a massive demonic goat, Satan is there to try to squash you and claw at you. If you take the path to fight Satan, you generally get the “bad” endings, though in theory there’s no good ending in this game.

Satan’s power doesn’t just stop at being a big goat man who wants to squash you. He’s able to summon minions to do his bidding, as well as being a constant threat throughout the game. There are secret rooms dedicated to his likeness and there’s even an end-game secret fight with him where he’s called Mega Satan – and that’s not an easy fight for most people to handle!

Hey, unlike his Pokemon equivalent later in this Top 10, at least this goat can Mega Evolve!

7) Khazra – Diablo

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The Khazra are one of the most dangerous recurring enemies in the Diablo franchise. These huge demonic men are half man half goat, but not quite a Satyr. Instead, with their impressive size advantage over most of their enemies, the Khazra are a bunch of demons who are hellbent on swinging huge polearms and axes to take out the opponents of the Lord of Terror himself. Usually travelling in herds, you can be sure for a tough fight.

You will fight wave upon wave of these gits, who seemingly come out of nowhere. There are various clans of them, so you know just how hard the group you’re battling through will be. The clans names range from Blood, Death, Fire, Flesh and even Hell! What could be better than a hellish group of goatmen?!

6) #673: Gogoat – Pokemon

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Don’t worry, that’s not really the theme song of Gogoat and no, that isn’t a typo. It’s name really is Gogoat and it really is a goat that just goes. Evolving from the adorable Skiddo, Gogoat is a rather big goat that likes to transport humans on its back. Especially made prominent in Pokemon X and Y where you are able to ride Gogoats around the place in specific parts of the game. It’s rather fun too!

It’s nice having a grass type that I genuinely cared about. It’s not that I don’t like grass types, but often I felt a little bit… Underwhelmed by them. Victreebell is cool… I mean so is Oddish, y’know..? But ultimately, the grass types needed something that makes you squeal out. Sorry Chikorita, you’re nothing but a light snack for Gogoat, the toughest goat Pokemon of all. Heck, it’s not like any other Pokemon have specific companies that require them… What’s that? A building company full of Machops, Machokes and Machamps? Hah, don’t be so absurd!

5) The Scene With The Goat – Jurassic Park

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T-Rex doesn’t want to be fed. He wants to hunt! Can’t just suppress 65 million years of gut instinct.

We don’t see the tyrannosaurus until it’s too late, and neither does the goat. The sight of that dangling chain is something quite haunting in the terrified silence of the tour-jeep along with the legendary rippling water. It wasn’t too long ago that goat was merrily munching some grass, and blissfully unaware that it was being offered up as gruesome sacrifice to a lizard-god resurrected from millennia of death. Our last glimpse of the morsel is when a leftover hits the roof of the jeep, because with tiny little arms, T-Rex doesn’t have much by way of table manners.

I suppose some kudos must go to Jurrasic World for reenacting the scene, and while I haven’t seen it personally I kind of doubt it’ll carry the same weight of tension and the shocking reveal of the first film. And I also doubt any film we beat the toilet scene that followed.

4) The Goat of Lochmarne – Broken Sword

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This one’s as stubborn as a… well you know.

Amongst the list of ridiculous puzzles that have the kind of solution that only leaves you more confused is the infamous goat of Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars. The ferocious beast is warden to an ancient dig-site in Lochmarne, Ireland, and headbutts you if you dare step too close to the trapdoor. The castle had been rumoured to be guarded by a malicious ghost, but the truth is far more terrifying.

Spoilers: the solution was to drag a piece of farm equipment into the goats path, but only immediately after it had rammed you, before it can walk back to its post, moving it before or after would accomplish nothing. Still at least it would come to spawn one of the series major running jokes, including the talking goat of Quaramonte.

3) Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr – Thor’s Chariot

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Everyone knows about the hammer, but did you also know that Thor has a chariot drawn by a pair of divinely imbued goats? At their charge it was said that the ground quaked and burned, and Thor regularly channeled Mjolnir’s power to resurrect them after he’d eaten them, until one incident when he shared them with a peasant family, and one of them split a leg bone to eat the marrow, and the goat was raised to life with the leg crippled.

Fun fact, Thor then accepted the peasant’s children as an apology and left Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr behind. They’re also the origin of the Yule goat, old depictions of Father Christmas show him riding on a goat, and the reindeer-led sleigh can trace its origins back to Thor’s goats. It’s one of the lesser known facets of Thor that has only occasionally popped up in his pop-culture interpretations. Marvel’s Ragnarok is coming soon though… super-goats maybe?

2) Kojirou – Nichijou: My Ordinary Life

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Let’s get something straight here: Goats are destructive little beasts who know nothing but chaos, anger and carnage. They come charging at you whilst making ungodly noises which makes you think “good grief, that’s a goat!” So when I found Nichijou, a slice of life comedy anime, I screamed at the top of my lungs when I saw this goat… It was nothing like I described above. It was actually a rather tame little goat… Oh!

Okay, so I’m being a little bit melodramatic, but how can you hold that against me? This goat is adorable to the nth degree. From the simple and very goat-y design right down to its temperament, this goat is lovely. It takes its owner for a ride and seems to enjoy eating yaoi artwork… Just be aware, Mia doesn’t like it when goats eat her art.

1) The Goat – Goat Simulator

There really should have been no doubt on this one. The most bizarre parody of the oddly specific simulator genre puts players in control of a goat cast into a world of normality and boredom, with two very simple purposes: break everything, and lick things to claim them as your own, and in many ways that makes this the most accurate sim of all.

Your mission to do goat stuff unlocks new goatly powers, devil goat, angel goat, long goat, goat bird, technogoat, and dubstep (no really). Hitch a ride through the sky by lashing your tongue to a passing helicopter, play dead to go hurtling down a water flume, or trip on shrooms to blow your head up to ridiculous sizes and bob around like a mad thing. Play the poorly-built MMO, escape to the server and break the world! It’s the pinnacle of goatlihood!

And it’s kinda dumb.


Honourable Mentions

Ah, you didn’t think we could end our homage to goats there now, did you? Nevertheless, these gruff creatures are now going to make you bleat out in joy, as these are two more mentions of goats that you absolutely must know about.

Gordon the GeekOut Goat

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If you have seen our Posters here on GeekOut, you would be aware that we seem to have a weird shape that we often use. The shape seems to have two large horns of sorts, as well as some weirdly hairy chin. What on Earth could this shape be and what significance does it have to GeekOut? Well ladies and gentlemen, I’m about to blow your minds a little bit: That’s our mascot – Gordon the GeekOut Goat.

When Joel and Timlah were up chatting one night, they decided they needed a mascot to put on merchandise. Timlah got designing and he was working for hours on end to try and make a little mascot… But it never quite took off. Cartoony, cutesy, it didn’t matter – It never quite worked. Until Timlah looked at that goat shape once more. Thus, Gordon was born. GeekOut has settled on the mighty Goat as its symbol, because they truly are the Greatest Of All Time.

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Goat legs, goat horns, kinda goaty face, but they’re not all the way there, not even goatfolk completely, and also known as fauns in Roman myth (although they are more commonly dear-like), and ancient British folklore has Puck and glaistigs.

Add to the list of animal hybrids from mythology alongside centaurs, harpies and the like. Originally companions of the gods Dionysus and Pan, led by the semi-divine Silenus, satyrs are creatures of revelry – literal party animals, delighting in music, alcohol and faun-ication (get it?). Sometimes they were guides to lonely travellers,  They appear a lot in media in various forms, villains, allies, or assorted troublemakers, only very rarely are they anything to be taken seriously.


You can’t stop this kid, we’ve “baa”ed our way through this list. So if you’re feeling like we’ve been sufficiently challenged, then let us know how we did. Of course we leave these votes to you as we can’t always decide between the two of us what Top 10 should take place. You wanted it, you’ve got it: Hit that vote button below for what our list should be next week!

Did you think this week’s list was “Baa”d, or good? What do you think of our Top 10 picks for Goats and let us know if you know of any better goats that deserve at least an honourable mention. How did you like our description of our mascot Gordon the GeekOut Goat? As always, thanks so much for voting – Please remember to comment below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.


Top 10 Anime’s Most Over Powered

Super Sayians aren’t the only anime characters who can do some devastating things to whole planets. From the mere thought of seeing ladies undergarments to firing out small chips of bone that can kill a man, there are characters out there that are just so powerful, we don’t even know where to begin to explain how to comprehend them. But not all is bad, as today we’re going to look at the Top 10 Anime’s Most Over Powered. By this, we mean specific characters who are just insanely overpowered in terms of their universes and perhaps even other anime universes too.

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10) Bertolt Hoover – Attack on Titan

Bertolt is relatively stale when he’s not displaying his actual power. He’s a graduate of the 104th Trainees Squad and he ranked 3rd. So you know, he’s got something going for him, but he’s not particularly special in this regard. Good, but just good.

Oh did we mention that he can turn into a Titan who dwarves other Titans!? Supposedly a 60 foot monstrosity who can take out other Titans easily enough. It begs the question: where’s the fun when you can be a more powerful version of the enemy you’re aiming to beat? Still, we love the fact this quiet, shy man can turn into such a massive Titan who is able to control his body and not hurt his allies in the process. Good job, Bertolt!

9) Guts – Berserk

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Guts is a normal enough guy. No special powers except well honed strength and combat reflexes faster than even his own brain can keep up with, he can swing a sword the weight of a tree with instinctual speed and well trained grace and precision. Does that make him OP?

Over time Guts has earned respect enough from the God of the Battlefield – Nosferatu Zodd – that he casually threw him a spare sword before a major fight. The introduction to the Anime shows a future long after the series ends and the Manga picks up, showing the Black Swordsman he would eventually become, with a canon replacing his arm, and he later gains the Berserker armour that unlocks the full potential of the wearer’s muscles, at the risk of destroying themselves in the process. Seeing Guts in that armour is enough to make Zodd show fear.

Guts is horrendously mortal, but amongst mundane, normal, workaday human beings he is the most legendary, and goes on to fight untold monsters, name forgotten, only the death he brings.

8) Alucard – Hellsing

Alucard has a bit of a Mary-Sue issue because he can basically do everything. He’s a true immortal, able to regrow his entire body from the smallest fragment; can dual wield pistols with the force of anti-tank weapons; can turn into an amorphous demon-hound that simply devours everything in its’ path; and also contains within his own body an army of every soul he has devoured. Bearing in mind that he is Vlad the Impaler, that covers soldiers from many centuries, and monster-hunting villains that he has swallowed whole in the past.

What brings Alucard down is that he’s generally bored by the squabbling of all the little creatures squirming beneath him and only wants a good fight and to protect his master and train up his new little monster Seras Victoria. But damn if he doesn’t look cool while he’s utterly ignoring everything that’s going on around him.

7) Haruhi Suzumiya

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Though far from normal, Haruhi Suzumiya gives a great impression of being an overly eccentric, demanding and enthusiastic high-school student who commits to the weirdest projects to help everyone stave off boredom, to shake up the status quo as it were. She’s a happy go lucky soul with a band of rather begrudging friends trailing along behind her.

And if she ever gets too bored she might realize that she’s a god-like being that will immediately become aware of its’ immense power, lose control over it and unravel time and space itself, thus ending causality. All in all, a pretty embarrassing rock-band incident seems like suitable payoff. Haruhi gets a spot on the list for requiring aliens, time travellers and espers to keep an eye on her lest she bring about the end of everything, and for starting a religion.

6) Aang – Avatar

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So Aang is a pretty cool kid, that’s a fact. Not only is he the last airbender, but even when all of the air-nomad temples were full he was one of the best. He spent a century frozen in ice and came out swinging, and he’s a master of all four of the classic elements. How does a twelve year old pull that kind of trick? He’s the host to countless others before him who could do the same, each pouring their power into his, combined with (as we discover later in the Legend of Korra) the soul of all life and peace in the living world, Raava!

Aang is awesome, it’s as simple as that. He was also one of the only Avatars to learn the unified final bending form, the power to bend another human’s soul, and with it the power to remove any bending ability they might possess. In the Avatar state he can condense stone to be tough as metal, fly at supersonic speeds, generate lightning, and bend anything within a half mile with pinpoint precision and immense power. More to the point, he can quell the urge to do so thanks to his own impenetrable sense of justice and mercy. Good job kid, Fire Lord Ozai deserved a damn-sight worse than what you gave him! That’s real power right there.

5) Anyone – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

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Now JoJo fans may disagree with me on this one and that’s completely understandable. I’ve not fully gotten my head around all of the incredibly powerful JoJo’s characters out there, but the reason this is the mid-way choice of characters is that the whole of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure seems to revolve around the insanely powerful and incredible Stands.

I originally wanted the Gold Experience Requiem Stand to be the flagchoice, but we’ve specifically said anime and to my knowledge, Giorno has not been in the anime as of yet. However let’s not get too worked up about all this – Joseph, pictured above, is pretty powerful in his own right and heck, he’s the main protagonist of Part II, is important in Part III and is even a character in Part IV. He’s a super recurring character and in terms of the anime, so let us know in the comments below who your pick for the most overpowered JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure anime character is. We just can’t decide.

4) Eliza Faust – Shaman King

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Right, so let me tell you a quick thing about Oversouls in Shaman King.

An Over Soul is the most powerful control over Furyoku, known to us English speakers as Mana. Basically, you take your Spirit companion, let’s say Yoh’s Spirit: Amidamaru. You then allow him to possess a physical weapon, so let’s say Yoh’s Harusame (sword). The result is an Over Soul. These cannot be damaged by anything physical, but only other Over Souls can damage these. Hopefully this has made sense!

Now, let’s take Eliza Faust into the equation. She is not an object (how dare you imply such things), but instead she’s a skeleton… And she’s Faust VIII’s spirit. She’s a skeleton. Yes, his spirit is actually a skeleton and let me tell you – She’s close enough to being invincible thanks to the power of necromancy. In fact, from remembering the series, Faust was the only opponent Yoh had that I felt could have legitimately done away with Yoh, except for Hao. If only love weren’t so blind.

3) Zaraki Kenpachi – Bleach

In Bleach, Shingami (the soul reapers) wield swords that are part of their souls. They can unlock a true form – Shikai, which reflects their personality and power; and a full form – Bankai, available only to the most incredibly powerful and ancient Shinigami, the commanders of the 13 squads of soul society, and intensely, apocalyptically powerful. Shinigami can also utilize the power of their soul – Reiatsu, to create spell like effects that can blast, bind or deceive opponents.

Zaraki Kenpachi has never unlocked Shikai, can’t control his reiatsu even a little bit, and is the commander of the 11th squad, the hardest, strongest, most fanatically combatant of all the Shinigami. He wears an eyepatch that not only impedes his vision, but devours vast amounts of his spiritual power, and wears bells in his hair so that he can’t sneak up on anyone.

Because it’s the only way fighting world-ending monsters can be fun for him. The protagonist, Ichigo, split a mountain with a flicker of his arm when he was at the height of his power, and didn’t make the list.

2) Adam Blade – Needless

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The most unnecessary anime ever made has a vast army of characters who are preposterously powerful. Fireballs the size of mountains? Sure. The power to increase and decrease the effect of gravity on something? Hey, knock yourself out. I want my character to make rain with the power of lasers! Ahh go on then you little scamp!

So the most powerful ability of all? How about the power to copy them all! To memorize absolutely every single power and use them whenever, doesn’t even matter. Adam Blade has a clone who can use the same power, “Zero” to even greater effect, “Positive Feedback Zero!” Doesn’t matter, that guy’s falling apart at the seams, and Adam is a mental case who can destroy whatever he pleases.

In fact Adam’s greatest power is that the story is always on his side, Needless is not an anime for those in need of deep cerebral involvement. His greatest weakness is cute girls, so his immense power is easily diffused… but he’ll fight so much harder to protect an adorable face!

1) Whis – Dragon Ball

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I hate to use such a vague character as the most overpowered, but even the creator of the series has confirmed the amount of power this guy has. Let’s just say this: the most powerful foe that Goku has faced to date is arguably Beerus. On the power scales of a scale of 1 to 10, Akira Toriyama assigned the powers as Whis not just breaking the scale, but being 1.5 times more powerful than the most powerful entity in the universe (Beerus).

The most positive message to take out of all of this: If Goku in a Super Saiyan God form cannot defeat Beerus, then that gives Goku something to work towards in the future. Eventually, maybe he’ll get to fight Whis when we’re not playing Dragon Ball Xenoverse? Heck, even in that, Whis doesn’t really lose. He just gets bored of you.


Honourable Mentions

Hercule/Mr Satan – DragonBall Z

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Specifically from the Z saga, would you believe that Mr Satan was the strongest human ever? Did you know he beat Cell?!

Well actually, this blubbering buffoon didn’t do anything like that. In fact, he was rather lame. But it doesn’t change that in the books, he’s defeated some of the most powerful foes. Humans world wide are aware that Hercule defeated the incredibly powerful Cell. Not only that, he managed to take on the newcomer Android 18 to win a tournament. With his Super Megaton Punch with a Delayed Reaction, which he had been perfecting for 10 years.

Never change, Mr Satan.

Principal – Nichijou

Hits the German Suplex on a deer. He is in a losing battle against one ferocious competitor, the deer, who he needs to remove from campus. We can’t be having a stinkin’ deer on school grounds now can we!? He gets smacked around, is even dangerously close to death himself. From losing all that blood, to doing moonsaults and the old offer a deer biscuit trip, the Principal seems like he’s going to fall to his competition. Then, from outta nowhere, he hits his German Suplex which was so perfect, so pristine, that his hair seemingly cannot cope with the amount of awesome it’s been put through.

My work here is done.


That’s all we’ve got time for in this weeks Top 10. Did you find the characters to be pretty damn overpowered? What do you all think about the strange inclusion of characters such as Eliza, who isn’t overpowered in terms of how long she’s able to be maintained for, but in terms of a character we felt she actually was. So then, let us know in the comments what you thought about our choice of overpowered characters. Did we miss any? We know we did.

Don’t forget to vote for next weeks’ Top 10, where we’ve got some crazy choices for you this week! Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook or Twitter what you liked or disliked about this weeks article.


Top 10 Crazies in Anime

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In this weeks Top 10, we step away from gaming and move out to another subject of ours that we all enjoy – Anime!

But me and Joel couldn’t compile this list ourselves. It’s time to enlist the help of two friends of ours who also enjoy a great anime… Or ten! We’re joined today by Kevin and Dave. Dave’s written a piece for one of our Top 10‘s before, so do check out his post on Half Life’s alternate worlds. Kevin is well versed in anime, so check out his really cool favourite anime lists.

WARNING: People of a sensitive disposition is advised to use viewer discretion when looking through some of these… You have been warned.


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10) Mio – Nichijou! My Ordinary Life

Amusingly, one of the most insane characters in anime is a total representation of how some people think and react in the real world.

Mio is this blue haired girl who is an exceptionally great artist of manga art, making her a manga-ka. But she doesn’t want to share her work with the world. It wouldn’t be right to. After all, her manga artwork is quite personal to her…

… She draws Yaoi (Also known as Boys’ Love).Just watch the clip. What’s beautiful about this character is how simple this is. There are some artists who would react like this in their heads. In the real world, they wouldn’t attack people and goats over this.

I hope.

9) Envy – Fullmetal Alchemist

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Yes, he is crazy.

What, so a guy who hates what all humans have isn’t crazy? He hates that humans can feel pity for a creature like him? He’s not mortal: He’s a homonculus who probably confused most teenage boys and girls with his androgynous looks. He can take the form of any character, learning what makes his victims tick and using it to his advantage.

Plus have you heard him laugh!? If that isn’t crazy, nothing is. He’s egotistical, sadistic and down-right sick. He’s smart and he’s witty. He’s almost perfect, if he wasn’t so envious of humanity.

8) Lina Inverse – Slayers

Lina is a dangerous cocktail. One of the most powerful sorcerers in the known world, a prodigy by all accounts, but with a short temper and a vindictive streak; get on her bad side and she’ll blast you to pieces, with little regard as to the consequences. Even as a hero, she’ll go overboard, using one of the most powerful black magic spells, Dragon Slave, to solve most situations. The spell will kill whatever she’s targeting…and destroy everything around her, including your town if that’s what she’s protecting. Don’t dare to call her flat chested and if you’re a dragon, make sure not to step over her, she’ll take your refusal to stomp her as an insult and then you’re screwed.

7) Don Patch – Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo

Okay, there isn’t a single sane character in this insanely Japanese humoured show but I chose Donpatch as the most insane character in the anime. Ha, I would say the most insane character in anime personally!

So Donpatch is this little sun-fellow. He and Bobobo often find themselves trying to “Wig Out’ one another, as well as their opponents. Together, Bobobo, Don Patch and crew can fuse together to become such ingenious beings, like the powerful(?!) PatchBobo. Don Patch however goes one step further than Bobobo does: He thinks he’s the real star of the show!

Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo stands at the top of the charts in terms of crazy anime, so therefore it was a simple decision to put a character from the series in our crazies in anime list. Why not the most self-obsessive and delusional of them all?

6) Father Alexander Anderson – Hellsing

So utterly consumed by his need to destroy those the catholic church dubs “unholy monsters,” Alexander Armstrong of the Order of Iscariot has become a monster himself, capable of untold and sickening abilities that make him beyond human, and yet he will not see his own hypocrisy. If only he would listen to his greatest nemesis, “Only humans can kill monsters.”

Now, delusional psychopathy and reckless abandon to the point of compromising his own ideals and principals would be enough to get the Judas Priest onto the list, but that laugh….

5) Ali Al-Saachez – Gundam 00

Ali isn’t a nice guy by any stretch of the imagination. He likes fighting and killing and thinks peace is a ridiculous concept. Before even making it into the plot, he’d already changed the lives of some of the protagonists, killing their families or in the case of protagonist Setsuna, turning him into a child soldier and then forcing him to kill his own parents. Ali fights for the highest bidder but will go out of his way to kill and commit any atrocity he can, only because it’s FUN.

4) Lucy – Elfen Lied

From Elfen Lied, Lucy is a diclonius girl who was shunned as a child and kept locked away in a science lab which would make anyone a little crazy. One day she manages to escape in what can only be described as a complete massacre of anyone that stood in her way. Unfortunately she is injured along the way bringing about her split personality called Nyuu (Named because it’s one of the only things she can say at the time).

Nyuu is the complete opposite to Lucy, she is almost childlike in her behaviour and needs looking after by Kouta after he finds her injured from her escape. Don’t let Nyuu’s personality fool you though, when she is feeling threatened she snaps straight back to being Lucy, who now has a serious grudge against humanity.

Lucy is certainly not someone you want to be on the bad side of. Throughout the series she shows a complete lack of empathy towards people and will often severe limbs or blind her enemies and just leave them to die. And to make things worse she is aided by having razor sharp invisible extra arms called vectors that come with being a diclonius.

3) Kogarashi – Kamen no Maid Guy

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Imagine Arnold Schwarzenegger dressed as a French maid. If that doesn’t sound crazy enough for you then how about this: as a Maid Guy he has a variety of powers ranging from levitation to desiccating things with his bare hands and having 37 senses. But it’s not the powers that make him part of our list, but his complete disregard for personal space, secrecy, privacy and social norm. He will serve you and protect you, but will do so going to such extreme lengths you’ll probably die anyway. Poor Naeka has to deal with him publicly assessing her measurements, waking her up with a hose and cold water and even come to her school and reveal her darkest secrets.

2) Yuno Gasai – Mirai Nikki

She may not be the main character of Mirai Nikki But she’s what makes it awesome and of course she had to be high on the list of crazies!

As soon as Yuki joins the future diary competition he becomes the target of almost all the other competitors, this is something that Yuno cannot allow. Yuno is the stalker to shame all stalkers, fanatically infatuated by Yuki to the point where her future diaries secret power is knowing everything that is happening to him. She will do anything she can to protect Yuki and make him love her, no matter who she has to kill or what danger she has to put herself in.

From the second she reveals she is part of the competition you can tell Yuno is going to be a crazy character and she certainly doesn’t disappoint. Every episode you see a little more of Yuno and every episode she seems to get a little (Or a lot) crazier. You really have to watch to see for yourself just how nuts she can get.

1) Excalibur – Soul Eater

For those of you unaware, in Soul Eater, weapons take human (or at least humanoid) form because at one time they were – in fact – people. Of course legendary weapons such as the Reaper’s Scythe and Excalibur are people too, but the latter… Well, look:

There is just no connection to reality, or other people! I’d also like to mention that the English and Japanese voice both perfectly capture his level of… insanity. No words can be put to him, and that, I think makes him particularly noteworthy, and deserving of our number one spot in our top ten.


Honourable Mentions

We need to show the world the craziest characters in anime, but these two really aren’t far off the mark in our opinions! They deserve the mention as they are both slightly oddballed!

Well, one isn’t an easy one to mention at all, as one isn’t one what-so-ever! Still, check out our two choices for honourable mentions for craziest characters in anime.

The whole cast of Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni

No one Higurashi character can go on the list without including all of the others! The series retells the tale of a group of village-school students succumbing to a mysterious insanity that drives them to kill remorselessly and, at times, creatively! Kidnap, torture, mind control, aggressive bludgeonings, and rivers of blood! Not your average day at school.

The school of slaughter makes it into our honours list because they are no single individual, and the actual crazy-person changes with each resetting of the story, but when you’re talking insanity and anime, there was no way I was leaving them out.

Lelouch Lamperouge – Code Geass

Lelouch is the exiled prince of Britannia, a world super power that has conquered Japan and stripped its citizens of their rights. Lelouch is determined to find out who killed his mother and make a better world for his injured sister Nunnally. One day while he stumbles into the middle of a terrorist attack Lelouch meets a strange girl who offers him the power known as Geass. This new power lets him give one command to anyone he has eye contact with to do as he says.

As a brilliant strategist Lelouch takes no time to start using to get his dream of a better future and joins the rebellion against the Britannian empire. Lelouch gets an honorary mention in this top ten for his unwavering commitment to his goals and his complete disregard for the lives of everyone around him, seeing them as merely pawns in the bigger game of the rebellion.


 

Thanks goes to our good friends Kevin from The Mental Attic and 1001-Up and one of our personal close friends Dave, who joined us as one of our earliest Top 10 guests!

We thought these characters were pretty crazy but we realise we’ve missed a shed-load of crazy anime characters. Why not let us know who your personal craziest anime characters are and join in the debate: Did we number our crazies well? We went with the same idea as we did in our Top 10 Craziest Characters in Gaming post, where “just because you’re a psycho, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re also crazy“. Our distinction was that psychopaths could be hell-bent on revenge for a cause: but if they are also into licking windows, then they are basically crazy.

Join us again next time for another exciting Top 10!


Nichijou – My Ordinary Life

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Right. This is one I’ve been watching ONLY via YouTube and ONLY via clips. Therefore, I do not know loads about this series. However, since I’ve been reviewing shorter series as of late, this one strikes me as one of the best of the best. 26 episodes for the anime – That is all that has been released. Throughout this, I’ll be sharing with you some of my favourite clips as well as explaining what this is all about. Now, on with the “review”…

I should really make a format for these.

Art

Yes, just an ordinary day.

The art direction in Nichijou is some of the purely spectacular art and animation of any anime I think I’ve seen. I say this a fair bit, I realise, but I seem to be going from great to great in anime (Ooh, next time I’ll review one I know I didn’t like!) As proof, I present a video clip, of the struggles of trying to open a pumpkin (DISCLAIMER: I definitely had more trouble than this opening the pumpkin I used for my helmet).


That is one hard pumpkin.

Story

Actually, this is where Nichijou would fall if this were a serious review. You see, Nichijou, doesn’t truly have an absolute story. It’s more about these high school students going about their ordinary lives. Sure, it might be in an extra ordinary sort of environment, what with a boy who rides his goat to school, a girl who’s… Simply put, a troll… a child scientist who made a perfect android, but can’t handle simple things, like not getting herself trapped in glue – This is just about a day in the life, no, a day in the ordinary lives of the people of this world.

Certainly, this type of humour can be considered a “Slice of life” though I would be really pleased to hear from you if your lives ever look or sound like what you’ll witness.

With this being said, have another clip.

Now we’re getting serious, see?

Music

Well, as per usual, anime music isn’t my forte. I’ll have to break this mould some day. However, I will say this: Many of the scenes have an important piece of music to it. The music sets the tone for the rest of the clip. The above two, you heard the “inspirational” sound when trying to break a pumpkin. You heard the ferociousness of the heat of the battle with the deer… And to top it all off, this series has a pretty funky opening. Enjoy another clip.


Keeping to the rather charming style of Nichijou throughout, even the theme is fun!

 

Overall

Pointless! Bizarre! Strange!

Absolute fun. Go ahead and watch this one, or do what I did: Watch the clips. As far as I’m aware, there’s no greater plot to this show, than to be purely entertaining and funny.

So, without further adieu, my absolute favourite scene from this series:

Always watch out for the girls who are into Yaoi. GOODNIGHT!