Animation has brought forth many characters that have touched the hearts of fans, and last year the character of Otosaka Ayumi from the anime ‘Charlotte’. This timeline seeks to outline the potential inspiration that helped create Ayumi.
Otosaka Ayumi (2015)
Ayumi is the cheerful, supportive younger sister of Otosaka Yuu. She can be annoying at times but she always means well, her annoying tendencies springing from her excitable personality, such as leaving annoying messages on her brother’s bento, making her a cute character that is impossible to hate.
She has huge expressive eyes that shine with happiness. Her long hair is always flowing behind her as she excitedly bounces and runs around. Ayumi only has four outfits seen in ‘Charlotte’, her school uniform, casual clothes, winter clothes and her pyjamas, and all these outfits are some form of a red, orange or yellow colour palette (discounting the uniform, which only has the red bow.) These colours are vibrant and reflect her happy personality.
Ayase Alisa (2013)
Ayase Alisa is from the anime ‘LoveLive! School Idol Project’. She is very much like Ayumi, sharing an interest in music, and loving her older sibling.
Like Ayumi, Alisa is the cheerful, supportive younger sister of Ayase Eli. Alisa’s supportiveness is shown through her willingness to voice her opinion, without fear of people shooting her down. Her character design is also cute in appearance, and helps with her personality when she makes adorable mistakes while trying to help her older sister.
Alisa wears a lot of white clothes, occasionally wearing black or dark blue, reflecting her innocent nature. Most of the time its her uniform, in a simple sailor outfit style. Also in likeness to Ayumi, she has the same expressive eyes and, though shorter, free flowing hair. While she might not bounce around like Ayumi all of the time, she is no less cute.
Dojima Nanako (2008)
From the game ‘Persona 4’, Dojima Nanako is the younger cousin of the protagonist.
Nanako is shy when she first meets the protagonist, but very quickly shows that she cares for him, and wants to help her older cousin, and while she may be more mature than Ayumi and Alisa, Nanako still shows the childish innocence that both of the aforementioned characters have, calling the protagonist and his friends her “big brothers” and “big sisters”.
She wears a lot of pink and white throughout the game. The white showing her innocence, like Alisa, and the pink representing her cheerfulness, like Ayumi. She still has the same expressive eyes as the previous two characters, but her hair is different, being tied into two ponytails on either side of her head, instead of flowing free, giving her a slightly more childish look.
In the ‘Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker’, Aryll, like Nanako, is a mature and helpful character. Aryll is the Hero’s little sister, and she tries to assist her brother and grandmother in any way she can, lending the Hero her telescope for his birthday. Ayrll is also compassionate, shown when she asks the Hero to help Tetra, whom she has seen being dropped by a giant bird. She also loves playing with seagulls, showing an affinity for animals.
The simpleness of Aryll’s dress, like Nanako’s, shows off the childish innocence of the character. Her eyes are less expressive, stemming from the lack of colour to them, but they still show the excited nature of Aryll through angles. Her hair is the exact same style as Nanako’s, also adding to the childishness of the character.
Lucy Pevensie (1950)
As the youngest of the Pevensie children, Lucy is often disregarded by her older siblings, as seen when she insists that the Wardrobe leads to Narnia, and several other times during the series. She is compassionate and willing to help everyone, when she want to help Mr Tumnus the Faun. She is also brave, adventurous and very curious.
In ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, the first time we meet Lucy in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, she wears simple dresses, common to young girls during the time the story is set, 1940, World War II. Her hair, once again, is like Aryll and Nanako’s, in twin tails on either side of her head.
Alice, like Lucy, falls into a magical world which she then explores. In Wonderland, Alice displays her curiosity and courage as she traverses, meeting many strange and weird characters like the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts. Alice is also somewhat helpful, in her (sort of) assisting the Duchess look after the baby which turns into a pig. Alice tries hard to be polite, but seems to fail to take into consideration others feelings.
The original Alice, drawn by John Tenniel, has free flowing hair like Ayumi and Alisa, and a simple dress like Lucy. The style fits in with the style of the time period.
From Alice to Ayumi a clear archetype is formed, as the supportive younger sibling. It shows the character in a cute and encouraging fashion. These characters can’t be hated, and can cause much change to the emotional atmosphere of the world around them.
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Ayase Alisa. (2016). Love Live! Wiki. http://love-live.wikia.com/wiki/Ayase_Alisa
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Nanako Dojima. (2016). Megami Tensei Wiki. http://megamitensei.wikia.com/wiki/Nanako_Dojima
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Lewis, C. S. (1998). The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (colour edition). London: HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Lucy Pevensie. (2016). The Chronicles of Narnia Wiki. http://narnia.wikia.com/wiki/Lucy_Pevensie
Carroll, L. (1865). Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. London: Macmillan and Co.
Alice (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland). (2016). Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_(Alice%27s_Adventures_in_Wonderland)