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Saimoe GOTY 2020 Special - Best Girl THICC Eyebrows And Best Boy Armpits Glimpse Popularity Poll - Dream Match

2020 sure was 2020, but it also delivered great candidates for our Saimoe GOTY 2020 Special - Best Girl THICC Eyebrows and Best Boy Armpits Glimpse Awards.

January 4, 2021

Now that the official DualShockers GOTY 2020 results have been published, we Weebs/Otaku/Nerds/Whatever appellation floats your Nice Boat, still have one more battlefield we must face, a Saimoe to decide the Best Girl and Best Boy of 2020 in Japanese games. However this is a high-level, special Saimoe vote, geared towards those built different, where we will be discussing two of the best elements of Japanese-stylized chara design: DualShockers presents Saimoe GOTY 2020 Special – Best Girl THICC Eyebrows And Best Boy Armpits Glimpse Popularity Poll – Dream Match.

Long story short, through a Saimoe reader’s vote, you can elect the Best Girl THICC Eyebrows and Best Boy Armpits Glimpse of 2020. You can vote through the comments, through a google form, or through Twitter polls. We’ll have the Twitter polls in Japanese as well, so even the weebest who only allows their eyes to set upon the legendary language, along with our Japanese peers, will be able to vote.

Click here to vote.

As you can see, four characters in each award have been nominated through a rigorous nomination process. We’ve detailed the characters further below.

Moe is a word that became popularized in 90s and early 2000s in Japan. It basically describes all types of love you feel for 2D/anime stylized characters as an otaku, though the word is used differently depending on the person. Saimoe was a popular early 2000s fan-organized poll on Japanese message boards. Each year, anime fans would vote for Saimoe to determine the saimoe, or “most moe” characters, with various subcategories and rankings. Multiple English versions of Saimoe launched in the 2000s, some of which are still ongoing like International Saimoe League.

Moreover, note that we purposefully aren’t calling the characters “waifus” and “husbandos” here.

Those two words lost their meanings over the years, and are now simply used to designate any female/male character. Like, when a new game comes out with its characters, and everyone goes “Check out the new waifus”. Initially, your waifu and/or husbando meant the characters you loved the most, ever, not the first cute or cool character you came across. Nowadays in Japan, the word “Oshi” has replaced waifu/husbando when mentioning your favorite characters, but the concept never went away. We’re not joking around here and highly respect etymology and history. Don’t make me repeat myself, Saimoe is Serious. Fucking. Business.

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Last but not least, we’ve included comments on the seiyuu of each of the characters. As voice acting is an incredibly important element when it comes to loving Japanese stylized/2D characters. Anyways, here are the nominations.

DualShockers Saimoe GOTY 2020 Special – Best Girl THICC Eyebrows Award Nominations

Called 太眉 in Japanese, futomayu or THICC eyebrows are a common characteristic in anime. Though relatively unpopular when compared to other elements. We’ve been blessed with a handful of Best Girl THICC eyebrows last year. However, now that 2020 ended, There Can Be Only One. Here are the four characters nominated for the Best Girl THICC Eyebrows Award.

Breath of the Wild Zelda – Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Breath of the Wild Zelda is one of the cutest Zelda in series history, all thanks to her THICC eyebrows. This pair of eyebrows is the real reason why Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity became the highest selling Musou of all time so fast. With 3 million copies. Moreover, Zelda’s eyebrows are the reason why the BOTW sequel will definitely be a masterpiece. Let’s hope we’ll get to see them in 2021.

Seiyuu point: BOTW Zelda is voiced by Yu Shimamura. She also voiced Skyward Sword Zelda, and did several princess roles in the past: Aida in Gundam G no Reconguista, and Haruno Haruka in Go! Princess Pretty Cure. Yu Shimamura’s voice has a royal feel to it, a perfect match for royal THICC eyebrows.

Medina Orthinanos – Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris

Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris is the biggest rival of Cyberpunk 2077. When it comes to buggy 2020 launches that is. However, the first Sword Art Online console game to adapt part of the long Alicization arc still had an incredibly strong selling point at launch: its original character Medina and her THICC eyebrows. Producer Yousuke Futami is the one who decided Medina’s chara design, and to give her THICC eyebrows. Be sure to give FutamiP a follow on Twitter. Over the months after release, he kept doing his best to fix the game. Despite the incredibly harsh comments he kept receiving on Twitter, he never quit either. I’m sure most would have downright closed down their Twitter if they found themselves in a similar situation. However, FutamiP like Souther in Hokuto no Ken, didn’t give up or retreat. A true defender of THICC eyebrows.

Seiyuu point: Medina Orthinanos is voiced by Miho Okasaki. She’s a relatively new seiyuu and only did a handful of main roles so far. She was most notably Rimuru in TenSura. One thing sure though, by voicing a character with THICC eyebrows as good as Medina’s, Miho Okasaki’s future career looks bright.

Sam –  N1RV Ann-A

Sukeban Games, the developer of the best Cyberpunk game of these past few years, VA-11 Hall-A, is currently working on a sequel titled N1RV Ann-A. The protagonist, Sam, has a beautiful pair of long, flat, and yet THICC eyebrows. Flat, but THICC. It’s very important. Sam is also a mom, and the game will be about relationships, among other things.

While we don’t know much about N1RV Ann-A or when it’ll release, we do know Sukeban Games has been going through hard times. Drop some thoughts and prayers for the developers. Wishlist the game on Steam as a demo will come around at some point. And thank Sukeban Games for understanding the greatness of anime girls with THICC eyebrows. Sukeban Games might not be based in Japan, it’s a Japanese studio thorough. Lastly, note that Sam still counts as a 2020 character. N1RV Ann-A was first scheduled for 2020 on Switch, PS4, Steam, before its delay. As such, the THICC anime eyebrows committee decided Sam is still eligible. These meetings ares super secret, online only, voice only, and we only discuss THICC eyebrows while Gendoposing.

Seiyuu point: None, as Sukeban Games works aren’t voiced.

Xiangling – Genshin Impact

While technically made by miHoYo, a studio born in Shangai, Genshin Impact (PC, PS4, PS5, Mobile, Switch TBD) is a pure Japanese game. Its developers perfectly understood otaku culture. And the best example which proves this are the beautiful, small but THICC eyebrows of Xiangling. Small but THICC eyebrows is the most popular sub-category of THICC eyebrows. The most popular example of the last decade being Mugi from K-on (pronounced “Kei-on”).

Seiyuu point: Xiangling is voiced by Ari Ozawa, a relatively new seiyuu. One of her first main roles was Chiyo Sakura, the protagonist of Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun. Ari Ozawa does a great job at voicing Xiangling and her work greatly contributes to the character’s charisma.

DualShockers Saimoe GOTY 2020 Special – Best Boy Armpits Glimpse Award Nominations

腋チラ男子 – Wakichira danshi, anime boys showing glimpse of their armpits, was also a theme of 2020, with some pretty good representatives released this year. Note that we’re talking about glimpses here. This means characters who are half-naked or clearly always expose their armpits don’t qualify. Sleeveless and tank-top wearing characters are fine, however. It’s all about subtlety and Chirarism.

Zagreus – Hades

Hades is definitely a Japanese game seeing you WILL fall in love with the characters as you play. A classic characteristic of remarkable Japanese games. As such, Zagreus passed our rigorous selection for our Saimoe GOTY 2020 Special. Supergiant games knew what it was doing, and it did it well. Beautiful armpits, refined through two years of Early Access. Moreover, this is also the real reason why some players take so much time picking their Boons. It’s not the Boons we’re looking at.

Seiyuu point: Needless to say, Hades only has an English dub. However, the voice actor of Zagreus, Darren Korb, did an awesome job. The voice-overs in Hades are so good it has the same qualities as a Japanese dub.

Hawkeye – Trials of Mana

Trials of Mana is both a good and a bad remake, in how it’s way too faithful when it comes to its script and screenplay. Back on SNES, we could use our imagination to fill in the blanks. Now that the game is in full 3D, it’s awkward to see absolutely no direction during the cutscenes. However, there is one thing we could only imagine for 25 years and we can finally get glimpses of now. And that is armpits. With Hawkeye sporting the best armpit Chirarism in the game. Compared to Duran and Kevin, who are always half naked.

Seiyuu point: Hawkeye is voiced by Yuuki Ono, a veteran seiyuu. He starred in multiple popular series: Gran and Lancelot in Granblue Fantasy, Josuke in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, Kyosuke Kiryu in Yugioh 5D’s, Zenkichi in Medaka Box, and Taiga Kagami in Kuroko no Basuke. Yuuki Ono also voiced Chatelard, the dark-skinned bishie knight in Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, coming February 2 in America on PS4.

Cloud – Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake is the other remake on this list. However, when it comes to Cloud, we had plenty of occasions to catch glimpses of his armpits with Final Fantasy VII Advent Children or Super Smash Bros. Square Enix always knew what the players wanted, and it delivered. You know how Cloud, in the Remake, always takes his battle stance at the end of an event cutscene leading to a fight? The way he lifts his sword, the camera pan, and how you can catch glimpses of his right armpit that way? That’s by far one of the best parts of the Remake. Tetsuya Nomura knew.

Seiyuu point: Cloud is voiced by Takahiro Sakurai, a decades-long veteran, one of the most popular seiyuu of all time. And the most popular seiyuu on this list by far.  Takahiro Sakurai voiced Suzaku in Code Geass, Crow in the Kiseki/ Trails series. Or Makishima in Psycho-Pass. In Fire Emblem Heroes, Takahiro Sakurai is also the voice of Julius from Fire Emblem Genealogy of the Holy War / FE4. Which makes any FE fan and otaku salivate at the idea of a full-voiced remake of FE4. Don’t disappoint us Nintendo, announce that remake as the next Echoes in 2021. Sakurai is also the current voice of Shiryu in Saint Seiya, and of Griffith in Berserk. That ice-cold and cool voice of his just fits perfectly with those ice-cold looking armpits of Cloud.

Xiao – Genshin Impact

As we previously explained, miHoYo has an elevated understanding of otaku culture and how to make beloved characters. As such, obviously Genshin Impact ended up nominated in both the Best Girl THICC Eyebrows and Best Boy Armpits Glimpse Awards of our Saimoe 2020 special. Moreover, among boys armpits glimpse lovers playing Genshin Impact, Xiao is also known as the 幻想腋チラ – Illusion Armpits. Because while he appears in the main story, Xiao isn’t playable yet. Players could use Xiao in some of the pre-release Beta Tests, but he’s only been teased to launch in February 2021 with Version 1.3. In short, there are only a few, missable occasions to catch glimpses of Xiao’s armpits at the moment. That’s why YouTubers keep uploading Xiao gameplay videos from old Beta Tests. As no one can resist Xiao’s armpits.

Seiyuu point: Xiao is voiced by Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, best known for voicing Kirito in SAO, and protagonist-of-every-recent harem-anime-adaptation-by-a-production-committee-looking-to-advertise-the-original-novel-or-manga. A good example is The Quintessential Quintuplets, which is getting a PS4, Switch adaptation in 2021.

There you have it. The nominations for our Saimoe GOTY 2020 Special – Best Girl THICC Eyebrows And Best Boy Armpits Glimpse Popularity Poll – Dream Match. Stay tuned as the results will be published soon. If you missed the link earlier, you can vote here.

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Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been watching anime for over 25 years, and plays Genshin Impact mainly for its story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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