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7 Reasons Gentlemen Prefer Elves

by Lynzee Loveridge,

The term "bombshell" was coined, very appropriately, during World War II to refer to the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, and other sex symbols of the era. There aren't any elves in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but there are plenty of wild, voluptuous fantasy women wielding swords and staves in the medieval worlds our adventurers inhabit.

7. Myucel Folan (Outbreak Company) Myucel barely makes the list since the term "bombshell" usually refers not only to a person's attractiveness, but their confidence too. The half-elf Myucel is a bit lacking in the latter department after years of contempt from both humans and elves alike, but she has that demure maid costume shtick working for her in spades. Myucel doubts her own abilities, but she's actually very bright and picks up Japanese before anyone else in the Holy Eldant Empire. She also has some latent combat abilities from her previous job as a soldier, and was even acknowledged by her superiors for her casting abilities.

6. Sakuya (Sword Art Online) Sakuya is the democratically elected Queen of Sylphs, blending both beauty and political power into one sexy swordsman. She boasts supermodel height and hourglass figure (35-24-33) which she isn't shy about using on anyone she takes an interest in, whether it's Kirito or her friend Alicia Rue. She favors Japanese-style things, like her katana and traditional kimono garb. Unfortunately her position as Queen leaves her little time to keep up on her combat abilities, but she's still head and shoulders above most of the contestants in the Sylph dueling tournaments.

5. Echidna (Queen's Blade) Let's not pretend that every character in this franchise isn't unabashedly erotic in some way. The Wild Elf Echidna is no exception, banking on her not-so-subtle snake motif while looking like a fantasy pin-up Luis Royo would design. Her thong is actually a living snake and certain official figures take that a step further. You can figure it out. It's terrifying, but danger is part of Echidna's sex appeal. As a sword-for-hire, she's unmatched and revels in her opponent's defeat. She secretly hides a cheerful side behind all her perverted, sadistic posturing.

4. Aura Shurifon (Tenchi Muyo!: War on Geminar) Aura is the Dark Elves' rough and tumble Princess. She's more interested in piloting her dragon-like mecha and hanging out in the woods than stereotypical "princess stuff" and appreciates anyone who can match her survival abilities. She isn't without a cute side though, as all elves on Geminar go through mood swings during particular times of the day. Aura will drop her stoic, straight-laced demeanor for a girly and naive one in the morning.

3. Fiel Nilvalen (No Game, No Life) Fiel is the curvy Elven queen of under cleavage. What's most attractive about her, though, is her limitless dedication to her girlfriend slave game partner Chlammy. Elves in Boardtop World are a prideful race and Fiel is no exception, but she's willing to lose face among her family as a magic user to protect her friend. Her soft-spoken nature also hides a serious, intuitive gamer who isn't above cheating to win.

2. Deedlit (Record of Lodoss War) Many a fantasy fan got hooked on anime thanks to Ryo Mizuno's tabletop game turned OVA in 1990. The show had all the staples that D&D players love: a ragtag party made up of the quintessential character classes, lots of dragons, and a quest to save the world. Among the group of heroes, is the high-elf Shaman Deedlit who would set the example for all magic using, blonde elves to come after her but her charm has yet to be replicated. Highly knowledgeable, an adept magic user and swordsman, and beautiful to boot, it's really no wonder Parn fell for her.

1. Pirotess (Record of Lodoss War) Pirotess and Deedlit are opposing sides of the same coin. If Deedlit is the quintessential high elf, Pirotess is her shadowy Drow counterpart. She's fiercely loyal to Ashram and is willing to use her assassin skills in whatever way he needs to fulfill his plans. Because their personalities are appealing in different ways, it's hard to place either character over the other. Fans of the show usually fall in one elf girl's camp, so I'll take the super intense dark romance of Pirotess and Ashram over the magical and chipper Deedlit and Parn. Fight among yourselves.

The new poll: Do you fancy yourself a tabletop gamer? What Dungeons and Dragons edition got you started?

The old poll: Last week we asked what anime series you most want rescued. Surprisingly, a number a votes had to be thrown out because 50 or more people voted for anime that's available legally in America, like Pokémon, A Certain Magical Index, or Highschool of the Dead. The number one choice though, was the anime adaptation of Naoki Urasawa's Monster which never got a full home video release here due to poor sales (according to Viz). The results were pretty divided though :

  1. Monster 7.2%
  2. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni 6.6%
  3. Bakuman 5.6%
  4. Nichijou 5.5%
  5. Neon Genesis Evangelion 4.7%
  6. Gosick 4.3%
  7. Paranoia Agent 4.2%
  8. Zoids Series 4.0%
  9. Wolf's Rain 3.7%
  10. Hunter X Hunter 3.6%
  11. Rave Master 3.1%
  12. Urusei Yatsura 2.6%
  13. Kino's Journey 2.5%
  14. Tokyo Mew Mew 2.3%
  15. Record of Lodoss War 2.1%
  16. Hikaru no Go 2.1%
  17. Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei 2.0%
  18. Hajime no Ippo (Fighting Spirit) 1.7%
  19. Kamichu! 1.4%
  20. Azumanga Daioh 1.3%
  21. Mobile Suit Gundam 1.3%
  22. Ojamajo Doremi 1.1%
  23. City Hunter 1.0%
  24. Boys Over Flowers 1.0%
  25. Mahou Sensei Negima! 1.0%
  26. Saiunkoku Monogatari 1.0%

When she isn't compiling lists of tropes, topics, and characters, Lynzee works as Associate Editor for Anime News Network and posts pictures of her son on Twitter @ANN_Lynzee.

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