There’s seemingly always a trending characteristic every anime season – and for the ongoing spring of 2012, black hair with a ponytail appears to be a current dominant force in cute female moe qualities.
Whether this is a mass coincidence or what, it would be fruitless to bother guessing – however it’s certain that many who find themselves of the relevant fetish are definitely to be reveling in satisfaction right now, and perhaps in need of some identifiable information.
The first, and rather proud, ponytail sporting female seen below is the ghostly bishoujo Yuuko of Tasogare Otome – she practically desecrates the ponytail as she merely wears it as if it were something simply to prevent interference from the mane during activities. This is a lack of appreciation for the ponytail as a style element instead of a convenience – like one rolling up their sleeves solely so they don’t become dirtied by whatever, versus doing it out of a look hoped to be achieved. This solidly places her in the ranking of last.
Accel World’s semi-tsundere butterfly character does view the ponytail under a more respectable light – yet it’s not always that she wears it, and rather than recognize the hairstyle as a top contending device for furthering the appearance, she mainly utilizes it to appease her fat pig friend. In other words, she’s more specifically out to satisfy the fat pig – she’s not cognizant of a ponytail’s worth as is, gaining herself the middle spot of third on this imaginary list.
And then there arrives the dull zombie girl of Sankarea, “Sanka Rea” – who even with a ponytail, isn’t much in particular personality-wise, and thus instantly fails in this contention, being put in fourth place out of pity.
Next, while she was merely an expendable side-character, the girl adorned in white dress from Fate/Zero is quite a notable proponent of ponytails – contrastingly, the leading female of Hyouka is not particularly note-worthy in her hairstyle as she wears it only for a minuscule period, yet sure enough, she does wear it. However, as with nearly all the others to come before her, Hyouka’s moeblob loses this bout – although the reason here is more of a photo finish.
Initially, one would be quick to disqualify the moeblob for her insolence in only once wearing a ponytail – yet considering the matter deeper, she wore a ponytail when she went to meet her potential lover, Oreki, in a cafe. This could indicate she’s well aware of the ponytail’s value – and saves it for the more deserving occasions, which effectively puts her in second place.
Fate/Zero’s entry into this fetish is the most superior of the season – and that’s as the girl in question, Kiritsugu’s short-lived girlfriend, actually wore a ponytail on a regular basis, whereas all the other feminine creatures here merely decided on it as some sort of escape from the usual.
It is the seasoned veteran who enjoys victory here – a few of the others did fight hard, whilst some didn’t even bother to try, yet ultimately, Fate/Zero’s one-shot character simply wears it best.