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Happiness can come in a variety of forms, but nothing speaks more than the smile. Every waking moment of our lives we are greeted with at least one smile, whether it be from a friend or a loved one. This simple action can turn a sour day into the sweetest of moments, while the dopamine runs throughout your body giving you an extreme feeling of joy. No matter what the occasion a smile can transform even the most dangerous of beasts into the most gentle and tame, and all it took were a few muscles. We thought it would be great to brighten your day as well by giving you our top ten list of anime smiles so that way your day can be a beautiful one. So without further delay let us jump right in!
10. Edward "Ed" Wong - Cowboy Bebop
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 3, 1998 – April 24, 1999
Coming in at number ten on our list of anime smiles is Edward Wong from the very popular series Cowboy Bebop. Don't let the tomboy appearance fool you, as Edward is all woman and isn't afraid to speak her mind. Whenever Edward comes up with a clever plan, her face lights up like a bulb waiting to test it out. Not only is Edward very crafty but she's also very fun loving and outgoing, which you'll most definitely see throughout the show. She isn't very strong by any means, but as we've stated before your strength should never always be reliant on external tools. Edward keeps her crew alive and well by just throwing out her smile every now then, making sure that her energy gets shared among everyone.
Have you ever had that one friend who would always walk into a room and immediately the energy just revs up to maximum? Well that's basically Edward in a nutshell. She's a mover and shaker, always on the go to come up with new ideas. If there's a friend that you ever need to bring a smile back to your face on a rainy day, be sure to give Edward a call because she'll be waiting.
9. Pino - Ergo Proxy
- Episodes: 23
- Aired: February 25, 2006 – August 12, 2006
Nothing will ever defeat the cat-like facial expression paired with a smile, and Pino has it down to a science. Children have this way of transforming our days from dark and dull to simply outstanding just from their cute chuckle, and Pino demonstrates this exceptionally well throughout Ergo Proxy. Her smile is truly infectious, and we wouldn't mind taking that infection with us anywhere we go. If her smile was in the form of a candy, we'd surely be hooked on it's sweet and tender core. Pino's eyes always have a gleam of hope within them to let the viewers know that life is pure and magical, as long as you take the right steps to achieve your life purpose. It's almost as if fear doesn't exist in her vocabulary, and what truly matters is staying positive while moving in the right direction.
It's amazing how despite the darkness that surrounds the story in Ergo Proxy, Pino can somehow ignore it all and still maintain a carefree disposition to it all. That is truly something remarkable and perhaps a clue to living a stress free life.
8. Haruko Haruhara - Furi Curi
- Episodes: 6
- Aired: April 26, 2000 – March 16, 2001
Smiles can come in various forms such as the grin, the snicker, and the chuckle just to name a few. Our next candidate shows off so many style of smiles you'd think she was an innovator of it all. Haruko at first glance might look like a typical crazy woman, but in fact she is so full of spunk that it's hard not to look away when watching. Her insane and quirky attitude bring life to the screen and once she starts to show off those various forms of smiling, you start to see why so many love her character. There is truly nothing a smile can't cure because it has every antidode known to man infused within its extraordinary form, and all we can do is give into its hypnotic energy.
Haruko deserves her spot on our top ten because she brings something new to the table, while still maintaining our own form of originality. The uniqueness of her character coated with the charisma she brings to every episode just draw you in, and have you wishing to see more of her. Haruko would be the type of friend you'd love to be around with because her smile shows no boundaries, and her energy keeps you coming back for more.
7. Lucy Heartfilla -Fairy Tail
- Episodes: 175
- Aired: October 12, 2009 – March 30, 2013
Smiles can truly change the life of anyone especially when you're feeling blue. Lucy has this aura that just resonates with the viewer so well, that when you see her you're just enamored by everything she does. She's not only a loyal member of the Fairy Tail Guild, but she's extremely beautiful and well kept. Nothing speaks attraction like a great smile and the moment you're confronted by her, your heartstrings start to pull and you feel a sense of calm within your soul.
While many of us think of power coming from superhuman abilities like throwing big boulders at enemies, or controlling the elements without much thought, the greatest form of power comes in stretching a few muscles in your face. You may not be able to stop a boulder from hitting you, but you just might be able to tame that enemy's heart with a mind blowing grin which is why Lucy deserves the number seven spot on our list.
6. Orihime Inoue - Bleach
- Episodes: 366
- Aired: October 5, 2004 – March 27, 2012
Nothing speaks innocence more than a genuine smile. It's that gleam of hope we all need when the dark clouds just don't seem to want to move. Coming in at number six is Inoue from the popular series Bleach. Inoue is one of the main protagonists of the series where she and Ichigo team up together to put a stop to the evil Hollows that have been terrorizing their city, and bring peace back to the soul society. While Inoue's powers don't come in the form of Bankai's or sword trickery, her greatest ability is to cheer everyone up in times of adversity. Her main power is to heal wounds in battle, but heals a wound greater than a smile? There is no other drug in this world that could surpass the supreme power of a gracious gesture, and that's why Inoue shines so much throughout the series.
In the earlier parts of the series we tend to see Inoue in her more natural form, which is cheerful and full of spunk. That isn't to say that she stopped being happy once Hollow's attacked, but she definitely felt safer in a comfortable environment which is obvious. That being said, Inoue is always there to help others when the situation grants it and she never backs down from a fight even if she knows deep down she's being overpowered. If there's anything that Inoue has taught us through watching, is that you can never be out of energy so long as you have an aura of happiness flowing through your soul. You can chop a man down with a sword but you can never remove a smile from the face of a beautiful woman like Inoue.
5. Shiro - Deadman Wonderland
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 17, 2011 – July 3, 2011
Just because you're considered to be an evil person doesn't mean that you truly are. Our perceptions will always be subjective, and so this brings us to number five on our list which is Shiro. While we don't know much about Shiro initially, our assumption from what you see is that she's on the wrong side of the fence. Once you get to know more about her, you start to realize just how joyous she is about everything. Shiro is a unique character because she plays several roles, and we're not too sure what to expect. One thing we can expect however is her extremely beautiful and cheerful smile. Despite the anime having dark undertones, Shiro breathes life back into the series with her glowing grin and playful attitude.
When it comes to food there's nobody in this world who would ever frown at the succulent dish that lies in front of them. Shiro is a lover of food and the minute she encounters something sweet, that Colgate smirk just pops right out making us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. A smile can truly turn any situation around and Shiro is an excellent example of someone who can still hold her head high despite all the ups and downs.
4. Mitsukuni Haninozuka - Ouran Koukou Host Club
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 5, 2006 –September 27, 2006
Gender never plays a role in the action of a smile, and Mitsukuni proves that to everyone on our number four spot. A smile can travel a thousand miles in a single step, and the moment you're greeted with Mitsukuni's super strong smile you're taken captive by it all. Your body cannot move as you've been locked up behind the bars of serenity, while your heart pounds at the very rhythm that his smile provides. Mitsukuni is very young but youthfulness carries its own form of strength in that people don't tend to take you seriously. When in battle Mitsukuni takes care of business and comes out of it with his angelic smile and personality.
You'd think you were a chocolate because of how quickly you melt when the heat resonating from the rays of his smile hit you directly, leaving you in awe. We could go on for days about how cute Mitsukuni's character is, but for anyone who would like to see his powerful smile in action.
3. Sakura Kinomoto - Card Captor Sakura
- Episodes: 70
- Aired: April 7, 1998 – March 21, 2000
Pokemon had released in 1996 along with various other fantastic titles such as Evangelion reaching global success, and Card Captor Sakura made it's debut. Sakura comes in at a well deserved third position on our list because just looking at her cute appearance, you're bound to smile almost instantly. While she might be more powerful than her peers in the series, her adorable smile is the greatest weapon that anyone could wield. Her innocence really helps the smile to become more meaningful because we know how genuine she is. Her big round green eyes just glow with energy as she looks directly at you and throws out a subtle grin.
Love can make anyone stronger than the mightiest of men, and Sakura's love for those around her truly resonate within your heart. The adventures she embarks on throughout the series are full of excitement, and with her very cute mascot Keroberos by her side, happiness is always with her. We definitely suggest checking out this fantastic series because not only will it make you smile, but it will change your life.
2. An from Anne Happy
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 7, 2016 – June 23, 2016
Anne Happy is one of the newer anime that just released this past spring season, and we thought it would be nice to share a bright example of what a smile truly looks like. An is your typical happy go lucky girl who just wants to enjoy her life with friends. The story somewhat follows a negative trail since An's school is filled with students who have bad karma, or have suffered some misfortune, especially for poor An. Her smile is where things all change because the minute you glance over to see her glowing red eyes and open arms, you feel the urge to run towards her. Bad days and unfortunate moments in our lives will always occur at times we may not enjoy, but these are the very moments that help to build our character. An has been through a lot and with her friends around her going through their own ordeals, it's good to find solace in a smile.
We've discussed how powerful a smile can be, and An's can turn any scenario into a fruitful one because she has such a great way of relating to people. Relationships play an important role not just in this series, but in life itself. Our greatest mentors are the ones we smile with the most because they're the ones who see the potential in us to strive ahead, and to appreciate the wonderful gift that the present moment provides. An is like that very same mentor, and you can see that she tries her best to erase suffering and recreate satisfaction which is something we all need more of in our lives.
1. Naru from Barakamon
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: June 16, 2014 – September 28, 2014
Slice of life will always serve you a big piece of truth that you were never prepared for, and Barakamon most definitely provides in every way. Naru is a first grader who resides on the Goto Islands along with her grandfather, and frequently spends time at Handa's house. We've decided that she belongs on our number one spot because quite frankly nothing will ever beat the smile of a child. Whenever you run into a baby at the store, or perhaps one of your younger siblings, you can't help but smile when you come face to face with them. There is just something so euphoric about the face of a very young child because there's nothing but purity that resonates from it.
Naru is just so cheerful and hyper which is a reminder that for us to truly live a happy life, it's best that we let loose and be carefree about everything. We all take life for granted sometimes when all we seem to care about is money or some form of mindless entertainment, but when you seat yourself in front of a child with an innocent mind it transforms you. Every worry from your body seems to evaporate and your soul cleansed of all uncertainty, simply because of a smile. Naru is a fantastic example of us because when you watch her on screen it reminds you just how beautiful and rewarding our lives can be if we just choose to let go of it all, even if it's just for a brief moment.
The wonderful aspect about a smile is that you never have to reach into your wallet to receive one. Smiles come as a token of respect for your significant other, or from those you truly care about. Regardless of your background, a smile can travel all across the world and still translate the very same way as how it began. There's never a need to feel alone when you have a group of like minded people who share the same purpose, and that's to smile and enjoy the moments that life rewards us with. Our list can only go so long, so we encourage you to provide more characters who brought a smile to your face, and leave it down in the comments section below. We're always keeping up with our fans so be sure to reach out when you can!
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