- Anime Waifu
- Isekai Demon Waifu the game
- What is a waifu?
- Is the term Waifu used to refer to a person’s real wife in Japan?
- What type of characters are considered “Demons” in Isekai Anime?
- The Role of Demons in Japanese Culture more widely
- Top 10 Demon Waifus in isekai anime
- 1. Albedo (Overlord)
- 2. Rem and Ram (Re: Zero)
- 3. Ameri Azazel (Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun!)
- 4. Yue (Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō)
- 5. Shuna (That time I got reincarnated as a slime!)
- 6. Roxi Migurdia (Mushoku Tensei Jobless Reincarnation)
- 7. Miria (Kenja no Mago)
- 8. Sophia Keren (Kumo desu ga nani ka?)
- 9. Mary (Saihate no Paladin)
- 10. Misha and Sasha Necron (The Misfit of Demon King Academy)
Iseakai Anime has been around for a long time and has developed a large and dedicated following. One popular aspect of the otaku culture around anime is the cult of “waifu” phenomenon. But we’re going to go deeper here. Where looking at not just waifu, but waifu that exist in Isekai other worldly realms. And then we’re going deeper still. We’re looking at waifu that exist in Isekai in demon form.
Phew, that’s quite a few qualifiers right there.
But what is the internet for, if not for going deep right?
Isekai Demon Waifu the game
You might be familiar with the computer game Isekai: Demon Waifu. Today we are focused not so much on the game but on Demon waifus found in Isekai anime more generally.
We will look at anime characters that are part of the plot, which contrasts with the game where the “Waifus” serve mainly as subordinates you can use to fight other players.
What is a waifu?
A waifu is a character from an anime that a fan falls in love with and often refers to as their spouse or significant other. Waifus can be anything from the main character to a minor side character. Some fans even create their own waifus by drawing or creating characters based on their favorite anime.
The katakana term “waifu” –normally referring to female partners—has been used since the 1980s in Japan. The craze for the modern usage of the word started in an anime in 2002 titled “Azumanga Daioh” where a teacher dropped a photograph and was asked by the students who the woman was in the picture. The teacher responded with “Mai waifu” meaning “my wife” and the students were dumbfounded and shocked since the lady in the picture seems too pretty to be the teacher’s wife.
While the term is often used in a joking manner, for some people, their waifu is a very serious passion. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of people who identify as otaku, and many of these people have waifus.
Is the term Waifu used to refer to a person’s real wife in Japan?
The short answer is no.
It should be pointed out that people in Japan almost never refer to their own wife as “waifu” in every day conversation in Japan. In fact, the Japanese language has several terms to describe wife.
妻 (tsuma) = used to describe one’s own wife, in a humble form
奥さん (okusan) = used to refer to another person’s wife
家内 = Literally meaning “inside the house”, in a similar way to the now somewhat archaic English phrase of referring to one’s wife as “My Indoors”.
What type of characters are considered “Demons” in Isekai Anime?
Many anime has a different definition of the term “demon”, especially in the isekai genre. Mostly because isekai anime deals with intercultural or ethnic interactions and survivability of characters, they often have racial disparities.
Common races found in isekai anime are humans, dwarves, elves, dark elves, vampires, demi-humans (mostly, half-animal), and most importantly for our purposes here, the Demonic race.
Demon attributes in Isekai Anime
The demonic race has different variations. In some anime, demi-humans are considered demons by humans, however, the most common characteristics of demons are those races who practice dark magic and are associated with the demon king such as vampires, yokai, ogres, oni, monsters, serpent-like demi-humans, ghosts, undead, etc.
The demonic race is often far stronger than the humans and they have special abilities incomparable to ordinary creatures. They are meant to be strong in order to oppose those who are on the side of the goodness or the Gods.
Many female demons are designed to be seductively alluring representing one of the 7 deadly sins: Lust. They use their looks in order to lure their prey and deceive their enemies.
The Role of Demons in Japanese Culture more widely
One of the most striking aspects of Japanese culture is the prominent role that demons play in it. From ancient times to the present, these creatures have been invoked for all sorts of purposes, from bringing good luck to warding off evil. While their appearances vary, demons are typically depicted as fearsome monsters with horns, claws, and fangs. In spite of their dark reputations, however, they are also often seen as powerful and respected beings.
Demons are a big part of Japanese culture. They can be found in art, literature, and folklore. Demons are typically portrayed as malevolent creatures that cause harm to humans. However, they can also be seen as benevolent beings that help people in times of need.
What are the main types of demons found in Japanese culture?
Demons in Japanese culture have a long and varied history. They can be broadly classified into two categories: yōkai, which are supernatural monsters, and oni, which are more like trolls or ogres. Yōkai can be anything from a simple mischievous spirit to a fearsome monster, while oni are typically depicted as big, strong, and stupid.
Demons in Japanese culture are typically portrayed as mischievous, troublesome creatures that cause chaos and destruction. They can be fierce and intimidating, but they can also be funny and sometimes helpful. In general, they are known to be powerful and dangerous, but they can also be quite amusing.
Top 10 Demon Waifus in isekai anime
1. Albedo (Overlord)
The ever so gorgeous succubus. She is often confused for a fallen angel because of her beautiful wings covering her waist and her strong horns.
Albedo is one of the main characters of the Anime, Manga, and Light Novel “Overlord”. She serves as the overseer of the Great Tomb of Nazarick and tends to Ains whenever she is needed.
Her unbreakable faith and devotion to Ainz Ooal Gown make her one of the most desirable Waifus in anime.
Not only that she is strong –being the strongest defense in all of Nazarick—she is also loyal and beautiful.
Despite her sadistic tendencies, she is still pure and untouched making her more admired by otakus all over.
2. Rem and Ram (Re: Zero)
These two loli waifus are the “twin maid” of Roswaal L Mathers. They serve as house servants, and battle maids, and they are from the Oni (meaning Demon in Japanese) clan who are born with special powers.
They are often cosplayed in major events because of their cute looks and soft qualities.
The twins are beloved characters, especially Rem whose confession to Subaru went viral online. The internet otaku community went crazy when Rem expressed her desire to be with Subaru but encouraged him not to give up on Amelia. The struggle she went through with Subaru and her unrequited love makes everyone feel for her and want to comfort her.
We all need a Rem in our life who will be there to support us no matter what!
3. Ameri Azazel (Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun!)
The daughter of the head of Demon Boarder control is a “tsundere” (A character who starts out with a cold personality, but warms over time) waifu whose emotions are often suppressed because of her status.
She acts tough and respectable in front of everyone but melts down whenever he thinks and sees Iruma.
A lot of Otakus find her attractive, mainly because she is such a strong but shy character.
She is confident and strong when it comes to her duties but she is shy and highly reserved when it comes to her feelings.
Not only is she has a cute character, but she is also tall and sexy making her look like a supermodel.
What red-blooded otaku wouldn’t want Ameri to be their lover?
4. Yue (Arifureta Shokugyō de Sekai Saikyō)
The vampire princess Yue’s power was comparable to a God even before she acquired the power of the ancient magic. Her personality changed after she was saved by Hajime in the Labyrinth where she was imprisoned by her uncle to protect her from the evil God.
Once a very reserved lady, she became more open to her sexuality with Hajime while she does her best to protect Hajime and go back to him on Earth. She’s a damsel in distress turned into a super protective waifu.
What makes her attractive is her beauty and her devotion to Hajime, making her an ideal waifu.
5. Shuna (That time I got reincarnated as a slime!)
Shuna is a prince of an Ogre tribe that was wiped out by a horde of Orcs. She evolved into a Kijin when she and her family met Rimuru in the Great Forest of Jura.
Eventually, she evolved further into a Fair-Oni where she become even more powerful.
Her demure, graceful, and refined personality shines throughout the series making her even more attractive.
She embodies the true sense of the feminine cliche: pure, reliable, strong, and graceful.
It is not surprising that she is one of the most picked waifu in anime culture.
She even has a fan base in the anime series that treats her like an Idol.
6. Roxi Migurdia (Mushoku Tensei Jobless Reincarnation)
This calm and collected magician from the Migurd race in the Demon continent is a worship icon for Rudeus, who secretly took her panties and put them on a pedestal!
During her time teaching Rudues magic, she discovered her sexual awakening and her desire to be with a man. Having seen it, Rudues is captured by her beauty.
Because of her Migurd race (a sub-race of demons), she ages very slowly, making her look like a 14-year-old even though she’s already 40 yrs. old when she first appeared in the anime. Many loli-loving otakus adore her because of her looks and her reserved personality.
7. Miria (Kenja no Mago)
Once a human, Miria gave up her humanity to become a demon to continuously serve Oliver Schtrom. After she was demonized, she became the right hand of Schtrom and gained a sinister power to challenge Shin.
Her curvaceous figure, loyalty, and large breasts attracted many male otaku fans to the anime.
She acts like a maid assassin using her wit and power to execute Schtrom’s plans.
She is perhaps the ideal waifu for those otaku who like characters from the bad side.
8. Sophia Keren (Kumo desu ga nani ka?)
This badass vampire wearing a curvy Victorian-style dress is ready to fight anytime.
She is portrayed as being a little dense at times. But what otaku wouldn’t like a strong woman ready to pounce at a given time?
Her name Sophia suits well with her Victorian looks and her deadly stares can either capture or pierce your heart.
9. Mary (Saihate no Paladin)
Not every waifu has to be a loli, many fans actually prefer the motherly type character.
Mary, the ever-so-loving and nurturing hero, eventually gave up her humanity to become undead, to strike a deal with the evil God.
She is a loving and caring character adored by many.
Her beauty is second to none. Her pious devotion makes her even more attractive.
She is an ideal conservative woman that many men would surely like to protect.
In an eodopol twist, even her adopted son and lover can’t resist but peep at her when she takes a bath, her undeadness aside.
She is truly a “Bijin” among bijin.
10. Misha and Sasha Necron (The Misfit of Demon King Academy)
Sasha Necron is the 16th Generation of the Necron Family, a direct subordinate of the original Demon King.
She is a tsundere type and has a very strong and competitive personality.
She is sometimes referred to as “bitchy” because of her attitude, but shows herself to be caring once you get to know her.
Misha is a replica twin of Sasha but has the opposite personality. Misha is more reserved and a Kuundere type –meaning shy but open to her feelings.
Misha is found to be more desired by men in anime culture than Sasha because of her bullied background.
She is the kind of beauty that otaku would want to protect.
Different otaku choose different waifu to choose to support as their “oshi”.
Some go in for a bijin beauty, a Lolita style Loli, an archetypal Mary-mother type, or perhaps a Tsundere. There’s no shortage of candidates to choose from in the other worldy realms. The isekai is your oyster.
Many feel that these waifus are there to motivate them and make them feel better about their lives. There’s no harm in that.
Just remember to be respectful and that you are not the only one treating these beauties as their waifu!
Article by John Salinas.
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