I think we all know the cliche: The woman warrior strides onto the field of battle, dressed in her most powerful armor -- consisting of two strands of dental floss and a couple cushioned bottle caps. Of course, the latter are available only if the battlefield is post apocalyptic; otherwise, she might has to use flat rocks or maybe some moss.
Look, I enjoy feminine beauty as much as anyone. But do we have to make these women fight in their underwear -- or less? Can't we get them some real armor? You know the situation's bad when it gets its own comic!
After a brief bit of scientific research, I'm happy to report that the answer is yes! There are in fact examples of women who were fortunate enough to find themselves in worlds that allowed them to dress for combat! In no particular order, here're my favorite six.
It might be hard to believe, but that's Emi under all that heavy armor! Capture from the Netflix stream.
In honor of beginning my review of her series this week, I'd like to start with Emilia Justina. We first see the character at the beginning of episode 1, but we really have no idea it's her -- or even a "her." Her armor covers her head to toe. All we can see are her blazing eyes (well, more like blazing eye -- singular)! When we meet Emi Yusa later, she seems like a typical young professional woman. She's doing something mundane like shivering in the rain because she forgot her umbrella. It's only after she recognizes and confronts Sadao Maou that we in the audience find out she was the hero we saw earlier! Yes, that's how good her armor was!
Nothing less than full armor for Katalina! Good thing, too -- her speed and power need nothing less! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I remember watching Granblue Fantasy for the first time. You know that hopeful feeling you get when you start watching the first episode of a series you know nothing about? That's how I felt. Then I saw Katalina on screen for the first time -- and she was in full medieval armor! Sure, it was a little more form-fitting than might have been strictly accurate, but it was metal armor, and it gave her real protection! She's the character that actually gave me the idea for this post. It's just taken some time to make room in my schedule! Quick side note: Revisiting the first episode to get this screen cap reminded me of how much I adored the OP, Bump of Chicken's "Go."
Mikoto is a practical young woman. She proves that while armor comes in different shapes and sizes, it still provides adequate protection. Capture from the Funimation stream.
I can hear your objections now. Mikoto Misaka never wore any armor! What am I thinking including her in this list? Technically, I have to agree with you, but hear me out. You know how Mikoto is always jumping around and fighting and taking down evil, right? Well, she's often wearing her school uniform, which is a typical anime middle school uniform with a too-short skirt. Mikoto's a sensible young woman, so what does she do? She wears shorts underneath her skirt. I think shorts count as modesty-protecting armor! With apologies to Kuroko Shirai, whose motives I don't trust when she tries to lecture Mikoto on how shorts are not lady-like, I think we should applaud Mikoto's creative take on armor.
In terms of raw power, I'm not sure Alicetelia has an equal in this list. Capture from the Amazon Prime stream.
You didn't think you'd get through this list without at least one entry from Re:Creators, did you? I hope you're not sick of me saying how much I like the show, because it's likely I won't shut up about it. Anyway. If we judge armor by how effective it is, then I think Alicetelia's armor might be the best in this list. Her armor's like a main battle tank! Sure, it looks like she's wearing a skirt, but look more carefully: That's not hose under there, it's steel! The skirt's just decoration. She's so impressive that I suspect Rui Kanoya's Gigas Machina (his giant mech) was actually scared of Alicetelia!
Alicetelia might have the most powerful armor. But given a choice, I'd prefer to fight her -- even unarmed -- than face a furious Mikasa Ackerman. Mikasa is fury personified. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
About this time, I imagine you're looking askance at me. First Mikoto, now Mikasa? I have a good reason to include her, and I appreciate your patience as I explain why! The second most dangerous member of the Scouts (I think Levi could take her in a fight, but I'm not positive) dresses exactly and precisely like every other Scout, male or female. Their leather "armor" needs to be light so they can use their three dimensional maneuvering gear. So instead of a some gauzy blouse and skimpy shorts, Mikasa is wearing the military garb just like the rest of her unit. I think that counts as adequate armor! And no, I'm not including her just because I like her character so much. I think she earned her entry in this list! Besides, just between the two of us, I don't want to get her mad at me...
If I were to randomly mention Monster Musume, I would be willing to bet that modest or functional attire would likely not be the first thing that occurs to you. In fact, it's not likely to occur at all! But I'd like to draw your attention to how Centorea dressed when she went on a "date" with Kimihito "Darling-kun" Kurusu. Remember when they tried to flush out the author of the threatening letters in episode 10? Centorea dressed in full battle armor! She was covered head to hoof, neck to tail with metal. And you know what? She looked intimidating! I think her centaur ancestors would have been proud of her, too. I think Darling-kun was safer in those moments than he was at any other time in the series.
Do You Have Any Examples
Are there any armored women that I missed? Do you have a favorite you'd like to mention? Let me know in the comments!