Daily Heroine: Noriko Takaya

Today’s Daily Heroine is: Noriko Takaya (タカヤ・ノリコ), the eager young space cadet from the Japanese animation known as Gunbuster in the West, and トップをねらえ! in Japan (which is literally Aim for the Top! in English). She was voiced by the legendary Noriko Hidaka (日髙 のり子). Gunbuster was a six-episode OVA (Original Video Animation) created by the famed Gainax studio, the first episode of which was released in 1988. It was conceived as an over-the-top, multi-genre parody, but the end result is something truly amazing; it would have to rate as one of my favourite sci-fi adventures of all time. And Noriko, who is a determined yet vulnerable young girl, is such a lovable heroine.😊 I just can’t help but cheer for her from start to finish. Incidentally, the screenshot you can see is from the final episode of Gunbuster, which was in black and white.

I should explain here that Thursdays were supposed to be for Daily Heroines from animated movies, but unfortunately the number of potential candidates in this category is already quite low, so I’ve decided to also highlight OVA heroines on Thursdays. Till tomorrow, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you.😊

Daily Heroine: Blousey Brown

Today’s Daily Heroine is: Blousey Brown (played by the endearingly bashful-looking Florrie Dugger), the sassy aspiring singer from the British musical comedy film Bugsy Malone, released in 1976. I first saw Bugsy Malone as a kid, and I absolutely loved it. The one thing that stands out about it is that although it is a film about 1930s American gangsters, the entire cast is played by kids, and they seem to have had a great time running around the scaled-down sets. I was able to watch Bugsy Malone again last week and I can say that I still find it entertaining. The musical numbers are quite catchy, and the cast (which includes a young Jodie Foster) does a very good job. Incidentally, Bugsy Malone is Florrie Dugger’s only film role.

I’m always on the look out for new interesting and likeable heroines, so if you have a particular favourite, please tell me about her! Till tomorrow, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you.😊

Daily Heroine: Kira

Today’s Daily Heroine is: Kira, from the American fantasy film The Dark Crystal, which was released in 1982. There are not too many fantasy films around, and even fewer good ones, but The Dark Crystal is my favourite film in this genre. And a big reason for that is Kira. I think she is a wonderful character: she is very sweet and caring, but she is also incredibly courageous.😊 The Dark Crystal was of course created by the great puppeteer Jim Henson, so Kira was not played by a person, but by a puppet (which was operated by Kathryn Mullen and voiced by Lisa Maxwell, who gave Kira one of the sweetest voices I have ever heard😍). However, in instances where a puppet was impractical, she is played by a live actor (Kiran Shah).

I’m always on the look out for new interesting and likeable heroines, so if you have a particular favourite, please tell me about her! Till tomorrow, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you.😊

Daily Heroine: Susan Murphy AKA Ginormica

Today’s Daily Heroine is: Susan Murphy AKA Ginormica (voiced by the Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon) from Monsters vs. Aliens, an American animated film released in 2009. This was another film which I came across by chance on TV, but one which I really enjoyed. It had humour, it had action and on top of that, it had humorous action.😁 But the best part of it for me was the character of Ginormica. Not only is she a beautiful woman with a sweet personality, she also displays a touch of vulnerability at times, which is a quality I find quite endearing in a heroine.🙂

I’m always on the look out for new interesting and likeable heroines, so if you have a particular favourite, please tell me about her! Till tomorrow, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you.😊

Daily Heroine: Marti Malone

Yesterday’s (yes, this post is a day late😅) Daily Heroine was: Marti Malone (played by the very cute Gabrielle Anwar) from Body Snatchers, a 90s version of the classic novel The Body Snatchers. Ms Anwar is quite an accomplished actress, having also starred in the 90s film Scent of a Woman (with Al Pacino) and the 00s and 10s TV show Burn Notice (amongst many other things). However, I only know her from Body Snatchers, which I came across on TV one day by chance. I don’t think the movie is that good, but thanks to Ms Anwar’s performance, Marti Malone is a very likeable heroine. And you do get several nice views of her beautiful body.😁

I’m always on the look out for new interesting and likeable heroines, so if you have a particular favourite, please tell me about her! Till tomorrow, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you.😊

Daily Heroine: Princess Leia Organa

Today’s Daily Heroine is: Princess Leia Organa (played by the late Carrie Fisher) from the original Star Wars trilogy, which came out in the 70s and 80s (and also the more recent sequel trilogy). The Empire Strikes Back is my favourite movie of all time, so I guess it’s no surprise that Princess Leia has always been a big favourite of mine. She is feisty and fearless and very attractive, especially in Return of the Jedi. That sexy slave costume of hers is something that is etched into my memory for all eternity.😆

I’m always on the look out for new interesting and likeable heroines, so if you have a particular favourite, please tell me about her! Till tomorrow, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you.😊

Daily Heroine: Kate Beringer

Today’s Daily Heroine is: Kate Beringer (played by the angelic Phoebe Cates), from Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Yes, Kate was my Featured Heroine from only a few weeks ago, but I did state that the first week of Daily Heroines would be my favourite heroines of all time. And in the film category, I decided I just couldn’t go past Kate (although there are others who I consider equally appealing). As I said in the aforementioned post, Kate is beautiful, brave and caring, and I have had a crush on her ever since the 80s.😆

I’m always on the look out for new interesting and likeable heroines, so if you have a particular favourite, please tell me about her! Till tomorrow, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you.😊