Waifu and Husbando – Do you know what it is? How did it come about?

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Hello, maybe you’re wondering what the hell a Waifu is? I feel to inform you that if you are looking for this term, you are entering a dangerous zone and without cure.

Waifu is a very popular term used among the Otakus that literally means wife. In this article I would like to clarify all the details about the word waifu and some curiosities.

The meaning of waifu and Husbando

Waifu or Husbando is a complex that the person has for his favorite kawaii character, be it anime, manga, visual novel and others. As already mentioned, its origin comes from the English wife meaning wife.

The term waifu is used by men, while women use the term Husbando meaning husband in English. It seems a normal, caring and affective word, but some otakus make that expression something sick.

Waifu - Do you know what it is? How did it come about?
Be careful not to read too many manga and become a sick otaku by waifus.

This term became so popular that nowadays it is used not only for anime characters and manga, but even in Western drawings, actresses and singers, it is quite similar to the term crush. There are many variants used to refer to fictional or real characters or people besides waifu’s wording.

I remember a term that also became popular in 4chan, which is mai bossu, which literally means “my boss”. Another very popular term used by women in Japan is senpai. A fairly common term that also became popular among the otakus of the West.

If you don’t want to read the whole article, my friend made a simple video explaining a little bit about the term waifu (but I’d rather read rsrsrs):

Where did the term waifu and Husband come from?

The first mention of the term “Waifu” occurred in episode 15 of the anime called Azumanga Daioh. In this episode there is a dialogue between a teacher, Mr. Kimura, and your students. This teacher is reputed to be a pedophile and in the scene in question suggests a “flashy” outfit for girls to wear in the high school sports competition.

While the students are frightened by his sudden appearance and the suggestion of clothing made by him, a photo fell out of his pocket. Generating the following dialogue:

  • Takino Tomo: – What is this? A picture of a woman?
  • Kasuga Ayumu: – Wow! She’s beautiful.
  • Takino Tomo: – Who is she?
  • Mr. Kimura:- My wife.
  • All: – It can’t be!

I wonder how this simple scene popularized in such a way this term mai waifu. The anime is from 2002 but the term only became popular years later because of the forums. The original English word my wife (my wife)

If it hasn’t been very clear to you what a waifu is, we can sum up as that anime character you like, you think it’s lovely and that if you were a real girl, you’d marry her. They’re anime characters that’re easy to fall in love with. Characters you feel pleasure in defending and loving with all your heart, soul and mind.

Husbando is nothing more than the male version of the English wife, there is no original origin or mystery behind that word. Husbado if escrevre huzubando [ハズバンド]. It is worth highlighting the word goshujin [ご主人] that maids usually use, also usually means husband.

weeaboo and waifu
Westerners who exaggerate this passion can be called weeaboo.

When does the complex of affection become sick?

I see no problem liking anime characters, unfortunately some take this business too far. In Japan and in stores specializing in Otaku products in the West, we find the sale the famous “dakimakura”, or pillows with the figure of anime characters, with different sizes. Some of these pillows are +18.

I even understand the guys who buy these pillows and sleep with their favorite anime characters. Only there are some otakus who cross the edge and take their pillow waifus to public restaurants and even buy food for them. For a pillow? What do you mean?

I can’t claim that these people have psychological problems, but some even stop relating to real people, which leads to waifus and dakimakura being criticized by the rest of the media. I believe that these things happen more with people suffering from social problems and flee the real world becoming hikikomori.

waifu and waifus
The most beloved waifus according to the 2013, 2014 and 2015 surveys.

The most beloved Waifus

That’s it, guys, no more difficult terms and meanings. Here’s a list of waifus’s most beloved international saimoe league website:

  • Miss waifu 2012: Tachibana Kanade
    • Anime: Angel Beats
  • Miss Waifu 2013: Goko Ruri [Kuroneko](I personally love kuroneko)
    • Anime: Ore no Imouto Ga Konna Ni Kawaii Wake Ga Nai
  • Miss Waifu 2014: Itsuka Kotori
    • Anime: Date A Live
  • Miss Waifu 2015: Chitanda Eru
    • Anime: Hiouka
  • Miss Waifu 2016: Shana’s
    • Anime: Shakugan at Shana
Waifu and Husbando - Do you know what it is? How did it come about? - nendoroid 1
The passion for female characters goes far and creates these beautiful nendoroid action figures.

List of popular waifu

  • Mio Akiyama from the anime K-On!
  • Not Tomori – Charlotte;
  • Konata Izumi – Lucky☆Star;
  • Hinata Hyuuga – Naruto: Shippuuden;
  • Ranka Lee – Macross Frontier;
  • Asuna – Sword Art Online;
  • Kaname Chidori – Fullmetal Panic!
  • Asuka Langley Souryuu – Neon Genesis Evangelion;
  • Yuki Nagato – Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu;
  • Kallen Stadtfeld/Kouzuki – Code Geass;
  • Yoko Littner as Gurren Lagann;
  • Winry Rockbell – Fullmetal Alchemist;
  • Makise Kurisu – Steins; Gate;
  • Know – Fate/Zero;

My favorite waifus are: Rias Gremory (HighSchool DxD), Sora (Yosuga no Sora) and others. (Article written by Lucas de Paula);

Kevin’s favorite waifus are: Kuroneko (Oreimo), Kuroyukigime (Accel World), Chizuru Hishiro (ReLife), Nia (Gurren Lagann), Makise Kurisu (Steins; Gate) and other famosinhas.

My favorite Light Novel full of favorite waifus, but many hate...
My favorite Light Novel full of favorite waifus, but many hate…

Originally it was Lucas de Paula who wrote this article, but I the creator of the site, Kevin Henrique, decided to meddle to add some interesting information, I hope they enjoyed it!

And now, after this article you can tell for sure what a waifu and husbando is. But anyway, do you have any favorite waifu (or husbando)? Share with us, just leave your comment.

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