Ah, the dojikko. Chances are you know at least one of these gals in your own life. The literal translation of dojikko (ドジっ娘) is “blunder” in Japanese, but in fanspeak terms it refers to cute girls who also happen to be extremely clumsy. This clumsiness often allows the audience connect with the character, and makes her more approachable to the series’ male characters.
Unlike the Genki Girl, who simply has a lot of energy, the dojikko is constantly tripping over things, or dropping objects, often to high comedic effect. Generally speaking, you’d never trust one of these characters to carry your drink or other priceless artifacts. Amazingly though, dojikko girls still manage to maintain an air of innocence throughout their blunders.
A prime example of the dojikko girl is Shizuka Marikawa from Highschool of the Dead. Her lack of coordination makes her a perfect candidate for zombie chow, but also makes the audience root for her unlikely survival. Another perfect example of this character-type is Haruka Amami from The Idolm@ster, who even manages to trip on a completely empty floor.
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