In Japanese, genki can mean energetic or full of life and vibrance. In anime, a genki girl is a character, often a schoolgirl, who has more energy than Sonic the Hedgehog after six cups of espresso. Seriously, these girls put the ‘active’ in ‘hyperactive’. Guys can be genki too, but this character-type is usually reserved for females. These gals are hyperactive, hyper-optimistic, and are often prone to outbursts of uncontrollable enthusiasm. For a perfect example of a genki girl, look no further than Ryuko Matoi’s loveable sidekick Mako Mankanshoku.
Whenever Ryuko is having a moment of doubt, Mako rushes to her side with a flood of encouraging words and outrageous support.
Some excellent examples of genki girls are Mihoshi Akeno (Sora no Manimani), Mako Mankonshoku (Kill la Kill), Ritsu Tainaka (K-On!), and Torako (Hyakko). The genki girl is often a support character, offering her unending enthusiasm to the main character or circle of friends. Even if she’s not in the spotlight, the genki girl is still essential to the group dynamic.
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