Short Review ※ Unlimited Fafnir

I’ve been quite busy recently so I didn’t have the leisure to create separate and long posts about the Animes that I’ve watched these past few weeks. It bugged me that I was only able to tell my comments to one of my friends though, so I just have to write my thoughts (for my peace of mind). I love reading my past post about my first impression on the things I watch so I have to do this.

Anyway, the title has “Shoujo” in it, but it didn’t mean I only watched romcoms or romance drama. I also watched other genres, but most of the series I’ve seen target that demographic. Let’s start:

Beware: Spoilers Ahead

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Juuou Mujin no Fafnir

English: Unlimited Fafnir

And here I am starting with a non-shoujo anime. I’ve been curious since I saw the title on my HDD. Yes, it’s still one of those Animes I so effortlessly copied from my officemate’s husband. The term ‘Fafnir’ is obviously not Japanese so it’s quite eye-catching.

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Mythology was one of my strongest points (or maybe you can say it was my favorite) when I was in high school, but our classes only covered Greek and Roman Mythologies, which are quite similar with each other so I paid no heed to Norse Myths back then, thinking it was just another version of the two. So you can say I have absolutely no knowledge about it other than the corruptions made from RPG games, movie adaptations and Animes. Now that I mention it, they use Norse Mythology characters quite a lot.

Unlimited Fafnir uses it too, although I think the anime was too short to even have the chance to explain why they used Norse Mythology as basis; but I’m not one that goes on a rampage just because the series wasn’t explain well. Going to the core issue:

Story:

  • The story setting is at a modern Academy that serves as some sort of shelter for the young girls that were called “D”s. The Ds are the people that has a unique mark someone in their body – it symbolizes that they have a Dragon pair. I mean, a real dragon pair. The Ds possess powers for some reasons, due to their past encounters with the Dragons. Unfortunately, that’s a double-edged sword because being a D means that someday, their dragon pair will come for them. If unable to resist the dragon, the D will also become a dragon herself.
  • So the academy teaches the female Ds on how to use their antimatter powers in order to repel the dragons’ attempts in turning their comrades into monsters.
  • Much like how Infinite Stratos went, Mononobe Yuu entered the school as the only existing male D.
  • Most of the episodes only showed how the girls and Mononobe fight with the Dragons that tries to turn their classmates.

Characters:

  • I didn’t really check the genre online before I decide to watch it, so I had no idea it was ‘harem’. With that said, the characters comprise of one male hero and several female characters that may or may not be in love with him.
  • Mononobe Yuu, the main character is surprisingly dependable compared to the usual clumsy/idiotic heroes of other series under the same genre. I think his power, which is literally huge, is quite awesome as well.
  • The different archetypes showed themselves yet again: Imouto-type, Tsundere-type, Kuudere and Dandere types, and there’s the Klutzy type as well.
  • (Hi10)_Juuou_Mujin_no_Fafnir_-_02_(720p)_(FFF).mkv_snapshot_20.54_[2015.06.20_15.12.17] I’m uncertain whether I liked where it was going, but Mononobe Mitsuki (the imouto) seems to harbor some feelings for her brother. She’s pretty too and I think they look good together, but I felt she’ll be better of as a single character than Yuu’s leading lady. The flashbacks seem to imply that they weren’t really siblings to begin with, so the complicated forbidden love is hanging somewhere. It’s a plus that her power/weapon is named Brionac. It brings memories of one of my most favorite LN characters.
  • (Hi10)_Juuou_Mujin_no_Fafnir_-_12_(720p)_(FFF).mkv_snapshot_20.48_[2015.06.21_22.47.42]Freyja Iris, the girl who seems to be the one that raised the most flags during the entire series, is a klutz but I didn’t particular get irritated with her. She said some nice quotes by the end of the series so it overturned whatever my first impression of her was. Oh, she’s a fanservice pool, btw.

 

  • The villain, Kili Surtr Muspellzheimr, reminds me of both Homura (Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica) and Shana (Shakugan no Shana) at the same time. It’s that kind of face.
  • Tear Lightning, the girl who thought she was a dragon, had been the focus of the series for quite a few episodes but I couldn’t really say much about her. Some people might find her annoying though. Although I think she and Lisa Highwalker make a good pair (non-romantic).
  • And while the other girls were also nice, I didn’t really see any dramatic character development from them. Or I should probably say that the progress made by the others did not really leave that much impact.

Overall Thought:

I don’t think Unlimited Fafnir was bad and it did explain what’s going on with the story. It’s just that 12 episodes didn’t really match with the type of story that’s suppose to have a lot of flashbacks. It lacked the comedic atmosphere that is common on some harems though – not that it was supposed to be funny anyway. The drawing was good, even though they combined 3D effects with it. The action scenes weren’t too bad as well. So if you like stories with an overpowered main character and a bunch of female characters fighting monsters, I guess this isn’t a bad choice.

The Way I Wanted It ※ Chaika — The Coffin Princess

EXCELLENTI finished watching the 2nd Season just a few minutes ago I think it’s effective to write some comments as soon as possible. I’ve been neglecting doing this for the five or so Animes I’ve finished watching before Hitsugi no Chaika but I can’t postpone it for this one. Yes, the title doesn’t indicate that I will write the things I wanted to happen in the Anime but didn’t. The title is the way it is because everything I wanted happened!

Chaika Trabant

As what I usually review, Hitsugi no Chaika isn’t a new Anime from this or the previous season. The first season aired April-June 2014 and the second season continued October-December of last year as well. And because I’m in a satisfied mood right now, I’ll give a decent background about the Anime for those that haven’t seen it yet and planning too. Even though anyone who’d find this post probably already knew who Chaika is.

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Why Did I Watch It?

I watched Hibike! Euphonium by KyoAni recently (it was one of the few Animes which review I procrastinated on), and I really love the trumpet player girl named Kousaka Reina. I snooped around her profile on MyAnimeList and looked into the Voice Actress who took the role. She wasn’t a familiar name (to me) but I noticed she got the main role in Hitsugi no Chaikaone of the unwatched series in my HDD marked with “to watch”.

I was going to watch Chaika sooner or later but the fact that the main girl is being voiced by someone who played Reina made the encounter faster. It was only when I started watching this series that I realized how different Chaika is from Reina.

Story

Spoilers Ahead

Emperor's Remains

The Emperor’s Remains

As the title suggests, Hitsugi no Chaika or Chaika: The Coffin Princess is the story of girl named Chaika. She’s always carrying a coffin which I thought would be more significant in the story – well, it is significant in a way. But it was used in a way I didn’t expect but that really didn’t impact my judgment on the Anime. It was so trivial anyway.

Going back to the story, Chaika Trabant – is what the main heroine call herself, even though the people in the story refer to her as Chaika Gaz most of the time. I’d like to call her Chaika Gaz in this review so I’ll be continuing as such. She is supposedly the deceased Emperor’s daughter who was killed five years ago just as the war was coming to a close. Yet alive and quite a jolly one, Chaika ventures from one place to another to collect her father’s remains (as in body parts) which were given as rewards to the eight heroes that subjugated the Emperor, and give a proper funeral for her father.

My friend commented “horcrux lol” when I told her about it.

Well anyway, that’s pretty much the story. It isn’t anything extravagant, but the characters themselves were quite praise-worthy. I got a lot of favorites from the cast.

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Characters

  • Chaika Gaz

Chaika Gaz

Chaika Gaz GundoChaika is the Emperor’s daughter as mentioned above. At first I thought she’ll be more of a damsel in distress, well she is at times – but Chaika can fight. She uses an armament generally called gundo and it is in a form of a sniper rifle. It isn’t fired just by pulling the trigger though. Chaika has to recite some spells before it activates; she’s considered a wizard because she can use this skill.

Chaika is quite inept. She’s very trusting and innocent that made me wonder how she managed to live up until the first episode of the Anime. She also talks weird, like a foreigner. It was not annoying for me, which is surprising really since I have encountered the same type of character from “Brother’s Conflict” and smirked at the way the guy speaks. I’ll start calling myself double-standard from now on.

She has thick eyebrows, as you can see and she always carries around a coffin, which she uses as a storage for her gundo. She also puts the remains she collects in that coffin, hoping someday that she’ll be able to complete everything and give her father a proper funeral. For some reasons, Chaika has a lot of money as well. It wasn’t shown anywhere in the Anime though where she’s able to get it and continue to get it from.

When the truth about her identity unfolds, the characters would often refer to her as the “White Chaika”.

  • Touru Acura

Touru AcuraTouru AcuraTouru is a character that I did not expect would be wonderful. I’m quite judgmental when it comes to male characters, especially heroes, but he exceeded my expectations. I’ll willingly call him awesome or excellent, to be honest.

Anyway, Touru is a jobless and poor saboteur that met Chaika in the forest while he was gathering vegetables for food. Chaika was lost and he offered assistance in exchange for a meal. Just as Chaika accepted his offer, they were attacked by a wandering Unicorn (which is a type of monster in their universe) and with the help of each other, they were able to kill it. Later in the episode, Chaika offered him a bodyguard position which he accepted, since saboteurs lost their purpose when the war ended five years ago.

Touru has this nice ability called “Iron-Blood Transformation” which transforms his appearance. His hair becomes color red, and red marks appear on his face as well. While in this mode, he’s plenty stronger than usual. In the latter part of the second season, he transformed into what I wanted him to be and became even more awesome. I’m conflicted whether I’ll put it here though but I guess I won’t.

I like him because he is intelligent and a very good fighter. Like your typical shounen hero, he has this ’emotion-driven’ actions sometimes but he was NOT in any way as dramatic as the usual main male characters. He is very capable. It made me want to applause really.

  • Akari Acura

Akari AcuraAkari AcuraAkari is Touru’s sister – not by blood, but they grew up together. She’s also a saboteur like Touru but unlike her brother, Akari seemed to be working even before Chaika hired both of them as her bodyguards. Given a normal circumstance, she’ll probably be my favorite. But there are too many promising characters in the series to even choose a favorite so I’ll table that topic for now.

She’s what we may call Kuudere. She calls her brother “Ani-sama” and often spouts brocon-filled lines whilst donning a poker face and speaking in a deadpanned voice. She seems to get jealous whenever Touru is too close to Chaika so she often cut in the middle of the two. She does so regularly (still deadpanned) so it’s almost like a running gag rather than an actual romantic rivalry.

Akari can also use the “Iron-Blood Transformation”.

I also noticed, she loves to pretend to be a member of some street-performing troupe; hence, she’s a good actress and only shows proper facial expressions when she’s acting.

  • Fredrica

Even though I said I’ll table the topic for now, I can probably consider Fredrica as my sort-of favorite character in this series. It’s too bad for people who hates spoiler but I can’t really say my comments about her without spoiling anything. Anyway, Fredrica first appeared as a villain in the series – a Dragoon Cavalier and one of the Eight Heroes that defeated the Emperor.

Dominica Scoda Fredrica

She possessed one of the remains that Chaika was looking for as well. Even though she initially helped Chaika’s group when they were attacked by Orthros (rabid dogs) in the forest where her castle was, they eventually had to fight her.

I really didn’t know what to make out of her character when she was introduced. She was narcissistic (I actually liked it), and has an appearance of a tall woman wearing an armor. She lives alone in a mansion in the middle of the forest. Touru and the rest found her mansion creepy, because it was full of her portraits and statues.

Fredrica Cat VersionIFredrica Dragoon Versiont was not long before Touru realized who she is. During their fight, Fredrica revealed her true form – the Dragoon itself. According to her, her master – the Dragoon Cavalier Dominica Scoda, whose appearance she copied, had long died after the war was over. The Dragoon didn’t want to forget its master’s appearance so she put up those portraits and statues all over the mansion.

Fredrica can transform into anything but she usually pretends to be a cat, or a little girl that resembled her deceased master. She is supposedly immortal as suffering from any type of wound does not kill her. She said that she can be killed by sword when her forehead was stabbed deep enough until her brain; but she has the ability to create dual structures of her body, so killing her once would not suffice. She’s also fixated in getting Touru to have a duel with her. In the second season, she gave a very nice proposal that made me “LKSJALSJFKJKLF” in front of my computer.

Call me biased, but I didn’t think it was enough to just put one of her appearances (pictures) so I put everything to make my comments clearer. Hahaha!

  • The Kliemann Organization

One may call them villains, or maybe supporting characters. But if Chaika wasn’t someone to be considered a trigger for a war, the Kliemann Organization could be main characters because they have the correct sense of justice. It just so happened that it opposes Chaika’s group’s objectives. There are a few members of the Organization but I couldn’t remember all of their names. I was able to remember Gilette-sama, Vivi and Nikolai though.

Gilette Squad

The Gilette Squad

  1. Alberic Gilette – is a nobleman and cavalier; he’s also the leader of the Gilette Squad under the Kliemann Organization. They are mostly handling the “Chaika Case” throughout the story, but they were given minor tasks as well. Gilette-sama looks like your typical ouji-sama, he’s blonde, valiant, and kind. But he often doubt about the real significance of Chaika’s actions (gathering the remains). In the second season, he briefly suffered in memory loss and became a villain.
  2. Vivi – Her sort of tsundere nature didn’t really sit well with me at first, but when she transformed into a half-Chaika (oh, you must be confused if you did not watch the Anime, but I have no plans of explaining it haha), I thought she became really beautiful. I think the white hair really suited her!

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Chaikas

Major Spoiler

There are several Chaikas in the series, and all carry coffins – dead set in gathering their father’s remains. They also have different types of style and abilities, as well as unique personalities. They also have different reasons why they’re collecting the remains.

  • Chaika BodganRed Chaika – The Red Chaika was the very first identical Chaika that Chaika (White) and her group met. Unlike the White Chaika, she sports her hair shorter and wears a red outfit; although the way they talk are very similar to each other (accent). I actually love this girl. She’s a tsundere but she’s amusing. During their first meeting, she was taken hostage by Touru, much like how the Red Chaika’s subordinates took the White Chaika. Their personalities are very different. Unlike the White Chaika who is inept and too trusting, the Red Chaika is very fierce, ill-tempered and good at fighting. She doesn’t use a gundo like White Chaika’s sniper rifle, but she uses a Snake Blade, which is a type of sword that extends itself and becomes a whip.

    After staying with Touru and Akari in the place of the White Chaika, she was impressed of their fighting skills – especially Touru’s – and developed a liking to them. She proposed that the siblings ditch the White Chaika and work for her instead, and she was flatly rejected to her dismay. It later developed into something else and it was not only once that it was implied that she might have developed some feelings for Touru in the process. She collects her father’s remains because she wanted ‘revenge’.

  • Layla Blue ChaikaBlue Chaika (Layla) – She was the second Chaika that they met. Unlike the White and Red Chaikas, she speaks in a more normal manner, and she also seemed to know more than any other Chaika. Apparently, it was not the White Chaika that was shown in the Anime’s prologue, but Layla. Precisely because she knew more, she abandoned her name and introduced herself as Layla. Her specialty is mixing aphrodisiac scents or something and she uses the favors she got from different men to be able to achieve her goal – which is to gather the remains and use them as her Floating Castle’s magic fuel; and later ignite war amongst the nations. Basically, she wanted to do something akin to a suicide bombing.

    Layla allied herself with one of the Eight Heroes, specifically the youngest son of the hero.

  • Black ChaikaBlack Chaika – The Black Chaika is the last Chaika shown in the series. She allied herself with the last Hero, King Hartgen, the same person who beheaded the Emperor. I’m uncertain what type of power she has because she’s able to control people at will and she also recites chants (so she’s a wizard as well). She did not have any weapon-like gundo with her, but she was often seen sitting on a throne (which might be her gundo, actually). The Black Chaika also speaks in a normal manner much like Layla, and she sports a bangs that made her appearance a bit different that the previous Chaikas.

    In the later part of the Anime, she was the one that was able to complete the remains of their father and was also the reason why the Emperor was reborn into a new body. Even in death, she was proud of what she did. It seems she was killed by the Red Chaika.

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Bonus Character

  • Niva Lada

Might as well be Hatsune Miku’s and Luka Megurine’s child. Seriously, when I first saw her I blurted out, “Oh. Vocaloid?”

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Niva Lada is one of the reasons why the second season was awesome. She was only showed a couple of times but she never failed to astound me. Supposedly an invention and the Emperor’s “fortune”, Niva Lada is the strongest gundo ever made. She appeared as a young girl who doesn’t have any facial expression yet have a distinct personality.

(Hi10)_Hitsugi_no_Chaika_-_Avenging_ Battle_-_05_(Anime-Koi)_(720p).mkv_snapshot_15.10_[2015.08.06_22.48.31]Prior to meeting the White Chaika, Niva Lada was on stand by mode, thought to be inoperable by the wizards that created her. Upon hearing Chaika’s name though when the Red and White Chaikas were put on the same room as her, she activated and spoke. Before the Red and White Chaika escaped from the wizards that captured them, the White Chaika freed Niva Lada – wounding her finger in the process. Niva Lada sucked the blood – which seemed to activate an even more complex feature within the gundo. It enabled Niva Lada to recognize the White Chaika as someone that she should follow.

Niva Lada functions depending on the conditions laid out, ultimately meeting whatever her Master required of her. When the White Chaika used her, she enveloped Chaika’s sniper rifle and became it, enabling Chaika to activate higher class annihilation magic.

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More Comments

All in all, I think Hitsugi no Chaika is a pretty cool series. It did not deviate from the main plot even during Season 2, and was able to put conclusion even in the trivial scenes (like Vivi and Gilette’s fortunes – from the cookies). It had little to no ecchi fanservice, well “fanservice” depends on how the audience define it anyway. Since ecchi seems to be a regular occurrence on most series now, Chaika is a breather.

I did think that the ending was sort of anticlimactic, at the same time it wasn’t. As I said, everything I wanted happened so I really liked it. But there was one thing, I wished the last episode was 5~10 minutes longer. The Red Chaika took on a role that is even more amusing in the conclusion of the Anime (an allusion to the Red Riding Hood, perhaps?). And Akari’s brocon tendencies took a hike, I guess. Haha!

As for Touru and the White Chaika…well. They are the reason why I wanted the last episode to be a bit longer.

More Problem Children (Gallery Ahead) ※ No Game, No Life

EXCELLENTSo I watched “No Game, No Life” because one of my previous officemates recommended it. I waited until the series was completed before I started.

Nowadays, this genre seems to be booming, isn’t it? The concept where the characters are getting sucked into a game of some sort – well, I’m pretty sure some Animes had done it before the sensation that was Sword Art Online. But the latter is the very first show I’ve watched with the concept so I have nothing else to compare it to. The other series I’ve watched with the similar concept would probably be Mondaiji, and according to my friend – there’s another anime called Log Horizon in the same tier (I haven’t seen it yet though but the two seasons are sitting in my HDD, ready anytime).

But anyway, I think NGNL was pretty nice, especially because it’s not the typical one-man protagonist against the whole game world thing. It’s about siblings, both introvert and NEETs, but has godly gaming skills.

To be honest, the whole time I was watching it, I felt there was too much magenta. I’m not really a fan, but squinting my eyes did the trick and I managed to finish it without hitch. Plus the appearance of Jibril helped. Overpowered characters are always welcome.

Any further will be spoilers.

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Sora to Shiro

Well, I just said that overpowered people are always welcome. And here they are. In my every post, it’s always obvious that I love undefeated characters. I’m not saying that they should be ‘perfect’ in all aspects, in fact, I want them to be a bit more villainous if possible. I can’t say I’m tired of the usual kind and righteous heroes, I never liked them in the first place lol.

But anyway, Sora and Shiro, the siblings that got sucked into this fastasy world, are both so OP and intelligent. They call themselves, “The Blank”, and their catchphrase is that they don’t lose.

Anyway, I’m not about to nitpick on the plot of the series – so let’s just talk about the characters.

Characters

  • Clammy Zell
All those violets and magentas...

All those violets and magentas…

Clammy Zell being a tsundere, I guess?

Clammy Zell being a tsundere, I guess?

Well, she’s not really a main-main character, but I thought that starting with Stephanie would be boring, so yeah. When I first saw this character, I thought she’ll be my favorite, but she did not appear as much as I wanted her to.

 

This is Clammy, you can say she’s the very first hurdle, she was introduced as an antagonist but later became a nakama when she lost a game against Sora. Although that was on the later part of the series, on the mini-arc where they had to fight with the Eastern Confederation.

Since I ironically love the dere archetypes, I had thought about which category Clammy would be under, and ultimately decided that she’s a tsundere although she appeared to be a kuudere at first. I don’t really ‘consciously’ like tsunderes, I think they’re difficult and childish characters – but for some reasons, I always end up having tsuns for biases. But let’s table that topic for now.

  • Stephanie Dola
Dora-chan in rag clothes.

Dora-chan in rag clothes.

Yes. If you continued to be its ruler.

Yes. If you continued to be its ruler.

If I think about it, she may be the main female character in this anime, excluding Shiro, of course. She’s the first person that approached the siblings, and she’s also the Princess of Elkia (the land of Imanities – or humans).

After posting these screenshots on the right, I face-palmed as I realize that I didn’t have a single picture that would show Steph’s grandiose moments. I want to cry for her. But anyway, if you love idiotic characters, you’ll probably be amused with her. She’s like a shoujo manga heroine. Kind, clumsy, and useful in at least one way. Well at one scene in the anime, they showed that she is actually an intelligent oujo-sama, but that brain gets misplaced all the time for some reasons.

Steph is practically the only ‘normal’ person in the series (normal, skills wise that is) – but I don’t know whose idea it is to make her the series mascot or clown. She’s practically just there for fanservice. Not like I hate her or anything, but if you’re going to use a character for fanservice, they should have more things to boast about besides face and kindness. Otherwise, she’ll look funny, but pitiful.

Do it the Jibril way, I’d say!

  • Jibril
It piques her curiosity!

It piques her curiosity!

Since I love her, I dedicate a whole gallery for her! Ahhh…this reminds me of Leticia Draculair for some reasons. A seemingly random but high profile character.

THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT!

You need to have the character flawless, intelligent and skilled with deadly super powers! Since she’s not human, it’s even more awesome because you can exaggerate all you want. Anyway, after I finished watching the series, I Google-d “Jibril” just to check if it’s a corruption from some mythological figure since the name is weird. It seems like it’s the Arabic form of angel Gabriel. And I thought, naruhodo. She has wings albeit not attached to her back but her waist, and a stylish halo. Do you see the difference with how I described her and Stephanie Dola?!

Aherm. Jibril here is a Flügel, it’s one of the races in the series. Actually, I might have to rewatch NGNL to understand the Exceed rankings. It’s explained that through numerous games, each races are ranked according to the number of wins or influence or something (this is why I said I wouldn’t nitpick on the plot). I didn’t give it much thought. I just know that there’s this ranking among the races – what confuses me is that the sixth ranked Flügel seems to be more elite (this is based on their contributions during the war) than the Elves, which is number one in the Exceed rankings.

 

So maybe it’s indeed just because the Elves won more than the Flügel – who seems to be more concerned about acquiring knowledge than winning games.

About the screenshots, I decided to retain some subtitles for the lulz.

Jibril, like Stephanie Dola, can be considered one of the sources of fanservice in this series yet she did not appear as pathetic as the other. She has her…mah…humiliating moments, I guess? But her redeeming quality is that she’s practically a weapon. She’s incredibly useful – information gathering, teleportation, strong firepower – she’s also funny. And now you realize that I made this post entirely because I want to spazz about Jibril. Well. You’re not wrong.

 

If I say that she and Stephanie Dola are both canines, then Jibril would be pedigree. Or something like that. I actually have more Jibril screenshots…but.

Well we have one more character.

  • Fiel Nirvalen
Fiel

Those ears reminds you of Titania, don’t they?

Clammy over Elvengarde!

Clammy over Elvengarde!

She’s an elf and Clammy Zell’s best friend / master. Given the normal circumstance, or simply if Jibril did not exist, Fi-sama would probably be my favorite among the supporting characters in this show. Just because she’s an oujo-sama. But she’s too kind and soft-spoken to be my bias. Apparently, Fiel is one of the aristocrats in Elvengarde and Clammy Zell is one of their families’ slaves.

For some unknown reasons, she took a liking towards Clammy and spoils the latter too much. Which I think is kawaii in itself as well.

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I don’t think I have much to say about the main characters though, except that again, they’re both super intelligent and OP. And I love that they’re the protagonists of this anime.

Well, Shiro here looks like the girl from Denpa Onna. I forgot her name – it’s in the tip of my tongue – but since I’m OC, I’ll Google…

*ting*

Erio look-alike!

Erio look-alike!

Touwa Erio.

Shiro is awesome, I don’t even need to explain it. I don’t usually pay much attention to Loli characters except Leticia in loli-form but Shiro is tensai. And what, can you say that she’s more Dandere than Kuudere? I don’t know.

`kay, I’m done. There are more characters from the Eastern Confederation but…

I remember I have to post Cecilia Alcott‘s cooking skills.

Their Battle Cries

Summary of this post:

  • It’s about heroes from the Shounen genre.
  • While I tried to be objective, I’m still a narrow-minded person.
  • Author is disoriented at the end of the post.

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First of all, it’s not like I watched a lot of shounen in the past that gives me the privilege to nitpick animes or mangas that fall under it. Because I dislike to use “I’m entitled to my own opinion” for something so petty (such as me nitpicking stuffs), let’s just say this has been bothering me for a while now and I just wanted to type it out.

Stuffs you need to know about me in connection to the post:

  • I like stuffs that are funny and relatable, so I prefer Comedy and Slice-of-Life.
  • I usually watch animes where the quantity of female characters are dominant (regardless of fanservice).
  • I enjoy actions that uses modern technology stuffs (Mecha, wasn’t it?)
  • I love antagonists more than protagonists.
  • Lastly, I watch whatever my friends recommend to me. Resistance is futile.

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This is probably common in the Shounen genre, situations where the main male protagonist and the villain have their face-off, and the former starts talking about goodwill, justice, the wrong in what the latter was doing—like he has all the time in the world. May I also blame the villain for even wasting precious seconds listening to the hero preaching instead of killing him right there and then?

Let me just tell you that scenes like that annoy me to no end, but not enough to make me go apeshit and close the video.

I laughed when I saw this in Index.

I laughed when I saw this in Index.

What makes me want to do that, however, are situations wherein the hero talks big, and ends up getting his ass kicked. Which is absolutely pathetic. He had time to make long speeches when he cannot even defeat the villain. The story continues and his personality develops (for better or for worse). He makes friends, he gets stronger, he tries to defeat the villain again but failed (after he makes more speeches), he starts to lose hope, his friends help him gather his wits, he promise to protect them, they all go to confront the villain once more, the hero talks about friendship and trust, and finally, finally defeats the antagonist.

I take it’s a reference to “being human”. Making mistakes and getting back up.

There wasn’t anything wrong with that kind of plot. It’s all part of the character development and setting building.

Still, that kind of technicality-based opinion will not help ease ones irritation.

I am fully aware that a lot from the target demographic gets fired up with hero-talks like that, which is why me ranting about it is probably wrong in many ways. So I decided to sight the goods and bads of the few heroes from the Shounen animes I watched, instead of simply listing their bad points.

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KAMIJOU TOUMA

Toaru Majutsu no Index” (A Certain Magical Index)

Kamijou Touma

“I will kill that illusion of yours!” is his catchphrase.

The fact that he’s the first here doesn’t mean it’s him I dislike the most. In fact he’s one of those heroes I can actually tolerate. Touma is a self-proclaimed ‘unfortunate’ person. Well, he is. He is also your typical hero, very kind and caring.

Bads:

  • That kindness actually cross the boundaries of being ‘nosy’. The “I-will-barge-into-your-business-because-I’m-very-worried-about-you” type. This does not only apply to his friends, but also to those people he just met. (Why is this bad? You wonder).
  • He talks a lot during fights.
  • He is kinda dense.

Goods:

  • His nosiness actually solved a lot of problems. Just look at the Level 6 Shift Project.
  • His talks can bend the villains’ wills to fight sometimes. Kinda like the enlightenment.
  • He tries his best to fulfill his promises.
  • “Fukuo da.”

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ARITA HARUYUKI

“Accel World”

Accel World - EX 02 - Vacation 「温泉」 Onsen

Haru going into diet. If you don’t like those veggies, I’ll have it.

I find absolutely nothing wrong with an overweight protagonist. If there’s anything I want to complain about his looks, it’s his height. Why is he like half or 3/4 of his leading lady? It would’ve been better if he was an inch or two taller than Kuroyukihime.

Bads:

  • Self-pity. Always. (Which is understandable, so I went through a lot of inner arguments if it’s appropriate to put it here.)
  • He starts preaching even before he confirms that the enemy is really defeated. Which ends up to his lost.
  • Mood swings.

Goods:

  • That self-pity makes him himself. So it was probably one of the reasons why he was able to understand Chrome Disaster, from an arc in the light novel series. Very useful, if you ask me.
  • He gets hold of his sanity well somehow. How ironic.

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OUMA SHU

“Guilty Crown”

Guilty Crown - EP 03

I like his character design though.

I just finished watching the full anime earlier. Sigh. I want to bash him a lot but poor kid deserves a fair review from me in the memories of my favorite character Hare, so yeah.

Bads:

  • He trusts easily.
  • He sways easily.
  • He tries to be a person he isn’t. (He realized it faster though)
  • He has gotten corrupted in the middle of the anime.

Goods:

  • He acts like a normal person would in the middle of crisis (a coward, in short). This only applies in the earlier parts of the series though.
  • He can forgive.

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ORIMURA ICHIKA

“Infinite Stratos”

Infinite Stratos - EP 02

His Infinite Stratos is pretty simple, no?

Bads:

  • He can also talk big. But he usually runs into trouble in the middle of the fight. Rash.
  • He is extremely dense when it comes to girls’ advances. There should be an extent to how clueless a person can be.
  • Can he actually operate an IS if Shinonono Tabane didn’t arrange that ‘audition’? I felt that was cheating. (No idea, so I just put it here).

Goods:

  • He’s not opportunistic.
  • Not a pervert.

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KIRIGAYA KAZUTO / KIRITO

“Sword Art Online”

Sword Art Online - EP 09

I would like to take a more suitable screenshot some other time.

Kirito is very close to being Gary Stu, if not there yet. A very well-made hero.

Bads:

  • He can be quite sentimental.
  • His character is probably considered overkill. From Sword Art Online to Gun Gale Online.

Goods:

  • He has Asuna.
  • He talks, he wins. He’s actually pretty cool.
  • That sentimentality can be a driving force for him to fight.
  • Faithful, as far as what I’ve seen and read (up to Mother’s Rosario). Poor other girls from his harem though.

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Conclusion, every one of these characters have irritated me at one point, but I can accept that they are heroes of their own series and at the end, they managed to live up to their titles. However, it doesn’t change the fact that while I was watching their animes, it’s not only once I muttered “shut up” and “just fight”. I am probably semi aware which point I’m wrong, and fully aware that I’m very biased.

It’s because I don’t see the need to talk under pressure that I wrote this, but it seems I was disoriented near-end, as usual. I ended up writing their good and bad qualities, when all I wanted earlier was to rant. Was this for the better or…?

So if the last few parts didn’t make any sense, blame Fast and Furious 6.

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That’s it for this post. I have a few more male protagonists I want to comment on, like Alibaba Saluja of “Magi” and Zero Kiryuu of “Vampire Knight” but something distracted me and this is as far as I can write right now. I’ll probably make a post for my favorite villains as well.

By the way, my favorite hero is Shiba Tatsuya of “The Irregular at Magic High School”. You might have an idea what it is I look for in a male protagonist if you read the light novel series.