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small image Summer 2011: Favorite Characters

September 19, 2011 1:18 am by small image

Who are your favorite characters introduced this season? I thought I’d share a few that I’ve found interesting.

I decided that for this list, I would just include characters who were new to this season, so characters like Natsume and Nyanko-sensei from Natsume Yuujinchou wouldn’t count. After that, it’s all just a matter of opinion! And, of course, they need to be from shows I was actually watching. (Also note that I am not 100% caught up on all these shows at the moment, so I don’t know about their latest developments in episodes from the last three weeks or so. I should be catching up on them all shortly, though.)

I’ll start with one of the main characters from Usagi Drop:

Daikichi Kawachi. Not only is he a very easy character to relate to, but he is also a great example of everyday selflessness. His willingness to take in Rin and raise her by himself is very admirable, especially when with each passing episode, it becomes increasingly apparent that he has to adjust everything in his life in order to do so. It is not easy to raise a child alone, and Daikichi finds that sacrifices have to be made in order to do a good job of it. There is a lot he has to learn about parenting, but he’s always willing to do all he can for Rin’s sake. And as it turns out, he’s there for others as well, such as his cousin Haruko, and Rin’s friend Kouki-kun.

Next up is a newly-introduced character from Natsume Yuujinchou San:

Seiji Matoba. A mysterious bishie with cold eyes and a dark agenda, Matoba brought in a new level of conflict to the Natsume Yuujinchou series. From the onset, it was readily apparent that this man meant business, with his all-knowing smirk, and a partially-obscured face (with his right eye bandaged, leaving the left eye to express his calm, calculating demeanor). This character was a major player in a two-parter this season, showing just how willing he was to go against yokai in order to achieve his ends. And though he is indeed cruel, it is made clear there is still more to his character than a simple villain archetype. He is certainly interested in Natsume–but does he simply want to use the protagonist as a pawn in some scheme? Only time will tell, because I’m sure Matoba will return one day…

Next on my list is the star of Ikoku Meiro no Croisée:

Yune. Isn’t she the sweetest character you’ve ever seen? Or at least one of the sweetest. I’m pretty sure I’d put Yune at the top of a “most kawaii anime characters” list. She practically exudes cuteness, and her outfits are absolutely beautiful. Fortunately there is also some interesting character development for Yune over the course of the series. She wants very much to learn about France, but even more importantly, she feels the need to do her very best for the metalwork shop that takes her in. As she does this, she and Claude get to help each other grow to understand one another’s culture and way of life. And though she is generally very cautious about the way she approaches each episode’s difficulties, she is bold enough to do what she feels is right when the time calls for it.

And the last character for my list is the new antagonist of Nurarihyon no Mago:

Hagoromo Gitsune. In an action series like Nurarihyon no Mago, it really helps to have not just a powerful villain–but an interesting one. It’s made readily apparent in this season that Hagoromo-Gitsune is a cruel fox demon yokai, capable of easily overcoming strong opponents. But more importantly, an interesting background has been established for this character. The fox girl has lived a very long time, and was defeated four hundred years ago by Rikuo’s über grandfather only with the assistance of a power Keikain onmyoji. But now she’s back, and she is out not only to gain more power, but has a vendetta against the Nura Clan–and a deep animosity toward all of humanity, to boot. Surely Rikuo will be able to defeat her in the end (I imagine), but I’m curious to see just how far she and her army of sinister yokai will go in their rampage beforehand.