In Defense of Alessand (From Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul)

Hatred towards a character, usually the weasel type of character, is common. Most often this character creates hate watching much like one of the previous antagonists I made a post about this year, Iok Kujan from Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. The weasel doesn’t necessarily need to garner a lot of hate, but often in a series it is quite easy to point to a singular point and say that they are the main cause of so many problems within it. Often these characters, because of a spike of emotional outrage over either a very daring (sometimes stupid) choice of the writer, make a decision that changes the landscape of the anime. Alessand from Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul is purely another example of this, but often the hatred of his character comes from both his actions and how people saw him being built up. This post isn’t to excuse Alessand for his actions nor for how he was used in Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul, but rather to offer another interpretation or viewpoint to just the blanket hate that pervades him now. To see Alessand as potentially one of the bigger missed opportunities in Virgin Soul because of the lack of focus on him.

This post will spoil a lot that happens in Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul. You have been warned.

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Character Spotlight: Natsuo Ishidou, Superiority or Inferiority?

Here is a piece that I have been debating about releasing for quite a long time. It was a little stream of conscious look into a character I have recently been fond of for the past few years. How she struggles to find herself through a sense of superiority over others and her desire to win as well as her inferiority that struggles with this sort of sado-masochistic tendency to want to lose. It may seem like gibberish in moments, but hopefully this post can springboard into another post about her and see where it goes from there with people’s interests.


This time in the spotlight is a weird more obscure one, one based on a manga that I had much interest in last year. Natsuo Ishidou is definitely one of the more confusing and intriguing anti-heroes I have seen in anime/manga. You will at times despise this girl due to how she looks down upon those who work hard to achieve something. Her taller body and strong mentality allow her to succeed in more sports than most, yet whenever she is at the height of her powers she quits the sports team leaving them without a star player. She takes all the attention only to let it fall apart when she wants, essentially you would think she is a drama queen yet she is more reserved in her thinking only allowing snide remarks to be let out instead of grand gestures of extreme arrogance. Of course she has her fair share of bullies, yet due to her prowess in the field of martial arts, she is never deterred and always defeats her opponent. Then one day that all changed when she met the one person who could defeat her in something. Teppuu is the journey of Natsuo Ishidou trying to find the beauty within hardwork and trying to ultimately crush her rival into the dirt (in a loving way of course).

I will warn you there is some spoilers about Teppuu, none that spoil the overall outcome though or the complexity of the final fight. Read at your own discretion.

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The Brilliant Use of Iok Kujan and Hate Watching

In Mobile Suit Gundam, often there is one character that garners hatred from the fanbase no matter what season. For this season of Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans, we have that one central hated figure. Iok Kujan is undeniably the most hated character so far in the show and you can ask a lot of fans and they will give you multiple reasons why. Yet many do hate the life out of Iok, this type of character has been used before. Many people watch characters like these just for that moment in which they receive their comeuppance, aka hate watching. So as much as I myself hate Iok in a similar passion, I’ll be tackling the ways in which Iok Kujan is one of the best things to happen in Iron-Blooded Orphans.

This will be spoiling elements of the second season until episode 40, so you are warned if you haven’t caught up in Iron-Blooded Orphans.

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Character Spotlight: Jean-Jacques Leroy

While watching Yuri on Ice this year I found myself falling in love with the journey of its characters throughout the grand prix. Their themes helping to symbolize elements of what they desire and who they want to be. While the story is all about Yuri, Yurio, and Victor I found myself falling in love with other skaters that shone in the grand finals. One such person who has captured my attention in the end was the Canadian figure skater, Jean-Jacques Leroy, or better known as JJ. Yes that very same narcissist, and one of the least liked characters in Yuri on Ice.

I will be spoiling elements in Yuri on Ice that regards JJ, and others who directly impact him. You have been warned.

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Character Spotlight – Kanchome & Parco Folgore, the Lion & the Hippo

Probably not the best thing to start a new feature with a duo that is not the main duo of the series they are in, in a shounen that started in 2001. This is probably the series that set me down my path of enjoying manga or anime in general along with Gundam Seed. Now Zatch Bell is essentially about a 100 children being thrown out into the world with little else than a magical book in order to find their partners. These partners will help them both get situated in the world, teach them about life, but also help them fight a battle in order to discover the king of these Mamodo children’s world. The many children with books will all fight to burn each other’s books in order to be the king and control the fate of their world. What does it mean to be strong? What does it mean to be king? That is the interesting thing about this series is how you see the experience change both the human and Mamodo children alike. While there are a lot of partners mentioned, like the righteous Zatch learning about himself and wishing to be a selfless king to other children like Reycom who adopted his partner’s twisted world view of using his powers for greed. In the end, I decided to choose the weird duck child Kanchome and his Italian heartthrob partner Parco Folgore.

Watch out as there is spoilers nearing the end of the manga. I try to do my best in not having spoiled much, but read at your own risk.

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