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29th-May-2011 05:45 am
Killer Bee
P.S. This will also contain spoilers for Katekyo Hitman Reborn!

Now, don't get me wrong; I typically like female characters in any show/video game/book/manga/anime. I usually gravitate myself towards the ones that no one seems to like, because they have some major flaws. Let's take Sakura, for example. She's my favorite character from Naruto. Why is she my favorite? Because she's human and realistic. It's very rare for a fictional sixteen-year-old girl (in any form of literature/writing/media) to act her age. Does Sakura? I daresay she does. All of her flaws is what draws me towards her, and what makes me happy to see her kickass every once in a while. 

What I don't love, however, is a fucking Mary-Sue. 

To detour for a moment as to why I'm talking about KHR!, let's rewind to four days ago. Four days ago, I had a viral infection inside of my mouth, making it virtually impossible to eat or drink anything besides water. I was in pain, cranky, and I literally had nothing to do, so I asked a friend for a good anime recommendation; she said Reborn! I had tried to pick up the series before, as seeing it's mega popular on Lunaescence, a site I read fanfiction on. I tried to watch again and, to my surprise, I became hooked around episode 30 or so. 

.....Which leads me to my main problem. 

I. hate. almost. every. single. fucking. girl. character. 

I have no idea if the author of the series knows how much her girl characters infuriate people, but I seriously have to stop myself from skipping their parts on the screen. Let's take Kyoko, the main protagonist's love interest, for example. Her only purpose in the show is to "motivate" Tsuna with her "kawaii-desu-neeee" smiles, and happy-go-lucky nature. She magically inspires everyone to do better, and everyone loves her--literally; she is the "idol" of her middle school. She can cook, she can clean, she can sew, SHE CAN DO ANYTHING BECAUSE SHE IS THE KAWAII KYOKO-CHANNNNN. She can't fight, she's ridiculously air-headed, and ALWAYS gets in trouble so that Tsuna ALWAYS has to come and save her. She annoys me, her voice annoys me, and, to be frank, she's rather worthless as a character. She has no depth, and what little development she DOES seem to possess is washed away whenever she opens her damn mouth. I cannot stand her. At all. 

Let's move on to Haru now. Haru is hopelessly OBSESSED with Tsuna, is always stalking him, and has this god-awful voice from hell. She is pretty much a Kyoko-clone, just with a more hyper personality, if you can imagine. Because she is a woman (and clearly the author has it in her mind that all women belong in a kitchen), she can magically cook/clean/sew as well! LEGASP. And when I FINALLY thought she was getting character development after Tsuna blew his fuse with her in the Future! Arc, she gives in three seconds after he apologizes by claiming he's using her "love" against her. ....What? Bitch, you're ALLOWED to be mad at this boy! He yelled at you for no good reason! BE ANGRY. PUT UP A FIGHT. DO SOMETHING EXCEPT FOR FORGIVING HIM! 

What does she do, though? She forgives him. Wow. What a shocker. 

Chrome was a female that I thought I was going to be able to like. She seemed like she could fight, and she is shares a body (or something like that) with a super-sexy, super-sadistic illusionist. What happens, though? -____- She is practically useless without said illusionist's help. She can't fight, and is so damn weak. What the hell. 

Bianchi is probably the only female character who doesn't utterly annoy me in this series, despite having her moments. Then again, she is older and wiser, having been born into a Mafia family. I just pray she doesn't start to utterly piss me off. 

It probably seems like I'm hating on these characters; I'm not. I'm simply disagreeing with the cliched way they are being protrayed in this manga. It's truly a shame, too, because the story/art work/dialog is really good. KHR! Is probably one of the best animes I've seen in a really long-ass time. I'm just tired of seeing these useless girls pop up on my screen.

 Please, for the love of God, I'm begging for some character development

That is all.
29th-May-2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
Wow that's a lot of perfect characters in one series. How do they do et? D: I mean shouldn't one at least be more perfect than the other? wth v.v who thought this shit up and okayed it for drawing?
29th-May-2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
Switch some names around and this post could be about practically any fandom -_- What's awful is that so often, a good, three-dimensional character will be less well-received than a Sue. I mean, take Sakura for example.
29th-May-2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
Isn't it, though? -_- At least, though, in some fandoms, the Sues aren't so...terrible. But I digress. And yeah, Sakura (and other characters with, I dunno, a personality) are often hated by the fans. It's a shame, really.
29th-May-2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
Maybe people love simple characters because it makes it easier to project onto/live vicariously through them :/
29th-May-2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
Very, very, very true statement right there. Well-rounded characters are often disliked because people can see their own flaws in them (or something like that).
29th-May-2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
I was going to form a coherent reply, but then I looked at your icon. |D
29th-May-2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
I know. Maid!Squall tends to have that effect on people. I say he's welcome to dust my bookshelf any day...as well as seduce me in french. 8D *Shot*
29th-May-2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
French maid uniforms add dimension and believable flaws to characters. It's, um, been shown. With science. That's why we like them, right? We're sophisticated. *also shot*
29th-May-2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
CLEARLY! BECAUSE IT'S FRENCH! French this just scream sophistication! ;D
30th-May-2011 12:53 am (UTC)
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