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Favourite character patterns

With the resumption of Inuyasha, I’ve slowly left PoT fandom and swung back to Inuyasha. Hence my obsession is likely to shift from Tezuka back to Sesshoumaru.

Now, this isn’t the first time I’ve thought about the types of characters that attracts my attention and keeps it. This is in part an exercise to understand my personal preferences as well as to help me write better fiction or design better characters for my fictional worlds.

My obsessions (as in interest that lasts longer that the time I watch it) with male anime characters chronologically:
(I’ll have to limit it or this thing will run for ages, so no females or non-japanese cartoons or other media)
1. Yue (Card Captor Sakura)
2. Sesshoumaru (Inuyasha)
3. Tezuka Kunimitsu (Prince of Tennis)
4. Shi Seien/Shi Seiran (Sauinkoku Monogatari)
5. Lan Shuei (Sauinkoku Monogatari)
6. Edward Elric (Full Metal Alchemist)

What do these fellows have in common? … Litgeek would summarise it as the strong silent type. Let’s less how true it is.
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Are Archetypes Stereotypes?

Blame it on my Developmental Psych assignment. We were asked to pick 5 comics or jokes and identify stereotypes based on age.

Now, naturally I picked my favourites, Calvin and Hobbes, FoxTrot, XKCD and finally Prince of Tennis. Stereotypes are important and common elements in this medium because they give the reader a quick and easily accessible understanding. These mediums are short and limited in content, unlike 100+ pages great epic novel. Stereotypes allows common understanding, a sort of shorthand quick and dirty intro. Can these medium work without stereotype?
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Captain’s Seat #5 – Sanada Genichirou

Sanada Genichirou is the vice-captain of Rikkai Daigaku Fuzoku. Rikkai has been the National Champions in the last two years. Rikkai’s regular members are all National-class.

In most of story arc, Yukimura is absentee captain due to his illness. Sanada became the central figure in Rikkai and is shown in the capacity as captain. His leadership style and personality are the most similar to Tezuka in principles, except that Sanada’s methods make Tezuka gentle by comparison. However, like Tezuka, Sanada leads by example. Read the rest of this entry »

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Captain’s seat #2 – Oishi Syuichirou

Oishi became temporary captain of Seigaku during Tezuka’s rehabilitation in the Kantou tournament and Junior selection camp. Here, we get to see a change in leadership style exhibited by Oishi and how it affects team dynamics. At the beginning of his stint, Oishi lacks the self-confidence to fill the very large hole left by Tezuka. Their partnership relies on each other to inject balance in the team management and leadership. Read the rest of this entry »

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Captain’s seat #1 – Tezuka Kunimitsu

Seishun Gakuen’s captain, Tezuka Kunimitsu, is the most developed character among the captains. Personality-wise, he is serious, reserved, independant and highly principled person. He is normally shown as unemotional, expressionless with inscrutable poker face. At first glance, Tezuka is boring, uncharismatic (in contrast to Yamato’s charismatic and eccentric personality), unapproachable (habitually shown with unsmiling,even frowning expression), indifferent (despite Inui’s attempts to get him interested in gossip such as Momoshiro’s date, Tezuka hangs up on him, showing that Tezuka will not poke his nose into matters that are not his business) and detached (ignoring and refusing to rise up to provocations by Akutsu at Perfectural, Kakinoki’s Kuki and Kyushuu’s tennis club members).

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