Character of the Day: Rossiu Adai from Gurren Lagann

3 04 2009

Rossiu may seem like an unusual choice, but considering my tastes in favorite characters – Rossiu is right up The Cat’s alley!

(This post is rife with Gurren Lagann spoilers – read at your own risk!)

Rossiu - copyright Bandai Entertainment

Rossiu - copyright Bandai Entertainment


Background:
Rossiu is from the Village of Adai aka The Lottery village. Ruled by a “priest” with absolute authority, the village casts out a random member each time their population reaches above 50. Conditions in Rossiu’s village are bleak and the attitude is that of people who toil their entire lives to eke out a meager living – a far cry from the freeloading, free-spirited, colorful, crazy members of the future Team Dai-Gurren!

**Spoiler Warning**

After Kamina’s death, Rossiu pilots Gurren, with Simon in the lead as Lagann’s pilot. He becomes the head of most divisions of the New Government after the fall of the Spiral King (aka Time Skip no Jutsu!), and executes his authority over everyone – including Simon, who becomes the Supreme Commander.

Why I like him:
Rossiu is a very atypical Gurren Lagann character – he is not loud, brash, emotional, over-the-top. He does not (usually) spout the chant-like slogans of Team Dai-Gurren with abandon (Who the hell do you think we are??!).

Rossiu is quiet, meticulous, intelligent and pragmatic. He brings logical thinking and common sense to a show where common sense does not apply in any way shape or form.

These qualities cause Rossiu to clash with the rest of Team Dai-Gurren in the latter half of the show. Rossiu’s desperation int he face of overwhelming opposition from the AntiSpirals causes him to face the ultimate dilemma for a world leader – to be able to sacrifice a portion of the population in order to save the rest of humanity.

Rossiu & Rossiu - copyright Bandai Entertainment

Rossiu & Rossiu - copyright Bandai Entertainment

Quote: “You understand nothing.” Episode 17
External Link:
Black or White – The Rossiu Fanlisting





Character of the Day: Urahara Kisuke

16 03 2009
Urahara Kisuke - Bleach Copyright Viz Media/Kubo Tite

Urahara Kisuke - Bleach Copyright Viz Media/Kubo Tite

Character of the day for today is Urahara Kisuke from Bleach!

Background:
Urahara runs a shop that caters to shinigami who are fighting in the real world. He provides equipment to Rukia and you’re never quite sure how “legitimate” his business is or why exactly he has such an interest in her activities in the real world. He’s definitely mysterious and more than a bit shady, always carrying around a fan for no reason and employing a muscly guy in shades, two pre-pubescent brats and a cat.

Turns out he was a big deal in Soul Society, but was banished under mysterious circumstances. The anime arc currently airing deals with the events leading to his banishment, corresponding to the “Turn back the pendulum” set of manga chapters.

Why he’s my favorite:
Urahara is a big mysterious goofball who has the strangest character design and wears those fun wooden sandals (geta) for no apparent reason.

Urahara & cane - copyright Viz Media/Kubo Tite

Urahara & cane - copyright Viz Media/Kubo Tite

I love how you are never really sure what’s going on with him or what his angle is – but you know that there’s more than meets the eye. I love the fact that he is a huge doofus, but appears to be the smartest person in Soul Society and wields an incredibly powerful zanpakutou.

His seiyuu, Shinichirou Miki, fits his personality perfectly – with his crazy, singsong voice that can be absolutely wacky one minute and completely serious the next.

External Links:
“Elusive Mystery” an Urahara fansite – source for the screenshots used in this post
“Ingenious” an Urahara fanlisting