Shimoneta’s Anna Nishikinomiya: A Hilarious Warning about Policing Morality.

(This is a reblog and edit of a previous Character Dive, because hey..this is a bit more relevant now!)

Some series are known for only one or two things. Breakout characters or jaw-dropping moments are often what immortalize a show in the minds of many. I don’t know how many conversations I’ve heard where people have said: “You just gotta watch this show for this character or this one amazing moment. Sometimes these characters become so popular and well beloved that overtake the series they are in, for good or ill. Fonze from Happy Days grew well beyond the show he was in. The character of Fraiser from Cheers found success beyond his first show. In anime, we have seen it in characters like Levi from Attack on Titan or the Gotei 13 from Bleach. Even characters who don’t overtake the show such as Dragon Ball’s Vegeta, or Naruto’s Sasuke Uchiha often find themselves elevated to a higher status because of their breakout.

Today we’ll be talking about just such a character, a character that not only completely dominates the entire show,  but almost single handily can be credited for its success. I am course talking about Shimoneta’s Anna Nishikinomiya. Let’s get into it after the cut.

MASSIVE SPOILER ALERTS FOR THE PLOT AND TWISTS OF SHIMONETA, YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!

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Both a Social Commentary and the Funniest Character in Years.

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Shimoneta’s Ayame Kajou and Anna Nishikinomiya: Trailblazing Leads

 

To discuss our next character, we should first talk about a common recurring trope in both Western and Eastern stories. It may go by something different, (most likely the “Genki girl”) but most people know it as The Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

The concept is simple. The MPDG shows up in the main character’s, who is often boring, dull and listless in his life, and brings it more life through her quirky personality, lovable antics, and overall feisty behavior. She can normally look a bit different from the norm, sometimes with wild colorful air, or clothes that are normally not worn. The MPDG can often be seen as lazy writing because the character often has no personal goals or wishes, she (and it’s almost ALWAYS a she) is merely a tool to get the male character a better outlook on life. Natalie Portman’s character in the movie Garden State is a prime example of this. In anime, we see this in people like Haruhi Suzumiya, Nia from Gurren Lagann, and more recently Zero-Two from 2018′s Darling in the Franxx.

Shimoneta works with this trope but subverts it in many ways, or at the very least puts enough effort that our heroine has presence, personality and a life beyond simply being a device for our hero. The result is what we’ll be discussing right after the cut.

MASSIVE SPOILER ALERTS FOR THE PLOT AND TWISTS OF SHIMONETA, YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!

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Best Friends, Sworn Enemies, Excellent Characters

 

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