Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Characters you can relate to

No matter what the medium, it's always nice to have characters that you can relate to.  Who wants to read a story, watch a movie or check out an anime where you can't relate to any of the characters?  There has to be some sort of connection you can make between yourself and at least one of the characters in order to really interest you in what's going on.  

I feel like I make this connection a lot more with anime than other mediums, even though it seems like it should be the complete opposite.  Anime features are not afraid to take us to all sorts of crazy locations with unique and off-the-wall characters, but that doesn't take away from our ability to connect with the cast.  As fantastical as the settings and story can be, at the heart of most anime are characters that you can measure up with.

Take for example, Birdy the Mighty: Decode.  This series does a fantastic job of showing you all sorts of amazing characters from far-off planets, but they are tied to something more set in reality by the relationship between Birdy and Tsutomu Senkawa.  An earth boy and an alien girl that go through a lot together, and they both learn about each other's worlds through some very common yet deep emotions.  It's very hard not to identify with both of these characters in some way.

What anime have you seen where you find yourself really connecting with a character?  What anime character can you really relate to, be it through their struggles or background?


  1. I can relate to Mikado Ryugamine from Durarara, simply being the quiet person that sometimes has trouble speaking up. I can also relate to America from Hetalia, because I'm all American and stuff.

  2. I can relate with the guy from 5 Centimeters Per Second. Not the emo I can't live the rest of my life because you're gone part, but the I think of you even when I move away part. I used to do a lot of moving when I was younger and there were some people I would never forget even though I probably wouldn't ever see them again ._.