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CR Picks: Best Character 2014

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GAR battle time!
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Sakura Chiyo
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That's great! Did you make this?
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Oh well, guess this is the end for the one remaining member of the HxH hype train

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So, we get our ass beat in the Best Girl tournament but then win the Summer Bracket? Well, I didn't originally want Chiyo to get out of the Bracket, but most of the characters I cared about went out early. I'm fine with it, though seeing her as "Best character of Summer" is sort of strange.

Gotta think up my Shinichi vote now, though he will totally beat Archer's ass
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Choosing Chiyo...



Now to make a decision between these two guys...
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Were do i even go in this Moby Dick game...
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I am a HxH fan but Meruem was probably my least favorite character.

Every other character in the show has some subtlety and mystery to them, but I could see what was going to go through with Meruem and Komugi coming from a mile away. If you guys had Neferpitou up there I may have voted that way.
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That's great! Did you make this?


I sure did. It took the better part of a month and cost a fortune, but it came together in the end.
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KarenAraragi wrote:


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Sakura Chiyo
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I don't wanna talk about it

Meruem was easily the best character left in the competition. He at least deserved getting in the semi finals.

*sigh* well looks like all my hope will be put in Satsuki or Archer if he wins
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Shinichi vs Archer
Fall Final


The fall final brings us Shinichi vs Archer, two guys who kick lots of butt. One we watch go from average dude to tearing out hearts. The other was introduced as a hero of legend who was already a master archer and not too shabby with short swords either.


Shinichi was just an average dude before an alien creature replaced his right hand. Life has sort of sucked for him since then. Shinichi's a dynamic character who is used to explore the concept of humanity. The show has done a good job of characterizing his change from an average guy to someone with an inhuman power. The story shows all the emotional, mental, physical, and societal stresses and conflicts such a change entails. Shinichi is a very well done and interesting character.


Archer is an enigma. Well, if you avoid the copious spoilers. But in the show, he is an enigma whose background has only partially been revealed by his cryptic statements and Rin's dream sequences. He is a jaded man who does not believe in ideals and says he has achieved all the goals he set for himself. Rin's dreams and his attitude suggest his was not a pleasant journey. He spends most of his time in invisible mode during the story, so we don't see much of him if there isn't a battle going on. Most of the insight we get into his character comes from his interactions with Shiro, where we see his disdain for ideals, especially those upheld for the sake of the ideal. Despite the bitterness that can come through during his interactions with Shiro, the man still has a sense of humor and is willing to deflate the egos of those around him.

Shinichi is a dynamic character and while Archer is more static. Shinichi has changed a great deal from episode one to the end of the first cour. He started as an average, flawed human. Then the universe decided it hated him and started to throw unpleasant and bizarre situations his way. His development wasn't about him deciding to change, it was about him coping with what was happening to him. Archer has been mostly static during the F/SN UBW. A few details about his past have been brought up, but he hasn't changed. He's the same in episode one as at the end of the cour. He sort of reminds me of Piccolo, but you skipped the Saiyan arc and everything before that. We missed out on whatever made Archer how he is. We just see him being antisocial and swooping in to help the heroes at the last moment.

Both are round characters, but Shinichi is more overtly so. Shinichi has several conflicting personality traits that he has to try and balance thanks to his Migi-brand heart replacement and issues due to some serious emotional trauma. He can be apparently emotionless one moment, extremely kind the next, and then angry enough to rip someone's heart out. Needless to say, the boy is in some major need of some counseling. Archer's comments suggest a painful past where he learned things the hard way. That past may have left him jaded, but it doesn't appear to have broken him. His depth is more hinted at, partially because we don't know his story. Archer is a bit flatter because he is such an unknown.

Shinichi fulfills his role in the narrative perfectly. The story is all about exploring what it means to be 'human'. To do that, the narrative pokes Shinichi with various 'sticks' to see what he'll do. Shinichi has to try and do his best to muddle through all the difficult situations he is in while people, both in and out of the story, judge him based on ideals that are impossible for a human to uphold. He's flawed, he makes mistakes, and he is very human...even when he isn't. Archer works perfectly as the enigmatic loner of the group. You get just enough tidbits about him to keep you interested. The story mostly manages to keep him away when he would solve problems too easily. The reason tends to be because he'll try and kill Shiro.

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Now, onto more subjective things.

Shinichi is easier to relate with than Archer for the most part. While having to deal with your hand being a somewhat antagonistic alien creature isn't a situation people have to deal with, neither is being a hero magically summoned to be a mage's personal pokemon for a mage battle. Shinichi is more relatable because he's a normal guy in an extraordinary situation. It's easier for people to imagine what they'd do if they were in Shinichi's situation because real world people have a similar starting point as Shinichi. How would you react if your hand was suddenly an alien? Some of the other situations are even easier to place yourself in such as loosing a parent, having to hide things from friends, or dealing with loss and life altering changes to your body. Those are very human things and don't require 'aliens' to happen.

Archer is harder to relate to because he's a magical hero. He's faster, stronger, and more powerful than a human can ever hope to be. He can fire arrows over such distances and with such destruction that he might as well be a military drone. And he starts out the story like that so there's no time to get to know him as anything but a super powerful hero of legend. That's not something most people can relate with. Now, the one thing I can definitely relate to Archer with is having to deal with a bunch of idiot high schoolers. My sympathy goes to the man for that one. Archer's point in the story is to be the foil to Shirou's idealism. Having to deal with the idealism and naiveté of younger people is the most relatable thing about Archer. Well, maybe unless you control military drones.

We can't possibly have a round with Archer without 'gar' coming up. It's sort of hard to beat the guy who caused the term to be created in the first place. Shinichi has some 'gar' moments, but he's outclassed on this one by Archer. Shinichi is too much of a normal person to win that battle. We see Shinichi struggling with life and crying (he doesn't manage to be manly AND cry like JoJo characters), while Archer is only ever shown being awesome and strong. Archer never really shows any weakness.

Who wins? I'll have to go with Shinichi for this round. He's the more dynamic and round character of the two. While Archer is a cool character who is fun to watch fight, Shinichi brings more depth and a more human feel to the story. Archer's standing will probably go up some once we find out his backstory in 2015.
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I sure did. It took the better part of a month and cost a fortune, but it came together in the end.


Hahaha, I hope it did not take anywhere near that long or cost that much in reality.
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At least in this round, I can't get salty. One of my boys is gonna win the bracket and the other one gets second place
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