Seo Yuzuki – Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun
Another wonderful character that could be described as a beautiful disaster. She’s a really forward, really oblivious gal that serves as the inspiration for one Nozaki’s manga characters. Seo has a different kind of supporting role in this anime. She serves to round out the character archetypes, but with a twist.
She definitely marches to her own tune. She’s kind of boorish and definitely oblivious of everything going on around her. She obviously can’t read the mood of a situation. As a result, she’s a character that is always entertaining to watch. Seo’s basically a walking force of nature. Heck, she’s used by the basketball team as an example of what not to do. As you’d expect, Seo handles her feelings of affection like a young teenage boy – by throwing a basketball at the person. And yet, she has this bizarre charm to her. Every time she’s on screen is another hilarious event. She really holds up her end of the comedy.
The best part about Seo is her relationship with Wakamatsu, which is a complete twist on the archetype. Since Wakamatsu is a sensitive guy, Seo ends up walking all over him. She’s both the cause and cure of the poor boy’s suffering. But their relationship isn’t a bad one, it’s just really funny to watch.
Ene – Mekakucity Actors
I honestly love the idea of some AI living in my phone and causing trouble and yakking at me and picking fights. So, perhaps it is no surprise that my favorite supporting female character is Ene from Mekakucity Actors. She’s spunky, cheeky, teasingly bratty, witty, and even encouraging in her own way. She starts off as some sort of cute pest with great lines, and slowly we see her play a role in making the plot move forward–she gets a hikikomori (shut-in) out of the house, saves hostages, generally teases and blackmails her “master” who owns the cellphone and computer she lives in, and confesses the strange and terrible secret of her past life.
I feel bad that I don’t have a whole lot to say about Ene beyond this. She’s the sort of person that you feel differently about as you go through different stages of getting to know her, finally ending up really feeling for her and rooting for her. At least, that was my reaction to her. A character that started as a comedic element to enjoy became a real person to care about and stand beside (in more ways than one).
Zenko signing off.