Character Spotlight ~ Kannagi

I don't remember where I got this... Sorry

I don’t remember where I got this… Sorry

I’m going to write this based on the manga as I’m not a fan of the anime. Arata Kangatari is a story about Arata, a boy from 21st century Japan who switches places with a boy from a fictional world called Amawakuni where he finds himself on the run as a fugitive accused of “Himeou’s” murder. For all intents and purposes Himeou is the government in this story. Each of her guardians or “shinshou” owns a “hayagami” which allows them each a different power that she keeps them from abusing. This Spotlight is about Kannagi, the initial antagonist of the manga. Let’s all look at his track record.

  • Attempted to murder Himeou (Who looks like a young child)
  • Blamed the attempted murder on Arata
  • Threatened Kotoha in order to flush him out (A teenage girl)
  • Sent Arata to Gatoya (A prison where human rights are nonexistent)
  • Other stuff that the reader finds out about later

To top off this list, he’s a good deal older than he looks, by about a hundred years at least. Obviously there’s nothing good to say about Kannagi at the beginning of the manga. But no one’s trying to fool you into thinking that he’s a decent human being either. Predictably he ends up joining Arata’s group… after being cut down to size. Of course this wasn’t Arata’s doing. This was one of the other shinshou, Akashi.

While Kannagi is busy wrongfully prosecuting and hunting down Arata, Akashi kills all of his workers, destroys his house and starts decides to torture him until he forks over rights to use his Hayagami because you need the target’s consent to take their hayagami. You can’ just kill them and take it. If they die the Hayagami picks a new user on its own.

Arata started acting all main charactery and stepped in to intervene. Akashi laughs, taunts and leaves. Kannagi takes the first chance to attack Arata anyway. Yet after this Arata still thinks he should join them. Kannagi beats him up, but joins anyway.

He doesn’t change when he first joins them. He’s about as obvious in his intentions as Starscream from Transformers.

In terms of character I compare him to Kadowaki. Kadowaki is almost a complete opposite in terms of his actions. He started out as Arata’s friend. In middle school they got along great until some event of really minor importance bruised Kadowaki’s ego.

Apparently this little bump to his ego was more important than his friendship with Arata ever was because rather than tell him that he was insulted he ran a whole campaign of making his life miserable. He spread rumors about him. He vandalized his desk and locker and pretty soon he had plenty of helpers that had little else to do but harass Arata by doing stuff like dumping trash on him.

Of course, we’re supposed to feel sorry for Kadowaki because his mother left him and his father slaps him for saying stuff that he deserved to be slapped for saying. This guy has such desperation to hang on to his own self inflated ego there’s no low he won’t stoop to for it. There’s so much self pity going on it emanates from the pages as you read. How do you get to killing innocent people over an incident that happened on your track team in middle school? Kadowaki was everything I expected Kannagi to be, and then less.

I initially disliked Kannagi but I got used to him being there. I still don’t like him. I still think he’s a jerk. But the character spotlight is more how the character works in the story.

At no point is his past used to excuse his actions. It shows it as why he does it but there’s no  “It’ must be so hard for you,” or other backwards logic that seems to hang around Kadowaki. Kannagi’s motivations are explained but not excused.

As the series went on he gained some respect for Arata and humility. He also admitted to the fact that he was the one who attacked Himeou and not Arata and he genuinely has his back even though he makes the occasional joke about betraying him that no one takes seriously anymore. In short, Kannagi is a good example of someone letting go of their ego and learning to respect those around him.

He’s not likeable but he doesn’t come on too strong and he completes the show. Every main character needs a right hand man.

Next character is Squid Girl.

About Consumption

I got eight hours of sleep last night so I had some time to realize that stuff you think is good while you’re sleepy doesn’t always turn out to be good while you’re well rested. The cover, as grueling as it was to make, was very misleading about the premise of the story.

consumption is a story about Identity, waking up and finding you weren’t who you thought you were and having to adjust to being someone else completely even though you know you aren’t this person. However my main character “Kaseko” switched between being two different people in two different realities and only having the identity of one of them. The cover however looks like some tragic love story to the tune of Romeo and Juliet.

Consumption

 I still haven’t learned to throw useless stuff out so I posted it anyway. See that? We can’t have that! Kaseko is a soldier from a futuristic world where a war is heating up. Senna is a girl from modern times with nothing good going on in her life. So I scrapped the cover.  Hmm, this is awkward. I can’t really think of anything else to say that isn’t either a spoiler or whiny. I do have a cold though and it’s slowing down progress quite a bit. My immune system isn’t very useful. But it’s not really too hard on my cold to sit at a desk.

Uh…

I wanted to post the first chapter of Consumption today but I found my time consumed by drawing the cover picture. I haven’t finished it because the main character wears cornrows and it’s really hard to draw. It’s been hours and to add insult to injury, the parts aren’t even. In this time I could have learned how to cornrow and done a head or two full. I’m not used to drawing for an extended time or challenging myself. My avatar picture took me about ten minutes.

Anzu

 Her hand is missing, but I guess you noticed that already.

In any case I posted the first chapter of Fortune. It’s overhead and I started with a very cliché plotline for this chapter. Yeah, start my first chapter of my first post with a cliché plotline. That’s how I roll. 

Unfortunately Anthony looks for trouble and while he doesn’t usually find it, Julian’s about as lucky as Eugene from Hey Arnold. (A kid’s show in which something bad happened to Eugene in every episode he dared to show his face in) Julian’s changed a lot from the character I intended for him to be. I was going to have him be a homeless drunkard who’s a few years older than Anthony. He seems to pretty much do whatever he feels like doing.

I’m going to post Consumption tomorrow because it’s nearly 3:00 AM and these late night post when I have to wake up early are not adding up. Next Monday I’m putting up a Character Spotlight.

Welcome

 This is a blog about writing and all aspects of it that concern me.  That includes:

  • Topics about finding “Inspiration” which usually happens while I’m bored
  • Technical stuff that I’m trying to learn the nature and processes of
  • Character spotlights on characters from published works
  • Writing prompts
  • Stories I’m working on
  • Character work from stories I’m working on
  • Commentary or questions about writing trends and what’s popular
  • Stuff I draw… I’ve seen better but I still believe a picture’s worth 1000 words.
  • A random Haiku at the bottom of each post

I’m not sure if I’m going to be much for book reviewing. I have a very short attention span and prefer to read textbooks and manga. I really like anime and manga but I’m not young anymore so I want my blog to have a mature look to it. Stories are updated on the second and third Friday. Some posted things might be revised. I’m always revising. I’ve read that it’s a bad idea in many places but that cannot be helped.

So, I’ll post one of the stories I’m working on tomorrow. Tomorrow for sure.

Self portrait I drew two years ago. I didn't have a mirror and I knew the eyes were off but my erasor wasn't having it.

Self portrait I drew two years ago. I didn’t have a mirror and I knew the eyes were off but my erasor wasn’t having it.

Another delay

Another chance lost to say

What I really mean

Why are they recommending I put a Fruits Basket tag on this page?