Random Paranoia Agent Quotes

This was a little something I made in Inkscape. They’re not my favorite ones, just some random ones. Enjoy!

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Dynamic Duos: Isaac and Miria

Warning! The following will have major spoilers for the anime Baccano!

isaac and miria on trainGreetings from GuardianTree12!

So you think every story needs a beginning, middle and end? Ha! How naïve you are! Baccano! has no definite beginning or end and the story jumps from time period to time period and from character to character, so the story is very loose. And that’s the point, it introduces you all these characters and then takes you on all their adventures in a nonlinear fashion as you try to fit all of the pieces of the story together. It does have some drama and suspense in it but Baccano! is more like a fun joyride rather than an inspiring journey of love and sacrifice and hope. And while I do love inspiring dramatic and suspenseful stories, I love dark comedy more, and Baccano! is a perfect example of dark comedy. No, Baccano is THE dark comedy, It’s my favorite anime next to Fullmetal Alchemist.

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Stealing from the mafia with baseball bats… epic.

But enough about Baccano! as a story or genre, this is a character analysis, dynamic duo analysis to be exact. Baccano! is more character oriented than story oriented, so it has a lot of great characters and character duos. But I chose to talk about Isaac and Miria because, well, they’re my favorite characters in this series. They’re the most fun out of all of them, and  I think the best scenes are the ones with Isaac and Miria in them. If things are getting too hairy, you can always count on Isaac and Miria to lighten the mood.

Isaac Miria dressed up

Why? Don’t ask why, this is Baccano! screw logic and consistency.

Isaac and Miria are two very odd lovers that also happen to be robbers. The two have a very strange sense of logic. For example, they believe that a train robbery consists of using the train to get to their destination, performing the robbery, and then using the train to escape. They also like to dress up in various costumes as they are carrying out their heists which can range from stealing millions of dollars from a mafia family to stealing the door of a museum. The two are very upbeat and they don’t seem to be affected by what’s happening around them, which may be why they’re so successful in almost everything they do despite how illogical they are. They later become immortal after mistaking an immortality elixir for a bottle of liquor, but they don’t realize they’re immortal until about seventy years later.

Isaac and Mira may be idiots but they’re loveable idiots.

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Dynamic Duos: Edward and Alphonse

Warning! The following will have major spoilers for the anime Fullmetal Alchemist.

ed and al

Greetings from GuardianTree12!

One of my favorite animes of all time has to be Fullmetal Alchemist the original anime (I haven’t seen Brotherhood but it’s on my list of animes to watch before I die). There are so many aspects I love about this anime- the setting, the music, but most of all the characters. There are a lot of good, strong characters in this show that I love but the strongest out of all of them are the Elric brothers Edward and Alphonse. The bond between these brothers is the strongest brotherly bond I’ve seen in any story, and they might possibly have the strongest bond of any two characters period.

al disappearing

Brother, I’m starting to think this was a bad idea!

Their journey begins when after their mother dies, they try to bring her back with alchemy. Human transmutation is forbidden, but hey they’re kids, kids break the rules all the time. Their plan of course backfires, resulting in Alphonse losing his entire body and Edward losing a leg. Edward then gives up his arm to rescue Al’s soul and trap it in a suit of armor. Afterward, Ed’s arm and leg are replaced by a mechanical arm and leg. Edward becomes a state alchemist so he and his brother can look for the philosopher’s stone with the army’s help. Their ultimate goal is to use the stone to get their bodies back so they can go back to living their normal lives. The journey they go through, the friends and enemies they meet, and the tragedies they endure challenge and attempt to shatter their bond but they always pull through, proving time and time again that their love, brotherly love not romantic love, for each other is unbreakable.

Edward is the older of the two and he’s the one who becomes the state alchemist, thus he has more responsibility and is more mature and rational than the two. He’s very protective of his brother- in fact he doesn’t let Alphonse become a state alchemist because he doesn’t want his brother to be used by the army and he loses his arm on more than one occasion trying to protect him- and he often feels guilty for Al’s current state (well it was his fault). He’s also against killing, seeing that all life has value, but of course he is forced to kill off two characters: Greed and Sloth (who is the homunculus of his mother in the original anime). He can be overconfident, sarcastic, and a little stubborn at times but overall he’s very rational. Alphonse is the younger of the brothers but he’s not exactly immature he’s just very sweet and trusting. He’s still a child so it’s harder for him to accept death and sacrifice. He is good at alchemy though, almost as good as Edward, but he needs a transmutation circle. He’s also good at hand-to-hand combat so he does most of the non-alchemy fighting. Both brothers are very kind-hearted and will stop to help out anyone who needs their help.

failed transmutation

Yes, Al, I cut off my own limbs, wrote your seal in my own blood, and went on a journey to find something that we may or may not ever find because so I could have an imaginary friend.

But while I love Fullmetal Alchemist, it isn’t perfect (nothing is) and there are a few things that really annoy me about this anime. The first deals with Alphonse. After the brothers discover a secret laboratory, they go there in the hopes of finding more information on the Philosopher’s Stone. They get separated and Al ends up having to fight off Barry the Chopper. I don’t know if this happens in the manga or Brotherhood, but during the fight Barry tells Al he doesn’t really exist and Edward just made him up out of his own memories. And Al believes him. Al believes the word of a murdering psychopath, who tried to kill Edward and is now trying to kill him, over his own brother. After the laboratory incident, Al goes all emo and runs away. I know that Al is young and naïve and it was stated earlier that he was having trouble remembering things but having him instantly trust the word of a psychopath makes him seem really, really really, really, really, really, really, really stupid. But at least this doesn’t last long and Al is eventually convinced that he really is Edward’s brother.

ed last transmutation

We’ll just keep on doing this until it works.

The second thing I didn’t like about the anime was the ending. Towards the end, Alphonse is transformed into the philosopher’s stone and then is captured by the homunculi. Edward had to rescue him and in this attempt, he is killed. Alphonse uses the philosopher’s stone to resurrect Edward. He succeeds, but then his mechanical body is used up in the process. After Edward is resurrected, he uses his body to resurrect Al. He is able to get back Al’s soul and human body, but instead of dying, he gets trapped in the parallel world on the other side of the Gate of Truth. So in the end, they only got half of what they wanted, Al’s body, and the two are separated. But at least they get back together at the end of Fullmetal Alchemist movie The Conqueror of Shamballa, so I’m not too disappointed with the ending.

Ed and Al back together

Together again.

Still, despite its flaws, I love Fullmetal Alchemist and I highly recommend it. The bond of these two brothers is really inspiring. Look up Fullmetal Alchemist OST: Brothers on YouTube. This song sums up their struggles, their regrets, and most of all their love for each other.

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Character Analysis: Misa

Warning! The following will have major spoilers for the anime Death Note (again).

Greetings from GuardianTree12!

I was going to talk about Spyro but since my last two posts were about characters from Death Note, I decided to finish the Death Note series with Misa Amane… I don’t know what I was thinking but here it goes.

light annoyed

Don’t worry, Light, it could always be worse! People could be writing bad fanfiction about you and L- oh wait.

Recap of the last two analyses: Light/Kira is the main character/villain of Death Note who finds a Death Note and uses it to rid the world of criminals and become the god of the new world. L is a super-smart detective that tries to stop him. So how does this Misa fit in? Well Misa is a fashion model who is obsessed with finding Kira because he killed the man who killed her family. Once she finds him, she becomes completely devoted to him and declares herself Light’s girlfriend. Even though Light finds her completely annoying (I don’t blame him), he decides to use her to further his plans since she has the Shinigami Eyes. The Shinigami Eyes allows anyone with a Death Note to see the names and lifespans of he or she meets, and for an object that needs the name and face of a person in order to kill that person, the Shinigami Eyes is a really useful power to have. Light did not get this power because the user needs to trade half of his or her remaining lifespan to their Shinigami partner, and that’s not beneficial to someone who wants to be a god.

I think this is the only reason Misa is introduced to the story. They needed someone to make the eye deal or else why bring it up in the first place if no one is going to use it? It seems like whoever would make the eye deal would be unstoppable and be either a dangerous enemy of Light or a useful partner, adding a lot of suspense. And when Misa is first introduced, she doesn’t disappoint. She takes over a TV station in an attempt to contact Kira and kills all those who try to enter the building and a number of other people. She even manages to scare L which is no easy feat. So she seems like a smart, coldblooded woman.

Misa in pink

Nice subtlety.

Then it turns out she’s just an overly-obsessed fan-girl. Once her true identity is revealed to Light and the audience, she becomes a comic-relief, fanservice character (the two worst character combinations ever!). I wouldn’t mind that so much but most of the comic-relief revolves around her obsession with Light and her air-headedness and it’s constantly shoved in your face. It’s just annoying! Annoying! Annoying! She sucks out all of the seriousness of a scene whenever she’s shown. She’s also not good at covering her tracks. L finds out pretty quickly that Misa is the second Kira, resulting in being captured and Light having to come up with an elaborate plan to save her.

Gelus dies

Don’t do it, Gelus, she’s not worth it!

Rem's death

Farewell, Rem, you shall be missed.

Not to mention two Shinigami die because of her. Before Misa finds Light, Rem, her Shinigami partner, tells her about Gelus’s death. Gelus was a Shinigami who spent all day watching a certain human girl (I know sounds like a total creeper but he’s actually really sweet!). He eventually fell in love with her and even saved her from a really crazy stalker by writing the stalker’s name down in his Death Note. As a result, Gelus was turned to dust since Shinigami are meant to shorten lives not extend them. Rem reveals that the girl he saved was her, Misa, and that the Death Note she’s using is actually Gelus’s. Later on, Rem dies after Light tricks her into believing that Misa will die if she does not help him. When this happened, I was really pissed that both  Gelus and Rem died for this one annoying, stupid, useless, annoying girl. Did I mention annoying? Rem had a motherly attitude towards Misa and always watched out for her and even threatened to kill Light if he ever harmed her. And Misa doesn’t even care when she dies. She doesn’t say thank you, she doesn’t have a moment of silence for her, and she never even mentions her name. No, she’s far too busy obsessing over Light to care.

Misa interrogation

Really, L? Was that really necessary?

Now, I did feel sorry for her when L captured her and when Light was manipulating her. And at least she helped capture Kyosuki Huguchi. But I think Death Note would have been a lot better without Misa or if she was more likable. Death Note is still one of my favorite animes of all time despite this.

takada

Hell, I feel sorry for whoever talks to Light.

Well that’s all for Death Note. GuardianTree12 out.

Character Analysis: L

Warning! The following will have major spoilers for the anime Death Note.

L

He is the enemy of Light and all things greater than four thousand calories (and also chiropractors). He will work day and night to solve any problem you may have. He is justice incarnate! He is the greatest detective in the world. He is L!

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This cake is L approved.

L is the hero of Death Note, well technically Near is the hero, but I’ll get to that later. Unlike Light, L uses his intelligence to solve crimes and catch criminals instead of just killing them. He always thinks one step ahead and thoroughly analyzes a problem or situation. Because of this, he has been deemed as the world’s greatest detective. All the crime fighters in the world look up to him. He is extremely successful in solving

crimes, but because of this, he can never associate with anyone who is not a part of his current case nor can ever completely reveal himself and goes by several aliases. And he never lets anyone know what he’s really thinking. I like to think of him as an example of what Light could have been.

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This is my investigating pose, please continue.

L is my favorite character on Death Note (with Ryuk and Light tied for second place), but I did not like him at first. When he first appeared, I thought he was a slob, always slouching, wearing plain, loose-fitted cloth  ing, never wearing shoes, and obviously sleep deprived. Yeah, I wasn’t the least bit impressed, but as the series progressed, I started liking L more and Light less. I grew to like all his weird, little quirks such as stacking things for no particular reason and eating as much cake as humanly possible.

But he has one weakness that all detectives seem to have: obsession. He is obsessed with solving the case and being right. He often does things that might seem a little unethical like putting cameras in every crevice of a person’s house and locking three people up without any solid evidence on two of them. His obsession almost rivals Light’s obsession of being a god, but at least his obsession wasn’t nearly as crazy.

L smiling

How could you possibly resist this face?

Still, I was really sad when L died. Though, I feel that his death wasn’t as sad as Light’s because at least L dies knowing he was right all along. Besides, L always thinks one step ahead and made plans beforehand to name a successor- or rather successors: Near and Mello. His successors don’t get along well, I guess L didn’t account for that, but Near catches Kira/Light in the end (after Mello dies).

L, you might have been a little weird, but that made you all the more loveable. Let’s all raise a glass to L.

GuardianTree12 out.

Character Analysis: Light Yagami/Kira

Warning! The following will have major spoilers for the anime Death Note.

Light Yagami and the death note

Hello, may I take your name- I mean order.

How far do we have to fall before we realize we have fallen? That the mirror on the wall is reflecting a false image? That the person we used to be is slowly shrinking and dissolving into nothingness? And once we realize these things, can we ever go back or have we already fallen too far? …? Okay, I may have been a tad too dramatic in those last two lines but these are the kind of questions I think of when I think about Light Yagami from one of my favorite anime shows.

Light Yagami is the main villain of Death Note, but he doesn’t start out as the villain. Well, at least for the first five minutes he’s shown he isn’t a villain, but there is a big difference between the Light at the beginning and the Light at the end. The Light at the end is a lot darker! 😀 All joking aside, Light really is a tragic villain.

light yagami cool

Really good looking

At the beginning of the anime, Light is a hardworking student, always making super A pluses and studying well into the night. He is the ideal Japanese student. He is also very good looking and very popular. His dad works at the local police department and his mother— I’m not sure what his mother did, but let’s just say the rest of his family is pretty nice too. But, he is not satisfied. He sees news reports of murders, mass murders, drug-dealing, and other criminal activity and is disgusted at the world he lives in and wishes he could do something about it. Then, behold! On the ground there lay a black with the words “Death Note” written upon it, and out of curiosity Light picked it up and took it home with him, thus beginning is downward spiral into insanity. Sorry, couldn’t help myself. Anyway, the notebook he picked up has the ability to kill anyone in the world if provided with that person’s name and a mental image of that person’s face. Not sure if this is actually true, he decides to test it on a couple of criminals. Once he is sure this notebook is the real deal, he decides to use it so he can become the god of a perfect world with no crime and no suffering. Yeah, no one ever said smart equals logical or sane.

I have a love/hate- let’s just say “relationship” for lack of a better word- with Light. In the beginning I liked Light. I thought he had good intentions (sometimes I too think the world would be a better place if all the mass-murdering psychos and child molesters were killed off) and I even rooted for him somewhat even though his end goal was a bit crazy. But he makes it clear early on in the series that he will stop at nothing to accomplish his end goal. When his killings become noticed by crime fighters (and by crime fighters I mean cops and detectives not Superman and Batman) across the world and they try to stop him, he tricks one of the American investigators into killing his own team and then kills him.

Light Yagami scary

Whatever you do, DON’T follow the Light!

He uses all of his attributes I listed earlier- good looks, popularity, father’s job status- to manipulate others to do his bidding and then kills them when they are no longer of use to him. He even does this to a Shinigami, a death god or a keeper of a death note.  But even then, I was impressed how he executed all his elaborate plans and manipulations to get him out of trouble. In the episode when he’s trying to kill another P.I. and he finally succeeds in writing down her name, and she asks him why he keeps checking his watch and he says, “Because I’m Kira,” gives me chills every time. But when Light’s father dies, that’s when my awe-inspired respect for Light died. I said, “Wow, Light, I hate you now,” and then I gladly waited for him to get his just desserts.

Sayu and her mother

Light isn’t the only one who suffers from his actions, his whole family is affected

Still, I was sad when Light died. When he’s laughing manically, insulting Matsuda, begging for help, and staring at the ceiling as he dies makes you realize how far this character has fallen. If he did not pick up that notebook or at least stopped using it after the first couple uses, he could have used his intelligence, charm, and family resources to find more peaceful, or at least more sane and practical, ways to change or better the world.

Always crossing the border between reason and insanity, truth and controversy, Light will always be one of my most loved and hated anime characters.

Plus, it’s fun to make a few “Light” puns. 🙂

GuardianTree12 out.