We all know anime stories tend to correlate around the main character(s). Whether that be an over powered MC or a beautiful female just trying to get her first boyfriend in high school; viewers know that supporting characters are there for exactly that, support. But what if the supporting character(s) actually had a better story than the main character? What really makes a main character that great?
Is it how they are introduced to the viewer?
Is it how strong or weak they are?
Is it because they are relatable?
Or is it simply because of all the other characters around them that support and shape them into the characters they become?
I feel like supporting characters are just as important as main characters in an anime. Without supporting characters an anime wouldn’t be able to progress in story development or character growth. You would have a bland piece of trash that no one would want to watch.
Supporting characters aid main characters in their journey and character development. What would a MC really look like without friends or enemies or even side kicks for that matter? What kind of story would we get? It really makes me think! I am always pondering random thoughts like this.
So today I wanted to go over some supporting anime characters that (I think) deserve more credit. These can be characters that didn’t get enough air time, died off too quickly, or characters that just simply deserve more of the spotlight!
1. Hare Menjou-Guilty Crown
Hare’s character is one that I’ve always wondered about after what happened to her. I don’t want to spoil anything if you haven’t seen Guilty Crown, but fair warning…don’t expect a happy ending. Hare was a beautiful supporting character, especially when it came to Shu. The right personality, the right looks, and the right premise when it came down to it. I always wanted to know more about what Shu and her were like before everything happened in Guilty Crown. It would have been really cool if we got a prequel for this anime.
2. Oda “Odasaku” Sakunosuke-Bungou Stray Dogs (Season 2)
Season 2 of Bungou Stray Dogs gives us the backstory of Dazai, Oda, and Ango in the first half, but that didn’t really satisfy my thirst or knowledge of Oda. We get so entrapped in his struggles and presence that when his arc is over you are left saying WTF?! Why did you make me feel all these feels only to have that character disappear?! Seriously! I hate when anime introduces us to a bad ass supporting character only to have them ripped away from us in the end. This is another case were I would love to see more of Oda’s background and what made him tick. I think it would be amazing!
3. Yin-Darker Than Black
Emotionless, soft spoken, mysterious, and beautiful…Yin is the perfect “doll.” I actually didn’t realize Yin was a spirit medium until writing this blog. I always just thought she was a young blind girl. After reading up on her I know can see how she is “doll” like. I love that throughout the series she finally starts to show emotions of her own accord and her behavior changes into something more peaceful. I feel like a lot of this plays of Hei and her following him wherever he goes. I really didn’t know what to make of Yin in the beginning of the series, but as I reached the end I grew to adore her ❤
Let me just tell you this…I HATED Yukine when he joined up with Yato. He was childish, a brat, and SUPER annoying. I took everything in me to stop myself from breaking my laptop when I watched Noragami. I thought Yukine was a snotty little punk and I wanted to slap him upside the head. But of course Yukine’s character is redeemed when he is saved by Hiyori, Kofuku and Daikoku. HE ALMOST KILLED YATO THOUGH! Man oh man…I would have never forgiven him if he killed my Yatty-chan. Yukine grew in the second season of Noragami and it made me so proud to see his progression! It was like watching a child grow up before your eyes. Yukine wasn’t the same bratty child spirit as we knew him to be. Good job Yukine!
5. Tsubaki-Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
Tsubaki is the typical “anime girl in love with her best friend but gets beat by another girl” trope. But I really appreciated the honesty and courage Tsubaki faced in Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. She was supportive and yet very outspoken with her feelings. I don’t think she could have become a strong character if it wasn’t for these qualities and traits. Most anime best friends tend to keep quiet about their “feelings” or “desires,” but not Tsubaki. While rejection is a whole other story in itself I always like to remind myself it is better to try and fail than to never try at all. If it’s meant to be then it will be. I always admire characters that can spill their guts and stay strong even after they get rejected by the MC. Those are the characters that you should strive to be.
Which supporting character(s) do you admire the most? What do you like most about them? If you could change anything about the MC they support what would you change? I would love to hear your thoughts and comments down below!
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