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My favorites are:
Sirius (all time favorite Ginga character)
Feel free to discuss why you think of certain characters are your favorite or least favorite!
Please be sure to remain respectful of others! We all have different favorites and least favorites!
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I'll keep it simple though. Bon and Izou would be my favorites, and maybe Yamabiko? It's just, Bon, Yamabiko, and Andy all seem to trade around the same ideas/words, so I can't tell the exact personalities of them besides siding with Orion and finding Sirius crazy, but at the moment, I just really like how great they look after growing up. (I know, looks isn't everything, but ..it's Ginga.) A special spotlight to Akakamakiri too, he's a very interesting ex-villain ^3^
Least favorite is definitely Sirius, but I'm expecting to see lots of that as an answer xD; Maybe Kyoshiro and Gennai? Gennai for sure, but I'm getting tired of Kyoshiro being OOC and just being the one to always be against Orion.
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I completely forgot about Kyoushiro : S Yeah I can definitely say that, in terms of TLW, he is definitely one of my least favorite. As you said I too feel that Kyoushiro is OOC. His character has become very confusing and any sense of development he's gotten throughout the series just seems to dissipate more and more. It's a shame, really. :c
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Rigel - The only one of his brothers to have a clear head. He doesn't overact like Orion, but isn't for getting along with a homicidal Monsoon like Sirius wants to, and is willing to listen to and consider both sides of arguments. I only wish he could show more leadership, as I see so much potential in this character.
Cross - She has taken so much responsibility in the protection of Jerome's pups Maru and Sunny, and when she finally returns to the Ouu Army, she's really the only one within it who tries to talk some sense in the members that act out. I would have loved to have seen her in a leadership role like Kurotora had joked, but alas... XD
Bob - Out of all of the characters in TLW, Bob has shown the most character development. We see his past, so we know what his circumstances are, he's had personal conflicts, forcing him to make some tough decisions. At this point in the story, I can only see this fresh character improving. He could grow stronger and fight, he could stay weak and offer support, or he could have another conflict forcing him to switch sides again.
Orion - I've really wanted to like Orion's character in this series, but I've really only seen it stay the same and grow steadily weaker since his appearance in GDW:O. His heart is in the right place, but he still acts rashly, talks like a brat, shows contempt against some of his allies, and only thinks about fighting. There have been moments when he shows maturity as a leader, but as soon as he hears something he doesn't like, he's quick to dismiss it. If Orion's feelings dictate less and less of his actions, I might like him. But for now, he's got some way to go.
Sirius - Sirius has become a complete pacifist, and seems to be more kindhearted than his father. Which is fine, character-wise. Many people here disapprove of Sirius's actions on trying to get along with Monsoon, but I believe it gives a unique twist of conflict in the story. My only problem with this is that he's doing this over and over again and getting the same results: Monsoon wanting to eat him and his allies, and he hasn't taken the hint that perhaps trying to get along with Monsoon isn't a wise idea. If Sirius can successfully be friends with Monsoon or change his mind and decide Monsoon isn't worth saving (AND FAST), then I might like him. Right now, this character is just stuck in limbo.
Monsoon - Monsoon has shown to be just as clever and as strong (if not, stronger) as his father Akakabuto. I only wish his strength had more of an impact on his enemies in later chapters. He's caused so much damage, and has really only killed less than 10 characters to show for it. On the bright side, he has more dialogue, giving us slightly more character development so he's not quite as blood-thirsty as Akakabuto. This extra dialogue shows that he can be more evil than his father. He wants to keep dogs alive to eat as food, he constantly abuses Bob, and he's even forsaken his kin. His interactions with Sirius are interesting, but also, just like my problem with Sirius, he only thinks about eating dogs as food, and doesn't even consider why Sirius keeps following him.
Gennai - I admire Gennai's valor, but his character has shown little to no like-ability. He shows no development, he's quick to violence, and his attitude towards almost everyone around him is standoffish. He's quick to take charge, he's rude to his allies, and just about all of his actions do little to raise the morale of his group.
Kyoushirou - Honestly, I had no high hopes for character development for Kyoushirou, but I didn't expect his character to de-evolve as quickly as it did. At this point in the series, he's disapproving of almost all of Orion's actions (and seems to forget his approval of the logical ones), and is quick to beat Orion, or attempts to. This in my opinion goes against everything his character in past series stood for (Knowing when to express violence and when not to, beating on young dogs). If there is anyone who deserves to be Orion's skeptic, it's either Unsai or Kawasemi.
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Rigel - He's level headed and seems to be the only sane member of the Star siblings (since Bella isn't around)
Chibi - He's adorable!
Akame - he lost and eye (kinda) and still managed to fight. the guy's a badass!
Sirius - he's putting everyone in danger because of his thoughts, which haven't worked since the start. There might be some progress, but not enough to convince me he's right.
Gennai - Never liked him in general
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Rigel: He's in the middle of the two extremes and calls out both of his extremist brothers when he finds that they're acting irrational. But agrees with Sirius that bear cubs are not evil, agrees with Orion that Monsoon is irredeemable and needs to die, so he tries to find common ground. The fact that the Ou army is not even thinking about him as the successor is infuriating. A leader shouldn't have an one-track mind, good leaders are level-headed and diplomatic. I know the manga is trying to convince us (badly) that Orion is like Riki, but nope, I see Rigel closer to Riki's personality than Orion.
Bob: Poor guy is trying so hard, yet both bears and dogs treat him badly. Had been conditioned to follow Monsoon through terror and beating until he told him to go to hell and joined his fellow dogs. Sirius also called him "just bitter", which made me really dislike him then.
Gennai: Like with Tenka and Masamune I really can't stand such anthropomorphic dogs that Yoshihiro dabbled with, and his ugly design goes with an insufferable personality about how Macho-er Than You he is.
Kyoushirou: From my favorite in GDW is my least favorite at the end of GDWO and TLW. Every aspect of his previous personality has been flipped. From a survivor of abuse and neglect forming a pack of abandoned and abused dogs to punish their parents, to condoning the exile of a child and then beating a kid.
Remember what he did to dads hitting kids? Yeah... The one time he attacks a younger dog in GDW it's when he tries to convince his own pack that he's evil in order to save them from dying in his mission. Not to mention how he treats Bob, a fellow survivor of child abuse.
Also in the Russian Dog arc, he swims perfectly fine and takes part in the underwater fight against the war dogs:
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Most Favs (I enjoy mostly everyone in Ginga as a whole, so these guys are just the best of the best for me.)
Rigel: As everyone said, he’s pretty much the best option for leader since Sirius has completely lost his mind and Yoshi doesn’t want to make Orion more mature. I doubt Rigel’ll ever be more than the second-in-command for whoever does become leader, but, yeah, he’s great regardless.
Zion: This is more because of the recent chapters. Zion was pretty nice and cute at the beginning of TLW, but he seems to have far more sense than Sirius. I just wish he would leave and get his bear friends to come and aid Ohu already. He sometimes acts a little too much like Sirius for my liking (like how he totally disregarded Bob’s abuse by Monsoon) so he’s probably my least favorite of the most favorites.
Chibi (AKA Koda <3): I know he’s bear-ly (:P) done anything except lose his mom and almost die, but damn it, if there’s one reason I’d possibly agree with a pacifist ending between bears and dogs...it would be so I can see this little guy grow and hang out with dogs and be cool. But, we’ll have to see what Yoshi does, I guess, so I won’t get too excited.
Orion: I’m putting him here more because of what could’ve been and what I thought Yoshi would do with him. After the whole thing with Akame promising him to stay in Ohu and him stressing out, I really thought Orion would have this huge growth, and I was so happy to see him become more than just the arrogant brat people thought he was. Needless to say, Yoshi broke that dream, but nothing fanfiction can’t solve, right?
Cross: Like Zion, I just have to put her here due to the past few chapters. She’s trying so hard, and I kow Cross hasn’t been treated the best since her fight against Chutora in GNG, but whenever I can see Cross at least try and do something rather than just standing around like an audience surrogate, I’m happy.
The Kamakiri Brothers: These guys have interested me since GDW:O, and they still continue to interest me with their grey morality. They aren’t evil, but they aren’t acting all saintly like you’d expect an Ohu soldier to be. Akakama gets bonus points for how sweet his loyalty is to Sirius, even if Sirius doesn’t deserve a lick of it.
Gennai: This is more of a dislike than a full on hate. He seemed cool in GDW:O with his design and all (before he got that dumb haircut), but now he’s just trying to fill the Hiro-shaped hole in my Hiro-shaped heart and failing. Not to mention how he’s just being a huge asshole for literally no reason, and trying to kill Monsoon when anyone with a brain cell knows that one dog can’t take him on.
Kyoushiro: This is not Kyoushiro. The real Kyoushiro is being held against his will somewhere while an imposter goes around being an asshole to his comrades just for the sake of “Oh, it’s funny when Kyoushiro’s angry, harr harr harr”.
Sirius: Oh boy...I can’t really talk about Sirius without saying what everyone else has said, but yeah...as interesting as it is for someone to talk about peace with bears...yeah, no. Fuck Sirius and dumbass delusions about his Monsoon-senpai.
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Also, Chibi makes my poor little heart melt. This whole "let's be friends with the bears" storyline is brilliant if you ask me. Really looking forward to seeing what Yoshi and his crew have stored up for little Chibbs!
As for least favourite characters. I rarely bother disliking anyone that much, but my god, Orion is quite possibly the most obnoxious character in the history of the series and desperately needs to go sit in the naughty corner and chill for a bit. Get a grip, boy.
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Favorites...I don't know. I still like the old Ohu soldiers, like George and Gin. Don't know why.
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For example... Sirius I would put in a love-hate category. He's really really bringing some interesting conflict to the Ginga universe I never expected to see before. I'm not sure if it's Yoshi's attempt at making a long, complex story as a change or challenge or what, but Sirius has been unique for the two series he's been in. Though he's more bearable in GDWO, I'm sorta hoping his weird logic is meant to be weird cause it's interesting.
Orion on the other hand .. IS interesting, but a little hard to fully like? I like that he doesn't want to be the leader and knows he wouldn't make a good one. He's confident in his power as a fighter, not a leader. He's always causing trouble with his bois and stuff, but ever since Sirius started to make him made, he's just been .. too mad for my liking. He's overly bratty and aggressive to the people who he calls his friends.
So I think the rival bros are in a perfect gray area for me now.
I really like Chibi. He's not just all cuteness; he also cares deeply for Sirius enough to hate Monsoon for hurting him. He also is aware of what happened to his mom and won't just forgive Monsoon so easily. I can't believe we're witnessing Ginga having a likeable bear [that lived for a while] right now.
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Speaking of which, it's nice to see that GingaBoard is such an active and accepting community.
Sirius: Granted, when I first started reading TLW, I'll admit that I was a little irked by Sirius... until I read future chapters in which his policies were further explained. I'm not going to pretend that everything he does is perfect, because such a character does not exist, but I just love his calm, iron-spirited and intelligent nature. Definitely my all-time favourite Ginga dog. I won't spam the board with a full explanation right now, but I'll gladly elaborate further if you ask me.
Monsoon: Honestly, from a storytelling perspective, I think it's quite refreshing to have a bear enemy that isn't just a generic 'I'll murder everyone because I'm a selfish asshole' character. I know people might disagree with that statement, but I really got behind Monsoon's story after he befriended Sirius and Zion - how he was also a trauma victim that bordered on sociopathic with his violent tantrums and then providing glimmers of hope for the audience when he would occasionally spare a life or have an actual conversation with Sirius instead of just ripping him to shreds on the spot like his father would have done.
Cross: Still the best Ginga gal. Even if the Ohu army treats her like a burdensome old lady now.
Chibi: Just adorable!
Sasuke: Such a good uncle.
Rigel: Possibly the biggest disappointment regarding wasted character development. I really wanted to like Rigel, I was stoked on him being the neutral party between Sirius and Orion. Ideally, I would have loved him to be the sort of rational 'here's how you can both be happy' type of character. Instead, I feel like he's just depicted as one of Orion's many sidekicks.
Bob: Another one that I feel has wasted potential. Bob had an interesting story to continue, yet it just disappeared like dust in the wind. We never even got to see him exacting any revenge on Monsoon in the (botched) final battle.
Kyoushiro: Oh boy, poor Kyoushiro... he really has fallen from grace. It hurts to see one of the fan favourites going from a brazen young abuse victim with a heart of gold to being a bug-eyed, incapable, comedic relief who is now treated like one of the elder dogs. That being said, part of me did enjoy seeing his stubborn streak clashing with Orion's condescending nature. It seemed only right that these two hotheads would create friction... it was just so disappointing to see the result; Kyoushiro beating up Orion (still only the dog equivalent of a teenager), who just lies there and takes it. R.I.P Kyoushiro's character development.
Weed: I am now 100% behind the theory that Weed has sustained brain damage, because this is never the same character we saw in GDW and GDW:O. Or I could also get behind the theory that he now hates bears because they killed GB. I'm glad that Weed is still my favourite in the anime, but he's not winning any 'Father of the Year' awards in this series.
Orion: I have tried to like Orion... I really have. Yet, every time I feel I'm warming up to him, he purposely goes off looking to start a fight just to prove that being strong apparently makes him right, disrespects someone... or talks about shit, in more ways than one. I also hate all the apparent similarities Yoshihiro keeps making between Riki and Orion, most of which are inaccurate. C'mon Yoshi, don't you know your own characters anymore?
Bon: Just... no.
Toshimitsu: Reckless, irresponsible and just generally unlikeable.
Sunny & Maru: Horrible little children for bullying Chibi.
Gennai: I see you there Yoshihiro - attempting to replace our beloved Hiro with grandpa dog. It's not working.
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There are way too many characters that I did dislike. Either being annoying from the start or all of a sudden begining to act like complete idiots. Talk about consistent characters arcs again...
Orion and Sirius are equal selfish pricks on theirn own ways. I hate them both.
Sorry for being so negative but that's how it is. TLW is a big disapointment to me.
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