Digiboy's Character Database of Love – 7. Celty Sturluson & 8. T.K.

This is the fourth post in Digiboy’s Character Database of Love.

7. Celty Sturluson – Durarara!!

Seiyuu: Sawashiro Miyuki (Performance: 5/5)

Character Design: (Designed by Kishida Takahiro, based on designs by Yasuda Suzuhito). Celty is flat-out sexy in her black jumpsuit and on her badass motorcyle. She’s one of the few characters with a full figure that I still find completely hot. Doesn’t bother me one bit that there’s a black mist where her head’s supposed to be – gotta say, I’m with Dr. Shinra on that one! Celty has the greatest helmet of all time, and I’m sure it’s no accident that the vents on top resemble cat ears. She completes the ‘badass babe’ image to a tee, and then has a great enough personality to deserve it.

Personal Bias/Moe Traits: I’m a huge sucker for ‘cool’ chicks. I dream of dating a girl who rides a motorcycle, and no one rides a motorcycle like Celty (whose bike, incidentally, looks like something fucking Batman would use). But Celty’s a whole lot more than just a badass – she has a surprisingly sensitive side, and really acts just like a woman her (ostensible) age. She’s a bit bashful, a bit shy, but very strong and unwilling to put up with bullshit. She does give in to Shinra’s advances from time to time, but it’s more because he’s ruthless in his ambition and not incorrect than because of any weakness on her own part.

I think a big part of how I came to adore Celty stemmed from Miyuki Sawashiro’s vocal performance, which is ironic in that Celty can’t actually speak. Sawashiro was able to convey a personality that let me always respect and admire the character, even in her major moments of weakness – I could appreciate that Celty was always a strong person who’s troubles were just that frustrating, which made her easy to emotionally connect with; and that’s saying something for a character with no god damn head! Celty also had a number of cute, sexy, and badass moments, which all rounded her out as a lovable character.

Distortions of My Imagination: Celty is pretty straightforward, with her emotions usually laid bare on the table, and its pretty clear where her relationship with Shinra is headed, so I can’t say that I’ve done much mental transforming to her. Picturing her naked doesn’t count.

Crowning Moment of Love: I loved all of Celty’s cute moments with Shinra, especially in the second half of the show, but of course, you can’t really talk about Celty without bringing up her big moment in episode 11. Frustrated that the long search for her head has reached a dead end, Celty finally takes Shinra’s advice and says fuck it, I am who I am, and I don’t need a god damn head! She then proceeds to ride her bike straight down the side of a building and then beat down about 20 mercenaries, all while screaming out her pain and cleaning herself a fresh slate on which to etch her name into the city.

Title: Dullahan

8. T.K. – Angel Beats!

Seiyuu: Michael Rivas (Performance: 5/5)

Character Design: (Designed by Hirata Katsuzo, based on designs by Na-Ga). Angel Beats has some decent-looking school uniforms, but no one wears them with more style than T.K., who brings his urban stylings to the design. He’s known for his trademark red bandana that casts a permanent shadow over his eyes and the funky blonde hair beneath, and his gangsta look is completed by a necklace that appears to have handcuffs hanging from it. Rather than the design itself, though, what truly makes T.K. badass are his poses and moves, wherein he seems to be permanently stuck in a break-dance video.

Personal Bias/Moe Traits: T.K. is a comedy character through and through, which wouldn’t ordinarily qualify for a spot on this list; T.K. is special because his act is legendary. His only dialog comes in random, hilarious English song titles and phrases, and he spends most of his time dancing somewhere in the background of scenes. Whereas the other guys in Angel Beats are usually some form of idiot, T.K. seems to be brilliant in his own way, although dense in his constant need to dance through any situation. His general badassery was one of the most memorable and lasting features of Angel Beats, and he’s the kind of character that you just have to love.

Distortions of My Imagination: Because of the scene I’ll be talking about below, I actually think that T.K. might secretly be a deep character. His presence is almost always played for laughs or randomness in the show, but it’s after this moment of apparent introspection that T.K. finally appears to be human and, perhaps, emotional. Was this sudden onset of depth also meant to be comedic? Perhaps, and if so, it was successful, but it really does make me think of T.K. as a more lovable and interesting character because of it.

Crowning Moment of Love: The aforementioned scene comes during episode 11, after Yurippe, Otonashi, and Kanade tell everyone else about their last-ditch plan to leave this world. They tell the group that its up to themselves to decide if they want to find peace and go beyond, or stay and fight; and afterwards, we see all of the major characters on their own, being introspective and thinking hard about the upcoming battle. In this introspection montage, we get a 10-second clip of T.K. in a large, dark, empty hall at night, shoes squeaking like crazy as he dances his fucking heart out with as much intensity as possible. It was the ultimate moment of gratification regarding T.K. to see him use his dancing to work himself through frustration and think about the heavy things going on. After that, T.K. was officially a real character.


11 thoughts on “Digiboy's Character Database of Love – 7. Celty Sturluson & 8. T.K.

  1. I find that Miyuki Sawashiro’s performance as Celty hasn’t left a good impression on me over time, like she overcompensated for not having a face to work emotions off of. But it’s definitely different, and memorable, which is more than I could say for HanaKana as Anri.

    … Okay let’s dance.

    • I get what you mean, it was a pretty forced performance, and I felt it at times, especially in that crowning moment scene where at first it almost killed it for me. That said, Miyuki Sawashiro is my favorite seiyuu, and I’m bound to be more forgiving, especially because this is my favorite kind of character for her to play.

      I hated Hana Kanazawa as Anri. I’ve got a major problem with her in any role of that sort, for the same reasons I hate MamiNoto playing the same types.

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