About Me

Newfoundland, Canada
I've been a big anime fan for about 10 years or so now. My five all-time favorite animes at this point are, in no particular order... Puella Magi Madoka Magica, El Hazard: The Magnificent World, Love Live!: School Idol Project, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. However, there are hundreds of anime shows that I like. The main purpose of this blog is to provide meta-commentary on anime, and the anime industry - to try to cast a critical, though appreciating, eye upon this entertainment genre that I believe has tremendous potential, but can also be easily wasted. I have always been a fan of animation in general - in the 80s, I grew up on western cartoons like He-Man, She-Ra, Transformers, and G.I. Joe. Through out the 90s, I was a hardcore comic book fan, for the most part. I'm also a big fan of Star Trek. Right now in my life, though, anime is my principal entertainment passion.

Friday, January 22, 2010

No 2: ...TIE! Haruhi Suzumiya & Katsuhiko Jinnai!!

The beloved rulers of the omnipotent Bugrom Empire in my
El Hazard of Haruhi Suzumiya

Top Ten Countdown - Number 2, Female: Haruhi Suzumiya

Moral Alignment: Chaotic Evil

Supporting Quotes - "I've decided that Mikuru is my toy!"

"Unleash the fires of hell on them!!"

Top Ten Countdown - Number 2, Male: Katsuhiko Jinnai

Moral Alignment: Neutral Evil

Supporting Quotes - "The law must serve my purposes!"

"Ha ha ha ha! Attack! I order you to crush them!!!

To many of my closer anime-watching friends, Katsuhiko Jinnai must seem to me what Troy McClure is to The Simpsons. ^_^;;

There's no question that Jinnai is an old and sustaining favorite of mine, and a character that I tend to put in a very large percentage of my fanworks. He's the only 90s anime character to not merely crack my Top 7, but also to come in as high as sharing the Silver Medal of Olympian levels of anime entertainment value, along with Haruhi Suzumiya.

And, indeed, these two are like the top pairs skating team at the upcoming Winter Olympics in my Great Native Land of Canada; how fitting that they could represent Japan together. ;)

I not only like using each of them, I love using them together. And, indeed, for two characters from two different animes of two very different anime eras (mid-90s and the last decade respectively), I find that these two have a lot in common, and serve as great complimentary and reflective foils to one another. Hence, why they're the co-stars of my largest fanfic ever; co-stars with a fair deal of chemistry and dynamism between them, I would argue.

They also appear in this AMV, which I think is a fitting tribute AMV for this dastardly dynamic duo sharing the Number 2 spot. ;)

At this point, many of my fellow Haruhi fans at Anime Suki who aren't familiar with the 1995 El Hazard anime may feel lost.

Well then, here's a few words from Jinnai...

KJ: Hello, I'm Troy McClur... er... Katsuhiko Jinnai. You may remember me from my role as the President of Kyoto Animation in these two spoof videos!

Yes, folks, when I compared the people at KyoAni and Kadokawa to a classic anime villain... Katsuhiko Jinnai is who I had in mind. ;)

Who else but the devious prankster Jinnai could concoct a scheme as incredibly bold as releasing eight episodes of Endless Eight? Causing such unstoppable pandemonium to force others to accept his every whim is very consistent with Jinnai's modus operandi.

Of course, this is also rather true of Haruhi Suzumiya, is it not?

Whereas I felt that the E8 arc shows that KyoAni's top dogs had the mind of a Jinnai, the Sigh arc made clear that Haruhi takes after the people who run KyoAni in how she handled the making of her movie. ;)

So, here, you have two magnificently megalomaniacal masters of conquest and victory, regardless of what computer nerds (be they Makoto Mizuhara or the CCP) need to be ran over when they get in their way.

Alas, both of them are set back by eyes... the Eye of God in Jinnai's case, and the ever-critiquing eyes of Kyon in Haruhi's case; each "Eye" causing critical catastrophes (or risking thereof) through giving rise to attacks on the targets of its displeasure. In Jinnai's case, it meant the almost complete annihiliation of his Bugrom forces. In Haruhi's case, it meant the almost complete annihiliation of her mood. ;)

However, neither of these two anime characters succumb easily. It didn't take much for either to recapture his or her spirits, and push forward in causing ever more problems for their immediate surroundings.

These two are also, in their own way, determinators.

They are both decidedly determined domineering leaders. They carry themselves as though they were royalty, sitting upon thrones or having pyramids outlining their rank of command.

And they certainly both love playing military commander...

They both know how to party when they win...

Perhaps most importantly, they both love bugs... ;)

Oh... and they both share the ability to point like Phoenix Wright... ;)

So... in conclusion a rather fitting pair to share the terrific Number Two spot on my favorite anime characters of all-time thread.

However... these two characters each deserve their own separate write-ups, for while there's a lot of characteristics that they share in common which I like, each also has his or her own unique appeal to me.

That, friends, is what I will delve into with my next two blog entries.

One will be a write-up on Haruhi.

The second will be a write-up on Jinnai.

I hope that you, faithful readers, will join me for both. :)

Here's a piece of commissioned artwork for my El Hazard of Haruhi Suzumiya fanfic which I think is fitting to close out this blog entry with...


  1. That's quite a pair you've selected. And unlike the other older characters on the list, I'm more than familiar with Jinnai. I'm definitely looking forward to both of the coming blog posts.

    Given what happened with Simon, I'm not really wanting to get into details about how I feel about these two individuals just yet, but I will say that you did a pretty nice comparison of the two.


    Still love the Vader bug. :P