Charactology 2012 (Group 1, Match 2): Koyomi Araragi or Shinjou Kanae

(Check out the stickied post for the full bracket.)

The first match ended in a tie, something I forgot to make a rule for. I’m going to say higher seed wins by default if that happens again. Anyway, day 2’s matchup gets a lot more comedic, featuring a somewhat oddball straight man up against a straight-up oddball.

Araragi Koyomi

How is this character great in their own universe?

If it were possible to effectively measure how many disks in sales an individual character is responsible for, Araragi would almost certainly lead the league. His lack of presence in Tsubasagatari chopped a good twenty-thousand off the sales totals for the relevant volumes of the show. The character himself provides a zesty flavor of straight man that’s good in many a dramatic situation and gets a little oddball himself at the right time to maximize humor.

How would they be great in the other’s universe?

Seeing Araragi not playing tennis in the world of Teekyu would take some getting used to. He may be replacing the zaniest character in the show, and he brings a distinctly lower level of high-speed crazy. But he makes up for that by adding a lot of clever retorts to a still-insane world.

Shinjou Kanae

How is this character great in their own universe?

Though Teekyu is a series fundamentally based around fast-moving crazy, most of the main cast has a gimmick; Nasuno’s super-rich, Marimo’s a deviant, Yuri is the unfortunate straight woman. Kanae is just straight-up crazy. Whether she’s hitting a tennis ball with a plunger, trespassing on a ghost house, or battling a tiger offscreen, her actions inject the lion’s share of the energy into that show.

How would they be great in the other’s universe?

The Monogatari Series is packed full of girls with problems. Could Kanade solve most of them? Probably not. But the series also has lots of impressive, fast-paced referential dialogue. Could Kanae keep up with that? Absolutely. In fact, I’d go so far as to say she would smoke the rest of the cast in dialogue speed. To say nothing of idiosyncracy.

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