Charactology 2012 (Group 1, Match 4): Dekomori Sanae or Emiya Kiritsugu

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

The complexity of the matchups continues to increase, thanks in part to Kiritisugu’s mottled moral history and in part to Dekomori’s tangled hair bolos.

Dekomori Sanae

How is this character great in their own universe?

She’s got the quirks typical to Chuunibyou’s characters, and has indubitably the best verbal tic of the year. Since she’s not the lead heroine, she doesn’t have to be at all grounded in reality. And so she’s brings a level of energy to the scenes she’s in that’s unparallelled. She’s a dead-perfect fit for high energy comedy. Plus, she’s got awesome hair, easily best-of-show in that category.

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

I honestly have no idea how Dekomori would handle parenting or the level of tragedy Kiritsugu has to deal with. I just know I’d love to find out. With her personality, she’d find unique ways to misuse Kiritsugu’s set of superpowers. And she might actually be a more compatible master for Saber, with her aggressive nature and anime-influenced sense of ethics. Certainly more preferable for Saber herself than Kiritsugu’s (justifiable) all-business attitude.

Emiya Kiritsugu

How is this character great in their own universe?

He is one of the most tragic heroes in anime: A man who wants peace and, because of that, facilitates destruction and death. His complicated moral stance along with his wide arsenal of weapons, including but not limited to rocket launchers, grenades, and a Saber, made him one of the most volatile components of the Fourth Holy Grail War. Truly one of the most interesting protagonists to watch last year; a protagonist that you simultaneously rooted for and against.

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

He’d basically become sort of a Freddy to the Chuunibyous, his out of placeness and the other protagonists lack of awareness towards that creating some great comedy. Beyond that, it would be interesting to see a 15-year old girl with parental issues causing her to have weird imagination issues stacked against a middle aged man with much more severe parental issues that have caused him to emotionally withdraw. Maybe his heart opens up and he is happy once again, embracing his Chuunibyou persona as a Hero of Justice!

…and then Kotomine/Nibutani would get him with a knife. F-Zero writer Urobouchi does not do happy endings.

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