Arguably the template for other characters on this list like Vash, Kenshin marked the anime scene with a unique trait; he was a killer who wouldn’t kill anymore. After years of being a hired sword and killing countless foes, he makes a vow to never deal in death again. But his vow is tested time and time again as less virtuous people endanger the country’s peace.
Kenshin was a refreshing change of pace in the samurai genre of his time. Firstly, he was quite feminine, often being mistaken for a woman by viewers who weren’t in the know. He was also one of the most polite characters in anime history, frequently putting others before himself and speaking to them with the utmost respect and patience. On the surface he’s a model nice guy, the kind of guy you’d expect to be a teacher or a florist, not a warrior trying to atone for years of bloodshed.
But woe to those who keep pushing his buttons, because underneath that serene exterior dwells a ferocious beast. When Kenshin’s hand is forced, he can go to a dark place and fall back into the habits that made him known far and wide as the most fearsome swordsman in the land. Although Kenshin’s momentary lapses make him a complete badass and set the stage for some of the most epic sword battles ever animated, Kenshin always goes back to his sweet persona once the danger is gone. But in his solitary, quiet moments, he’s gripped by his greatest fear; that one day he will permanently revert to his former self and become a manslayer once more.
the one thing that has stuck with me every day since my English teacher told me it in middle school is:
"When referring to someone, always say who they are before anything else about them, because being a person always comes first"
Instead of saying “the mentally ill man,” say “the man with a mental illness”
Putting someone’s characteristics (especially negative ones) before them is dehumanizing and rude. Don’t do it.
The real struggle is not getting lost in new york but getting in and out of bed to use the bathroom…when you sleep in the middle and you have three friends sleeping on the floor….in front of the bathroom. I’ve never heard a toilet seem to flush so loud in my life.
Sailor Moon was my favorite show as a kid. I collected stacks of Sailor Moon cards and owned the Moon Wand and Cyrstal Star Locket. So when Qpop asked for a contribution to their show, Magical Girl Heroines, Sailor Moon and Sailor Senshi, I said HECK YEA. Check it out on April 5th!