I’ve spent a lot of time this year participating in various activities for the International Saimoe League, the least of which was voting. There was and is always work to be done moderating for the official forums, editing of match previews which are put up three times a week along with the three days of voting, and uploading of MAL member card requests that persist throughout the year. I also throw in the occasional promotional artwork here and there if asked. I only shouldered a minimum of the load compared to the rest of the staff, but still, I can’t help but heave a sigh of relief that the bulk of my work for 2011 is done. But, am I happy with the resulting Tiara win?
I’ve seen as much of Misaka Mikoto as I think I need to, with both seasons of Toaru Majutsu no Index, all of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, and an assortment of specials. What fascinated me most was not her character, but the power which her character wielded. It is because of this that I had no problem voting against her in this final match against Shana of Shakugan no Shana. And yet, if I had never seen any of the aforementioned shows, the promotional video of their epic showdown would probably have pushed me to vote for Biribiri, since more moe, vulnerable shots of her were showcased than of the Flame Haze. From what I remember, I had always found it odd when Mikoto would blush or stammer, since those moments usually came at awkward times between action sequences. I couldn’t reconcile the opposites in her personality, nor did I find the explanation of it believable. She was cool, but only because she was the Railgun.
If I were to be completely honest, I would have to admit that I’m also on the fence about Shana since I’ve only seen the first season to completion, never finished the second, and have yet to start the third. At the behest of fellow blogger Riyoga, I’m re-watching the original in hopes of revitalizing my interest in the franchise. Going through the story once again, I’m reminded of the fact that I do like Shana and her tsundere quirks; in her case, I’m completely disinterested in her power when compared to the story of who she and why she’s so drawn to Yuji. I don’t find her moments of connection with her human emotions forced, whether it be rage, confused affection, or embarrassment. I was stunned when she didn’t win since she has her currently airing show to back her, but I guess that’s part of the excitement of moe tournaments like this.
If any of you also participated, or are interested in these particular characters, I would love to hear what you have to think about Mikoto’s win 🙂