12 Days of Anime Characters – Goro

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We’ve almost made it to the end of the 12 Days of Anime and as we enter day 10 I’m really kind of sorry to see it end. I’ve had a lot of fun, even if the posts ended up taking a lot longer than expected, participating in this. It gave me something a bit different to write about. So yesterday we looked at Akari, the source of so much warmth in March Comes in Like a Lion. Today, however, we turn our attention to Goro from Darling in the Franxx (patron only post link).

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For me, watching Darling in the Franxx, Goro was the unsung hero of the story. No matter how silly the other characters seemed to act or what the plot was doing, any scene or plot that turned the spotlight on Goro ended up being sheer delight. The worst part was, there wasn’t that much of it.

Darling in the Franxx Episode 3 Goro and Hiro

As Ichigo’s partner, and childhood friend of both Ichigo and Hiro, Goro was very much the third wheel as he supported Ichigo’s crush on Hiro despite Hiro’s reasonable indifference to Ichigo. Still, as they say, actions speak louder than words, and Goro certainly took action to try to keep Ichigo safe, even if that did result in him nearly dying and then needing to be rescued.

Darling in the Franxx Episode 9 Goro

Goro’s calming influence on the group as someone trusted by almost everyone, can’t be overlooked. Where the others struggled to communicate, Goro managed to find the way to open channels between them again. He was a steady character from start to finish and while that doesn’t make him the most exciting of characters, it did make him someone who I felt a connection with while watching.

Darling in the Franxx Goro

It was also nice that eventually Goro got over his Hiro worship. Seriously, needed to claim independence earlier and just go his own way. 

So, to Goro, who needs his own anime in order to show off how amazing he can be when not hampered by Hiro’s love triangle, here’s wishing you better luck if there’s ever a sequel.

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Natsume Yuujinchou Go Episode 11

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Natsume Yuujinchou Go Episode 11 Review:

As far as season ends go, Natsume Yuujinchou Go is pretty average.

Natsume get’s sick due to the mid-level Yokai dragging him out to see some flowers and then both yokai and human friends spend the episode worrying about him and feeling helpless. Meanwhile Natsume reflects on a few things before having a dream that features Reiko that essentially tells him not to attach himself to anyone because then he won’t need to protect them.

On recovering, Natsume rejects this idea and regrets that he can’t tell Reiko. As an episode it does what it needs to but it just doesn’t quite have enough charm to pull off these ideas. I’m glad we have another season announced for next year because I’m still in love with this show but this episode was strangely disappointing after last week.


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Natsume Yuujinchou Go Episode 2

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Natsume Yuujinchou Go Episode 2 Review:

Peaceful and calm are probably the best adjectives for this week’s episode. There are some hints that Natsume is still thinking about his grandmother and that we’re going to find out more (mostly through the weird parallel that they track down the grandaughter of the guy they are looking for because she smells like him) but mostly this is a return to the formula of meet a yokai, realise it just wants help, and then frantically try and help it even after it gives up.

We also get some interactions with Nishimura as he once again get’s his heart broken by a girl with a red umbrella (poor Taki). That said, the formula in this show works so why mess around with it? Still the preview for next week actually got me excited because they are bringing the exorcists back into the story and they always add a little bit of suspense and tension to an otherwise fairly relaxed viewing.


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