Anime Girls: MitsukiJune 25, 2008 at 9:46 am | Posted in Top Ten | 8 Comments
Tags: Anime Girls, Arina Tanemura, moe
So, in week number 6, girl number 5 is Koyama Mitsuki from Full Moon wo Sagashite (MANGA ONLY!).
Mitsuki became an orphan the very same day she was born and blames herself for the deaths of everyone around her. She tries to hide her grief and goes toward her dream of being a singer to fulfill a promise with her childhood love. Despite her own incredibly problems, Mitsuki is able to heal the hearts of others. She is only twelve, but her trials and wisdom make it easy to forget.
Full Moon anime and manga spoilers beyond this point.
Well…I’m assuming some people saw the all-caps MANGA ONLY! added on to Mitsuki’s introduction. So allow me to explain, the anime version of Mitsuki is just too different from manga Mitsuki and she’s nowhere near the top ten. I still like Mitsuki in the anime, but the kid-ified version just didn’t have the same effect for me.
Because anime Mitsuki is moe. And not the good kind that makes me as crazy as harem fanboys. The kind that’s so unrealistic and ridiculous that it just makes you roll your eyes.
And shoujo girls shouldn’t be moe anyway.
I don’t think Mitsuki’s supposed to be moe in the anime, I think she’s just supposed to be a girl that they thought would be a better character for a kid’s anime. But she’s way too unrealistic.
In the anime, Mitsuki acts like an eight-year-old sometimes. Her friends too. When you’re 12 you’re just one year away from being a teenager. And if anyone else is similar to me at all you know a lot more than any adult thinks you do. So Mitsuki in the anime just came off as ridiculous and moe to me. Bleh. I don’t like moe below the age of fourteen for some reason.
I guess because when it’s a teenager you know it’s ridiculous, but when they’re a pre-teen or child, people think they’re are actually like that.
For some who are wondering, “how the heck is anime Mitsuki moe?” allow me to explain.
She’s cheerful, bright, and does her best despite failing a lot. She’s incredibly optimistic. Then…tragedy strikes! She becomes completely emotionally unstable, like a doll, for oh…a month. Then she gets talked out of it in the course of one night. Then she’s pretty much back to her normal self.
If someone described that to me and I didn’t know the anime, I’d think it was straight out of a bishoujo visual novel or something. Then add in that it all takes place in the snow too! Agh! Just shove Mitsuki right in Kanon now!
But I have to put aside anime Mitsuki now so I can return to what these posts exist for anyway….love~!
At the beginning of the manga, Mitsuki is very optimistic and bright and happy. But as we find out later, this was all an act so that no one would find out her secret.
She is a very kind and caring person (part of the reason why she’s on this list), but if you make her cuteness and warmth her only trait, you’re missing out on a really great and well-developed character.
To say it simply, I love Mitsuki because Arina Tanemura did a wonderful job developing her character. Mitsuki is a realistic shoujo heroine (*gasp* who knew they could exist?).
I’ll give my argument for this point as best as I can. Now then, I hope you’re all familiar with the five stages of grief, but if you aren’t I’ll just state them out for you anyway.
Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance.
They don’t necessarily have to go in order (in fact it’s more common that they don’t) so I’m sure fans of the manga can already remember scenes where each of these stages popped up.
In the anime they go straight for Depression and Acceptance. Because that’s totally normal. When someone dies you just automatically give up on everything and then a month later you just suddenly accept it.
However, in the manga, Mitsuki goes through every stage. At the start, she’s in denial and bargaining. She acts like Eichi is alive and that everything she’s doing will lead her to find him. She lives her life like she would if Eichi had never died.
She makes many “bargains” during the course of the story. Her journey to become a singer is one, she made a “deal” with Eichi that she has to live for her mother’s sake, but she doesn’t mind dying.
Then later on after everyone finds out the truth, when Takuto confronts her about it, she gets angry with him and takes out all the frustrations she’d been holding in for two years out on him.
And after that she becomes depressed for a while and slowly moves toward acceptance. Finally reaching the final stage when she says, “I think I’ve found a place where I can shine.” and she decides that it’s all right for her to live with everyone else.
Also, because I can see this response coming, I’ll answer it for myself, “But isn’t it unrealistic for her to be stuck in one stage of grief for so long?” Maybe…but you have to remember that soon after Mitsuki found all this out, she went to live with her grandmother in a completely new environment. She let everyone think she was happy and that Eichi was alive. No one knew better, so no one thought anything was wrong and Mitsuki was able to live in denial for two years.
Though, I will admit that in reality someone probably wouldn’t last that long in denial. Especially without ever shedding a tear.
But I still think that Mitsuki deals with grief in the most realistic way seen in any anime or manga. Often when a character dies all we get to see is depression and anger from their friends (and eventually acceptance). It’s ridiculous and silly.
Even if it’s anime (or manga) I always believe that at least the characters’ emotions should be realistic. How else am I supposed to sympathize with them?
Hmm…if I ever got the chance to talk to Arina Tanemura, I think I’d have to ask her if she purposely made Mitsuki go through each stage or if it just happened naturally. Because either way, it’s amazing that Arina-sensei was able to have the emotions come across so realistically.
I know I said before I don’t cry when reading manga, but that’s a lie. When Mitsuki finally accepted everything, I got very teary-eyed.
But realistic characterization aside, there must be more reasons why she’s number five on this list. Well, considering I want to be a writer and one of my greatest joys is analyzing books, it’s still probably the main reason. But not to worry, I do have my shallow reasons as usual!
First of all, I tend to love a character more when they’re bashed by others. Mitsuki gets plenty of that from the anime fans. I guess real grief is too much for them. Whatever. I’ll never understand fans who just want cute girls and romance from their manga. If I did, I’d like any number of manga-ka more than Arina Tanemura.
Mitsuki’s problems are also a reason why I like her. It gets that older sister reaction from me. Granted, I’m not actually an older sister, but there’s a cute little girl who’s declared herself my little sister and I think of her as a sister anyway, so it counts, right? Of course.
But anyway, Mitsuki brings that reaction out in me. It makes me sad that she didn’t have anyone helping her for so long so I want to be able to help her (but luckily she has Ta-kun, so I don’t have to feel bad).
Also…Mitsuki is really cute. Ah I love her cute little pigtails!
Here’s a little secret, when my hair’s long enough I can do the Mitsuki pigtails without doing anything special to my hair. Someday, when I finally have bangs, I’ll cosplay as her just to brag about my bouncy hair (but lol, I can’t do anything else useful with my hair…).
Also…I think Mitsuki’s a little like Haine. You know, how she helped everyone around her despite her own problems. Mitsuki probably earns some love for that as well.
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