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Character Meme

This was from ginnyvos, who assigned me Jien a/k/a Dokugakuji (in the icon, which is by meganbmoore), Gojyo's older half-brother, from Saiyuki:


  1. Do you like this character?

    I certainly do. Poor guy - it's not easy to be the older sibling in a family with a mentally ill parent.
  2. What name/s do you call this character?

    Often just "Doku," because his real name is so long.
  3. What image-color do you associate with this character?

    First I said "white," which is what he's usually wearing, but after thinking about it, I decided on a deep blue, reflecting his loyalty, water youkai (kappa) heritage, and sadness.
  4. What image-song do you associate with this character?

    Bill Withers' classic "Lean on Me" (link for video):

    ... If there is a load you have to bear
    That you can't carry
    I'm right up the road
    I'll share your load
    If you just call me

    So just call on me brother, when you need a hand
    We all need somebody to lean on
    I just might have a problem that you'd understand
    We all need somebody to lean on

    Lean on me when you're not strong
    And I'll be your friend
    I'll help you carry on
    For it won't be long
    Till I'm gonna need
    Somebody to lean on ...
  5. What blood-type do you think this character is?

    LOL! Really, for Western participants, a Zodiac sign might be more pertinent. I guess Type A, looking at the list on TV Tropes. And Capricorn for his Western Zodiac sign, poor guy - mostly serious, but with a side of snark.
  6. Of all of the titles that this character appears in, what character do you like to put this character with?

    ... Probably Kougaiji, if anyone.
  7. What would you want to say to this character?

    "Doku-san, you've done the best you could for Gojyo and Kougaiji. They're both grown men now, and you can't claim all the responsibility for yourself. Take a little of the load off your shoulders, and smile. You're a good person."
  8. What do you want to do with this character?

    Invite him to a party with his best friends, serve him some good beer, and watch him chill out and relax.
  9. Please choose 5 friends with your choice of character.

    I don't tag people ... please feel free to ask, and I'll give you a character!



( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 2nd, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
Tag me, tag me!

I don't think Doku's a Type A; it's not quite him. Plus Gojyo's a Type B and I'm not sure you can have half-brothers whoe are A and B...maybe if Dad was AB I guess?
May. 2nd, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)

Well, you could be absolutely right about the blood type, but when there are only 4 categories, most of the fits won't be right anyway. (I'm A neg, just for the record.) But my gosh, I certainly wasn't thinking of the logic of real world human blood type genetics here ... I mean, they're youkai (and half youkai) ... who knows what the blood types would be?


I actually did make a half-hearted attempt to see whether anyone had Doku's birthday written down anywhere, though!

Hmmm, how about Kou? Since you have his picture there?

May. 2nd, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
Hee! Yeah, I know the ikkou has canon names and bloodtypes but the rest of the cast is more dubious.
May. 3rd, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Lol not to trash in (or just a bit) but you can even have full brothers who are a and b... If one parent is type O and the other AB or both parents are AB there is actually a pretty good chance...
May. 3rd, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that's good to know! I wasn't sure.
May. 3rd, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
If both parents are AB:

Son 1: Father A, mother A > AA = A
Son 2: Father B, Mother B > BB = B

If one parent has O and the other AB:

Son 1: Father O, mother A > Ao = A
Son 2: Father O, mother B > Bo = B

(of course father and mother can be changed around)

If one parent has A (AO) and the other B (BO):

Son 1: Father A, mother O > Ao = A
Son 2: Father O, mother B > Bo = B

(once again, father and mother can be changed around)

When only one parent is the same, possibilities are even wider. And this is as much for me as for you, just saying :P
May. 3rd, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
I feel educated!
May. 4th, 2009 07:49 am (UTC)
And I feel like a total dork :P Funny how that goes ^___^
May. 2nd, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
I'll take a character.
May. 2nd, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)

OK ... (rifles through her memory for something we both still read) ... Magatsu!

May. 2nd, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
Off the top of my head, we both read/have read: BotI, Antique Gift Shop, Legal Drug (well, I plan to read the other 2 volumes this weekend), xxxHolic, Bleach, Fruits Basket, SDK, Saiyuki, Bride of the Water God, Shaman Warrior, Mushishi. And I think you've said you're reading FMA and Claymore because others in the family are.
May. 2nd, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)

But I wanted someone I thought you were still into ... (that wasn't grammatical, was it?)

May. 2nd, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
I do tend to flit around a bit with series focus, but don't often lose character obsession. (Kind of the polar ends of the ADD. Hyperfocus explodes and burns out and nothing is said for ages, then explodes again if something sets it off.)
May. 2nd, 2009 08:24 am (UTC)
Hit me!

but after thinking about it, I decided on a deep blue, reflecting his loyalty, water youkai (kappa) heritage, and sadness.

Not to mention his pretty eyes! :)

As for songs, he's another one I tend to associate strongly with an Oysterband piece, "And As For You":

And as for you,
where were you when I needed you?
You just look at me like you see
but you can't recall
I could name the day I heard you say "Remember me —
I'll be there for you, I swear, if you ever fall"

Time goes out of mind
Who gets left behind?
Should I call you brother now?

These razor suits that you wear,
your calculated air
The worried smile of a man reinvented...

I can't hear that one without picturing Gojyo in his cups and feeling a little thinky and self-pitying after one of those early run-in with the Kou-tachi, although of course he'd rather chew off his own arm rather than admit what he's being so moody about.

(And the blood typing thing amuses me to no end because according to those stereotypes, Hakkai is truly the kappa's best match. *chuckles* PSEUDOSCIENCE SUPPORTS OUR SHIP! Then again, pseudoscience says Hakkai should be the fandom's bicycle, so perhaps it doesn't bear too much thinking about...)

May. 5th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)

Man, I'm a space ... OK, how about Hakkai? He doesn't seem to be getting enough love in this meme.

May. 4th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
How does this meme work?
May. 5th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)

Well, if you want to play, I give you a character from something I know you've read (it can be literature, not just manga/anime), and then you answer the questions that I numbered 1 through 8 in my post for that character. You can put the questions and answers in your LJ if you want other people to ask you for a character assignment, or you can just answer them here.

So should I give you a character?

May. 5th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
So should I give you a character?

May. 5th, 2009 10:51 am (UTC)

Shadow Moon from Gaiman's American Gods.

May. 5th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Shadow Moon from Gaiman's American Gods.

Am I allowed to request another choice by the terms of the meme? I read American Gods once, when it came out; I'm actually not sure I can talk about Shadow with the requisite level of depth.
May. 5th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)


Will Ogion from Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea work for you? Or Susan Sto-Helit from "Discworld"?

May. 5th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
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