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Five Favourite Characters Meme

[personal profile] theskywasblue was kind enough to give me the letter T, for which I now have to name five favorite characters whose names start with that.

I have here four manga characters and one lonely person from mainstream fiction. (Actually, it's amazing that I'd have anyone from mainstream fiction!)

Tracy (real name: Eustacia) Quinn is the shy, brainy modern-day heroine of Rumer Godden's China Court, a romance in which the most prominent character is really China Court, the Cornish house in which the Quinn family have lived for the better part of a century. Tracy's only happy memories from childhood were the few years that she lived at China Court with her grandmother. The very ending is problematic, but I have always sympathized very much with Tracy's shyness and her love of the house and the garden.

Tenpou Gensui (Field Marshall Tenpou) is an ancient Chinese god who ends up on the wrong side of a political struggle in Heaven, in Katsuya Minekura's manga Saiyuki Gaiden. He's a brilliant man but also a slob and a bit of a space cadet. He has a keen sense of justice and right. In Minekura's main series Saiyuki (with its continuations: Saiyuki Reload and Saiyuki Reload Blast), Tenpou is reborn as Cho Hakkai. His lover Kenren Taishou (General Kenren) is reborn as Sha Gojyo.

Tokine Yukimura is the female co-lead of Yellow Tanabe's manga series Kekkaishi. She is a teenaged 'barrier master," the current heir of one family of skilled magicians who can protect others from demons by creating magical barriers. Tokine is intense, loyal, studious, and skilled, but the series constantly contrasts her finesse with her male opposite number's magical strength.

Tokito Minoru is a troubled and brash young man with a strange clawed and furred right hand and hardly any memory of his past. In Kazuya Minekura's Wild Adapter, he becomes the friend - and likely more - of the nihilistic young criminal Kubota Makoto. Together, they are trying to find out the secret of the strange drug Wild Adapter, which may have something to do with Tokio's weird hand. Tokito is frank, almost fearless, down-to-earth, and fiercely loyal to the very few people he trusts.

Taki Tooru is a middle school girl in Yuki Midorikawa's manga series Natsume's Book of Friends (or Natsume Yuujinchō). She is able to draw a magic circle that will allow her and others to see youkai, spirits/monsters that are usually invisible to most. She becomes one of the closest friends of Natsume Takashi, a lonely boy who has been tormented by his ability to see youkai. Taki (usually referred to by her family name, as are all the school-age characters in the story) is remakably brave. At first she is quiet and withdrawn as a result of a curse that was placed upon her; later, she becomes lively and more talkative.

Let me know if you would like me to give you a letter too! (It may not be until tomorrow morning, though.)

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Apr. 9th, 2012 02:35 am (UTC)

Which is not to sneeze at Tokito and wild adapter, I like wild adapter very much, but Saiyuki and especially Gaiden is closer to my heart still.

If you give me a letter I might even answer the questions in less than a month :)
Apr. 9th, 2012 12:07 pm (UTC)


Have a letter N then!

Apr. 9th, 2012 12:41 pm (UTC)
Elsane said exactly what I was going to say, practically word-for-word (except better!)

And if you want to give me a letter I'll give less than a month a shy bu with new babies and new puppies it's a bit crazy around here these days! O___o
Apr. 10th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)


OK, try this H.

Apr. 9th, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
I'll take a letter!
Apr. 10th, 2012 01:40 am (UTC)

For you, an R!

Edited at 2012-04-10 01:40 am (UTC)
Apr. 10th, 2012 05:28 am (UTC)
Tenpou Gensui (Field Marshall Tenpou) is an ancient Chinese god who ends up on the wrong side of a political struggle in Heaven, in Katsuya Minekura's manga Saiyuki Gaiden.

Has this been translated into English? I still haven't read it.

The last time someone gave me this meme, I posted an essay about my first choice and then washed out of the other four, so I can't promise to do anything if you give me a letter.
Apr. 10th, 2012 12:12 pm (UTC)

I know the story of Saiyuki Gaiden mainly from the fan translations on the saiyuki_manga comm - they do a nice job, and they customarily take down anything that actually gets published in English in the U.S. Note that they don't do the conventional sort of scanlation: they post the scans of the original pages, with the Japanese text, and then post the English translation next to each page.

Have a letter L - no strings attached, and do with it as you will!

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