Characters That Made My Year – Nezumi (Twelve Days of Christmas: Day Nine)
The end is in sight, we’re on Day Nine! Today I’m remembering a character that I liked for the utterly shallow reason of “he’s got pretty eyes”……..yeah. Allow me to be an utterly shallow fangirl as I kyaa~! over Nezumi from No.6.
So No.6 then. I still like this show, even though the ending was an utterly shambolic mess of stupidity….. and wasp tornadoes. The main reason I still like the show is that it did have a remarkably solid start, so even if it did all go very wrong I can still look back at the first few episodes in a positive light. However one of the main reasons I liked the show though was pretty superficial – I liked the focus on the relationship between Nezumi and Shion. God love me, but I am a fan of BL and there simply isn’t enough shows out there with interesting BL couples and even though the BL is pretty damn mild in No.6, it was enough to spark my attention. I liked that the show spent time developing the characters first and foremost – the sci-fi backdrop was almost an afterthought to begin with, only serving as a framing device to bring the two boys together……however that all went to shite in the 2nd half so less said the better.
Of the two central characters I liked Nezumi best. He’s got that whole standoffish, arsehole thing going on that I like so much, plus he’s just damn pretty – look at those eyes; PRETTY! Plus he looks scarily good in drag and has a divine singing voice. Plus for being on the run from the authorities, living in a slum and being very adept at fighting, Nezumi is remarkably well versed in the classics, music, literature, dance and art. It all makes for an interesting jumble of characteristics – one moment he’s Mr Cynical wannabe terrorist, the next he’s on stage as a very convincing Ophelia and singing to comfort the bereaved.
The episode I picked as one of my favourites for Nezumi is episode 3 (I’m sure many expected me to pick episode 7 & its infamous kiss). Episode 3 is interesting as it is the first one to really give us an idea of how Nezumi thinks and why he went to the trouble of saving Shion in the first place. The whole frenzied rush to save Shion when it becomes clear he’s infected by the parasite wasp, shows how much Nezumi cares for Shion – nothing like a life or death situation to make a person act on their feelings. When Shion wants to give up, its Nezumi who demands that he live – his strong belief that no one should take their lives for granted strikes a cord with Shion and makes him struggle on through the pain of the operation & the resultant shock when he see’s what’s become of his body. It’s quite a powerful episode and one of the more memorable for me of the year.