Top 5 Wednesday: Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Series

Top 5 Wednesday

Shh, ignore that it’s Thursday.

Happy Wednesday(ish)! I forgot that it was Wednesday until it wasn’t anymore, therefore didn’t post this when I was supposed to. Oop. I hope you’ll forgive me. This week’s theme is a fun one – characters that deserve their own series. There are so many. Sometimes I have a hard time coming up with five things to add to a T5W list, but this week I’ll have a hard time shaving it down to just five. Not that I’m complaining. 🙂 T5W was created by Lainey, and here is the goodread’s group if you’d like to join!

Also, first world problem that only bothers me because I’m a ding dong: I write these posts in my living room. All the books I’ve already read are in the bedroom. The shelf in the living room is full of tbr books. It gives no inspiration most of the time since I don’t know any of the books when I look at them! D: /whinewhine

:”D Anyways, moving on

5. Butler from Artemis Fowl
So I’ve only read the first 7 out of the 8 books in the Artemis Fowl series (and honestly, I DNFd the 7th book, but shh) and Butler has always fascinated me. Throughout the cannon series, you get bits and pieces of Butler’s past, but really you only know about the years he’s spent serving Artemis. But if I remember correctly, he’s in his forties, so he obviously had a life before Artemis was born, even if it was spent training. I’d like to read about that. His training master, so on. Maybe he was an awkward teenager who couldn’t boil water before he underwent his training, maybe he was a serious cat person. Who knows? I feel I would love to read another book set in the AF universe set around Butler before Artemis was born. And interesting thing:

<— This is how he was drawn in the graphic novel (which I think is uck), but thiiiis –> is how I’d always imagined him.

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4. Shinomori Aoshi and Seta Soujiro from Rurouni Kenshin

Seta Soujiro
Seta Soujiro
Shinomori Aoshi

I couldn’t narrow this down any, and I figured since they’re both from the same story, I could throw them on thesame line. Aoshi is the leader of the Oniwabanshu, which is a group of fighters in Kenshin that first show up in volume 3. Aoshi strikes me very much as an enigma, especially when additional characters around him are introduced in volume 8 or so. I just feel like there’s a lot more to him than what it shown in the cannon series.

Soujiro shows up I want to say… volume 9? 10? Something like that. He’s a henchmen of Shishio, who is the main bad guy in that story arc (volume 7 or so until volume 15). What is very interesting about this guy is that he’s an excellent fighter – one of the fastest characters in the entire series, but due to his circumstances… he doesn’t feel any feelings. He’s always riding on neutral. By the end of the arc, (mild spoilers) this has changed and he starts feeling all the emotions he coudn’t prior. And then.. he kinda fades out of the series. I want to know what happens to him! He can feel things now, I want to read about that!

3. Sesshomaru from Inuyasha
Sesshomaru is another one of those enigma characters. He starts off as this ruthless killer who hunts his brother, but ends up essentially adopting a human girl and taking care of her even though he hates humans. From what you see, who throws rocks at his retainer while out of shot and from how Rin (the girl) acts around him, I feel he has a good sen se of humor that isn’t really seen in the manga or the show. I really want to read a cannon story about him (there are plenty of fanfictions, trust me) but I want something solid!

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2. Van Hohenheim from Fullmetal Alchemist
I can’t really say why I find this character so fascinating because it would be a spoiler. But if you’re not already aware, this character is the Elric Brother’s estranged father who shows up here and there throughout the series. And as the series progresses, you find out more and more why he’s estranged in the first place. And I gotta say, his character is fascinating. I know they actually go a decent bit into his past, which is an arc I loved, but I want mooooore. I’d love to read a story centered around him. (Notice I tend to like those enigma characters, haha)

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1. Dumbledore and Snape from Harry Potter
I feel like these two (and Neville, Luna, etc) are going to be on a lot of people’s lists. They’re all just so fascinating, especially when you hear more about them in the later books, and I know I’m not alone in saying I’d love to hear more about them. The Life and Times of Albus Dumbledore or something like that, haha.

So that’s it. Let me know who you’d want to see in their own series!

Book Review (Series Review) – Chaos Walking Trilogy

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1) The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking #2) Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking, #3).

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The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

Let me start off by saying that this series has become one of my favorites series ever. Ever. I feel like this is a masterpiece and Patrick Ness is a genius. My only wish is to meet him so I can give him a hug for putting me on such an emotional roller coaster with such a beautiful piece of literature. I want leather-bound signed super nice copies and they will be the stars of my library. Wow.

I’ve written a review about the second book earlier in my blog, but after finishing the third book about twenty minutes ago, I couldn’t just do a review on it alone. The entire series as a whole is so extraordinary. The third book of course is fantastic and probably my favorite of the three, but even then it’s only by a string. No single book in this series would be nearly as good if the others were not there to support it. I wish I would have read them in a row with no other books in between. I feel like I would have loved them even more, but the breaks allowed me to break out of the universe a bit unfortunately (though lucky me, Patrick Ness’s writing is so intoxicating it only took me about a chapter in each book to get pulled right back in).

But anyways.

The Chaos Walking Trilogy is a young adult science fiction story, where when you come into the first book, you’re thrown into the world of a boy named Todd. He lives in a settlement on a new planet, all of the women are dead and nothing is kept secret. Every thought, every significant or insignificant picture, word, feeling that crosses your mind, is broadcast out for anything within the vicinity to hear. Even the animals’ thoughts can be heard. All of these thoughts culminate together in an endless wall of noise that is impossible to escape. If you run out of the settlement into the woods, you hear the bugs. Nowhere can you leave the noise behind. One day, Todd is out with his dog Manchee… and he comes across a patch of silence.

That is what drew me into the book. Patrick Ness’s writing and characters and imagery kept me there. The way he presents his words on the page have just as much of an effect as what the words actually say. I hope that makes sense. Once you open the book and see, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Throughout the series, Ness’s characters go through such personal development, good and bad. After a while, the perspectives between the chapters start to alternate, allowing you to read for more than just Todd’s point of view. And none of these perspectives did I find boring or irritating. I was engrossed in every character while at the same time craving to hear the thoughts of the others.

As the series progressed, it became almost a common occurrence at the end of a chapter to yell some form of wordless despair or joy or whatever the author left me with. Each chapter was intense, especially getting into the last two books. I teared up more than once, I was humbled, I laughed. This book put me through such a range of emotions, man. I just couldn’t (can’t!) get enough. There are three short stories set in this universe that I have yet to read. I will do so as soon as I’m able (one’s in my second book, which I have lent out!).

Apologies if this review is nothing more than me vomiting words of love on a page, but that is the impression this series left me with. Nothing but adoration, joy, despair… anything and everything that comes with finding your new favorite book. Go read it.

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars
Hnnngh

Book Review (Series review) – Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration

Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration by Nobuhiro Watsuki

Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration, Vol. 1Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration, Vol. 2 Let me start off with: I never fathomed that I would ever have the chance to read Rurouni Kenshin for the first time ever again. Being able to do so has been more than I could ever ask for. (If you can’t guess, this is going to be an ‘I love it, gonna gush’ review).

Rurouni Kenshin Restoration is a rewrite of the original 28 volume series called Rurouni Kenshin. And I must stress to you this: if you haven’t read the original series yet, do not read restoration! I mean, if you would read restoration without the knowledge of the original, I suppose it’d be alright, but a lot of what I love about Restoration is that it calls back to the original series in a way that without knowledge of it, the reader would be confused a lot of the time, they wouldn’t understand how the characters in Restoration became the way they are or why they do what they do. You can’t just ignore 28 volumes of character development and expect to understand everything. That also being said, read the original. I won’t go into why now, but it is my favorite manga series of all time. It is SO good, it is SO heart-wrenching, it is SO funny. Maybe at some point I’ll make a post on its own as to why this series means so much to me, but for today, a review for Restoration is the theme.

As I’ve said, Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration is a compacted retelling of Rurouni Kenshin. Yep, that’s right: Both those covers I’ve posted there are the entire series. (Yay, this means I met my Tbr Jar goal of ‘Finish a series’). I believe it was written because of the live-action Rurouni Kenshin movie being made in Japan, and Watsuki wrote a companion series to follow along with it. In this series, the characters from the original are thrown together in a different-yet-the-same set of events. Characters who normally never would have interacted are in the same scenes, bad guys that were in different arcs are thrown together, and honestly at first, it took me a little bit to get into it because of this. But then I saw the appeal of why Watsuki-san re-wrote it the way he did. You get to see the main character, Kenshin, on a more personal level. You get to see his inner thoughts, his guilt, his reasoning behind things far better than you did in the original series. (you saw that in the original too, but it’s better articulated here I feel). But I’m getting ahead of myself. Here is a brief synopsis of both the original and restoration series, paraphrased from the back of volume 1 of the original series:

At the close of the Bakumatsu era of Japan, after the coming of the Black Ships, a manslayer helped slice open a new age, and then he disappeared, his prowess becoming legend. Eleven years later, a Rurouni, a wanderer without destination, appears in Tokyo. Trying to redeem for his deeds, he has vowed to never kill again, and to protect those who need it. Though it is difficult to escape one’s past, especially when it is as haunting as his.

Basic idea right there. This series has a lot of action, a fair bit of comedy, hints at romance I guess, so on an so forth. So now you know what I’m reviewing.

For Restoration:

The characters I noticed were slightly different – I feel like Watsuki-san in trying to show the inner feelings of them had no choice but to alter their behavior slightly. And weirdly enough, it worked out. I still felt like I was reading about the characters I fell in love with over the past decade, which was really nice.

For plot, I was a bit unsettled at first at how all these characters that should have nothing to do with each other were just showing up at first. After I accepted that though, like I said, I could see the reasoning, and the books became so much more enjoyable. It was interesting to see a different take on events and the thoughts and actions of the characters in the new situations.

And as always the writing and plot were spot on.

Overall, I rather loved this retelling, both for what it was and because it gave me a chance to relive reading these characters for the first time. For a comparison, imagine getting to read Harry Potter again for the first time and reliving all the wonder you felt. It was like that. Only in 1800s Japan. Go read Rurouni Kenshin, and then go read Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration. You will not regret it.

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars
Be still, my beating heart.