The 2011 Anime Draft - Coach's Interview (Part 2)
Posted 02-10-2011 at 10:31 PM by bci110
With the drafting phase of the 2011 Anime Draft complete, here is the second half of Nosredna's interview with me:
Coach bci, what makes Triela your favorite Gunslinger Girl and what can you tell me about her?
Triela is a girl that was rescued by the Italian-based Social Welfare Agency and was given a second chance at life with cybernetic enhancements. She along with several other girls were brainwashed and trained as assassins for the Italian government. What I love about Tri is her sarcastic wit and that she can maintain a realistic outlook on any situation. She also looks very sharp in her mostly masculine outfits. She pretty much acts like a mentor/mother figure to the other girls of the SWA. I figure that she could be a good mentor to Ika-chan.
Speaking of me not knowing anything care to tell me more about Luke and his show?
Luke Ainsworth is a blacksmith of great skill and also a talented swordsman. His skills came from his father, who was also a swordsmith. He's arrogant, private, and often insensitive, but he does show compassion for those that he cares about and is also timid (though he doesn't really want to admit it). He possess the ability to forge a sword in the heat of battle - usually katanas - which could be a huge factor in helping Ika-chan conquer the world. Luke is from The Sacred Blacksmith, a show that's set in a world which was ravaged by a great war. One of the war's most dangerous weapons was the Demon Contract, where humans sacrifice their bodies to become powerful demons. Realizing the damage these contracts cause, the surviving nations made peace and banned the use of such contracts.
Coach bci, how are you expecting Mai to do and if for some reason someone was going to vote for only Mai or Natsuki this round, why should they pick Mai?
I have to admit that I did made a judgement error when I picked Mai without realizing that the other protagonist of the show (Natsuki) was taken earlier. To be honest I'm not really worried about a possible "split" vote in her round. I think some people are putting too much emphasis on these so-called split votes. If people that watched My-HiME prefer Mai over Natsuki they they will vote accordingly. But I would prefer Mai over Natsuki because of her leadership, bravery, and motherly skills. Plus she was the main protagonist in the seires and thus had the most exposure in the series so I believe that could help her in the long run.
Is Nymph your favorite Sora girl? And do you think the second season will help her popularity?
Yes, she is! What I love about Nymph is her innocent and tsundere nature, along with being a very cute and complex character. Like Ika-chan, she also saw humans as inferior (calling them "bugs" at the early part of the series), but once she established herself in the human world took a different view on humans and grew to respect them. She's a Type Beta Angeloid who's primary function is computer hacking and manipulation, but unlike Ikaros and Astraea doesn't possess raw firepower. Her skills will be mainly used for defensive and manipulating purposes for Ika-chan to exploit in her attempt to take over the world.
Coach bci, other than fitting your theme what made you decide to make Chise your final pick?
As the ultimate weapon, I figured that Chise would be the perfect trump card for Ika-chan to play in case she and the rest of the team run into trouble in their quest. Originally I wanted to take Chise in a earlier round, but I decided that a character with such massive and destructive power would be a great character to take in the final round. Plus I had her before in a prior draft (the first one that I participated in) so I'm very familiar with what she's capable of doing.
Ghost in the Shell's been very popular around here, how are you expecting Batou to do?
Well, given who's in Round 11 I think Batou might do better than expected. I don't expect him to be the likes or Ruri or any of the other moe characters in the round, but I think among the male characters Batou does have an advantage being from a show that still has strong fan support over the years.
Finally, now that all your 12 picks are done, do you have a lot more people on your list?
No, not really. I didn't kept a draft sheet or a list of characters and literally picked them out of the blue. I will say that I'm very satisfied with the team that I assembled, and this by far is the best draft team that I created of the 4 times that I participated in this game.
Thanks for answering my questions!
No problem! Thanks for having me.