Who or what was the most annoying anime character? (30 Day Anime Challenge) – Day 7

30 Day Anime Challenge

Who or what was the most annoying anime character?

Oddly, I find I have a pretty high tolerance for annoying characters in anime, but not in live-action stuff. That said there is one character that instantly springs to mind and that is Raki from Claymore.

Claymore Raki

Why is that?

So, the way I see it, there are quite a few annoying characters in anime, but for the most part, they are meant to be annoying. Take C-ko from Project A-ko for example. She is whiny and shrill, always pouting and making a fuss, but that is her purpose and she does it very well.

Raki, however, is supposed to be the support character to Clare. He helps her find her humanity and gives her a reason to keep going. That sounds good, but, he too is whiny and annoying. He’s constantly crying and shrieking. Seriously, dude, stop it!

It is so distracting that anytime I hear the voice actor in any other anime, I instantly dislike that character. Maybe that’s harsh, but that’s how it is. He showed up in One Piece voicing the leader of the resistance in Alabasta. Even though he didn’t whine or shriek, I still heard it. Damn you, Raki!

What if it’s just the voice you don’t like?

No, I’ve read the manga and he’s just as bad in that and there’s way more to the story too. He’s just unbearable. Don’t believe me, feel free to read all 27 books. It’s well worth doing as they’re amazing.

Claymore Clare versus Ophelia

Anything else you’d like to say?

All that said, if you haven’t seen Claymore, you really should. It’s one of my favourite series. It follows Clare, a half-demon warrior who hunts demons for a secret organisation, but not everything they’ve told her is true. The design on the Yoma (that’s what they call the demons) is cool, but the Awakened Beings is something straight out of HR Giger’s mind. It’s dark and violent. Love it, not Raki!

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  1. Ah, I completely agree. Honestly, I found Clare annoying too, but there were too many cool people in that show for me to drop it. I do think Raki’s slightly better in the manga, after he grows up.

    • Lynn Sheridan

      Yeah, he was much better towards the end of the manga but I think the damage had been done. True, Clare was quite vacant and so many cool characters.

      My favourite thing is still the awakened beings. They were brilliantly creepy.

    • Mhm, agreed again. Isley and the Abyssal Ones! Though Teresa and Elena/Ilene were definitely favourites of mine too.

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