Twin Star Exorcists? Ah, the confession of love. It's such a staple for romance in anime that it hardly even seems possible to have a romance go without one of these days. Even though Twin Star Exorcists is technically a shonen action series, it's always worn its romantic heart on its sleeve, and so much of the show has been devoted to chronicling the growing relationship between Rokuro and Benio that an episode focusing on a confession of love between the two was all but inevitable. Wouldn't you know, that's exactly what we got this week. I've never hidden my enthusiasm for this series' title couple, so the shipper in me was predictably glad to finally hit this milestone. The funniest thing about this entire episode though? It is 100% unnecessary, and I mean that in the best possible way. Really, it's a testament to how thoughtfully and carefully this show has put together Rokuro and Benio as characters, and how wonderfully they have come to function as a unit, that their going through the "love confession routine" is genuinely not needed. We have seen firsthand how well they work together and how good they are for one another, so much so that their "togetherness" has been a given for a long time, both for the supporting cast and the audience. Don't get me wrong, I loved everything about the clichéd and cheesy proceedings in this episode. Everything from Mayura being so enthusiastic about Rokuro's surprise secret crush (a great callback to the show's very first episode) to Rokuro and Benio's perfectly sweet scene alone together near the episode's end.
Still, if I'm being honest, Twin Star Exorcists could have gone on just fine even if this episode had never occurred. Rokuro and Benio have been a constant joy to watch for the past 37 weeks. Even when the story faltered, the animation cramped up, or the filler got just a little too daunting, seeing the Twin Stars learn and grow beside one another has been a blast. It wasn't all Twin Star romance this week, though. The whole love confession scene was precipitated by Ryogo and Haruka finally getting engaged in another adorable scene. The characters themselves have been criminally underused for pretty much the entirety of Twin Star Exorcists' run, but it was nice to see them have such a happy life together, continuing their fallen friend's work at the daycare. Even if the two don't contribute much to the plot, they proved useful this week in modeling the kind of unabashed intimacy that Rokuro and Benio have been dancing around for quite some time now. On the "Not Related to Smooching" side of the spectrum, the Twelve Guardians have to do all the heavy lifting, as they try to prevent the havoc Kuranashi is set to wreak all across Narukami. These scenes worked well enough, with a nice animation bump and some decent Kegare designs to keep the momentum going in between all the cheesy high school romance.
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The Guardians even attempt the Rikujin Shinka, a ritual that Abe no Seimei devised, in an effort to fight off the giant monster horde, but the harvesting of all the missing Exorcists seems to have given Team Basara quite the power boost. All that and a new challenger is set to enter the fray: Yuto! It's too early to say whether Yuto's appearance will prove to be an interesting return of the series' best villain, or if it will just come off as a sloppy melding of the manga material with the anime-only stuff. We still have a dozen or so episodes to go, so hopefully the writers will have enough time to reintegrate Yuto into the proceedings without letting Kuranashi fade into the background, or vice versa. It's a delicate balancing act the show will have to pull off, and lord knows TSE doesn't have the best track record when it comes to balanced writing. Still, I'm glad to see Yuto finally make his return, since the finale of his arc from way back when is still the series' high water mark. Will it be able to reach such heights again? I don't know, but with Yuto back on board, the odds of that happening are looking a heck of a lot better.
This list describes characters from the anime and manga series Doraemon. Also listed are their original NTV voice actors (1973), followed by their TV Asahi voice actors (1979-2005; 2005-present). Part of the 22nd century characters are listed in The Doraemons. Each main character represents a primary school student archetype. Nobita appears in every episode of the anime, while Doraemon appears in most episodes, sometimes being substituted (for medical checkup or on leave) by his sister, Dorami. Note: In some translations of Doraemon, the names of these characters are different from the original names. 2.9 Nobisuke Nobi Jr. Albert in the Cinar dub of the series, is the title character and co-protagonist of the series. He is a cat-like robot from the future. He was yellow-skinned and had ears originally. However, his ears were accidentally eaten by a robot mouse. It left him heartbroken and caused his skin to turn blue. People often mistake him for a raccoon dog. He is sent back in time by Sewashi (Nobita's Great-great-grandson) to aid Nobita. Doraemon possesses a 4-dimensional pocket from which he can acquire various kinds of futuristic tools, gadgets, and playthings from a future department store.
His favorite food is Dorayaki.
He also has the tendency to panic during emergencies, characterized by him frantically trying to pull out a very much-needed tool from his pocket, only to produce a huge assortment of household items and unwanted gadgets. Still, Doraemon is very friendly and intelligent, not to mention long-suffering because of Nobita's antics. Since Sewashi sent Doraemon to the past, Doraemon has been living as the unofficial fourth member of Nobita's family and acts like a second son to Nobita's parents, since despite being a robot, he requires basic needs for a person, such as eating, and also sleeps in the closet of Nobita's bedroom. He also fears mice greatly (due to a robot mouse having eaten his ears), even go crazy about it and pull out devastating gadgets, and most of the times, Nobita saves Doraemon in such situations. Although he has no fingers in most media, he can hold things because of the suction cups in his hands. His favorite food is Dorayaki. He has also been shown to date with normal female cat. He is the elder brother of Dorami.
He is usually accompanied by Doraemon, who functions as his caretaker.
Nobita Nobi (野比, Nobi Nobita, English dub: Sidney in the Cinar dub, Specky in the Speedy dub, and Noby Nobi in the Bang Zoom! dub) is the co-protagonist of the series. He wears glasses, a red or yellow polo shirt with a white collar, and blue or black shorts and white socks and light blue shoes. Although he's not good at sports, he's good at shooting. He is usually accompanied by Doraemon, who functions as his caretaker. Although he's not good at sports, he's good at shooting and has been reflected in the movies many time. He's also good at string figure which sometime considered a girls' game. Son of Tamako and Nobisuke Nobi. Future father of Nobisuke (his son). Future husband or boyfriend of Shizuka and great-great-grandfather of Sewashi. Taurus), nicknamed Shizuka-chan (しずかちゃん) is a smart, kind and pretty girl. She is often represented by the color pink, and is seen wearing a pink shirt and skirt.
The word 'Shizuka (しずか)' means 'Quiet'. She is Nobita's best friend. She does not shun Nobita due to his failing grades, lazy disposition or constant failures. In fact, she often tries to encourage him to do better, though she usually fails to convince him. Shizuka likes to take a bath several times a day; however, a running gag in the series is that she is sometimes interrupted by a sudden appearance of Nobita (sometimes Doraemon, Gian, or Suneo) usually due to misuse of Doraemon's gadgets like the Anywhere Door (Doko Demo Doa in Japanese). Shizuka's skirt is also frequently seen getting flipped, either by Nobita misusing Doraemon's gadgets, or by the wind. Scenes in which her underwear is seen, or she is seen bathing, have been removed from the dubbed versions, especially in India, Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom. Her true passions are sweet potatoes, which she would rather keep to herself out of the knowledge of others, and the violin, in which her playing is just as horrendous as Gian's singing. She is also known for taking piano lessons unwillingly due to her mother's wishes (as she loves violin more), which is sometimes a reason for declining to hang out with friends (but she plays piano better than violin). Shizuka is an animal lover and keeps two pets at home: a dog, who is saved from succumbing to illness by Nobita and Doraemon in one story; and a canary which runs away on multiple occasions and causing Shizuka and Nobita to run around the city chasing her down.
She sometimes fansies some handsome idols on TV. Besides Nobita, Shizuka is also close to her classmate and popular student Dekisugi. Though they consider each other only as friends. Gemini), named Buster in the Cinar dub and Bob in the Speedy dub, usually known by the nickname "Gian" (「ジャイアン」, "Jaian", English: Big G) is a strong and quick-tempered local bully. He also frequently steals other children's stuff (especially Nobita's and Suneo's) under the pretext of "borrowing" them, unless the toy is damaged. He is known for his awful singing voice, though he considers himself a great singer. To prove this, Gian sometimes "invites" others to attend his concerts, under the threat of beatings. His singing is so horrible that, once, Nobita and Doraemon try to mute it in a silent world, his writings of the song lyrics in a board end up having the same effect as when they hear them.Though his voice is terrible in one of the episodes it was shown that a girl liked his singing. In some films, his singing is enhanced to become an effective weapon (as in 'Nobita's Great Adventure in the South Seas'). In some episodes when his voice is recorded and he hears it, he instantly denies it being his voice and threatens to beat up the person who his songs in a very bad way (which is an irony).
Gian is also confident in cooking, but just like his singing, his hand made food can be a nightmare for other people very easily. However, Gian does not hesitate to help his friends when they are in real trouble. Throughout the series, particularly the films, he is often the one who voices the most concern and refuses to look away when there is a problem, an opposite of Suneo's cowardice. While he is described by others as daunting and intimidating, he is very sensitive and prone to crying when something touching happens, and he actually values his friends highly, a feeling which his friends sometimes reciprocate. Gian also has a soft spot for his younger sister, Jaiko, and usually tries to prevent her from trouble, even if she can perfectly handle her situation. Gian basically is a bullying 'tsundere'. His catchphrase is "What's mine is mine. What's yours is also mine." (「俺の物は、俺の物。お前の物も俺の物。」, "Ore no mono wa, ore no mono. Omae no mono mo ore no mono."), also known as Gianism (ジャイアニズム, Jaianizumu) in Japan (the Japanese band Nightmare have borrowed the term for their albums Gianism Best Ofs and Gianizm). Pisces) is the fox-faced (inherited) from his mother) rich child who loves to flaunt his material wealth before everyone, especially Nobita. A lot of the stories start with Suneo showing off some new video game, toy or pet which evokes Nobita's envy.