exactly a "Badin Men" is.
|Information: Well, if you're here, you most likely know a little about the character of Akane. Here are some mindless and useless facts that you really don't need to know, but I'll include anyway. Akane has a major thing for one of the main characters, Ayukawa Madoka. In the animated series they portrayed Akane with a slightly more 'boyish' haircut and had her use a masculine phrasing when referring to herself (Boku). In the Manga, she refers to herself as the feminine version of the word I (Atashi) and her hair, although still short, is a bit less butch. Although Akane is still a bit of a lesbian in the manga, she doesn't do things really as maliciously as she did in those OVA episodes. The first OVA was sort of a squished together version of 4 or so separate manga stories. Most incidences happened when she was drunk, and it was mostly unintentional - not with the intention of getting Kyosuke in trouble. The Second OVA episode was much closer to the manga version, save for the fact that there had been a bet going on between Kazuya and Kyosuke. They omitted Kazuya from all the OVAs (Among another character, Yusaku), so you actually can logically watch all of KOR (Movies, TV, OVAs and all) and not realize that Akane and Kazuya are related in any way, shape or form. You might just think everyone related to Kyosuke wants him in deep shit. It comes down to the fact that it's really hereditary to be mischevious cousins ^_^;||
So japanese gay women wear ties and ugly
shirts. Oh wait, she's not gay, it's just the 80's.
motorcycle gang and kidnap japanese schoolgirl
misfits every day of my life.
|So I bet you're saying "How can her name be 'Kasuga
Akane' since Kyosuke's name is Kasuga as well? This is one of those
weird debates I've been going over for a long time. Both Akane
and Kazuya have the family powers (Teleportation, plus whatever special
ESP gift they have). Kyosuke inherited his powers from his Mothers
side of the family. It's not clearly mentioned anywhere, but it does
happen in some cultures that if the womans' family name is from a higher
respected or more prominant than the future husbands name, the husband
will take her last name. A good example of this would be from Neon
Genesis Evangeion where Gendou was originally Rokubungi Gendou, and then
changed his name to Ikari Gendou, after his wife Yui once they were married.
Another sidelong debate would be if Ranma married Akane, would she become
"Saotome" or is it because she's technically the heir to the Dojo, he would
take on the name "Tendo"? Oh the fun we can have with this...
When I learned about the character, I described her as having "brown hair, brown eyes.". My 'cousin' Tony (who roleplays Kyosuke at same place that I have Akane) told me "No, she has purple hair and purple eyes." Although I really don't care one way or the other, her manga version has very light shaded hair, probably indicating that she at least has a light brown hair. In these images I've taken the liberty and artistic licsence to shade her hair purple. If anything, it looks much cooler than brown hair and brown eyes.
This image to the left is from a manga story (That had also been done in the television series) where Kyosuke had been zapped to an alternate reality where he did not exist and the city was a gang-ran enviroment. In the manga, the head of the gang who whipped Madoka and was eventually taken down by Kyosuke was Akane. In the TV series it was the Fiancee to Madoka's cousin, Shuu (For reference, the guy with the band, and she was the lead singer). Her name was Yukari. Akane looks much cooler.
|She really is the best character in the entire series. Madoka
is way too perfect to seriously be real. Kyosuke's a bumbling idiot
- if he had any sense in the begining, he would have never gotten stuck
with Hikaru in the first place. Hikaru has very little redeeming
value in my book - I personally would shoot her or strangle her if I lived
back in 1986 and attended a Japanese High School. But I didn't.
I was 8 years old. Going with this notion, that would make the entire
cast of this series nearly 30 years old now. I mean, you really don't
THINK about it too much, but when you see that episode where Kyosuke somehow
goes back in time to 1982, you feel really old. Either by going "Wow,
I was "X" old back then." Or "I wasn't even born". Kimagure
Orange Road holds a very special place in my heart, but not because of
it's age. It was the first series I sat through all the way, on my
own. I introduced myself to KOR, so it makes the series very
special to me. Anyways, I've really gone off subject here.
Akane seemed, out of the choices given, the most real to me. Over
the years I've grown to appreciate the underdeveloped manga character and
hope that others feel the same way. Maybe, sometime in the far future,
Matsumoto will agree to allow an english publisher to release Kimagure
Orange Road to the United States so that the rest of the world will understand
why she is so cool. Until then, my friends, keep her spirit alive!
In a nutshell, here is a quote from the ONLY scene Akane is in from the Shin Kimagure Orange Road Novel 1 with Kazuya and Kyosuke's sister.
"No, Oniichan!" Kazuya cried. "Why did you die?"
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