BLESS YOU ANON BLESS YOU /vibrates aggressively out of excitement
THIS IS. IMPOSSIBLE. One does not simply make me choose between my イケメン duo of Kise Ryouta and Izuki Shun.
Kise was the one who got me into KnB in the first place; I was attracted to his pretty face in some gifs and I decided it was worth a shot to check out the series. Over time, Kise’s character growth really got to me. He wasn’t exactly likable in the early chapters, coming across as a whiny, attention-seeking, showoff model-kun who tried to lure Kuroko away from Seirin. Kise grew to be a respectable team member, a team player and an ace who feels duly responsible for his role.
OKAY AND KAIJOU VS TOUOU? FUCK MY FEELS. KAIJOU VS FUKUDA SOUGOU? FUCK THERE IS SLY KISE THE MOST RELEVANT KISE IN EXISTENCE TBH. KAIJOU VS SEIRIN VER.2? FUCK FUCK FUCK IT’S NOT LIKE I NEEDED ANY FUCKING EMOTIONS IN THE FIRST PLACE JUST TAKE MY HEART.
Izuki Shun was a wildcard, because the first thing I thought of him was, “Oh, he’s pretty cute.” And I thought it would end at that. BUT NO. Izuki proved to be a very likable minor character. He’s decent, in terms of mannerisms and like, HOW HE DIDN’T MAKE A BIG DEAL OF HOW COLLEGE GIRLS WERE BATHING NEXT TO THEM AT THE ONSEN AND DIDN’T BOTHER IN THE SLIGHTEST WITH PEEKING AT THEM LIKE THE IDEA DIDN’T EVEN CROSS HIS MIND.
Anyway. What struck me about Izuki was how plain he seemed, how normal he was in comparison with the rest of the Seirin Starting Five. Technically speaking, Izuki’s stats are only slightly higher than Kuroko, and taking away both their special abilities, it can be said that they are both plainly normal in terms of skill. BUT LIKE KUROKO, Izuki doesn’t let this normalcy of his deter him from trying his best, from putting in effort into a sport which he has been invested in since second grade. Being overshadowed by his other team mates who have flashier special abilities or are simply naturally talented, Izuki is constantly dismissed by his opponents. But Izuki works hard to prove them wrong. In a way, Izuki and Kuroko both similar in a way that they have this innate thirst to prove to others that hard work pays off. Izuki also is a mega dork with his puns, like doggone it, how can you even dislike his puns DON’T SHUN SHUN FOR HIS PUNS
How the hell did this become an essay I am gomen
- Least Favourite Character:
Eh. Anyone who looks down on Izuki. Haha, I kid. Well, I don’t hate anyone, but I suppose I dislike Hanamiya for what he did to Teppei and Haizaki for how he treated Alex and Himuro, and for what he did to Kise in their match.
- 5 Favourite Ships (canon or non-canon):
- Character I find most attractive:
THIS IS ALSO IMPOSSIBLE. KnB is like イケメン heaven. /sweats nervously I guess I have to stay true to the reason I started with KnB aka Kise Ryouta. Model-kun who looks good with his hair pinned up and SLY KISE IS VERY IMPORTANT SLY KISE GIVES ME LIFE SLY KISE IS THE MOST ATTRACTIVE EVER
My good friend absolutely abhors Kise’s looks, so I just find more reason to shove it in her face HAHA.
I would most love to join Izuki in holy matrimony HAHA. Izuki is amazing; he is decent (he treats people with respect), he is cute enough considered a cutie, he makes pun after pun even if no one reacts positively to them because he was probably raised in a environment full of wordplay, he is a hard worker, HE IS THE MINOR CHARACTER PRINCE OF MY HEART.
- Character I would be best friends with:
I think this is a predictable answer, but Takao. His cheery and easy-going personality is much welcome in a series full of
weirdos highly eccentric people with larger-than-life personalities. The way Takao strings up Midorima but still stays by his side; Tacchan’s gotta teach me LOL.
Akashi may have been demonised, so to speak, by part of the fandom & Fujimaki Tadatoshi in the recent chapters, but it only served to stoke my interest and liking towards him.
Okay, man. I only feel comfortable with shipping Kasamatsu/Kise, Kagami/Kise, and Midorima/Kise. The rest of the Kise ships, I avoid like the Bubonic Plague. If I could be bothered with blacklisting, you would find it filled with those Kise pairing tags.
I dislike how Kise is mostly portrayed in the ships, nothing else. (The thirst for Sly Kise is strong in this one.)
Teppei/Izuki’s sister Mai I SHIP IT
AKASHI/FURIHATA AND NO ONE CAN TELL ME NO
(Once again; dealing with canon and non-canon is troublesome, so I avoided my top 5 OTPs on purpose.)
Kise when he drops all pretenses. Also Kiyoshi.
- Pairing I am not a fan of:
Izuki/Anyone tbh because I STILL CAN’T SEE HIM IN A PAIRING??!
- Character I feel the writers screwed up (in one way or another):
Akashi. I am waiting for his backstory. I want to know so much about him.
Mitobe and Koganei. uwu
- Character I want to adopt or be adopted by:
I want to be adopted by Grandpapa Teppei! We’d both take care of each other and take things at our own pace and I would egg Hanamiya’s house I mean