Mr. Empty: The Most Annoying Character

I'm trying to think of a manga character who really annoys me. I really don't have a lot, the main thing that irritates me in this world of manga and anime is a bad voice actor. Specifically, female voice actors with high-pitched, whiny voices who get cast as good characters and then wreck them. Luckily I try to pick up versions with subs and original audio when I can.

As far as someone who was actually annoying, the closest I can imagine is Father Anderson from Hellsing.  I don't know what it is, I'm not a big fan of regenerators that don't have adamantium claws, and his dogged Catholicism so flat. I think I always was annoyed that Alucard didn't just power up and shred him.

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The ending to the series actually involves Anderson, he uses a religious artifact to go berserk, so now you have a berserking regenerating catholic. Alucard never even fully releases until the final volume, so I felt like there was a bit of a waste when the big, balls-out battle turned out to be the little knife-boy from freaking volume two that should have gotten wasted on the spot.

Now, I wasn't unhappy with the way the series went, at all, I thought the final couple volumes were amazing, but I was unhappy with Anderson as a character and never wanted him to be such a big part of it.

And to add insult to injury, Hirano actually wrote a total, separate story arc about two OTHER Catholics from Anderson's same secret division, and they're totally freaking awesome. One of them is a gunner, the other is a split personality nun. How fun! But of course, they get put on "filler content" duty and only vaguely show up in the main storyline.

Oh, and his full name is Alexander Anderson. Alliterative, which is a literary pet peeve of mine, because if you were to believe fiction, 95% of the population would have alliterative names. They don't. They don't because it sounds weird and parents don't choose weird sounding names. Come on now. It's not that hard, you make up the names, just pick one that doesn't have the same letter at the beginning of both! 


Baron von Chop said...

We'll have to agree to disagree here. I freakin' loved Anderson, while I could not stand Ceres (Selas?) Victoria. She ruined the series for me with her constant whining. "Oh no, I'm a super rad vampire! I can't drink this blood even though it's from a pouch and it's just going to go to waste if I don't drink it!" Without a doubt, she was the worst vampire of all time.

Anderson, on the other hand, was a total badass. Unhinged, fanatical, spooky, unstoppable. He makes a great contrast to Alucard: light vs dark, crazed vs calm, pistol vs bayonet. In the anime, his episodes were always my favorite.

I never made it to the end of the series, and I've heard that his transformation at the end is pretty dumb, so I can't really comment on that.

I'm curious what you thought of Victoria.

Mr. Empty said...

Oh, I didn't like her at all until she ate the other dude and actually got some powers. I had a little mercy for her, because she had a cool gun and her dreams were amusing. Other than that, she was actually pretty lame until the end.