For the Love of CurryMay 30, 2012
One of the neat things about the addition of random middle of week posts on the blog is I can occasionally talk about silly things that would not normally warrant a full post. I can also post things here as the blog equivalent of a sticky post just so I can link to this instead of repeatedly explaining myself.
A. My icon on Twitter is Hisui.
B. My icon on Twitter is not someone from Fate/Stay Night.
C. No one likes Ciel. (She is always the least popular heroine. There are some Sakura levels of fan hate for her.)
But it is the truth. So I decided to write a little explanation of this phenomenon so I don’t have repeat my reasoning every 6 months.
We decided very early in the development of the blog that Reverse Thieves should have some sort of theme. It did not have to be the be all and end all of the website but we needed something that tied the blog together that would make things stronger. For better or for worse we did not go with mecha and chose a detective theme instead. That meant we would both pick detective themed avatars for the blog. Kate obviously went with Narutaki but I decided to be a bit cheeky and picked the Brainwasher Detective. Brainwasher Detective is his gag persona that started as a meme but quickly became an official joke when Type-Moon decided to run with it. It seemed like a cute idea at the time. It let me display my love of Type-Moon while staying within the theme. I named myself HisuiRT on Twitter mostly to match Narutaki’s naming scheme and because BrainwasherDetectiveRT seemed unnecessarily long. If I had a choice of any Type-Moon character I clearly would have gone with the insanely obvious choice. Bu there is no Salvation Fuzz version of Ciel or King of Detectives Arturia for to me to use so I went with what I had. But despite her odd unpopularity I always preferred Ciel over all the other heroines of Tsukihime.
While I love Hisui I always thought the most fascinating character in Tsukihime was Ciel. While everyone has face the present to the world and the true self in Tsukihime I though that Ciel’s was the most interesting contrast between the “role” and the “actor.” The interplay between the cover identity of “Ciel the kind sempai” and the ruthless “Yumi of the Burial Agency” and how they slowly intermingle was one of the most complex characters arcs in the game. I thought that both roles that she played were quite strong and how she balances them made her a character that was fun to watch.
I also enjoyed that we was the most mature of the five heroines. She was the second oldest of the five but distinctly the most experienced. Arcueid is ancient but spends most of her time sleeping in wait for her next assignment giving her a surprisingly naive world view. I have always enjoyed Ciel’s restrained but aggressive manner. It has a polite self-confidence that is intoxicating.
I will admit on a shallow level I also find her rather physically attractive. She has a some rather generous proportions without ever going into the range of gratuitous. Her glasses also are a cute charm point that help round out her character. Plus those tattoos are rather eye-catching. They give her an appropriately Revi-like danger while having a cool arcane flair.
Can we all just agree that Seventh Holy Scripture is an amazingly sexy weapon? It is a modified pile bunker that prevents anyone it kills from regenerating or reincarnating. She looks so fierce wielding it and it has the prefect table top RPG power. Her fighting style beyond her trump card is also fairly cool. She generally has a spry fighting style relies on skill and speed. I always enjoy characters like that. They usually have to fight smarter. While they are hardly effective against insanely overpowered characters the Black Keys are a fun weapon. Sadly we never get to see her throw around any spells despite how much raw casting ability she has. I am sure if the ever get around to making a Tsukihime 2 that will be more prominent.
She also seems to have a small following of professional artist as well. Eri Takenashi’s preference for putting Ciel in Take Moon stories seems fairly clear to me. Ryukishi07 liked her enough to throw in Rumiko Chie as a tribute to Ciel in Higurashi. I don’t see any Arcueid tribute characters.
Plus the woman loves curry. That is just a sign of good taste. If you don’t like curry I am not sure we can be friends.
So there you have it. I have explained a minor quirk of my character, explained a bit of the birth of the blog, and stood up for another unpopular Type-Moon heroine. I home that clears up some confusion.