I would like to discuss something here.
Ryuuko is by far the most amazing character I have seen in my 17 years of watching anime. From learning to read by reading subtitles on bootleg betamax copies of Space Battleship Yamato to the 2013 season, I have never seen such a character.
This girl is so beautiful, inside and out, she is a masterpiece as a character. My words cannot do her justice, but I’ll attempt it.
This girl went through so much for a 17-year-old. From growing up in boarding schools to losing her father abruptly, from seeing the deepest crack of the pit of despair to being the most powerful visible badass in the region, she has seen a fucking shitload. But she is an incredibly kind, loyal person to her friend. She will take the beating of a fucking lifetime that she easily could avoid, because of her faith in her friend.
She won’t take shit but she’s not a selfish person. She’ll kick your ass but has integrity. She’s a loner but fits into a family perfectly. She’s strong and stalwart but isn’t a bitch.
She easily could ignore this shit she’s going through. She easily could just be a raging bitch to everyone. Hell, characters who have gone through HALF as much as she has have just said “fuck this noise” and gone completely evil.
But despite being shit on by society, despite being a target for greedy people out to make a few more bucks and have more power, she still has faith in humanity, and it is UNWAVERING.
Ryuuko is strong in nearly every single way, and I look up to her.
If you’re upset with this show due to shallow observations and forced interpretations, or just think it’s “auugh too random duuuhhhhmmmmmm”, I’m not upset with you. I don’t see you as a bully or a hater. I simply feel bad for you. I pity you. You cannot see past those things, to see how amazing this show is, and how incredible a person Ryuuko is.