My favourite goofy anime character is Nizuma Eiji from Bakuman. (バクマン。). He’s actually my #1 favourite character in the series.
He’s an ultra-eccentric genius mangaka. I just LOVE his character! I adore his character more than anyone in the series, even more than Takagi Akito whom I declared as the anime character I’m most similar to. It’s because I’m similar to Takagi that I like Eiji more. I admire his “natural talent” when it comes to creating great manga, although if you analyze deeper, you’ll realize that this “natural talent” is the product of his childhood experiences and his intense obsession with manga.
It is said in the series that Eiji draws manga as naturally as breathing. He can’t live without manga. As a writer like Akito, I envy this kind of obsession. I’m passionate about writing, but I’m not at the point yet to confidently say that I’m obsessed with it. My goal is to become “obsessed” with writing, as Eiji is obsessed with creating manga.
It’s also said that the character of Nizuma Eiji is a combination of Oda Eiichiro-sensei (尾田 栄一郎) (ONE PIECE mangaka) and L, another eccentric genius character from Death Note created by the same mangaka duo who created Bakuman. How cool is that? A big ARIGATOU to Oba Tsugumi-sensei (大場 つぐみ) and Obata Takeshi-sensei (小畑 健 ) for creating these awesome series. I hope that you team up again and create more amazing series in the future.
I also think that Okamoto Nobuhiko (岡本 信彦) did a splendid job in voicing Nizuma Eiji. He brought Eiji’s eccentricity to another level. When I first learned that Okamoto-san is Eiji’s seiyuu, I was quite shocked because his voice sounds so different. Think of Usui Takumi (Kaichou wa Maid-sama!) and Rin Okumura (Ao Exorcist), and then compare them with Nizuma Eiji. What a versatile voice! Although I wonder if his throat was alright during recording with all those shouting required for Eiji’s character.
Now you know that Nizuma Eiji is my favourite goofy anime character because he’s an eccentric genius. Who’s yours?
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