I once did a top 5 directors post where I forgot like 6 of my top 5 directors. I have a feeling that’s about to happen again. Considering I’m a fan of supporting or even minor characters, I usually have a dozen characters I want to know more about.
Let’s just get this out of the way first though, choices 1 through 10 of the top 5 supporting characters I would watch in their own series is Integra Hellsing. But I guess there are other characters out there so here we go.
Top Random 5 supporting characters I would like to watch in their own series.
5. Olivier Armstrong
Fullmetal Alchemist has a lot of really interesting characters and they all seem to have great stories. You could pretty much pick anyone from the show and not go wrong. However, I like self assured blondes and snow.
So personally, I want to see the rise of the North Wall and how Olivier came to lead such a valiant company and earn their avid loyalty along the way.
I also wouldn’t mind seeing a bit of her home life. I figure family dinners with her brother will be a great source of lighthearted comedy relief.
4. Eraser Head
Another series with a huge pool of characters to choose from. I haven’t read ahead in the manga so for all I know all these characters do get their own arc at some point. The one particular story I want to know is how a glum guy like Eraser Head became a teacher in the first place.
There has to be a story there somewhere. What happened in his career that would lead him to teaching, it doesn’t seem like a very natural fit.
3. Teruki Hanazawa as a villain
We only see a little of Teruki in season 1 before Mob pounds some sense and humility into him and we suddenly see a very different Teruki. This said, I wouldn’t mind going back a bit and seeing just how despicable Teruki got without a natural check and balance to his power.
It’s actually a very interesting concept that the main difference between a generally kind, thoughtful and all-around great guy and friend and a cruel bully with complete disregard for others is just having someone stronger around. That this is the simple element that can completely change a character’s persona. Well not just any character, that what makes Teruki special. And that’s why I think we would all appreciate the nice Teruki if we got to know the jerky one a bit better.
2. Kill la Kill the rise of Nude Beach
I love Kill la Kill but there was a lot of room for development. I mean it’s that kind of story. Full of open-ended possibilities. The uncertainty and mystery around the circumstances of its universe are completely intentional. At least that’s how they seem. I don’t think you should over develop a narrative like that. You risk ruining it.
But you can add just a little more. And personally, I would love to see the underground efforts of nude beach. How the organization came to be and what they were doing before Ryouko came into the picture. A sort of comedic spy story. I think it could be fun.
Other 2. Nino ACCA 13
I really liked ACCA 13 so I would love to see some more of it in one form or another. Certainly, there are still a lot of mysteries left to unravel about Jean’s past and even his present. And one of those mysteries is his best friend Nino.
The Nino we got to know in season 1 is more or less complementary to Jean. He exists in service to the other. But it’s clear that he has had a rich life of adventure and intrigue. If we could get just a glimpse of that, I bet it would make for a great season.
In my review of Shiki, I couldn’t pick a favourite character so I ended up making a wish list of spinoff shows featuring various members of the supporting cast:
- A Slice of Life featuring Natsuno’s parents in college
- A gritty action drama of Mr. Tatsumi’s adventures
- A coming of age shonen of young Seishin (he was cool in the one flashback but seems to have lost his personality along the way)
- An odd couple RomCom of Toshio and Kyoko
- A straight sequel of Akira and Kaori (They were both so kickbehind while remaining completely believable kids)
I really liked interviews with Monster Girls. It caught me by surprise. I absolutely fell in love with just about every character, but I fell more in love with Sakie. The few moments the show concentrated on her character were poignant and surprisingly emotional mixes of hope and injustice.
Her character was used to gently explore various issues I think are rather important in delicate and balanced ways we rarely see in any form of media. I think Interviews with Monster Girls deserves a second season and I think we all deserve a Sakie series.
I can feel it in my tummy. I know I must have forgotten so many. Don’t get me wrong, I think I made some pretty good picks up there! This said, please let me know which side characters you want to see get their own shows so that I can facepalm and go “Of course!!!”