You know, I have a lot of favourite characters in Prince of Tennis, but, I've realized, Gakuto really is my very favourite. There's just something about him that I love deeply from the bottom of my heart; I empathize with him, on some level. There's something about his brashness, his hot-temperedness... I don't know. I love Atobe because he's fabulous, I love Ryoma because he's a snotty little brat, I love Eiji because he's sweet and insecure, I love Mizuki because he's a conniving bitch... But honestly, there's just something about sweet, stupid little Gakuto that I love the most.
I mean... I haven't been in fandom long enough to know if I fit in with others' ideas a lot (and Gakuto isn't so popular, so far as I can tell, to begin with), but my headcanon for Gakuto has shaped up rather distinctly as of recently, and my personal Gakuto needs to be needed. Like Hazel, I guess, if you want to draw the comparison to my Saiyuki love (and now that I think about it, it's a little disturbing, really), there's just something about the pathetic ones that I like. But, then again, that's just my personal headcanon. I kind of like the fact that, with Prince of Tennis, you have a lot of room for headcanon, really. I mean, I love Minekura to bits, and she's so talented and amazing and in Saiyuki, there is and there isn't and it's up to the reader to discern and she drops so many subtle hints and the characters are who they are, and I love analyzing Minekura's manga like the lit nerd I am. But there's something appealing about Konomi's boys, in that, there's just so many of them, not all of them can be delved into in canon. With characters like Gakuto (or most rivals, honestly) you have a lot of room for interpretation. Konomi gives you the character bios and that's it, you're on your own. And though I love lit, I love being creative, I think, even more.
My headcanon for Gakuto isn't really what I thought it would be, even when I was first introduced to the character. Canonically, from the anime, Gakuto can really be described in a short list of traits: competitive, acrobatic, flexible, short, cute, bitchy, liking having his way, a bit arrogant, having some close relationship with Oshitari Yuushi (they play doubles and are on a first name basis). His character bio adds concise but interesting details; he likes hip-hop and street-dancing, enjoys bungee-jumping, frequents the school's roof, texts frequently, likes natto and fried chicken. These are rather like the rest of the cast's stats, but Konomi sticks one wild card (and oh, god, I almost wrote Trap Card) in there: the things Gakuto hates are ghosts stories and his father.
Now, when I was reading this list, that jumped out at me right away. After all, that's a pretty heavy thing just to stick into a bio! But we never really see Gakuto's home life or anything of the sort (even if we saw him off the courts, remember, Hyoutei is a boarding school), and so it's anyone's guess. For me, that one fact is easy to tie into everything else- the bratty personality, the hating to lose, the competitiveness, the constant need for attention. After all, a father who didn't love him is an easy source to blame for any of those things.
This, of course, is all in that 20 Things fic I wrote, of which I'm really very proud and which basically maps out my headcanon for Gakuto, give or take some of the things that happen later, between he and Oshitari, so I won't go into painful detail here, because it's all there. I don't even know why I'm rambling about this. But... I AM 8D I'd really like to write more about Gakuto, like in that 20 Things... if only I had the excuse or the inspiration!
Outside of my fandom-related ramblings... this weekend, I'm heading back to good old DE for a weekend of DDC stress! Scary volunteered me to work backstage without asking first, and so I'll be doing the spawn-of-Scary-Mary act this weekend (I think I need a nickname, too, but nothing rhymes or alliterates nicely...) I want the chance to write... I just want to write a lot this weekend. I have to work on various school-related things, but I'd like to pound out at least one more bit of OTJN as well as a one-shot, at least... I don't know if it'll happen, but. And being around the studio or the theatre makes me want to dance, and to start working on Make You Free, specifically... Alas.
...I really want to cosplay Gakuto sometime. I mean, I'm really excited to (possibly? Have we decided on this?) be Mizuki this summer, don't get me wrong. I just really want to be Gakuto someday. And, I mean, by normal person standards, I'm flexible, and I'm short, so... how could I go wrong? XD;
Uh... in other news, in Japanese today, Tiina announced that we were like the Ichinen Trio... and somehow, she became Horio, I became Kachiro, and a very tired, unobliging britkit27 became Katsuo. XD;;; We were singing Kounai Ranking and stuff. XD;;; We're so cool.
Lastly, this song is entirely filled with Royal Pair. Seriously, britkit27, how can you not see it?