[OWLS June Blog Tour] Rokka no Yuusha: The Strongest Man in the World

Alright, the holder of the "Shortest OWLS Post of May" title is here again with another (hopefully brief) post for June. This month's topic is Pride, which sounds like another suspicious topic. I’m not arrogant, and I’m definitely not defensive, okay?

In honor of "Pride Month," we will be discussing the word, "Pride" and its meaning. We will be exploring pop culture characters' most satisfying and joyful achievements or skills that they possessed and whether or not these qualities could be seen as a positive or negative aspect in their personal lives and/or society.

Once again, I had a hard time with this topic. After much careful deliberation that definitely didn’t happen two days before the post was due, I decided to a look at the character I think best embodies how I think of my own sense of pride, Adlet Mayer from Rokka no Yuusha. Since the series is somewhat of a mystery series, I’ll say up front that I will be keeping this post light on spoilers.

If you’re not familiar with the story of Rokka no Yuusha, it’s set in a fantasy world and revolves around a legend of six chosen warriors destined to defeat the Demon God. When the heroes are assembled, they find that seven heroes, or Braves, have been chosen, and they must work together to find the fake.

As for Adlet, he has the honor of being one of the chosen Braves as well as the "Strongest Man in the World"...or so he says. Understandably, this proclamation puts a fairly large target on Adlet’s back, especially when combined with Adlet’s tendency to pick fights with powerful opponents.

The reason I like Adlet as a character is that he talks big but actually has the will and determination to deliver on his words. In my mind, pride is self-acknowledgment of skills that you possess, and arrogance is self-acknowledgment of skills you don’t possess (in a simplistic sense). I also feel like I've felt that sense of being everyone's target from my school days.

While Adlet doesn’t have any special powers like the rest of the Braves, he uses his wit (and a lot of deception) to overcome his enemies. I don’t exactly have many physical challenges in my life, but I would say that Adlet’s approach is fairly similar to mine in that regard.

Any challenge comes with a certain level of uncertainty, and I try to move forward into the unknown with a sense of trust in myself to figure it out as I go along. I’ve always been a very indecisive person, so one of the ways I push myself out of that sense of paralysis is simply to tell myself that I’m sure I can handle it.

And as Adlet demonstrates, I’m not saying that I fly blindly without forethought. He carries with him a myriad of hidden weapons, such as smoke bombs or poison darts, to get himself out of any situation. I want to make sure I’m as ready as I can be, but I don’t want to let the unknown deter me.

That’s all I’ve got this time. I hope I made some semblance of the point I was going for in this post. And if you haven’t watched Rokka no Yuusha, I encourage you to give it a try. It’s a pretty fun take on the mystery genre that I enjoyed despite how the show ended up doing (“Rokka no Sales” is still funny).

And as before, be sure to check out the surroundings:

Yesterday, Naja wrote about Piano no Mori, a show I’ve been enjoying this season.

I’m sharing today with Jack over at The Aniwriter, so there’s probably already a post there since my posts always come out later in the day.

And up next is DynamicDylan over on the Youtube side.

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