Feat. A Character You Wish Was Never Introduced (30 Day Character Challenge, Day 14)

No character immediately jumped into my head for this particular challenge entry. I sat and ran through titles in my mind, but I couldn’t come up with a name for the life of me, it seemed. Then it occurred to me that I didn’t have to wish a character was never introduced based on that character specifically. Rather, I could regret their introduction for what said introduction meant to a series. With this in mind, the character I select for today? Well…


ENTER OPHELIA!

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Ophelia of Romeo x Juliet is not even a character in the original Shakespearean play upon which the title is based. Rather, this particular character’s namesake hales from “Hamlet.” Aside from that little detour on the creator’s part (which, yes, I’m sure was intentional as they broke further and further off script), the entire poorly incorporated scifi element of Romeo x Juliet kinda messed up for me what is otherwise a well-crafted anime, and so I’ll choose Ophelia for what she represents to the series rather than who she is.

I don’t want to get into too many spoilers here as I believe that the title is something worth watching even with its flaws, but I will direct you here if you’d like a review which gives readers the option of reflecting on spoilers or skipping them in favor of a safe review! ❤

I’d love to know what you thought of Ophelia if you’ve seen Romeo x Juliet!

~Shoujo

2 thoughts on “Feat. A Character You Wish Was Never Introduced (30 Day Character Challenge, Day 14)

  1. I didn’t really like Ophelia’s inclusion in that particular story. Admittedly, she is kind of necessary for the plot but it did feel like an over-complication.

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  2. I’m even more angry that they made Emilia a dumb side character in the first few episodes, when the Emilia I know from Othello is the most intelligent character in the play to me. And don’t get me started on Shakespeare himself in the anime…*many sighs from a fellow lit. student.

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