Conquest Club Portrayals
that’s a really legitimate point - out of curiosity how do you think they should be portrayed?
Fun question! I have pretty deep meta for each of the Conquest Club members, but here’s some:
Kusatsu: I’m actually overall satisfied with his anime portrayal. He’s cold, but not unfeeling, strict, but surprisingly courteous. I think seeing more situations that allow his cold mask to crack and less him pandering to Zundar is necessary, since deep down he seems to be deeply intense. He often feels more like an extension of Zundar than his own person, which makes me wonder if he’s the real puppet in all this. I feel Kusatsu needs to eventually accept that perfection is not attainable and trying to achieve that won’t fix his past relationship issues nor find him love in the here and now.
Chevalier Orite: Should have light based powers like Scarlet, but more pinpoint, something similar to Zundar’s needle. Since Kusatsu is an archer, I think shooting or flinging sharp light rays would be perfect. Something penetrative, intense, and powerful. That or maybe blind his enemies or something.
Arima: His personality I’m fine with, but it’s the lack of exposure that is absolutely killing me. Arima is my second favorite character, but not much of him is fleshed out in the anime. His passive aggressiveness, for one, is hardly present and it would be nice seeing his emotions for more important relationship issues, like his devotion to Kusatsu and his unique partnership with Akoya, the former still not touched upon in the anime. It would be interesting to see how his role as mediator between Kusatsu and Akoya’s stronger personalities will hold out since it backfired on him this episode. I believe Arima’s growth as a character will be when he accepts that staying quiet in the wake of adversity in favor of pandering will hurt everyone in the end and that he will never be able to please everyone. I also would like to see Arima appreciate himself as a person since he submits to Kusatsu, who doesn’t exactly treat him well.
Chevalier Argent: Should have some kind of power that… permeates, I suppose? Something like wind that resonates or disengages the enemy. I think most of his powers would be defensive or ensnaring in nature, much like chains are, rather than offensive powers like Orite. Also, quick transport would fall in line with wind as well.
Akoya: Akoya’s anime personality is absolute perfection. I have no criticism with it because I’m honestly just so impressed with what the writing crew has given us. He’s incredibly complex and well nuanced, his personality very gradual in its reveal. For me, it’s not a question of what, but just when. I want more Akoya, I want more of this dual nature of angelic beauty and unfeeling darkness, I want more of his gentle, refined demeanor coupled with his ruthless determination and manipulation. And I want more of his misguided self confidence and accompanying insecurities slowly peeled layer by layer. I feel Akoya will be the toughest of the three to crack because he’s the strongest character on the show bar none, and much like Kusatsu, it will be fascinating to see him torn apart. I’m hoping his end game will be the ability to truly love himself as a person and not as a doll, and being able to lower his emotional defenses enough to allow himself to love anything or anyone at all.
Chevalier Perlite: I like to believe his power would be creating flowers out of anything and fundamentally destroying the host of whatever he creates them from. Kind of like a parasitic power. Akoya wants to recreate the world to make it beautiful, so it would be fitting of his powers were artistic, but manipulative and reconstructive of the world around him, but unforgiving. And if he left flowers in place of what he destroys, it would be absolutely beautiful, right? Beauty in the wake of destruction.