Sexuality Headcanon: unsure but leaning toward gay
Gender Headcanon: sort of uncomfortable as a cis guy but doesn’t quite know what that means for himself – a little more gnc or genderweird than not.
A ship I have with said character: Kyouhaba is so good!!! …and I also ship Iwa and Kyoutani, whoops.
A BROTP I have with said character: actually none, because i see him as too weird and anxious about people to form close relationships easily – Yahaba would be an exception and i ship them romantically. i do like Watari being super nice to him and trying to be his friend tho, and maybe eventually Kyoutani would kinda let him be. A NOTP I have with said character: i’m kinda uncomfortable with shipping Kyoutani with anyone other than Yahaba and Iwa tbh.
A random headcanon: …Kyoutani actually has a really simple/dumb sense of humor and he’s really embarrassed about it because he knows it’s stupid and immature and Yahaba doesn’t ever stop harassing him over it either. General Opinion over said character: i kinda hated Kyoutani and found him obnoxious on my first watch through whoops. but after re-watching and reading the manga i slowly warmed up to him and to him and Yahaba as a unit … and the light novel with him and Yahaba also really really endeared me to him. now i like him a lot.
How grounded it is. There are no freak moves, no flashy abilities … there’s nothing that a normal player in real life can’t do.
Even their hair colors are normal.
And the scenes we get outside the court are brilliant, showcasing each character as a person, not just a player, and that’s so, so important in any anime–to get to know the characters, establish their personalities.
And how it’s important to fail at the beginning–and keep failing, as you train–to become stronger, as was the case in the Training Camp arc. How many dives did they have to do at the beginning? How many? They lost every single time, all the time, in those first few days.
You get to care for each and every single character, opposing team or not.
Characters have to deal with real, personal issues that we can relate to, and that makes us connect with and care for them that much more.
Females don’t take the back seat.
Coaches don’t take the back seat.
Meaningful, complex relationships between setters and captains that are built upon mutual trust, respect, and loyalty.
Relationships between players are free of fan-service. No blushing, no intimate close-ups … everything is conveyed through either a single, meaningful look or gesture. And that makes it that much more powerful.
Each team is a family. Each and every team. It’s conveyed and felt so deeply that it’s impossible not to cheer them on.
Superb, gradual, slow-burning character development.
Characters are not confined to tropes. The stoic will beat himself up for missing a point; the king practices till his fingers are blistered; the anti-social gamer is the backbone of the team.
Gorgeous, fluid animation.
Find me boys more willing to toss aside everything to win.
Okay so it is pretty much canon that L stays awake for over a hundred hours at a time and then sleeps for around twenty, but what is Watari’s sleep schedule like?
He is an old man, he probably can’t handle L’s schedule, so I’d be inclined to say that he sleeps 6-8 hours a night. This means Watari would go to bed and L would have to fend for himself for a few hours.
In that same little manga excerpt we find out that Watari dresses L
Like… If L doesn’t even dress himself, can he function without Watari for the hours his handler is asleep? I mean, Watari finds L on the ground and L asks Watari to help him up again.
Like… Can this huge child do anything for himself? Like at all?
Can you imagine how many times Watari has woke up to worse things than L lying on the floor? Maybe to a mess in the kitchen due to him trying to make his own food? Or maybe L would go hungry for Watari’s sleep and complain about it when he wakes? I’m imagining Watari walking in to the kitchen after a good night’s sleep and there’s cream all over the walls and the milk has been sitting out all night and there are 17 dirty teacups in the sink and 12 more around L’s work station and there is what was supposed to be a crêpe stuck to a frying pan with a spatula melted in to it and the smell of burning takes six days to disappear fully and egg shells and raw egg litters the work stations.
And Watari has to clean this, then goes and find L amongst his fortress of used cups and plates and he is sitting there half naked because he spilled something on himself and Watari wasn’t around to change him.
L Lawliet is a man child, and Watari deserves far more credit.