It’s me Mel!
Welcome back to another OWLS Tour.
It’s been ages that I didn’t participate, but when I saw this month’s prompt, I knew what I wanted to talk about. But before let’s talk about OWLS.
OWLS stand for Otaku Warrior for Liberty and Self-Respect, we are a group of blogger and vlogger who promote the acceptance of everyone regardless of their ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation and disabilities. Each month we are exploring a topic through the pop-culture.
|We have mentors, teachers, coaches, and role models whose stories inspired us in some way. Even when these role models are gone, their stories will live on from generation to generation. For this month, we will be exploring stories that have inspired or taught us some important lessons about life.|
When I saw the topic I had one word that was in mind “Underdogs”, in my opinion, they are one of the most inspiring types of characters and I will try to explain to you why.
Underdog characters are generally a character that lacks skills, look down on, the character people usually think very little of, the one people expect nothing from.
However despite what people think of them, they don’t give up and continue fighting their way to the top and this is one of the reasons why I like them.
Take Midoriya Izuku from My Hero Academia as an example everyone around him never believed in him, was bullied at school and the teacher never took his side, he was quirkless until he got the most wonderful gift from his hero, a quirk. And, despite not being able to control his quirk, he managed to get into the top school and became a source of inspiration, some might see only a reckless crybaby, but I see someone who doesn’t give up, someone who is ready to make some sacrifice in order to achieve his goal.
Similar to Izuku, we have Asta from Black Butler, a young man full of energy living in a world of magic but he doesn’t have any. Unlike Midoriya, Asta never received a gift that will change his life and allow him to be at the same level as the other, instead he received “anti-magic” which allow him to nullify the magic. A lot of people looked down on him since he didn’t have any magical power, plus he was a peasant and even after proving what he was able to do, some still doubted his abilities, but despite what they were saying, Asta continued to fight his way and never let them stop him.
Underdogs character can also be found in the sport anime genre. Take Hinata Shoyo from Haikyuu!! For example, who wished to be a spiker, the ace of his team, despite his short stature and his lack of knowledge and talent for the sport he loved, volleyball. A lot of people told him to quit playing, told him that he was nothing without his teammate, but he proved them all wrong by believing in himself and never giving up.
The last character that I want to talk about is Kuroko Testuya from Kuroko’s Basketball. He was once part of a talented team in middle school, but he wasn’t the talented one, he was playing in the shadow, at one point the team coach even doubted he had his place within the team. Despite his lack of aptitude, he still managed to take his place and become an important part of the play. However things changed and the style of play changed too, there wasn’t any room for him anymore. But he didn’t give up even if, once in high school, his new teammate doubted his ability until they realized what he was able to do. Kuroko had a goal and nothing would stop him to achieve it.
Some might wonder why I decided to go with this theme for this month’s tour, it’s simple, Underdogs characters leave their mark in the story, people will remember them and they can even be used as example. Deku, he was behind everyone in terms of quirk development and control now classmates follow him and Pro-Heroes acknowledge him. Asta, who doesn’t have any magic, inspired his fellow squad members and even people who used to be opponents to surpass their limit. Hinata is known as the ball of energy who doesn’t know when to give up. He attends college overseas to get better in his sport and get a name for himself. Lastly Kuroko proved that when you refuse to give up and have the right teammate you can achieve a lot. They are all gonna be remembered for never giving up and always continuing to prove people wrong.
See you next time…maybe XD