Light – 光
Oh the hundred and one reasons to love Shin-ah~
1. His kindness
He helped the villagers wordlessly even though they were obviously unaccepting of his existence. How much of an angel is he?! Don’t forget that in the past, he also chose to use his powers to save the villagers from an army of soldiers in the past even though he was warned against using his powers for any reason. Despite how his kindness wasn’t appreciated by the villagers, he hasn’t turned against them yet, and still bowed in gratitude(?) to them when he left the village. Wow, just wow. Don’t forget about the scene where he gallantly carried Yona back to his “room” when she was about to faint. I felt that there wasn’t enough emphasis placed on it but he actually wrapped her in fur to keep her warm and handed her Ao to calm her down. Isn’t that just so sweet and thoughtful of him?
2. His silence
While it might have come across as awkward at first, his silence and the misunderstandings arising from it are hilarious. If I describe every single one of those scenes, I’ll end up narrating the entire episode again so best watch it if you haven’t.
3. His honest reactions
Be it running away from Kija, beaming with joy at the delicious cooking or running around in happiness after being named, Shin-ah’s reactions are just too cute.
4. His pet squirrel, Ao
Shin-ah and Ao come together like a package deal and I’m loving the random Ao moments which are just everywhere. I’m sure I’m not the only one who goes awwww when Ao appears on-screen. He can be chewing on someone’s hair/fur/earring or just staring at the waters in hope of catching fish (wait a minute, squirrels eating fish?), any Ao moment is a cute moment. At the same time, I can’t help but wonder who’s voicing this cute little critter and how weird it must be to be standing in the midst of all the other human voices, making weird and nonsensical noises.
5. His multipurpose fur-thing.
I bet you were surprised when you found out that it’s detachable, so was I. Although that fur mane led us to mistakenly conclude that Shin-ah has long hair, I love how it was being used in this episode to portray different sides to Shin-ah – his kind and sensitive side, and his weirder side.
6. His traumatic childhood
You can’t not love Shin-ah after seeing how cute he was in the past and how he matured from a helpless kid who clung onto Ao (the hot one, not the cute one) all the time, to the Shin-ah we see right now.
7. Okamoto Nobuhiko
He didn’t speak much and in the first proper sentence he said, he called Yona by her name which provoked rather interesting reactions from the other three of their travel companions. In view of how much I love the quiet and awkward part of him, I’m not quite sure if I actually hope to hear more lines from Okamoto! Nevertheless, having Okamoto as Shin-ah’s voice is definitely a plus.
And the many more reasons to go~