Kanie: The Best Bad Good Guy

Maybe it’s the Kyoto Animation connection that made comparisons with Key stuff inevitable, especially when everyone’s crying. But Shoji Gatoh’s Kanie is the type of character that Maeda and Co. have never convincingly managed to create. Clannad’s Tomoya might be a “delinquent” because they say he is, but what we see is him being selfless and helpful throughout the story. It’d be a pretty short game and a very bad anime (wait…) if he weren’t so helpful.


But Kanie… he’s as stuck up as most people believe his namesake to be, and he’s an abusive jerk to everyone at the park, especially Sento. What we see in the finale is a guy putting that act on again as he comes back to run the park. Everyone has seen the softer side of Kanie, the caring kid desperate to help his friends.

This is character growth 101. Nothing fancy. Kanie is more or less a one-dimensional guy who goes through a very simple arc of change. But changing just that one dimension makes for a lot more impact in the triumphant or teary moments of the climax than letting a one-dimensional guy just kind of stay that way.

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  1. Hogart says:

    I don’t really see Kanie’s development as all that noteworthy. Heck, his growth only happened because his sister pointed it out to him at the end of the series. It feels like a cop-out engineered to tell us he had an arc, rather than just confidently showing it.

    I guess it truly is better than nothing, and I’ll certainly take it over nothing, but it hardly makes him “the best bad good guy”, especially in a season with Leon, Shiroe, or Favaro.

    • w says:

      The post actually just says “Nothing fancy”, he’s not claiming it’s noteworthy. Perhaps what’s most noteworthy about it is that it exists. And it definitely did.

      A lot of anime attempt to do character development in a tell-don’t-show way, like the Clannad example. There’s also a lot of anime that use flashbacks or backstory as a replacement for character development, one of my least favorite things about anime in general.

      • Hogart says:

        I suppose. I just don’t think it was all that different or even better than what happened to other male leads this season. But then if you were just mentioning as an example in an anime we normally wouldn’t expect any character development from, that’s something I’d agree with. Even if the development happened in the final episode when they told us and the character about it.