|Yohji - Will someone explain him to me?
||[Mar. 6th, 2007|08:57 pm]
Ansatsusha: Weiß Kreuz Fanfiction and Discussion
Hrm, I wanted to do a character study of Ken around Christmas, but that didn't happen, although I'll get to it eventually. But Yohji's birthday just passed (March 3rd), and I'm sick today with nothing to do (and I mean, nothing. I gave up fanfiction for lent. >_<). So I was cruisin' Youtube and found a bizarre Yohji-centric video to the song "I'm too Sexy" - you know the one: "I'm too sexy for my shirt, too sexy for my shirt..." yep. If there was one Weiss member you could put that song to, of course it would be Yohji. Which got me thinking about him.|
Yohji was the last of the four Weiss members that I came to like, and in all honesty, I really don't understand him at all. When I first encountered Yohji, I disliked him immediately since he frequently talks about women, and picking them up. I disliked him because of his flirtatious attitude. And, of course, being a character who smokes didn't help my opinion of him.
And as I watched more of the series? I disliked him because of his complete fixation on Asuka. I wanted to say to him, "She's gone! Get over it, man, and get a LIFE!"
I disliked/ tolerated him in a lot of fanfiction for a while, but somewhere along the way I had a breakthrough, and gradually I began to like him more, for his friendly, humorous, easy going personality.
However, I still don't really understand him, or his actions, and we're not told a lot about Yohji's past with Asuka, which inevitably creates a really big plot/character hole (like there aren't enough, in WK. ;) ).
What I know, for a fact, about Yohji
He is very interested in women (and at least more so than any other Weiss members), he believes in protecting innocent women ("An enemy of women is an enemy of mine"), he still can't forget Asuka, he has morals about who he dates (18 and over), and although he many act like he's the sexiest thing on earth, he rarely (if ever) feels the need to inform people of it. I once watched the entire series and noted that not once did he actually talk about how sexy he was.
Why I liked Gluehen
I liked it because there was a lot of character development and discovery. Aya finally comes to terms with who he is. And Yohji? We are afforded more glimpses on his relationship with Asuka and what he thinks about himself. I actually copied down some of the script from Gluehen (from fansubs nicked off Youtube), where they pertained to Yohji.
In Episode 11, in this scene Aya is fighting that woman, Tsuji, while Yohji is listening. His first comment is directed to Tsuji.
(Aya) If you try to artificially rid yourself of your sins, then you're as good as dead!
Yohji (to himself): dead?
Asuka: Thats' right, I'm dead but that's not because of what you did. I had lost my soul even before that, and I was as good as dead. Youji, you saved me.
Yohji: Save you... I did?
Asuka: thats why I can stay alive like this. I want you to stay alive. I don't want you to lose your soul. Live, Youji. as long as you live, we'll be able to meet again.
So... in the end, Yohji kinda wins. Asuka tells him he's not a terrible person (yay!). Of course... he gets amnesia, so the entire internal struggle of whether or not he will accept Tsuji's proposition to make him forget becomes in vain, but... hey, at least he was happy for a moment. *shrugs*
What about Asuka? Speculation
What about Asuka? Is she the same person as Neu, or are they completely different people, and is it only Yohji's desperation to have Asuka back that lead him to believe his lost PI partner and Schreient's Neu are one in the same? And where does Asuka even stand with Yohji - friend or lover?
Personally, I find it hard to believe that Neu and Asuka are the same person, as it's just so unrealistic. However, the fanfiction community pretty much swears they are the same person (heh). I also wouldn't be surprised if Koyasu ever said (or wrote, in some Weiss story) that they WERE the same person, simply because no one EVER dies on this show! So, I'm kinda torn on that one.
However, I DO believe that Yohji and Asuka were romantically involved with one another, and not merely friends. There is too much suggestion in the anime for the two of them to be "just friends." Every Weiss member also gets a girl at some point - Omi gets Ouka, Ken gets Yuriko, for the sake of argument we'll count Sakura as "Aya's girl", and Yohji? Asuka, duh!
Speculation on Yohji
My friend and I once had an entire conversation about Yohji as a character - who he is off screen, in the places the two series and the OVA don't delve (neither of us have heard enough drama CDs).
In the end, we concluded that Yohji's pretty broken, deep down. He's completely traumatized, deeply affected by what happened to Asuka. We felt that in terms of fanfic pairings he could not adequately be seme to Ken, Aya, or Schuldig, because of his insecurity and "broken-ness." (Although I said seme-Yohji was possible with Omi, because of the latter's age. Speaking of Bombay, his birthday also [kinda] just passed. Specifically, what do you think of YohjixOmi as a couple? While my friend can't see them as anything more than a big-brother/little-brother relationship, YohjixOmi was one of the first couples I was attracted to. Go figure. *shrug*)
I would really, really love to hear your opinions on Yohji as a character/person, what you think of him, and how you think he acts, thinks, and feels. Is he as shallow as he looks, or is there more to him?
Here are also two links about Yohji I'd like to share:
http://www.angelfire.com/anime2/jadeyes/ - Jade Eyes, a completely factual site about Kudou Yohji.
http://mediaminer.org/fanfic/view_st.php/109585 - Not Now, Not Ever An AyaxYohji fanfic, where Yohji is the epitome of "broken" and "submissive." And *glee* plot-relevant lemon! I'm recommending it because it was one of the fics that got me thinking about Yohji. *shrugs*