This is going to be a heavy geek post, just to let you know in advance.
Ichigo is the main character in the Anime and Manga series Bleach. Now I have not read too many of the books but I love the show. It is a triumph in a niche sort of way because it has created and overcame this problem that, in all honesty is only really discussed by my boyfriend and myself. The problem is simple that despite Ichigo being the main character, it is the rest of the cast that makes the show, that drives the show. More importantly the auxiliary characters are FAR more interesting than Ichigo himself. Ichigo is not a compelling lead character.
That is a long preface to simply tell you that I don’t like Buffy. I love the show, I don’t like her. That maybe harsh, I should say if she did not have Willow, Xander, Cordelia, and Giles I would not care. More to the point if I had not been waiting for Willow to start dating Oz or to see if Cordelia would stand up to her friends I might have turned the show off. I honestly could not tell you what else happened in those episodes regarding Buffy. What the show is very good at, what Joss Wheadon is very good at, is giving us a cast of people that we can almost be equally vested in. It is not a throw away episode if it centers on Xander and a love spell or on Oz’s impediment (he is a werewolf).
I am only most of the way through the second season so my feelings on Buffy could change. I feel that right now Buffy is like Ichigo, a one note character who does not have real tough decisions or moral dilemmas. You know when push comes to shove she is going to do the right thing and any struggle she has feels almost forced and that is when I grab a cup of coffee to wait to see what Willow is doing next.
Despite this fact I love the show, I am always ready to watch the next episode and I am truly looking forward to them not being in high school any more. I don’t hate Buffy, I just like everyone else more which speaks highly of the writing in each episode. I know why my friends love it and I could write a whole thesis on Joss Wheadon and his characters from Buffy to Firefly and even his comic book efforts.
Oh and please remember, I am watching it for the first time so if you are going to argue with me try and not spoil all the major plot points…lol.
Do you have a favorite show that suffers from a similar problem?