12 Days of Anime #10 – The Monochrome Knight

During the past year in anime, there have been a lot of heroic characters fighting against a wide variety of threats, including man-eating giants, sky pirates, gorillas, crippling loneliness, etc. I wanted to use this post to pay tribute to one of the more unsung heroes, Miss Monochrome. Going into that show, I expected it to be like Teekyuu and just have “lol so random” humor. I did get that, but I also got Batman reimagined as a robot idol.

There is some Iron Man tossed in as well.

Like Batman, Miss Monochrome experienced the loss of a loved one early in life. For both, the trauma motivated them to adopt a similar philosophy. As Ra’s al Ghul put it, “If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal and if they can’t stop you, then you become something else entirely.” The omen of a bat flying through an open window inspired Bruce Wayne to become the Batman. Similarly, Miss Monochrome decided to become a super idol that would stand out more after seeing a popular idol on her television.

[HorribleSubs] Miss Monochrome - 01 [1080p].mkv_snapshot_01.09_[2013.12.16_19.38.46]

Another similarity between Batman and Miss Monochrome is their supporting cast. They have loyal and hardworking servants in Alfred Pennyworth and Manager Maneo. Both also have sidekicks of comparable usefulness: Robin the Boy Wonder and Ruu-chan the gold-colored Roomba, which leads to another interesting parallel. Despite tragically dying in the second episode, Ruu-chan is magically alive again in the next episode, much like how Jason Todd, the second Robin, came back to life after being killed by the Joker.

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The willingness to become a jack-of-all-trades in pursuit of your goal is another trait that these two heroes share. Batman is a scientist, fighter, and detective. Miss Monochrome has mastered art and can determine the nutritional content of a bowl of ramen with a single glance. She is also a world-class athlete capable of outrunning racecars, winning world championships in various combat sports, and scaling Mount Olympus on Mars.

[HorribleSubs] Miss Monochrome - 06 [1080p].mkv_snapshot_00.33_[2013.12.16_18.24.19]

Much like how Batman is hunted by the police for being a vigilante, Miss Monochrome may never be acknowledged as a super idol despite saving the Earth from an alien attack. Even if her talents may lie elsewhere, I will root for her as she strives toward her goal. Miss Monochrome is the idol anime deserves, but not the one it needs right now.

[HorribleSubs] Miss Monochrome - 09 [1080p].mkv_snapshot_00.51_[2013.12.16_18.35.24]

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