Miki Shinichiro Challenge Month: Day 9

Day 9: An underrated anime character that you liked which Miki Shinichiro portrayed

It would be Rayotte Steinberg from Strait Jacket.

Here is the plot of the story from ANN:

It is a world where magic and science coexist. Rayotte Steinberg, a lone wolf “tactical sorcerist”, fights against monsters. They used to be human beings, but they have overused forbidden power, magic, to turn into monsters. What he wears is “mold”, the straitjacket that keeps him human. He carries an explosive magic wand. If he casts magic, he moves one step closer to being a monster. If he doesn’t, he will be killed. Among the harsh battles, he will face a sin he committed in the past.

I’m not going to write a review since the above synopsis explains it all. Let’s talk about Steinberg…. He was one of those individuals that you would immediately categorized as kakkoii, as soon as, he stepped into the scene. Steinberg was such a complicated badass that followed his own rules and was determined to correct things outside of the norm or standard boundaries. With a dark past that haunted him on a daily basis, he continued to fight to save humanity without losing to his own demons.

Steinberg was such a delight to watch, extremely interesting and compelling. You might classify him as an anti-hero due to his brutality and ruthlessness. Although, he is flawed, his motivations were to seek justice, as well as, to take responsibilities for his actions (good or bad).

The 3 episode OVA was certainly too short and I wanted a longer taste. Hopefully, one day a series will be produced, there is more than enough material from the original light novel to be animated (10 volumes so far and still counting). Of course, Miki-sama will need to return as Steinberg. He had given so much life to the character that I could think no other could take this role.

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