This week’s Man Crush Monday is none other than the green-haired megane, Shintaro Midorima from the anime Kuroko no Basket. Yes, another KnB character! I unfortunately don’t know many green haired males outside of Midorima besides Freed Justine from Fairy Tail, and if I really had to choose between the two, Midorima wins hands down. But, still, special shout out to Freed!
Shintaro Midorima is the Generation of Miracles incredible Shooting Guard from Teiko Junior High as well as their Vice Captain. In High School he becomes Shutoku High’s star players as his impeccable shooting skills has preceded him. Seriously though, I’m not kidding when I say his skills are impeccable; Midorima doesn’t miss shots, and his range of shooting takes up the FULL court. Yes, I know, that’s highly unbelievable and unrealistic because at best a seasoned NBA player could maybe possibly hit half-court shots consistently. But aside from Midorima’s talent as a 3-point shooter, he’s a rather serious but really quirky character.
Midorima’s demeanor is incredibly serious. You’ll most likely catch him with a straight face, if not a downright scowl on his face. It’s a rare sight to ever catch him in a smile, and even if he is smiling, its really well hidden. On top of his overly serious tone, he’s really confident; almost overbearingly confident, but as much as you want to hate him, you can’t because he has the skills to back it up. Besides, this serious tone adds to his charm.
However, despite his serious nature. He’s actually KnB’s resident Tsundere, as he often says he doesn’t care about things but deep down he really does. For example, he refuses to watch any basketball games with his Shutoku teammates, but he’ll show up in disguise to watch said game. Takao is the only one that catches Midorima in his lies and laughs at him for having to hide how much he cares to begin with.
Midorima isn’t exactly one of the funniest guys’ in KnB, see above quirk. Despite that, he’s often used as the show’s comic relief, but it usually happens when his partner in crime, Kazunari Takao, is involved. Takao is quite what you’d call the ‘class clown’, and usually jokes are pointed at Midorima’s serious nature; more often than not, he loves to impersonate Midorima as he steals his glasses right off of his face.
Questionable Speech Pattern
There are a few KnB characters that have a significant speech pattern; and Midorima is number one on that list. Midorima is known to add “nanodayo” to the end of his sentences; which actually bears no real meaning. Some would say that “nanodayo” translates to “and so forth” or “and stuff”. I’ve also learned (by talking to my friend that is fluent in japanese) that this is more anime speak since no one actually ends their sentences with quirks like this.
In the clip above he says “nanodayo” or “dayo” alot at the end of his sentences. And actually, this is probably one of his comic relief scenes.
A Leftie’s Prerogative
Midorima’s has two discerning traits. One, he’s a leftie. Second, he’s really superstitious. As a left-handed person, Midorima is known to bandage his left hand religiously, and file his fingernails obsessively during a game when his hand isn’t bandaged. Quirky right? Midorima is a left handed shooter. As such, he will do anything that is within his power to protect his left hand. He bandages it so that nothing can “influence” his left handed shot. Put more simply, he doesn’t want his good luck to rub off on anything else; so he preserves it as best he can.
Man of Superstition
Midorima fully believes in luck and believes in Horoscopes. He also believes in “blood type compatibility”. He claims to not get along with Kuroko because their blood types are known to not get along (Kuroko is a Type A while Midorima is Type B). As part of Midorima’s obsessive quirky routine is to listen to “Oha Asa” daily horoscopes. He pretty much listens to it religiously and is relieved when he hears his sign, Cancer, will have a particularly good day. He also carries the daily “lucky item” as prescribed by “Oha Asa” to ensure that he’ll have a lucky day and will carry it everywhere no matter how ridiculous it looks.
“Man Proposes, God Disposes”
Midorima adheres by the saying, “Man Proposes, God Disposes” as he does everything humanly possible and fate will decide the rest. Overall, all his quirks add up to the motto he lives by. I just love how these quirks are matched up with his serious personality. You’d think someone so serious wouldn’t believe in luck or superstition. But that just adds to Midorima’s charm!
That just about does it for MCM. Who would be your favorite green haired male? Let me know in the comments below! 😀