Day 22 – Favorite animal sidekick, pet or summoning from any anime

So…If  you happened to have watched my first video you’ll know that I did it on Xxxholic and that I LOVE CLAMP and almost all of their work. I really appreciate the time and effort they put into their works. These four ladies have made a huge impact in the anime and manga scene with their character design and storytelling over the past twenty or so years.

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Clamp (From left to right): Satsuki Igarashi, Nanase Ohkawa, Tsubaki Nekoi, Mokona. c.2006

In many of their works since the mid to late 90’s have featured a little dumpling of a character that has almost become a staple of all their works. Mokona.

 

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Honestly, I’m not sure how you would categorize them. Even Yuuko from Xxxholic doesn’t seem to have a real…title for them.

Initially, in Magic Knight Rayearth, Mokona is closer to a bit of “living” gear. It was like a walking, talking Bag of Holding.

But a talking bag with subspace capabilities and a need to troll people. It could also transport items to people from place to place, hold an entire house inside itself, and act like a video phone. Mokona’s capabilities have grown it seems and it’s reception now reaches across most dimensions and while it can get hurt and motion sick is pretty indestructible.  Mokona appears in a number of other works as cameos and then plays a huge role in the most recent Xxxholic and Tsubasa series. Where you find out there that it’s actually a matched set.

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And while they have similar personalities they are actually different.

They have become more of a visual signature in the mangas for readers much the same way Kuroneko-sama is in Yasuhiro Nightow’s works.

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It’s like a little nod to their older works and to the loyal fans who read/watch their things regularly.

It’s like a little nod to their older works and to the loyal fans who read/watch their things regularly. It is also a bit of a tongue in cheek reference to one of the creators as they share the same name.

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Mokona Apapa

Occasionally, as like in Rayearth, Mokona operated as the Deus Ex Machina creating and solving problems . Hn. Go figure.

I’d prefer the black one, personally. It seems like the one that’s more fun of the two. It’s got a bit of a mouth on it but if it counts you as a friend you want this guy watching your back. Think about it would make moving a breeze. It’s cute and bouncy and you could pay him in booze and some good food. And he’s portable! Fits in a big purse or shopping bag!

That’s like the best-moving crew ever! There are possibly other summon’s and sidekicks but Mokona would be so handy he’s hard to turn down…

Got any other suggestions? Why not leave them in the comments below? I’m always curious as to what others would choose.

 

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Karandi says:

    I love Mokona, but my affection mostly comes from Tsubasa Chronicles. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. CupcakeKvara says:

      I can see that. I just have a long history with it in the Clamp series.

      Liked by 1 person

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