The Troll Debate: Reicheru-Ketsueki
Hello readers! As promised, I’m here to deliver what I call the “Troll Debate” on Reicheru-Ketsueki. I can’t fathom why you’re on my blog if you haven’t read Blood Raining Night, but if you haven’t I suggest doing so; If you’re into anime, terrible fan fiction, and making fun of bad OCs, then you’ll get a kick out of it. If you don’t like to read crap, then Reicheru has made it watchable for you! Blood Raining Night is so terribly written that it has drawn out the oldest question on the internet: “Are they trolling?” Well, is she? In the Troll Debate, I’ll be presenting to you all the information I can find on our infamous writer and explaining to you why she is or isn’t trolling. I’m not going to try to sway you one way or the other, it’s all up to you what you’ll believe!
Let us start off with how plausible the possibility of a person being like Reicheru is. How outrageous can someone be before they have to be trolling? Well, the answer is truly unknown. Out of the billions of people on this earth, there is bound to be people who are so utterly terrible or stupid that you would think that they have to be trolling (like members of the Westboro Baptist Church…)
I actually know a girl (in person) who is a lot like Reicheru and is eighteen-years-old. The plot of her stories scatter from one event to the other without much warning, and if her handwriting was converted into font it would be size 26. Adding oil to the fire, she is obsessed with Naruto and she has to involve wolves, ninjas, or angels into everything that she does. Of course everyone is entitled to like what they like without much ridicule, but she doesn’t ever stray far from those four topics. I’ve moved on and I’m not in school with her anymore, but I do see her at our local library. Every once in a while she’ll unexpectedly land a seat next to me and peek at what I’m doing (it’s rather creepy…) and she’ll make a comment, and then ask if I’d like to see her “anime drawings.” As the polite soul I try to be, I do my best to nicely excuse myself from the topic and tell her that I have work to attend to, but sometimes I get sucked into sitting there and commenting on her drawings. This chick uses bases- and not even as well and resourceful as Reicheru does. She literally goes into MS Paint and just scrappily draws on hair/accessories/clothes, not even shading them, outlining them, or using the Curve tool to make nice lines. My point of this story is that a person like Reicheru can exist and it isn’t as rare as one may think; but of course the possibility of Reicheru trolling is just as likely as anything else.
*About the girl I mentioned: To her defense, she isn’t all that well in the head and her living conditions are very poor (this is why I try not to go too far with the comments I make on this blog and get a bit defensive if someone makes an utterly cruel remark about Reicheru or anyone else.) As a reminder to all of you, there are a few things out there that you shouldn’t say, even if you’re just joking. On the internet, it’s harder to distinguish what is a joke/sarcasm and what is not.
What Makes Reicheru Look Like She’s Trolling
Looks like it’s time to point out the obvious! Let’s discuss Reicheru (the fan-fiction/famine character) first. Reicheru is drop-dead gorgeous, good at fighting, has a demon, is part vampire, is part cat, has a tragic past, births a god destined to save the world, can use magical powers, and has/had two lovers. All of those things by themselves don’t amount to a troll and are common subjects seen in stories, but when they are all together…There’s usually something fishy happening! Despite Reicheru’s character being rather cruel, ignorant, and rude, many people in the story still find room to have feelings for her both romantically and non-romantically.
Everything Reicheru (the person) does turns out really, really bad; She isn’t good at drawing to the point of her art being laughable, her writing is confusing and terribly written, and her singing sounds like how I’d imagine a zombie being stabbed repeatedly for a few minutes would sound like. Hardly anyone out there is that bad and has the moxie to publicly post what they do. Then again, Honey Boo-Boo and her mom, The Human Thumb, aren’t too ashamed.
Ah, Sensei Hanayubi! I don’t know about you, but I know that he is my favorite character (and a lot of people say the same.) His character is funny and endearing, and is the most only well-developed character of Blood Raining Night (I guess Minna and Yuki aren’t too bad.) He’s a sensitive, honest guy who tends to find himself in perverted, odd situations that he’s completely oblivious to and no one else seems to care, either. What makes his character cause me to suspect Reicheru of trolling is the time and effort she’s put into him. Reicheru comes off as very self-centered, so why does she put more effort into Sensei Hanayubi’s character, his background, and how he’s drawn (take a look at the end of his memories in episode 8), than she does for her character modeled after herself? My conclusion is that if she is trolling, she deliberately made Sensei Hanayubi’s character funny and loveable to appeal to people, therefore making Blood Raining Night actually enjoyable besides the funny art, typos, and odd voice-acting. Even a well-produced movie/animation with a decent plot is not enjoyable to watch if there are no characters you can love and maybe even identify with.
Her Position in Art
When I was younger I avoided drawing hands at all cost. Why? It was simply because I couldn’t draw them well. It wasn’t until much later that I finally pulled out the courage in myself to draw hands and tough body positions no matter how good or bad they turned out. I noticed that Reicheru isn’t afraid to draw any position or body part (though, I really hope she’s afraid of drawing penises because I don’t want to see where that will go…) She isn’t even bad at drawing certain positions. At a glance her drawings are pretty crappy, but if you look even closer, it almost seems as though she actually knows what she is doing and that she’s possibly a fairly good artist; that would explain why the second-to-last picture of Sensei Hanayubi in Episode 8 of BRN was a major improvement compared to her usual drawings and had major potential to look pretty good (had it not been made in MS Paint.)
What Makes Reicheru Look Like She’s fo’ Real
* I actually have quite a bit to cover here, so bare with me ladies and gents, because this will be quite interesting and maybe a bit long-winded.
Crap, I really have no idea where I’m going to start with this. If Reicheru is actually trolling, she’s the Queen Bee. If you look at everything Reicheru does individually (the fanfic, the fanime, her OCs), you might say that she’s definitely trolling. But you can’t just focus in on one thing; you have to look at the whole picture. Reicheru (as a person) has a very well-developed personality that she never breaks…Ever. There are certain signature typos/misspellings she makes all the time. She often spells mostly as mostely; she also tends to make that mistake with other words ending in “ly.” Reicheru reacts very naturally to suggestions and comments people make, and here’s an example: On her Deviant Art profile, somebody commented that Blood Raining Night was almost as good as Nyan Neko Sugar Girls. What was her reply? It was something around the lines of, “oh cool is that a fan-fiction?” Now, that’s partially what almost convinces me that Reicheru is “real”. If she is trolling, that was a very clever response. Blood Raining Night was first created as a fan-fiction, of course Reicheru, who is rather oblivious and dim-witted (and I mean that in the nicest way possible), would automatically assume that when someone compares another title to BRN that they are talking about a fan-fiction.
Reicheru is very hot-tempered and it shows her in her OC modeled after herself. They share a lot of the same traits that are not fantasy-based (like being oblivious, feisty, and depressed.)
Her Massive Collection
Reicheru doesn’t just hang around on Deviant Art, FanFiction.net or YouTube. She originally had a Quizilla and updates it every now and then. She also has a Photoucket and her own website. On each of those sites she’s posted her artwork and also has given out a bio of herself (some longer than others.) It seems as though she honestly started at one site and as she became older, she moved onto more popular sites. This also supports her story that Yuki was on Deviant Art first (supposedly Yuki lost her first account) and then suggested it to Reicheru. Also, Reicheru is fairly active on the DA forums. How does she have time for all of this, school, her fan-fiction, and her fanime?
On her Deviant Art, Reicheru doesn’t just post chapters to her fan-fiction. She also posts poems, drawings, art-trades and everything else someone who is serious about their Deviant Art would do. All of her artwork has the same quality; she usually tries to be dark and moody in all of her writing, and her poems match the style of which her fan-fictions is made (kind of random and doing whatever she wants to do at that moment.) She also fits in singing as a hobby (which you can find videos of on YouTube.) Reicheru seems like just your average young, naive girl with bigger dreams than talent.
Development in Personality
This is probably the most amazing thing about all of this craziness. Reicheru, in both real-life and the fanfiction, develop in personality (mostly Reicheru in real-life.) If you look at Reicheru’s old posts, she took any criticism way too personally and often became very aggressive towards comments. It’s been almost a year since she’s created her Deviant Art (yay), and throughout all of this time, she’s really mellowed out and has become more understanding. People have told her that many watch her fanime and read her fan-fiction just to laugh at it. A while ago, she would’ve been very upset and disturbed by such comments. Now, she tells people something around the lines of, “I don’t mind if they laugh at what I do. As long as it makes someone happy, then I can be grateful.” That’s a big, big improvement on Reicheru. She even reacts well to some of the nastier, cruel comments. As Reicheru’s personality in the real-world becomes better, Reicheru’s personality in the story become better, too. This really gives me the feeling that she’s actually changing and growing up. But of course, that could be Reicheru (as a troll) changing her personality to appeal to more people or to perhaps encourage bad writers to become better. Wouldn’t that be ironic? That would mean that Reicheru actually has excellent character development skills.
Development in Art
Along with her personality, Reicheru’s art also develops. If you look at her very first pictures and compare them to her most recent pictures, you will see that there has been a definite progress in her drawing skills. Her animation skills have also become better and she’s been adding more shading and highlights to her pictures. Just like a real person would do, she tries out different styles of manga and you can see the slight change in the way she draws things from time to time. Her writing has become somewhat better from when she first started out (her spelling hasn’t really improved, but the plot of her story is actually getting kind of interesting.)
Let’s clear a few things up here.
Reicheru and Tara Gillespie are the Same Person
I was on a forum talking about BRN and quite a few of the people commenting on there were saying that Reicheru was most likely Tara Gillespie (the writer of My Immortal) making a come-back. Their writing styles are a bit too different, though. The story plots are completely different (well, from what I remember of My Immortal, and I don’t remember much) and the variety of resources that characters such as Inuyasha come from, are very different. Tara Gillespie uses characters from anime, video games, movies, and everything else possible, while Reicheru seems to only focus using anime characters. The only characters Tara Gillespie used were very popular characters, tempting to anger people; while Reicheru uses both popular and obscure characters that people may or may not react to (like Lucy from Elfen Lied, who I noticed was rather unknown amongst people who would review BRN.) Tara Gillespie made a big deal of being Goth while Reicheru is more bent on trying to be gushingly cutesy. They may both be trolling, but they aren’t the same person.
Yuki Doesn’t Really Exist
People on that forum also thought that Reicheru might also be Yuki. I really can’t see this. Once again, they may both be trolling, but they have different personalities and their art styles are obviously different. Reicheru doesn’t seem to take much interest in Kingdom Hearts, while Yuki favorites and draws a lot of KH related drawings. Yuki tends to react less aggressively (yet boldly) to harsh comments. My conclusion is that they are actually two different people and are friends. Plus, if you’re still not convinced, you have heard proof of Yuki’s existence throughout Reicheru’s fanime- even their voice acting styles are different!
Closing Thoughts ‘N Such
I hope that the Troll Debate on Reicheru-Ketsueki has informed and entertained you. I sure had fun doing it, but it was a lot of work. It would have been so much harder to pull this off if I hadn’t been following Reicheru since she wasn’t really popular. To be honest, I haven’t made up my own mind about whether she’s trolling or not. Reicheru, if you are trolling, you’ve done your job and you’ve done it magnificently. You’ve made people laugh, you’ve made people cry (and not always from laughing), and hopefully started a fun meme we can all be a part of that will be around for years to come. Reicheru, if you are not trolling, you have a long road of major improvement ahead of you, but I admire your dedication and change of personality. When I created this blog, you were kind of a bitch and I had no problem making fun of you; Now, I can find respect in you and I hope you continue what you’re doing.
Thank you to all who have read this. Please do me a little favor and hit the re-blog button. I think I deserve a little reward after sitting through pages of comments and artwork, and that will give people who may be interested the opportunity to take a look at this.