Mikagami Tokiya Cels

Series: Flame of Recca
Seiyuu: Midorikawa Hikaru

I am... slightly... fixated on Mikagami. As a result, I'm not sure if I should risk opening the flood gates by saying much in this little intro to him. I'm sure I'll say more than enough in other sections, and in captions, anyway.

He's the Official Tragic Bishounen of the series, but I think he's a lot more than that. Mikagami's a completely screwed up basketcase, yet he's shrewd and resourceful. He's the mature member of Team Hokage, yet in some ways he's a fragile and innocent child as well. Because of the terrible life he's had, his grasp on reality and its harshness is strong... yet he's delusional and often loses his grasp on reality (in the manga, anyway). Beyond that Mikagami is scary yet sympathetic, flat yet funny, cold yet emotionally fragile, and he's a genuis who looks super-cute in glasses (chotto near-sighted). But he doesn't ever wear glasses in the anime. Can anyone tell I'm a Manga Mikagami fan? ;)

Another great thing about Manga Mikagami is his outfits. Unfortunately the animators didn't seem to agree, as should be obvious when you see him wearing the same basic suit in waaaaay too many of my cels. Wah.

A while back I was telling a friend they could have used bank cels for most of Mikagami's expressions: Mikagami sneer, Mikagami glare, Mikagami frown, Mikagami yell, and even Mikagami gape. They could just as easily have bank vocabulary ala "Kisama", "monkey", and "I hate you". Ah well. Let's hope my captions don't seriously wind up looking that repetitive, and that my cels show a little more range of expression. ;) He can look very sad and sweet when he lets himself. Unfortunately he is not the type of character who gets along with scanners... Which shouldn't be surprising, considering he's not the type of character who gets along with anyone or anything. I still love him, though.

You can see a lot more Mikagami cels in the Mikagami Vs. Mokuren, Mikagami Vs. Kai, and Hokage Groups sections.

Up next: Oh, why even bother? Ok. Lots and lots and lots more Mikagami a'comin'.

Episode #: 22: Sudden Change of Hotoke! Other Face!!
Stats: 1 layer, A3
Sketches: none
Comments: Mikagami is screaming at Recca for being an idiot by needlessly endangering Yanagi when he decides to fight Kuukai. This was my first Mikagami cel (as well as my first Flame of Recca cel), and it is still one of my two favourites. The eyes are amazing in the actual cel. There is a lot of colour blotching in this scan (obviously). I guess I'll need to give it another try at a higher resolution. Either that or face it that I'll never manage a single good Mikagami cel scan.

Episode #: ?
Stats: 1 layer, B2
Sketches: 1 matching, unstuck
Comments: A purdy close-up of Mikagami doing what he does most often. When I named this file MikagamiSneer, I asked my husband how long he guessed I would take to have a file named MikagamiSneer50. Hrm. Maybe I should've thought harder before picking the name. I think he looks lovely in the sketch, maybe even almost like his highly bishoujo phase in the manga, so here it is.

Episode #: 3: The Water Knight/The Sword of Revenge!!
Stats: 1 layer, A6
Sketches: 1 matching, unstuck
Comments: Such a sad, sweet, cute, beautiful Mikagami cel. *happy sigh* When Kage intercepts him and tells him he lost someone irreplaceable over Ensui, she pulls out a picture of his sister Mifuyu. Right before we're shown the picture, we're shown him gaping briefly. This is the beginning of the gape, before it really kicks in. I have another cel of him grabbing the picture away from her (happens a second later) on the Hokage Groups page. This cel was a gift from bottou-chan. Thank you thank you thank you! He's always so adorable in the dark episode 3 cels, and they're very difficult to find.

Episode #: 41: Round Two!! Recca Versus Kurei!!
Stats: 1 layer, A16
Sketches: 1 matching, unstuck
Comments: SPOILER! Mikagami, feeling suicidal as far as I can tell (can't blame him), charges at Kurei. At the least, the poor guy isn't thinking clearly after all of the excitement he dealt with earlier in the day. The blood on his jacket is from his fight with Kai. The cel right under this one is from slightly earlier, though both Koganei and Domon attack between them. Er, Koganei gets slapped around anyway. I also have a cel from that moment on the Hokage groups page.

Episode #: 41: Round Two!! Recca Versus Kurei!!
Stats: 1 layer, A4
Sketches: 1 matching, unstuck
Comments: SPOILER! "Matte!" When Koganei decides to fight Kurei, and the decision is accepted with the promise of a painful dispatch, Mikagami says to wait and that he should be Kurei's opponent. Afterward he leaps down onto the fighting stage. The poor guy (who apparently spaced it out that a rather large vampiric halberd had very recently been stabbed through his body, and that he'd used up a lot of his own blood as well) probably doesn't see much value in his life at this moment, not that he did for too many years before prior...

Episode #: 18: The Sword of Shura!! Mikagami's March!! & 19 (recap): Iron Fist Misfire?! Domon's Trump Card!!
Stats: 1 layer, A3 KEY
Sketches: 1 matching, unstuck
Comments: Mikagami Vs. Daikoku in the first round of the Ura Buto Satsujin. Dust and debris from Daikoku breaking bits of the stage get in Mikagami's face, causing him to somewhat be hit (he jumps backwards, rather thoroughly, and only takes a lighter hit) for the only time during the fight. Because it always tickles me when Mikagami has his proper green hair colour in sketches, I decided to scan one of them as an example. So of course the colour didn't turn out right. *sniffle*

Episode #: 22: Sudden Change of Hotoke!! Other Face!!
Stats: 2 layers, stuck, B3 KEY (face)/C5 KEY END (the rest)
Sketches: 2 matching, unstuck
Comments: Poor chronically put-out Mikagami is looking at his most disgusted in this adorable profile. He's sweat-dropping, and sighing about Recca's naivete as Recca decides he can stop using Saiha and defeat Kuukai with a simple punch. I was going to sell this cel... but after looking through my stupidly large # of Mikagami cels I realized this one is actually refreshingly unredundant! It's nice to have a cute SD Mi-chan, anyway.

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