Defense of Suzy/Suzume Mizuno (Zatch Bell)
Okay I know this one was a bit ago but I’m gonna cover it anyway cos I can.
Annoying: While Suzume can easily be seen as annoying (i.e. she follows Kiyomaro around and sticks to him like glue and is kind of loud and strange), the first thing you gotta remember is that the Zatch Bell characters are FOURTEEN YEARS OLD. Suzume is a middle school girl and she’s got a crush on Kiyomaro. She wants to be near him all the time and she wants him to like her, so she tries very hard to get his attention. Because she’s fourteen and she’s not very mature yet, it’s natural and normal for her to come off as kind of obnoxious about it. Honestly, what silly fourteen-year-old girl with a crush that huge isn’t going to end up being accidentally clingy and obnoxious about it?
Clumsy/Ditzy: this goes back to the silly awkward fourteen year old girl with a crush thing. I don’t know how many people remember being fourteen and having a crush, or if that’s not something that happened to all of the people that hate on Suzume. But in my personal experience and from what I’ve witnessed, it’s perfectly normal to lose your composure when you’re young and get nervous around someone you like. That said, being clumsy isn’t a character flaw and shouldn’t be something she gets hated on for. Plenty of people in real life are clumsy like that. As for the ditzy part, again, she’s fourteen years old. She draws faces on fruit and stuff because she’s still not very mature. That’s just that. Chill out.
Anime Portrayal: I’ll admit they overexaggerated her less desirable qualities in the anime. I think they did it for comedic purposes and it may have backfired.
Gets in the way of other ships: This is never a reason to dislike a character and I don’t enjoy addressing it, except for the fact that, canonically, Suzume literally attempts to get in the way of Kiyomaro/Megumi. This isn’t just a NaruHina iz best and i hate Sakura 4 existing kind of thing; Suzume and Megumi meet in canon and Suzume sees her as a rival for Kiyomaro’s attention, and Megumi not only recognizes that Suzume also likes Kiyomaro, but she acknowledges there is a real romantic rivalry going on. And they basically duke it out passive-agressively over him. She is in the way of Kiyomaro/Megumi in exactly the same way that Megumi is in the way of Kiyomaro/Suzume; it’s done on purpose by the author for comedic value because aside from all the other genres it traverses, Zatch Bell is a comedy series, remember?
Useless:Not gonna restate the for comedic purposes thing because that’s basically the initial reason ALL of Kiyomaro’s school friends are there. Aside from that, I’d like to remind you that she keeps Kiyomaro’s mother company while he’s away, she gives him the notes he’s missing from class, even when she knows she’s not as good a student as him. There is one chapter that I always remember where Kiyomaro’s home for a bit and he notices that she’s got all these bandages on her fingers and so he follows her because he’s worried about her and discovers that she’s been helping this little boy build a tribute to his family in order to make a wish for his parents to get back together. She’s getting herself beat up for a kid she coincidentally met and becoming emotionally invested for someone else’s sake. And she brings Kiyomaro all sorts of get well presents in the hospital. One of the hospital visits, when the red spellbook gets stolen, Kiyomaro asks her to help get it back and she agrees to help instantaneously, despite knowing she’s spacey and forgetful and is going to get distracted. She forgets, of course, but she ends up getting a balloon out of a tree for a little kid who’s sick at the hospital.
She has her spaciness and her absentmindedness and her short-term memory problem and all that, but she genuinely wants to help because she cares.
Tell me that’s fucking useless, I dare you.