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I would place Rachel in the camp that entails killing for the sake of martial arts. I believe she is simply keeping her enemies close for undisclosed reasons. It's true she has spent an enormous amount of time around the Shinpaku Alliance, but that is likely mostly due to the fact they all go to same education facility, she has a constant urge to be the center of attention, and she is quite possibly (my theory) spying on them to keep track of their activity & get information on the whereabouts of her missing master who is currently imprisoned at Big Lock. I think it's less likely she is becoming affectionate towards them and is developing friendships as result. Furthermore, it's most certain Rachel has a grudge against Renka's father because he defeated Diego in battle and is the person responsible for his current predicament. Therefore, she has a legitimate reason to murder Renka to get revenge on Ma. It certainly wont bring her master back, but she will get some satisfaction and it will alleviate some of the pain of being without her master. Also, their last fight was a tie, so it makes perfect sense if she feels the need to prove herself by defeating an enemy is undoubtedly her equal or stronger. The same way with how Kenichi felt after Koukin killed him in their first bout. He was hell bent on fighting him again.
Natsu's position is quite uncertain. I think it's matter of what he cares for the most. Does he value his friendships with Shinpaku Alliance members enough to ignore the duties of being a follower of Satsujinken or does his position as an official Yomi and his relationship with his master the Fierce Fist mean more? I believe we'll find out after his battle with Sieg.
Also, I'm not sure Alexander belongs in the Sociopath category. It's only when he loses his head his actions/thoughts become radical and irrational, but that doesn't seem to be an constant recurring problem for him. I get the impression most of time he's a rather level headed maybe even peaceful person ( he was trying to stop them from arguing at that OSNF meeting awhile back) who kills others when it's necessary or by command/order. It's a stretch to say he's an outright sociopath IMO.
Last edited by BASED Shinigami; November 19, 2012 at 05:09 PM.
It has never been implied she is just keeping her enemies close though. As far as we can tell she actually enjoys school and spending time with her classmates along with the attention she receives. She even had a moment when kenichi called her a friend and nakama or something. More so, as far as following the orders currently given to her by mikumo, she can always say she only follows the order of her master who is not there at the time.
Well, alexandar was primarily a soldier so I guess that his actions do depend a lot on what orders are given to him. He was all about the mission and completing at any cost so I guess we can say that more than a sociopath he was a good soldier (who followed a questionable leader).
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Last edited by Lost0; November 20, 2012 at 10:50 AM.
I don't think we have much to go on in regards to lugh holding back against takeda. As far as I can tell the issue is that lugh simply has the more passive and destructive style which means that he can do more damage while seemingly trying less. Lugh is a submission person, he does not punch or kick or move a lot, he simply grabs and destroys. So as far as we saw, lugh did basically everything he could against the shinpaku alliance except that he simply wasn't able to do his thing. Lugh failed to actually grab takeda and takeda failed to attack without getting caught by lugh. Lugh caught takeda only when takeda allowed himself to be caught for that matter and unfortunately we will never know who exactly would have won that particular skirmish. Takeda is without a doubt a bad match for lugh however lugh cannot do a thing without actually grabbing his enemy.
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