Hello dear readers and welcome to another Seriously Geeky Sunday! Today’s questions are all about fictional families, so let’s jump right in and find out more.
Actually, before we get going just a quick word about the Seriously Geeky Sunday event! This awesome weekly community event is organised by the wonderful Heather from Just Geeking By and each week Heather picks a topic and asks other bloggers to answer a series of questions on it. From what I’ve seen so far, people tend to have very different answers to the questions so it is well worth reading all the entries each week. For more info and to find out how to take part check out the Seriously Geeky Sundays post over at Just Geeking By!
Right! So now it’s time to take a look at this week’s questions:
1. Who is your favourite fictional family?
The von Granzreichs – The Royal Tutor
The royal family of the Granzreich Kingdom is certainly an interesting one. The series focuses on four teenage princes who have to learn what it means to lead a nation. Each of them have strong personalities, from bookworm Bruno to flirty Licht and sporty Leonhard to utterly adorable Kai, they compliment each other and help each other grow. The family doesn’t stop with the four princes though, as their tough but caring father Viktor and their little sister Adele both play an important role in proceedings, as does the family dog Shadow. Although this may seem like a lovely happy family, there is another von Granzreich, a fifth, much older brother named Eins, who is rarely seen and seems to be quite a frightening figure. This intriguing final piece of the puzzle makes the von Granzreich’s a compelling family that offers someone for everyone to like. Particularly if you like beautiful boys.
2. Who is your favourite fictional unconventional family?
Kirito, Asuna and Yui – Sword Art Online
Before I get going with this one, just a quick note to say that this answer contains *spoilers*
On the surface these three make an entirely conventional family. Kirito and Asuna are Yui’s parents. Nothing unconventional about that. How they got into those roles is somewhat less conventional however. The story goes something like this: boy and girl get trapped in a video game world where they meet and fall in love. Then they meet Yui, who appears to them as another character in the game, taking the form of a lost child. They take her in and look after her as their own but whilst Kirito and Asuna are both real people who are trapped in the game, Yui is more like a program who is part of the game itself. As the show develops Asuna and Kirito find themselves in different games with new mechanics and different problems but they never leave Yui behind, always finding a way to ensure they can spend time with her. It is a really sweet relationship and it is clear that rather than simply being a computer program, Yui is a real daughter to Asuna and Kirito and that they would give their lives for her.
3. Which off-screen/non-played family member would you like to learn more about?
The Entwives – Lord of the Rings
The Ents are a species found in Lord of the Rings who resemble trees who can walk and talk and throw massive boulders. Responsible for keeping regular trees in order, they are quite a mysterious bunch who can often be found reciting highly long-winded poetry. One of the subjects of their poetry is the Entwives, which presumably is the name given to female Ents. However the Entwives are never actually seen. The Ent named Tree-Beard proclaims that they have ‘lost’ the Entwives, as in, they can’t find them. In the film this idea is dealt with fairly quickly, however I have always wondered where they actually are and what experiences they have had whilst the Ents have been wandering the forests of Middle Earth. You have to wonder if they have ever felt like looking for the Ents, or how they got separated in the first place. They really are a bit of an enigma and I’d love to know more about them!
4. Who is your favourite fictional grandparent?
Heihachi Mishima – Tekken
There was only ever one answer for this question for me. Heihachi is quite simply awesome. Not to say that he’s necessarily the best father or grandfather ever, but then his son and grandson don’t exactly make life easy for him what with their ‘devil gene’ and all. Well, I mean, it is possible that he shouldn’t have drop-kicked his son of a cliff and thus created the whole devil gene scenario but that is a discussion for another time. For now though, I’ll just say that he is charismatic, tough as nails and has a wonderfully wicked sense of humour. Even though he is pretty evil, it is difficult not to like him!
5. What extended fictional family/legacy is your favourite?
The Mor Ardainian Royal Dynasty – Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Again, just a wee warning that this answer contains *spoilers*
The Empire of Mor Ardain has been around a long time and has always been known as a great military force. Behind that power is a strong royal family. The member of the family we know best is Morag (pictured above) who holds the title of Special Inquisitor. Her younger brother, Niall, is the Emperor of the Ardainian empire and Morag would do anything to protect him as both his sister and as Special Inquisitor. 500 years previously, there was a different young emperor, Hugo (also pictured), who bears the same trademark blue hair and lilting Scottish accent as the Ardainians who followed, making him identifiable as a member of the same family. The Ardainian bloodline is not all there is within this royal dynasty though. The most important connection between the two time periods are the Blades, or living weapons, that are wielded by the royal family. The Jewel of Mor Ardain, Brighid and the weirdly-good-at-cooking Aegaeon, are passed down through the ages, forever fighting for the leaders of Mor Ardain. Although they lose their memories every time their wielder dies, Brighid’s diary provides them with a detailed recollection of their experiences and their value to the empire makes them just as much a part of the family’s legacy as any ties of blood.
6. Take the main character from your last 5 shows/movies/games/books (etc.) and create a family with them.
(Left to Right) Rebecca Chambers – Resident Evil Zero, Tanjiro Kamado – Demon Slayer, Francis York Morgan – Deadly Premonition, 2B – Nier: Automata, Taichi Kamiya – Digimon Adventure
Right, so this is a totally bonkers and super creative question but I think I’ve got something! First up I’ve cast York as the father of the family. He knows a thing or two about responsibility and has probably learned something about parenting from his investigations. The mother in this family is 2B. She may be an android but she is resilient, skilled and dare I say caring, so I think she could adapt to the task well. Rebecca is playing the role of an aunt. With her medic skills she would certainly be useful to have around in case the kids play too rough, and her ability to mix weird stuff together could be a fun activity for the youngsters. The kids in question are Tanjiro and Tai. Given Tanjiro’s experience with his real family he would make an excellent big brother for Tai and definitely protect him at all costs, and Tai would bring fun and enthusiasm to all family gatherings, not to mention that he might bring Agumon along who would definitely be handy at barbecues!
So! What do you make of my selections? Who are your favourite fictional families and family members? Let me know below in comments and don’t forget to head on over to Just Geeking By to find out how to take part in the event yourself!
Thanks for reading,