LvB is also special for another reason. It introduced a character that stuck with me quicker than most characters from other shows in the same genre.
That character is one Miss Selnia Iori Flameheart
The first thing one is likely to notice about Flameheart is how she’s proportioned. She’s bigger around the hips, waist, legs, and bust than more typical anime girls, immediately setting her apart. Though by no means fat, she’s certainly curvier than most. Akio Takami’s art style no doubt does wonders for her. She has a very soft body, especially her breasts, and that detail is constantly played for laughs in the anime.
Her other distinct feature, also played for laughs often in the anime, is her hairstyle. Her two gigantic, inexplicable drill curls give her that much more of a memorable appearance, and the way they spin and make drill noises when she gets angry serves to underline the over-the-top, zany style of the series in general.
Selnia is a tsundere-type, through and through. She also carries with her the pride and conceit of her refined upbringing and high-class lifestyle. She’s quick to lose her composure when flustered, but always quick to regain it as well. She has quite a competitive streak, not liking to lose or embarrass herself. This works against her in the face of Akiharu Hino’s accidental perverseness and Tomomi Saikyo’s sharp tongue. At the same time, she’s quite concerned with keeping face. Outwardly, she practically radiates high-class. However, as seen through her interaction with Akiharu, she’s a normal girl inside.
Miss Flameheart’s tsuntsun turns more deredere around episode 8 of the anime, where Akiharu saves her from drowning. She shows another side of her personality then. Past her concern with keeping face, she knows when it’s time to swallow her pride and be humble. She also finally comes to terms with her own feelings about Akiharu (After both her father and her maids basically tried to set them up with each other.), culminating in a kiss that would usually signify the end of a romance-comedy series.
Personally-speaking, I’m a fan of distinctive tsundere characters, as well as characters that are and/or act like high-class individuals and Selnia’s a wonderful example. That, coupled with her body type, has made her quite a memorable character to me, and my favorite part of Ladies Versus Butlers!.
So, I turn to you readers. Love Selnia? Hate Selnia? What do you think of her?
‘Till next time!