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|What I Like||The art is fantastic, the characters are not only unique but also interesting, and the plot is interesting and refreshing and omg the plot twists man!|
|Dislike||The updates take too long|
While the demons were rising, mankind was about to become extinct. Six temples rose, and protected the last of mankind. A young boy joins the temple as a knight to save his mother. During his journey of wonders and mischief in the world of temples and demons, will he be able to ascend to become the strongest knight and inherit the throne
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|Name||Gregorio “Gure” Valentino|
|Voice Actor||Ono Daisuke|
|Anime||Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori|
|What I Like||I really like Gure’s aura, and the atmosphere he emits when he’s around. I also like how he’s able to make the anime more lighthearted than it already is.|
This will be my second entry for the gourmet catalog event. Thankfully, my schedule’s been pretty lenient with me this week, so I have enough time to spare to make these wikis. Stupidly enough, I was pointlessly wasting my time contemplating which character I should make next. But looking back at how many times I mentioned Gure in my first entry, I decided to just go with him instead. He’s my second favorite character, after all. Anyway, enough chit-chat. Let’s start!
┊.˚ ༘┊͙ Initial Thoughts
We all have that one character that always has a giddy smile on their face, promoting love and peace as if there’s nothing negative about this world. They’re usually the ones that set the mood and lighten the atmosphere whenever they’re around. Needless to say, the characters of this trope are essential in the overall narrative of a story, mainly to shows that offer a more lighthearted feeling. And our character for today, Gregorio or commonly known as Gure, undoubtedly belongs to that trope.
In all honesty, I don’t usually pay attention to jolly characters. To me, they’re just static characters that will remain as mood setters till the end—but damn, Gure definitely caught me off guard. To begin with, he initially struck me as the cute manly type, and I wasn’t wrong. He may look like your typical hot mafia boss on the outside, but Gure’s a real softie on the inside. He’s also really skilled at making the comedy flow that I couldn’t help but laugh in each scene that he’s on. Moreover, I really loved the buoyant feeling Gure made me feel throughout the series. His aura, the atmosphere that he makes, and his personality definitely made a fine first impression on me. However, these are not exactly the reason why this character caught me off guard. The traits I mentioned are already the typical qualities of a positive individual. So through this wiki, I’ll do my best to explain how exactly I got attached to this character.
┊.˚ ༘┊͙ Appearance
I think Gure has the most charismatic appeal out of all the male protagonists. I’m not saying that the others lack charm; it’s just that, Gure stands out in all aspects, particularly with his appearance. As his name suggests, Gure was born in Italy. Although he’s half Japanese, it’s evident that his Italian features are more prominent; meaning, he’s unquestionably handsome. That’s why it’s not unusual if Gure turns heads (especially the ladies) whenever he walks by.
Perhaps it’s because of his western genes, but Gure is the tallest and has the most masculine build among the four, making him the most reliable for lifting heavy objects. I remember saying that he looks like your typical hot mafia boss, and I’m not lying. If you were to look at him from a distance, he would come off as a dangerous man, but since Gure’s cheerful personality overshadows his appearance, it’s not that hard to tell that he’s an optimistic person. As I said, Gure is definitely the cute manly type; everything about his appearance is simply charming. Yet out of all his attractive features, it’s his smile that completely captures hearts, and I’d be lying if I say that he didn’t capture mine. There’s just something about his smile that’s so refreshing and sweet that you can’t help but absorb his positive vibe (but then maybe it’s just me-).
Gure is mainly seen wearing the café’s uniform throughout the series, a traditional blue Japanese yukata. Even though Gure’s build is different from the average Japanese male, the yukata is surprisingly a good fit for him that he genuinely looks like a native. There are scenes, however, where they show Gure wearing casual clothes. And boy, it made him look more like a mafia boss. To give you an idea, I’m sure you guys know how wealthy mafia bosses dress like, right? Well, Gure’s style isn’t so different from that. He’s often seen wearing a combination of long sleeves and slacks, and having those piercings didn’t help him escape the assumption.
But as the saying goes, one can’t really judge a book by its cover. Gure’s build and fashion style all indeed match that of a fancy delinquent’s, but I honestly see him as more of a model than the latter. His slender legs and arms are a perfect match to his fashion sense that to me, he looks like the type of guy you’d see on the cover of a magazine. Having said that, if I were to choose between the café Gure and Model Gure, I’d certainly pick the café Gure. Seeing him in that yukata strangely gives me a sense of satisfaction. It’s as if the yukata’s modest aura highlights Gure’s welcoming personality that I can’t help but see him as a comfort character. It makes him look simple, and thinking about it still gives me a warm feeling.
┊.˚ ༘┊͙ Personality
I remember saying how Gure belongs to a character trope that’s always so optimistic in every situation, acting as if they never saw the world in a negative light. I also mentioned that I don’t really pay much attention to them. To me, the characters of that trope are so loud and hyperactive that my lazy self can’t keep up. But for some reason, something about Gure is just so relaxing to watch; his optimism didn’t make me feel uneasy either. In fact, it reciprocated a lighthearted feeling. Honestly, I don’t think I have to expound on this section much since you probably already know what Gure is like in general. So I’ll just highlight some of his traits that I personally came to love.
I know I’ve said this a lot, but I’ll say it again: Gure is the cute manly type. His actions definitely negate the stereotypes for a man with a very masculine build. Just imagine a foreigner leisurely walking on your streets, speaking the same language fluently, while greeting every person he walks by. It might be a bit peculiar of him, but it’s that welcoming attitude of Gure that I enjoy the most. He always has a wide smile plastered on his face and is very reliable when someone needs help. In other words, he’s like a walking ray of sunshine, spreading love and peace to the world like he always intended to. That’s why it’s not a surprise that everybody loves him.
As the café’s waiter and barista, Gure is exemplary. He has every quality a waiter should—he’s presentable, attentive, and punctual. But out of everything, it’s his hospitality that I genuinely like. I admire how he can be professional with that outgoing personality of his. He’s able to make the customers feel at home in the café because of his welcoming attitude. Heck, even for someone who’s behind the screen, he made me feel at ease. I also admire how reliable he can be. Besides lifting heavy objects, his friends rely on him when an emergency arises in the café. There was one episode where the café went out of stock with an essential ingredient, and Gure did everything he could to fill in the supply shortage somehow.
Gure’s work definitely says a lot about his personality. Although his latte art fails to look like how he wants it to, the taste says otherwise. His original blend is without a doubt world-class, and everyone who tasted it all share the same opinion. It even became one of the contributing factors of the café’s popularity. In other words, no matter how his work may initially look, the final outcome always reflects how gentle and caring Gure is.
┊.˚ ༘┊͙ Backstory
Finally, we’re now at the part where Gure caught me off guard, and I can’t put into words how excited I am to talk about it. When I first watched the anime, I honestly wasn’t expecting anything from Gure. I just saw his role as the comedian in the group, so I didn’t focus on him like how I did with the other protagonists. But when I found out about his backstory, I couldn’t help but be attached.
As the saying goes, the happiest people don’t necessarily have the happiest past. In fact, some of them even had the most unfortunate experiences. But they chose to move on and focus on the good things in their lives. That being said, would you believe if I say that our pure and innocent Gure was an actual delinquent in his younger years? I know, I couldn’t believe it either. When he was still in Italy, Gure hated everything about this world. Because of how his family unfairly treated him, he started to revolt against everybody that literally no one could control him. Just imagine how his life was. He had no friends and spent every single day roaming around his hometown, hating everything. Thinking about it now, those days must have been frigid and painful for him. And watching his backstory like that, I can’t help but empathize. I’m not saying that what he went through is the same thing I’m going through right now, but I can say that it’s close. Hate is truly a heavy feeling.
Of course, no matter how down we get, time will come where someone will patiently lift us. And for Gure, it’s all because of an espresso. It was raining, and Gure took shelter outside a café. Although it was already closed, the shop owner let him inside and made him some espresso. This scene is my favorite part mainly because of what the shop owner told him. When Gure finished drinking the espresso, the shop owner suddenly said, “You can’t expect people to change for you. If you really want change, you should change yourself first.” These words became like a wake-up slap for Gure, and I’d be lying if I said that it didn’t go through me either. After that night, Gure started earnestly working for the shop owner, learning everything he had to know about being a bartender and being a person.
Gure drastically changed after that encounter; he even brought that enthusiasm when he moved to Japan. He kept his master’s teachings to his heart that eventually, Gure became like his master to a high school student who reminded him of his past self.
┊.˚ ༘┊͙ Conclusion
Gure reminded me not to take characters lightly; each character definitely has their own contribution and importance to the plot. I honestly feel stupid for not paying much attention to Gure. If only I had known that he’d grow on me this much, I definitely would have kept a close eye on him from the beginning.
Overall, there isn’t really much left for me to say other than the fact that his character as a whole is a breath of fresh air. His aura, personality, and the refreshing atmosphere that he creates make him more of a comfort character. At the same time, his backstory is a good reminder that happiness is possible. You just need the support of the people that genuinely care about you. Gure will definitely make you feel like the world isn’t so bad, and I’m sure the watchers who appreciate him will agree.