WARNING: Ahead is quite possibly loose-limbed, loose-brained rambling from someone who just recently watched Saiyuki Reload Burial OAV Episode 1.
For those who haven't seen or read the anime/manga Saiyuki
, it's basically a re-imagined take on the "Journey to the West" myth. And by re-imagined I mean REALLY re-imagined. How else were we going to get a character quite so frustrating and endlessly interesting like Nii Jianyi?
When you first meet Dr. Nii Jianyi, he’s comes off as a little…kooky. He’s one of the head scientists working on the resurrection of Gyuuma (so he's technically on the enemy team), but seems to spend most of his time taunting his colleagues and inventing random things with which to mess with the Sanzo Party. What will probably make most people think Nii isn’t firing with all rockets is his appearance. Usually disheveled and slovenly, he shuffles around in a lab coat and bunny slippers. To match the slippers, he also has a bunny plushie that he carries around with him at all times and even talks to it like it’s alive. And when he’s feeling particularly creepy, he talks THROUGH it like it’s his mouthpiece.
But beneath this supposed odd behavior is an evil genius. Whether or not he’s a crazy evil genius is still up for debate. But he’s definitely perceptive, calculating, manipulative and oh so much fun to watch. He didn’t seem a very important player in the overall story arc and mainly kept to the sidelines, throwing out those acerbic oneliners that always made those around him gnash their teeth in frustration and anger as he always intends. He spoke a lot in riddles and generally seemed to enjoy just annoying people which is always a character trait I seem to like in the stories I read.
But then it was revealed who Nii used to be and my interest in the character went tenfold.( Spoilers & Ramble of DOOM )