I'm falling behind on my posting again. I still fully intend to give Honey Lemon a tribute, I'm just waiting on getting a copy of the Big Hero 6 movie. In the meantime let's do a tribute to another Latino character Roberta from Black Lagoon. ^_^
(A Big Thank you to Thomas aka MeganekkoPlymouth241 for tracking down a rare barefoot moment involving Roberta from Black Lagoon Season 3 Episode 1 aka The Roberta's Blood Trail OVA.)
Normally this is the part where I'd talk about the character but I have cool surprise for you guys tonight... Thomas being the ultimate fan of this character wrote a beautiful description of who this character is and why she is so awesome so he'll be the guest writer for tonight's post. ^_^
Originally a vicious FARC soldier and terrorist assassin from Colombia, and nicknamed "Bloodhound of Florencia" (due to her ability to lock down and pursue relentlessly any individual she picked up the scent of), Rosarita Cisneros believed she was fighting for her country, only to find out her actions were only to spur the drug cartel trades with the FARC. After that, she became a character filled with regret and searched for much desired redemption, mostly finding it as a maid and bodyguard in Venezuela to the wealthy Lovelace Family, consisting of Diego Lovelace and his son, Garcia, whom she deeply loves and cares for. This is where she decided to start her life over and changed her name to Roberta. Nonetheless, if ever anything happened to either of them by outsiders, they'd become the victims of Roberta's horrifying, practically indestructible wrath. She's often seen as a homage mix of Mary Poppins and Arnold Schwarzenegger's the Terminator, and can easily be seen as full blown insane. With her incredible gunslinging and overwhelming body strength (watch her teeth cut right through metal), she might just be the most dangerous woman in the whole anime. Compared to the rest of the violent women, however, Roberta doesn't kill for money or just because she feels like it, but because she feels it is her best form of justice, much the polar opposite motives of main female and equally gun skilled Revy, whom both hold a deep dislike for each other. Aside from all her guns and violence, she is a humane person inside, and still can be the sweetest, kindest woman you ever met. Roberta is a perfect example of one of the rare times I've seen an 'antagonistic' character whom I care about and feel mournful for as much as the protagonists.
Now, there are many other traits for myself personally why Roberta is my favorite. She's Latina, has pure pale skin, wears glasses most of the time, and she has lovely purple hair. These are things I'd be happy to find alone on separate female characters, so having them all in one is a real treat. Oh yeah, did I mention she's in her late 30's/early 40's? Hey, women (especially anime women) tend to age like fine wine, after all. Plus she does have a very sexy, tall, and moderately curvaceous body and quite large bust coupled to her beautiful face. Yet I think her standout feature is her voice. I strongly encourage audiences to watch the English dub, as it's one of the absolute best dubs executed. Tabitha St. Germain (who My Little Pony fans will easily know as the voice of Rarity and Princess Luna) gives a spellbinding performance in what is to me her best role ever, and makes her all the more mysterious, emotional, compelling, and seductive.
Definitely do not take her sweetness for granted, especially if you're on her bad side. Roberta could easily exploit your fetish, and either gun you down and beat you to a pulp when you're distracted under her ruse. Yet provided you are on her good side, she might take the opportunity to playfully tease you with her pale, mature feet, while flirting with you in Spanish (if that isn't hot, I don't know what is). Or perhaps after a long day of cooking, cleaning, and playing with Garcia, she'd be the perfect person to ask for a foot massage. Even maids need a little love and attention. However, given Roberta's nature and background, I wouldn't say she's that innocent in this regard...and might just egg on a much more enticing situation with her Latina feet, and might even enjoy someone kissing and worshiping them (Latina women are known for their passion) as she watches you above like a mistress with great interest with those beautiful blue eyes. Honestly, as the Roberta fan that I am, that probably would be my ideal dream moment.