I suppose having the Ark 4 alone in the museum makes sense, but it's still an odd feeling
Those originally-high-opinionated-later-compliant types were pretty much par for the course given the cast, so I wasn't too bothered by Quitterie's character at the start.
The better question was how she will turn out afterwards, which is decent enough. Some will argue her whiny nature can be annoying, but that's acceptable since it's normal to be whiny when you're stranded in outer space, and not everyone is the outdoor adventurous type.
On learning of her medical background, knew that she'll become vital as the medic of the crew. And man she was definitely needed.
I loved how Shinohara immediately mocked her Tsun by having Aries and Luca gossip about her obvious crush on Zack.
And it felt strange at first for the main Tsukkomi of a Shinohara work to not be the main heroine, but I'm glad at least someone took on the role.
Nice to have her around.
After a few chapters in, I found it amusing that she's more mature than her older sister. Yes, they're adopted sisters, but still.
While she didn't offer a lot in terms of skills, her simple and light-hearted presence is a calming one, like Aries. The mood maker type, I believe it's called.
Wouldn't be the same without her.
Was secondary suspect for the Saboteur for me, I admit. But his carefree nature along with his helpful contributions at speculation time greatly deterred my belief in that.
His art and handiwork skills relegated him to a more support-based role, like repairing the ship in Shummoor orbit, creating bows and holsters, etc. Doesn't lessen his helpfulness though.
A prankster at heart, but surprisingly mature, a welcome entry among the cast.
(I still cannot believe Shinohara dared to pull the same controversial stunt a second time in front of a seasoned audience and get away with it.)
Her initial quietness certainly beggared curiosity, but I could afford to wait for her certain-to-come development. Fortunately I only needed to wait until Shummoor.
I'm surprised how I was able to get used to her short-haired look
If anything, she's the simplest embodiment of a number of Astra's major themes, "coming of age/indepedence" and "choosing your own path". In a sense, almost everything about her, from her starting shyness to her growth with support from her friends is easy to relate to.
She may never have been in the heat of the action by nature of her support-oriented talent, but even so, her presence is essential to overall mood of the voyage and the story.
Loner-type characters in a stranding story are bound to open up to the group at some point, which is all the reason I need to be patient with him, like with Yun Hua.
That said, I liked how even on the first Planet Vilavurs, he knows when he has to cooperate with the group in order to survive.
And beginning from Shummoor, the way he uses 大将 (taishou) to refer to Kanata in the original raw is especially telling, since he understood that Kanata is the "general/admiral/chief/boss" that all of them need to follow.
I had expected his "opened-up" phase to be like Kiri's super loyalty, but he's fine the way he became, playing the vanguard/escort/bodyguard whenever the prospect of danger arises.
Happy to have him part of the party.