So you’d think there’d be a lot of anime characters which make bad decisions and I’d agree with you but as soon as you sit down and try and recall them you suddenly have more trouble then you thought you would. I certainly had more trouble then I was expecting because any time a character in anime makes a bad decision it tends to take one or two epsidoes for it to do a 180 and became a good thing. Maybe a male role model will die or someone will become injured but those things are trivial in the grand scheme of things.
There is very few characters which actually made decisions which ended with a lot of people dying or something tragic happening such as death of the self.
Lelouch made what I think is the worst judgement call and accidentally caused mass genocide. Keiichi and Satoshi from Higarashi choose to trust the wrong people which resulted in murders and death.
Those are terrible decisions but compared to Ika Musame putting a hole in the wall of the beach house they are nothing. This is played off for as a comical event but it pretty much puts her under the thumb of everyone else for two seasons. Okay I was kidding that isn’t really that bad.
The worst decision I can possible think of in anime resulted in a lot of death but the main thing it wasted was potential. By revealing his hand to L, Light Yagami from Death Note wasted years of his life evading the police instead of focusing on his initial pure goals of cleaning up society.
It is true that a mistake is a bad thing but for the most part these mistakes prove to be very entertaining and give the characters a chance to redeem themselves. I think I’m safe in saying that the longer the affects of a mistake lingers the more satisfying it is to see characters overcome them.
So am I missing someone who made a terrible mistake or am I right in saying it was Light and is a terrible mistake really a good thing?