The conceit I make here is how I posit Kyon as a harem lead, despite not being a bland and blank character upon which a (male) viewer can impose himself as if to imagine himself in the situations surrounded by the attractive teenage characters in the world of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi. I made a similar conceit in how I posited Bakemonogatari‘s Araragi Koyomi in a similar function, as a response to a comment made by coburn in one of the posts here on WRL.
The context here is how fans of the show ‘turned’ against Haruhi during the ‘Sighs’ arc, where the height of her bullying personality was portrayed, and perhaps even exaggerated. Nonetheless, these events came before “Live Alive,” which is arguably the most winsome moment for her character.
I also pursue this line of thinking from a comment made by crusader. He made quite an awesome point:
Haruhi has always been Haruhi, I personally found that Kyon’s new found morality to parallel anyone who was suddenly disgusted. Mikuru being abused and treated like Haruhi’s toy forms a pillar for her character, and certainly Kyon and many viewers were delighted as Haruhi forced Mikuru into various cosplays only when Kyon is cut off and we are shown a near continuous barrage of abuse do people start getting a new sense of “morality.” Kyon was not pissed off that Haruhi was abusing Mikuru, he was pissed off that he was not allowed to enjoy any of it and had to watch Itsuki do all the things he wanted to do.
Pretty much every one including Mikuru arrived at a consensus that they needed to keep Haruhi happy. I don’t think Mikuru is as helpless as she seems certainly when she grows up she will have greater confidence, but there is nothing that prevents Mikuru from extricating herself. She had a mission to do and she stuck with it, even in her drunken stupor she had enough sense to tell Kyon to stop his infantile white knighting. To me the interesting thing is not so much that some people have found a new sense of morality and outrage, what I find interesting is that Kyon White Knighting was lauded as people identified with the urge to punch Haruhi. I think that is the greatest demonstration of hypocrisy having after all the while enjoying the fruits for Mikuru’s humiliation and then all of a sudden get emotional once Kyon flips out over having Itsuki steal her first kiss.
I did have a good chuckle over Kyon’s failed attempt to demonstrate his pitiful might.
Yes I quoted the comment in full [->]
I find this moment rather significant in that it happened in a very interesting and rather well-done episode, which contrasts sharply with the controversial stretch of sameness in ‘Endless Eight’ which preceded it. The episode felt densely eventful, and was very full with threat. Even though we know the world did not end by the end of the episode, we or at least I was rather surprised at how gripping the whole thing was.
I had read ‘Sighs’ and I hated it. I most certainly think that this episode did Sighs a great service.
But the meta aspect of the moment, involving the fan reactions that crusader commented on, was rather awesome to witness. While it is rather condescending to call Kyon and therefore the fans infantile, I can’t really disagree. And it on the whole I was rather impressed to witness the whole spectacle of it.
I had almost called Haruhi as an infantile goddess, but stopped short and called her a teenager instead [->]
How people used to remember love for Haruhi prior to Endless Eight (remember Haruhiism?) [->]
It’s way ahead of the parameters of the project, but this post is in support of CCY-senpai’s 12 Moments in Anime 2009 he does for the 12 days of Christmas.