I like to stand out from the crowd, and most of the time it’s by accident. I went online to read reviews for Amagami SS 08 on one of the forums I frequent, and I was dismayed at the anti-Kaoru arc comments posted there, which was mostly flooded with pictures of Haruka in a santa suit. Am I the only person why actually liked Kaoru’s arc more than Haruka’s -regardless of how ‘anticlimatic’ its ending was?
Well , I’ll tell you why.
From the start, I thought I would have liked Haruka’s arc the best. It seemed the most interesting, and at the time I was afraid that I would be so attached to her that I would not be able to watch the remaining arcs properly. But Haruka’s arc mostly thought me a few things , on retrospect, after watching Kaoru’s arc.
- Haruka is a bitch. There. I said it. She’s snobbish, she’ s fickle, and she mocks others. Perhaps each arc makes the character seem godly. Kaoru was this immature character in Haruka’s arc. In Kaoru’s Arc, Haruka is snobbish, constantly brandishing her assets (in all senses of the word, RE: Episode 08).
- Haruka is a nympho. Yes. I said it too. I expected the same thing to come from Kaoru’s Arc,but no. In Haruka’s arc, they spend a lot of time – a lot, mind you, having sexual play. That whole BDSM scene in the cafeteria, the whole Junichi constantly trying to kiss her kneepits segment. Call it dominating, or whatever. But it’s frankly queasy on retrospect.
- Haruka is insecure – control-freak insecure. That whole ‘I want you to see me’ segment? Ugh. Haruka is a disgrace to women. I’m a male, I’m not a sexist, but this is what I feel. She implies that in a relationship, the body is the most important thing – and by god does she secure this. Not only does she keep showing off her body – even in Kaoru’s arc, – she objectifies herself.
Now Kaoru renews the concept of women in Amagami SS. Haruka made it appear that all the women were like her , thus dealing a huge blow to womanhood. As a guy, I can tell that gender roles have changed, if not even switched! Gone are the chauvinistic ramblings of yesteryear. Women are go-getters, they are strong and they can fend for themselves, they even accomplish better things than the males themselves! But even in this world of rapid gender-role progression, Kaoru still can find love, even if it was in the unlikely form of a ‘bad friend’.
…but isn’t that how a relationship should start? People complain that it’s bad, it’s stupid, or that it’s even lame. Honestly, who found Haruka’s relationship exactly endearing and reflective? How did she get into a relationship with Junichi again? Being one of the most popular girls in her year, I don’t exactly see the edge she’s coming from.
Furthermore, Kaoru is tough. She stands up for her classmates, she works to keep her own family alive. But no-one is incapable of shedding tears. Kaoru breaks down when she finds out that her mother was dating someone – and possibly getting re-married. Before you automatically rule me out by stating that this is degrading as well, emotions are part and parcel of life. I’m not saying that people can’t show emotion. I’m just saying that this was utterly damning and reflective of her situation. All her time spent taking care of a single mother, that bond they share , a private relationship, and then suddenly you bring a stranger into the question? Who wouldn’t be sad?
She has to endure with humiliation at work,all the while being so cheerful to others. That’s what makes me like her as a character. She’s headstrong and overall, endearing as a character. I think I’ll miss her arc.