What is the Highschool Hero complex? I once termed it as the ability of Highschool students to , all of a sudden, adapt to any situation they’re thrown into, especially those which involve action and fighting. Highschool of the Dead being one example, as well the infamous “sounds-like-a-homosexual-is-being-strangled” Fushigi Yuugi and the zero-chest Zero no Tsukaima.
In Dog Days, the HHC couldn’t be more blatant. The kingdom of Biscotti needs a hero (even though they’re blatantly winning) and all of a sudden , let’s send random dog to random world X to get random person Y to fight for us! And that’s it. It actually happens. He goes there and appears, and what’s-her-name starts to elaborate and ask him to fight for her country .She even describes the (retarded) war system where no one fucking dies. And the best part? He doesn’t seem quite fazed at all! Perhaps at first, maybe, but he just…gains composure.
And this HHC is not just limited to one show this season too. Look at shows like Lotte no Omocha! As much as I liked the manga( manga > 9001 > anime) , I had to say that I’m disappointed in how they portray this in the anime adaptation, where the protagonist quite literally gets dragged into the creature’s world. Keep in mind that he’s 22 years old and his daughter’s already 10 – and that they don’t settle anything when they get dragged in. There isn’t even any clarification to how he accepts it so readily , unlike in the manga where at least he explains his daughter and how his family had been distanced from him. This happened to Zero no Tsukaima too – a random entrance. But when you think about it, there is a trend here – most of the time, it is only limited to fantasy anime.
Isn’t that sad? Isn’t it sad that of all the great fantasies we’ve had for the past few years, the fantasy genre of today is only built to pander to the audience, and slowly, scrapping everything else that defined the genre? Think about the drama elements in Mushishi, or the plot in Fullmetal Alchemist. Is the industry truly at such a low point where they seem to form their own templates when they create such shows? And are we, as an audience, at such a low point where we only watch such hackneyed and poor heroes?
Must all protagonists of fantasy be highschool boys?