Blasphemy! DFCs and small breasts rule the world! Chihaya!!!!!
I’m a new writer in THAT. My nickname is Impz. I am going to write a single post about how I love a random anime and then I will disappear into thin ash like the thousands of defunct bloggers in the blogosphere ahead of me. Of course, this starting is really awkward because I forgot how to blog. Hence, the term “new writer.” Anyway, the story why I have been away for such a long time would be one boring story. Most of you won’t know me
The reason why I am back for a one-time only offer is due to Taichi. From what I heard from an avid reader of the blog, it seems that there is a war against Taichi, a main protagonist in the shoujo anime Chihayafuru. Based on a very cursory (like 2 comments) scan, there are two camps in the anime, a Arata x Chihaya camp and a I-can’t-bloody-stand-Taichi group. While I have no problems with the Arata x Chihaya camp at all (even though honestly, it seems that it’s more of a deep-down friendly rivalry than any romance), I have difficulties understanding the other group. I can fully understand why they don’t like Taichi at the start. I didn’t. However, based on a purely objective view, is Taichi that bad?
Using the words of my wife 13sugars, is he a true-blue spoiled coward obou-chama?
The disliked Taichi
That is the day when I develop into a likable character
To be honest, Taichi is hardly the most likable person at the first new episodes. He is neurotic, he is a coward and he is a selfish rich kid who knows little to nothing about Chihaya. Honestly, he is the type of character you can’t hate too much, but yet cannot find any reason to defend him. To be truthful, I actually hated him and wished sincerely for an Arata x Chihaya end up to episode 10. Then it happened.
He started to show signs of becoming a man. An irritable juvenile man to one that has the emotional maturity, the will to fight and the reliability of a manly man.
Boys, let me tell you about why flat chests are awesome. They just are.
While the argument against Taichi might be accurate at the start of the anime, one key criticism of him being a spoiled coward is no longer accurate. Through the karuta games, his emotional strength to bring everyone to success comes out very strongly. It’s no longer about just himself or to please Chihaya. It’s assuming responsibility and leadership that Chihaya cannot provide in the team.
Another area that you can see his character development to become more mature is the admission that he knows little to nothing about Chihaya. While Arata definitely has the edge here in understanding Chihaya’s love of Karuta, it takes a courageous man to admit what he does not know. It takes even greater courage and love toward Chihaya to want and know her better despite having a better love and karuta rival than yourself. Can we doubt his maturity to try and understand a person he finally realizes he loves deeply? That is why I find it difficult to dislike it and quietly hope for a Taichi x Chihaya ending, with Arata falling in love with someone else.
Touch your heart, dear readers.
Will to win
and I will win over my detractors, one man at one time.
One of the key weakness that made me dislike him is his low will to win. He always does something for very perfunctory reasons. It is to make someone feel proud. It is to feel that he is worthy for someone to take note of him. It is to show how great he is to someone else. It is to not disappoint his mother during any competition. It’s always about someone, not himself. While doing something for someone is not bad, it is bad when the person finds no meaning within himself. The truth is, many of us try to be acknowledged by someone through the things we do. Yet, the main reason of doing something is not about being acknowledged by someone else, it’s about challenging oneself to excel and progress.
Taichi’s continual struggle to fight on despite knowing that he’s not good enough will be the eventual tipping point of his character development. Can anyone hate someone who tries his very best when he wants something? He did eventually become second place again, but the meaning behind the second place differs greatly from the many second places he received before this time.
Of course, that is on the assumption that he will translate this will to win to chase Chihaya. Chihaya, being an absolute brickbat at love, definitely needs a huge dosage of WOLS and obvious-ness to break through. With that new found will to win for himself, it might be possible to break through the wall of ignorance and oblivion.
The real point
I kyaa-ed at the scene and my wife was booing at the top of her voice
In the end, it’s all about not being an absolute scumbag in the eyes of the anime viewers. While he has his flaws, his personality has become more reliable. In a shoujo manga, the guy with more support tends to be a bit more reliable and less of an emotional baggage. He is not going to be a bishie, but at least do not be the floppy generic love interest that everyone don’t like. At the rate he is going, the criticism by many is just way overblown.
Well, what do I know, Chihaya is more likely to get married with Karuta cards than any human anyway. Bah, what a waste of a DFC.