Saturday, 11 May 2019 00:32

Life from the eyes of the Sandman and “successful” classmates (Oregairu Season 1)

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(1 season “My teen romantic comedy gone wrong as expected”)

Minor spoilers from: ("Back to the Future 1", "Assassination Classroom")

 

It is no secret that most “successful”-looking kids from school find themselves at the society’s dump, or at least at much lower level then they expected to be. 

Biff from “Back to the Future” is a great example of that, his happy days pseudo-leader ended the same moment the school graduation was over.

“Hey, Biff, wipe the car two times this time!”

“Yes, Mr. MacFly, I’ve just finished the second.”

“Now, Biff. Don’t you dare play dumb with me.”

“Huh, sorry, Mr. MacFly, I meant to say, I just started the second round.”

 

Another awesome example is Terasaki from “Assassination Classroom”, who was dominating on class. But soon enough he realized with horror that he’ll end up a subordinate of the “losers” that he was ruling and bulling in the school years. 

 

 

“My teen romantic comedy gone wrong as expected” - is an anime that shows us a life of some “loser”, called Hachiman.

 

 

Hachiman is well versed in sociology, behaviorism. And life has hit him so… so many times, that he’s accumulated enough experience for all the possible emergency cases. This guy figured out fast enough, that society is corrupted, boring and hypocritical at its nature (read “The art of the white gloves and it’s price”), and that he has to merge with all it’s vices, beat the others, not to be beaten up himself. 

Politely declining this offer (“thank you but no, thank you.”), Hachiman prefers to stay “without friends” and outside the society. However soon enough he is joined by other individuals, who weren’t cut off by the society well enough either and also happened to maintain some abilities to think.

 

Hayama Hayato, an “ideal” guy from the same class becomes an antipode to the protagonist. 

 

 

Let’s look more closely at the end of the first season (12 episode) where the girl who led the festival envies her assistant Yukino, and therefore, decides to ruin the whole festival. Who saves the situation? Hachiman doesn’t everything: finds the girl, invites her to come back, keeps silent about how she mocked her own assistant (despite the fact that Yukino is his friend).

“Ideal guy” also rushes to help — Hayato starts to persuade the girl, and Hachiman doesn’t  interfere, still keeping silent about his friend’s feelings.

However the girl decides to play a bad guy: “I’m such a horrible person, prove me wrong”. Realizing that time is almost up, and the girl pulls time for everything to be ruined, Hachiman starts to intentionally ruin her, for the sake of her return. The plan works and the festival is saved, however Hayama immediately rushes at Hachiman, interrupting him half-way. As if he’s protecting that pseudo-innocent girl.

 

 

As a result, Hachiman becomes known for the whole school as a bastard and lout, Hayama — is still the leader and protector. Not many people know, what kind of heroic act Hachiman has accomplished. Nevertheless, we’ll concentrate more on an “ideal” image of a successful boy from successful family. A boy whom Hachiman calls “the strong” and envies, whom even sometimes fells inferior to, while “knowing his place”. 

 

So, Hayama stood up for the “innocent girl”. It’s possible to assume that he doesn’t care about the others (he doesn’t protect Yukino, when she’s been mocked!), and it looks like he only protects those in his group of friends. 

However here appears an interesting fact: that “innocent girl” wasn’t friends with him even once throughout the anime. She’s an ordinary classmate to him, just like the others. Despite that, the girl isn’t innocent at all, since she volunteered to be a leader (no one opened her mouth forcibly for her), then didn’t even tried to do her job. She asked Yukino to be her assistant and successfully dropped on her all the responsibilities. However seeing how hardworking Yukino is, the girl became envious and started to publicly mock Yukino and undermine her authority. 

And, notice this! Everything above happened right before Hayama’s eyes, who worked at the same office as a volunteer. And even if he missed some scenes there, there’s no way he could’ve miss the rumors. 

When the head of the meeting publicly told Yukino: “I feel sorry that we chose her to lead, I’m so sorry”, the rumors couldn’t have not spread. When the girl was late for every single meeting and slacked off “commanding people”, while Yukino and the others worked hard and took the work home, Hachiman pointed that out not even once. And Hayato couldn’t misheard that, he did sit right next to him. He also couldn’t be blind and not see a pile of papers at the assistant place and empty place of a leader…

 

To sum it up, from Hayato’s point of view, Hachiman shamelessly rushes at innocent girl and deserves to be cornered to a wall. 

 

 

 

There’s something strange in the views and perception of this “ideal” guy, that we certainly can’t ignore, for our own security. We must see through the real image of Hayama to be able to call a spade a spade, and restrain from naming black — white, and white — black. This is the only way to stop self-deceiving oneself and become just like white. 

 

However for this we need statistics, not just one case. Let’s look at the first episodes of anime. Redheaded girl Yui somehow made her way into Hayama’s prestigious party. But some bitchy blondie frankly humiliates her in front of the whole class. 

 

 

 

The speech is nonetheless unpleasant and painful than the one Hachiman gave to the “innocent girl”. But this one is completely unreasonable. Nobody interferes, but Hachiman, who’s immediately shut up by the blondie. 

One could assume that Hayama just wasn’t there, but it’s not the case. When Yukino comes and stands up for Yui, Hayama saves the blondie (!) from her accusations. In other words, he was there all the time, when Yui was offended. By the way Yui is not just some classmate but a part of his “prestigious party”. However he didn’t sort the situation out. Didn’t find it necessary to interfere. 

 

Now let’s look at Hayama’s friends, as they say: “Tell me who’s your friends, and I’ll tell you who you are.” One clown, who doesn’t know anything in life but memes. Bitchy blondie who attacks every weak person around her we already know from Yui’s accident. Another one — a guy without a personal opinion etc. 

In the same time in “none-prestigious” Hachiman’s club every talk escalates fast towards the discussion of philosophy, psychology and sociology. While Hayama’s friends are only capable of showing off, taking away other’s console stations, and distorting the names of “none-prestigious” students like Hachiman in a “cool” way. 

 

 

 

 

And so, the “ideal” guy surrounded himself with such awesome friends. Unfortunately, anime shows us the story of some “looser” Hachiman, who doesn’t take much part in events, and rarely meets Hayama. But still, Hayama feels the power behind him and subconsciously revolves close to him, while surprising his “cool” friends (read the II stage from “5 Stages of Hayato Hayama”). While Hachiman (by inexperience of his age) strongly complexes about not being a leader such as Hayato, and ignores his talent of a sandman, in reality Hayato is in fact, no leader at all. 

 

To observe Hayama more deeply, let’s look at the anime when the MC takes more part in the world’s events, and therefore meets “hayama” much more often: Code Geass. 

Local idealist and “perfect Hayama” in this case will be our favorite Suzaku. Note that the analogy is absolutely the same. Only Lelouch is capable of solving problems, he also becomes “the enemy of the world” (returning to the thoughts from “The art of the white gloves…”), while Suzaky is unable to create anything yet only capable of reading morals, becomes “the savior of the world”. This is no coincidence. 

 

Same in our anime: Hachiman is the one who solves the school’s problems, everyone looks at him (including Hayama), when it’s necessary to solve complicated problems. And it is him who becomes the “enemy of the school”, as he’s officially called in the beginning of the second season. Meanwhile, who’s remaining to be school’s favorite, and “innocent girls” savior? Hayama - incapable of anything, but still…

 

subject of adoration of every girl in school,

leader of a prestigious party of retards,

hypocritical defender of the most cunning and selfish girls,

naive optimist,

despicable cover of all his friends’ sins

 

Sincerely yours, always ideal and true-hearted,

Hayato Hayama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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