Hello newcomers and people that return to my blog for some reason. My name is Scott and I run this blog by the name of Mechanical Anime Reviews. So yes, I do love mecha anime and like to write about it (Mecha March Starts in a couple days), but that’s not all I like to talk about. I’m challenging myself to write OWLS posts about non mecha series. That doesn’t mean I can’t talk about older series, so going to use this loophole to the best of my abilities. This post is going to cover some characters from an older romance series. Its name? His and Her Circumstances. Believe me when I say that there are so many complicated things going on in that series that I won’t even be able to cover even a fraction of that in this series. Still, this is an OWL’s post so I should cover what OWLS is first.
For those of you who haven’t heard of what OWLS is may be asking me and other people what that is. Well, that’s an easy question to answer. OWLS, also known as Otaku Warriors for Liberty and Self-Respect, is a group of otaku bloggers who promote the acceptance of all individuals. There will be no judgement of people based on gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, or disability here. All of this is about humanity for humanities sake and hopeful betterment. Each month, our members are given a topic to write about and each of us approaches that topic in our own way. If you want to know more, please click here to go to our OWLS Blog Page. Find us here and maybe you can join us! We are always looking for more people.
Our Month’s Topic
This month’s topic brought to you by our chief creative officer LynLyn is Adore. In full, it’s:
In February, we will be exploring love and romance. The word selected is “adore” because it has two main connotations: to be loved and respected or to feel worshipped. We will analyze characters that give us a feeling of admiration and explain why we love those characters. We will also be exploring different forms of love (familial, friendship, and even self-love) and how those types of love influence our lives.
Her and Her Circumstances’ Explanation Set Up
Enter our female protagonist, Yukino Miyazawa. She has always lived a two-sided existence. At school, she is the picture-perfect student. Yukino not only gets the highest grades in class but is perfect in psychical fitness as well. Everyone always looked up to and feared her perfection. At home, she is a completely strange individual who likes reading how to get rich schemes and such. So what happens to shake of this set up? Enter the perfect guy, Soichiro Arima who is perfectly attractive and outscores Yukino in the class tests. Yukino gets jealous, the two circle each other in a romantic way, see that the other is putting on a different face at school, and then Arima and Yukino become a couple and kiss. Five episodes in, this is where His and Her Circumstances begins for me.
(Everything from this point on will be a spoiler, so you have been warned. Continue at your own risk.)
The Problems with Adoration,Perfection, and Multiple Faces
Miyazawa has led a nearly picture-perfect life in school for a while, right? She gets her perfect grades, she can do every physical activity without a single flaw, and she gets tons and tons of fans right? Tons of people just love and adore Miyazawa for the pillar of perfection that she is. Then again, she doesn’t have any sort of life in or outside of school? Miyazawa didn’t go out on any dates or hang out with any friends at all until she was in high school, so it’s like she lived a sheltered life. Honestly, what is the point of that? Unless you just want to be perfect and/or unapproachable on purpose, like Miyazawa was doing for a while, then please don’t.
As for multiple faces, can you imagine how hard it is to live in as two types of people? I can’t imagine that, because I would be too confused by everything. Being Bruce Wayne and Batman is incredibly difficult because you live two difference lives with different associates and hope that associates from one side NEVER meet the ones from other side. Yukino’s life never went that far, but there it’s horrible. I’m glad that she met some one who lived the same sort of way and could see through Yukino’s shenanigans. Them both going the path of the straight and narrow instead of perfection helped make at least Yukino into a better, more well-rounded person. Having a healthy friendship and finding out the ways others achieve things besides academics is a major dose of self-awareness for her. Arima on the other hand is a different story.
Souchiro Arima’s Personal Problems
Unlike Yukino Miyazawa who has the best parents and living scenario possible, Souchiro’s parents are absolutely horrible crooks who wanted nothing to do with him, so he currently lives with his aunt and uncle who adopted with him. At school, he put on a perfect face because he didn’t want anyone to ever know about his dark and quiet family life. And then he transfers over to Yukino’s school, disturbs the balance, and the two of them fall in love. They sort of become the most ideal couple possible from certain points of views. So, what happens when he lets go of his first perfect façade? Nothing good.
Souchiro Arima carries a lot of darkness from his parents, which is why he only takes his mask off around Yukino. That sounds like a safe thing to say, right? Here is the thing though, he is slowly gaining more and more control over who Yukino is friends with. Arima adores the environment that he gets around Miyazawa so much that he only wants it for himself. Not a good thing on any level. His adoration of who Miyazawa is and what she is doing for him personally is not healthy for either person in this relationship. I know that Arima is Miyazawa’s first girlfriend, but she needs to get out of that relationship as soon as possible. Too bad that a Gainax ending got in the way before anything of note could have happened.
His and Her Circumstances is a romance anime that talks and contemplates what happens a couple gets together. It also carries a lot of themes about perception, love, idolization, adoration, and a couple that is learning how to keep together when both sides are carried by nearly perfect students. Well, perfect students until they aren’t perfect. There are many interesting characters in this series, but Arima and Miyazawa are the heart of the whole thing. Especially with how people idolized and adored them until they showed some of their true selves. If there is a lesson here, keep your adoration in moderation. If you absolutely love something or someone and the result is that person or object is horrible and imperfect, so moderation should be the key. Or just don’t ever meet your idols.
Thank you for reading everyone. If you want more February OWLS content, Dale posted some great about School Days yesterday and Crimson is posting something you should check out tomorrow. Need more? Here is a link to the entire OWLS tour where you can find more posts.