Alex Papillon August 19, 2007
In case you’re a bit sluggish or just haven’t come in contact with it, Haruhi Fujioka is the heroine (used loosely) of Ouran Highschool Host Club. I’m referring to the anime version here, because I haven’t read the manga. I’m not patient enough anymore to read most manga, alas. Ouran, is by no means a bad show, per se but…if you take away all the perfectly set-up gags, pretty boys dancing around and some semi-memorable characters, it pretty much has a sewing needle standing up for its foundation. It doesn’t really have any point to it, NOT that everything has to have a point, but in cases like…watching a whole show worth time (and time is money), then something that has no point is basically of very little worth, which you could say, sucks.
Of course, lots of things are pointless in themselves, but are able to affect people or impart some impression. In fact, that’s what characters and stories are supposed to do. No matter how stupid something is, at least you can say “Wow, that was really stupid”. As for Haruhi Fujioka of Ouran, I can sit here for hours and I just can’t find anything noteworthy to say about her as a character. She may as well have been replaced in the storyline as a dysfunctional robot built by someone with issues on how to present a winning main character. In fact, as the show went on, I couldn’t find any reason all the guys liked her so much and she was winning over everyone and doing things that no other girl could. WTF? It would have been better if Paris Hilton was the main character, at least she HAS some kind of character, even if it’s annoying.
Haruhi Fujioka is like a personality black hole. She sucks all the joy out of things. She’s a hardass prude to the extreme, has no expression most of the time and talks almost always in the same way. She never gets excited, she has no humour (nothing is funny to her nor does she every make a joke). Nothing scares her, not bugs, not a guy trying to get it on with you, nor most things. She’s there to berate people or tell them their flaws, but that’s because she’s linear, she’s a line and she’s missing all the mounds and drops of the wasteland of life. Mostly, she just acts very mildly bewildered if one of the other characters pull a joke or start forcing her to wear a dress. But it’s always that blank, almost I-belong-to-an-asylum-for-people-who-can’t-connect-to-emotions look…it’s like, she doesn’t know how to function with humans. You blame her lack of a mom, and her crazy dad but at least, someone like that should be angry, or have flaws - be filled with pain and longing. But no, Haruhi is just blank, a void - filled with nothingness. Warranting not admiration for her, not affection but more a distaste for something that has no semblance of humanity.
She never acts as if she really enjoys her time with the harem, she’s just there to pay her dues…or whatever boring mind-numbing non-reason there is. I don’t understand why the story is written so that all the guys are obsessed with her, they think she’s wonderful - pure and sweet. Um…sure, for just being there. In that case, they must all love walls too. At least walls provide shelter, Haruhi is just…a waste of space.
Oh, and I also don’t understand why they all think she’s so cute…that guys and girls alike seem to fall in love with her. The character design isn’t anything unique, she’s thin, short and has … short hair. Which is brown, with blank looking not atypical anime looking brown eyes as well…that’s pretty much it. Maybe that’s to contrast the extravagant snobs of Ouran, but just because something is a contrast or the opposite, doesn’t mean it’s good. Even with longer hair and a dress, she still looks boring and plain…radiating her inner boringness and insipid blahness to the extreme. Maybe that was so the writers could bounce the more playful characters of Tamaki and twins, but in my opinion, it just makes her seem more like a sink hole. She’s like the anti-character of characters, she could cancel anyone with an ounce of personality in a second!
Oh, right…she studies, goes to buy groceries and cooks. Yes, those are wonderful, fascinating admirable traits of someone that deserves legions of fans. And watching someone who has NO reaction to anything is also terribly wonderful. Granted, she’s a subtle do-gooder - doesn’t intend to, but helps out everyone in the harem in some way. She doesn’t even do it in the normal good cheer 99% of other do-gooders have. I looked forward to the 30 seconds of Renge, gladly.
A story doesn’t make the character, but a character who’s nothing and brings nothing to the story, ruins it.
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A. Papillon is not amused.