Dotdash over at Plot Shield appointed himself “Defender of the faith” of Haruhiism recently. To hear him tell it, it was the best of times; it was the worst of times. It was a decision he did not make lightly, but duty called, and he rose to meet the challenge.
Colony Drop was the challenger. Their criticisms of Haruhi are many, including calling it a “harem” show, but this salvo aimed at Haruhi herself is perhaps the meat of the matter:
She’s an ADD case whose every whim must be entertained right now. She can only express herself to the guy she likes, and only then on the level of a petulant toddler (unfortunately, no abbreviation for “petulant toddler” rings quite the same way “tsundere” does).
This has me shaking my head, as I tend to think of violent, imposing female characters such as Ezra from Fairy Tail as tsundere, and she is hands-down the most mature regular guild member (excluding officers such as Master Makarov.) Or perhaps Kaname Chidori from Full Metal Panic, who is always reminding Souske to take tests, not miss class, and prepare for his future. Maybe Shana of Shakugan no Shana qualifies, with her childlike delight in melon pan and discomfort with emotional intimacy – but there is the small matter of her steady, warrior’s approach to grave matters of life and death. It is something earned through years of hard battle; something that radiates maturity. Of course, even if the facts may appear to be in disagreement with their assertion, Colony Drop is not mistaken about such things; rather, I am. Take it from them:
We’re both perfect and awesome.
How can anyone argue with that?
All that awesome perfection aside, this is where it gets interesting:
It’s sad that our trolling gets more attention than our positive posts . . . but that’s basically the state of anime blogging.
Assuming, arguendo, that this is true (they know their own statistics and have no reason to lie), is the inference warranted? Granted, it’s quite possible that many people that only stop by this site when drama pops up, but even so – even so – is that the most intuitive conclusion to reach given that fact? It happens at one site, thus, it must happen this way at all sites? Or might there be some other explanation for these facts? Is there some other explanation for the phenomenon where a site posts all kinds of articles and only some get attention? Hmmm.
Let us leave it to the readers to decide, as ever. Or not, as Sean of Colony Drop tips the audience to the fact that comments are selectively deleted:
I’m kind of torn on allowing those brain dead type comments, as while they’re amusing to see idiots get offended but unable to argue for something coherently, it kind of kills any sort of actual discussion.
That’s right, far from brooking discussion of the matter like on an everyday anime blog, you have to be allowed to comment, and if allowed, be thankful that your feeble mental workings are deemed worthy of their elevated discourse. Who knew?
If we’re going to get any mature, civil discussion about the ultimate merit of Haruhi, it’s probably going to have to be a few years removed . . . and in at least a few cases, to allow certain of its audience to mature . . . Haruhi is very much an enamored-youth “holy shit, these guys GET me” kind of show.
Except that, even if you’re a generation older, the ADD qualities will instead function as caricature of those impatient young kids you continually encounter. It works pretty well – oh wait, I must be wrong. In fact, I have to be wrong. I mean, look, I’ve been taking all this seriously, and Ben has admitted it’s just trolling. So, to take it seriously makes me the idiot. And yet to not take it seriously means I am intellectually sloppy and my comment is unworthy of their august website! Woe!
It’s – it’s almost like . . . I’m trying to argue with Haruhi.