Geekscream: Senjougahara Hitagi Breaks the Rules

Watanabe Akio (as seen in the unobstrusive lower-right corner there. Evidence A as to how to do fanart right, not like I'm beating a dead horse or anything~)

Senjougahara Hitagi has no real moe characteristics. She’s a cool beauty, waspish to the guy she likes, and liable to attack you with staplers and razors, not to mention enough pencils and stationary to warrant references to Fate/Stay Night – kuu, tsun and yan. But no dere. No softness. No vulnerability. The weakest she’s ever been was when she begged a god for the “weight” of her memories back – but what kind of vulnerability is asking to shoulder the worst pain, sorrow and traumas of her teenage life?

And yet I’m head over heels about her, along with half or more of the anime fandom. Despite the fact that her story arc, “Hitagi Crab,” is a downright perfect description of her personality, I find myself so thoroughly charmed by her personality – and certainly, episode’s 2 blatant, in-your-face, and downright meta-satirical fanservice doesn’t hurt matters at all – that I, too, am sharing the rallying cry for Senjougahara fascination.


Refreshing” would, perhaps, be a fairly adequate way to describe it. When you’re an anime fan – and if you’re reading this entry, you’re likely an anime fan – you’re liable to devour countless hours and gigabytes of audiovisual media weekly. You’re blasted, at point-blank range, by an endless litany of rehashed plots, dialogues, familiar voices and character archetypes. If you’re observant, you’ll notice certain trends – if you’re not, you still get a sense of deja vu at times, or at least familiarity with even shows you’ve never watched before.

She will cut you. And staple you. And don't even ask about the protractor.

She will cut you. And staple you. And don't even ask about the protractor.

Like me, you might be getting a bit tired of the same moe moe characterization that’s been represented in every show from every studio since the mid-nineties, even if we do still get tight-pants’d at the sight of a pair of thigh-highs.

So when SHAFT, a studio that is adverse to not making sly commentary on the state of the otaku media, decides not to portray Senjougahara as a standard, run-of-the-mill archetypical tsundere character (regardless of what the characters in-universe nickname her), you can’t help but be intrigued. When it is clear that even her sly, underhanded comments are direct expressions of her intent, when it is clear that there isn’t the faintest level of deception in this girl, you can’t help but be a little charmed, if only by the novelty.

Whether by wit or by blade, she'll look gorgeous while cutting you down to size.

Whether by wit or by blade, she'll look gorgeous while cutting you down to size.

This is a girl that will strike you down without remorse. This is a girl that’ll drive you crazy with an endless stream of witty retorts. This isn’t an indecisive schoolgirl whose only positive attributes are a large bust and shapely form, nor liable to be a reformed action girl just because the guy she likes reciprocates. She’s hard, cold, and absolutely confident.

And I can’t help but be utterly, completely, fascinated.

August 21st can’t come fast enough. Not for me, not for anybody else similarly afflicted. Summer 2009 is the season of Senjougahara fascination.

Looking forward to the rest of the cast too. ...is that a horsekiller sword she's got there?

Looking forward to the rest of the cast too. ...is that a horsekiller sword she's got there?

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~ by Gonzo Mehum on August 11, 2009.

2 Responses to “Geekscream: Senjougahara Hitagi Breaks the Rules”

  1. Senjougahara Fascination, taking the world by storm since July 2009.

  2. I’ve nothing to add, except that SHAFT and Akiyuki Shimbo has done it again, with wit humour and stepping out of the conventions to bring about an adaptation. But of course, let’s not get drool-faced on one girl. You can have lots of girls to choose from!

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