Anime Girls: HaineJuly 16, 2008 at 10:00 am | Posted in Articles, Top Ten | 8 Comments
Tags: Anime Girls, Arina Tanemura, awesomes, sentimental
Girl number 2, Otomiya Haine from Shinshi Doumei Cross. Just one more to go now, right?
Haine is the always-confused but still unusually awesome heroine of ShinKuro. She always does her best and she’s just…awesome. She’s awesome, okay? Let’s move on.
To be honest. Haine’s a girl I can’t say much about. She was originally ranked number one, but because I realized I don’t have much to say about her anymore, she’s suffered the same fate as Sakura and had to get knocked down a rank. It’s not as awful as when it happened to Sakura, because Sakura is the anime girl that I love most consistently, but still. Such a shame.
I think part of the problem lies in the fact that I talked so much about Haine already when ShinKuro ended. The more I talk about a character, the more fangirl love gets out and my excitement just sort of fades away.
Now I’m thinking Haine probably belongs behind Sakura…but I already said a couple of times that this ranking is incredibly unreliable. One week a character will be my new favorite just because there’s new info about them out. And what when was the last time I heard something new about Haine? Yeah…even Sakura’s been more current than Haine.
At least I have all the nice pretty scans of Haine that have appeared online recently because of that wonderful, wonderful artbook. I still need to get mine…but I’m waiting until I get a job now. It’s still incredibly easy to find the Full Moon artbook (and fairly easy for the KKJ one too)…so I’m not worried.
See? *sparkly eyes* This is so pretty. I feel my fangirling returning! Woo!
Now for something with more substance.
I love Haine as much as I love every Arina Tanemura heroine as I’m reading the manga. That’s where the love always starts. Because as soon as I start reading a new manga from Arina Tanemura, I fight a little, going, “This girl is so boring.” Then by chapter five I’m more like, “Tehe! So cute~!”
Of course, I like Haine as a character, and not just being a creation of Arina Tanemura. It all came out wrong when I said that.
Let’s see…basically, because of Arina Tanemura being so good at developing and creating characters…I’ll always love the character when I’m reading the manga. And because Arina-sensei purposely wrote ShinKuro “following” the characters instead of creating some crazy strict outline, I like Haine even more than what’s normal.
Yeah that’s it. To sum up my first reason for liking Haine…I want to be a writer, and what I always spend the most time on is creating characters. And what I’ve always spent the most time doing when reading or watching…anything is analyzing the characters.
Everything Haine did made sense to me. If I thought about her motivation and personality.
Of course, that doesn’t mean I agree with what Haine did do. Hell no. She made some really dumb choices. I’d never do half the stuff she did.
Become a yankee? No. Try to earn my father’s respect after he sold me? I’d do my best to act as if he didn’t exist or I might be petty and try to ruin him or something (I’m spiteful). Pretend to love my best friend so she could realize the truth? That scares the crap out of me. No. Fall in love with a boy after meeting him once or reading a book written by him? Uh…as sweet as I think the book thing was…no.
Of course, among all those choices, there are some I wish I could do. But mostly, I think Haine makes a lot of bad choices.
Her life isn’t in order, she is way too forgiving, she is both too selfish and selfless, and she wavers between guys way too often.
But those screw-up ways of Haine are what make me like her. More of that protective instinct of mine. And certain traits (like that cute selflessness) make me want Haine as a friend.
Ah…but if I think about that for a moment…perhaps this post won’t be as lame as I thought after all.
That selfisheness, naivety, lack of order, and wavering are all things that bring to mind one person. My very best friend, Ashley.
Score! I finally know someone who slightly resembles an anime character! And it’s an anime character I like! Or perhaps more accurately, that’s why I like Haine so much.
Wow…never realized this before. There’s even more that they have in common when I think about it. An incredible amount of friends, really popular with boys, is able to love too much.
Why are they mostly the bad ones though? I wish Ashley had Haine’s ability to stand up for herself and her friends more. That would be useful…less work for me.
Ashley is, of course, also lacking in that ability to heal everyone. But that’s usually because she’s too busy being selfish, until the moment where it really counts.
So going back to the original point, which really makes more sense with this, I love how realisitc Haine is.
Haine’s like every other shoujo girl and has her mary-sue moments (the ability to heal everyone for example, and her awesome yankee skills). All those bad choices are enough to make me completely see past those “perfect” traits.
I love Haine the her screw-up. I loved it when she just ran off from all of her problems in the last chapter of the manga. It was just so like her. It was not at all what everyone wanted her to do, and I loved it.
Because Haine is just Haine. She messes up, she is easily confused, and…just slow.
But that’s all part of her charm. Her ridiculous, cute, warm, loving, shoujo charm.
Of course, just to clarify, I don’t love all screw-ups. I only love the ones who mess up with good intentions. Or they at least have to feel bad when they screw up.
Because even when Haine had her selfish moments, she always agonized over them after. She disliked herself for making perfectly human mistakes.
Heh. Just like I said in the beginning. I like Haine because of her character consistency and how believable she can be.
It’s all connected for me, isn’t it? I guess I really do still love Haine more than I thought. I just found out midway by connecting her with my best friend.
Hmm…but I’m just going to say in this one case that reality is better than fiction. Ashley’s never caused me as many problems as Haine causes for her friend.
But yup…set aside all of the mary-sue traits and all that extra DRAMA stuff, then you can easily go to a high school and find a girl that acts like Haine.
I did after all. And I didn’t even know it.
Oh and one more thing that’s really just separated from all of my other reasons for liking Haine.
I love selfless, cute little girls. The ones who have a difficult homelife, but persevere nonetheless.
And when Haine was younger, that’s exactly what she was. She wanted to make her father proud of her.
Every time you saw her when she was little, she was always doing her best, trying to be cheerful even when she was unhappy. And she just loved both of her parents so much! Such an innocent and cute child. I want her!
Oh~! And she was so kind-hearted and pure that she fell in love with someone because she could feel their kindness…through a book. A book!
And even when she grew up, Haine kept a lot of that purity, even though she thought she was “tainted” (and I think it’s sad that she thought that, more love for Haine’s other side).
Yes, Haine most certainly has her mary-sue, absolutely cute, can-do-no-wrong side. And I love her for that too.
Ah…I just love her for everything. Let’s put it that way. Everything she does, wrong or right, I love her. With proper reason.
And just ending with my favorite picture of Haine now. I love this picture~! It’s a lot bigger than what I usually post on here…but come on. It’s so nice to look at.
Just to say as a final note, Arina-sensei’s art and the way she designed Haine definitely adds even more to me loving her. So pretty.
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