I wrote an essay about gender, power, and relationships for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
. I had too many thoughts, and I wanted to get them out--and if you guys are game--discuss them. The anime plays with power roles fairly creatively and I find the possibilities of the show fascinating. Who loves whom, what form their love takes, and what powers the characters exert over themselves, each other, and the situation at large have all sorts of neat little facets that I just have to talk about. I would love it if you joined me.
Warning: I am not spoiled for the novels, but this discussion IS spoilery
for the complete anime.
I'm intrigued by the power/gender dynamics of a potential romantic relationship between Haruhi and Kyon. We get a taste of it in the anime, but not fully because of several factors: ( Read more...Collapse )Well, there you have it. A lot of questions, not hardly any answers. I've hit most of the major points I wanted to talk about, and it's 12:30 am right now so I'm exhausted. I didn't intend to write this much, but now that I sat down thinking, it all came out. It's been a while since I wrote a fandom essay. * I did not discuss the sexism issues surrounding Mikuru's character because that was a whole entirely different (and no little bit rancid) pie. I primarily wanted to talk about Haruhi/Kyon so Mikuru's regular abuse doesn't get a mention this time around. I also skipped other instances of positive or negative use of gender roles and power in the anime with different characters, choosing to focus solely on the the key triangle between Haruhi, Kyon, and the SOSB. WARNING: Please keep your comments free of specific book spoilers.
If the book substantially changes the content of the anime, that is interesting, but I don't want to know yet. Rather, if you need to, look at the anime as a completed and separate work
, analysed for itself rather than in comparison to the books.