So, yesterday was Valentine’s Day. And whilst I am no longer a single pringle, I still could not go see my partner because it’s illegal in the UK (we love the Tory government). But I still wanted to do something romantic, something fun, something cute, on my own. And so, I watched episode 14 (for V-Day) of three different shoujo anime, and wrote stupid haiku poems about them. Scroll down to read them, and more about the shoujo anime I watched.
What is a haiku?
A haiku is a Japanese poetic form. It’s a poem that’s three lines long:
- The first line has 5 syllables
- The second line has 7 syllables
- The third and final line has 5 syllables
It’s also a form of poetry that’s small enough for me to write in a few minutes after watching some cringe-worthy shoujo anime. And, speaking of…
What is shoujo anime?
Shoujo (show-jow) or shōjo in Japanese means ‘young woman’ or ‘young girl’. And so, shoujo anime are anime targeted towards women, often with a romance-centered plot and female protagonist. The most famous example of shoujo anime is Sailor Moon.
So now that everyone’s up to speed, let’s talk about the anime:
1) Special A (S.A.)
EPISODE 14: PROTECTING, APOLOGIZING
SYNOPSIS: Akira’s (one of the Special A members) determination to protect her new friend, Yui, from Yahiro (Akira’s childhood friend) ends up pushing Yui away instead. But we find out Yahiro’s attempt to separate Akira from Yui comes with well-meaning intentions that Akira may never realise. – adapted from Wikipedia
MY THOUGHTS: Now…this episode. Oh my god. I haven’t seen Special A since I was 13, and even back then I remember being infuriated with many things. The protagonist was super dense (a common trope in shōjo anime to be fair, but this one was SO DUMB). The elitist nature of their group, being rich kids with the best grades in the school – Ouran Highschool Host Club rip off much? And the s l o w p a c e. This episode was one of the many examples where they focused on side characters more than the main characters and it was SUPER boring.
2) Ouran Highschool Host Club (OHSHC)
EPISODE 14: COVERING THE FAMOUS HOST CLUB
SYNOPSIS: Ouran’s Newspaper Club is at risk of being shut down due to their newspaper’s lack of circulation. Tamaki Suoh, the Host Club’s head, accidentally sends a ball flying through the Newspaper Club’s window hitting their Editor, Akira Komatsuzawa, in the head. Akira asks for the Host Club’s help to save their newspaper by requesting they interview the Club for an exclusive news story. It later turns out he was trying to take down the Host Club.
MY THOUGHTS: OHSHC is a classic shōjo anime that I think almost every shōjo anime fan loves. This episode was no exception! I decided to focus the haiku on Tamaki, since his infamous ‘puppy-dog eyes’ made their first appearance in this episode. Plus I had to give a little nod to the cute moment between him and Haruhi in the rose garden!
3) Kaichou wa Maid-Sama!
EPISODE 14: CLASS 1-7 SOTARO KANO
SYNOPSIS: Misaki Kaichou’s (School President) main goal for Seika High has always been to get more girls into the school since it turned co-ed. But Sataro Kano (or Kano-kun) has a fear of girls. To stop this, he targets Misaki, and hypnotises her to hate her love interest, Usui, if she falls asleep within the next 24 hours. With Usui’s ‘help’, Misaki manages to stay awake and teaches Kano a lesson.
MY THOUGHTS: Kaichou wa Maid-sama is definitely one of those shows that I find difficult to get back into as an adult. There’s a lot of problematic moments that I didn’t fully understand as a teenager, and I find it hard to let it slide as a #woke 21-year-old. That being said, it was still fun to walk down memory lane with this one. Misaki is such a great character, and she has definitely inspired the person I’ve grown up to be — I’m not going to let a stupid Kano-kun walk over me!