Episodes 6-7 – The Heroines Run the Show: The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Mission


Looking back, it’s a coincidence that I didn’t have time to review last week’s episode on its own, because “Hyori production” works best when combined with the conclusion given by my “childhood friend”. A transformation arc seems to be a must in any media piece that stars a girl who looks a little plain looking, and The heroines run the show You do an impressive, if imperfect job, navigating the turbulent waters of being a woman in society. Frankly, there’s no way for two twenty-minute episodes to cover every angle of cultural and personal expectations of modern-day femininity, but heroinesThe approach ultimately feels true to its characters. I think this is the most important result.

The inherently thorny part of Hiyori’s excitement is that a large part of her appeal as a hero is her departure from anime heroine norms. Tomboys aren’t exactly a rarity, and are still designed to appeal to a contemporary audience, but details like their messy hair, bushy eyebrows, and subtle way of dress feel fresh when placed front and center. They feel true to her character. Stripping her of these qualities, even if superficial, feels like betrayal. This is made even more complicated by the way society imposes strict and arbitrary standards of gender compatibility on all of us. It’s a giant hammer that hangs at the ready, primed to flatten any nail that pops into oblivion. We need to fight that. Anime needs more variety in its heroes, not less.

However, people are also not static. It’s natural to want to explore who you are and your presentation, and everyone’s tastes and opinions change over time, especially During the tumultuous teen years. In this regard, I like it heroines He admits that Hyori can feel like looking more traditionally feminine at times, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Regardless of his motives, Nagisa’s little words stuck out clearly and manifested themselves as yet another way in which people impose their arbitrary standards on others, discouraging her from acting on those motives. It’s complicated – society as a whole can view the more traditional hiyori as more “normal” – but the bigger point is the way small moments like these put outliers like hiyori into impossible double bonds where every choice is somehow wrong.

These are rough seas to navigate, and heroinesThe journey through them is no rocky surprise. Although romance eventually enters the picture, I like that the underlying motivation has nothing to do with Hiyori’s willingness to date. It just comes down to looking for a concert, and I’ve been there myself. Yujiro and Aizo practically end up dragging Hiyori through their crowded festivities, which isn’t exactly great optics (and isn’t exactly cute about that either), but it’s also true that sometimes we need friends (or rowdy boys) to pull us out of our comfort zone . It also makes sense. The boys are familiar in entertainment, so they are natural hosts to guide the novice through the strange and spooky world of fashion. I was close to Hiyori’s age when I’ve been to purely functional barbershops my whole life, gone to a high-end hair salon and opened my eyes to this whole world full of styles, colors, and creams. I simply didn’t realize that those possibilities were available to me before that moment. And even if you don’t use them, awareness of these options is important to better stabilize your style, and to feel more comfortable in your skin.

heroinesHowever, the messages become garbled. Hyori enjoys a heart-warming scene with Mona, who helps her realize that the heroine’s feeling is all about the inside, not the outside. On the contrary, the boys openly say that they want to turn her into a heroine through external means, and her make-up appearance ends up being a huge influence on Nagisa and her other friends. But this is not entirely contradictory either. Whether we like it or not, we all live in a society, and performing in a way that adheres to how we feel on the inside is an important part of being a person. Each of us is engaged in performance – not in the theatrical sense, but in the sense that what we are, especially in terms of sexuality, is an active process of action, and not mere existence. Hiyori can wear dresses some times and sportswear at other times without conflicting with herself.

All told, I would have rioted if they clipped Hiyori’s eyebrows. I have limits. And that’s why I’m glad Episode VII tied that arc in so many satisfying ways. Most importantly, Hiyori never stops being Hiyori. That little vengeful fist pump I gave when Nagisa admitted her attraction basically eased my fear that this bow would tame her soul. And their further interactions prove to be nice and good. Nagisa shows the hustle and bustle of a teen with a crush, which is awkward but endearing in its own way. Hiyori, while understandably confused, proves to be the more mature of the two, and in doing so, helps Nagisa grow a bit too.

Mostly, it’s nice to see a heroine amicably decline romance because she’s currently content with where her life and passion lie. Having a significant other isn’t everything and the end of existence, and there’s no need for desperate claws at every opportunity that arises. Hiyori is proud of what she has been able to achieve on her own, and she should be! It even inspired Nagisa to think beyond inheriting the family restaurant. Hiyori manages to move outside her comfort zone and stay true to her principles.

I feel bad for Chizuru after she gave this passion, Inspired by Mari Okada Talk about the sanctity of childhood friends and cliches. She’s right, and she has to say it. But the gist of this scene—seeing Gauri and Chizuru helping Hiyori navigate the treacherous slopes of romance—makes it my favorite part of these two previous episodes. Yujiro and Aizo try to guide both Nagisa and Hiyori, but are too difficult to communicate their good intentions. Instead, it’s Hiyori’s girlfriends who manage to give similar advice but put it together in a way that helps rather than confuse her (apart from Chizuru’s obsessive outings).

I probably didn’t need to delve into the theory of gender performance as I did in order to talk about this pair of episodes, but it’s a thorny topic with a lot of thorny history still being analyzed and discussed in feminist criticism. And quite frankly, when I finished Episode VI, I didn’t want to spend the rest of the series with the stolen Hiyori. Together, episodes six and seven, however, complete a reasonably well-thought-out arc about enjoying fashion and finding fulfillment in friendship. Although it is far from extreme, I still like this wholesome little anime very much.


The heroines run the show: The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Mission Currently streaming on
Crunchy Roll.

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